If I had a nickel every time someone asked me about Neuromuscular Stretching I would have…no money. That’s because no one asks and maybe that’s because nobody has heard of it…until now. Let me introduce you to a wonderful new way to stretch.
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.
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.
Do you have a young goalie in your life? As the youth hockey season winds down it will be time to hang up the skates for another season. Ahhh…the BBQ’s, the swimming, the family camping trips, sleeping in, hockey training. WHAT?? Did I just say hockey training? In the off-season? Well, yes I did. If your little athlete plays at a high level such as rep hockey or has aspirations of playing in the pro or semi-pro leagues then some type of summer off-ice training is a good thing.
How is everyone doing on the Great Gumby Project? Hope you are still at it. Stretching will elongate the tight muscle with the goal of making it the proper length again so you won't feel as tight. But, like any other form of training you have to keep at it. There are a few different types of stretching techniques but the one used in the Gumby Project is known as static stretching (sometimes called Corrective Flexibility) and the goal is to increase range of motion and correct muscle imbalances.
Let’s face it…sitting at a desk all day is no fun. Not only is it no fun, it is dangerous! Yikes…sorry to lay that one on you but it’s true. There are as many health risks associated with sitting all day as there are for smoking and being over-weight. Wow…I just brought the mood down a ton. But wait! There are things you can do.
While research clearly indicates that joint range of motion is improved acutely and chronically following flexibility exercises, flexibility training continues to be one of the most overlooked aspects of most people’s fitness programs. With a growing focus on functional training to adequately prepare the body to perform optimally, not only when completing exercises in the gym but also when engaging in activities in everyday life, it’s imperative that proper levels of joint mobility be established to ensure quality movement.
Youth hockey is in full swing so parents, now is the time to stock up on gloves and toques for those cold arenas before the real cold weather arrives. While the parents are doing what they need to do to prepare for the long season, don’t forget about your little Wayne Gretzky. Are your kids doing everything they need to do for a successful, injury free season?
Many men seem to assume that only women and older folks benefit from Pilates. Men hesitate to join in and instead stand on the sidelines with that curious look on their faces, perhaps asking themselves: