Posts by Jenny Carpenter:

Resisting the Rat Race


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

In today’s hustle and bustle society, fitness and health get pushed to the background. We’re busy working, managing a martial arts school, or trying to fit in the gym or martial arts class amidst errands and everyday life.

We also depend so much on technology for our work that we spend most of our day either sitting in front of a computer or ear attached the phone. Believe me, I’m guilty of this one. Getting away from your desk to walk or stretch for 5-10 minutes can help get your blood flowing and improve your concentration so you are more productive.Here are a few simple steps to help improve health:

  1. Get up and move: For every two hours you sit at your desk working, get up and walk around the building for 5-10 minutes. This will give your brain and body a much-needed break from sitting hunched over and in the same position.
  2. Stretching: Breaking out into a yoga pose may draw a strange look from the guy across from you. However, simple stretches, especially for the shoulders, neck, and back, help relieve tension.
  3. Posture: It’s tempting, as we sit at lunch or at our desk, to hunch over or slouch. Maintaining good posture will help keep your shoulders from shrugging up and the inevitable knots that occur.

These three steps are often forgotten, even by me. Sometimes you need rejuvenate the body and mind and relieve stress. I hope next time you’re sitting at work or working on a project in your dojo you take time to implement these steps and start again refreshed.

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. ”
—Carol Welch

Kicking Your Way to an Economic Upswing


Friday, November 14th, 2008

The economy has been the lead story on every news channel, magazine and newspaper you see. Headlines scream of major bailouts for banks and the Big 3 automakers, unemployment rates dropping to 1983 levels, and Wall Street closing at record lows; it seems the only glimmer of hope is that gas has dropped below $54 a barrel.

Everyone is starting to feel the effects of this economic downturn, especially small businesses like martial arts schools; so how can martial art school owners turn this bleak outlook to a positive?