We’ve Been Doing Stretching Wrong for All These Years

We have been telling people that stretching was the way to go to increase flexibility. We were wrong. We know now that flexibility isn’t about how well you can stretch yourself. It’s about how well you can contract muscles. See, when you have muscles that are strong and function well, your body senses this and opens joints for you to move. Your ability to reach gets longer. Your ability to bend down is easier. What happens when muscles don’t function well? We compensate in our movement. Fewer joints do more work and become inflamed. Discomfort and pain ensues. Without an […]

Never Be Tired Again: Personal Energy

If you find yourself constantly tired, please read this. Learning about your personal energy is crucial. Personal Energy is a concept that I learned from Scott Adams on how to manage my priorities. My priorities, the things I need to do, require energy. I need to ensure I have energy coming in to offset the energy going out. Thus, my day is balanced between doing things that replenish my energy, and things that use it. The easiest way to apply this: know what things will bring you more energy, and what will consume it. Things that bring me energy: Exercise […]

People I work with report getting stronger, quicker. Here are the top things that busy, aging adults can do to better their quality of life.   Maintain muscle mass. It is important because muscle leads to strength. Strength leads to stability. Stability leads to flexibility, mobility, and ability. Every year after 30, adults are prone to losing muscle. Regular exercise keeps muscles. Resistance training keeps muscle better. If you aren’t already active, get active. Do stuff that doesn’t cause you any pain, and you enjoy. Doing things, you enjoy fosters a positive attitude towards exercise and keep you going. If […]

Where does muscle pain really come from? Hint: It’s not where you feel it.

Where do you feel pain? Maybe you have creaky knees, a shoulder discomfort that just won’t go away, or low back pain that flares up if you play with the kids to long. But, where does it exist? It actually exists in your mind, not where you feel it. See, most of the bodies tissues are wired to send signals to the brain. Muscles, organs, skin, bones, all have nocioceptors (pain receptors), which when stimulated send a signal to the brain. The brain senses a culmination of signals and decides whether not it should make you consciously aware of discomfort […]