From One Who Knew:

“The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.” – Jack LaLanne (9/26/1914 – 1/23/2011)

Improving Hip Health and Mobility

This is a good post from todays’ the Zen To Fitness blog:

There is more and more evidence that our sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our health.  There is an increase in obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes to name a few.  Tight hips and reduced mobility is another consideration. Our long bouts of continual sitting shorten our hamstrings and hip flexors, and can cause lower back pain, and reduced mobility.   The blog also talks about some helpful exercises to counter tight hips, such as hip raises, lunges and yoga.  I recommend incorporating breaks in our sitting during the day.  Every 30 minutes, get up from your chair and walk around for a few minutes.  Swing your legs, do some sit and stands from your chair.   The goal is to keep your muscles around your hips from getting short and tight.  Sitting too much is not good for our bodies!   Get up frequently from your desk and move . This stuff really works!

Rebuilding the injured body

“Constant feedback and careful progressions are essential
for helping one client improve functional mobility.” Idea Fitness
Journal, December, 2010. I liked this article because it addresses the re-building of injured muscle. Throughout our life, muscle and connective tissue can get injured due to trauma, or to improper mechanics.  The rebuilding process may be slow, and there may be a instances where we revisiting pain, but hopefully over time the muscle(s) can be retrained.  Once we focus on increasing joint mobility and in making the body move freer and with less effort, the lesser the chance that we are going to injure the body.

Happy New Year!

I don’t have any right to complain, but it was really cold here today in San Francisco!   I needed my warm top, gloves, a cap, and plenty of kleenex for a runny nose as I left my warm comfortable apartment for my run.  I challenged myself  today from my usual going out and running for 4 miles at a semi-comfortable pace.  What I did was that I ran comfortably for seven minutes, and then sprinted for a minute, then repeated this sequence.  At my pace, each sequence is about a mile, so by the end of the run I would complete four sequences and run for four miles.  The benefit?  This is a relatively short run for me, so instead of trying to run for a long time and increasing my endurance,  I am working on my ability to generate speed.  I am making my muscles get out of their comfort zone for a minute each mile, and increasing the muscles’ ability to tolerate speed.   Doing this is not easy!  My heart rate races and my breath accelerates, but it feels great when I have run back to my apartment, and can stop and stretch.  And, to my amazement, it’s not  so cold outside any more!