Health + Fitness

Nothing to do with fitness…

I was originally scheduled to perform with them but had to back out due to my knee injury. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhNPTbbINxs&feature=player_embedded#at=110]

The man who wants to kill crunches

Here is a link to an article by Dr. Stuart McGill discussing the risks associated with performing a high number of crunches. If your weekly core routine is centered around crunches and sit-ups, I highly recommend you read this article. Your back will thank you down the road! http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/01/19/the-man-who-wants-to-kill-crunches/    

Preventing shin splints

The term “shin splits” is used to describe an irritation of the front of the lower leg. If you are familiar with shin splints, you probably already know how much of a setback they can cause to your workouts. Shin splints are often irritated from training on hard surfaces, running uphill or downhill, overtraining or wearing old shoes. If suffering from shin splits you need to look at several possible causes including weak dorsiflexors (the muscles that pull the toes up), tight calves and a weak core. YES, that is correct- a weak core can have an affect on your shins. Most people who get shin splits will focus on calf stretches, toe lifts and towel toe curls, which are all great exercises but sometimes will not solve the problem. As mentioned earlier a weak core can have an affect on your shin splints. A weak core will often lead to excessive pronation of the foot, leading to an overload on the calf, which will cause the pain we refer to as shin splints. If the previously described exercises do not improve your shin splints, be sure to incorporate the following core strengthening exercises… Side Planks- Lie on your side…

9 Easy foods to add more protein to your diet

Looking for a quick fix to add protein to your diet? Look no further than these quick and easy ideas. No cooking necessary! Dry roasted edamame Greek yogurt (be sure to check out Fage, Oikes and Chobani brands) Almonds (I never leave home without them) Kashi golean cereal Cottage cheese (you can always add fruit if the taste doesn’t suit your fancy) String cheese Beef jerky Protein shake Protein bar

YouTube nutrition lesson

I apologize for the music. It wasn’t my first choice. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVjWPclrWVY&feature=player_embedded]

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