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Building your core strength

Achieve a strong overall core and you’ll achieve a strong overall you. Recent trends in the exercise and fitness industry are peppered with the phrase “core strength.” What does it really mean? Core refers to the muscles of your abs and back and their ability to support your spine and keep your body stable and balanced. Achieving a strong overall core will allow you to reduce back pain, have better balance and get strong, flat abs. There are four key layers of the abdominal wall. Most people think that their abs are separated into lower and upper portion, but in reality it is all one muscle group that works synergistically to rotate your torso, flex your spine and stand tall. The most superficial layer — Rectus Abdominis — is on top and closest to your belly button. This layer is the sought-after six pack that everyone wants to have visible.

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Mind

5 Pillars of Mindful Living

In these chaotic times it’s natural to seek a sense of calm. Learning to stay more in the present moment can help. Living in the pandemic era, we appear to be surrounded by constant change and uncertainty. It is natural to crave calm and to seek ease amid the chaos. We want to feel more grounded. Practicing mindfulness is an approach we can all adopt. It is free and accessible at any time. It is also a long-term strategy that helps build resilience to life’s ups and downs. According to research by the American Psychological Association, there are many health benefits to incorporating mindfulness in your daily activities. These include reduced stress and anxiety, improved empathy towards others and oneself; more acceptance, kindness and compassion; and improved self-control, concentration and mental clarity. Now who wouldn’t want to enjoy these benefits simply by being more aware while experiencing the everyday activities

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Mind

Can we really blame “being old” for that?

Exploring the effects of aging and how we can work with our bodies to feel our best at the turn of every birthday. We’ve heard it before: “Must be because I’m getting old.” But can we really use that as an excuse for having those aches and pains, not remembering things, and not staying on track with our goals? Aging is inevitable. It happens to everyone and is beyond our control—well, not totally. Aging happens in both our mind and in our bodies. But, if we take responsibility for what we can/ITC control about the changes on the inside, we can become even better with age. We can play a role in our future vitality by making the right choices that will impact how we’ll feel for years to come. As we age, it’s important to believe in our abilities and become more mindful. Try these tips to help you

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Health

Can we really blame “being old” for that?

Exploring the effects of aging and how we can work with our bodies to feel our best at the turn of every birthday. We’ve heard it before: “Must be because I’m getting old.” But can we really use that as an excuse for having those aches and pains, not remembering things, and not staying on track with our goals? Aging is inevitable. It happens to everyone and is beyond our control—well, not totally. Aging happens in both our mind and in our bodies. But, if we take responsibility for what we can/ITC control about the changes on the inside, we can become even better with age. We can play a role in our future vitality by making the right choices that will impact how we’ll feel for years to come. As we age, it’s important to believe in our abilities and become more mindful. Try these tips to help you

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