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)

Age Appropriate Exercise

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The only constant in life is change.

As we age, our bodies change. As we age, the demands put upon our bodies change along with how our bodies react to those demands.

It used to be that researchers looked at adulthood as one long, continuous stretch. Now we are realizing that our bodies change throughout adulthood. Therefore our body’s needs change as well, throughout adulthood.

I believe that the biggest difference as we age is that we don’t recover from injuries and insults to our bodies as quickly as we did when we were younger. Continue reading Age Appropriate Exercise

How To Exercise To Reduce Pain

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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