Monthly Archives: January 2018

Your Ancestors Didn’t Have Gyms, Computers, or Machines

In this Fit and Fab section, be inspired by function fitness expert, Lamar Lowery. he discusses the fact that our ancestors didn't have gyms, computers, or machines - they had functional fitness. He’s penned Functional Fitness and  co-authored Functional Fitness at Home . with Chris Lowery. Here he offers helpful hints to getting fabulously fit. By Lamar Lowery If we’re being honest, before the modern era, functional fitness was basically the only kind of fitness there was. Ancient humans hunted stuff and gathered stuff. That’s how they survived. If they couldn’t run fast enough to catch their prey or were not strong enough to wield their weapons they simply would not live. Ever hear of the phrase “survival of the fittest”? This is how the human race was able to evolve over millennia. Our bodies adapted to our environment and what we needed to do to survive. By training for functional fitness you are training your body the way it was designed to be used. If you are only training your body in a gym to get big muscles and look good, you are doing your body a disservice. Your muscles are supposed to be working together to accomplish tasks and movements. Isolating your biceps or triceps may help you add some mass to them, but you have to ask yourself: “why am I doing this”? I understand this may not be everyone’s mindset initially, but once you start training for fitness and overall health instead of just training to look good or impress other people you will reach a new level of understanding with your body.   Lamar Lowery is the author of Functional Fitness. This book provides intense workouts to reach maximum results. Detailed descriptions and photos make this an easy-to-understand guide for any personal trainer. In Lamar’s personal training sessions, he uses his expertise in endurance, coordination, and biomechanics to receive the best result.  Lamar was born in New York City and received sports scholarships for multiple colleges. He graduated as a Mental Health Specialist. In the late 1980's, he was transferred to a U.S. Army base in Germany. There he worked as an Army Physical Fitness Master. After he left the Army, he decided to stayed in Germany and built his own fitness academy.

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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

We wanted to take the opportunity in honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day. Below are a few words from the author of All About Martin Luther King, Jr., Todd Outcalt.        It was a couple of years ago when publisher, Tom Doherty, invited me to contribute to the All About series of children's biographies. Specifically, he asked me to consider writing the biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.  But right away, he wanted to know if I knew anything about the Civil Rights leader, or at least enough to get started on the project.       Since I was born in 1960, I was rather young to remember Dr. King from direct memory and experience, but later in life I did find some rather interesting connections as I studied Martin's ideas and his writing.  I knew, for example, that Martin had attended a United Methodist related graduate school--Boston University--for his Ph.D. studies.  I had also applied to BU when I was considering seminaries (I am a United Methodist pastor) and had been accepted to that school as well as to Duke University. And noting Martin's doctoral dissertation--which was a paper on neo-orthodox theologian Paul Tillich--I realized that I also had written papers on Tillich during my graduate studies.       And then there were the other influences, such as Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau--a diverse duo that I, too, had read and studied years later.       But writing All About Martin Luther King, Jr. was most of all a learning experience.  Writers often write in order to learn, and for me, writing this children's biography was both captivating and challenging.       My hope is that children from all walks of life will gain much from studying about Martin and will come away feeling encouraged and empowered to make changes in their world.  Remembering is just one facet of the book.  Walking the walk is another.  ~Todd Outcalt About the Author Todd Outcalt is a United Methodist pastor who has helped hundreds of people through cancer and beyond, including his own wife of thirty years. He is also the author of more than twenty books in six different languages including, Before You Say “I Do” (Penguin, 2006), Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2009), and The Best Things in Life Are Free (HCI, 2005). He has also written widely in health and wellness for such magazines as American Fitness, Cure, and Aim. Since 2004 Todd has served as lead pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, where he lives with his wife, Becky, and they now manage an empty nest and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and reading in their spare time.   If you would like to know more about Cardinal Publishers Group, our distribution services, the books we distribute, or general information, you can contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. One of our skilled representatives will be ready to help you. This blog has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Services.   

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Understanding Fascia’s Role in Your Body

Fascia is a building network in our body that gives us support, structure, and form. Train Your Fascia Tone Your Body, offers you the successful method to form firm connective tissue.  Loaded with illustrated and detailed full-body workouts, this book presents toning for the seven important fascial chains. If your connective tissue is weak, this book will direct you in how to strengthen it. The following is an excerpt from the book. Until just a few years ago, only insiders were familiar with the fascia. Next to a few alternative manual therapists and some proverbial die-hard scientists only the meat industry was interested in that fibrous white stuff. After all, tender meat sells better than tough. Tender or tough, this question is essentially settled on the intramuscular connective tissue. A smaller group of chiropractors, led by the osteopaths, were already aware of muscular connective tissue in the last century.  The forefather of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), had already attributed exceptional properties and profound knowledge was not founded on a specific scientific basis. From there, Dr. Ida Rolf, an American biochemist, developed Rolfing, a deep-tissue massage, which inspired manual therapists to apply myofascial techniques with remarkable healing effects. Still, from today’s point of view, the explanatory models used were outdated and not very convincing. From Cinderella organ to the limelight The whole body network is one of the most underestimated tissues in our body. Current research proves that the fascia forms an important basis for physical health and athletic performance ability. Scientific discoveries by international fascia researchers are generating ground breaking findings, resulting in a reorientation of sports performance and medical rehab. This also applies to all exercise programs that focus on health and physical fitness. The fascia participates in every movement – not just walking, dancing, and skipping, but also throwing and stretching. Healthy fascia structures form protective joint capsules, contribute to core stability and a strong back, and are responsible for the body’s muscle definition and contour. As a sensory organ they facilitate smooth, elegant movement, and they have a determining influence on how good and at home we feel in our bodies. So after years of neglect, there are plenty of reasons to pay more attention to this fascinating network.   Divo Mueller is a health practitioner and body therapist. She is known internationally as a pioneer of modern movement programs. Together with Robert Schleip, PhD, a renowned researcher of fascia, she has developed the successful training program Fascial Fitness. Karin Hertzer is a health journalist, PR consultant, and author. She has been engaged in several books and a number of publications, has successfully run the PR for Fascial Fitness Association and closely works together with Divo Mueller and Robert Schleip, PhD. Train Your Fascia Tone Your Body (Meyer & Meyer Sport 2017) is distributed by Cardinal Publishers Group.   For more information on Cardinal Publishers Group, you can contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. This blog is brought to you by CPG News & Information Services

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