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Best Practices to do before and after Back Surgery 640 275 Skip Jennings
Best Practices to do before and after Back Surgery

I highly recommend these practices, I had to go through back surgery at the beginning of the year. Here are basic guidelines that will help prepare your body before surgery. The pre-operative period can be very stressful and some patients use alcohol, tobacco, pain medications, drugs or food to ease pain or discomfort. These habits and/or practices have the potential to negatively affect the outcome of your surgery and must be avoided at least 2 weeks before your scheduled surgery. Do not lift weights and avoid prolonged sitting and/or standing.…

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Tai Chi, Chi Gong – The Art of Slowing Down 640 275 Skip Jennings
Tai Chi, Chi Gong – The Art of Slowing Down

Tai Chi (Tai ji quan) is an ancient Chinese form of martial art that is now widely used for health benefits and wellness.  The concept of tai ji refers to the yin and yang – two halves that together complete wholeness.  It is a series of low impact, gentle slow motions, taking small steps, focusing your attention as in some kind of a meditation, while you breathe deeply and naturally. Chi Gong (Qi Gong) is an ancient Chinese form of mediation/exercise.  The concept of Qi means air or breath as in life giving force, or vital energy.  Gong means work…

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Benefits of Morning Walks in Nature 640 275 Skip Jennings
Benefits of Morning Walks in Nature

Human beings find nature essentially interesting.  Our affinity toward nature is genetic and deep rotted.  When we look at the beauty in nature such as the expanse of the sea, the prominence of a mountain, the pigments in fruits and flower, we are dazzled by overwhelming feelings of wonder, amazement and awe.  A walk in the woods or a stroll by the beach on a chilly early morning while the ocean breathes, the whispering waves can awaken our innermost thoughts and feelings of happiness and peace.  Just by being outdoors…

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Healing the Body – Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropractor, Foam Rollers 640 275 Skip Jennings
Healing the Body – Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropractor, Foam Rollers

The theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China. It is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points to various depths with the aim of balancing the extremes of “yin” and “yang” energy forces said to flow through pathways in the human body. Sometimes the needles are heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion. Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissues can be stimulated, which increases blood flower which at the same time triggering the…

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Different Types of Healthy Snacks for the Busy Person 640 275 Skip Jennings
Different Types of Healthy Snacks for the Busy Person

Packing the right snacks for the person who is always on the go is as important as remembering to bring an ID and wallet at all times. Great snacks should be quick to assemble, easy to eat, clean and has nutritional value . The goal of eating a snack is to tide you over until your next meal and to give you a slight boost of energy to help you carry on with day. If you work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, packing a healthy and nutritious snack should be…

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Good Carbs and Bad Carbs 640 275 Skip Jennings
Good Carbs and Bad Carbs

By scientific definition, carbohydrates are neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in simple forms such as sugars, and in complex forms such as starches and glucose. They are a major source of fuel and nutrients for our bodies, and should be part of a healthy diet, even when the goal is to lose weight. There are carbohydrate-rich foods or “good carbs” that you should be investing in. They contain important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Examples: (1) Sweet potatoes, digests slowly keeping you feel fuller and energized longer, loaded with…

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Working Out 40's And 50's
Working Out When You Are In Your 40’s And 50’s (Tips And Guidelines) 640 275 Skip Jennings
Working Out When You Are In Your 40’s And 50’s (Tips And Guidelines)

It is a known fact that engaging in regular exercise programs has great health benefits, regardless of age, sex or physical activity. Being active boosts good cholesterol and decreases the bad ones, which keeps the blood flowing smoothly, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. As we get older, our needs and goals change. There are tips we can use as we get older to ensure we stay safe and pain-free with our exercise and strength training routines and to maximize our efforts. These tips may be more applicable to people…

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Strength Training Using Weights | Skip Jennings - Personal Trainer
Strength Training Using Weights 640 275 Skip Jennings
Strength Training Using Weights

Strength Training and muscular strength are just one component of physical fitness. Strong muscles are essential for supporting the skeleton and enables ease of body movement, good posture, decreases risk of injury, and overall performance of everyday activities. Strength training is beneficial if your muscles are weak. It can help make you stronger and improve your balance and flexibility. Strength exercises work your muscles by using resistance like dumb bells, resistance bands, weight machines or your own body weight. This type of exercise increases lean muscle mass, which is vital…

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