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Zen Fitness With Mandy: Yoga For Your Heart

With  awards season just behind us, it’s important to remember that not only does yoga tone arms and trim waistlines (Jennifer Aniston[1] and Jennifer Lawrence[2] make for great model examples of the slimming results of this practice), but it also promotes self-love by connecting to the heart.

Here are my top tips for a healthy heart:

1. Treat Yourself. Nothing is sweeter than a little a dairy-free chocolate to lift your spirits at the end of a yoga practice. My favorite is Zen Bunni[3] Grey Salt. It is dairy-free and sweetened with agave. Dark chocolate is a good-for-you treat. Be sure to infuse your chocolate with good intentions. The mind is very powerful. Before you savor it, take a few deep breaths. As you inhale, imagine all of the goodness and sweetness of your life expanding, and as you exhale, release worry and judgement. Enjoy!

Zen fitness with Mandy: 5 yoga moves to get red carpet ready[4]

2. Partner Yoga. The couple that yogas together, stays together! Try the Infinity Twist with a partner for a new twist on your detoxing. In yoga, not only do we target the muscles, tendons and ligaments, but the internal organs begin to beam with health. Yoga is like a pumpwhile in a pose we are cutting off the blood flow, and then as we release the pose, we are flooded with all sorts of happiness, hormones and oxygen.

(Before you take this twist, look into the eyes of your partner and smile. Smiling will actually change the chemistry in your body and will reduce unneeded stress and increases happiness!)

Infinity Twist: Sit cross-legged and face each other, knees touching. Inhale and lengthen the spine, as you exhale twist to the right and reach your right arm behind you. With your right hand, hold your partner’s left hand (and s/he should do the same). Take a few breaths as you pull gently. Change sides. 

Zen fitness with Mandy: new year, new you inspiration [5]

3. Heart Health. When you engage in cardiovascular activity, you strengthen your heart. A brisk walk in nature, interval training (like spinning[6] with sprints or Tabata[7]), or Sun Salutations[8] will increase your heart health.

Remember that your heart is a muscle, and be intentional when you engage in cardio activity. Imagine that your heart is getting stronger so that you are able to give and receive more love. Love is a very motivating force!

4. Supported Bridge Pose. All back bends are heart-openers, and they create more space in your chest and lungs. Back bends increase your energy levels, so best to do these in the morning.

Place a yoga brick underneath your sacrum where you feel supported. Allow your arms to relax with the palms open up towards the sky. Allow the opening to happen and breathe into your heart. Feel the self-love you are engaged in. If you have a partner, come to Child’s Pose, and support your partner in a back bend, while you partner deepens your Child’s Pose.

Namaste!

Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness & wellness expert and author of Yogalosophy: 28-Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover. [9]Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale and Helen Hunt have all credited Mandy for their A-list bodies. Connect with Mandy via Facebook[10] and Twitter[11].

See hot celeb workouts [12]

References

  1. ^ Jennifer Aniston (www.eonline.com)
  2. ^ Jennifer Lawrence (www.eonline.com)
  3. ^ Zen Bunni (www.zenbunni.com)
  4. ^ Zen fitness with Mandy: 5 yoga moves to get red carpet ready (www.eonline.com)
  5. ^ Zen fitness with Mandy: new year, new you inspiration  (www.eonline.com)
  6. ^ spinning (hustleandflowfitness.com)
  7. ^ Tabata (tabatatraining.org)
  8. ^ Sun Salutations (youtu.be)
  9. ^ Yogalosophy: 28-Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover.  (www.amazon.com)
  10. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  11. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  12. ^ See hot celeb workouts  (www.eonline.com)

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  1. Fitness Tips To Prepare To Join The Army? I want to join the army, and I would like some fitness tips so I can whip my butt into shape. I’m almost 16 right now, and I’m not really in shape. Any advice from people who have any kind of military experience would be great, or if you just know some tips. Thanks!

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      • HealthNut
      • February 27, 2013
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      Hey man,

      You will need to build mental toughness more than anything, but you will learn that once you join.

      you should start out by doing 200-300 push-ups, 200-300 sit-ups, and 50-100 pull-ups everyday. It does not have to be all at once.

      You will need to get your general fitness levels up. The best way to do that is by doing this

      Jumping jacks-30 seconds
      shuffle splits- 30 seconds
      mountain climbers- 30 seconds
      burpess 30 seconds.

      repeat that 3-4 times. Before joining the army you should be doing that for 30 minutes a day.

      That should help you get started. If you have anymore questions, please ask.

      Good luck.

      Danny lupiani

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    Any Fitness Tips For People With Asthma? Just need some fitness tips to help with my asthma. I want to be able to run for a longer period and have an overall better fitness level. I start losing my breath after about 1 minute of running. Any ideas and tips would be very much appreciated : )

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      • HealthNut
      • February 27, 2013
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      First, you have to choose a certain kind of exercise that they really can handle well. Some exercise that might be great choice for asthma sufferers are walking, swimming, riding a bike, as well as hiking. These kinds of exercise needs less physical move than tennis, hockey, gymnastics, long distance running, and many other else. You could also consult their doctors to choose the most appropriate type of exercise for you.

      Second, you can take advantage of your inhaler. You can use your inhaler about 15 minutes before you start to exercise. Besides, makes sure that your inhaler is always close enough to you. You will never know when the attack might hit you. Therefore, providing inhaler as first aid near you is very important.

      Third, breathing through your nose during the exercise is also important. Mouth breathing tends to trigger asthma attack since it causes you to inhale cold air right into the bronchial tube. In contrary, the air that you heal will be filtered well when you are breathing through your nose. Besides, nose breathing also allows the air to be warmer before reaching the lungs.

      The fourth thing you need to do is looking for a certain area that free from pollutions and allergens. However you should also avoid area with too many trees or grass. Then, you should also be aware of the symptoms of asthma that occur during the exercise. If you feel very tired and your chest begins to be tightening, you should be notice that those are the initial symptoms of asthma. Usually, those symptoms will be followed by wheezing. Stop doing any physical activity when these symptoms occur.

      By following those tips, asthma sufferers could still have exercise with less risk of asthma attack. Do not let asthma attack prevent you to have regular exercise activity.

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    What Are Your Best Tips To Live A Healthy Life? Health tips in any area would be great. Especially what foods to eat, fitness tips, avoiding colds or being sick, and being happier.

    Sorry it’s so broad, but I just wanted some really good tips or secrets, or anything. Thanks!

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      • HealthNut
      • February 27, 2013
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      One has to be happy, not worry about everything little thing that goes wrong, think of others who have life a lot worse or the ones who are gone who whould like to swich with you, but most importantly, you must cleanse your body of toxins and take suppliments.

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    What Are The Best Fitness Tips ? I want to know What are the best fitness tips ?

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      • HealthNut
      • February 27, 2013
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      Fitness Tip 1 :
      Change does not have to be Hard :
      The majority of the fitness tips that you come across nowadays would request you to go for extended exercises in gym and eat only salads in addition to get registered with various elevated priced health clubs. By fitness tips, the majority of us believe that we have to totally change our life-style and thus the majority of us never bother to think about various helpful fitness tips. The terror of abandoning your dietetic habits is one of the obstacles between people and fitness tips.

      Fitness Tip 2 :
      Try to discover the golden signify between over training and concrete, tangible exercises gains and advantages . Calculate carefully the depth, period and frequency of your exercises. You require visible and quick results but a burnout might prove disastrous .

      Fitness Tip 3 :
      No exercises program and no diet will bring long term consequences if you do not make a serious responsibility. Nourish your self motivation and person discipline. Look into the mirror , if your eyes slash and spark at that time you be able to go on. Put Specific Objectives Setting specific goals means that you have to forget going to the fitness center without even knowing the cause you go. For example, set the practical objective of gaining 5 pounds of muscle mass throughout the next couple of months or to improve your bench weight 10 percent. Your exercises, your diet, your supplementation even your brain must be focused on this objective.

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    Anyone Know Some Good Fitness Tips? I’m really bad at running, and I would like to loose a few pounds, so I was wondering if anyone could give me some simple fitness tips? Just a simple fitness regime, please.

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      • HealthNut
      • February 27, 2013
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      Avoid elevators and escalators,,
      climb stairs,, walk long distances every single day.
      hour of cardio at your target heart rate every day.
      stretch properly afterwards or you wont want to come back tomorrow which blows the whole plan.

      good luck

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    • Isy
    • February 27, 2013
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    I Want To Lose A Few Kilos But Not A Heap, Dieting And Fitness Tips..? I weigh 58 kilos, and I don’t really want to lose too much weight, maybe 5 or 6 kilos, but I mostly just want to tone up. Do you know any dieting/fitness tips? I’m going to the gym 5 times a week, and on the days I’m not there I’m going for a run. Any tips on what to spend my time on at the gym? Thank you x

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      • HealthNut
      • February 27, 2013
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      Dear Isy,

      One thing you need to understand is that you have to work hard if you want to change the shape of your body. That means a balance of medium-high intensity cardio exercise along with challenging strength training workouts.

      For weight loss, you’ll need to get about 5 cardio workouts each week at a medium-high intensity for at least 30 minutes. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start slow and work your way up but, if you’re in good condition and have no restrictions, challenging yourself with harder workouts is the best way to burn more calories. Interval training is a good choice because studies show you continue to burn calories even after you’ve stopped exercising.

      In addition to your cardio workouts, you’ll need to lift weights for all your muscle groups at least 2 non-consecutive days a week. And, by lifting weights, that means using enough weight that you can ONLY complete the desired number of reps. For example, if you’re doing 12 bicep curls, you need to use enough weight that you can only do 12 bicep curls and not one more. Most people don’t lift enough weight to really challenge their muscles.

      What you need to engage in is a well balanced all rounded diet with considerable physical exertion over a prolonged time period. Food can be broken down into 5 major groups. These groups are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and water. The body needs varying amounts of these types of food so that the adequate amount of nutrients is supplied to the body. A well-balanced diet does not mean an equal amount of each type of food, as our body requires more of some nutrients than others.

      Each type of food plays a significant role in our body but excesses or deficiencies of certain types of food can also harm the body and produce a negative impact on our health.

      It is very important that we know how much of each type of food we are supposed to consume and that we eat in a sensible way. This means eating regular meals at “least” three times a day and drinking plenty of water, but what I would suggest is breaking it down to 5 smaller meals a day and having your last solid meal before 6pm after that you are only allowed to have pure low fat milk a mug or two would be a good idea to cut down on excessive cravings.

      Hope this answers your question.

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    • Em
    • February 27, 2013
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    What Are The Best And Fastest Ways To Loose Weight? I hate swallowing pills and would like to do my best to not take pills to loose weight. I would like to know some diet tips and fitness tips. I currently do about 8 hours a week of fitness. I do competitive cheerleading, exercise during gym and walk home from school every day. Additionally, I go running for about an hour every saturday. However, i am not loosing weight! Please help!!
    I also do not eat fast food such as hamburgers, fried foods, etc

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      • HealthNut
      • February 27, 2013
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      Alter your diet, eat healthy – restrict the amount of burgers / fast food you eat.

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