We’ve heard it over and over again about how exercise produces endorphins, those “feel-good” chemicals our body unleashes when we’re working out and releasing stored toxins in our muscles. We know that exercise improves our mood and in some cases even counteracts clinical depression, as well as improving a number of related health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. But how exactly does exercise help us to feel happier and more alive? Aside from producing endorphins, neurotransmitters, and endocannabinoids – chemicals known to decrease anxiety, depression, sadness and negative thought patterns – exercise also boosts the immune system, producing a general physical well-being, and raises body temperature which has been known to calm stress. Other benefits of regular exercise include:
As we get older, many of us complain of weakness in the knees and chronic knee pain. Many of us see this weakness as part of the normal run-of-the-mill process of aging, and basically an inevitable malady of getting older. But boy is that ever Wrong! Strength and flexibility in the knees and legs are essential to maintaining our balance, coordination and health as we age, and yes, there ARE things you can do to strengthen your knees and legs so that they can carry you solidly and firmly throughout your entire lifetime. One thing we must remember is that the knees are only one set of joints in a system of joints that support our entire bodies. So, for example, an injury to the hips or ankles will affect the strength and condition of the knees, because the system of joints in the body is all connected. Posture is critical to the health and strength of our knees, hips and ankles, and so is muscle tone around the ligaments that keep our joints functioning optimally. In order to keep our legs and knees healthy and strong, our entire bodies must be strong and tone, and our posture must be optimal. At Morphe, our regular Gravity Training routine includes plenty of movements and exercises that strengthen the knees, hips and ankles as well as improving overall balance and posture. Here is a list of some of the basic exercises that help to maintain optimal flexibility and strength in the knees and legs:
Wondering how to get the most out of your workouts – how to get your burning speed from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes? Here are some general lifestyle tips that will keep your metabolism burning optimally so you’ll really see those results quickly this summer!
So by now most of you are aware that Morphe has morphed into a larger, brighter, more versatile, cooler and more fun than ever fitness studio at its new location in Little Havana at 810 SW 22nd Avenue near the corner of 8th Street (Calle Ocho) in Miami. The new space really does feel different: it’s as though Morphe has grown up and expanded, as though a fantasy has come to life, a dream has come true, and the transformation that all of our clients - the Morphe family - are trying to make in their lives is happening here in the studio right before our very eyes. It's as though the space embodies the strength and optimism of the Morphe coaching philosophy! The new space allows for more versatility, larger groups, more individual attention for each class member, and even more social gathering possibilities with the addition of our fabulous Sushi Express juice & bites bar. Natural light abounds and the space is easily accessible with comfortable private parking in the rear. The whole look and feel of the new studio is the manifestation of positive thinking, faith, hard work and determination as a physical and visual reminder of what it takes to achieve goals, create change, transform lives, and give wings to our dreams and desires. In the end, the studio itself serves to emphasize and illustrate the Morphe philosophy of integrating mind, body and spirit in the pursuit of success and happiness. The new studio breathes this philosophy while serving as an example to all our clients that success, transformation and growth really are possible. We urge you to drop in, stop by and talk to Coach Santamarina about a life coaching session and a holistic fitness assessment for a personalized plan of action at Morphe Fitness & Wellness Studio to transform your life and give wings to your dreams and desires. It’s about you. It’s about change. It’s about achievement, success and satisfaction. Be part of the transformation happening daily at Morphe.