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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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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5 Reasons to Start Lap Swimming

I am not an expert swimmer by any stretch of the imagination. The pinnacle of my prowess was graduating from the Advanced Swim class when I was ten years old. I have command of a few strokes, but I am certainly not like the people who glide beautifully up and down the lanes at the CRP pool and clearly competed in high school, college, or both. However, I started swimming two years ago because of an old orthopedic injury; a labral tear in my hip diagnosed ten years ago. My surgeon recently told me to stop running and start swimming or cycling […]

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Movement and Mental Health

We all know that exercise is good for physical health, but what about the connection between exercise and mental health?

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Get Up and Move It

The latest bane of our human existence has been identified, and it is sitting. Seriously, prolonged sitting can be really, really bad for us.

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