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Foam Rolling

If you have ever wondered what people are doing when you see them rolling around on tubes in the Wellness center – it is called “myofacial self release”, otherwise known as “foam rolling”.    Foam rolling is like getting a deep muscle massage.  Foam rolling helps to break up collagen, which forms between the fascia and muscles in your body. Collagen can form on muscles ... Read More »

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Food For Thought

Use good nutrition to support fitness training, because it has a direct impact on how you feel during and after exercise.   Cardio workouts require more carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates metabolize very quickly, so eating a pre – workout meal, 30 to 60 minutes beforehand, is optimal.  It is best to choose carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index (these are foods that your body converts to ... Read More »

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Give it a Stretch

Restoring flexibility to tight muscles is a critical aspect of strength training.  Your body cannot recruit a muscle through its full range of motion if it has become short and tight.  If a muscle has tightened enough to change your posture, it will change the way your joints are aligned.  For instance, Pectoral muscles that have over-tightened, coupled with upper ... Read More »

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Balance

Proprioception is your body’s ability to sense where a limb is without looking.  When you incorporate balance exercises into your weekly routine, it will have a positive effect on your day to day activities as well as on athletic performance.  Balance exercises can easily be incorporated into your workout and daily living.  A one leg balance while talking to a friend is an easy way to begin.  ... Read More »

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