January 2015

Food for thought

About emailing, texting, Facebook, Twitter… Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking. Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation.

Read on

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/18/modern-world-bad-for-brain-daniel-j-levitin-organized-mind-information-overload

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12 tips to make the most of your work out

  1.  Buy the the right kit but avoid unnecessary gadgets. Put your gear on, put down your mat and get ready!
  2. Have a plan. Know what you want to achieve and research the best way (not always the fastest) to get there.
  3. Avoid static stretches before you start. Moving the body (mobility) is better as a warm up.
  4. Watch for the obsession with abs work. A whole over body work is preferable. Crunchies are not the best exercise for abs. Think postural strength (check earlier posts/blog).
  5. Know your limitations. If you do too much too soon, you will injure yourself. Work progressively.
  6. Resistance training is good for you. It doesn’t have bulk you up. Ask a professional to help you with how much you can safely lift.
  7. Change your work out regularly to avoid boredom. Don’t go on to automatic pilot. Surprise your body!
  8. Rest between workouts. Your body will need recovery time, especially if you haven’t moved in a while.
  9. Have the right diet to complement your new exercise regime and hydrate!
  10. Reward yourself healthily.
  11. Renew your goals regularly.
  12. Don’t ignore niggling pains. A bit of stiffness the next day is OK but not pain! Listen to your body and adapt the workout accordingly.

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Good tips to get going – Part two

http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/top-10-new-year-s-resolutions-for-total-slobs/

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Good tips to get going!

http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/new-year-resolution-excuses-quashed/

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  • 6 January 2015

Think posture when

  1. exercising (investing in a coach is better than investing in a therapist!)
  2. sitting at a desk
  3. sitting for more than 20 minutes in public transports, trains and planes
  4. sitting on the sofa
  5. sitting in cinemas and theatres
  6. standing for long periods
  7. walking
  8. lifting your child or heavy objects
  9. carrying your shopping
  10. pulling your suitcase
  11. carrying your backpack
  12. when you lye down to rest or sleep

Posture4U will give you all the tools you need to stay stress free throughout the year. Each subject will be covered. I look forward to your feedback.

Best wishes for 2015!

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