Exercise

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02 Feb: Why muscle is awesome (things you may not know!)

There was a time when cardio was all the rage. It was the center of the fitness industry for decades, but oh how times have changed! Today, muscle is coveted. And fairly recently, for the first time, women are striving for the athletic, muscular look of an athlete over being thin. And you know what? This is awesome! Not just because it shows how we are evolving, but because there are tremendous benefits to carrying more muscle mass (and less body fat). You see…life has changed A LOT in the last century. Day to day life once involved physical labor, which is great for building and maintaining muscle. But because the world doesn’t work that way anymore, it’s very easy for humans to be low on muscle mass and high in body fat. This not only affects our appearance but can have a HUGE effect on our health, vitality, and…

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30 Jan: Exercise and Arthritis: What you Need to Know

Chances are that in some way or another you are either related to (or personally know/have heard) of someone who is affected by arthritis in some degree. Indeed, in Canada this debilitating disease affects millions of people, most notably as they age and move into retirement. For some, it strikes even earlier. But what is arthritis exactly? And how does exercise benefit those who have it, and likely delay its early onset? It is these questions and more that we seek to look at in today’s blog!

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25 Jan: Pleasure in the Process

There’s a result you desire. Maybe it’s weight loss, maybe it’s to achieve a specific lift, run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication. Whatever the goal is, what I’m going to talk about applies. If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – HCG injections, diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are small that they were successful.

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19 Jan: All About Stretching!

Everywhere you look there are active Movimento members doing  strength routines, cardio routines, and exercising at home as well! We love keeping active, but do you ever have days where your joints hurt, your muscle soreness just won’t go away or that old back injury seems to be creeping up again? Are we missing something?

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20 Dec: Understanding Muscle Soreness and Recovery

We have all felt the ill effects of severe muscle soreness after a bout of exercise in the couple days that followed the workout, whether that’s not being able to lift our arms above our head or struggling to walk up the stairs because the quads are screaming. This muscle soreness we all experience is termed delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which usually appears 12-48 hours following the bout of exercise. There are a few different theories that can explain the cause of DOMS but the leading one is the result of skeletal muscle damage. This suggests that throughout the course of a workout, tears in our muscle fibers are occurring as we perform each exercise throughout the workout. For example, during a squat, the large volume of muscle fibers in the quads, glutes and hamstrings are tearing as we perform each rep of the exercise. This gives us that…

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19 Dec: Finding Time During the Holidays

Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and with that comes lots of time spent with family and friends we may have not seen in a while, many food temptations and lots of downtime and relaxation. A combination of these things, along with most gyms being closed for a few days, can give us all an excuse not to exercise and stay active during the holidays and stagnate all that progress we have made in transforming our health and well being throughout the past year.

01 Dec: All About Your Core!

Do you experience low back pain? Did you know that pain could be the result of having a weak core? Having a weak core can contribute to many things other than just having back pain. It can influence your breathing, your ability to balance, and your spine. The abdominal wall contains no bones for support, it must rely on strength from the multidirectional layers of muscles. There are many muscles that must work together to create that strong stable core. But before we get down to the nitty gritty I want to talk more about why we need a strong core.

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16 Oct: Mastering the Pushup

Drop and give me 50! Whether in movies, school gym class, or at the training facility, we have all been faced with doing everyone’s favorite upper body exercise (just admit it!), the push up. Arguably one of the most effective moves in workout history, the push up has been providing the human body with quick and anatomically safe chest/arm movement for almost everyone on their fitness journey.

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18 Sep: Stretching Versus Mobility

Most of us have felt the need for more flexibility at some point in our lives. Whether it comes from the inability to touch your toes, the desire to improve athletic performance, or simply from feeling tension in your back while standing up out of a chair, most of us have experienced a moment in life where we think to ourselves, “Wow, I really need to stretch more!”