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As the co-founder of beloved Los Angeles boutique Midland, Paige Appel is an inspiration for a relaxed and beautiful life. She is also an inspiration for intuitive, loving and caring parenthood. She talks to us about parenthood for the second time, its contribution to society through entrepreneurship and its daily family rhythm. Tell us about […]

As the co-founder of beloved Los Angeles boutique Midland, Paige Appel is an inspiration for a relaxed and beautiful life. She is also an inspiration for intuitive, loving and caring parenthood. She talks to us about parenthood for the second time, its contribution to society through entrepreneurship and its daily family rhythm.

Tell us about your family.

My family is so well mixed. I have a 15 year old son Rem from my first husband and a 15 month old daughter Cosette from my current partner Talmadge. It's been quite a gap for years, but a total fullness of love and laughter.

Describe your parenting style.

My parenting style is definitely attached and intuitive. My favorite book on parenting is The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents by Deepak Chopra. I am religiously enough. Honor who my children are and let them rule.

How has motherhood changed you?

Expansion! So much expansion of the heart. So much humility and detachment from the ego. Constantly reminding myself that I don't own these beings. They are here to teach me and I am here to love them.

What does a typical day look like with your family?

Right now in these Covid times, very lazy! Talmadge usually lets Rem and I sleep and he takes the baby for a walk and gives him breakfast. We then have coffee and tea and watch her play while we read. We juggle working from home, walk into stores we own, cook a lot of stew and bake a lot of cookies. Water the plants, walk the dog, watch movies, evening baths, etc. We are immersed in family life and grateful to have each other.

How does your family stay connected?

Speaking. We take the time to sit down and talk. Listen to each other and truly hear each other's place, perspective and feelings. Even if it is only about future goals and current anxieties. We live in such a detached and media-driven culture that it is essential to calm the house, breathe, look each other in the eyes and speak.

Tell us what brings you joy?

I miss traveling, it brought me so much joy! But right now he's cooking and feeding my family. Spend this sequestered time together. Being in nature together. The simple and slow domestic life brings me so much joy at the moment.

What does home mean to your family?

I think for me, I feel at home just the four of us together. Nowhere. I think for Talmadge and Rem, they physically like being in our house, snuggled up against the outside world. Cozy and I love to be on the go. But I really feel at home anywhere, anytime as long as my kids are by my side.

How does babywearing help you at home?

Portage is a lifeline at home! She loves to be in the arms. She loves being close to me and Talmadge. We wear it in our Ergo all around the house while we water the plants, prepare food, do the laundry, walk the dog. Rem was the same way. I think I wore it until I was 4 years old. It really is a natural and useful way to have my baby nearby.

If you or your partner works, how does work inspire your family?

Work is something we both love to do. We are passionate about our work and show our children that contributing to society through our entrepreneurial spirit is something they can aspire to participate in and be creative about for their future. Having a strong work ethic and a willingness to make a difference on a larger scale is important to us. We hope this will be passed on to them.

Christina is a mom, environmentalist, handyman, vintage fanatic, dog lover and director of the Ergobaby community. She is passionate about babies, babywearing, birth, yoga, natural living and healthy foods. When not online to read and write about all of the above, she spends time with her daughter, making their family history in Los Angeles.

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How to Squat with Proper Form : The Definitive Guide

Here’s how to Squat with proper form, using a barbell : Stand with the bar on your upper-back, and your feet shoulder-width apartSquat down by pushing your knees to the side while moving hips backBreak parallel by Squatting down until your hips are lower than your kneesSquat back up while keeping your knees out and chest upStand with your hips and knees locked at the top

Hold the weight for a deuxième at the top. Breathe. Then take a big breath, hold it and Squat your next rep. Repeat until you’ve done five reps on StrongLifts 5×5. Squats work your whole body. Your legs bend and straighten to move the weight. Your abs and lower back groupes de muscles stabilize your trunk while your legs move. Your upper-back, shoulders and arms balance the bar on your back. Many groupes de muscles work at the same time, not just your legs.

The Squat is the king of all exercises. It works more muscles, with heavier weight, than more popular exercises like the Bench Press. It’s therefore more effective to gain overall strength and bourrinage quickly. That’s why you’re Squatting 3x/week on the StrongLifts 5×5 workout.

Proper Squat form is key to avoid knee and back pain. Don’t do partial Squats by going only half the way down. Break parallel by Squatting down until your hips are below your knees. Push your knees out so they’re inline with you feet. Keep your lower back neutral, don’t let it round.

This is the definitive guide to proper form on the Squat exercise. It covers Squat benefits, Squat technique, muscles worked, common Squat issues and pain, as well as Squat variations like the Front Squat and Olympic Squat.

Nothing I did in the gym ever worked until I started to Squat. And yet few people in the gym Squat. Most people skip Squats because they’re . They use excuses like “Squats are bad for the knees”. But, put bluntly, if you’re not Squatting every week, using free weights, and breaking parallel on every rep, your training program is ineffective. Here are 11 Squat benefits. 11 reasons why you should start Squatting today…

Gain Strength. Strength is your ability to move your body against an external resistance. The bar is on your back when you Squat and gravity it down. Your groupes de muscles must generate puissance against gravity to control the bar on the way down and Squat it back up. Increase your Squat and you increase the strength of your zones musculaires. This strength carries over to daily life and sports because Squats work your whole body.

Build Muscle. Squats work a ton of zones musculaires. Your legs bend, your torso stays tight and your upper-body supports the bar. All these muscles work at the same time to balance and Squat the weight. This releases muscle building hormones like testosterone. The heavier you Squat, the stronger and bigger your zones musculaires become. This delays the loss of lean bourrinage mass ( sarcopenia, 2. 5kg/decade over 25y on average ).

Burn Fat. You lose fat when your body burns more energy than you eat. Your zones musculaires burn energy to lift weight. Squats burn more energy than any other exercise because they work more zones musculaires and with heavier weights. Heavy Squats also increase your metabolism for hours post workout ( EPOC ). When you combine this with proper alimentation, Squats will help you burn fat and achieve six pack abs.

Increase Fitness. Your heart is a force. Squat strengthen your zones musculaires, including your heart. It makes it more efficace because any activity takes less effort. Walking up stairs or running put less demand on a stronger heart. This decreases your heart rate and blood pressure over time. This in turn increases your cardiovascular sport. Squatting is good for your heart unlike what some doctors will tell you.

Increase Explosiveness. Explosiveness is your ability to generate puissance fast. In physics this is power : how much work you can do in a given time ( P=W/t ). Stronger legs can do more work in the same amount of time. The more work you can do in the given time, the more power you have. Squats build explosiveness for sports by increasing power. They don’t make you slow for sports, they make you faster.

Strengthen Bones. Gravity pulls the bar down when you Squat. This compresses everything under the bar. Your bones are living tissues ( they heal if they break ) which react to this vertical compression by getting stronger. Squats don’t stunt growth. They increase the density of your bones. They make them stronger and less likely to break. This protects you against falls and osteoporosis.

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