As we get older those little annoying aches and pains start adding up. Why oh why am I working out and taking care of myself only to feel 10 years older than I really am? And it’s little wonder too. We have jobs that have us stare at a computer all day or manual labour jobs that have us performing repetitive movements day after day…what’s a body to do? A common complaint is a stiff neck and it is often associated with what is called Upper Crossed Syndrome characterized by a rounding of the shoulders and a forward head.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteering is an important part of my life. I started volunteering at a young age. My first gig was with the San Antonio Whitte Museum as junior chaperone for the Night with Egyptian Mummies sleepover. Since then I’ve broaden my scope of volunteer activities to include animal shelters, camp for mentally challenged children and hospitals.
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?