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Better and Not Broken

Better and Not Broken 2020 Resolution January has arrived, and with the new year comes a sudden surge in fitness participation.  January’s well-intentioned training efforts produce many of the physical therapy patients we treat in February and March.  Fitness folks that morph into physical therapy patients travel remarkably similar paths.   For those returning to exercise, I have some suggestions that will keep you in the gym and out of the clinic. Choose Joint Friendly Exercises Many of the training tools in the typical fitness facility limit movement to one joint.  Seated knee extension, prone leg curls, seated shoulder abduction, and seated hip abduction wedge the body into artificial alignments in an effort to place load on one muscle.  Older, overloaded,…

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Habit Helpers

Habit Helpers Getting Better at the Fitness Process Fitness is a motivational mind game.  The psychology department at the University of Michigan has found that it takes six to eight weeks to develop the habit of exercise.  If you can get a participant to remain consistent for that period of time, their chances of staying with a program will be good.  Setting appropriate goals provides the ongoing psychological reinforcement necessary to develop and maintain the fitness habit.  The type of goal you choose can make a big difference in your chances of success. Most fitness clients set outcome goals—they want to lose twenty pounds, drop two dress sizes, run a 10 kilometer race, perform ten pull ups, etc…  Outcome goals…

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The Wife’s Christmas Gift

The Wife's Christmas Gift Not All Husbands Are as Sensitive as Me A recent Peloton spin bike commercial has stirred up controversy.  Buying a spin bike for your wife appears to demonstrate that you are a sexist, misogynistic husband.  I have to disagree.  I feel any gift that can improve a loved one’s health and permits them to remain active for an entire lifetime is wonderful.  I do have an argument with a spin bike being the best training tool for a young woman.  Read on for a far better selection of Christmas fitness gifts. Stand Up Work Station Our young wife obviously has a career outside of the home.  It takes two incomes to be able to afford a…

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December 2019 Newsletter

Our last newsletter of the year brings information on improving posture. Mike and Jeff demonstrates simple exercises that will help improve posture. Jeff's article on doing warm ups prior to exercising details the areas that should be warmed up and tells how to do this. See the last page for some exciting new training programs that will be available in 2020. Download Here

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The Zen of Weightlifting

The Zen of Weightlifting Fitness Wisdom From Brad Stulberg Brad Stulberg writes about health, wellness, and many other topics.  His 2016 article How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym should be required reading in every middle school.  Mr. Stulberg’s most recent article, The Zen of Weight Lifting in the November 22, 2019 New York Times, is another gift.   Please take ten minutes and read the article. If you have on line access to the New York Times, read some of the 300+ comments.  Many older folks sent testimonials in regards to the restorative benefits of strength training.  We need to get the word out that the adaptation response to strength training remains remarkably well preserved into old age.  In…

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Cancer and Exercise

Cancer and Exercise In the 1950’s, doctors told heart attack patients to stay in bed for three weeks.  The standard post surgery advice was long periods of rest and activity avoidance.  My mother recalls her doctor telling her to rest in bed for five days after the birth of each of her five children.  She knew his advice was wrong and completely impossible for a mother of five.  During my physical therapy work in the 1980’s and 1990’s, it was very common for patients with back and neck pain to be instructed by their doctor to stay in bed for a week.  All of this medical instruction has been proven to be more harmful than helpful.  The best course of…

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