Sit-ups are the most famous or infamous exercise people have traditionally used to strengthen their core. Years of science and studies have given us extensive evidence to support alternative and more effective exercises for building a strong core.
What am I talking about when I say, “total body movements”? As the phrase implies, the whole body is involved in the movements. What you probably didn’t know is some of the most basic exercises are considered total body movements. For instance, the deadlift is a great total body exercise that includes, lower body, core, and upper body engagement and work. If you’ve been well instructed on how to properly do a deadlift, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
When I was young, I crossed my eyes. My mother would try to correct me and tell me not to (I think I remember her actually getting frustrated and yelling at me about it, but those memories fade over time) until we discovered it was not something I could control. I had a lazy eye and needed glasses. I didn’t really want to wear glasses because I was very active, and glasses got in my way. I went through several pairs of glasses. My favorite pair was a set with rose-colored tint in them. I truly wore rose-colored glasses. The Free Dictionary by Farlex defines the idiom as: “through rose-colored glasses - with an unduly cheerful, optimistic, or favorable view of things.” It was quite fitting and described me perfectly.
As a mom, to a half dozen amazing humans, I can without a doubt say young kiddos are most INFLUENCED by what they see their parents modeling for them. We’ve all seen the adorable pics of a little girl in her mom’s high heels, or the cute little guy standing at the bathroom mirror, face covered in shaving cream imitating his daddy shaving. Sigh...
What is your mental state right now?
Stop and take inventory. What demands your attention? Your time? Your energy? How do you feel about it?
Are you content? Disappointed? Angry? Joyful? What is driving these emotions?
Can you control them? Do you stuff them down or let them explode out of you at times?
We ALL know injuries during exercise are a part of life, it happens!
But how many times have you heard somebody say they tweaked their back picking their dog up? Or got a knee injury walking up and down stairs at home. Injuries from daily activities happen far too often than we like to admit.
In comes, Functional Training!
5 Ways to Focus on Your Fitness (Now That the Kids Are Back in School)
Yahoo!! The kids are back in school. Okay, not everyone feels that way, but many do. It’s great when they get out for the summer, but by the time school roles back around (and it seems earlier every year), I was always ready to get mine back on a schedule. Summer is fun and we generally are very active during the summer, but the structure of a daily schedule is often out during the summer.
Diastasis Recti or “DR” is abdominal separation along the lines alba. While it is most common with pregnancy and postpartum, anyone can get it from not regulating their intra-abdominal pressure correctly.
DR can lead to “umbilical and ventral hernias, core dysfunction due to a weak inner core unit where pooches form (and getting a flat tummy again seems impossible), back pain, digestion issues, pelvis instability, and pelvic floor dysfunction” (Bower 17).
Understanding why you’re tracking macros and how to track them is awesome, but how do you know what numbers to aim for? First of all, let’s get a few of the basics out of the way.
If you want to gain weight (build muscle, bulk up) = caloric surplus
If you want to lose weight (lean out, cut, shred) = caloric deficit
Maintenance = neutral or taking in exactly as much as you burn throughout the day
Grilling meat (steak, chicken, hamburgers, pork loin or chops) on a gas or charcoal grill can be a bit tricky. My husband used to overcook steaks every time and I, on the other hand, always undercooked them. Then one day while my good friend Denise was visiting, she gave us a few tips and oh my goodness, what a difference!