Do you believe in the cliché No pain No gain? This probably depends on who you have heard this say or in what context. Pain means different things to different people. When I treat patients with spine or sports injuries in the clinic, I often ask what kind of pain they have. Yes – what kind of pain- because different kinds of pain mean different things. For example…
“I hurt my back while I was doing crunches!” I have heard this not just once but numerous times. Back pain is one of the commonest ailments that afflict the modern man; partly because of sedentary life that weakens core muscles but partly also because in the race to get fit quickly, exercises that shouldn’t really be done are done with great zeal. This leads to a back injury and then, of course, all exercise is given up forever. The solution is to know the right kind of exercises for your body and this only comes from consulting a professional. Anyone who joins a gym without hiring a certified fitness trainer is looking for trouble. The same goes for anyone who begins an exercise program on their own at home by following online videos.
Over the past many years of working with a various range of people from housewives to runners to gym freaks, I have realized that stretching means different things to different people. There can be myths around it, a general lack of awareness or just incorrect techniques. In spite of tons of research around it, I still find myself educating people about the do’s and don’ts. Stretching the right way is crucial because a lack of stretching or incorrect technique can mean either causing an injury or aggravating an ongoing one.
Squats are one of the most important compound full-body exercises that work on many muscles together and the best part is that they mimic functional movement patterns. It improves muscle strength, mobility of joints and also strengthens tendons, joints, and ligaments of the lower body. Since your feet make the base for a squat, it is important to understand whether there are certain benefits of doing squats barefoot instead of with shoes.
Many people suffer from fatigue and low motivation to carry on through the day and may be wondering why. Sometimes it could be due to some medical problems like diabetes, thyroid, blood pressure variations and others but more often than not it is just pure lifestyle! There are simple ways to keep yourself energized through the day- just by keeping your metabolism up. A few simple tricks about how you move and what you eat can completely alter how you feel. So go ahead and try some of these.
More and more women now understand the value of fitness and weight training. However, once they become pregnant they undergo a state of confusion whether to continue with their normal gym routine or not. Most pregnant women are fearful of exercising at all because of the conflicting information they get.
As one crosses the threshold of 40 various things start to happen. The first one might be your friends making fun of you for being on the ‘wrong side of 40’ but more importantly, you might start to feel not as vitalized or energized as before. This happens not only because of the physical aspects …