Posture Helpers

Good posture represents the correct alignment of bones and joints while standing, sitting and moving. When alignment is right, muscles are balanced and work efficiently. That muscle balance is important for preserving neck, shoulder, and low back health. People with good posture tend to feel better, have less pain and breath easier. They also present well and project confidence. But correct postural alignment is seriously challenged by the way many of us work and live. The hours we spend seated while commuting, at work and relaxing tend to add up to a lot of slumping. The head moves forward, taking the neck and […]

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Off the Floor Core

If I asked you to picture core training exercises in your minds eye, do you see exercises done on the floor? Although there are dozens of excellent floor based core exercises, there are also some great ones you can do standing. The secret to successful standing core exercises is to brace your midsection to keep your spine neutral. Perhaps the biggest job the core has is to stabilize the spine during function. Abdominal and low back muscle actions are coordinated to do this. Following along with this thought, current core training use movements that stimulate abdominal and low back activity while protecting […]

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Avoid Pain and Still Gain

Have you ever had intense muscle soreness a day or two after a workout that makes it hard to walk up stairs or lift your arms? That phenomenon is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Some believe it’s the best sign of a good workout and necessary to make progress, but that isn’t true. In fact, it’s more likely to be a hindrance. You can get stronger, leaner, and healthier without having to walk like a zombie for two days after every workout. DOMS usually shows up 12-48 hours after exercise, depending on how severe the workout was. There are several proposed explanations for it, but […]

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Decrease Dementia Risk with “Cognitive Cardio”

I am sure that many of you have seen a grandparent or a loved-one become affected by Dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Organization, Dementia is a general “term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.” My grandfather started to show signs of Dementia when he reached 92 years of age.  He started to forget things which had happened earlier in the day. One of the saddest instances of his short-term memory loss was when he, a life-long Red Sox […]

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Core Training for Spring and Summer Sports

Core muscles stabilize the spine and channel forces from the big muscles in the lower and upper body. This function is important for every day activities, but also for sports. Throwing, hitting and striking sports all demand power and core control. If you play golf, softball, racquet sports or practice any of the martial / combat arts, good core training will be a key to improving your performance. Challenge Your Core with Lots of Different Movements For the best results, work on your core stability with different movements. There are dozens of exercises and variations you can use. Exercises like planks, bridges, bird […]

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