Let’s say you sprain your ankle… what do you do?
RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and anti-inflammatories, of course! Um, well, no. I’m going to challenge your mother or father’s go-to fix and tell you to just R, within reason; C, within reason; and E, within reason. That’s right, I said to ditch the ice and anti-inflammatories!
Let me start with a little biology lesson; I’ll keep it brief. Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury – it’s a good thing! The purpose of inflammation is to bring healing blood and nutrients to injured tissue; it helps to clear out dead and damaged cells, and begin tissue repair. Inflammation also let’s you know that your body is not happy about something. For example, if your body is mechanically “off” (poor posture, stiff joints, flat feet, etc), your body is likely using compensatory strategies to move and function. These compensatory strategies can...
I must admit I love change. I realize change frightens some people, but for me I thrive off of it. I love living in and traveling to new cities, trying new things, finding new hobbies, and mixing up my routine. Rarely do I shy away from a new experience or opportunity and sometimes its challenging to stick with anything once the novelty wears off. But we can’t always just pick up and change houses, or jobs, or go on vacation whenever we want, so I started thinking about all the ways we can make each day exciting without changing any of the big things that need to stay constant.
Here are a few things I’ve come up with :
If you are like most people stretching probably ranks on your list of health priorities somewhere below updating a new workout playlist on your iPod and drinking that delicious kale and celery smoothie your trainer keeps suggesting you try.
Pilates stretching can be a valuable part of your health and fitness routine. Although the debate over whether to stretch or not to stretch is ongoing the research shows that the true benefits of stretching are numerous. Below is a list of my top 5 reasons why stretching should be an integral part of your exercise routine.
1. Stretching will Increase your Flexibility and Range of Motion
Improving the flexibility of your muscles actually improves not only athletic performance but also your ability to perform daily tasks. Activities such as bending to tie your shoes, lifting a bag of groceries or running to catch the train home from work all become easier and less tiring. With more flexible muscles you will also significantly reduce...