Balance came a lot easier when we were kids, stepping from stone to stone across a creek, tightrope walking across a log, or leaping one-legged from square to square in a game of hopscotch.
In older adults, joint pain seems to be as common as gray hair. Regardless of your level of activity, your hips, knees, and back can get stiff and sore.
It’s Monday morning, 5:00 am, pitch dark and freezing cold outside. Your alarm goes off, and although you had every good intention of hopping out of bed and hitting a morning fitness class, you hit “snooze” instead. After all, no one to disappoint but yourself, right?
Remember recess? You crisscrossed the school-yard, chasing besties and butterflies with joyful, heart-pounding abandon, and you embraced all that movement as your reward for sitting and paying attention in class all morning.
The holiday season is the time we look forward to reconnecting with family and friends. It can also be an opportunity to relax and recoup after a busy year.
How are you spending your leisure time lately? Long walks on the beach? Hiking the trails at your nearby park? Games of doubles on the tennis court? Golf? Gardening? Swimming? Cycling with your grandkids? No matter what your plans are, flexibility—and we’re talking the muscular kind here—makes every activity you do a little easier and a little more successful.
The whole point of a vacation is to get away from it all. But if you’ve been working hard to exercise consistently and follow a healthy eating plan, getting away from your routine can be stressful.
Core strength is about more than just showing off six-pack abs. As you work your core, you reap benefits throughout your whole body. A strong core not only helps prevent injury as you go through your full body workout, it improves your balance and coordination in your everyday life.
Sitting for long periods of time leads to tight hamstrings, which can cause lower back pain. Hours spent looking down at a phone, tablet, or laptop can lead to pain in your neck and upper back. And long commutes spent holding on to a steering wheel can cause tension and pain in your shoulders and upper back. Thankfully, there’s a remedy for all the damage we are doing with our sedentary lifestyles: Stretching.
Virtual coaching is a new and growing trend across the world, and it is available through Curves. With many fitness regimens moving to at-home environments, losing in-person coaches has meant some women have also lost motivation to exercise.