Is Running Good or Bad For You?

lower body running Sep 09, 2018

Running is often said to be bad for your joints, especially ankles and knees. That's not untrue. But the impact on your bones during a run is actually helpful if you tend towards low bone density.

What I mean when I say "tend towards" is a genetic disposition (a blood relative with osteoporosis)...

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The Importance of Different Angles

 

Have you ever been frustrated that you spend significant time stretching, but you're still tight? I’m pretty sure anyone who lives an active life, has experienced something like this before.

 

For some of you, that area of tightness gets worse and worse. If you, for example, spend much...

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The Side Leg Lift and Trusting Your Body

lower body Apr 23, 2016
 

The side leg lift is a great exercise to strengthen our underutilized and overlooked gluteal muscles if performed correctly. Unfortunately, I often see it done poorly. Our sneaky thigh and hip flexor muscles want to run the show because that's what they have been trained to do in many of us. In...

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The Importance of Stretching Your Hamstrings From All Directions

lower body Apr 09, 2016
 

Our muscles are not just running in a vertical line up and down the body. Some of them run across, diagonally, or they wrap around a joint, creating the option for rotation in that joint or stabilizing the joint during movement (by pulling in the opposite direction).

It's incredibly important to...

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5 Common Mistakes When Doing A Hamstring Stretch With A Strap

lower body Apr 02, 2016
 

I bet you’ve done this stretch before. It’s easy to do at home and can be very effective in loosening up your hamstrings and calves.  This stretch is something you can build upon, with noticeable results if you are consistent.  You can do this while watching TV, listening to...

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One Quick Exercise to Minimize Your Bunions

lower body Mar 26, 2016
 

Did you know that there is a particular set of muscles in your feet responsible for creating or fixing your bunions? If you look down at your feet right now, I bet most of you will see your big toe drifting slightly over to the rest of your toes.  Your toes should stand at attention, if you...

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Avoid Knee Pain During Squats!

lower body Mar 05, 2016
 

Kristi asked me what she can do to avoid knee pain during squats.  There is so much information on the internet, in fitness magazines and with trainers at your local gym, that it’s hard to siphon through all of it and find what is best for you.  

I’ve put together a few...

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Hip Flexor Massage on the Foam Roller

lower body Jan 23, 2016
 

A little warning right off the bat: If this is your first time doing this massage THIS MAY HURT!

The foam roller is a great tool to strengthen the body, but even better at massaging the muscles and fascia that can get tight and restrictive.  They need to be loosened up to undo those pesky...

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Hip Flexor Stretch with the Foam Roller

lower body Jan 23, 2016
 

Hip flexors can often be an after thought in anybody’s normal stretch routine, but it’s actually one of the most important! Hip flexors have a critical role in controlling the stability and flexibility of your lower body. Tight hip flexors can lead to knee and ankle issues, as well as...

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Climbing Stairs Properly - Avoid Knee Pain

lower body Jan 09, 2016
 

I bet most of us don’t really think about how we climb stairs. It is just another part of our daily routine, like getting our coffee, or checking email. Sadly, the way we climb stairs can actually throw off our body balance, create knee pain, and even back pain. Just another thing to...

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