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Soccer Better than Running for Fitness

October 19, 2009 by  
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Soccer is better form of exercise than RunningLead researcher and Associate Professor Peter Krustrup from University of Copenhagen said that many women find it difficult to fit in sport and exercise in their busy daily lives, and many give family and especially small children as the main reason for not finding the time.

The study showed that flexibility of running as exercise form actually makes running harder to stick to for most women than soccer, which requires a fixed time and place.

“What is really interesting is that the soccer players differed from the runners in their motivation,” said associate Professor Laila Ottesen.

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“The runners were motivated by the idea of getting in shape and improving health. But the soccer players focused on the game itself and were motivated by the social interaction and by having fun with others.

“As it turns out, the soccer players got in better shape than the runners, and that combined with the social benefits makes soccer a great alternative to running”, she added.

The study involving 100 untrained adult premenopausal women, showed that women who played soccer have continued their soccer training as a group whereas few of the women in the running group continued running after the study.

“While playing soccer, the women have high heart rates and perform many sprints, turns, kicks and tackles, making soccer an effective integration of both cardio and strength training”, said Krustrup.

“Our study shows that the 16 weeks of recreational women’s soccer causes marked improvement in maximal oxygen uptake, muscle mass and physical performance, including the endurance, intermittent exercise and sprinting ability,” explains the expert.

“This makes soccer a very favourable choice of exercise training for women,” he added.

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Harness the Power of Yoga – Relieving the Stress!

October 10, 2009 by  
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Yoga exercises are regarded as one of the best in integrating your mind and body. Yoga poses and postures is a proven effective way for reducing the aging process, diseases and disorders.

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is based on ancient theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Substantial research has been conducted to look at the health benefits of Yoga – from the Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama), and Meditation. Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and  meditation can help such diverse ailments such as asthma, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, blood pressure, chronic fatigue, diabetes, digestive disorders, varicose veins and  heart conditions.

It can easily be adapted by any person at any age and in any physical condition. However, some techniques are more suited for specific age groups. For example, some asanas that involve forward and backward bending are good for children aged 5 to 10 years. At about 10 years of age, the asanas that have an upside down position and deep breathing can be started. Relaxation is necessary for all, irrespective of age. People in all age groups can therefore practice mediation regularly. It is desirable that older people avoid asanas that involve excessive stretching.

Yoga has become extremely popular in recent years due to multiple benefits offered if practiced regularly.
One of the great things about yoga is the fact that it is very powerful at relieving stress irrespective of the type of work you do, your role in life or the type of food you eat. Yoga can help everyone play his or her roles more efficiently, more smoothly and more comfortably.

Releasing stress from the body boosts the energy levels and gives a refreshing feel to the mind and body. This in turn improves your mental as well as physical posture thus making you healthier, stronger and effectively younger. The limberness that developes from doing regular yoga exercises work wonders on aches and pains, having constant pain and the energy that it absorbs from your body, is very often mirrored on the face, making you appear tired and older.

Yoga teaches you to focus on living for the moment not in the past or the future. If you can learn to live for the now a lot of your stress will disappear. It is amazing how just a mind set can change your life. Yoga not only works out the tension in your body but prepares your mind to deal with daily stress. Your thinking will become clear and decisions easier to make.

The first time you start your yoga practice you will notice why you can use yoga for relieving stress. The tension in your body will melt away and you will come out of your practice feeling happy and relaxed. People who practice yoga tend to not have any problems sleeping or unwinding at the end of the day.

More and more individuals are now are realizing all the important benefits of Yoga and it is no longer sidelined as an old person’s activity. In fact many professional sports now use Yoga as a critical part of their training routines to reduce injuries, improve strength, temprament, concentration and overall health.

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YOGA MANTRA – A healthy you resides in a flexible body!

October 10, 2009 by  
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A flexible, elastic body can easily withstand more physical stress and thus is far less prone to injuries. Most of us realize the benefits that can be gained from Yoga and the increased flexibility that regular Yoga exercise can bring.

Yoga MantraIncreasing flexibility will help reduce the aging process. As we age, lactic acid build up contributes to muscular fatigue resulting in loss of range of movements, but yogic stretching helps release lactic acid from the muscle cells into the bloodstream so that it does not deter muscular contraction thus avoiding many other problems such as strains, sprains, cramps and pulled muscles. Stretching also assists in shaping your posture, allowing you to have a more youthful tone as you age.

Having a good posture can certainly make you look years younger, this is where flexibility plays a key role if you want to look young for years to come. Regular stretching helps reduce any blockages in the body and help the blood to flow more freely. This in itself will help you to look younger and improve your body and skin condition. It also helps to reduce stress which is a major cause of aging. It is easy to incorporate stretching throughout the day as it can be done anywhere and at any time. By doing it on a regular basis the exercises become easier as the muscles become more accustomed to the movements.

A body which may have been quite rigid at the beginning of learning yoga will start to experience a remarkable flexibility in all parts, even those parts which have not been consciously worked upon. Correct yogic stretching develops the entire body. It only takes a few minutes of stretching every day to help flex your muscles, release stress, boost your energy level, enhance your skin tone, and gives you the freshness and beauty of a youth.

Stretching is very important for gaining flexibility of the body and this stretching can be done effectively with the help of Yoga. Yoga stretching can also help to have greater strength, flexibility, and range of motion while reducing injuries, aches, pains, stiffness, and tension. People who stretch regularly and maintain a flexible body tone are less likely to require joint replacement (like hip, knee etc…) as they grow older.

There are tones of benefits of having and maintaining a flexible body and the collective effects can be very beneficiary in years to come!

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