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

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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

Front body/Back body, how’s your posture?

In the words of Chang San Feng, “Up and down, forward and backward, left and right, it’s all the same . . . If there is a top, there is a bottom, if there is a front, there is a back, if there is a left, there is a right.” This excerpt, from the Tai … Continue reading Front body/Back body, how’s your posture?

Bicycle Safety a-la-mode.

When I wore a younger man’s clothes, in the 80’s, I was pretty daring and bicycle safety was minimal on my list of concerns. I was just beginning my journey down the road to good health as I was finding out that a bicycle is perfect for displaying the strength and endurance aspects of one’s … Continue reading Bicycle Safety a-la-mode.

Yoga and your knees

We can use the practice of yoga to maintain the health of our knees.** The gentle, continued practice of yoga is suited for many of the issues that we face due to the condition of our knees. Knees are strong: they support nearly the entire weight of the body. However, many people in modern society … Continue reading Yoga and your knees

Shoulder Strength – Scapular Mobility and Stability

Can you raise the roof? Scapular mobility and stability are important components of a strong and functional shoulder girdle. Mobility and stability must go hand in hand for this joint to be functional. As the scapula is stabilized in place, the shoulder is given a stable base from which to enact the various arm movements … Continue reading Shoulder Strength – Scapular Mobility and Stability