Get Better Today

Each day offers us a chance to take a step towards a fitness goal. We have a daily opportunity to exercise, or strategically recover from a previous workout. Consistently seizing that opportunity fast tracks your progress, whereas regularly missing it pushes your goal further away. If you find yourself losing motivation and constantly falling short, you might need to re-frame your expectations. A common sentiment is that if conditions aren’t perfect, exercise is not worth doing. For example, planning to go the gym for an hour but finding yourself with only a half hour left after a busy day, and […]

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Manage Stress with Exercise

Stress is usually referred to in a negative light, although it is not always a negative. Exercise training to improve health or performance, for example, is a positive stress that facilitates positive changes. But work, commuting, family, finances, politics and health concerns can all impart negative strain. Over time, chronic negative stress is likely to damage physical and mental health. Eliminating these stressors is practically impossible, but managing them is not. Developing a stress management strategy is essential to your long term health and happiness, and exercise should play a significant role. Find the Time In the case of a […]

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Lifelong Vitality

Exercise is preventative medicine. Along with good nutrition and sleep, it is one of the best things you can do to stay hale and vibrant. Regular exercise lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and many cancers. It also improves mood, sleep, and preserves bone mass while reducing chronic pain. And, just as important as all of those benefits, it fights functional decline that turns everyday tasks into struggles. Use It or Lose It We all experience physical changes as we age. But, in the truest sense of “use it or lose it,” mobility, balance, strength and […]

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Shoulder Press

The Shoulder Press is a vertical upper body pushing movement that compliments horizontal pushing exercises like chest presses and push ups. Is strengthens shoulder and arm muscles, and the core muscles provide support when it’s done standing or kneeling. Shoulder presses build shoulder strength very effectively, but can cause problems in painful or tight shoulders. If you have shoulder pain, avoid pressing overhead until you’re cleared by your doctor or physical therapist. If your shoulders, neck and upper back are tight but pain free, work on improving your mobility so you can perform this move safely. Talk to one of […]

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Turn and Tilt for Better Shoulder Mobility

Tightness in the upper back tends to create a lot of  problems. Turning the shoulders to hit a golf ball, a tennis shot, or even just to look behind the car when backing out of a spot becomes difficult to do. Shoulders and neck are jeopardized too because they work in synergy with the upper back during a variety of movements. The Turn and Tilt is one of my go-to exercises to improve upper back mobility and function. Setup Sit with your hips and knees at about 90 degrees and a foam roller between your knees and feet. If you […]

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