Progression 1/3: Single Leg Balancing Squat Supported Everyday, people engage in movements that involve coordination of the ankle, knee and hip joints (AKH). Movements such as walking, running, and jumping are variations of the Single Leg Squatting position. In order for coordinated execution of these movements to take place, proper engagement of the core and … Continue reading Single Leg Squatting: Stability and Flexibility
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.
Hip Extension with Feet on the Stability Ball Hip stability is a very important aspect of movement. No matter what you want to engage in, be it walking, running, tai chi, tennis, or swimming. Specifically, hip stability plays a key part in the mechanics of golf. The stability of your hips comes from good core … Continue reading Functional Exercises for Golf
Do you want tighter, firmer, well-defined buttocks? I do! In fact I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. While it is true that you cannot spot reduce, you also cannot just work the gluteal muscles. A well-rounded exercise program should include aerobics, flexibility, balance, and resistance training. I have put together an exercise segment for targeting … Continue reading Nice, Butt!
So you have only 30 minutes to workout? What can you accomplish in 30 minutes? When structured properly, you can achieve an effective workout in just 30 minutes. Due to time constraints, exercise usually gets put aside until the next day. If this happens often enough, accountability may begin to wane and exercise may be … Continue reading 30 minutes and I’m gone . . . .
Balance Training is an often overlooked aspect of most people's exercise regimen. When I work out at the gym I see people doing all sorts of exercises, but very rarely do I see anyone performing balance exercises. As we age and become more sedentary, movement can become restricted and balance and stability skills may decline. … Continue reading Balance Training
I was practicing my tai chi long form on 4 April 2012. Lately, I have been focusing keeping the head suspended while lengthening the spine and sinking into the ground. I have been emphasizing these points by practicing the form with a book on my head. Practicing the form in this fashion encourages activation of … Continue reading Martial Arts Kata and Core Stability
Click this link - Introduction to the Posterior Chain series The hip joint and the shoulder girdle are critical to the functionality of the posterior chain musculature. The musculotendinous attachments at the hip joint and at the shoulder girdle are important to engaging the core and stabilizing the spine. Because the spine connects the hips … Continue reading Posterior Chain Activation
Despite what you may have heard, core exercises involve more than simply “activating your abdominals” and crunching. The core reaches far behind the abdominals. Pilates is a great way to strengthen the core musculature, but Pilates instruction often overlooks the activation of the pelvic floor musculature, which is crucial to developing a strong core. In … Continue reading Core Exercises
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