We now enjoy countless ways to stay active, with a sport or activity for everyone. Regardless of your fitness level or coordination, there are many ways to improve your health by being active. Becoming fit requires you to address several elements. Activities should challenge your cardiovascular system, stimulate bone and muscle growth, involve all of your major muscle groups, and move your body through a full range of motion across all movement planes. There are physical activities for the ultra athletes, the super competitive, and those who desire a balanced, healthy lifestyle. No matter your interests, there is sure to be a physical activity that you will fall in love with. However, resistance training benefits are so critical to our well-being that this type of exercise should be included in your life, at least two to three times a week. At Physix Gear Sport, we have your wellness needs well looked after.
Our feet do an incredible amount of work every day and bear the weight of our sometimes too heavy bodies. They move us through all planes of motion, speed us toward emergencies, and allow us the kind of mobility that we often take for granted. Did you know that there are 26 bones and 30 joints inside each of your feet? There are also over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments all working in concert to keep us moving. It’s no wonder then that many, myself included, experience acute or chronic foot pain.
We often take our elbows for granted, but injuries to the elbow joint are quite common. The elbow joint itself is complex; the joint is the union of three bones, and as a synovial joint, its smooth, pain-free movement is dependant on it being well lubricated. We use our elbow joints all day, every day. Just try to do anything without bending your arm at the elbow. Because of this constant use, the elbow joint is prone to overuse types of injuries. If you are an active person, your choice of activities may lead to even more use, such as throwing and rowing sports. However, the elbow joint’s design does mean that it is less likely to suffer overuse than some of the other joints in the body.
Like many active people, I have had my fair share of knee injuries and knee pain. The knee is a complex and often overloaded joint. We expect a great deal from a joint that really has a limited range of motion and one that has some delicate architecture. Most active individuals know how easily a knee injury can occur, and the drive to excel at sport and fitness usually overrides any concerns we have about our knees. Even though the knee is injury prone, it’s still better from an overall health perspective to be as active as we can be. Proper training goes a long way in preventing knee injuries. If you are experiencing knee pain, it’s essential for you to get an accurate diagnosis and follow your health care team’s recommendations.
Active individuals know that muscle soreness is a regular aspect of intense sports and workouts. While many sports enthusiasts are diligent about properly warming up the body prior to exercise and sport and always follow through on a warm down and thorough stretching routine, many of us are not. Sometimes, there isn’t enough time post-game, or you find stretching doesn’t do the trick when it comes to muscle soreness. Referred to as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), post-exercise muscle soreness can range from mild to excruciating. For many, muscle sorenesscan put a damper on your lifestyle and your desire to stay active. Massage therapy is excellent, but it can be challenging to get an appointment, and repeat treatments get expensive. While proper training and pre and post-workout care are critical, there is another option to taking care of those aching muscles.
When swimming, our upper body works hard as most of our propulsion through the water comes from our arms’ action, and the back muscles play a vital role. Key muscles that are often undertrained are the “lats” or the latissimus dorsi, triceps, and pectorals. The legs’ muscles also contribute to our propulsion through swim kicks such as flutter, dolphin, and whip kick. Key leg muscles that are sometimes undertrained are the iliopsoas, soleus and tibialis anterior, and the sartorius. Strengthening these many muscles out of the pool using resistance will improve your swimming performance and race times.
My first day of snowboarding wore out the seat of my snow pants and the palms of my gloves. That’s how often I fell on day one. I kept at it, though, and now love floating over the deep powder and cruising back and forth across the slopes. It is like floating on a cloud! In addition to wearing out my gear on the first day, I also became painfully aware of which muscles are used a lot when learning to snowboard. I thought of myself as being in pretty good shape, but getting up repeatedly, with my boots locked onto my board, really worked some key muscles. Looking back, I now know that I had several muscle weakness areas thatfocused trainingwould have made learning to snowboard easier. The five exercises suggested here are areas to focus on when training for snowboarding. Focus on the “getting back up” aspect that is the reality of a new boarder. For your best time on the mountain, a comprehensive training program is highly recommended. These exercises can be done anywhere, anytime, with the high-qualityresistance training gearfromPhysix Gear Sport.
Like many, I love a great workout and taking part in sports like mountain biking and wakeboarding. The more intensely I participate, the harder I push my body, the more incredible I feel. Minor muscle aches and pains are to be expected following a workout. However, suffering from these pains is optional. While seeing a Registered Massage Therapist is your best course of treatment, finding available appointments, and the cost can be a service barrier for many sports enthusiasts. Self-massage is an affordable option, and it can be done anywhere and at any time, even while binging on your favorite shows.
As an athlete, or as someone who enjoys a gut-busting workout, you know you want your full attention on your body mechanics, breathing, and form. You don’t want to be thinking about your socks. Socks may seem inconsequential, but they play a large role when we are physically active. If you have ever been sidelined because your sock has bunched up around your toes, resulting in an enormous heel blister, you know exactly what I am talking about. Different sports require a little something different from your socks, often dependent on weather and if your activity takes place indoors or outdoors. Several characteristics define a great sports sock, though, and these characteristics allow for a focus on your sport, not on your socks.
Hockey challenges the body in several ways, and as an intensely physical sport, it demands high performance and the ability to take some hits. Getting on the ice requires a superior level of cardiovascular conditioning as well as strength, power, and muscular endurance. Even at the recreational level, you need to have these physical characteristics, hand-eye coordination, and game strategy and tactics. Given the time and energy you devote to hockey, you don’t want to be sidelined by the aches and pains that come with the hits, crashes into the boards, and wipeouts on the ice. Whether it’s an on-ice practice session or a game, always follow through with some aftercare. Taking the time to look after your body will keep you on the ice and off the bench. By checking in on your body, you can take corrective action before your next game.
Being active as a family is a terrific way to improve relationships, build memories that will be cherished for a lifetime, explore the world, and learn new skills. There are several factors to consider when planning for a family activity, and the composition of your family will largely guide your decisions. Give some thought to the physical abilities of your family. Do you have infants or toddlers in your family? Is there someone in your family that hasmobility challenges? You must also consider any budget considerations that may impact your activity choices. However, there are sure to be budget-friendly and free options for an active lifeat home and in your area! Let’s discuss the top 5 action items you need to consider to get your family physically active!
Diabetes is a complicated disease, and one of the most necessary treatments is self-care. The responsibility for self-care for those with diabetes is a large one, and it is critical for their ongoing health and well being. For many people living with diabetes, self-care means eating well, taking the medication prescribed by their doctor, finding a supportive personal network, and being physically active.