January 22, 2020
Healing from a sports or activity related injury is always a little frustrating because most people want to jump back up and return to what they were doing when the injury occurred. Whether you were out on your nightly run, lifting a box at work, or practicing at the gym most people would rather return to their regular physical routine instead of taking weeks of light work and healing. Most people eventually start thinking about how to heal faster and a few quick internet searches reveal that heat is, in general, a great treatment option for fast comfortable healing. However, there are also a lot of very specific circumstances where you shouldn't use heat so it's important to know the difference between the injuries that can be treated with heat and those that can't.
Heat is a Powerful Healing Aid
The human body is very affected
Categories: FitnessJanuary 15, 2020
Looking for tips to create a New YOU in the New Year? Need help on how to set inspiring goals in 2020 —and follow through with your game plan?
Whether you're new at starting a fitness/exercise program, or you are a seasoned athlete ready for an upgrade, we've got your covered here. We're sharing insightful tips and proven strategies to take your health and fitness program to the next level.
Dreams With Deadlines: Goal-Setting Basics
Let's start with some goal-setting basics. Before it's anything else, a goal is just a thought, a desire, an idea in your mind. It's like a dream: intangible and ephemeral. As vivid as it may seem, it has no existence in the external world.
In order for the goal to have the power and momentum to actually manifest an
Categories: FitnessJanuary 02, 2020
The beginning of 2020 is the perfect opportunity to start fresh and set new goals. Whether you fell off the wagon over the holidays or you're hoping to improve your diet and exercise routine for the first time, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a brand new start. For many people--new fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike--those "fresh starts" will disappear in a matter of weeks. As many as 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February. Do you really want to do something different this year to revitalize your fitness strategy and experience increased levels of success? Try some of these tips to crush your training for the New Year.
October 07, 2019
You know that anyone who participates in a certain sport on a professional level is exponentially more at risk for suffering from a sports injury. In fact, it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that every professional athlete will suffer from an injury at some point, whether that is a relatively minor injury from overexercising or something more serious like a fracture. If you too are an athlete (just not at a professional level) you understand that the risk for potential injury also exists for you. If you are currently suffering from a sports injury, it is worth looking at how the pros deal with their injuries and taking notes. In this post, we will take a look at a few recovery tips from the pros to help you come back strong and fully heal as quickly as possible.
- Don't Underestimate The Power of Cold Therapy:
May 20, 2019
Nothing is more frustrating than being a very active person with a brand new injury. Of course, getting injured isn't really the problem. Most athletes and professionals can grit through the initial pain of injury easily. Laughing off the pain, getting the injury inspected and treated, these things are easy. The hard part is waiting weeks or even months to get back on your game. When you can't walk on an ankle, twist your back, or use an arm, both practice and play become off-limits. And where does that leave you?
You find yourself at home or sitting on the sidelines trying to wish your injury
May 16, 2019
You use your hands almost constantly. So it's no surprise that your wrists are highly susceptible to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). RSIs are nothing new, as they have actually been documented as far back as the 18th Century. However, the use of modern technological devices such as computers and gaming equipment have made them all the more common. Below are some of the most common Repetitive Stress Injuries affecting the wrist, along with the recommended treatments for them.
March 29, 2019
Being weak in the knees might be a common cliche for those moments that take our breath away, but having weak knees is not a recommendation for anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle. Knee pain can be debilitating and having weak muscles around the knees can exacerbate that pain. That pain can be managed with a series of exercises.
March 15, 2019
Knees are one of the most hard-working joints in the body. Not only are they an essential part of movement and exercising, they also support nearly all of your body weight every time you stand and walk. Knees do a lot more work than most of us realize, which is why it's so hard to leave them alone when recovering from an injury, a surgery, or to rest your knees from an ongoing strain. You can put your wrist in a brace, prop your arm in a sling, but you need your knees to get around just to do basic things like getting dressed, making
March 04, 2019
If you're experiencing knee pain, you're not alone. Millions of people suffer from chronic or acute knee pain—or have at some point in their past. Along with being uncomfortable, knee pain restricts movement, reduces strength, and compromises muscle control. In other words, it impacts more than just the knee joint itself. Knee pain can create a domino-effect of structural and soft-tissue problems that may compromise your ability to complete daily chores, and participate fully in the activities that you love.
February 18, 2019
There are many reasons to maintain fitness at any age. One of the most important is to prevent back injuries and back pain. Lower back pain is the second most common cause of disability among U.S. adults. Eight out of every ten Americans will experience back pain during their life. For 20% of us, this pain becomes chronic, taking a terrible toll on the course of our lives. While there are congenital conditions or consequences of injuries you will not be able to "fix" completely, you can always improve how you function and move, reducing the impact of these co
February 12, 2019
Baseball is one of America's most favorite sports. If you're one of the many Americans involved in this sport, you're probably looking forward to the season openers. And you'll likely be hitting the fields for pre-season workouts prior to that. Some people take the entire winter off from sports and activities. However, they find it challenging when they jump back into baseball after being stagnant for so long. In fact, there is a strong chance you'll endure an injury or two by diving right into the baseball season after taking the winter months off. So, getting in exercise off-season is always a great idea.
Some baseball positions are more prone to injuries
January 11, 2019
The beginning of 2019 is the perfect opportunity to set new goals and start fresh. Whether you fell off the wagon over the holidays or you're hoping to improve your diet and exercise routine for the first time, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a brand new start. For many people--new fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike--those "fresh starts" will disappear in a matter of weeks. As many as 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February. Do you really want to do something different this year to revitalize your fitness strategy and experience increased levels of success? Try some of these tips to crush your training for the New Year.
December 17, 2018
Dedicated athletes aren't afraid of pushing themselves. They feel the burn with pride, have incredible pain tolerance, and aren't afraid of getting injured trying to top their own best stats. Athletes are notorious for taking a tumble and bouncing right back up with a cheerful declaration of "I'm fine!" to anyone worried nearby. It's not the fall or even the injury that athletes fear, but the time spent in recovery. Almost all athletes who work hard to maintain their peak condition and continue to improve their abilities are most afraid of being told to rest by a doctor. Even a single day on the couch feels wasted and dangerous. You think you can feel your muscles starting to deteriorate and that first week, you may become convinced that without some hard exercise, you'll "go to pot" almost immediately.
December 11, 2018
Keeping fit is an important part of a daily routine. Whether you do your exercise all at one time or try to fit in ten or twenty minutes here and there, it adds up. You probably feel awesome knowing you are maintaining that grueling exercise regimen. Although self-esteem and confidence are skyrocketing through the roof because you are sticking with your exercise goals, you may not realize just how great this is for your body and mind. Everyone knows exercise is good for you, but what exactly does it do for you? Let's dive into this more plus look at ways you can make exercise a regular part of life as you age.
Categories: KneeDecember 07, 2018
Knee pain is something that happens to almost everyone over time. Athletes and people who do a great deal of physical labor at work are prone to knee injuries while others experience knee pain as a result of conditions like arthritis or simple wear-and-tear with age. Whether you're dealing with a recent injury or a long-term ache in one or both knees, the pain can be incredibly distracting if not physically limiting. You may or may not be comfortable treating the symptoms with medication or have a bigger picture medical plan with your doctor, but it can help to know a few ways to ease lasting knee pain at home and at work that aren't over-the-counter meds so that you can regain some of your ability to both focus and relax.
November 26, 2018
Competitive runners are by nature mentally and physically tough. In other words, external conditions, distractions, internal emotions, and weather conditions rarely inhibit their performance. The traits that make runners more apt to be mighty individuals, include:
- Focus - which enables them to tune in to the job at hand.
- Preparation - which gives them the strength and knowledge to stay mentally ready.
- Flexibility - is the state of bouncing back in spite of poor performance, pain, or adversity.
- Teachability - means the athlete listens to all possibilities, takes feedback, and learns from
Categories: BasketballNovember 13, 2018
The Origins Of Basketball: Two Peach Baskets
The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a YMCA teacher who was asked to create an indoor activity for the cold months of the year. His first version of the game used two wooden peach baskets and a soccer ball. Scoring was fairly rare, but when it did happen the players had to climb a ladder or use a long pole to get the ball out of the basket -- so that play could continue.
It's from this simple beginning -- a make-shift game for kids to play when it was raining or snowing outside -- that today's high-scoring, high-speed, a
October 31, 2018
It's likely that you've heard about yoga, and perhaps also know about some of its benefits. But if you're a runner, you may have wondered if it's really the best thing for you. Is a yoga practice likely to improve my running performance? Does a yoga practice help prevent running injuries?
As it turns out, there are good reasons (lots of them!) for runners to include yoga as a cross-training activity. We'll outline these reasons below, and provide you with a sequence of yoga poses especially beneficial for runners. But first, let's have a look at some of the overall benefits of yoga.
Physical, Mental & Emotional Benefits Of Yoga
Whether you're a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a climber, a gymnast, a basketball player--or simply someone trying to take good care of your body--an intelligent yoga practice is almost guaranteed to help. As you'll discover (if you haven't already), there are many different styles of yoga. What they al
Categories: Strength & ConditioningOctober 15, 2018
No matter what type of exercise you prefer to do on a regular basis, you need your core muscles to help support you. Unfortunately, all too many people fall into the trap of letting their core muscles slide. They're content with their daily workout plan: running, lifting a few weights here and there, or perhaps participating competitively in a sport. If you're thinking about improving your overall fitness, however, it's important to increase strength throughout your core muscles, too.