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Breaking The Pain Barrier: How To Overcome Pain For Good

Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the US. Did you know that at any given time, around 30 million Americans are suffering from back pain? If you have a bad back, and you feel like you’ve tried every trick in the book to banish pain, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some suggestions to help you reduce discomfort and start living a pain-free life.

Determining the cause

There are myriad factors that contribute to back pain, and the first thing to do if you suffer from chronic pain or pain that is getting worse is seek medical advice. When you see a doctor, they will examine you and ask you some questions about your symptoms. It may be that pain is associated with underlying causes, in which case, treating the cause could help to alleviate pain. In other cases, lifestyle changes may be recommended. There may also be causes related to your job. If this is the case, a doctor may be able to recommend safer techniques to try and offer some tips to help you feel more comfortable at work. If you have severe back pain, your doctor may recommend further tests, such as an MRI scan. This will enable them to see if there is damage to the spine or the surrounding muscles or bone tissue.

Correcting your posture

Poor posture is a contributing factor in most cases of lower back pain. Your posture relates to the position of your spine when you’re sitting or standing. If your spine isn’t in an ideal position, this can increase pressure and strain on your muscles, causing discomfort. In this day and age, we tend to spend more time than ever sitting down, due to the prevalence of office jobs. If you do spend eight hours a day sitting at a desk, it’s essential to make sure you understand how you should be sitting to prevent back pain. Your spine should be straight, your shoulders should be relaxed, and you shouldn’t have to crane the neck to see the screen properly. If you’re reaching for the keyboard or the screen isn’t level with your eye line, adjust the height of your chair or desk. If you don’t already have a specially designed ergonomic office chair, ask your employer to provide one. It’s very important that your spine is supported properly while you’re in a sitting position.

Maintaining good posture is not just important when you’re sitting down. You should also pay attention to your posture when you’re standing, especially if your job involves standing for long periods of time or lifting. If you do have to lift items as part of your job, use machinery for heavy loads and make sure you bend your knees and keep your back straight. When you’re standing, try to avoid stooping or slumping and keep your shoulders back.

 

Finding the right mattress

The importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be underestimated. If you suffer from back pain or you’re prone to bouts of discomfort, it’s particularly beneficial to find the right mattress. If your mattress isn’t perfect, this can cause back pain or make existing symptoms worse. If you’re looking for a new mattress to help with back pain, try some different styles and brands and avoid going for the cheapest option. You often get what you pay for in terms of quality and durability when you’re shopping for mattresses. If back pain is an issue, look out for products that have been ergonomically designed. These mattresses promote relaxation and reduce muscle tension, and they provide support for the spine while you sleep.

Choosing the right forms of exercise

Most of us are aware of the benefits of doing regular exercise for our health and wellbeing. Living with pain can make exercising difficult, but you don’t have to give up on working out if you suffer from back pain. You may not be able to do certain activities, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t be active. Aim for low-impact exercises and avoid anything that involves jarring movements. Lifting weights and jumping aren’t ideal for people with back pain, for example. Swimming is often recommended, as the water supports your body weight. If you want to stay active without risking injury, speak to your doctor or a qualified personal trainer before changing your exercise regime or embarking on a new training program.

Conditioning your back

They say that prevention is better than cure, and conditioning can help to reduce the risk of recurrent pain. Conditioning involves strengthening the muscles to make your body resistant to injury. You can do this with a physical therapist or by doing specific, targeted exercises at home. These exercises are not focused solely on the back. They also help to increases strength and suppleness in the hips and the core. Examples of exercises include McKenzie stretches and dynamic lumbar stabilization. The aim is to stretch the back, build muscle, and improve flexibility. You may also find that exercises like those found in yoga and Pilates routines effective. If you’re new to these activities, it’s best to go to a beginner’s class. Once you’re familiar with the stretches, and you’ve honed your technique, you can then practice at home.

 

Back pain can make life a misery, especially if you have periods when pain intensifies or you have prolonged bouts. If you suffer from back pain, it’s always a good idea to seek medical advice. In some cases, there may be an underlying cause, and treating this should be a priority. Many cases of back pain are linked to poor posture. If you slouch when you’re standing or you tend to sit slumped in your chair at work, this can affect the alignment of your spine and increase tension in your muscles.

It’s important to take steps to correct your posture if you’re worried that this may be a contributing factor. Sit up straight and relax your neck and shoulders. If you find that you’re in pain when you get up in the morning or you can’t get comfortable at night, consider replacing your mattress. If your mattress is old or it’s too soft or spongy, this could be making your pain more severe. Exercise offers a wealth of benefits, but take care when selecting activities. If you’re already in pain, some sports could make the situation worse. Ask your doctor or a trainer for advice.

 

 

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

An Essential Guide to Exercise and Illness

Whether it’s figuring out to what extent exercise can prevent illness, or to what extent illness prevents exercise, it’s important for fitness fans to know more about the connections between the two. It’s essential that you speak to your doctor about specific concerns, of course! But this guide will help you get to grips with some of the basics.

Boosting the Immune System

The immune system and exercise have a strange and fascinating relationship. It’s also one that’s widely misunderstood. If you want to ensure you get the most out of your exercise when it comes to dealing with illnesses, it’s best that you get to grips with some of the basics. Research has shown that regular exercise can definitely boost the immune system in the long run; those who work out three times a week or so tend to get sick less often. But if you have a really vigorous, heavy-duty, long-lasting workout? Then your immune system may be temporarily weakened. This is why so many marathon runners feel ill within 72 hours of their performance!

Above and Below the Neck

So if you’re feeling ill, should you exercise? There are a few things to consider here. For many people, there’s a particularly useful gauge: if your symptoms are above the neck, then you’re probably good to go. If it’s below the neck, you should take it easy and avoid exercise. Some may find that above-the-neck symptoms prevent them from exercising unless they take something to ease the symptoms; here are a couple remedies that may help. Below-the-neck symptoms tend to include aches, muscle weakness, fever, and problems with the lungs and stomach. Exercising with such issues may make things a lot worse.

Exercise as a cure?

Some may argue that exercise will help you cure your illness faster. Because of the relationship between exercise and the immune system, this may seem to make sense – but it’s a specious argument. Certainly, a brisk walk can help expand your lungs and make breathing easier if your illness is making that difficult. But, in general, there’s no real science behind the idea of exercising so much that you help force the illness away, as though exercise were some sort of exorcism and illness merely a demon! Put focus on exercise when you’re not feeling unwell, and reduce the intensity of your workout if you are unwell – or, again, consider avoiding it altogether if the symptoms are below the neck.

The Dangers of Stress

Another strange but well-documented biological relationship? Stress and illness. Long-term stress isn’t simply a psychological problem, the way most people see it. Stress manifests itself physically, which is precisely why it’s so bad for your health in the long term. Specifically, it can play havoc with your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness and even exacerbating the symptoms if you do get ill. Something similar can be said for depression. Exercise helps relieve both of these problems, which is partly why it’s so good for long-term immunity boosting. If your illness is being exacerbated by either, then consider some light exercise to help banish them.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Yoga for Every Body Type

When I give my Yoga classes, I sometimes have people coming to me who are very ashamed of their body type. They wonder, “Will I ever be any good at Yoga? I do not look like those people do in the photos when they do their poses.” They have seen some picture of someone grabbing their ankle from behind their head and think that if they can’t do that, then they are no good at Yoga.

When Patanjali gave Yoga, he didn’t say, “Yoga is only for a certain body type.” He didn’t say, “You must be skinny or tall, flexible and small.” He didn’t intend for only people who could reach their ankles behind their ears to be able to find God. He made Yoga as a way for all humans to quiet their body, quiet their mind, and find through meditation insight into the true nature of life and the divine.

If you can breathe, I say you can do Yoga. Yoga starts with breath. If you can breathe in, and you can breathe out, Yoga is already for your body type. Now bring some consciousness into how you are breathing in and out. When you breathe in, where does that breath go? Does it go into your throat? Into your chest? Into your belly? How about into your legs, and into your feet?

Yes, I know that when you breathe, the physical air that you are breathing only goes into your lungs. But Yoga isn’t about the physical. It isn’t about where the molecules of oxygen or hydrogen go. And that is why I say Yoga is for every body type – because, in Yoga, the body isn’t what’s important.

We’ve forgotten that in this modern age of Yoga magazines and models and dancers turned yoga teachers. Yoga isn’t about the physical. It’s not even about fitness. Not physical fitness. It’s about connecting to your sense of the divine, and your own inner systems of intuition. When you look outside of yourself, to something external, you are not finding Yoga.

If you are flexible, that is good. It means you are relaxed. It means you are in a good position to listen to and sense all the subtle signs and signals happening inside your body – your God sense. So when you are breathing in, where does that breath go? And when I say breath, I mean, Prana.

Become sensitive to Prana in your body. Prana is your life force. It is the energy that makes you as an alive being. Western Scientists might say they cannot quantify Prana, and that it thus does not exist – and I say good luck to them – why are they expecting to be able to quantify the nature of the divine? They are the created saying that if they do not understand the creator then the creator does not exist. Hubris!

But then there are those more enlightened Western scientists who have had a sense of Prana, and respectfully tried to quantify it, and manipulate it, in order to give life and well-being to patients – such as William Reich, and his way of calling Prana “Orgone.” And such Western scientists have been silenced and worse. It is a great shame of our times that we show so little respect to the mysteries and those who honor them.

You do not need any expert, any scientist, to tell you what you are feeling in your body is real. It is between you and the divine. Feel that breath in your body, feel where the Prana it contains goes. Become sensitive to how it moves, and then learn how to move it around – in yourselves and others.

That is the true secret of living a good life. Yoking yourself to the divine through your sensitivity for Prana and life force. Being able to move it around inside your body, and other bodies, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You can move it like a current in an ocean – you are the moon pulling the tide.

Yoga, as a physical exercise, comes after that. Doing the physical work is a way to tire your body, and tire your brain so that you are able to feel the Prana. You are not distracted by doing anything else. You are in a pose, and it is uncomfortable, and you keep sitting with it until the discomfort no longer bothers you anymore. Then you are ready to listen to Prana.

Start with simple poses suitable for your body type. Perhaps you will use a block, a wall, or other props. Use a chair. There are many good resources on restorative yoga poses and Yin yoga. You do not need to do sun salutations one hundred times in a row at one hundred miles per hour to be a good Yogi. You can start by sitting in a chair and twisting. Stand behind the chair, and bend over, holding onto the back. Lie on the floor, and bend your legs over the seat of the chair. This is all very simple.

Do this every day, and the harder poses will open themselves up to you. But you will have the good foundation of feeling the life breath of Prana. Find Prana in you, and you will find the divine. Then you will see that Yoga is not only for everybody type, it is for you.

Guest Post: Reasons Why Yoga is Good for Your Health

Dealing with everyday stress seems to be more difficult today. Just as you’re about to finish a task at work, your boss assigns to you another project; meanwhile, your pet is sick, and your phone battery is dead. It looks like everything is going down in flames. Instead of allowing stress and anxiety to get the best of you, you can start developing your own strategies for handling stress and staying healthy. One of the best ways to do that is by hitting the mat and giving yoga a try.

Have a perfect posture

By spending a lot of time hunched over our computers we are ruining our posture since it is difficult to keep the spine in a perfectly upright position all the time. This means that our sedentary lifestyle puts a lot of strain on neck and back muscles, and modern technology, as well as hours spent in front of a computer, don’t make things any easier. Not only does a poor posture look bad, but it also causes back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. Yoga improves your flexibility, it strengthens your neck and back muscles and helps you stand straight. You will soon notice that your posture is improved and that your back pain problems are gone.

Get Stronger

Strong muscles look amazing, but when you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or in front of a TV, it becomes very difficult to keep that sculptured body. Strong muscles mean that you’ll stay healthy for a long time, you will improve your balance, and you will look amazing. As easy as yoga may seem at first, it’s very difficult, and before you know it, you will notice your body changing, becoming leaner and more muscular.

Improve Flexibility

Not only will you be getting stronger, but you will also become more flexible. Improved flexibility is something that happens over time. During your first classes, you might have trouble bending over, touching your toes, and doing a backbend. Still, if you are persistent and dedicated, you will soon notice your body becoming more flexible with every new class. As your flexibility improves, all your pains and aches will significantly diminish. You will also become more graceful, as you will have better posture and you will be moving with ease.

Fight Insomnia

People who suffer from insomnia have also noticed that the quality of their sleep is significantly improved after only eight weeks of daily yoga. What is more, a study found that even people who survived cancer started feeling less fatigued and could sleep better after doing yoga twice a week. Sleep issues are tightly connected to anxiety, and it is not uncommon that you find it difficult to fall asleep just because you cannot stop thinking about everyday problems and troubles. Breathing and mental exercises help your mind to relax too, and allow it to slow down, so you will soon discover that you’re sleeping better. Start using yoga accessories to help you focus better: find bundles of white sage on Sivana Spirit – the smell is lovely and it will help you relax.

Yoga is not only good for relaxation and finding a peace of mind, but it also represents an incredibly effective mind-body practice. By focusing on your breathing and keeping your body in the right position, you will find it easy to meditate and relax. The best thing is that pretty much anyone can do yoga – there are different kinds of yoga for you to choose from, and once you find the one that’s perfect for you, you will notice that you’re getting healthier with each day.

Get Fit Before Summer Hits

So, you’ve realized that summer is just around the corner and you’re starting to panic. Sit back, take a deep breath and relax. You might not have much time left until the start of summer, but there is still enough time to get in shape and ensure that you can wear your bikini with pride.

Here are some quick tips to help you get fit before summer hits:

Eat Breakfast Like a King

If you want to slim down in time for summer, you might want to rethink when you consume the bulk of your calories. Most of us eat our biggest meal at dinner time, but research from Skidmore College suggests that eating our biggest meals earlier in the day can help us to drop more weight than eating later in the day. So, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a lowly subject to maximise your weight loss potential.

Go Easy on the Carbs

Another way to get rid of a bloated belly and lose your love handles rapidly is to dramatically cut down on a number of carbs you eat. You could lose as many as 14 pounds in a month by going on a very low carb diet, where the bulk of your calories come from protein and healthy fats, but even if you don’t want to go to extremes, cutting down on refined carbs could help you to lose a few pounds and get a flatter belly by bikini season.

Follow a Bikini Body Guide

If you can find a good bikini body guide, and http://www.bikinibodyguidereview.com/ can help you with that, and you follow it religiously, you should see an improvement in your weight and muscle tone in as few as four weeks. Of course, you’ll need to stick with it a bit longer than that for optimum results, but start now, and you will look better by summer.

Practice Yoga

Have you noticed that dedicated yogini’s all have the most wonderfully lean, toned bodies? It isn’t a coincidence; yoga’s fine mix of bodyweight exercises and serious stretching is perfect for building the kind of lean muscle mass which makes you look beautiful in a bikini. Practice for an hour a day, using https://www.doyogawithme.com/, and you will see spectacular results much sooner than you think.

Go for a Run

Cardio exercise is great for burning fat, and running is one of the most effective forms of cardio exercise available to the average person. If you have love handles, take up running right now and not only will you see them diminish, but you’ll tone up your arms and legs too.

Ditch the Soda

You can’t exactly strut your stuff in a bikini when you’re suffering from belly bloat, and you know what causes more belly bloat than anything else? Soda. Switch your daily carbonated beverages for fat-fighting green tea and reap the rewards.

What’re Your Thoughts

All of these things will help you get fit in time for your favorite season, but only if you put them into practice every day from now until the first day of summer. So, show some resolve, do whatever it takes to get motivated and work hard.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Why Every Runner Needs Proper Cross-Training

So you want to become faster this year? What should you? Most people simply start running more. However, unless you’re an elite athlete, you don’t really need to run more than three (or maybe four) times a week.

So in addition to running, you should do some proper cross-training as well. Cross training will surely keep you motivated to get all of your workouts complete. There are numerous advantages of cross training, including (but not limited to) avoiding burnout and injuries.

What’s more, if you start focusing on a completely different group of muscles (that you may not work enough when you’re running) will ensure that you will become a better and stronger athlete from top to bottom.

But is every cross training technique helpful? As it is with anything in life, cross-training has its downsides. So before you start hitting the gym, you need to ask one question – does this exercise involve moving your pelvis?

The Proper Movement of the Pelvis

This is simply the most important part of healthy running. The frontal and transverse planes of your pelvis need to move properly (it moves sort of like a seesaw, from side to side).

If you spend too much time on exercises that hold it still, you’ll eventually start moving more slowly and become more prone to injuries. Also, keep this in mind – your brain memorizes movements. So if you manage to strengthen your muscles and learn all the right movements, then you’ll be both strong and mobile enough to run better.

Naturally, if you want to cross-train properly, you need to make some serious lifestyle changes, including changing your diet, timing your meals and getting used to careful meal prep.

But let’s get back to the topic at hand – first you need to learn about the right exercises – because if you learn and practice the wrong ones, even if you manage to strengthen the right muscles your training will still be useless. So let’s look at a short list of some cross-training activities, and see how they’ll help you become a better runner.

Why Every Runner Needs Yoga

  • The Big Benefits

Yoga can improve your strength and mobility, especially of your hip joints and core, especially in warrior poses and sun salutations. And if you pay special attention to all the different kinds of movement your pelvis makes, and allow it to move more, yoga will be even more effective.

  • The Possible Downsides

While there are no huge downsides of yoga, you don’t actually need to spend more than two to three hours a week practicing yoga. Only a small amount of it will do the job – so don’t overdo it.

Why Every Runner Needs Swimming

  • The Big Benefits

Freestyle swimming is great for runners for one main reason – it helps them line themselves up from foot to head. But you’ll maybe have to consult a trainer; because you’ll need to do everything properly (proper freestyle involves rolling side to side and lengthening one side first and then the other).

  • The Possible Downsides

However, the effectiveness of swimming mostly depends on what stroking technique you use. For instance, some strokes that doesn’t involve a lot of turning like the butterfly and especially breaststroke are actually not beneficial at all.

Why Every Runner Needs Strength Training

  • The Big Benefits

Most strength enhancing exercises involve spiral movement, balance and of course, turning – all of which are essential to running. And when it comes to pelvis movements, one great exercise for this is pulling a cable and creating resistance while you turn – this will move your pelvis a lit and strengthen your core.

  • The Possible Downsides

On the other hand, you need to pay special attention to small details, because training on machines that don’t move your pelvis at all can be bad for your running abilities. So before you start using certain machines, you’ll need to evaluate the equipment and learn what it does for your body.

Final Thoughts

Those are just a couple of reasons why every runner needs strength training. So what do you think about our list? Do you maybe have a different cross-training routine? If you do, you should definitely leave a comment in the section bellow and share it with the rest of us.

What People Don’t Realize About Spiritual Healing And Development

Spiritual healing and development is one of the best ways to get a sense of well being and contentment. By healing yourself spiritually and developing in any way you can, you’ll likely become a better person and improve your life in so many ways. However, there are a few things you may not realize about heading down the spiritual path. Read on to find out what they are…

It Might Get Worse Before It Gets Better

When you take a spiritual path, things usually get worse before they get better. This is because it tends to bring up a bunch of stuff you may have been ignoring, or things you may not have dealt with properly yet. Life is all about learning lessons, and if you haven’t learned yours, you’re going to have the same situations and feelings crop up until you do. There’s a lesson to be learned in everything, and you may need to deal with things like past trauma before you can move forward. This can be painful but so worth it.

Meditation Shouldn’t Be Optional

You should have a few spiritual practices that aren’t negotiable, and meditation should really be one of them. You don’t just have to sit still to meditate. You can do walking meditations, and even meditate as you shower or go about your chores. You can do this by adopting some kind of affirmation or breathing practice.

However, if you would like to try the traditional form of meditation, there are so many apps out there to help you. Not only is mediation perfect for spiritual healing, it will help you to develop at the same time. Sticking to a short practice each day can be difficult, but again, it’s worth it. 10-15 minutes every day is only a very short percentage of your day, and the benefits you’ll get from meditation can be vast.

Natural Methods Are Always Best

Natural methods of spiritual healing and development are always best. Some people try to use illegal, dangerous substances to help on their journeys, but this isn’t recommended. Instead, you can look at sites like Ibogahealing.com to get the best results on your path.

Negative Thoughts Are Slowing You Down

We all have negative thoughts from time to time, about ourselves, our lives, and others. These thoughts are slowing you down. Training your brain to stop entertaining and reaching for these thoughts can be hard, but you should notice huge improvements in your life. The way you judge others says more about you than it does about them.

You Probably Won’t Reach Enlightenment

This might sound like a bad thing to you, but reaching enlightenment like Jesus or Buddha is extremely difficult, almost impossible, and becoming obsessed with this state can really slow you down. This isn’t to say you never ever will (there are infinite possibilities in this universe), but getting too focused on it as an end result may prevent you from progressing in the long run, and you might get stuck in ‘ego mode’ without realizing it.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Top Workout Trends You Need to Try in 2017

Whether we love it or hate it, most of us have by now realized that working out is a must. The benefits are numerous: from general health, through mood enhancement, to weight control. However, after a while, it can get boring. It’s not easy finding the perfect form of physical activity that appeals to you. Once we get bored with the routine, we often drop it – especially those of us who struggle with discipline and willpower in the first place. But, just like in every major field, each year brings us new trends and fads in fitness, too. Take a look at the hottest workout trends in 2017 – you might just find some new ways to keep your workouts fresh and fun.

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Mind And Body: The Best Kept Secrets To Your Well-Being

We can all be a little guilty of getting caught up in the rate race of life. Stressed over work deadlines or feeling like we are being stretched beyond capacity. Work and home life merging and feeling guilty for not doing things you want to be doing, or doing them when you think you shouldn’t. It can all be a vicious cycle that can have a detrimental effect on our well-being. But the thing is, if we don’t take care of ourselves then we are less likely to function well in every aspect of our lives. So I thought I would share with you a few of the best kept secrets to your well-being, enabling you to kick start your year on a high.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Exercise Your Way Through Chronic Pain

We all make excuses for not doing exercise. Most of the time, these excuses are white lies or conveniences. Sometimes, though, chronic pain can make exercise seem impossible. When you’re in pain, exercise is the last thing you’ll be thinking about. The truth is, though, that exercise is still important to you. Those suffering from chronic pain gain more from doing a little exercise. A lot of the time, it’s inaction that causes aches and stiffness. If you go to a chiropractor, they will tell you to exercise! You should always check with your doctor before undergoing any form of exercise. While the movement helps in most cases, it’s possible to do yourself more damage. Talking to the doctor will also help you work out an exercise routine to suit you. Here are a few tips on activities you may want to try to help exercise through chronic pain.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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