What Women Need To Know About Yoga After 50

What Women Need To Know About Yoga After 50

Yoga is hotter than ever, and I’m not just referring to the type you do in a sweltering room, packed in like a sardine. I’ve written a lot about fitness trends over the years and yoga seems to be one fitness trend that never loses traction.   PIXABY yoga after 50 But I’m loathe to use the word “trend” since it conjures the thought of something that will eventually reach its peak. I don’t think that will ever happen with Yoga. Here’s my reasoning. Have you ever heard someone say, “I need to do less yoga?” Probably not. On the other hand, how many times have you heard someone say, “I need to do more yoga,” or “I need to start doing yoga.”   There’s one group in particular that yoga can thank for its unflagging popularity.  According to the 2016 Yoga in America study, nearly 38% of yoga practitioners are over the age of 50.   The practice of yoga tends to take on a different focus for many women after 50. Baby boomers in particular, are more interested in taking ownership of their health and aging rather than being able nail a perfect crow pose to handstand.  For these empowered women, it’s also less about having a perkier butt in a pair of Alō Moto leggings and more about celebrating health, joy, and natural beauty.   If you’re considering whether to embark on a yoga journey, the right answer is yes, do it!  From boomers to millennials and athletes to novice exercisers, there’s a style that’s a fit for pretty much everyone. If you’re already a seasoned...

Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2017: What’s Hot and What’s Not?

Are you the type that likes to try new workouts or do you prefer sticking with the same old, same old?  If you're trying to make a visible change on your body, you don't want to let your workout routine get stale.  Mixing things up and trying new workouts can help your body spark faster change.  Here's a look at what the pro's are predicting to be the top Fitness Trends for 2017. Fitness Trend or Fitness Fad? Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) takes a poll querying thousands of fitness professionals across the globe about what they see the biggest trends will be for the following year.   The list doesn’t change fast because strong trends tend to keep growing.  Like a Drake song, the best ones will stay near the top of the charts for good, long while.  Eighteen of the same trends from 2016 made it back onto the the 2017 list with two new trends breaking into the top 10.  The new trends are group exercise programs and Exercise is Medicine®.  Interesting since Socrates promoted exercise as medicine thousands of years ago.  Sometimes trends take a long time catch on!  And of course, group exercise programs go back to the very beginning of the fitness industry itself, but like fashion, trends come and go cyclically. Trend: “a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving”  Fad:  “a fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period”  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Fitness is a lot like Fashion. Both industries see their share...
Why You Seriously Need to Start Balance Training

Why You Seriously Need to Start Balance Training

You know the old adage, “if you don’t use it, you lose it?” You’ll often hear this quip in gyms as trainers remind clients to keep up with their cardio and strength training routines. But what we don’t get reminded about enough is to train our balance, arguably the most overlooked component of our fitness.   Balance training is rarely top of mind when it comes to our own workouts.   Walk into a gym you’ll see the majority of people schvitzing on cardio machines, throwing weights around, and doing some stretches in the corner. But unless they’re doing Warrior 3 in a yoga class, you won’t see many people balancing on wobble boards, squishy pads, balance discs, BOSUs or lifting weights while standing on one leg. This is unfortunate because like strength, endurance and flexibility, you will also lose your ability to balance if you don’t use it.  Optimizing balance can give advanced exercisers an extra boost in performance. According the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), balance is key to many day-to-day activities, preventing falls and staying independent as you age. Research also shows that balance training can help minimize injuries to the back, knee and ankle.   The National Institute of Health (NIH) says that nine percent of people over 65 report having difficulty balancing. Combine that with a decline in lower body strength, and we get an alarming 300,000 hospital admissions for fall-related injuries among older adults each year.   In fact, research shows that altered balance is the number one reason elderly people fall.  There is a high correlation between balance deficit and the incidence of falls....