Sleep is the single most important thing you must do to improve your health. Shockingly, 40% of Americans get less than 5 hours of sleep per night! Time to biohack your way to better sleep!
Sleep scientist, William Dement, has said that sleep, “is the most important predictor of how long you will live – perhaps more important than smoking, exercise or high blood pressure.(1)” People getting less than six hours of sleep per night were 12 percent more likely to die over a 25-year period than people getting 6-8 hours per night.
Chronic sleep loss contributes to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and a decrease in the immune system’s power. In other words, we need sleep (2,3,4,5)!
Many fitness fads come and go, but Pilates has proven its staying power. People looking to find focus and build a strong core, excellent posture, and a balanced, aligned body need look no further.
A staple on the schedule at health clubs and community centers nationwide, Pilates classes and Pilates-focused studios are a testament to the growth in popularity of this method of exercise. Despite firmly establishing its place in the fitness mainstream, there are some common misconceptions about Pilates. In order to bust those myths, it’s helpful to know how and where Pilates got its start.
From Contrology to Pilates: A History of the Workout
Originally named “Contrology,” Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates during World War I while he was a prisoner of war in England. He developed a collection of body-conditioning exercises to strengthen the core and postural muscles while balancing the musculature of the body through precise and efficient movements.
When Joseph Pilates brought his exercise regimen to New York in the 1920s, the technique became popular in the dance community.Dancers recognized that Pilates could complement their training by strengthening and toning muscles while also maintaining stability and flexibility.
Pilates became known as a successful method of injury prevention as well as a rehabilitative technique for injured dancers and athletes. It gradually drew attention of the Hollywood set, and as a result of its increasing status in celebrity circles the fitness phenomenon steadily grew in popularity from the 1980s on. Read More
Stress arrives in a thousand different forms: be it from work, money, a relationship, a lost cell phone or traffic. The dangers of stress are very real – stress kills. It can cause all kinds of health problems if left unmanaged.
Years of physical and emotional stress can deplete the body of nutrients, causing accumulation of toxic metals and industrial chemicals. It can also lead to adrenal fatigue, which is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. They then suffer an inability to produce adequate levels of hormones — the hormones the body uses to communicate and function.
The stress response is caused by the action of the adrenal hormones. The adrenal glands mobilize your body’s responses, via hormones, to every kind of stress, whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after an illness, a life crisis, or a continuing difficult situation, draining the adrenal resources of even the healthiest person. Adrenal fatigue is extremely common due to our culture’s work ’til you drop attitude, lack of relaxation, and other lifestyle factors, such as sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and excessive caffeine intake. For a more in-depth discussion on adrenal fatigue, check out my article on adrenal fatigue.
Recently, I was invited to contribute to The Adrenal Fatigue Solutions’s list of 50 Health Experts Share Their Favorite Stress-busting Tips. I am deeply passionate when it comes to spreading awareness on the dangers of stress and adrenal fatigue and was thrilled to be able to offer a bit of advice from my own life. Read More