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Corporate Athlete

BUSINESS COMPETITIONGuest post by Natalia Cordova

Are you an athlete? No? How about a corporate athlete? Do you compete in the corporate world while sitting at your desk? Still no? You are an athlete! You have to understand, I see an athlete as someone that uses their body to compete. An athlete’s body must be a highly tuned, well functioning machine.

Still, many corporate athletes have forgotten that they need their bodies to work as well as possible in order for them to perform at their highest level… even if they never leave their chair. [Read more…]

An Alternative to Perfect

Last week I published a post that discusses the connection between perfectionism and difficulties in weight maintenance. I think  perfectionism is one reason why weight maintenance is so hard for me, because it puts excess stress on me and it makes it hard for me to accept occasional setbacks.

To continue the discussion, I asked Deborah Cook from DietSchmiet to write a post about the role perfectionism has played in her life and in her weight issues.

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Guest post by Deborah Cook.

When I was young my father would constantly repeat, “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts.” [Read more…]

Shoulder Mobility Exercises for Desk Workers

I was at a loss for what to write today, so I decided to publish one of Craig Ballantyne articles instead.  🙂

Craig Ballantyne is famous for his Turbulence Training program which I’ve tried too. (One of the best online training programs I’ve encountered because it actually has proper progressions).

From the four exercises Craig introduces below, I like the Stick-up most. It’s very good for the stiff shoulders. [Read more…]

5 Easy Home Training Workouts

In today’s modern busy world, the rate of activity in our lives is ever decreasing. But did you know that being sedentary and sitting for hours on end actually shortens your life span?The solution is getting more movement into your life on a daily basis.

You can incorporate quick and easy home training workouts into your day. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t have to take hours of your time, it just has to get you moving!

So here are 5 things you can try that take just 10 minutes at a time.

5 Easy Home Training Workouts

1. The lazy morning workout

March on the spot lifting your knees as high as you can, do that for one minute, then crouch down and touch the floor doing a squat type exercise and get back up again. Do this for one minute and alternate between the two exercises until you get through 10 minutes. This is so easy you can do it before you have a shower in the morning!

2. Take the above exercise to another level

Jog on the spot lifting your knees as high as you can for one minute. Then squat down to touch the ground, and jump back up reaching into the air. Repeat the two exercises for one minute each. Trust me, this one will get your heart pumping and you’ll feel like you’ve done a one hour workout and you’ve only done 10 minutes!

3. The butt blaster

Lay on your back on the floor, knees bent, then raise your pelvis toward the ceiling, squeezing your butt muscles, repeat for one minute. Next roll onto your side resting on your elbow, legs straight out, point the heel of the top leg toward the ceiling a bit, then lift that leg up and down.

This will get right into the side of the butt and burn the fat off those problem areas. Do this for 30 seconds each side. Next get on all fours, straighten one leg out behind you and lift it up and down for 30 seconds each side. Go back to lying on your back and do the cycle again. Your butt will be burning by the end of it!

4. Take it outside

Home training workouts are great to take outside if the weather is nice. Try doing a sprint walk session in your yard or at your local park. If you’re like me you probably don’t like running much, but I can do it for just 5 minutes. Just sprint down the length of your yard, then walk back and recover. Keep doing this for 10 minutes and you’re done.

5. At work

Okay, if you’re lucky enough to have a private office, why not add a quick-10 minute session during work? It will help wake you and your body up. Of course you can use this one at home too. Just stand up and down off your chair 20-30 times.Then stand up and set your feet back, leaning in with your hands on the desk and do 20 pushups.

Use your chair or desk to do some dips for your triceps and tone those flabby arms. Do this by putting your hands behind you on a flat surface, your feet out from the desk or chair, weight into your hands, then lower yourself up and down, taking as much of your own weight as you can handle. You should feel this in the back of your arms. And lastly hold onto the desk and donkey kick with one leg, lifting it out behind you. Do this on both legs.

See how there are loads of quick and easy ways you can incorporate short home training workouts into your daily routine? I hope you will give it a try because you can surely spare 10 minutes of your day to move more. No excuses!

Jedha D is a weight loss and wellness coach. For more info visit her health blog here.

Can You Still Have Bad Posture With Good Computer Ergonomics?

Posture collapse

Today I’m publishing a guest post article by Dr. Natalie Cordova.

She is writing about an issue I’ve quietly been wondering about for some time.

How much of our poor posture and muscular aches and pains are caused by poor ergonomics?  How much of it is caused by poor muscular (especially core) strength? I don’t touch a laptop without using an external monitor and keyboard, but I still suffer from pains and aches. I think that is partly because I simply don’t have the strength to maintain my good posture for a very long time.

An hour or a little longer perhaps, then my posture collapses.

But now it’s Dr. Cordova’s turn. [Read more…]