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Great Beginnings

Looking back and reflecting on my love for healthy living, what is the one thing that could be deemed the prime mover?

I don’t know that sharing this with you will make a difference in your life; but then, I don’t know that it won’t. And it’s easy for you to skip past these observations if you find them of no use, so I won’t feel guilty about wasting your time.

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As a lifelong fitness enthusiast and armchair philosopher (BA in Social Science, UC Irvine), Steven communicates his passion for health and wellness with an offbeat slant. It's a lifestyle, he will insist; and fitness is really a journey to find what fits--for you. His personal fitness journey has primarily centered on resistance training for more than fifty years. An intense three-year exposure to Shotokan Karate under Sensei Ray Dalke and Sensei Edmond Otis in Southern California during his thirties (he is now 65, since you're wondering) had a significant impact on his appreciation for the martial arts as fitness disciplines. It is his sincere hope that you will find insight, inspiration, and knowledge from the ideas he sends your way. Find more of his work at The Senior Health and Fitness Blog.
 

A Fitness Class That Works for You

Stronger Together

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Esoteric Yoga Revealed

The Eternal Question

Fierce debate springs eternal among yoga enthusiasts regarding the merits of purely fitness-based sensibilities in yoga practice. Usually, it starts with someone from the more-than-fitness side feeling compelled to say out loud that Yoga is not just working out. To which, the inevitable response is that many people are utilizing yoga practice for physical fitness alone and it's a beautiful thing so who are you to define yoga or pass judgment on anyone else?

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J. Brown's picture

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

The Importance of Balance Training

How’s your sense of balance? Do you avoid balancing exercises, or hate balance poses in yoga? It’s my experience that most people don’t have much confidence in their ability to balance, and that everyone definitely needs some type of balance training in their fitness routines.

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Johnny Nasello's picture

Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

Mind-Body Connection Optional?

I continually assert that yoga practice encompasses more than physical fitness.

As much as I generally try to avoid admitting it, this does implicitly question whether the use of yoga poses for physical fitness alone can even be considered yoga practice. My interpretation of what constitutes a yoga practice aside for now, I am thinking of a specific example where a principle of exercise science is at odds with a holistic perspective.

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J. Brown's picture

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

How to Get More Out of Your Fitness Tracker

by Kellie Davis | HealthPerch

A fitness tracker is a great motivational tool to help reach your health goals. But like any other fitness purchase, the newness can easily wear off if you don’t take full advantage of all its benefits. Before you consider tucking this accessory in a drawer because you don’t understand what it does, check out these tips to get the most from your wearable fitness accessory.

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

Fit Tip: Which Side Should You Exercise First?

Have you had that moment in a group fitness class where you are supposed to exercise one side of your body during one round, and then the other side on the next round? Did you forget which side you exercised last round, and did you accidentally work the same side twice? Here’s my personal rule-of-thumb for keeping track of which side you’re on.

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Johnny Nasello's picture

Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

Problem Areas: Belly, Underarm, Butt, and Thigh Fat

Everyone has a problem area that they are working on in their fitness journey. Underarm fat is a typical one that comes up, but there are a lot of problem areas. Some of the most common problems that people have and the questions that I get asked the most include:

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Johnny Nasello's picture

Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

Finding Your Edge: Perseverance

Perseverance is committing to something, working hard towards achieving it, and not giving up despite any obstacle or setback.

These goals or milestones in life are what give us purpose and meaning and define who we are.

There is absolutely nothing like the feeling you have when you accomplish a goal that you’ve been working toward for a long time.

What did it take to get there? How many steps were involved? How many tasks did you complete? What kind of obstacles did you go around? What setbacks did you have? How long did it take?

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Johnny Nasello's picture

Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

How to Build a Budget-Friendly Home Gym

Long commutes, expensive membership fees, and bad weather are just a few excuses that stall a regular workout routine. Consistent exercise promotes better health, improved energy, and a positive mood, so why not create a space for exercise where it’s most convenient: at home.

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

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Close up of swimmers' hands and feet on starting blocks.
05/19/2017
Great Beginnings Looking back and reflecting on my love for healthy living, what is the one thing that could be deemed the prime mover? I don’t know that sharing this with you will make a... read more
01/20/2017
Stronger Together In the past year, thanks to fitness app ClassPass, I've been been able to take over 500 fitness classes in over 20 cities in the US and Canada at the best yoga, boxing, HIIT, and... read more
Buddha statue meditating in blue light with full moon and lotus.
10/07/2016
The Eternal Question Fierce debate springs eternal among yoga enthusiasts regarding the merits of purely fitness-based sensibilities in yoga practice. Usually, it starts with someone from the more... read more
Close up of feet balancing atop ropes course balance pole.
09/02/2016
How’s your sense of balance? Do you avoid balancing exercises, or hate balance poses in yoga? It’s my experience that most people don’t have much confidence in their ability to balance, and that... read more
wooden Buddha statue in front of red and yellow lights
07/08/2016
I continually assert that yoga practice encompasses more than physical fitness. As much as I generally try to avoid admitting it, this does implicitly question whether the use of yoga poses for... read more
stars and stripes patterned fitness tracker FitBit
07/01/2016
by Kellie Davis | HealthPerch ​A fitness tracker is a great motivational tool to help reach your health goals. But like any other fitness purchase, the newness can easily wear off if you don’t... read more
Shirtless fit man clapping hands with chalk dust
03/18/2016
Have you had that moment in a group fitness class where you are supposed to exercise one side of your body during one round, and then the other side on the next round? Did you forget which side... read more
gorge on junk food, woman eating cheetos
02/05/2016
Everyone has a problem area that they are working on in their fitness journey. Underarm fat is a typical one that comes up, but there are a lot of problem areas. Some of the most common problems that... read more
young female runner crossing finish line
11/06/2015
Perseverance is committing to something, working hard towards achieving it, and not giving up despite any obstacle or setback. These goals or milestones in life are what give us purpose and... read more

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Close up of swimmers' hands and feet on starting blocks.
05/19/2017
Great Beginnings Looking back and reflecting on my love for healthy living, what is the one thing that could be deemed the prime mover? I don’t know that sharing this with you will make a... read more
01/20/2017
Stronger Together In the past year, thanks to fitness app ClassPass, I've been been able to take over 500 fitness classes in over 20 cities in the US and Canada at the best yoga, boxing, HIIT, and... read more
Buddha statue meditating in blue light with full moon and lotus.
10/07/2016
The Eternal Question Fierce debate springs eternal among yoga enthusiasts regarding the merits of purely fitness-based sensibilities in yoga practice. Usually, it starts with someone from the more... read more
Close up of feet balancing atop ropes course balance pole.
09/02/2016
How’s your sense of balance? Do you avoid balancing exercises, or hate balance poses in yoga? It’s my experience that most people don’t have much confidence in their ability to balance, and that... read more
wooden Buddha statue in front of red and yellow lights
07/08/2016
I continually assert that yoga practice encompasses more than physical fitness. As much as I generally try to avoid admitting it, this does implicitly question whether the use of yoga poses for... read more
stars and stripes patterned fitness tracker FitBit
07/01/2016
by Kellie Davis | HealthPerch ​A fitness tracker is a great motivational tool to help reach your health goals. But like any other fitness purchase, the newness can easily wear off if you don’t... read more
Shirtless fit man clapping hands with chalk dust
03/18/2016
Have you had that moment in a group fitness class where you are supposed to exercise one side of your body during one round, and then the other side on the next round? Did you forget which side... read more
gorge on junk food, woman eating cheetos
02/05/2016
Everyone has a problem area that they are working on in their fitness journey. Underarm fat is a typical one that comes up, but there are a lot of problem areas. Some of the most common problems that... read more
young female runner crossing finish line
11/06/2015
Perseverance is committing to something, working hard towards achieving it, and not giving up despite any obstacle or setback. These goals or milestones in life are what give us purpose and... read more

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