Semi-serious question for you: How often do you think about your muscles? (besides how they look. ;-) ) We expect our muscles to be able to perform for us at a second’s notice. But what do we do to take care of them so that they can accomplish when we need them?
This is a love letter to your heart muscle! And your heart totally deserves it! Did you know this hard-working muscle can beat around 3 billion times over your lifetime?
Do you ever see videos online of people in their 70s and beyond shooting hoops, bicycling, or busting a move on the dance floor and think, “I want to be that person when I grow up”?
One of the best things you can do to help make that happen is to:
- Start doing those things NOW (if you aren’t already) and
- Take care of your muscles by keeping them strong and flexible.
Here is a delicious smoothie recipe for you that is packed with nutrients your muscles (and taste buds) will LOVE. It makes for a great power-packed breakfast or post-workout recovery drink, and it’s surprisingly refreshing.
Self-mayofascial release, also known as "foam rolling", is a fancy way of saying self massage to release lactic acid from the muscles, relieving muscle tightness and soreness. Foam rolling can be useful in alleviating "trigger points" or "knots" in the muscles, or help reducing soreness from prior workouts and can get the muscles back to normal function more quickly. Foam Rolling is primarily done with a lightweight, affordable personal roll you can purchase from any sports store. The roll is used by allowing the person to apply direct pressure to sore spots in the body, promoting deep tissue massage and healing. Use the roll by laying across it and use the precise pressure to break up muscle knots and reestablish proper movement.
Skinny or Toned? The difference between dieting and cardio and WEIGHTLIFTING, dieting, and cardio is the difference between skinny mush and a lean, toned body. Weightlifting with a certain intensity will add definition to your body and increase your metabolism. To simply lose weight, one must eat less and move more. So, after you've plateaued, do you move even more OR eat even less? There's only so much time in your day and only so little you can eat. That's a tough decision. What if you could eat MORE, do MORE, and look BETTER? Here's where weightlifting comes in...
You've heard about yoga, you've even been to a class, but is it really going to help you? What are the benefits of yoga? If you've been asking these questions, this post is for you. Today we'll be sharing some of the benefits, both mental and physical that you'll receive from the intense stretching and meditation that comes from doing yoga.
You can't help but make excuses not to go the gym. Your shoulders hurt and you don't want to strain them. But what if I told you there are some exercises that can help relieve shoulder pain? When you experience shoulder pain, your first thought is "there's something wrong with my shoulder joint". But that usually isn't the case. Pain in your shoulders is often caused by problems with your neck, and it is felt in the shoulder blade. Here are five exercises that can help strengthen your neck and shoulders, thus relieving shoulder pain.
Those wonderful lines that slowly appear giving our faces the distinguished, “I’m 40 plus,” look. Skin starting to lose elasticity, joints that are more susceptible to injury and the predisposition for storing fat easier are just a few of the wonderful benefits that come along with the aging process. Due to this ever-changing process and being more susceptible to injury, we definitely need to know which aspects of exercise are going to be more beneficial for us as we age.
Gone are the days when you have to pay $100 or more to get a professional massage to loosen up your tight, overworked muscles and make sure they are ready to perform at an ideal level. Foam rolling has become an easy, affordable way to get the relief you need from chronically tight muscles.