One of the most common “go-to” exercises in countless work-out repertoires is the ever popular sit-up. It is an exercise that is ingrained in our minds from elementary school gym class fitness testing through sports team training programs, and even into adulthood when trying to reach the sometimes elusive six-pack abs. But the research reports are in, and this seemingly timeless exercise that has been the staple to many fitness routines has been pushed from its chiseled pedestal and has come crashing down. Let’s talk about why.
I have always loved puzzles—taking a step back, looking at the big picture, and thinking outside of the box to find a unique and creative solution to a problem. The mystery and unknown that surround real world puzzles keep me on my toes and capture my interest and energy with the goal of finding a solution. This, along with my love of working with people and helping others, helped to spur on my dreams of being a doctor. I chose the field of chiropractic and gained interest in specializing in human movement and biomechanics because I have come to see that by coordinating multiple types of tools like chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue techniques, and functional movement exercises, the best recipes for improvement can be found for each patient.
What does your workout look like? Whether you love to run, bike, lift weights, rock climb, kayak, or even play an organized sport, I hope we all have one similarity in our chosen exercise program, and that is variety. Mixing up your activities and types of exercise programs help to provide different ways of moving and challenging your mind and body to help maximize individual function ability and reduce the risk of injury. There is one exercise that has been gathering steam as a necessity in athletic and functional training over the past several years. It is an exercise that should be supplemented into all programs no matter the goals. I am referring to the Loaded Carry.
Bees, their keepers, and honey have been in the news quite a bit over the past several years. From the decrease in bee populations to the resulting growing popularity in beekeeping, particularly in urban settings, and the significant effects these changes have on our food sources—excuse the pun—but there’s been quite a buzz. This vital pollinator species also provides a favorite sweet treat that has been viewed essentially as liquid gold for centuries. That’s right, I’m talking about honey. So, grab a jar, a spoon, and join me in finding out some of the benefits of honey.
Spring has arrived, and with it has come more hours of daylight and time to hit the pavement and enjoy some quality outdoor time to get away from it all, clear your head, and RUN. Whether you’re a new or seasoned runner, these insights on running form and training techniques to avoid injuries and increase quality and quantity of miles is always a plus. The love of running has been engrained in my person since the age of 7 when my Dad started letting me tag along on his evening runs. I started running competitively at the age of 10 and continue to be a part of the running world today as a coach and chiropractor specializing in improving function and movement. To summarize, I love to run. The community, comradery, personal competition, ability to experience nature, and keep moving, are just a few of the reasons I love this sport, pastime, or as some may put it, dreaded form of exercise. I hope these quick tips will make your time spent in running shoes more enjoyable.
Hi there! Welcome to the latest edition of the Back to Basics blog. I’m glad you’re here. Whether you’re a regular subscriber or this is your first time reading and you were simply drawn to this article because of the Beastie Boys reference in the title, I’m glad you’re here. So, pull up a chair, but don’t sit down just yet.
As runners, we require very little equipment for this sport. All we need is a trail, maybe a jacket depending on the weather, and some running shoes. But those shoes, oh those shoes. Chosen with great care and a lot of research, numerous pairs of running shoes are tried on and rejected. A select few are taken for a test run. At some point, a consultant at a running store may even study your stride and the build of your foot to determine the best shoe for you. With so much thought put into selecting just the right running shoe it might make you wonder, what are you putting on your feet the rest of the day when you’re not running? Do you put as much care into choosing the shoes you wear off the running course? The pair of shoes worn during your off times has a great impact on your running and can be detrimental to your training even if you always have the ideal running shoe on your foot.
In the last blog entry, I talked about how the ways we move create and maintain communication pathways between the brain and body. These pathways help with coordination, avoiding injuries, and beating chronic pain syndrome. Now, I’d like to dive a little deeper and talk about how moving can affect your balance and in turn your performance.
In one of my favorite episodes of the TV show “The Office” Jim, the office prankster, messes with his desk partner, Dwight. In the episode, Jim secretly trains Dwight to crave Altoids whenever he hears the music associated with a computer being turned off. Jim continues this experiment until finally Dwight is left with a confusing need for an Altoid every time that well knownMicrosoft log off music is played even when a mint is not offered—leaving a bad taste in Dwight’s mouth, literally. So, what’s the significance of this anecdote about the psychological battle between two co-workers? This mind tricking prank, inspired by physiologist, Ivan Pavlov’s work, does a great job of explaining how our brains can perpetuate chronic pain even after the initial injury is “healed.”
We live in a world of extremes—extreme home makeovers, extreme couponing, extreme diets, extreme paintball—it’s everywhere. Gone are the days of moderation. It’s go big or go home on everything, every day, all day. This new mentality is even evident in the world of youth sports. In the past decade participation in youth sports across the board has soared to include more than 35 million kids between the ages of 7-17 in the United States.