I view exercise through the prism of motivation and the underlying social relationships which provide purpose for healthy living. The active men over 50 I’ve studied exhibit a strong cognitive connection between their most precious and cherished relationships and their lifestyle. They connect the dots between their social aspirations and their day-to-day attention to health and fitness. Graduations, weddings, travel, retirement and grandchildren form their “why” for healthy living. In my book Crack The Code: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50, I make the case for a strong social platform as a prerequisite for sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Without strong and consistent motivation, the exercise equipment will collect dust in the basement, the gym membership will lapse after little use and those new running shoes will find their way to a back corner of your closet. Continue reading
There’s a growing trend that’s been sweeping the United States in recent years—a new form of therapy for children with autism.
It’s surfing, and there’s no co-pay required.
On both of America’s coasts, organizations and programs have independently formed with one purpose: to help children with autism feel the healing powers of the sea by surfing.
When one of those organizations, Surfers for Autism, put on their inaugural event in Deerfield Beach, Florida in 2007, about 40 participants and their families arrived at the beach, welcomed by friendly volunteers as surfboards laid neatly in the sand and a small swell rolled in. Continue reading
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Author and endometriosis patient Samantha Bowick has written articles revolving around important questions and information about endometriosis. She is the author of Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options
Helping Endometriosis Patients
Even though at least 176 million people suffer with endometriosis, the general public is not fully aware of the disease, what it is, treatment options we have, or other information. Continue reading
Staying on top of preventive healthcare is especially important as you grow older. Taking steps to prevent illness and catch disease early leads to lower healthcare spending and better outcomes among older adults. However, many seniors don’t understand what preventive care they need and how they can pay for it. Continue reading
Let’s get down to business. Your heart is more than a muscle. No doubt, you are reading this because you want to know how to get your heart and body as strong as possible and realize the benefits you can expect to see and feel from regular participation in a heart healthy centered exercise program. The good news is that by participating in a regular, daily habit of physical activity not only will your heart get stronger and function more efficiently, the muscles, joints, tissues and other organs will benefit as well.
The heart is not only the physical center of the body but the emotional center as well. When you are stressed, anxious and generally emotionally distressed, the heart and surrounding anatomy ‘respond’. This response may present with an accelerated heart rate, increase in blood pressure, and tightening of the chest and shoulders. This is why controlling stress, eating well, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting good sleep are all vital components of a cardiac health program, physical activity will only take you so far. Continue reading
It seems like everyone is talking about self-care lately — but how many of us know what self care actually means? It’s such a broad concept, and that can make it hard to pinpoint exactly what it means to practice self care.
During this time of year when people are setting resolutions and intentions for the next year, I’d love to make 2019 the year when we resolve to embrace and practice self-care. I believe that in caring for ourselves, we open up a new world of love and possibilities. But to practice self-care we have to really understand what it means and how it affects and involves all aspects of our lives. Continue reading
2019 promises to be the year of the jump rope and we’ve got the world’s leading jump rope expert Buddy Lee with a brand new book 101 Best Jump Rope Workouts.
Jump rope is ranked as one of the most efficient exercises for improving cardiovascular health. Variations in jump speed, jumping patterns, jump techniques and jump progressions all lead to making jump rope one of the most effective and versatile exercises on the planet. Continue reading
One of the best things you can do for your brain and for your future health is to feed your brain the nutrients it desperately needs. When you feed your brain only what you most desire, fast food, baked goods and other nutritionally deficient foodstuffs, you fail to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the brain. The brain requires specific nutrients for the regeneration of brain tissue and maintenance, as well as foods and substances that positively impact neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemical messengers. Continue reading
You’re off to the gym. You’ve eaten, picked out your clothes, your music and consulted social media with its near legion of motivational pics and often impossibly high standards to psyche yourself up for the impending workout/onslaught. It’s on, bro! Let’s do this! Continue reading
In the world of Tactical Athletics, many mistakes are made by members of the military, police, and firefighting communities on both ends of the fitness spectrum. There are a few different segments within the community that tend to mirror society’s issues.
There are those who quit training after boot camp or police/fire academies and start to gain weight and get injured on the job. There are those who go hardcore everyday with little to no recovery cycles. And there are those find the right balance of workouts to help with job performance, mobility, recovery, longevity, and probably most important – stress mitigation. With the later being the optimal goal for the tactical athlete, here is a list of ways to ensure better tactical fitness success: Continue reading