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Backpacks can be an excellent way to carry books, binders, lunch, running shoes and other items for school or recreation, but they can be a source of temporary discomfort or eventually serious soreness. Very heavy or improperly worn backpacks can lead to poor posture, cause stress on the soft tissue in your neck and...

The season is fast approaching, and whether your interest is downhill or cross-country skiing, you should put in some preparation to ensure that your body is ready when the snow falls.  Injury prevention when skiing involves more than just physical strength:  one has to be mentally prepared and of course, ensure that the equipment is well-maintained. Physical components of ski fitness involve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, strength training and balance skills.  If your legs get tired quickly, you increase the risk of falling after skiing only a few runs.  Evidence has shown that ski injuries are most likely to occur in the late morning or late afternoon after people have been on the hills/trails for a few hours.  The most common injuries are to the knees (20-32%) or thumbs (17-25%). Here are 3 tips:

The pelvic floor group of muscles act like any other muscle in your body, and they take consistent work to make them stronger and get them flexible.  It is important that they get regular use, and you have to train your brain to know how to contract the pelvic floor muscles properly and build endurance and control. A proper pelvic floor contraction, or a Kegel, is a lift:  imagine a marble sitting outside your vagina and you want to just bring it inside.  

A back problem can be a literal pain in the butt.  There is much that can be done to fix it, and your first stop should be an experienced physiotherapist who can assess your individual issue and help determine what positions and movements will be helpful to guide you back...

Maybe a better question would be who CAN’T benefit?  No, really… with life’s ever-moving flow and the list of “to-do’s” growing, how do you have time to catch your breath, or at least appreciate the little things?  It’s hard to live in the moment when there is limited time and a million things to do. Research shows that meditation techniques can calm your nervous system by connecting your brain with your breath and your body.  It isn’t the absence of thinking-- that isn’t possible.  But it is trying to train your brain to let go-- let go of doubting thoughts and self-critique and learn to accept just being. When your brain wanders, just come back to the breath. Many people don’t start meditating because they fear that they will be bad at it. The main focus of meditation is breathing.  If you can breathe, you can meditate.

Thanks for the mention in this article for https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/ It's important that every woman who has had a baby learn about a diastasis recti and gets checked to see if they have one.  There's much that can be done to help minimize a DR, but we need to keep this conversation going...