stretching

Notes from the Barre: Proper Stretching To Achieve a Balanced Body

dance stretchIt is half time in ballet class. After forty minutes of barre work, the teacher tells the dancers to stretch before they begin to work on pirouettes and jumps. On queue, the dancers take to the floor and sit in the ever popular straddle position. Unfortunately, it is likely they will remain in that position until they begin the next combination.

Spring Training: Garden to Get Fit

Gardening can be great physical exercise, and it may provide you with the satisfaction of a fabulous lawn or fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy at your dinner table. Here are some fun facts and helpful tips to keep in mind for gardening season.

Spring Into Running

Although there are many ways to stay in shape during winter, many of you are probably getting a little sick of the indoors and are craving some fresh spring air.

Running is a great way to stay in shape. The beauty of running is having the capability of going wherever the path takes you. Just be careful. Although running in the spring is fun, it can get messy and even dangerous with the melting snow, rain puddles and mud.

Stretching: It’s Not Just for Intense Workouts Anymore

What do running, shoveling snow and sitting at your office desk have in common? These are all activities that you should not begin until you’ve stretched properly.

I know. Stretching before basic yard or office work sounds like overkill. But stretching can help you avoid aching muscles and painful injuries. In fact, you should consider stretching before many daily activities, including gardening, computer work or other repetitive stress tasks (i.e., line work at a factory).