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Changing Priorities

Changing Priorities There are five components to any well-designed fitness program.  Cardiorespiratory capacity, strength training, injury prevention, mobility enhancement, and muscle endurance. Most fitness participants prioritize the five components in this manner: Cardiorespiratory Capacity Muscle Endurance Mobility Enhancement Strength Training Injury Prevention A typical training session consists of 30 minutes of cardio, multiple sets of high repetition muscle isolation exercises finished off with a series of stretches.  The top three components are involved in every workout.  Strength training and injury prevention are generally ignored.  This is the reason most people fail to achieve fitness results and often end up injured. Most fitness participants would be better served if they completely reversed that prioritization: Injury Prevention Strength Training Mobility Enhancement Muscle…

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Strong Memory

Strong Memory Neuroprotective Benefits of Strength Training The big reason to stay consistent with a program of exercise is the benefit it has on neural health.  More of our brain’s real estate is devoted to movement than language, math, reading, or texting.  Moving well and moving often creates the essential neurochemicals that keep our brains healthy.  The type of exercise that is most beneficial has been the subject of significant research.  Gretchen Reynolds has written an interesting *article on a recent study that demonstrated that weight training is “neuroprotective”.  Please take the time to read this article and consider adding strength training to your fitness program. Consistent exercise builds neural connections, immunizes us from depression, and greatly reduces pain.  Physical…

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The Forgotten Foot–Part 2

The Forgotten Foot--Part 2 Anyone who has spent any time thinking about improving their fitness or body composition has probably considered specific body parts or movement patterns that they would like to improve or change.  One area that never gets much attention is the foot.  Nobody ever talks about wanting to strengthen, improve mobility/stability, or address function in any other manner when it comes to the foot.  This is unfortunate as the foot is arguably one of the most important players when it comes to overall health and function.  There are between 100,000-2000,000 sensory receptors in the bottom of your foot.  This is 3rd only to the mouth and hands.  Dr. Emily Splichal DPM uses this fact to draw attention…

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Combating Cumulative Compression

Combating Cumulative Compression Look At Your Life and Make Some Changes Ron had back and hip pain that was created after he lifted a ladder out of his truck.  Further questioning revealed that Ron had been Olympic lifting twice a week, using a rowing machine once a week, and worked as carpenter five days a week.  Ron sat in a truck seat for at least ten hours a week.  Ron placed his lumbar spine under a compressive load nearly everyday of the week.  Lifting the ladder was simply the activity that created the final stressor that pushed his spine into pain. Megan had leg and hip pain.  She had an MRI that displayed a bulged lumbar disc, and prior treatment…

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The Forgotten Foot–Part 1

The Forgotten Foot--Part 1 Anyone who has spent any time thinking about improving their fitness or body composition has probably considered specific body parts or movement patterns that they would like to improve or change.  One area that never gets much attention is the foot.  Nobody ever talks about wanting to strengthen, improve mobility/stability, or address function in any other manner when it comes to the foot.  This is unfortunate as the foot is arguably one of the most important players when it comes to overall health and function.  There are between 100,000-2000,000 sensory receptors in the bottom of your foot.  This is 3rd only to the mouth and hands.  Dr. Emily Splichal DPM uses this fact to draw attention…

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Push Ups and Longevity

Push Ups and Longevity Recent Study Is A Biomarker Reminder Take a moment and read the recent New York Times article, How Many Push-Ups Can You Do? It May Be a Good Predictor of Heart Health. It appears that being able to perform well on a push up test is a better predictor of heart health than the traditional treadmill test.  The article postulates several reasons for the research results.  We only need to read the book Biomarkers for a thorough explanation. In the book Drs. Evans and Rosenburg looked at the measurable “biomarkers” that keep humans healthy, independent, and fit over an entire life span.  They have determined the top four biomarkers are: Muscle Mass.  What percentage of your…

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