Mind-Body Podcast Episode 1: Awareness and Mindfulness

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Welcome to the very first edition of the “Mind-Body Forum”.  The Mind-Body Forum brings together professionals from around the world to discuss topics relating to a 360 approach to fitness, health, and wellness.  Each week we focus on a topic relating to fitness and exercise, sports performance, rehabilitation, and everything in between! Inspired by a year filled with major sporting events that happen once every four years (i.e., Olympic Games and World Cup), … [Read more...]

Jimmy Fallon & “The Rock” on Fitness and Exercise

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson's Workout Videos - Part One Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon may have just catapulted him into fitness stardom as he served up a cameo appearance as one of the infamous "Fungo Brothers"!   With their parody, highlighting fitness fads and infomercial flops from the last few decades, they had a ton of fun in leg warmers, headbands, and muscle shirts (that were a bit too tight for Dwayne and … [Read more...]

Fitness Tip of the Day #18

Some days you win. Some days you learn.

FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY: Every challenge provides us with an opportunity to either: Succeed at reaching our goal, or  Learn from our mistakes (which makes us better for whatever comes our way) Ultimately, there is no negative result to any obstacle we face in life ... it's all a matter of perspective!  If everyone saw an obstacle as an opportunity versus a game that we either "win or lose", every human being on earth would face every challenge with … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

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The health benefits of the ancient art of tai chi are, quite literally, legendary. Like all the martial arts, tai chi originated as a form of self-defense, but many today use it for other forms of combat: to fight stress, obesity, joint pain, disability, and loss of balance (physical and mental). Studies have shown that tai chi improves balance and coordination in seniors, and can reduce the risk of falls in the elderly. It also helps maintain and improve mobility … [Read more...]

Workout Music Mix – Zen Grooves

Workout Music Mix - Zen Grooves

Yoga is well known as a form of exercise that can calm the mind and body and decrease one's overall stress levels.  Music can provide the same benefits as it can "soothe the human soul".  By combining the soothing effects of music with the breathing and flow of many yoga postures you can take your yoga practice to the next level! Alexa Kelly, Moksha hot yoga and Aerial yoga instructor in Calgary (Alberta, Canada), utilizes the power of music in her classes and her … [Read more...]

Fitness Tip of the Day #17

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FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY: Don't waste your time by going through the motions.  Train with intensity, commitment to the work, and a hunger to succeed! It doesn't matter if you are new to the fitness scene or have been a permanent fixture at your local gym for years, all people (at some point or another) end up "going through the motions" during their workout.  They are doing the exercises, but don't get the most out of their workout because they aren't: Working … [Read more...]

Workout Music Mix – Pump It Up

man doing barbell curls

When it comes to a really tough strength workout, motivation is something that you can't get enough of!  The right music can play a big role in helping you get to that last repetition or give you the "guts" to increase the weight on your last set!  Because it's always a good idea to change-up and update your workout music playlist, TodaysFitnessTrainer.com has put together a list of some of the best tunes to pump out those reps on the workout floor!  The hard rock … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert – Aerial Yoga Basics

Woman performing Danurasana (Bow Pose)

This is an exciting time in the area of health, fitness, and exercise as we are at a point where the industry is ready to move beyond cardio and weights! Functional training has become an area of interest over the past decade which has blurred the lines between fitness and sport performance and movement. Unlike most forms of exercise, which are bound to the floor (i.e., feet, hands, back, or front on the floor), activities that are suspended provide new challenges … [Read more...]

The Dangerous Life of a City Runner

man running in the city with taxi cabs

Running in the city is an extremely dangerous hobby!  Today I saw my life pass before my eyes as a white SUV (going 40 miles an hour through a signalled pedestrian crosswalk) came within inches of hitting me straight on.  Unfortunately, this is not the first (nor will it be the last) time this has happened to me as a city runner. I wouldn't call myself a serious runner.  Running has always been a part of my athletic conditioning or my workout routine.  As I've … [Read more...]

Workout Music Mix – Kick Up the Cardio

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Workout music is an important part of how most of us get motivated to exercise.  In an effort to keep your music playlist up-to-date and helping you stay motivated to work your best at the gym, TodaysFitnessTrainer.com has put together a music playlist that's perfect for your cardio workout day!  This music playlist is over two hours long (2 hours, 15 minutes) and all music tempos range between 120 and 140 beats per minute (scientifically proven to be more effective … [Read more...]