The  Awesomeness of Warming Up
Exercise Basics | Mindset | Movement

The Awesomeness of Warming Up

If you watch professional sports you will notice that the athletes warm up like crazy. They roll around, stretch, scrimmage, practice throwing, get the footwork going, and on and on. And…get this…before Tiger Woods pulled out a win at the Master’s Tournament this year, he reportedly (by his own admission) woke up at 3:45 AM…

What Do Nerves Have to Do with Working Out?
Exercise Basics | Movement

What Do Nerves Have to Do with Working Out?

Here, I am not talking about the kind of nerves that make you nervous. It’s about the nerves that make your muscles work. Turns out that your nerves are a key component to any exercise you do. It is important to figure out what they are doing for you so that your workouts can have…

Tapping Your Way to Better Fitness
Exercise Basics | Movement

Tapping Your Way to Better Fitness

Have you ever gone to the gym and seen little discs or half domes of different colors sitting around? Or perhaps you have seen someone training by tapping the disc with a hand or foot. Aside from the appealing bright colors, what are they adding to a workout? Tapping If you have watched athletes train,…

What Can We Learn from Body Builders?
Exercise Basics | Health and Nutrition

What Can We Learn from Body Builders?

Most of us don’t want to be body builders, either for recreation or competition. However, I venture to say that most of us would like to feel stronger, more capable, and more confident in our physical abilities. Then there’s the Feds. That would be the CDC and the Surgeon General. Throw in the American Heart…

Is Running or Jogging Bad for You?
Exercise Basics

Is Running or Jogging Bad for You?

Let’s just say that you are feeling the push to get moving more. Maybe some extra pounds have crept on and you have decided that it’s time to do something about it. You have checked out CrossFit, Orange Theory, or a boot camp class and noticed that often they start up with some running as…

Love Your Core So It Loves You Back
Exercise Basics

Love Your Core So It Loves You Back

Let’s say you are lugging around a couple of grocery bags, bags of mulch (or ice melt, depending), hefting luggage, or even having to help your aged dog up a flight of stairs. Ever wonder what your beloved core is doing to help you with this? Probably not! Even if you suddenly get a twinge…