Meditation & Why You Need It

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If you’re like most women, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Your mind is always racing with how you will complete your To-Do list. You don’t have a second for yourself, let alone time to meditate! Maybe you’ve thought meditation is too boring or too new age spiritual. You’d rather spend your time reaping bigger results. But did you know that just 5 minutes of meditation can have important impacts on your physiological and psychological health? Just 5 minutes. Even the busiest of women can find 5 minutes in their day. That 5 minutes of meditation might just change the course of your entire day for the better. Now that doesn’t sound boring.

Cardio vs. Strength

Is one better than the other?

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This article is here to help bring attention to some facts surrounding cardio vs. strength training and hopefully motivate you to add strength training to your regular workout routine. First let’s define what is cardio and what is strength training: Cardio is any exercise or movement that focuses on elevating the heart rate by moving the body with activity such as power walking, running, bike riding, as well as stationary body weight exercises like jumping rope or running in place. 

Best Spring Reads

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As far as I’m concerned, there’s never a bad time to read, but I especially love spring reading here in Idaho.  The weather is still cold outside but things are starting to come back to life and I love sitting near a window, soaking up sunshine from the warmth of my house, with a good book in my lap.  Here are some of my favorite recent reads for your spring reading list!

7 Exercises for Beginners

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Many women starting an exercise program are walking into a gym for the first time, or the first time in a very long time. How do they feel when they walk out? In many cases, they may walk out feeling defeated, incapable of keeping up, or even injured trying to keep up beyond their ability. What I love about Kaia is the commitment to making every woman feeling successful, every workout, no matter their fitness level.

Women who are new to exercise must be given exercises appropriate for just starting out. These exercises will prepare their joints for the heavier loads to come. The right exercises will provide stability and strength to the joints. The right exercises will improve awareness of the mechanics of movement and muscle activation. If given appropriate exercises, beginners will leave our classes not only injury free but feeling successful and prepped for the harder work to come. Basics before Burpees!

3 Stretches for Better Posture

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It is important to maintain good posture. Good posture includes the way we sit stand and walk, it affects our health and mood. Good posture means training the body to stand, sit, lie, or walk in positions that will not over strain the muscles and ligaments during movement or rigorous activities. While we focus on posture during activities like weight lifting and strength training it is just as important to think about it in our daily routine. Stretching is crucial for flexibility range of motion and injury prevention. Stretching can help to loosen the tight muscles that may be affecting your posture negatively.

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