It’s that time of year again! The time where family gets together and Uncle Joe and Aunt Susan, your parents, your spouse’s parents, and a variety of friends have invited you to some sort of Christmas function. There’s just SO much good food and drink!! It can be incredibly hard to get out of the Christmas season in the same state that you entered in.
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.
I’m sure all of you have heard how important it is to get vitamins and minerals into our bodies to create and maintain optimal health. Minerals are inorganic elements and can not be produced or synthesized in the body the way certain vitamins can. They must be obtained through the food we eat or through the water we drink. Minerals play many vital roles in the body working in combination with vitamins, hormones, enzymes and various other nutrient co-factors to regulate thousands of biological functions. They support immune function, metabolism, regulation of blood sugar and fluids, muscle contraction and relaxation, mental and cognitive function; as well as repair and cellular detoxification.
Let’s talk about fad diets! You’ve all heard of at least one. They come in a variety of names and all claim to get you FASTER and BETTER results! The thing about fad diets that usually gets consumers is the buzzwords revolving around commitment. “You can lose X amount in X amount by only paying X amount”. If you were told to plug away at something consistently for a year and you’d get slow results, CONSISTENT AND SUSTAINABLE slow results, you might be interested, or you might choose that quick fix.
In a perfect world, all of us would be able to progress our fitness levels without ever having to worry about something such as sickness, injury, or any other obstacle in life slowing us down. However, in the real world, setbacks on your fitness journey do happen. The real question isn’t whether or not you’ll have to face these challenges; it’s whether or not you’re going to overcome them.
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!”
Have you noticed yourself often shrugging your shoulders, whether during exercise or simply just during your everyday life? Have you noticed yourself unintentionally rounding your shoulders forward? Many of us have jobs or everyday tasks that require us to spend much of our time sitting, which often results in those postural deviations. In this article, I’m going to give you 3 tips to help resolve these problems.
You’ve been training for a while, changing your eating habits, and really trying to make some lifestyle changes. And then you jump on the scale… And your weight is EXACTLY the same or… (GASP) it’s gone UP. How is this possible? You have been giving up sweets and wearing out running shoes… you have been working SO hard! What is missing? The fact that you are only looking at your body weight on the scale when you really need to be looking at your body fat %.
With all the challenges of our daily lives it can be tough to maintain a high level of energy at all times. Factor in a long winter on top of it all (seriously will this snow ever stop!) and being fatigued and having low energy is something that we all have to deal with at some point during the day. If you are feeling an tired slump in your day here are a few different techniques to keep those energy levels up so you can stay on top of whatever situation comes your way.
Ever wonder why your training program changes every month? Why you can’t just do the same things you’re comfortable with? Why you can’t keep doing 15 reps instead of 8? Or why you can’t do a different workout every time you’re in? What do you need to do to lose those last 10 pounds through training? In order for us to consistently achieve our fitness goals, we need to continually switch up our routine in a number of ways. And while most of us can agree that this is important, our major questions remain why? To begin, let’s look at what happens when we first begin to put some stress and resistance on the body.