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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

Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic Stretching
. Dynamic Stretching.   For our finale on the topic of safe stretching, we’re going to discuss dynamic stretching.  Dynamic stretching is categorized as movement that extends to our end range for a given muscle that doesn’t require a long hold at that end point.  In other words, we move through it.  We may hold it for a brief period of time, but it’s quite different than static or PNF stretching, in which we may hold certain positions for 5 to even 60 sec...
Posted on 2021-08-30

PNF Stretching

PNF Stretching
  PNF stretching. So what is PNF stretching?  . PNF stands for “proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation”.  It is a concept in which the body uses its proprioceptive system to encourage (facilitate) or discourage (inhibit) certain movements (muscle contractions).  And what is proprioception?  Proprioception is the body’s ability to be aware of itself in space.  In other words, it’s your body’s way of knowing that if you put your ar...
Posted on 2021-08-16

Static Stretching

Static Stretching
. Static Stretching. Most of us know that stretching can be beneficial, yet most of us don’t take the time to do it.  When we think of stretching we often get a picture in our heads of staying in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, hoping out tissues will soften and yield.  This is what is known as static stretching.  But what is static stretching exactly, and what other options are there? According to Bandy et al, “Static stretching is performed by pl...
Posted on 2021-08-02
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