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Change For The FUN Of It! July 14, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness.
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Snoopy-and-SchroederIn Stockholm, “no one” took the stairs . . . preferring to let the escalator do the work for them.

Hmm . . .

Would people take the stairs if taking the stairs became FUN?

Answer . . . YES!!!!!

The easiest way to change your behavior . . . make it FUN:

For more, visit thefuntheory.com

I Need A Thneed! July 14, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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We are often manipulated into buying things we don’t need, and didn’t even know existed, by the magic of the marketing moguls.

They’ve figured out what makes us tick ~ tock ~ and shop!

They know how to push our buttons using the magic words . . . you deserve this latest and greatest Thneed!

And we buy into their lures . . . hook, line, and sinker. 

Of course, all that excess consumption takes a toll on the planet, and its inhabitants. 

Before you run out to buy your next Thneed, take a look at this moving video, which combines the wise words of Cat Stevens (Where Do The Children Play?) with the profound vision of Dr. Seuss in The Lorax:

Quote:  They took all the trees, put ’em in a tree museum. ~ Joni Mitchell

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Beginner’s Yoga 1-2-3 July 14, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Mindfulness.
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GymnasticsYoga increases flexibility, decreases pain, improves circulation and balance, elevates mood, stretches and strengthens muscles, boosts energy, and improves our over-all health and well-being.

Here’s a short, 15 minute Beginner’s Yoga routine from Prevention.com which will get you started as easy as 1~2~3:

You’ll need: A yoga mat and a sturdy chair

How to do it: Perform poses in order, flowing from one to the next for 15 minutes. To increase the benefits, do the routine twice and/or hold the poses longer.

Spinal Twist
Increases flexibility and strengthens back muscles

Lie on back with arms extended on floor at shoulder height, palms down. Bring knees to chest. Keeping knees together, exhale and lower legs to left side. Turn head to look over right arm.

Take several deep breaths. Inhale, bringing legs back to center, then exhale and repeat on opposite side.

Supported Downward-Facing Dog
Stretches hamstrings; strengthens arms, legs, back, and shoulders

Stand in front of sturdy chair, seat facing you. (If it slides, place against wall.) Bending forward from hips, put hands on back of seat and step back until arms are extended. Exhale and release chest toward floor, keeping back flat and shoulder blades pressed down. Reach gently forward, head level between arms. Inhale and press heels down. Exhale and move deeper into pose, stretching through arms. Hold 3 to 5 breaths. Walk forward and gently roll up to standing.

Tree pose
Strengthens legs, butt, and abs; improves balance

Stand with feet together, palms in front of chest in prayer position. Fix gaze on a spot to help balance. Inhale, placing bottom of right foot on inside of left calf, right knee pointing out to side. Hold and exhale, pressing left foot into floor. Inhale, reaching top of head toward ceiling. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Repeat on opposite side.

Make it easier  Perform with hands on hips or arms out to sides. You can also bring right foot only to ankle, touching floor as needed to maintain balance.

For exercise and fitness tips, and more yoga poses visit Prevention.com

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