5 Exercises for Improving Balance & Preventing Falls

old couple doing yoga

When we’re young, falls are treated as teaching opportunities. “Get back on your feet, brush yourself off and keep moving toward your goals,” we were told.  But as we age, falls take on a much greater significance. When someone of advanced age falls, they tend to suffer greater distress to their health as well as their pocketbooks.  In other words, a fall can greatly impact a senior’s ability to […]

To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Tips for Optimizing Flexibility

toe stretches

Many have grown up with the understanding that, whenever you’re about to work out, compete or otherwise push your body, it’s important to stretch immediately before the activity in order to prevent injury and perform your best.  Yet, despite these long-held beliefs – and perhaps surprisingly – there’s little evidence to support this theory.   Today’s evidence suggests that there’s no connection between injury prevention and stretching – static, or reach-and-hold-type stretching – before a workout. Performance-wise, there’s also no […]

6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

man sitting on couch with back pain

Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected.  Such misconceptions can cause those suffering from back pain to seek solutions, potential treatment paths, and even lifestyle alterations that aren’t necessarily in their best interests.  Back pain can be as frustrating as it is debilitating, especially if past preventative measures and treatments haven’t been […]

Tips for Preventing Painful Shin Splints this Running Season

knee pain while hiking

The longer days and warmer weather of spring can be invigorating, enticing runners of all levels to up their games. But while this time of year may motivate one to increase the duration, frequency and intensity of their runs, be cautious, say physical therapists and other medical professionals.  After all, if the increase is too sudden, it could put the […]

7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

man and women riding bikes in san fran

It’s vacation season, and for many that means visiting faraway friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things of the ol’ bucket list.  Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent.  But, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy habits and a lack of exercise. Vacations are a […]

How to Talk Positively to Your Kids About Exercise

young kids playing tug o war

All kids need exercise. Stacks of scientific research through the years support the myriad ways exercise helps young bodies and minds as they develop and grow.  It’s important, then, for parents to encourage their children to be active and develop healthful habits as they grow and develop. During such conversations, however, setting a positive tone is paramount.  Learning the values of good fitness and nutrition should be a confidence-building exercise for kids and adolescents. Don’t […]

Jump into March Madness Mindful of Jumper’s Knee

young men playing basketball

As a large portion of the nation’s attention turns to the “March Madness” NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the coming days, now is an ideal time to educate fans, young competitors and even blue-collar workers about an injury prevalent in jump-heavy activities: jumper’s knee.  Among the most common injuries in sports, jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that can develop when one repeatedly jumps and lands heavily. Known in the medical community as patellar tendonitis, […]

Fitness Toolbox: Foam Rollers Aid in Relief, Recovery

woman using roller

Walk into most fitness stores, athletic retailers or gyms, and you’ll see them selling different versions of colorful, cylindrical items of various sizes and thicknesses, all covered in firm, textured foam.  The items are called foam rollers, and according to physical therapists, there’s a reason why they’ve become such a popular item in the athletic and fitness world.  Foam rollers can provide relief to tender and sore […]

Five Fitness Tips to Keep Introverts Moving

man listening to music after a work out

If you have a more introverted personality, joining a gym, exercise class or workout group may not be your cup of tea. But, that doesn’t have to hold you back from achieving fitness or weight-loss goals.  Finding a workout routine that fits your personality is one of the key ways to achieve optimal results. And, that holds […]

Holidays an Ideal Time for Refresher on Proper, Safer Lifting

man and women lifting boxes

Digging out boxes of holiday decorations, hauling packages to and from the car, hiding gifts away on the higher shelves at the back of your closet … the Holiday Season certainly requires its fair share of bending, lifting and reaching. This, coupled with the cooler weather, makes December the ideal time for a refresher on […]