Has your appetite for love made you fat? When we sink our teeth into a new relationship, we often neglect to mind our munchies. Upon entering the dating scene, nerves have a way of crushing any cravings for delectable dishes.
I recall one dating experience, where I was so nervous that I could only stomach an oyster and copious amounts of water. Six hours, ten calories and an impending hypoglycemic attack later; I said my goodbyes and feverishly drove home in a quest for a substantial meal. Emotions have a peculiar way of affecting our eating habits.
That being said, enjoying a meal is often associated with comfort, and once that level of relaxation is achieved (right around the time you can use the restroom without turning on the faucet), the flood gates open to late night stops at Wawa and time spent on the couch eating bags of Doritos, polishing off a few bottles of wine. In my family, we call the weight gain associated with new romance “Happy Pounds.”
Heather Moore, P.T., D.P.T., C.K.T.P.
I am always amazed when athletes come to me who have done some of toughest races in the world and I ask them to do twenty push-ups and they cannot. People seem to ignore the arms and the upper body even though the lungs, which feed your muscles with oxygen and can only function at maximal capacity if the arms and shoulders are in the best shape possible, are housed in the rib cage supported by the muscles of the arms and the shoulders. Ignoring the arms does not allow the body to function at the most efficient and strongest that it can.
Working out the arms does not mean bench pressing the most you can or lifting as much weight over your head. This can be detrimental to your athletic performance, instead of beneficial. The most effective exercises for the arms can most often be done with just your body weight, especially if you are not used to working out your arms.
The most important thing to remember when you are working out any body part is to watch your form. Improper form can lead to incorrect training and injury. Many people when they lift their arms often use the upper trapezius muscles. The upper trapezius muscle is found on the top of the shoulder. These are generally very strong and like to be active when moving the arms, especially if the arms are trying to lift too much weight.
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP, Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
More and more studies are showing the health risks of sitting at your desk for too long. Heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers have all been shown to increase in those individuals that lead a sedentary lifestyle. Studies are beginning to equate sitting to smoking in terms of harm to overall health.
Compound that with sitting at home and watching television when you get home and people fail to realize how long they are truly sitting in a day. Sitting for an hour can already start to have harmful effects. We have become a culture of sedentary individuals.
There are small things that you can do every day that will make you a less sedentary person. The difficulty for most people is getting started. However, once you used to doing these things then they will become habits as opposed to things that you constantly have to think about on a daily basis. Start small and work up to some of the ones that take more time and thought. Getting up for five minutes can change how your body is reacting.
Heather Moore, P.T., D.P.T., C.K.T.P.
With the snow and cold and workout boredom setting in, many people have already lapsed on the New Year’s resolutions set only a few weeks ago. They’ve fallen into not exercising and resuming old patterns of letting work, kids, social schedules get in the way of leading a healthier and happier lifestyle.
The good news is it is never too late to get back on the workout wagon and resume achieving those goals that you set a little over a month ago. There are a few things to consider as you begin to work on creating the new you that you wanted to do so just shortly ago.
1. Avoid workout boredom. Most people fall off the workout wagon because there are so many times in a row you can hop on a treadmill, the elliptical, the bike and just mindlessly go for a half hour or hour. Eventually it becomes old and when you lose sight of your goals you can justify replacing this time with so many other more pressing things.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
It’s been a frigid winter, and the area just got pounded yet again with over a foot of snow in some areas. Surely, no one has thought about going for a long bike ride or competing in a triathlon lately.
And that’s just the way Matt Reece wants it.
Reece is one of the managing members of the Endurance Sports Expo, presented by Competitor. The 5th annual Expo takes place this weekend, February 22-23, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.
Brian Cammarota, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., C.E.S. and Heather Dillon Anderson, P.T., D.P.T, N.C.S.
Reaction time, vision, quick deliberate movements—these are important in most sports, but as a hockey goalie these skills are vital!
Josh Harding, starting goaltender for the Minnesota Wild, is currently leading the NHL in Goals Against Average at 1.65 and is tied for 2nd in save percentage at .933. He nearly made this year’s Canadian Olympic Ice hockey team (a perennial medal favorite) and likely would have been an Olympian had he lived anywhere other than Canada.
Harding’s career took an interesting turn since the fall of 2012. He went from being a back-up goalie, averaging fewer than 30 games per season over the past five years, to Olympic hopeful and one of the best goalies in the NHL.
Has the Polar Vortex left your workout routine in a deep freeze? Frigid temperatures provide a nice excuse for hibernating on the couch, cozy in your Batman Snuggie and watching re-runs of Friends.
But that warm and fuzzy feeling may dissipate when your waist begins to take the circumference of a snowman. What happened to the days when our grandparents walked ten miles uphill in three feet of snow? Nowadays there is a colorful array of excuses and diagnoses to label supposed ailments of the lazy and sedentary that did not exist in past generations.
After some research, I was astonished that exercise was not on the long list of prescribed medicines for such ailments. Rather, our population favors unnecessary expenses such as hormone replacements and heat lap therapies.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
When the alarm clock goes off in the morning do you automatically think about the 10 things you need to do before lunch? Do you lay in bed stressing about what you should do first? If you are like most people (including me) you have a lot going on—and with each responsibility comes added stress.
Added stress causes inflammation throughout your body. Some stress, when managed properly (i.e. exercise) can be very beneficial to your overall health. However, when we have added stress (i.e. work, financial, relationship, etc.) this can wreak havoc on the way we feel. Below are some tips to help you manage your stress.
1. Write down a “must do” list before you go to bed
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