Montana Fitness Magazine Jan-Feb 2018 – Digital Version
Montana Fitness Magazine (aka MoFi) isn’t just about physical fitness. We constantly remind our readers that we are about fitness, health and wellness. It is a publication dedicated to covering and encouraging a holistic view of health in which everything is connected: mind, body, soul; each can affect one another. If one is out of balance, the rest can quickly go south.
Spring will be upon us before you know it. Not been hitting the gym… or maybe just not the gym type? Think maybe you need more of a team effort? Shape Up Montana is a fun, interactive three-month team competition from February 1 to May 1 that encourages …
This is the time of year when we embark on the annual freak-out tradition. In the waning months of the past year, we’ve abandoned our self care regimen, let clean eating habits get overrun by grandma’s cookies and of course the inevitable shaming and blaming that compound the bad food choices and behaviors.
No suspense here: Yes, history effects our mental health – or more specifically, our generational history and culture impacts our mental wellness. The simplest explanation of this is that social norms and culturally acceptable behavior is shaped by history. If you were a kid growing up during a time when the world was in shambles, like during the Great Depression, being upset about what toy you didn’t get for Christmas was not tolerated.
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Depression is an illness. Suicide is the shattering end game for people who suffer from depression and other mental health issues. Understanding the underlying factors of both are more important than ever as the suicide rate in the United States is the highest it has been in nearly 75 years.
Many people have learned that regular exercise is important for overall good health, yet few truly understand the significant role physical activity plays in our mental health. As a mental health therapist, I can tell you that physical activity is one of the most powerful things we can do to maintain good mental health. This is why I assess every client’s level of physical activity or regular exercise, along with other lifestyle issues such as diet and stress levels, at our first meeting.
Traditional cardiovascular exercise has given way to more “entertaining” methods for keeping participants interested and engaged. Where once the daily morning run was the norm, a variety of machines (steppers, ellipticals…) and high level aerobic classes have provided options to workout enthusiasts to keep their fitness programs on track. But even the new traditional cardiovascular options have become routine to the point of boredom for some, or the rut of the same class or routine has resulted in a diminished sense of accomplishment in the gym.
Squats are the ultimate lower body exercise. You walk into a gym and most of the time someone will be doing some form of a squat. Just like lunges, there are a ton of different types of squats: body weight, single leg, pistol, chair, eagle, sumo, plyometric, back, front, farmer… the list is endless! But the two staples, the originals, are barbell back squats and barbell front squats. Though these exercises are vital to building muscle for bodybuilding and other competitors, when done properly they are the be-all-end all for anyone wanting a full lower body workout. But which is better?