by Administrator | Jun 9, 2020 | Exercise, Health
The National Osteoporosis Foundation Recommendations:
- Eat a Well-Balanced Diet Rich in Calcium and Vitamin D
- Engage in Regular Exercise Including Walking 3-5x/wk for 40 minutes
- Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol to 2-3 Drinks per day
Safety Guidelines….it all depends on you!
- Bone Mineral Density Scan to Help Determine Appropriate Level of Impact
- Strengthen Muscles Particularly in Fracture Prone Areas: Wrists, Spine, Hips (Cleveland Clinic)
- Use Impact to Tolerated Level: Continuum: Elliptical->Hiking->Aerobics Classes
- Allow Body Healing Time: Avoid Repetitive Motions and Do Cross Training
- Avoid Full Range of Motion: Results in Bone Compression
Avoid Fragility Fractures if you have Osteoporosis
- Jarring Activities that Compress the Spine: Running, Jumping
- Full Range of Motion Resulting in Bone Compression
- Forceful Spinal Flexion and Twisting: Sit Ups, Russian Twists, Yoga Lumbar Rolls, Standing Forward Fold
- High Risk Sports: Skydiving, Ziplining, Golf, Skiing
- Avoid Lifting Over 20 pounds; Use Safe Techniques
Safe Lifting Practice with Dowel:
Keep Object Close
Hinge at Knee and Hips
3 Points of Dowel Contact
Hip and Spine:
Treadmill or Elliptical Walking & 4 Stomps 2x/Day Hard Enough to Crush Can (Cleveland Clinic)
Single Leg Balance and Reach, Sit to Stand (Squats)
Wrist and Forearm:
Lateral Wrist Exercise
Dumb Bell Wrist Curls with Supported Forearm
by Administrator | Jun 7, 2020 | Exercise, Health
Don’t forget to practice balance! Did you know that:
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Even in athletes, flawed movement patterns and poor balance frequently cause painful joint injury such as foot and ankle problems, ACL knee injury and lower back pain.
- Lets’ get started! Guidelines for fall prevention state that to be successful, at least 12 weeks (one to three times per week) of prolonged exercise is required. (American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatric Society 2011)
Balance is maintained using three systems in the body. Discover which system is strongest for you?
- Sensory System: Stand in Tightrope Stance and Feel your Feet Working
- Ocular System: Stand in Tightrope Stance and Try Closing your Eyes. Oh boy!
- Vestibular System (Inner Ear): Stand in Tightrope Stance when you have a bad cold. Tricky!
Tight Rope Stance Holding Wall Progressions: no wall hold or close eyes
Single Leg Balance and Reach Holding Wall Progressions: no wall hold or stand on Bosu
Calf Raise Holding Wall Progressions: no wall hold or try single leg
Mat Bird Dog Legs Only Progressions: arms only or opposite leg – arm
Core Side Plank Knees Down Progressions: knees up or look up at top arm
Stability Ball March Holding Ball Progressions: gradually take away hands
by Administrator | Jun 7, 2020 | Exercise, Health
Look good and feel great! Did you know that:
The American Heart Association recommends a well-rounded strength training program at least twice per week.
- Increased strength of bones, muscles and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments);
- Lower risk of injury;
- Increased muscle mass, which makes it easier for your body to burn calories and thus maintain a healthy weight;
- Better quality of life.
Strength Training Variables. Come for Training to develop your plan:
- Equipment Choice
- Weight (Resistance)
- Planes of Motion
- Medical Considerations
- Working Major Muscles
|CORE BODY – STRENGTH TRAINING|
|UPPER BODY – STRENGTH TRAINING|
|Elastic Band Triceps Push Backs||2||12|
|Bicep Dumbbell Hammer Curl||2||12||10|
|Single Arm Dumbbell Row||2||12||12.5|
|LOWER BODY – STRENGTH TRAINING|
|Bench Body Weight Squats||2||2|
|Bosu or Bench Step Ups||2||12|
by Administrator | Jun 7, 2020 | Exercise, Health
Improve your range of motion and reduce risk of injury! According to the Mayo Clinic:
- Stretching is not a warmup
- Strive for symmetry in the major muscle groups
- Hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds
- Don’t aim for pain
- Stretch 2-3 times per week
- Dynamic warm-ups for specific activities
Types of Training
- Self-Myofascial Release: Great for correcting muscle imbalances specific to each person
- Active Stretching during warm up before exercise
- Static Stretching at end of exercise to lengthen muscles
Foam Rolling Techniques for the legs and back
Thera Cane and Yoga Balls
Active Stretching Warm-Up
Ankle Circles, High Knee Hug, Frankenstein Walk
Shoulder Shrugs, Arm Circles
Full Body 6 Pack: Squat Swings, Chop Wood, Shovel Snow
Mat: Band Hamstring Stretch, Figure 4, Windshield Wiper Twist
Sitting: Shoulder Hug, Twist, Side Stretch
Standing: Lunge, Calf Stretch, Chest Opener
Beat the Bloat!
by Administrator | May 20, 2016 | Health, Nutrition
Lets’ face it, shopping for a new swimsuit causes most of us to panic! This year is no exception for me. Maybe I should buy both a good day and a bloated day suit? I’ve been exercising and watching my calories but I am sad to say sometimes I just feel puffy and bloated. What gives? I sat down to get some advice from ClubSport’s nutritionist, Melissa Waters.
Melissa started by telling me about some of the obvious causes of bloating:
• Overeating or eating too fast,
• Eating too much salt, and
• For some people even drinking bubbly beverages.
When I’m wearing my swimsuit at the beach, I will confess I do love a burger, fries and Diet Coke. Could there be a worse time to eat these foods? Fortunately, I’m confident I can substitute healthier foods that will be just as deeeeliocious. Next time I visit the beach, I can’t wait for Shrimp Vietnamese Spring rolls with a low-salt peanut dipping sauce and Kevita Water (http://kevita.com/products/sparkling-probiotic-drink/). I totally love this Mojito Lime, Mint, Coconut probiotic drink made by Kevita.
Unfortunately, these simple changes may not completely solve bloating for some of us. As Melissa explained, many of us don’t have the right balance of bacteria in our gut and foods begin to ferment. Gross! By incorporating the right kinds of bacteria from probiotic foods into our diet, we can avoid the unwanted bloat. These good bacteria are found in yogurts that have “live cultures” in the ingredient list: kefir & kombucha beverages like Kevita Water, miso paste – think miso soup, sourdough, pickles and sauerkraut. If we eat these foods four to five times a week, not only will you avoid bloating and gas, but your immune system will also gain a nice boost!
For moderate symptoms of bloating, Melissa’s other recommendations include the following:
• Eliminate processed foods,
• Drink more water, and
• Consider adding a supplement or foods rich in L-Glutamine, an amino acid that improves intestinal lining. Some foods high in L-Glutamine include: any animal product, spinach, parsley and beans.
Yet, some people have more complicated health issues that cause bloating. There is still hope for those who have seen their physician and been diagnosed with IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The great minds from Stanford University have set up a website dedicated to a diet called FODMAP. (Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols Map). (Link: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/for-patients-component/programs-services/clinical-nutrition-services/docs/pdf-lowfodmapdiet.pdf
This diet limits foods high in fructose, lactose, fructans (wheat, garlic, onion), galactans (beans, lentils, soybeans) and polyols (stone fruits like avocados and peaches). There is nothing wrong with these foods for the average person, but research shows these sugars effect those with IBS differently. High FODMAP foods cause immense pain, bloating, gas, and depending on the type of IBS either constipation or diarrhea. If this sounds like you and you have not been diagnosed with IBS please talk to your physician and then find a nutritionist knowledgeable in the FODMAP diet.
The goal of the FODMAP diet is to eliminate all high FODMAP foods for six weeks and with the help of a nutritionist slowly incorporate one food at a time. The hope is to find which foods you can tolerate and which foods trigger your digestive distress. This diet should not be followed long term, as it was designed for the short term, and will lead to nutritional deficiencies.
So, lets’ start with the simple recommendations. Skip the unhealthy beach food, drink more water and eliminate processed foods. If that doesn’t work there is always the FODMAP diet.
Thanks to Melissa I’m heading to the beach and looking great!
by Administrator | Apr 22, 2016 | Health, Nutrition
Ok, lets’ just face it: We all love food. For example, when we go camping I keep telling my boyfriend it is all about the food. This is why we had to buy a camper with a fridge. Clearly tent camping is not food glamping. Skiing includes a hamburger and beer at lunch. So how do I manage? Well, all things in moderation and super healthy food during the week. To keep myself from getting totally out of control I LOVE the free app MyFitnessPal.
I record EVERYTHING. If I have extra calories at the end of the day I get a treat. Perhaps a big spoonful of peanut butter or maybe a ¼ cup of frozen unsweetened cherries bubbling hot from the microwave.
At the end of each day you can view a report on macro nutrient and vitamin intake. MyFitnessPal helped me learn about healthy eating habits and I’ve made major modifications while reducing my weight. Now, to stay satisfied and full I eat more vegetables and more protein. I learned I definitely need Calcium supplements and I eat more bananas and spinach for potassium. Poached eggs with a dash of green Tabasco are a yummy low calorie way to increase protein intake.
Personal training clients add me as a delegate so we can talk about it during each training session and weigh-in. Its’ free. Download and you have nothing to lose ’cept the weight!
Love Food? Get my FitnessPal today!
Healthy, Hearty Leek Soup!
by Administrator | Mar 20, 2016 | Health, Nutrition
Believe it or not, the illustrious queen of the kitchen, Julia Child, who loves butter and cream actually has a fabulous recipe that tastes rich but doesn’t have any added fat…none….zero…zippo. Now, I know what she said about cream: “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream!” Indeed, if you search the internet for Julia Child’s Potato Leek Soup recipes you will find cream mentioned time after time. But this recipe from her book “The Way To Cook” specifically says “A bit of cream at the end is a nourishing touch, but by no means a necessity.” I never use the cream at the end. So, about the cream… Fuhgeddaboutit (For the correct pronunciation see Johnny Depp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf0ZyoUn7Vk).
Skip the cream! Also, the good news is this recipe is EZ Peasy.
Master Recipe: Leek and Potato Soup
Julia Child “The Way To Cook”
4 cups sliced leeks (the white part and a bit of the tender green)
4 cups diced potatoes
6-7 cups water
1 ½ teaspoons salt
Lori’s additions: ¼ teaspoon black pepper, one small turn of grated nutmeg
Bring the leeks, potatoes and water to boil in saucepan. Add seasonings and partially cover while simmering for about 20-30 minutes until vegetables are tender. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor (I usually let it cool down a bit first since I have first-hand experience with putting hot tomato soup in the blender only to have the top come flying off while the blender is going……yup I still need to repaint my white kitchen ceiling).
As Julia would say…Bon Appetite!
Exercising with Knee Damage
by Administrator | Feb 5, 2016 | Exercise, Health
Working out on your own when you have damaged knees can be difficult!
This post is intended to be a supplement for my clients who are focused on minimizing knee pain and building knee strength. It is not designed to replace the advice of a physician or physical therapist. Individualized instructions they may provide which will focus on your specific knee problem(s).
Elements of the routine include Stretching, Strengthening and Cardiovascular exercise.
Before any of these exercises do a warmup such as walking, rowing or riding a stationary bike at a low to moderate level for 5-10 minutes. At the end of your workout be sure to cool down and stretch again. The overall goals of both stretching and strengthening are to increase flexibility, range of motion and muscle strength in the muscles around the knee including the: Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Adductors, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Maximus (Knee Conditioning Program, n.d.). In the Cardiovascular section, the reader will find low impact suggestions for a healthy heart and overall fitness.
No doubt if you are training with me you will recognize the names of most of these exercises. Contact me at any time for a refresher or to add new exercises to your routine!
Allow 5 to 10 minutes every day. Consider starting your day with these stretches so they become part of your normal routine. During days when you add strength and cardiovascular training, do these simple exercises again after your warm up and before your other exercises.
Suggestions from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Knee Conditioning Program, n.d.)
- Heel Cord Stretch
- Standing Quadriceps Stretch
- Supine Hamstring Stretch
Suggestions based on Yoga poses that stretch the backs of the legs:
- Reclining Hip Stretch: Supta Panagushtasana III
- Staff Pose: Dandasana
- Downward Dog: Adho Mukha Svanasana
Allow 10 – 15 minutes three to five times per week.
Suggestions from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Knee Conditioning Program, n.d.):
- Half Squats
- Hamstring Curls
- Calf Raises
- Leg Extensions
- Straight Leg Raises
- Straight-Leg Raises (Prone)
- Hip Abduction
- Hip Adduction
- Leg Presses
Suggestions based on Yoga poses that strengthen the legs:
- Triangle Pose: Trikonasana
- Extended Side Angle: Utthita Parsvakonasana
- All Warrior Poses: Virabhadrasana 1-3
Depending on your overall fitness level and knee strength, you may want to begin in a low-impact controlled environment such as your gym. Start with 15-30 minutes three to five times per week and increase or decrease your time in order to minimize knee pain (Mich, 2014). Also, you can consider breaking up your cardiovascular routine into 10 minute increments (Jampolis, 2009). You can start small while you build up your muscles! Additionally, don’t forget that simple activities like gardening, walking the dog, and cleaning may be appropriate starting places (Jampolis, 2009).
Consider the following activities:
- Exercise Ball Routines
Exercise for stronger knees and hips. (n.d.). Retrieved from Harvard Health Publications-Harvard Medical School: www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/exercise-for-stronger-knee-and-hips
Jampolis, D. M. (2009). CNN Health. Retrieved from CNN Health: www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/expert.q.a/10/02/knee.pain.exercise.jampolis
Knee Conditioning Program. (n.d.). Retrieved from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: www.orthoinfo.aaos.org/PDFs/Rehab_Knee_6.pdf
Mich, H. (2014). Best Exercises for Swollen Knee Soft Tissue. Retrieved from Livestrong: www.livestrong.com/article/389539-the-best-exercises-for-swollen-knee-soft-tissue