Many people that experience knee pain assume that they have some sort of problem with the bones or ligaments involved. Although this might very well be the case, you shouldn't also rule out the role muscle tightness plays. For example: if you experience an achy pain on the lateral (our outer) part of your patella (often referred to as the kneecap), your problem might be a tight IT band that is pulling on it. Think of the knee as a train that is meant to move only forwards or
As you've probably heard, body language is an important component of person to person communication. What you might not have heard is that your most important audience when it comes to body language might just be yourself. Yes its true, if you walk like a happy person, you might actually end up being happier. We've already discussed environmental causes of poor posture, and your mood plays a role as well. And although forcing yourself to fake a better posture has been shown
With the never-ending demands of modern life, many find it hard to allocate time to physical activity during the work day. But because they love a particular sport or are trying to stay in shape they try to make up for this deficiency on the weekends, going hard for hours at a time. The more you sit during the week, the longer you have to exercise on the weekends, or so the Weekend Warrior mentality goes.
This approach is dangerous, as we are subjecting our body to 2 diffe
Last week we discussed the importance for marathoners to also do strength training for their legs. This advice applies to everyone, as our lower body, often neglected in the gym when we mistake looking strong for being strong, is an important source of strength in many activities. One of the most important lower body exercises you can do is your basic squat. Squats make up a key component of our Fitness For Life philosophy as they hit many major muscles and can be combined wi
A common question patients and clients ask us is what's the best order for working out: cardio first or weight training? and can one do both in the same session? A common myth that gets passed around gyms is that doing both at the same time interrupts your results. On that question, the research is consistent: You can do both cardio and strength training in the same session without any interference in the outcome of either or your recovery. Then there is the question of which