Overuse injuries are the most common reason for runners to have to alter their training or pull out of races. Certainly, errors in running form, shoes, and training mileage/intensity contribute to these injuries; however there is also a biomechanical aspect … Read More
Staying fit has become a very serious matter. We have miles to conquer, muscles to break down, pounds to lose and competitors to beat! Among the ever growing number of ironman triathletes, vegetarian ultra runners, meditating yogi masters, cross fit maniacs, and solo mountaineers I have started to wonder where the visible signs of enjoyment are? Have we traded in the smiles, jokes, and laughter during training and racing and replaced them with blisters, muscle cramps, saddle sores, and sunburns? The inevitable consequences of exercise seem to have become a bigger badge of honor than the sheer enjoyment of it. These items are now what memories are made of, clogging race reports and long-term memory banks. The indicators of suffering are our new best friends.
When I finally arrive in Vail for a womenâ€™s empowerment workshop I wonder why it seemed so difficult to get away and why I was even having second thoughts about leaving. Hmmm, work or go to the mountains for an outdoor adventure retreat designed to rejuvenate and nourish mind, body, and spirit? The answer suddenly couldnâ€™t be simpler.
Do financial fitness and physical fitness have a natural conflict for time in our busy lives? Or is there room for both? The time it takes most of us to earn a living seems to often preclude being able to carve out enough time to exercise regularly. The most popular excuse for lack of fitness is not having enough time. Is the problem that the amount of time we need to maintain financial fitness the real culprit of our decline of physical health and fitness?
Sitting is our worst enemy when it comes to many health and fitness issues. No â€œbuttsâ€ about it, after watching the Olympics, it is obvious that athletic power, speed and overall performance are rooted in the area most of us use mainly as a seat cushion. Physical therapists, including my own, are always emphasizing strengthening and activation of the gluteus maximus. When it comes to athletic performance, avoiding injury, and looking good in jeans, form equals function regarding this particular physical asset.
Recently I wrote an article concerning the importance of parents as wellness role models for their children. However, as we transition into adulthood the importance of positive role models seems to decrease if not be forgotten, but I believe we all need these types of people to look to as we journey through life. Funny thing is, sometimes they donâ€™t even know they are providing motivation or support to on looking bystanders.
I made my New Yearâ€™s resolutions last month so I could get an early start. I had the normal resolutions: lose 10 pounds, work on my upper body strength, improve my diet, cut back on beer and finally spend less time in front of the television. So when a friend invited me to go snowshoeing on January 1st I immediately accepted. What a nice opportunity to start the New Year off on the right foot. This would be a good way to make myself avoid endless hours of football on TV, decrease my beer intake, work on my upper body strength, and maybe start the process to lose a pound or two. It also meant that I would need to be good on New Yearâ€™s Eve.