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Stretching vs Foam Rolling: Which is better and when to do what

Summer is warming up….are you? I know it’s hard to carve time out of your busy day for a workout, so it is easy to want to skip the warm-up and cool-down in an attempt to squeeze as much workout into as little time as possible; especially if you “aren’t injured.” But, whether or not you are managing an injury, and regardless of your current exercise and activity routine, spending a few minutes before and after your workout on a good warm-up and cool-down can seriously reduce your risk of getting hurt AND will also increase the effectiveness of your…

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Swim Smoother, Not Harder

“Right now you swim like a bull in a china shop. By the end of this season I want you to be a Jedi.” This is what Jonty Skinner, my coach and once the world’s fastest swimmer, said to me during one of my first practices with him. Having learned body awareness and principles of speed I had never fully appreciated until I was under his guidance, I transitioned from a Padawon to a Jedi throughout the course of that year.  The best part? I wasn’t even having to work as hard physically as I was before. Efficiency within swimming…

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Hygienic Exercise

Hygienic Exercise

If you have read any of my recent blogs you have read discussion on the topics of consistency and habit formation. I want to stay in the same vein in today’s discussion of what I call “hygiene exercises.” I often employ the analogy of oral hygiene when discussing the importance of habitual exercise habits. We all understand the need for and the practice of good oral hygiene, and most of us tend to follow strict oral hygiene routines. We floss and brush our teeth twice a day (hopefully), we have routine teeth cleanings with our dentist, we purchase nighttime appliances…

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Should Pregnant Clients Do High-Impact Exercise?

What happens to your exercise routine when you find yourself working out for two? The blog this week comes from guest author Dr. Carrie Pagliano, who shares both her own emotional experience and professional assessment concerning exercise during pregnancy over on girlsgonestrong.com. (Continue reading here.) About The Author: Dr. Carrie Pagliano Dr. Carrie Pagliano has been a women’s health physical therapist for nearly 20 years. She lectures nationally in the areas of prenatal and postpartum health, pelvic pain, and women’s health education. She is double board certified in Orthopedics and Women’s Health. Dr. Pagliano is President of the Section on…

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The Battle Against Body Fat

The Body Against Body Fat; Weightloss

Want to lose body fat fast? High Intensity Interval Training may be just the thing to  jump start your workouts! “I’ve run five half marathons in the past 2 years, I should be in great shape, but I’m not.” I often hear this complaint (or one similar)  from clients when they walk into my office. Most of us like accountability to keep us on track and a consistent running training plan often fits the bill. The problem?  A majority of these clients are running through injuries, don’t feel strong, and aren’t losing the weight they had envisioned. I, too, was…

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