Your health is something that you really need to think about with a total body approach. One of the areas we tend to forget about when working on our posture is our hip flexors. Because most of us sit in an office chair for many hours a day, this creates a tightening in our hips, as well as our back and chest. In our final installment of this video series, today’s stretches with Mark Roozen will show you a stretch that works on your hip flexors and your back.
Using a stick to help with balance and control, begin swinging your leg back and forth. Be sure to standing tall and straight up. By kicking your leg back and forth, you are opening up your hips and allowing your back to straighten.
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Sitting in an office all day hunched over your desk, looking at a computer can really cause back pain. This can actually create a domino effect, as back pain can cause a whole new host of health issues. I challenge you to take care of your back with Mark Roozen’s series of back exercises.
Today, I would like to introduce to you stick squats:
Hold a stick with arms apart above your head.
Sit in a chair position (squat), making sure your hands are still above your head, not bending over.
Carefully stand back up with a straight back.
Repeat this squatted position 5-10 times.
This exercise works on your shoulder flexibility, shoulder rotation, posture, core, lower back mobility, and ankle mobility. This will open your backside up so you can get back to work pain free!
Here is the second installment of my Wellness Series on “How to Live Pain Free.” Did you know that your posture can even affect your breathing? And if you are not getting the right amount of oxygen, it can lead to a host of problems, including making you feel fatigued? Watch this video to experience Mark Roozen’s, our strength and conditioning coach, first exercise to living a pain free life.
Take a stick and place your hand on each end.
Bring your shoulders back by rotating the stick around your head.
Repeat this motion going the other direction.
By doing this motion at home or in your office, it should help straighten your posture and stretch out your back, giving you more energy for your day.
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It’s that time of year – lounging by the pool, soaking up the warmth of the sun, and just enjoying the beauty of another new season. But with all the relaxation comes some extra responsibility. If you are an avid swimmer or just headed to the beach for the summer, there is a safe way to keep your hair protected from damage and from fading.
I want you to look yourself and live your life, and fear of sun damage shouldn’t interfere with your summer plans! Check out these two tips to help you enjoy the pool and the sun:
This week we’ve talked about taking time to concentrate on ourselves, which we tend to forget at times. In those times that you need encouragement for both inner and outer beauty, we want to help you. Here are some tools we think you might find useful – whether it’s internal or external – to help you look and feel beautiful!
We all need those daily reminders sometime. In this book, author Joyce Meyer gives great tips on some tough problems that we all face from time to time, ranging from self-image to confidenceissues. This daily devotional will surely help us keep what matters in perspective – living an abundant life one day at a time.
Do you ever wonder where you are going in life? Wouldn’t it be easier if there was a road map, guiding us down the correct paths and avoiding those that would cause disappointment, harm, or trouble? Wouldn’t it be easier to tailor our daily habits and choices if we knew exactly where we’re headed?
While we’re not born with a tangible map to hold in our hands, we are born with the guidance of something else – our Creator. Instead of the broken puzzle pieces that we would be without Him, if we stop, listen, and trust in Him to lead us, we will find our greatest destinations in life. With His help, we are no longer broken and jumbled, rather we are complete and will find great blessings.
January is a popular time of year for pausing to reflect on the year that’s just finished and set intentions for the year ahead. Additionally, it’s a great time to set your sites on your routines – is there a new daily habit you should add? This is the time to evaluate the days, weeks, and months that have passed, to think about what’s working and what’s not working so well; define goals and set action steps to attain them; decide on new daily habits you’d like to establish and a define a plan for incorporating these new behaviors into your life.
Today is a great day to have a great day…and this is a great year to have a great year! Welcome to 2016, friends!
It’s that time again! Time to set your intentions and make plans for a healthier new year. How has your reflection and planning gone? Did you take some time to think about the past year – about what’s been working and what’s not working so well? What’s been your key learning from the year we just closed? I’ve got some great things planned for this year, I hope you’ll join us each and every week as we bring inspiration and tools for a healthier, beautiful you.
I spend close to 30 minutes each morning putting on my eyebrows , or at least it feels like it, and I am always concerned that they just don’t look right, are not even or look thin. Do you have any tips to help? – Jacki B.
Jacki, this is a great question and a similar issue that I believe many women experience every day. How do you get your brows to look good without spending so much time without great results? At our most recent styling workshop, my team shared some easy steps to creating the perfect brow… along with some tips & tricks:
One out of every four women are experiencing some form of hair thinning. What most of those women don’t realize is that they are not alone. As a woman, you relate to other women, you empathize, sympathize, support and care for one another. It is easy, and important for a woman, to be able to share about her life, feelings and relationships. As a woman, you need this as it makes you feel more whole and complete and most important – not alone.
However, when it comes to talking about something as sensitive as hair loss, many times I find that the women I see,on a regular basis, don’t want to talk about it…not even with other women…not even if it meant finding a solution. This in turn leaves many of these women feeling very alone and stuck.
Let me be the first to tell you that if you are experiencing hair loss and have either found or not found a solution – you are NOT alone! On Tuesday, September 29th my center will be offering a styling class. This is an opportunity for women, both who have found a solution and who are considering a solution to come in and be with women who are just like you. It is your opportunity to not only get some great hair tips, but to meet women who can relate to exactly what you are going through. To tell their stories of what they went through before for finding a solution and now that they have a solution. This is your opportunity to not only take advantage of helping your hair look great, but to never feel alone again!
Doing laundry may not always be the most exciting way to spend your time, but it is a task everyone has to face on a weekly or perhaps even daily basis. You can enhance your laundry routine with the cleansing power of essential oils along with a few of these handy tips.
For those of you with school-aged children, you know all too well that it is that time of year where the whole family needs to maintain a healthy immune system. The close contact of kids during the school day means lots of hands touching and not always getting washed. So what do you do to make sure your family stays healthy? Natural, simple solutions are my keys to success, here is a solution that has helped my family, and staff, protect against seasonal & environmental threats!
If you are an avid swimmer or just headed to the beach for the summer, I hear the question all the time, is there a safe way to keep my hair protected from damage and from fading? Do I really need to wear a hat all the time… not swim or go in the sun?
Absolutely not! My motto has always been to look yourself and live your life. So here are two tips to help you enjoy the pool and the sun: