Does Exercise Have To Be Tough?

This is a common question that I hear from patients of mine.

It is a common topic of discussion with friends of mine who are in the exercise profession, and with patients of mine.

At times it seems that people are looking for permission to not beat themselves up. They need the reassurance that it is alright to go easy.

I am here to tell you that the older you get, the less appropriate it is to go hard and beat yourself up with exercise. Why wreck your already irritated joints trying to “get into shape”. Continue reading Does Exercise Have To Be Tough?

Easy Is The New Hard, or Why Exercising Doesn’t Have To Be No Pain, No Gain

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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

High Impact Exercise (and why you should stay away from it)

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I am a big fan of low impact, low intensity exercising. I like this type of exercising because I feel it gives you the best chance of being able to stick with an exercise routine long enough to reap the benefits from it.

The only way that we get any benefit out of exercising  is by sticking with it long term and doing it consistently.

Exercising should be done in a way that is sustainable for our bodies. If we start out an exercise routine too intensely then we will eventually hurt ourselves and have to stop exercising. If we try to start out doing too much, then we will injure ourselves and have to stop exercising. Continue reading High Impact Exercise (and why you should stay away from it)