From the Vault: Keeping Body and Mind Together

Embrace that healthy life.

In a week that includes famous quotes for healthy living and things you’ll never hear at a Lululemon, our thoughts turn to personal fitness. Check out these wayback-when EcoSalon articles on keeping stretchy, strong, trim and mindful.

Years ago, I ran a personal training business. I felt a wonderful sense of satisfaction each time a client thanked me for making their hour-long workout so engaging and effective. Well, now I’m about to give away one of my biggest secrets.

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After a hard afternoon of rowing with a friend, I resigned myself to a few days of burning muscles and soreness. But my friend saved the day with a tube of arnica cream. He rubbed it on my shoulders and voila, instant relief and absolutely no aches the next day. The humble arnica flower makes an incredible cream that no medicine cabinet should be without. Use it immediately to speed up the healing of bruises, sprains, sore muscles and other general aches.

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When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place. – Bhagavad Gita

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Modern architecture has been so focused on convenience that it has created an “obesogenic” environment. The answer? Urban planners want to make you sweat.

City As Gym: Designers Talk The Walk

Once you’re gained a little confidence sign up for a local road race and see if you can shave a few seconds off your time. No race to be found? Create one of your own and support a cause that you believe in. Be sure to log on to The Greenteam a community for race events, runners, and folks who simply give a damn. Greenteam members (it’s free to join) have access to eco-friendly race listings and nutrition and training tips.

How To Green Your Fitness Routine

Corpse Pose

How-to: Lie down flat on your back. Feet can be about mat-width apart, arms straight, palms up.

Tips: Relax. Follow your breath without trying to control it. Notice what’s going on in your body. Catch your thoughts as they come along and let them go.

Benefits: Good for body awareness and relaxing. Also good for noticing how persistent thinking can be.

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Images: Olivier Bareau, FXRSpirit-Fire, papalars, kk+ and Celso Flores and lululemon athletica.

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.