Intense Seated Forward Bend

Workouts in Balance

It is through workout variation that human physiology can adapt to different situations that one (may) encounter(s). Physiological specificity Running increases endurance and improves (heart) stroke volume. Strength Training increases muscular workload capacity. Flexibility and stability are important for  mobility of the joints. When taken together, these aspects of activity allow the individual to display … Continue reading Workouts in Balance

Good posture

Shoulder Blade: How it impacts function

What do planks, handstands, throwing baseballs and placing dishes into cabinets have in common? Scapular (shoulder blade) rhythm, Upper Trapezius (UT) and Serratus Anterior (SA) activation. Scapular (Scapulothoracic) Rhythm is defined as the coordinated movement of the glenohumeral joint with scapulothoracic articulation. The scapula must be maintained in a stable position, yet still be mobile, … Continue reading Shoulder Blade: How it impacts function

Of Core Importance

  The core musculature (CM) is critical for the overall functioning of the body. It is important for stabilization and works in tandem with the back musculature. This is significant for moving objects or keeping them stationary, especially when the movement requires higher degrees of exertion. Lifting a heavy box, opening or closing a stubborn … Continue reading Of Core Importance

Osteoarthritis: Integrity and Movement

  Currently, the world is on high alert. Regular activities that were available are now non-existent. Meeting with friends, going to work, playing soccer / volleyball in the park: these and other activities are severely curtailed, if not altogether halted.  Those with (hip) osteoarthritis are in a dire straight. Movement is key to maintaining a … Continue reading Osteoarthritis: Integrity and Movement

Balance and Focus

Balancing Act – maintain your focus

Balance is a critical part of the human existence. Being Bi-pedal creatures requires that structures and systems involved with balance operate seamlessly.  Strong muscles aside, knowing where the body is in space and time must be a near autonomic response. Injury to the ankle can cause stability and overall balance become compromised. Age can also … Continue reading Balancing Act – maintain your focus

Maintaining the Base of Operation

Society is enamored with appearance. Muscles, typically, are exercised in either of two ways. They are either subjected to routines that build them up (i.e. - body pump, machine workouts or supported lifting modalities) or they perform in response to running, cycling or various aerobic modalities. Although these modes of exercise do provide physiological benefit, … Continue reading Maintaining the Base of Operation

How walking is defined

Importance of the foot

The foot is critically important for functioning in the bi-pedal posture (standing on two feet). All body motions are dependent upon the stabilizing and movement facilitating actions of the foot (foot/feet, ankle(s) will be used interchangeably). The necessity for foot health is often disregarded until a musculo-skeletal (muscle, bone) compromise occurs in that area. Keeping … Continue reading Importance of the foot

Length of the lumbar spine

Psoas you do, Psoas you are.

Exercise regimens typically focus on the visible muscles. However, the less visible muscle provide  structural support to the body: the psoas is particularly important in this regard. The psoas (to be used interchangeably with ilio-psoas / IP). The psoas plays a major role in good posture. Locomotion is tied closely to the functioning of the … Continue reading Psoas you do, Psoas you are.

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Safe driving is healthy driving

Health is easily affected by the manner in which a motor vehicle is operated. Road related mishaps could be avoided if, across the board, more caution were exercised. The incidence of wanting to 'Get There' is rampant among today's motorist. Following recommended guidelines would greatly reduce the risk of accidents that are the result of … Continue reading Safe driving is healthy driving

Length of the lumbar spine

HIP EXTENSION – an accessory exercise

Hip extension is an important biomechanical function performed by the body.  Among many motions requiring hip extension, the most crucial to human activity is maintaining and upright posture. Nearly all to and fro movements of the body involve some degree of hip extension. This action is linked to many of the everyday requirement and athletic … Continue reading HIP EXTENSION – an accessory exercise