September 6, 2018

Want more mobility? Move…

I have always had really tight hamstrings. Like drum tight. The only time I ever remember feeling flexible was when I was about 15-16. Back then I did Taekwando. For those who aren’t familiar with this martial art form, it originated in Korea and grew very popular here in the 1980’s. The style involves quite a bit of kicking, front-kicks, side-kicks, roundhouse kicks, all-sorts-of-kicks. Taekwando can teach a kid a lot of great stuff such as discipline and focus. But one thing for sure that it improves is flexibility. We spent a ton of time stretching our leg muscles so […]
June 21, 2018

“What Stands In the Way Becomes the Way…”

As our MidStrong project has started to gain momentum, it is always an inspiration to witness the enthusiasm of our new members! They are excited about getting started, about starting out down a new path that will lead them toward something they’ve dreamt of for years. For some, the entire experience is new to them. It’s fresh. And they can’t help but to share their enthusiasm. It’s just awesome! But, it won’t last. Never does. I’m sorry for my cynicism. But sadly, all that excitement and enthusiasm will inevitably wane. Worse, something else will creep in to take its place… […]
June 21, 2018

Want more mobility? Move…

I have always had really tight hamstrings. Like drum tight. The only time I ever remember feeling flexible was when I was about 15-16. Back then I did Taekwando. For those who aren’t familiar with this martial art form, it originated in Korea and grew very popular here in the 1980’s. The style involves quite a bit of kicking, front-kicks, side-kicks, roundhouse kicks, all-sorts-of-kicks. Taekwando can teach a kid a lot of great stuff such as discipline and focus. But one thing for sure that it improves is flexibility. We spent a ton of time stretching our leg muscles so […]
June 21, 2018

Ever been “muckled”?

My first memory of a knee injury was playing a pre-practice game of “muckle” with my 12 year old football teammates. “Muckle” involves one player running with the football, evading a gaggle of his pals as best he can for as long as his endurance and agility hold out. The others savagely pursue him, determined to “muckle” him, tackling him as hard and violently as possible, whereupon the lucky ball carrier surrenders the ball to the boy who “muckled” him who takes off with it, the pack in hot pursuit. It’s a miracle that more boys weren’t seriously mangled. But, […]
March 21, 2017

“Put You Best Fork Forward” This Spring!

Spring forward with National Nutrition Month…yes, that’s right each March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes ways in which we can all achieve healthy eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2017 is Put Your Best Fork Forward. It serves as a reminder that each bite counts and that we have a handy tool at our fingertips. As highlighted in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s starting with small changes (like one forkful of food) that contribute to sustained healthier lifestyles. Key messages for 2017 include: Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, […]
October 30, 2016

Stronger Bones and Better Balance Through Resistance Training

Osteoporosis + Compromised Balance = Potential for Devastating Fractures In the ongoing dialogue about challenges associated with aging two topics inevitably bubble up, osteoporosis and compromised balance and falls. Appropriately so, given the how pervasive they are. The risks, prevalence, and adverse outcomes of either condition are well established. Each of them on their own is pernicious and can lead to debilitating injuries. When combined, osteoporosis (along with its precursor, osteopenia) and compromised balance can be devastating. The combination of falls and brittle bones often leads to serious, even life changing fractures, and sometimes even worse outcomes. In a recent […]