Movement

Balance’s Unsexy Cousin: Stability

In the fitness biz these days there is a mantra “Stability before Mobility.” “Oh crud”, you might say, “NOW what?” Well, before you delete this, just give me a sec. Like its non-sexy cousin balance, stability is something that is pretty much under the radar but can make a huge difference for you. Here’s why:…

Exercise Basics

It’s Fantastic! It’s Stupendous! It’s Your Butt!

OK, maybe I got a little carried away there, but the truth is that our large backside muscles are very cool. For future reference, these are called the glute muscles. Here’s what they do: In addition to providing something for you to sit on besides your pelvic bone, they help you move. Specifically, these muscles…

Exercise Basics

Balance Is Important – It’s Just Not Very Sexy

I think that intuitively we already know that balance is important. After all, we have to be able to reach in different directions, get through an exercise class without falling over, or even just walk up and down stairs. Beyond that, do we really spend much time thinking or caring about it? Probably not. And,…

Mindset

Singin’ the Treadmill Blues

Before I get started, a bit of lawyerspeak…the term “treadmill” also refers to elliptical, stationary bike, arc trainer, or whatever your cardio machine of choice is. This blog is for those of you that have a difficult time feeling warm and fuzzy about your cardio machine experience. Or, perhaps because of overwhelming feelings of dread,…

Health and Nutrition

What We Can Learn from the French Paradox?

Let’s face it. We all like to eat. We like to think about food, and have certain foods that call to us. As poet Leigh Hunt put it, “If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating.” These days there is SO much written about food, diets,…

Health and Nutrition | Mindset

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

WARNING! The information I am about to impart may be depressing! But, I promise to give you the up side, to make lemonade from lemons, and bring in a few unanticipated perks as well. So here goes: In a recently posted article on www.functionalmovement.com, a highly respected source of human movement research and guidelines, Dr….