Weight Lifting and Aging

Weight Lifting and Aging

Recently, one of my students approached me and asked if she should continue to lifts weights as she aged.  She specifically asked about lifting weights after the age of 70 as she had read (she did not recall where) that it was not encouraged.  I have not read anything to indicate that but decided to do…

Stretching Out the Aging Process

Stretching Out the Aging Process

Why is it important that we stretch?  I have previously written about the benefits of yoga which, of course, includes stretching.  Recent research mostly supports the concept that stretching is generally beneficial to all ages. Throughout life we are told to stretch.  Growing up, if you played sports or danced, you always had a few minutes…

Elbow Plank vs Full Plank: The Rundown

Elbow Plank vs Full Plank:  The Rundown

I realize I have written about planks before; however, recently, I have been discussing the differences between these two types of planks among my fitness colleagues.  Some say the elbow plank requires more muscle recruitment, others say the opposite.  So what is the low down on this and does it even matter? To begin, doing any type…

What’s it all about, Quadies?

What’s it all about, Quadies?

Why are the quadriceps so important to our bodies? Why do we want to keep them fit and strong? What are the benefits? Glad you asked! Functionally speaking, four muscles that make up the quadriceps (quads); the Vastus Medialis, Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius, and the Rectus Femoris. These muscles work together primarily to move the…

Awareness and Appreciation for Combat Vets and US Military

Awareness and Appreciation for Combat Vets and US Military

As you may or may not know I have been participating in the 22 days of push-ups challenge to help raise awareness for combat veterans.  The statistics are that 22 vets a day are committing suicide, so we do 22 push-ups for 22 days.  I think that it is a great idea to shine the light…

Get to the Core of the Matter

Get to the Core of the Matter

Keeping your core strong, throughout your life is important to the health of your back, and it makes you feel good about your mid-section. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. According to the Mayo Clinic: “Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony….