Tai Chi, Breathing, and Stretching: A Guide to Sleep Relaxation by Paul Joe Watson (www.sleepopolis.com)
If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, it may be because you’re not relaxing properly. In this guide, we’ll discuss some expert-backed relaxation techniques to help you get some shut-eye. The three primary techniques we’ll discuss are tai chi, breathing exercises, and yoga. We’ll also check out some other relaxation techniques, including meditating, focusing on a specific topic, practicing progressive muscle relaxation, and using self-hypnosis.
Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2021 by Walter R. Thompson Ph.D., FACSM (www.acsm.org)
The year 2020 is the most memorable in many of our lives, especially those of us in the fitness industry. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Even as you read this, health clubs are closing, or at the very best restructuring their services. For that reason, this 15th annual survey of fitness trends will have the most impact it has ever had on the industry. For example, new to this year’s survey was the inclusion of potential new trends such as online training and virtual training. From the 2020 survey, virtual/online training was redefined as the more specific online training (and was the no. 1 trend for 2021). Virtual training became a defined trend on its own (and was the no. 6 trend for 2021). The results of this annual survey will help the health and fitness industry make some critical business decisions for future growth and development. These investments can be based on emerging trends that have been identified by health fitness professionals all over the world and not on the latest exercise innovation marketed during late night infomercials on television or the next hottest celebrity endorsing a product.
Community Support Organizations
Upon finding out that their child has CP, parents often have a hard time coping with such a life-changing diagnosis.
Many families affected by cerebral palsy find that joining a support group can be incredibly beneficial.
Organizations that offer emotional, medical and financial support are great ways to help parents feel like they are not alone in this fight.
Support communities are a great place for new parents to get tips and advice from those who have already been through many of the early struggles of raising a child with cerebral palsy. By talking with people who have been in your shoes, parents and caregivers will come out feeling more prepared for their family’s future.
Cerebral palsy support groups help to:
47 Healthy Snack Ideas to Power You Through the Day by Alexa Tucker and Carolyn L. Todd (www.self.com)
If you work a nine-to-five job (or something like it), then you know the importance of having healthy snack ideas at the ready to help you power through the WFH or office grind. A nutritious little midmorning or afternoon munch can provide the fuel top-off you need to stay focused until it’s time to clock out. A good snack is also kind of like a mini-break for your mind and treat for your senses.
Generally, an energizing and sustaining snack is going to have some nutritional staying power in the form of protein, fat, and/or fiber,Toronto-based dietitian Abbey Sharp, R.D., has previously told SELF. And while sometimes all you want is a little nibble, San Francisco–based dietitian and SELF columnist Jessica Jones, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., has said that including at least two different food groups (starches, fats, proteins, or fruits/vegetables) will result in a more substantial snack.
Why We Must Prioritize Equitable Access to Physical Activity for Children with Disabilities (www.acsm.org)
Providing children with disabilities equal access to quality education is a central tenet of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This four-part American legislation governs how states, schools and public agencies provide special education and related services to more than 6.5 million children across the country. Within this legislation, students are entitled to free and appropriate public education, including specially designed instruction, supplementary aids and related services based on their Individualized Education Program goals. IDEA is intended to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability at no cost to parents. Despite these important legislative wins, children with disabilities are often overlooked and systematically excluded from physical activity opportunities provided at schools.
Current evidence suggests that children with disabilities are 4.5 times less likely to engage in physical activity compared to children without disabilities. Contributing factors to this disparity include:
5 Reasons Maintaining a Skin-Care Routine Is Good for Your Mental Health by Jessica Migala (www.everydayhealth.com)
What you need right now in the COVID-19 era is a pandemic skin-care self-care plan. Simply put, it’s committing to and following a routine that will benefit the health of your body’s largest organ (that’s your skin, notes Berkeley Wellness) and deliver the bonus of providing the structure and pampering that benefits your psychological well-being.
“Caring for my skin is one of the first steps in my self-care routine,” says Erum Ilyas, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Montgomery Dermatology in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Yes, she’s a dermatologist, so naturally she’s skin-focused, but there’s good reason for the dermal attention. “The reality is that our skin in so many ways is a ‘check engine light’ for our internal health. When skin looks and feels good, we tend to feel better about ourselves,” she says.
Here are five powerful reasons why.
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