Though personal training is more mainstream than ever, there are still plenty of people hesitant to hire a trainer. They worry about the cost, they worry about the pain and they wonder things like: Will I look like a complete idiot? Is my trainer going to torture me? These fears are normal, but you shouldn't let them stop you from achieving your goals, and highly qualified personal trainer will certain help you to achieve it. Learn more about the most common fears and how you can get over them.Read More
In this blog we are going to go a little deeper than usual, right down into social and personal identity which is a fundamental of how happy we are with our bodies and our lives.Read More
Many years of top level professional ballet experience gives me a very good understanding that ballet enhances body, mind and spirit, but science seems to finally be taking notice. A recent crop of articles reveal the myriad of benefits doing ballet holds for people of all ages and abilities.
Here’s a look at a variety of ballet-related findings and op-eds.Read More
“Boosting the metabolism” may very well be the “holy grail” of the fitness industry. Fortunately, there are several tried and true methods to accomplish this. Exercise, for instance, is arguably the most potent tool in the metabolism-boosting toolbox. Indeed, certain types of exercise can boost metabolism for hours after exercise. Even better, they can lead to long-term increases in resting metabolic rate by building calorie-burning muscle.
Increasing the amount of non-exercise activity—such as walking, doing yard work, dancing, taking the stairs, and moving throughout the day—is another effective way to increase daily energy expenditure.
Believe it or not, the food you eat—or don’t eat—can also have a significant impact on metabolism. For example, under-eating can lead to reduced metabolic rate. Meanwhile, certain metabolism-boosting foods and drinks help boost metabolic rate.
Here are five metabolism-boosting foods at the top of the list:Read More
Why feeling taller tricks your brain into making you feel more confident and why your smartphone addiction might be making you depressed?
The next time you’re feeling sad and depressed, pay close attention to your posture. According to cognitive scientists, you’ll likely be slumped over with your neck and shoulders curved forward and head looking down.
While it’s true that you’re sitting this way because you’re sad, it’s also true that you’re sad because you’re sitting this way. This philosophy, known as embodied cognition, is the idea that the relationship between our mind and body runs both ways, meaning our mind influences the way our body reacts, but the form of our body also triggers our mind.
This isn’t just about displaying confidence to others around; this is about actually changing your hormones–increased levels of testosterone and decreased levels of cortisol, or the stress hormone, in the brain.
Nowadays anyone can see dancers perform thanks to television, where movies like Center Stage and shows like So You Think You Can Dance are accessible to the masses.
Nevertheless, ballet still remains off-limits for a large percentage of the population—particularly young people and, especially, young men.
If you or those around you are reluctant to go see a ballet, probably one of many misconceptions is skewing the perception of what is actually an exciting and dynamic art. So here we debunk the most common myths about ballet:
It’s a Girl Thing
Most men find it very emasculating to sit down to watch sparkly tutus and men in tights. However, ballet goes far deeper into the complexity of human beings than just the tutus they wear and the slippers they dance on.
Ballet dancers are incredibly athletic and you can see it in superhuman jumps to breakneck turns across the stage. The men and women train from a young age to perform physical feats that few athletes from other sports could even attempt. So if you like athletic sports like Basketball, you may also enjoy the mind-blowing amount of muscular strength and power ballet dancers display.
Watching ballet is one of the most wonderful and captivating experiences. Everything is beautiful and perfect. But to reach this extraordinary perfection, you need a great deal of creative intelligence, effort and teamwork.
Ballet is a microcosm of successful approaches to work, which we can all learn and benefit from. So here they are:Read More
In a recent study, ballet dancers and people with no dance experience were compared by measuring their emotional sensitivity when viewing others.
The participants were monitored by putting electrodes on the tips of their fingers and measuring the sweat response triggered by an emotional reaction.
The dancers were able to read emotions better and their body reacted in a stronger way than the ones in the control group.
Here is an explanation why ballet helps you develop more empathetical understanding of others.Read More
Do you find yourself trying out new fitness classes, new diets, only to find yourself quitting after a few weeks or even days? The reason behind it are numerous and mostly due to our busy life - we need to get things done, work hard, take care of your family, meet friends etc. etc.
Fortunately there is a quite simple and foolproof solution to start changing your life to more health and happiness.Read More
Ballet-inspired workouts blast fat, focusing on lower-half results such as abs, bottoms, and legs shaping. Here's the secret: Most exercises involve "micro-movements," in which you move just an inch or two. They take out the momentum, forcing you to stay in the contraction, which tires muscles faster, giving you faster results.Read More