Summer’s coming to a wrap which makes me really sad :-(
I LOVE the sun, LOVE the beach, LOVE the water, LOVE the kids being home from school and LOVE the relaxed schedule. Needless to say, it’s quite a transition to get back into the school and sport schedule for me.
There’s just something about the water that’s calming, relaxing, meditative and freeing. Yesterday, I did a quick swim at the pool while my kids were playing and kept thinking about all the patients I have worked with in the past year who swim and are plagued with shoulder or shoulder blade pain during or after their swim. Shoulder pain isn’t just limited to the swimmer. It’s widely prevalent amongst humans due to the nature of their sitting desk jobs.
Here’s my top 5 exercises I like to recommend for my patients with shoulder or shoulder blade pain. If you’re a swimmer, it’s key to supplement your swim training with dry land training to build up the muscles in your upper back and around your shoulders to prevent injury but also to improve your speed and performance. If you’re not a swimmer, these are the top 5 exercises to do to counteract the effects of your desk job. [...]
“My knee feels funny, should I keep running?”
“Hmmm, my hip feels icky...I’ll just finish the last 2 miles of my 12 mile training run.”
These are the thoughts that go through my athletes heads when something just doesn’t feel ‘right’ during training. And more often than not, athletes push through the discomfort to make sure they ‘finish their run’. Listening to their bodies seems foreign and takes a back seat when following their training schedule. Don’t get me wrong...commitment to and consistency in following your training schedule is the key to success in your race...but not at the expense of an injury. [...]
By now I’m sure you’re well aware of the benefits related to daily cardio, stretching, and resistance activities. Not only does your heart get a massive health-boost, but your entire body feels more supple and strong; your immune system is strengthened and you generally feel better. So, if you know all this, and have most likely experienced the positive effects of a daily workout routine yourself, why is it so hard to stick to a healthy pattern? Why is a daily exercise regime so difficult to maintain? The truth is, the reason we don’t stick to our guns is usually because of a busy work schedule; alternately, it could be because we can’t fit time into a hectic – and often delicate – work/family balance. We understand this predicament, and that’s why we’re offering you some useful tips on how to fit that much-needed exercise into your life, no matter the time constraints or pressures you face. Take a look! [...]
Unless you’re gifted with extraordinary medical abilities, you probably can’t immediately tell the difference between a pulled muscles or something else. Hey, let’s face it, most people aren’t doctors. Not everyone can instinctively tell where their pains are coming from. And, if you’re reading this post, my guess is that you might be one the ones who struggle a little. The good news is, though, it’s absolutely normal not to know the cause of your pain; both people who suffer from sudden, fleeting pain, as well as those who experience ongoing, chronic pain, are often dumbfounded as to its cause. More often than not, though, people jump to the conclusion that they’ve pulled muscles. The effects of this type of ill-informed opinion can be life-changing, and that is why we’re about to expose the hidden answers behind what it means to have a pulled muscles, and whether or not something completely different might be going on. [...]
For many of us, exercise is more than a general walk in the park. In reality, it’s a part of who we are, and our dedication to training programs, fitness, and health, goes above and beyond. From running, to swimming, to CrossFit, and to hiking, we just love to do it. Every day we push ourselves harder – we run faster, swim further, and lift more. Yet while our daily habits may seem outwardly healthy, we may actually be doing ourselves harm in the long run. Why? Well, for some of us the exercise routines we’ve come to love have turned from ‘healthy’ to ‘unbalanced’. In other words, as we’ve pushed ourselves on the court, in the pool, or on the bike, we’ve lost track of our personal limits - we’ve fallen prey to what is generally called Overuse Training Syndrome. Now, if the name intimidates you, don’t fear. In this post, we discuss the causes and effects of OTS and we give you advice on how to get back in the right gear. [...]