Traditional Chinese Medicine Summer

Summer is a time filled with joy and laughter, warmth, and an upward moving energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this season is associated with the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Burner organ systems and they are represented by the fire element. Much like Spring, Summer is considered to be yang in nature as … Continue reading Traditional Chinese Medicine Summer

Corrective Exercise Cool Down for Low Back

As a bodyworker and personal trainer one of the most frequent concerns I encounter is low back tension and pain. We can reduce and prevent discomfort commonly found in lumbar and hip musculature by utilizing a few basic tools to bring the body into balance. These cool down movements emphasize ankle/ hip mobility and knee/ … Continue reading Corrective Exercise Cool Down for Low Back

Tapering

Tapering is a planned short-term reduction in exercise load during periods of intense training, the time leading up to a competition, and/or as a recovery tool post event. Without a tapering plan over-training may occur, particularly in the “all or nothing all the time” personality. Tell-tale signs and symptoms of over-training include but are not … Continue reading Tapering

Use it or Lose it

The "Principle of Use or Disuse" implies that your exercise gains will go away when you do not maintain them. This means that you become deconditioned and muscles atrophy when not in use. Muscle strength tends to go away at about 1/8 of starting strength per week, with larger and stronger fast twitch muscle fibers … Continue reading Use it or Lose it

Hydration

This summer, it is important to be prepared when exercising outdoors. Our bodies are composed of about 75% water, which may be lost as sweat, faster than it is replenished. The body perspires to release excess heat and allow for evaporation to cool the skin. Electrolytes which help to maintain proper hydration are lost through the … Continue reading Hydration