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Intensity, Intensity, Intensity!!

I have discussed on a few occasions the importance of exercise regardless of how much time you have to perform it.  Did you know that if you are crunched for time for working out, intensity matters?  For instance, if you don’t have a half hour to workout, 15 minutes of high intensity training (HIT) can do the job just fine.  With high intensity training you should be huffing and puffing and conversation should be difficult for a bit.  This means you are doing it right.  The nice thing about HIT is that you really don’t need any fancy equipment and its safe for almost everyone.  If you have certain physical issues you should discuss this with your doc. However, you can set up a space anywhere in the home or garage or basement and you may just need a set of dumbbells or some exercise bands.  Exercise can help us perform better in all aspects of our lives.  Go online and find the various HIT workout suggestions and custom tailor one to your liking, but remember, intensity matters!

Exercise To Reduce Chronic Pain!!

Would you like to live a pain free life?  The chances of that happening is fairly remote, however, did you know that if you exercise, even moderately, you have the ability to live life with considerably less chronic musculoskeletal pain than those who do not exercise?  Studies are showing that those people who do some exercise on a regular basis, even into later into life, are less at risk of developing chronic pain compared to those who are physically inactive.  It doesn’t take much to accomplish this as studies show about 2 to 2 1/2 hours a week is all that is needed to improve your health and reduce risk of chronic pain of the ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones.  Exercise has been shown to be the true anti-aging factor we all search for. It helps with back pain, arthritis, neck pain, fatigue, and even depression. It is never too late to start exercising or just slowly get back into it, if you haven’t done it in a while…!  Your life and health depends on it!

Fitness, Pain, Injury & Chiropractor Schaumburg

Ladies and gentlemen, are you into a new fitness craze? In fact as much as we try to stay in shape, we tend to injure ourselves doing the very activities we love. Some of our favorite fitness routines such as cardio boxing, Insanity, cross fit, Barre and indoor cycling and others,can take its toll if not performed properly. We know that pain is a great motivator for getting people to the doctor. Sometimes the intensity causes issues and sometimes it’s the frequency, and often it is the repetitive aspect. We are seeing an uptick in injuries, more specifically women who work hard at keeping themselves fit and healthy. Our facility has all the technology and expertise to help you recover from an injury or just help you maintain your present course. We also provide support and nutritional counseling also. Give your body the help it deserves, our massage therapist are also eager to help with those stubborn tight muscles. Work hard, workout hard but enjoy life even harder!

Exercise & Hydration

It used to be that after a tough exercise workout, water was the drink of choice, then along came the electrolyte drinks for rehydrating. A small study recently showed the benefits of milk or milk based drinks for maintaining hydration after a cycling workout compared to Powerade (electrolyte rehydration liquid). Cow’s milk, soy milk and milk based meal supplements led to better post-workout rehydration than Powerade, based upon blood an urine measurements, before and after workout. None of the beverages made the participants any thirstier than the other. I read another article a few years ago that chocolate milk was great for post-weight lifting in order to maintain the gains from lifting workouts. Remember that milk has protein. Funny enough, but plain water, after an intense cardio workout, might not be as beneficial because it can actually cause a drop in sodium levels, potentially leading to even more dehydration. Got Milk?

Outdoor Running vs Treadmill

Is out door running better than treadmill running? A professor from Harvard Medical School who studied both says, just slightly. However, it was suggested that, the risk of injury with outdoor runners may be less than treadmill runners due to the varied terrain that outdoor runners encounter and must adapt to. Treadmill runners tend to have the same repetitive stress on the feet and legs due to the redundant (exact same) motion, which may increase the risk of overuse injury. In fact, the big force that outdoor runners encounter is the effort against air resistance. To fix this for treadmill runners it was suggested to increase the incline by 1% to mimic the effects of outdoor air resistance. Either way, both are great for exercising!

Heart Health & Exercise

Many studies are performed on heart health and exercise. A recent study showed that vigorous exercise could improve heart function by 23% in those that have heart failure. As you may not know, heart failure means the heart cannot handle the demands placed upon it. Also another study indicated that long runs such as marathons or other associated long distance running can actually reduce life longevity however short and mid distance running was beneficial for longevity. The theory is that years of long distant running may increase the inflammation within the body and hurt the heart. The bottom line is that in most instances exercise is better than none at all.