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?
When was the last time you gave your core muscles a little TLC? They work SUPER HARD for you all day, every day. But most of us don’t give them the attention they deserve – and when we DO think about them, it’s probably about how they look.
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.
Have you ever taken a road trip … and when you finally get there, your body is mad at you when you get out of the car? Like, it almost refuses to straighten up all the way and let you walk like a normal human being? Your hips and back feel soooo locked up … and you end up shuffling like Frankenstein across the parking lot before you can move freely again?
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.
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.
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.
We all get injured at some point during our fitness journey. Check out Melinda Prince's blog post this week about injury prevention and treatment. Click here to read!