History Shadow Martial Arts (SMA) signed up its first students in 2001 and has grown ever since. For the first 4 years SMA classes were taught at a local elementary school through the Crescents Community Association. The support of the Community Association, students, and parents allowed the club to grow.…Read More
You’re out hiking with the family when suddenly you see your son fall: he twisted his ankle on a root and he is in pain...do you remember your basic first aid? With injuries such as sprains and strains of ankles, knees, wrists and elbows (those are the most commonly affected joints), it is important to follow the “R.I.C.E.” principle.
Did your mom tell you to stand up straight when you were a kid?
Well mom was onto something there. Typically, poor posture is related to lack of exercise (or improper exercise), incorrect body mechanics, prolonged sitting or standing (especially on poor flooring or with poor footwear), a sedentary lifestyle, muscular imbalances and/or lack of flexibility. Other reasons include medical conditions and injuries. Poor posture can even occur due to stress (think how your shoulders and neck tense up when you are stressed…it impacts your posture).
There is a Czech children’s fairytale called “Salt over Gold”. My parents used to read me the story about how a king realized that his kingdom could survive without gold and wealth but not without salt. Without salt the people were unhappy, they were missing the ‘spice of life’.
April is a time when many horse lovers are eager to hop into the saddle for their first spring ride. Horseback riding is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family (human and equine). Some of my fondest memories of country life are of riding with my dad on our beautiful horses, Tex and Shadow.
What is an antioxidant? Antioxidants are substances that prevent damage to cells by neutralizing free radicals. Some examples include Vitamin A, C, E, carotenoids and various enzymes. So what are free radicals then? Unstable molecules that attack stable molecules and can damage or kill healthy cells.