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It's been said that growing old is all a matter of mentality: think young, feel young. However, there are some aspects of aging that are simply out of your control – or so you thought. For instance, you may spark your twenty-something mindset by listening to the latest hits, going back to school or updating your wardrobe. However, no matter how hard you try, no amount of brainpower can get rid of age-related body aches and wrinkles. Fortunately, massage can help. Check out these three ways massage therapy can give you back your youth:
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, U.S. residents spent $12.9 billion on plastic surgery in 2014, with 40-54 year old women as the most likely to undergo cosmetic procedures. Botox, which plastic surgeons use to remove patients' fine lines and wrinkles, was the most popular beautification method.
Massage therapy provides a safer and less costly alternative for achieving that younger-looking radiance. Speaking with Glamour, Nichola Joss, a facial expert who has worked with celebrities, explained that working out the facial muscles through massage can make skin plumper, effectively kicking wrinkles to the curb. While Joss actually massages client's faces from inside their mouths, she noted that using your fingers and palms to place pressure on the surface of your face can provide similar benefits.
Slumping in a chair at the office for years may put your posture in bad shape. For those who fear developing grandma's hunchback, it's crucial to loosen your muscles so your body can naturally realign itself. Business Insider noted that using a foam roller to massage your upper back aids spine mobility and rounded shoulders. The same concept applies when utilizing a Moji personal massager. Target your neck, shoulders and upper back to relieve the tension that causes poor posture. The following video demonstrates how to properly massage your neck and trapezius muscles using the Moji Curve PRO and the Moji Mini PRO.
You may already be familiar with the aches and pains that come with age. Perhaps you wake up each morning with a sore back, or sitting on the floor with the kids isn't as easy as it use to be. The National Institutes of Health explained that worn-away cartilageand decreased fluids can cause joints to become inflexible, and changing muscle tissues can leave muscles rigid. Massage therapy increases blood flow and manipulates muscle tissues to increase range of motion and ease tension.
Massage therapy not only provides a relaxing experience, it can also reverse the clock and put that pep back in your step.
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Endurance athletes who take part in marathons, triathlons or century bike rides typically have fitness goals of strength and stamina. Your body needs to be strong enough to carry you long distances, and it needs to have the proper training in order to function for extended periods of time.
Before a race it’s crucial to plan a training program to prepare, and most of this will include running or cycling through intervals of faster and slower speeds, up and down hills and longer and shorter distances. It should also include cross training with strength exercises and core workouts such as Pilates for total body training.
Another factor that should be included in a pre-race program is athletic recovery and stretching. Whether you’re a new or seasoned endurance athlete, you’ll be putting your body through more intense challenges, which is sure to leave you with sore muscles from time to time, but it can also increase your risk of injury. To prevent getting hurt and having a setback, you need to take the proper precautions, which include stretching and massage.
A century bike ride will take you 100 miles, and it will certainly test your mental and physical prowess. This may seem like a lofty goal, but it’s certainly an achievable one that many endurance cyclists aspire to complete.
Being able to bike 100 miles requires serious commitment, dedication, planning and training. Once you decide to take part in a century ride, you need to starting working at least eight weeks beforehand to prepare your mind and body for the challenge ahead. Your training program should consist of long and short rides as well as intervals of different speeds, resistance levels, terrain and hills. It’s also a good idea to cross training with weight lifting to strengthen your muscles and exercises such as Pilates that provide stretching and improve posture.
Another key component is nutrition. Your body won’t be able to last long if it is not being fueled properly. Even slight dehydration can completely zap your energy levels and cause sore musclesand cramps. If this does happen, giving your muscles a massage can help. Additionally, eating the right amount of carbohydrates and fats is needed to fuel your muscles and provide you with the nutrients to keep you going mile after mile. You’ll certainly want to pack snacks to stop and eat during your ride to replenish fuel sources, curb hunger pangs and boost energy. Remember not to pack any foods that are too heavy or hard to transport. A muffin may sound delicious, but it can be messy to eat. Also, be sure not to try any new foods in case it affects your stomach negatively and you have to stop mid-race.
Here are some tasty, helpful snack options to pack for your century ride:
Whether you’re preparing for a cycling race, training for a triathlon or simply appreciate the exhilarating cardio workout you get from riding, your body (the lower half in particular) is certainly being challenged.
Most of your focus will be on the meat of your training – developing programs for each ride to incorporate different terrain, speeds, hills and other aspects of riding itself. But it’s also important to remember that your training doesn’t stop once your session ends. In fact, time spent after you hop off your bike is just as important as time spent on the saddle. Cooling down and taking part in athletic recovery reduces your risk of sore muscles and injuries, which can sideline you and set you back in your schedule. This is especially problematic if you are on a deadline for a race.
After each bike ride you should be taking the time to stretch out your muscles and allow your mind and body to return to their resting states. It’s also useful to incorporate self massage into your routine each week, especially after an intense ride. Massage will help loosen up muscles even further, which is important so you don’t create any imbalances.
There are several key muscles you should focus your massager on after a bike ride: