Have you ever practiced yoga? Do you have someone in your life who seems to live at a yoga studio? The anecdotal evidence for practicing yoga is unquestionable: feelings of peace, mindfulness, heightened awareness, lowered stress, increased strength, among so many others. Even just 15 minutes a day of yoga is able to soothe the body by connecting breaths with movement to provide psychological benefits to this practice.
Even more empowering than the physical and psychological aspects of yoga are the physiological implications of current research. This National Health Interview Survey in 2015 looked to compare the use of different complementary health approaches in the United States. They found that 9.5% of U.S. adults (21 million) used yoga as a mind & body practice; this is an increase from 6.1% in 2007 and 5.1% in 2002. The numbers are still rising.
With this rise in the application of yoga to help improve health, it is valid to say there is something else more significant that people are benefitting from in their practice. Take 25 minutes of your time to watch this incredible video to get insight on where research is taking yoga.
Since 2012, Medicare has covered cardiac rehabilitation programs that include yoga. This is astounding to see alternative medicine applied amongst the Western medicine practices to help with cardiac rehabilitation by stabilizing blood pressure and reducing stress. Similarly, in this interview, Susan Taylor, PhD. discusses how neuroplasticity is directly affected by the meditation that takes place during yoga. “Positive thoughts expand our brains. Negative thoughts shrink them.” An extensive number of research studies show the positive effects of yoga on the neural communication across the brain that provides a more stable brain and “self-directed neuroplasticity”.
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The British Journal of Nutrition published in 2012 an article from a myriad of highly qualified researchers addressing the use of B-Hydroxy-B-methylbutyrate (an exogenous ketone) to reduce markers of exercise-induced muscle damage and improve recovery in resistance-trained men.1 At 2 weeks before and throughout the study, subjects were placed on a diet (25 % protein, 50 % carbohydrates and 25 % fat) which was designed by a registered dietitian who specialised in sport nutrition. All subjects received 3g/day of either the HMB-FA supplement or placebo. Subjects received 1g of their given substance 30 minutes prior to the training session and 1g prior to both lunch and dinner meals. On non-training days, 1g of substance was consumed with three separate meals throughout the day.
Creatine kinase was a very specific blood test performed during this study because “a high CK, or a rise in levels in subsequent samples, generally indicates that there has been some recent muscle damage but will not indicate its location or cause. Serial test results that peak and then begin to drop indicate that new muscle damage has diminished, while increasing and persistent elevations suggest continued damage.”2 Before the exercise session, serum CK levels were nearly the same in placebo- and HMB-FA-supplemented subjects (141 and 158, respectively). As a result of the exercise session, serum CK in the placebo group increased to 604 after 48 hours, while the HMB-FA-supplemented group increased to ONLY 322 (almost half)!
Perceived recovery status also improved for those in the HMB-FA supplemented group, demonstrating quicker recovering and a better opportunity for better performance in subsequent training sessions.
Creatine kinase level and perceived recovery status were two variables that showed substantial improvements for the HMB-FA supplemented group as compared to the placebo group.
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Isometric training is highly encouraged by many professionals, as it provides a safer environment for your joints as far as preventing injury and really tuning into how certain areas of the body are feeling during the given exercise. I imagine you have all heard of the exercise called “the plank”! The entire world turned it into a trend called “planking” and a Beijing, China police officer held a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second earlier this month. The plank is an isometric exercise requiring the use of almost every muscle in the human body.
Isometric exercises keep the muscles at the same (iso-) length (-metric) as it is performed. “Isometrics of submaximal intensity find application in injury rehab. Injuries to bones or ligaments or some other structure of the joint can benefit from strengthening the musculature around the joint.”(1) By performing isometric exercises, your body will gain strength in the most important areas of the muscle that will attribute to greater success in other disciplines, including bodybuilding, dance, cycling, martial arts, gymnastics, running and many, many others!
Holding an isometric contraction or even a slowly performed exercise (such as a 4 count chest press) will recruit more blood and oxygen to the area(s) of the body being utilized. A plank gets the entire body warm, whereas a push-up hold may burn the triceps and a squat hold or wall sit may burn your butt! Most of my clients have experienced the overflowing joy that runneth over when holding a wall sit then going straight into burpees or jump squats. Using this format for your exercise routines will provide the most benefit in the shortest amount of time. Now if you are training for an endurance event, isometrics will help in preventing injury during prolonged use! So it’s great for everybody!
I found myself working out WAY too hard and tearing my body up to where it just hurt all the time. It didn’t hurt from muscle soreness, but from muscle damage that was never getting the reparation time it needed. So I pulled back and focused on yoga to tune back into my body. As you embark on your health and fitness journey, take the time to listen to your body and see if it needs your special attention in any area and perform some isometric exercises and stretches for some TLC. I always have at least one day a week that I pull back for yoga amidst my kick-butt training for my figure competition in October.
Below you will find the awesome article I cited about the importance of isometric exercises, the video marking the Guinness World Record holder in China, as well as my link to learn about exogenous ketones help with the free radicals that take over the body with excessive metabolic damage. All of these resources will help you learn what YOUR body needs and tailor it to YOUR needs. If you need anything, please holler! (Use a megaphone if you need to!)
As a personal trainer, I encounter an abundance of people who mention neck, shoulder and upper back pain as a reason why they haven’t worked out recently. Range of motion in the shoulders is necessary for multiple reasons:
prevent hunchback posture
keep chest more broad for deeper breathing
maintain independence in daily activities (getting dressed, brushing hair, etc.)
keep blood flow to brain and extremities
The interior rotation of the shoulder is the biggest contender. The shoulders slouch forward and the neck is at a disadvantage because muscles are shortened and lengthened, like they shouldn’t be. When this maladaption happens, you aren’t able to look side to side at the same degree, raise your arm fully overhead or to the side or clasp your hands behind your back.
Whether you are physically inactive and don’t practice keeping your shoulder and neck mobility, or you workout the same way every week and your muscles are fatigued from repetitive motions, everyone can benefit from practicing trigger point therapy. You can use a simple tennis ball, lacrosse ball or baseball to massage your own body whenever you need it! The rigidity of the ball is up to you, whether you REALLY need to dig in there and break up those muscle adhesions or have a very sensitive nervous system and don’t want to go too hard too fast. Here’s a quick guide to the benefits of using a ball for massage: https://www.painscience.com/articles/tennis-ball.php
Dr. Laura Perry is a chiropractor and co-founder of The Institute of Trigger Point Therapy in Houston, Texas, and made this comprehensive discussion of shoulder trigger points. There are 3 primary groups of muscles associated with shoulder mobility:
Shoulder Blade Muscles: The muscles that move and position the scapula, such as the trapezius, pectoralis, and rhomboid muscles
Rotator Cuff Muscles: The muscles that stabilize the glenohumeral joint during movement, such as the infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor muscles.
Prime Mover Muscles: The muscles that act as the primary movers of the glenohumeral joint, such as the deltoid, pectoralis, and latissimus dorsi muscles.
I hope this guidance will help you relieve neck and shoulder pain that you’ve been experiencing lately. Try to do these trigger point release exercises at least every other day. Compliment this with isometric planks, overhead holds, side planks and other stability exercises. Inquisitive about trigger point therapy? Want more guidance or have questions? Comment below or send me an email on my contact page!
The reason I chose to get certified through NASM as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) is because EVERYBODY can benefit from corrective exercise. Even if you aren’t currently injured, corrective exercise knowledge is necessary to make sure that you are maintaining proper form and preventing injury in the future.
I wanted to take some time today to discuss the importance of your feet, ankles and knees. The gastrocnemius (main calf muscle), soleus (supporting calf muscle), anterior tibias (shin muscle), and peroneus (lateral shin muscle) all control the movement of the foot and ankle. Considering the contact you make with the ground at every step you take, this is a VERY important area of the body to take care of. Whether you sit all day or walk around all day, your calves can either be underused, and tight. Or they can be overused, and fatigued.
If you are facing someone, and your hips are facing more than a couple degrees either right or left, then your pelvis may be rotated a little more than is safe for your spine and low back! I know it’s something that I have been struggling with, as my right hip hikes up towards my rib cage causing my hips to rotate facing the left while my toes and chest are straight ahead. This indicates an imbalance in the hip flexors and hip extensors. The following picture shows the location and names of such muscles.
Now, a few simple isometric exercises and stretches can be utilized in order to relieve the pain in the hip, knee and low back area associated with a hip rotation to either side of the body. If you have a job standing on your feet all the time, you might not notice it, but there are times you may rest more weight on one foot than the other. If you spend most of your day sitting, you might cross one leg over the other or lean one arm onto the table and keep the other side tall. In either case, you have to become aware of such habits in order to keep this rotation from reoccurring chronically. Try some of these fantastic isometric exercises demonstrated by Hands On Therapy in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ntO6AAPslc
After warming up the muscles just a little bit, you can even try some of these yoga positions at home or even in the gym. Even spending 10 minutes a day can tremendously improve low back pain, pelvic rotation and even stress and energy levels.
The pictures only show the pose, but you can visit the link under each picture to get step by step instructions on how to properly execute it and what muscles to “focalize on” (focus and utilize) during the movement! Spread the love and share this with a friend who may spend too much time sitting at school, a mom who hurts from carrying her young kiddo on her hip all the time, or even a co-worker who knows exactly how you feel. As always, if you have any questions or would like any more guidance, never hesitate to comment below or message me!