Thursday, March 1, 2012

Keep moving or else...

Did you know that after only three days of taking less than 5000 steps a day your blood sugar will start to spike after you eat? And that these spikes put you at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes? A new study shows that just increasing the amount of daily exercise will help level out those spikes, even if you don't change what you eat. So dig out that pedometer and start walking! And don't stop at 5000 steps! Can you make it to 10'000 steps a day?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Yoga: a cure-all or potentially harmful?

In January the NY Times Magazine published an excellent article about yoga that addresses some concerns I have shared for some time. Many people have come to believe that they can self-treat physical ailments with yoga. While that may be true in some cases, for most deep seated problems the treatment needs to be more specific and the instruction nore presonalized than you would find in a yoga class. I whole-heartedly encourage everyone to engage in exercise such as yoga that promotes strength, flexibility, focus and relaxation. Just make sure you do it for the right reasons, and ask for help if something doesn't feel right!