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Not only does yoga improve flexibility, it helps us relax and use muscles we never thought possible. With help from Yoga Journal, here is a list of some more ways yoga can benefit you. Don’t be afraid to come in and try a class, we have fabulous instructors who are willing to help you find your inner yogi. more »
Staying Away From Gym Injuries
Everyone has fitness goals and the one sure thing to get in the way is an injury. Here are some of the more common workout injuries and some basic guidelines to get you back training safely and quickly.
First off for everyone injury apply the R.I.C.E. principle for the first 48 hours. That is Rest Ice Compression and Elevation. The most important of these is REST. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen can also help with pain and swelling.
Two of the more common reasons for injuries at the gym are poor form and to much to fast. Start light and use proper form when lifting weights, if you don’t know the best thing to do is ask a personal trainer with some help. Know your own body. Don’t push yourself to hard at first listen to your body and know your limits. And most of all always check with your health care professional before starting an exercise program.
Sprain: Sprains can occur to any ligament in the body. Most commonly experienced at the ankle joint. A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament, the fibrous tissue that connects bone to bone. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints.
If you experience a sprain it is best to splint and ice the inflamed joint and seek a health care professional for further instruction.
Strains: A strain is an injury of the muscle and or tendon of the body. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone. Strains commonly occur due to a lack of a proper warm up, overuse of a muscle due to lack of rest, over stretching of the muscle or excessive muscle contraction. Depending on the severity of the strained muscle rest is typically your best option. If the strain in more severe you made want to see your health care professional.
Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone caused by repetitive application of force such as running or jumping. Most commonly found in the lower leg of distance runners but may also be the result of doing too much too soon. Pain associated with a stress fracture originates in a specific spot and decreases during rest. Contact your doctor if your pain becomes severe or persists even at rest.
Stay clear of these common side lining injuries so you can stay health and reach your fitness goals.
We all know we should be exercising a certain amount each week and each day. With work weeks getting longer for adults and as technology increases, we are becoming more and more inactive. Exercise should be about setting aside time to take care of your body. Find something you love to do and exercising won’t be so dreadful. Thanks to the American Heart Association, here are some types on how to love exercise. more »
This new year we all want to step up our fitness and become healthier versions of ourselves. Make it a goal to become stronger. Muscle burns more fat throughout the day causing your metabolic rate to increase. In fact, having a stronger core can make you stronger with whatever activity you decide to pursue. If you’re finding that crunches aren’t cutting it for you, but you don’t know what to do to get a stronger core, we can help. Thanks to Health Magazine, here are some non traditional ab exercises that will get your muscles burning. Try different variations and circuits to get the maximum effect. more »
With the turn of the new year, we all would like to accomplish new goals based on what has happened in past years. This year, don’t set goals in January and then forget about them the rest of the year. Whatever you goal may be, we have some tricks, with the help of Fitness Magazine, that will help you stick to your goals. more »