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Flow: What is it, why do I want it, and how do I get it

It was a glorious winter day in Sun Valley Idaho 20 years ago, the day after the only snowstorm of the week. My husband was off on another slope teaching himself to snowboard and my friends were off on a groomed run. So I skied alone that morning, and after skiing mostly cut up powder and crud, I found myself at the top of a pristine powder run.

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Strength Training - The Fountain of Youth

Ok, you’re convinced you want to strength train, but need a nudge or ideas to update your gym routine? Begin by identifying WHY you want to get stronger. Do you want to enhance your performance in running, golf, tennis or turn back the clock, and get as fit as you were when you were an elite athlete? How about strength to perform everyday household activities, lifting kids, dancing all night, or taking a long hike with a friend? According to the IDEA Fitness Journal, we lose 5% of muscle mass every decade after 40 and it accelerates after age 65. Strength training can reverse the loss of muscle, help your body move more youthfully, help you stand up straighter, and increase the range of motion in joints. “Most of us can be functionally younger every year for the next five or even ten years”, says Chris Crowley in his and Dr. Lodge’s book, Younger Next Year, a book advocating exercise six days a week for the rest of your life. It is well documented that being strong and fit improves the quality of life as one ages and reduces the chance of chronic diseases and limiting disabilities.
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Exercise is Medicine

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) launched this Global Initiative in 2008. This bold statement came as a result of years and years of studying the effect of exercise on people of numerous ages, classifications, and circumstances.  It is a result of scientific, repeatable conclusions, proof!  Exercise enhances mood, health, and ability.  And six years after the claim it retains its strength scientifically and personally.

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Dynamic Flexibility: The ultimate workout warm up

Dynamic Flexibility is quite possibly the best workout warm-up that anyone can perform. When performed along with core work and cardio exercise, I can't think of a better way to keep the body healthy, balanced & ready for action. Yes, dynamic flexibility can help to prepare the body for greater challenge, increase athletic performance and, if performed regularly, it can greatly reduce the chances of injury. 

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Reach fitness of the body and the mind

Here at Body Kinetics we offer many different ways to stay fit. Yoga is one of the ways to reach fitness of the body and the mind. The subject of yoga is as vast as the universe. For me Yoga is a way of life. Asanas, or yoga poses, were created to change and purify the body producing physical and mental health. The idea is to slowly change and improve the behavioral patterns of the practitioner through yoga. Asanas improve body structure, lubricating joints which create freedom of movement.

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5 Functional Exercises that are Totally Worth it

Sometimes, we all have those days when we wake up in the morning and think, “ugh, I really need to exercise.” Lying in bed we think of our many workout options—we could release some pent-up aggression through kickboxing, peddle our hearts out on the spin bike, or even pop in a 90s workout DVD and do Pilates with leotard-clad experts.
While it is great to have options, we often choose that of least exertion: sleep in another hour and figure it out later. 
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Suspension Training for the Body You Desire

Suspension training is a form of strength training that helps build lean muscle in the body using your own body weight for resistance. Building muscle is key to weight loss because nothing burns excess body fat like lean muscle. Even while your body is at rest, your muscles are burning excess fat in your body.  Unlike using free weights or strength training machines, suspension training uses your body weight as resistance for your workout, in combination with a system of ropes and webbing. The ropes allow you to suspend your body in the air during your workout to engage several muscle groups at the same time from different angles.

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