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Strength Training for Better Posture: Biceps Curls Nov 07, 2012

This is the first video in a series on proper strength training technique for better posture.

 

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Starting Position

  • A staggered stance (1-2 feet apart) accommodates wider hips and larger dumbbells.

  • Dumbbell heads are facing...

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Is Strength Training Ruining Your Posture? Oct 30, 2012

If you're lifting weights without addressing postural disparities such as one shoulder higher than the other, a hip that is rotated forward or rounded shoulders then YES your unbalanced posture is becoming stronger and more engrained with every repetition performed.

 

I'm not saying don't...

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Exercise Makes You Smarter Oct 16, 2012

You're probably heard these benefits of exercise:

  • Elevated Mood
  • Weight Management
  • Better Sleep
  • Reduced Stress
  • Lower Blood Pressure

But did you know exercise also makes you smarter?

That's what John Ratey, MD author of  Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the...

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Why and When to Stretch Your Muscles Oct 09, 2012

I recently met a fit young man who loves to run. A mutual friend brought us together, introducing me as someone who might be able to help with his back pain. He had seen a chiropractor who told him the curve in his lower back had flattened which was probably contributing to his pain. I agreed and...

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Understanding the Function Run Oct 01, 2012

"The value of the function run is that it deliberately equalizes your strong compensating muscles and your weaker prime movers. When we are dysfunctional, heavy exertion demand automatically accesses our strongest muscles. Function runs are a way to stop that from happening and to give those...

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Taming Your Sports Gremlin Sep 24, 2012

As an athlete you are driven, have goals and want to achieve. Many of us are in the habit of pushing our bodies to the brink of collapse, injury or sickness to succeed. Our taskmaster inside, sometimes called our sports gremlin, scares us into making bad choices for our body and soul.

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Use Positive Psychology to Heal Sep 12, 2012

Healing happens not only physically but is also influenced by your psychological state. While suffering from various injuries and surgeries I found the teachings of Positive Psychology helpful to my recovery. How we think about our situation and what we say to ourselves has a great impact on our...

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Running Technique, Posture and Pain Sep 06, 2012

In case you missed my article in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

 

Pain Free Athlete :: Running Technique, Posture and Pain

There are no sports beyond our body's capability! When we have pain playing a sport though, it is easy to blame the activity for our pain. Running, the primary functional movement our body was designed for, has a reputation...

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The Most Important Question to Ask About Your Pain Aug 28, 2012

You know that kid who is always asking questions to the point of being annoying? What does s/he want to know - WHY? Why this, why that, why, why, why. It can be a difficult question with a complex answer. Adults interacting with this child may become drained by the steady stream of...

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Prevent Injury with Proprioception Training Aug 23, 2012

Proprioception is defined by Mosby's dictionary as “the kinesthetic sense. The sense that deals with sensations of body position, posture, balance, and motion.” Simply put, it is your ability to feel your body's joint positions and movements in space.

 Pain Free Athlete :: Prevent Injury with Proprioception Training

 

As your body moves...

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Reduce Joint Pain by Improving Body pH Aug 20, 2012

To reduce joint pain my Egoscue® therapist recommended I measure and work to improve my body pH. Defined as "potential for Hydrogen" pH represents the acid-base balance in arterial blood. The density of positively charged hydrogen ions makes a solution acidic or basic. An acid has a greater...

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Three Strategies to Settle Competition Nerves Aug 10, 2012

1. Embrace Your Competitor

When I read about this strategy in Running Within by Jerry Lynch and Warren Scott I was intrigued. I had always seen the other women in my races as rivals to be beaten and crushed, not embraced! Lynch and Scott describe how anger is a counterproductive emotion...

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