Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Free Laser Therapy Session

Starting today, we'll be offering monthly online specials to all of the people who "Like" our Facebook fan page (You don't "Like" us?! Click here to fix that!). This month it is a Free Laser Therapy Session.

Our 'Cold Laser' uses the latest technology to quickly and painlessly treat everything from shoulder pain to plantar fasciitis (heel pain). This offer includes a consultation, exam, and Laser treatment ($99 Value) and is only good until the end of the month, hope to see you soon!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Improve Your Posture to Improve Your Health

Ever try balancing a book on your head (for more than a second)? To do it, you need more than just patience; you need good posture.

Back when the Earth was home to Neanderthals, posture wasn't really that high on the list of health priorities. At that time, it’s safe to assume finding food, surviving the seasons and generally avoiding death was considerably more important. But this is the21st century and we can should consider our health a precious commodity. Unfortunately, for many of us, maintaining (or achieving) good posture is still somewhat low on the “To Do“ list.

Why is good posture so important? It's pretty simple. When the spine is properly aligned with its natural curves and the entire body – from the ears to the shoulders to the hips, knees and down to the ankles and feet – is in balance, we maximize spinal health and avoid the problems that arise from poor posture. Ideal posture creates ideal balance; it also optimizes breathing and circulation. That sounds like a good idea, right?

May is National Correct Posture Month, so we thought it was high time to get you out of your slumped, bent-back, round-shoulders position that is likely all too common if you work at a computer, have to drive long distances every day, spend too much time texting or checking e-mail on your cell phone (who doesn't these days?), or engage in any of the countless activities that put your back, neck and spine at risk courtesy of poor posture. It's time to stand tall, walk tall and improve your spinal health, all at the same time!

StraightenUpAmerica.org has a list of great (and easy) Posture exercises that you can find here!

One of the earliest tests of the StraightenUpAmerica program proved quite encouraging: After five weeks of daily practice of "Straighten Up" exercises, more than 80 percent of participants reported improved posture; just under 80 percent said they had strengthened their core muscles; and 80 percent reported that after performing the exercises, they now sat and stood more upright, and their backs felt more comfortable in that position.

If you would like more information or direction on ways to improve your posture, schedule an appointment with us!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

To Get In Shape, Keep It Simple.

Complicated doesn't necessarily mean better. Here are some simple exercise strategies that can be done easily, quickly and with great results, even if you are a beginner.
  1. Get Off the Machines. Free weights require more muscle activation for stabilization and control of movements, which means you burn more calories with every exercise. Muscles require energy to contract; the more energy you use with a movement, the more calories you burn and the leaner you get – assuming you don't overdo training and maintain good form.
  2. Keep Yourself Hydrated. Did you know that being dehydrated makes you fatter? Why? Because muscle glycogen (sugar energy created from ingested carbohydrates) is stored along with water. For every gram of glycogen in the muscle, there should be three of water. Dehydration forces glucose to remain in the bloodstream instead of muscle until it reaches the liver for overflow storage. When the liver is full, the glycogen (sugar) has no place to go but your fat cells. Not good!
  3. Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan. How can you hit a target you can't even see? Set your goals and then document your progress via a journal, computer or cell phone application. This is the only verifiable way you can determine what does and does not work over time. Write down everything, from what you eat to when you eat, training programs, how you felt during and after workouts, etc. Take pictures of yourself as you progress to attach the visible senses to your goal.
  4. Focus on the Core. For most people, your workout is motivated (at least to some degree) by the drive to improve your appearance. A prime target related to that goal invariably involves the elusive abdominals. Most people target the midsection with crunches or sit-ups. Although these are good examples of isolation exercises for the abdominals, you should also integrate alternative exercises that develop strength within all muscle groups of the core. This will provide you with the best foundation to push through the tough workouts in pursuit of your best body.
Despite a willingness to blame ourselves, our genetics or our hectic schedules, when fitness or weight-loss failure arises, bad information is just as big a culprit to destroying our potential. Misinformation can easily override good intentions and even hard work when it comes to getting in shape. The three important factors to remember when trying to get in shape are “eating like an athlete, exercising aerobically in moderation, and challenging muscle”. All three elements are crucial if the goal is a long-term positive physical change.
Once you learn to apply these strategies comfortably into your life, you'll get the payoff for the time you've invested in your fitness program. Implement these strategies and “fitness failure” will no longer be an option!