The farmer’s walk is a loaded-carry exercise – something we do in real life. OK, you may never carry heavy buckets of feed to your horses, but you probably carry heavy bags from the grocery store.
Mobility in our hips is vital for bikers, runners, and nonathletes alike. Everyone can benefit from strengthening the hip flexor muscles that support this ball-and-socket joint.
Sitting for much of the day — something most of us are guilty of, contributes to tight hip flexors. Tight hip flexors can cause lower back pain, hip pain, and injury.
When babies learn to sit, they elongate their spine, which is naturally efficient and comfortable. Moreover, it provides the most skeletal support without requiring a lot of muscle strength.
In spite of this, around 4-years old, most of us began to slump. Why? Well, significantly, this is probably when we started school, and began spending more time sitting.
We’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking. Well, it turns out that, in the long term, too much standing isn’t all that great for us either. In fact, long-term effects of standing are back problems and muscle damage.
Most neck pain not caused by trauma is usually the result of poor posture and weak muscles supporting our head. For example, sitting at our computers, or hunching over our phone, cycling (both static and sport), or freestyle swimming can strain our neck, and shoulders.
MicroMOVEments means exactly what it sounds like. To begin with, take a large goal and break it down into teeny, tiny, manageable tidbits. In this way, you make it easier, more fun, and motivating.
In general, when we take itsy bitsy, little actions toward a goal, we reach it.
For instance, those things that overwhelm us; like exercising regularly, dropping that stubborn extra weight, or cleaning the house.
Vertical, water-based exercise (jumping, kicking, running, strength training) offers multiple benefits for any fitness level. To begin with, buoyancy decreases the amount of weight-bearing and impact you feel in your joints. Further, an aquatic environment is beneficial with treating painful and/or chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Whether walking down a crowded street, or leaping through Swan Lake, we need our wits about us. Notably, we use our whole bodies for balance, mobility, and strength to control our movements. In fact, in almost every physical activity, from sports to walking, we spend more time on one leg than two.
When we think about money, how often we get to the gym may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, think again. To begin with, you know exercise is good for you. Surprisingly, working out regularly can have financial benefits too.
It’s really this simple: Research shows that people with a positive outlook on life live significantly longer. To begin with, a...
Here is sad news: Statistics show that 80% of American adults don’t meet national physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening. Additionally, around 45% of us don’t move around enough to get any health benefits from our activities.
Self-myofascial release (SMR, also called foam rolling) is a fancy term for self-massage. “Fascia” is connective tissue that stabilizes your muscles. By massaging it, you increase your muscles’ range of motion, boost blood circulation, break down tightness or knots in your muscles and bolster muscle tissue integrity.