What Is “FLOW” And How You Can Use It To Enhance Your Exercise Experience
Author: Connor Johnston, BSc Strength and conditioning coach at Human 2.0 ___________________________________________ Coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (of Hungarian descent, I didn’t just fall asleep on my keyboard), the term “flow” means “total focus and engagement on a task”. It’s associated with positive emotions and “intrinsic motivation”, doing something for the sake of itself. It’s what we mean by “losing oneself”, or being engrossed in something so much that by the time you check your watch, hours have slipped away. The following will outline the components of “flow” and how to maximize it within the parameters of exercise and healthy living. […]
How’s Your Gym Working For You?
Author: Amanda (Fox) Raynor Co-owner/manager at Human 2.0/writer/health and wellness educator/furniture re-arranger ___________________________________________ We all know that to be healthy, we need – in part – to move our bodies. For many of us, that means buying a gym membership and going there a few times a week. Prices can range from fairly reasonable to expensive. Question: is the money you are spending worth it? Here are a few things to consider… What kind of stuff are you doing there? What typically happens when you go to the gym? Do you do a class? Do you work out on your […]
The Case For Non-Mechanized, Functional Movement Training
Author: Amanda (Fox) Raynor Co-owner/manager at Human 2.0/writer/health and wellness educator/furniture re-arranger _____________________________________ Movement is a part of life. From wrinkling your nose, to curling your fingers, to squatting down to pick up something off the floor, our bodies are made to bend and stretch, twist and turn, crawl and hop. It is how we sense and participate in our world. At its most basic level, moving is what indicates that we are alive. When we stop (for an extended period), we are – quite literally – dead. Strange then that we’ve created a society for ourselves where moving is […]
STRETCHING: When And How Is The Best Way To Do It?
Author: Jethro Constant, MScPT Family man, trivia nerd, music junkie, football fanatic _________________________________ Before answering this question, one must take into account the fact that there are various types of stretching, the three main ones being static, ballistic, and dynamic. Static stretching is the most commonly used form of stretching. It involves getting into a particular position at a person’s end range of motion and holding it for a certain amount of time. One may try to deepen the stretch slightly, but there is very little to hardly any movement for the duration. Dynamic stretching consists of actual controlled movements […]