Yoga Beats Prozac–Again

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety. The findings, which currently appear on-line at Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, is the first to demonstrate an association between yoga postures, increased GABA levels and

Sep 03, 2010 / by corematters / No Comments

Magic Shoes? Not so Magical….

At a fitness convention last month, talk among trainers turned to those special magic shoes that claim to tone your buns and give you glutes of steel, all by simply paying close to $100 and then walking around.   Our conclusion?  They don’t work and people are getting hurt.  These are anecdotal, of course.  Just a

Sep 01, 2010 / by corematters / No Comments

Back on Track

Do you have an aching back? According to the National Institute of Health, you’re not alone. ” Nearly everyone–80% of Americans–at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and

Mar 01, 2010 / by corematters / No Comments

You Say You Want a Resolution?

Well, you know it takes time to change the world. John Lennon was so right.   Change won’t happen with the flip of  a switch. Or will it?   How often are we able to do just that?  From darkness to light.  From chill to warmth.  From off to on.  So why not  flip an internal switch

Jan 18, 2010 / by corematters / No Comments

When’s the last time you went barefoot?

Besides walking around in your house.  Unless you’ve been to the beach lately, I bet you don’t remember. Do yourself a favor—no—do your feet a favor, and kick off your shoes.  Make your feet do the job they are so marvelously designed for:   supporting your body weight. That’s why one quarter–that’s 1/4–of all the bones

Oct 20, 2009 / by corematters / No Comments

No Excuses. You can do this ONE exercise.

This is it.  One of the few specific exercises I recommend.  It’s called Plank.  And if you only have time to do one exercise, this is the one. You lie on you stomach on a hard surface.  Slide your hands under your shoulders, fingers spread.  Make sure that your arms and wrists are in line

Apr 03, 2009 / by corematters / No Comments

There’s more to life than just running…

Seems I’m stuck on a running theme. This morning, I went with my daughter to a new trail and ran 3 times the distance I usually go, strictly on ChiRunning technique. I am quite thrilled and pleased with myself. But what if you don’t run? Well, tonight, I played ping pong with my other daughter.

Sep 07, 2008 / by corematters / No Comments

37 Seconds, Well-used, Is a Lifetime…

That title comes from a movie I watched with my daughter last week, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. (If you have kids, rent it and watch it with them!) While waiting for a clock-store prank to unfold, his co-hort says, “Ok, now we wait–exactly 37 seconds…” To which Magorium replies incredulously, “Wait???  NOOOO!!!–We breathe. We pulse.

Jun 26, 2008 / by corematters / 1 Comment