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Why don't my tight muscles ever let go?

Why don't my tight muscles ever let go? “My hamstrings are so tight, but I stretch them all the time! I don’t understand why they won’t loosen up.” As a physical therapist, I hear statements like these a LOT! When it comes to fitness, most people equate taut muscles with strength and fitness. However, the reality may be quite different. Chronically tight muscles can actually indicate weakness. In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons why tight muscles m...
Posted on 2023-03-27

7 Ways to Improve Sleep

7 Ways to Improve Sleep.   Hygiene- conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease. . Sleep hygiene- habits or practices conducive to improving sleep on a regular basis to improve your overall health. .   Yes, sleep hygiene is real.  Getting good sleep is integral to your health, and these days, it is too often sacrificed.  Van Dongen et al found that sleeping 6 hours per night or less for 14 days resulted in cumulative cognitive...
Posted on 2022-01-17

12 Ways to Cope with Stress

. 12 Ways to Cope with Stress . While we’ve been focusing on the physical ailments lately, we now shift gears to the mental and emotional wellbeing by focusing on ways to deal with stress, overwhelm, and burn-out.  None of us are strangers to stress.  It can manifest as physical stress (i.e. a demanding work-out) or psychological and emotional (i.e. relationship difficulties, the loss of a loved one, financial difficulties, health problems, etc), and none of us can escape it.&...
Posted on 2021-11-08

Specific Exercise Programs and Regimens

Last week, we introduced cross training and discussed its benefits.  This week, we’ll look into some specific programs and types of exercise you can use to cross train or to supplement your current workout regimen.  Low Impact Activities. We’ll begin by discussing three activities that are low impact and great for your overall health: yoga, Pilates, and walking/hiking.  Incorporating a yoga practice into your life can improve your flexibility, strength, and mental...
Posted on 2021-10-18

Cross Training

What is Cross Training?.   Cross training is defined as exercising in a way that minimizes the shortcomings of your usual athletic endeavor by emphasizing aspects of physical fitness that it may not include.  That could mean training in a sport that is different than your own (or your main sport), or targeting muscles and muscle groups that don’t get as utilized in your regular routine.  It can also mean training aerobically versus anaerobically, or vice versa.  Th...
Posted on 2021-09-20
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