It’s a tough world out there: sitting through long commute and work hours, standing and walking on hard surfaces. Faced with these daily work/life balance challenges, it’s not surprising that at least 80% of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lives.
If you play a winter sport like hockey or football...any sport where you have much of the summer off...you know that after taking a few weeks off at season's end, it's time to start thinking about some sort of off-season training to prepare your body for the new season. If you have kids, you may even consider sending them to sports camps. They are great, no question, but they can be very expensive and often time comsuming.
Does frequent sitting result in weight gain for women? This question was explored by IDEA, Fitness Journal March 2015, and based on a study published in Preventing Chronic Disease 2014; 11, 140286, it seems that way.
Check out my 3 strength exercises that will help build core strength and great posturehttp://anthonydexmier.com/2015/04/29/three-exercises-for-core-and-posture-that-dont-suck/ and a great stay at home training for when you lack time but still want resultshttp://www.examiner.com/article/get-after-it
I spent the past weekend learning the new Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension Training system and was amazed by what I experience. The word Bodhi is sanskrit for "to awaken". As a Pilates practicioner and instructor for more than a decade, I was surprised by how much the Bodhi system did awaken my core. Using the ropes to suspend the body activated the deepest muscles to stabilize the body while moving in and out of gravity.
Traditional training Vs. Integrated training.Most people are very familiar with traditional training…you know, go to the gym, lift some weights, maybe hop on the treadmill while watching the over-head TV. That certainly can work and we for sure have come a long way from the 1940’s where we were introduced to those vibrating belt machines women wore around their waist to giggle the “goo” off their belly. While traditional training works it is soooo one dimentional.
Growing up, I can remember my mother saying the following: “Sit up straight boy, stop slouching, do not bend over like that because you will end up with terrible posture.” As a young boy, I had no idea of what she meant. In hindsight, my mother was right (and a great educator too)! In today’s day and age of technology, less activity and overall laziness, the importance of good posture is at all time high.