Flexibility Training

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Strength training, check! Cardio? You bet! Core exercises.. okay. Flexibility training, well…. Here’s why you should make sure you add it to your routine.

  • It will help to prevent injury. Your joints have more range of motion if you are more flexible. If you twist your ankle or fall of the curb, being more flexible can keep you from a long recovery.
  • You will experience less back and hip pain, because your glutes, hamstrings, quads and IT bands will be more pliable.
  • Your shoulders and neck won’t hurt so much because your pecs and trapezius muscles will be stretched out.
  • You will experience the benefits of stress relief through the deep breathing techniques of flexibility training.
  • You will have better posture because flexibility training will keep your chest and hips opened up.

So don’t ignore flexibility training. Your body will thank you!

Here’s some great beginner yoga videos by Brett Larkin that can get you on the right track to a more flexible you.

 

5 Day Yoga Challenge

Here’s another fun fitness challenge for you.  It’s brought to you by Brett Larkin Yoga.  She has a YouTube channel of free videos for every level of yoga fitness.  I’ve put together a challenge made of videos only for beginners.  So if you have never tried yoga, or you haven’t done yoga for a long time, this is a great way to get into it, or get back into it.  I use the beginner morning yoga to get the kinks out when I sleep in a hotel bed, or after an intense workout.  Try this 5 day challenge and if you like these yoga videos, click here to get Brett’s beginner yoga guide and join her beginner’s live event on March 30th.  Namaste!

Day 1 How to Down Dog for Beginners (7:27)

Plus Sun Salutation for Beginners (4:32)

Day 2 Beginner Morning Yoga (16:38)

Day 3 Beginner Bedtime Yoga (10:00)

Day 4 Power Yoga for Beginners (15:00)

Day 5 Complete Beginner Yoga Class (60:00)

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You Have Options If You Suffer Chronic Pain

The FDA recently announced that it will approve a new painkiller that is 10 times more potent than Oxycontin.  Really?  Is that what we need FDA? In a country where deaths from prescription pain killers rose from 4,000 in 1999 to 15,000 in 2008? Should we really drugsusamake it even easier for people suffering from chronic pain to add a debilitating addiction to their list of problems?

If you suffer from chronic pain, you need to know that you have several alternate options to manage pain that don’t involve addictive drugs.  Keep in mind, there is a time and place for strong drugs to manage pain, but pain is a symptom of a bigger problem. Painkillers simply mask the symptoms.  This is far from a comprehensive list, but if you haven’t tried some of these alternative methods of pain management do some research. Try one in place of, or in conjunction with a more traditional treatment plan.

  • Yoga has been shown to be effective in treating low back pain. Yoga can strengthen weak muscles, increase flexibility and increase oxygenation to body tissues.
  • Meditation helps patients face the pain and then release it.  Meditation can then help the patient take the focus off the pain and shift focus to something more pleasant.
  • Accupuncture is somewhat of a mystery to Western medicine.  It works for dental pain after surgery, menstrual cramps and pain caused by fibromyalgia.
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can train your brain to think differently about chronic pain. Negative thoughts about pain can cause stress and anxiety which actually increases the pain. CBT helps to decrease it.

Click here for more resources on alternative treatments for pain.

How do you deal with pain when you experience it?  Do you have any tips to share? Comment below!