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You need to attend this workshop!

Tim attended the same workshop last month and it was magnifico!

Sat, June 15 • 10am-2:30pm
Optimizing Exercise Through Postural Alignment
Hosted by Punk Rope
Regularly $200; save $75 with code FRIENDOFCLAUDIA
330 1st Ave at 19th St (Manhattan)
Claudia Godi, the creator of the Godi Method, will teach you how to move more efficiently and with less pain by combining proper breathing with correct postural alignment. You’ll learn a series of highly effective exercises and an entirely new fitness paradigm. Includes 2 small posture balls. Register here.

By | 2019-05-11T11:15:30-04:00 May 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Strong Body, Strong Brain

When most of us think of exercise we tend to focus on its physical benefits and especially how exercise improves our appearance. But there’s a solid body of research emerging about how strengthening your body can also strengthen your brain and improve memory, concentration, mental health, creativity, and even offer some protection against dementia. In fact, cognitive control is considerably improved after just a single session of exercise.

From The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World:

“Boosts in cognitive control abilities occur even after engagement in a single bout of physical exertion, as assessed in healthy children and those diagnosed with ADHD, with benefits extending to academic achievement. Interestingly, it seems that the impact on the brain is greater if an exercise program is also cognitively engaging. Similar training benefits of acute and chronic exercise on cognitive control have been shown in both young adults and middle-age adults. There is also a very large body of research on the cognitive benefits of physical exercise in older adults.”

And what, dear reader, is a cognitively engaging form of exercise? Jumping rope, of course. Your mind can’t go to sleep while jumping rope or you’ll trip. So the next time you pick up that jump rope you can feel good that you’re not only doing something positive for your physical health, but you’re boosting your mental health as well. So how much exercise do you need for optimal brain health. Research shows that some form of aerobic activity six days a week, for forty-five minutes to an hour would be ideal.

By | 2018-04-03T14:35:53-04:00 April 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Get Motivated to Move

The always wise and informative Eric Barker recently blogged about the best ways to get motivated to exercise. You can read the entire post here, but we thought you’d like a summary.

1) Don’t focus on the start of the workout:
The beginning might be painful, but the rest of it can be great, especially the feeling at the end.

2) Make a plan:
The more specific the better. Write it down. Post it on your fridge. Send yourself reminders on your phone. Anticipate how the plan can go awry and figure out in advance what adjustments you’ll need to make.

3) Make it a game:
You’re more likely to work out if it feels like you’re playing. Hmmm, sounds like Punk Rope!

4 ) Play the music you love:
Music motivates movement. Think about the last time you were at a wedding reception, but really wanted to be anywhere else. Then your favorite song came on and you tore up the dance floor.

5) Find a workout companion:
Misery loves company. Okay, seriously, if you exercise with a friend you’ll have accountability plus a buddy to push you and vice versa. Plus the more time you spend with people who are willing to exercise the more time you’ll be likely to exercise yourself.

6) Exercise is bliss:
When Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard studied 5000 people around the world ages 18-80 they found people were happiest during three activities: Socializing, exercise and sexy-time. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:05-05:00 July 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Rediscovering the Supine Bridge

As I was lying in down in my physical therapist’s office due to yet another sports injury, I was reminded of how important it is to strengthen the glutes and hamstrings and also how simple it is to do with no equipment. Just bridge! Lie on your back. Bend your knees enough so that you can keep your feet flat on the floor. Your low back should be in neutral, neither arched nor rounded. Lift your hips up, but don’t hyperextend. There should be a straight line from your shoulders to your heels. Squeeze your butt at the top of the movement. Do a set of 10 with your feet parallel, another set of 10 with toes pointed out, and a final set of 10 with toes pointed in. And if you’re feeling super strong try a set of 10 with your left ankle crossed over your right thigh and then a set of 10 with your right ankle crossed over your left thigh. If you’re unsure as to whether your glutes are working properly just put a hand on one of your butt cheeks at the top of the movement. You should be able to easily tell if the muscle is contracting. You might get a few funny looks at the gym, but you’ll have the last laugh when your glutes are rock solid.

By | 2016-05-26T00:16:16-04:00 April 10th, 2016|0 Comments