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Walk Your Way Through This Pandemic

Walk Your Way Through This Pandemic How you walk is a revealing predictor of health and fitness.  Gait analysis can reliably foretell future falls, dementia, and even mortality.  A stooped over, short stride walk makes you look old and tired.  As a physical therapist, I encourage exercise that produces a stronger walk.  Physical therapy patients frequently report profound gait limitations came on without warning.  Fitness clients are often unable to walk for thirty minutes without stopping to rest.  During the pandemic isolation, we can all take a daily restorative walk. Dr. Shane O’Mara wrote an eloquent *essay on the value of walking as a necessary exercise activity.  Walking is directly linked to brain development.  Recent research has demonstrated that walking…

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Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness–Part 6

Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness--Part 6 Lateral Sled Walks, Anti-Rotation Walks Sleds have become an increasingly popular tool in the fitness world over the last decade.  No longer reserved for the football team, more and more individuals are finding the value of weighted sleds for a variety of fitness goals.  Louis Simmons started using them at his powerlifting gym Westside Barbell in Ohio as a means of active recovery and to build overall work capacity in the 90’s.  Since that time, you’d be hard pressed to find a decent gym that doesn’t have a space where you can work with a sled.  At Fenton Fitness, we’ve been using them with our athletes, general fitness population, and geriatric population for…

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February 2020 Newsletter

Lean the importance of movement in our development and in keeping us fit and injury free in Mike O'Hara's article, "The Impact of Injury on Your Brain".  Also see his article, "The Essential Exercise" to discover the one exercise just about everyone can do to live an active and independent existence.  Jeff Tirrell answers the question, "What supplements should I take?". Download Here

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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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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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October 2019 Newsletter

This month, Mike O'Hara discusses training muscles that you don't always think about training.  Video of the exercises he demonstrates is available on our youtube channel. He also discusses head pain after exercises and ways to control it.  Jeff Tirrell writes about fats and their caloric content. Download Here

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