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Nutrition

Weight Loss: A Different Perspective

As Sean Croxton mentions in his book, “The Dark Side of Fat Loss,” you don’t lose weight to get healthy…you get healthy to lose weight. This different view on weight loss goes beyond the whole “calories-in/ calories-out” approach (otherwise known as the law of thermodynamics). Note, however, the difference in weight loss versus fat loss….

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Nutrition

Go Organic: Consciousness in Food Choice

Ever since growing up as kids, we’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, some of us turned into cheeseburgers and others of us started growing feathers from eating too much chicken. But seriously, folks. When I was studying for my Bachelor’s Degree at Cal State Hayward, one of my favorite classes…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Tips

Is Your Digestive System Healthy?

Did you know that there’s a direct relationship between your digestive tract and your physical performance during exercise? There are other numerous benefits of a properly functioning digestive tract. These include proper absorption of vitamins and minerals, elimination and reduction of food intolerances, proper organ functionality, and an overall enhanced sense of well being. Here…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Exercise & Fitness

Primal Movement Patterns

In everyday life, we perform very natural movement patterns…that is, unless you’re just lying on the couch all day. Our 6 primary movement patterns are exhibited and performed with little conscious effort. They are: Push, Pull, Bend, Squat, Lunge, Twist and Bend. In order to optimize these primal movement patterns and limit exposure to injury,…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Nutrition

Get Your Fiber!

What is fiber, exactly how is it helpful, and how can I be sure I’m getting enough on a daily basis? These are questions that may have crossed your mind from time to time, whether at the doctor’s office or during your own assessment of your nutrition plan. An average amount of daily fiber equates…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Active

A 3-Legged Stool

The Three Pillars What are your goals toward becoming a healthier you? To lose fat? Or gain muscle? For more flexibility? What you may not realize is that, despite what your goals may be, achieving them involves a nutritional, exercise, and a mental/ spiritual approach. It’s a typical response to just focus on hopping on…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Nutrition

Detox class at Ascend

Ascend Body hosted a post-holiday detox workshop throughout the month of February.This workshop embodied the core values that our studio represents, namely a holistic approach to increasing vitality and overall health and well-being by addressing four factors; diet, quiet time, proper exercise and happiness (moving towards alignment with one’s dreams.) In this workshop, we focused…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Exercise & Fitness

Train don’t Drain

You’ve heard the phrase, “No pain, No gain??” That mentality is counterproductive to sustained health and overall fitness. The body will remember the most painful rep that you perform and download that information into your neuromuscular systems memory bank. Each time you return to perform, for example, a Dead lift or Squat, your body will…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Nutrition

Hydration

Hydration It is a smart investment to purchase a high quality water filter.  Tap water contains unwanted chemicals, pharmaceuticals, bacterial pathogens and heavy metals. We recommend a reverse osmosis or carbon filter for both drinking and shower water. Bathing in tap water and breathing in the steam is harmful to your health. Chlorine will be…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

Exercise & Fitness

Mindful Stretching

MINDFUL STRETCHING When we are stretching we are addressing much more than just the length tension relationships of our bodies. We are stretching our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies.  Stretching is a powerful healing tool, but to use it as such, we must bring awareness and intention to our stretches. This is a basic…

By Shane Young July 3, 2012 | 

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