There are as many myths out there surrounding exercise as there are types of exercise.
For generations we have heard that in order to get into shape, you need to suffer. No pain, no gain. For years we have been bombarded with images of celebrities, models and professional athletes who are in phenomenal shape. We are told by the media that if we aren’t ripped, lean and have 6 pack abs then we are not in shape.
These myths are not true. Continue reading Easy Is The New Hard, or Why Exercising Doesn’t Have To Be No Pain, No Gain
Much of the information concerning exercise these days revolves around how to lose the most amount of weight as quickly as possible, or how to get in the most extreme shape of your life. What if you want to feel better, reduce pain and injury, improve your quality of life, and lose weight, but do it without all of the pain and injury that can accompany extreme exercising? Continue reading Why Do Low Impact Exercise?
I live in Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh anything having to do with football is big news. A few weeks back Rashard Mendenhall made the news when the former Steeler running back announced his retirement at the age of 26, while still seemingly healthy.
People here were questioning why a healthy athlete in the prime of his career would want to retire? Continue reading Another Reason For Low Impact Exercising
Over the years I have had the honor to work with many professional athletes. I have watched them get injured on the field or stage, and then got them fixed up and back out to perform, quickly.
I have treated most types of athletic injuries, from concussions to post concussive disorder, to muscle pulls and sprains and strains. The list goes on.
I have also had the honor to work with many professional athletes after they retire and are out of the spot light. I have witnessed firsthand the effects that a lifetime of high impact exercise and sports have on the body. I have witnessed firsthand the health effects and pain that retired football players and ballet dancers deal with on a regular basis. I have treated some retired athletes that can barely walk due to the damage done to their body from high impact sports. Continue reading How To Exercise To Reduce Pain
Time Magazine recently ran an article discussing the cult of Cross Fit and its effects on the body. Cross Fit is not the only extreme exercise system out there. P90X and Insanity Workout are two other currently popular extreme exercise systems out there.
These extreme exercise systems do work, and they work well, if you can stick with them and avoid injury long enough to get results.
These systems work on the premise that you have to push yourself hard to get to the next level of fitness. When everything is going right, these systems will help you to burn calories, build muscle, lose weight and get into shape. But that is only if everything is working right. Continue reading If You’re Not A Professional Athlete, Then You Don’t Need To Train Like One