Stretching and Flexibility --Everything
you never wanted to know!
What we all need, but seldom do. Reduce
injury and feel better....s...t...r...e...t...c...h!
The views and techniques given are those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Texas Volkssporting Association.
As with any physical activity, check with your doctor before doing any
of these stretches.
A Walking Primer
One of the best cardiovascular exercises is walking. It requires
little but a pair of good walking shoes. No need to drive to the gym, join
an exercise class, buy fancy clothes or expensive equipment and it can be
done wherever you are. Take a walk a day and keep the cardiologist away!
Mental health is similar to physical health
in a number of ways. Many mental health problems can be prevented. Some
may be treated very simply and some need the help of a professional.
Exercise, proper nutrition and having someone to talk to about problems,
can prevent many serious mental health problems from occurring. All of
these things help to reduce stress.
Mental health involves several concepts. It begins by feeling good about
yourself- having self-esteem. A healthy self-image results from your
ability to handle stressful situations, adjusting to changes in life,
talking with others about your problems and participating in activities
you enjoy. It is the ability to accept yourself as you are. All of you are
different and have unique talents and personalities.
To control stress and live better, it's worth spending time each day to
cultivate a habit of deep, diaphragmatic breathing.
Walking Out the Blues
A city street, a path through the woods, a neighborhood block, a sandy
beach, a grassy field, a town park. These are all places that can help us
to transform our blue moods into moments of peaceful joy.
Spiritual health is the third component of
physical, mental and spiritual health. Spirituality is the search for the
meaning of life and/or the belief in a supreme being. Spirituality is not
religion. Religion is an organized set of beliefs, rituals and practices.
Spirituality is more universal in scope and involves an individual's
spirit and its relationship to the world and beyond.
It involves a search for the meaning of life, a connection with a higher
power. Connecting with fellow human beings and nature can also be
important. Spiritual beliefs are many and vary greatly. They can provide
comfort and healing in a time of illness.