Fitness Category

Developing a New Mindset is the Key to Having it ALL! Committing to a daily workout, minimum of four days a week, is key. What is the one sure way to ensure you do that? You must reprogram your mind. You must stop seeing yourself as someone who is on a diet, “trying “ to lose weight, fat, or pounds. Let’s say you are a non-smoker, on your way to the store to buy a magazine. You do not think before going to the store, “I hope I can avoidRead More
I grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where you’d have to try hard to be more than 25 minutes’ drive from a body of water. In this environment, everyone learned to swim as a child. It was as essential a life skill in childhood as driving would become in our teen years. When I was a kid, summer meant my brother and I would check the newspaper to find out when the tide was high that day, then plan a trip accordingly, piling barefoot into my mother’s car, sittingRead More
The warmer weather for me always starts a change in my eating habits. In cooler temperatures, I love a great bowl of hot soup loaded with tons of veggies and quinoa. I truly could live off soup when it’s cold outside. The change in season brings with it not only the heat but a change in what I like to eat. This is a time to lighten up my meals. I crave leafy greens, cucumber, grated Kohlrabi, radishes, and grilled zucchini – anything quick to prepare, and easily digested. EvenRead More
Eva Dvorackova is a fitness instructor and brand ambassador, based in Dubai, with a growing social media following in English and Polish. She recently gave birth to twins and has resumed her work as an instructor. We asked her to share a bit about her journey and advice to others. Parvati Magazine: Fitness has been a passion for you. When did you know it had to be your profession too? Eva Dvorackova: I first started to train as a teenager. This passion never left me. With only two breaks IRead More

Posted On January 2, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Fitness, January 2016 - Wisdom

Fitness: MyFitnessPal, with Mike Lee

Now on the smartphones of people everywhere looking to manage their weight and fitness, MyFitnessPal has gone from a homegrown calorie-tracking website to help a couple prepare for a beach wedding, to a $475-million company with over 90 million registered app users. We asked Mike Lee, the co-founder and CEO, about the power of this fitness app. Parvati Magazine: How effective is MyFitnessPal as a tool for weight management? Mike Lee: Keeping a food diary can double a person’s weight loss according to a 2008 study from Kaiser Permanente’s CenterRead More
Training doesn’t always have to be structured and goal-oriented to yield results. We tend to get caught up in “getting the skill” or “getting a good workout,” and while those goals have their place, if we never take the time to explore movement without any specific goals in mind, we lose out on a sense of play and freedom. In this post, we’ll look at what play is, why we think it’s important for everyone to engage in, and we’ll give you 3 movements to try out. Unlike the structuredRead More

Posted On October 2, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Fitness, October 2015 - Forgiveness

Fitness: What to Do with Used Up Gear?

Most fitness pursuits these days require at least a little bit of equipment, whether it is running shoes or a bike helmet or a yoga mat or a squash racquet or a resistance band or a stability ball. The problem is, many of these things wear out, or we no longer pursue the activity, and they remain to be dealt with. And unfortunately, most of them consist of synthetic materials which do not biodegrade. The pursuit of fitness, or even of excellence in sport, has long neglected this issue, orRead More
Image credit: Fit n’ Style When I was 18 I used to love to dance, but was with a boyfriend who did not accept it. To escape the domestic violent relationship I turned to fitness. I used to work out in the gym and watch everyone exercise, and learn as much as I could from observation. After spending numerous hours in the gym, I decided to get into the fitness industry and started taking online courses then finally travelled abroad to California and completed my Yoga, Pilates, Personal Training, TRXRead More

Posted On July 25, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn August 2015 - Dance, Fitness

Fitness: Butoh Dance, with Robyn Rubenstein

This month Parvati Magazine spoke with Robyn Rubenstein, an artist and butoh dancer based in Brooklyn. Parvati Magazine: What is the significance of butoh as an art form? Robyn Rubenstein: Butoh was created as a response to the devastation Japan experienced in WWII – ghostly, haunting costumes and movement that show humanity trying to stagger through violence. It has evolved into a kind of meditative practice that explores themes of impermanence, animism, balance and the embracing of light and dark as necessary forces. So we use this reimagining of older forms ofRead More
Image credit: Total Immersion Parvati Magazine spoke with Terry Laughlin, a swim coach renowned for his method of guiding swimmers to a natural and efficient stroke. Parvati Magazine: What is the inspiration behind Total Immersion? Terry Laughlin: I was a hard-working but unsuccessful competitive swimmer in high school and college, but discovered I had a knack for helping others achieve their potential when I began coaching. After coaching young competitive swimmers for 17 years, I began working with adults, most of them new swimmers, in 1989. They taught me that swimmingRead More