A good friend of mine Josh Trentine, owns a company called Overload Fitness (www.overloadfitness.com) . At Overload you generate movement under load and the focus is on specific musculature and move until exhaustion is met. Because of the design of the equipment and the proper positioning of the body, the brain needs to fire the proper muscles and the ability to recruit other fibers is minimized. So they accomplish at Overload what we accomplish on the Pilates equipment that we use here at the Wellness Center. I personally incorporate this method of 'exercise' along with two 1/2 hour sessions of Fundamental Movement Therapy(SM) per week. With the holidays and complications in scheduling I have missed and can tell the difference in both my mental and physical well-being.
Why is this so important? We have talked about movement of the lower extremities, the spine, and how that all comes into play with physiological conditions such as Scoliosis and how improper recruitment of muscle fibers will exaccerbate postural issues. Most individuals "work out" way to much and do not allow the body to recover enough. This leads to fatigue and improper form which ultimately brings them to our office for therapy. If you are going to include an exercise regiment to your eating lifestyle it is important to understand the following information.
The body needs proper nutrition to support the firing of the nerves, ligaments, tendons and muscles. These are the generators of movement, what actually creates the movement is the skeletal system. The bones also need proper nutrition, especially as we age and go through our hormonal changes. Another item most individuals are short on is water. The body excretes on a normal day almost a gallon of water, how much do you drink? I recommend that we all drink a minimum of one gallon per day. Other liquids really do not count towards our quota, and in many cases help deplete our reserves.
The Fascia or connective tissue system of the body needs to stay hydrated, and it does so at the cellular level. That lack of flexibility, burning sensation when we move quickly, or just the inability to turn our head could come from dehydration of the tissue. When exercising everyone wants that proverbial burn, that burn is actually not a good thing but an indicator oftentimes of the lack of fluids in the cells that are being stressed. Remember stress creates a fatigued or weak point and it is at that point that injury results.
We will continue this discussion over the next few blogs and if you have questions or comments please make sure you let us know. You can comment right on this page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also if anyone is interested in the video we took of correcting Keri's scoliosis, please contact Kathy at (216)364-0156 or email@example.com. The cost is $8.95 plus shipping and handling. Fifty cents of each video sold will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The video is a little over one hour long. Our next video will be on Migraine Headaches and we will let you know when that will be available.
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