personal training and fitness articles

the fascia system

Many people complain of pain and health issues but are often unaware that a lot of these stem from problems with the fascial system. 

 

In the past 15 years, multiple articles have appeared that target fascia as an important component of treatment in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

 

But what is it, really?  How does it affect the body and its functions?   Why is it important to consider in your overall health?

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how to foam roll

Have you heard the term “foam roll” and wondered why you are hearing it so much, what it is, and exactly how to foam roll?  You are not alone!

 

Foam rollers, once on the sidelines, are now taking center stage in the fitness world.  In the 1980’s, they were first used as supports and to do balance work in therapy.

 

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6 exercise recovery tips

Rest and recovery is an essential part of any workout routine.  Your after-exercise recovery routine has a big impact on your fitness gains and sports performance, and allows you to train much more effectively. 

 

Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building. This is even more critical after a heavy weight training session.  A muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and ...

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strength training and muscle gain

Strength training is an important piece of the fitness equation.  Men and women should participate in muscle-strengthening activities that work the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms) at least two times each week. 

 

Examples of strength training include lifting weights, using resistance bands and doing push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.  Even everyday activities such as carrying groceries, playing with your kids and gardening can strengthen muscles.

 

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sports specific training

Sports specific training (SST) has fans and detractors: fans swear to its wonders and detractors saying it is worthless. 

 

Believers say that it has helped them become more focused and well-versed with the skills that their sport requires, or that they were able to perform better physically and mentally.  Meanwhile, non-believers claim that adopting this technique makes the individual athlete weak since the programming is more suited to the needs of the sport rather than the needs of the athlete.

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rehabilitation exercise

Did you recently undergo surgery and are currently trying to find the right people to help you recover quickly?   Or, have you been through your “insurance authorized” physical therapy and still feel like you need more rehabilitation work with an expert?  Or is an old injury rearing its ugly head?


Whether such injuries are caused by an accident at home, on the road, or while playing sports, it’s critical to undergo rehabilitation exercise to prevent yourself from permanently losing mobility.

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We all know that as we age, our bodies and abilities start to change. Things that were once easy start to become more difficult. 

 

Fat that we didn’t have at 25 seems to be perpetually stuck to us. We start to develop pain in places we didn’t know existed.

 

And, unfortunately, we’re not getting any younger.

Whether you’ve spent a lifetime taking great care of your physical health or avoiding it, you will have to face consequences that come with aging. Read More.

aerobic exercise benefits

A growing body of research suggests that when we commit to regular workouts that raise our heart rate and get us moving and sweating for a sustained period of time, magical things happen to our body and brain.

 

Aerobic exercise is any activity that gets your blood pumping and large muscle groups working. 

 

It’s also known as cardiovascular activity.

 

Regardless of age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic exercise is good for you.

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The majority of the time, we hear the terms flexibility and mobility together, almost to the point of making it seem like they are the same thing.  

 

However, even though they go hand in hand, they are different.

 

So, if they are different, then, what is the difference?  What does “flexibility” really mean? What does "mobility" really mean? 

 

How do they relate to the way your body moves?  

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Weight loss and toning:  This is the usual suggestion of doctors to keep the body healthy and help combat stress and the harmful elements in the environment.  

 

Keeping at a health weight and keeping toned is not just a hobby that you can choose to have or not have on a whim.  It is a lifestyle to adopt to achieve a healthier you.

 

Before you begin your weight loss and toning journey, you need to know what they are, how are they different, and how they can....

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