At the end of the day we have to make a choice. Do we engage in an activity that is going to temporarily make us feel relaxed, but ultimately is exacerbating our strained nervous system’s inclination to function sympathetically – or do we choose an activity that will help our nervous system to truly restore, and recharge. At the end of a long day, we desire to feel rested – and so choosing carefully is important.
There’s a growing metabolic health crisis sweeping the globe. But Tyler Lesher believes that the real issue isn’t what you think. In this new MAPS Scholarship, he explores that while the western diet is the culprit, the underlying issue is the inflammatory cycle — and how nutrition and exercise can serve as interventions.
By Maritza Bollain y Goytia, L.Ac.
Tai chi and qigong have recently gained popularity as more and more clinical research has validated their effectiveness and as more people have sought out alternatives to traditional Western approaches to supporting mental health.
Many remain doubtful about the benefits of cold water exposure on fat reduction despite its growing number of believers, Let’s dive in!
If you are one of the 27 million people in the United States who practice Yoga, it is almost certain that you have performed a Surya Namaskar or two! This rhythmic, breath-focused moving meditation serves as more than just a workout but is also an homage to the sun. It’s an excellent way for beginners to introduce themselves to an alternative style of meditation through the synchronicity of breath and body to help soothe and quiet the mind.
Studies have found that the negative impacts of being sedentary occur when you consistently spend as few as 8 hours doing activities involving low energy such as sitting, driving, reading, and watching TV — even if you exercise regularly. Which is why as many as 80% of adults may be sedentary! But learning to adopt something called NEAT and creating a movement-orientation in your life may be the key to avoiding the risks of a sedentary lifestyle.