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Should I stop running?

By David Lee, Physiotherapist It is a common fallacy that running is bad for your joints and accelerates wear and tear. There is, however, no real scientific evidence of this. For the most part, this line of thinking is not true. If done excessively,  running can violate your health, though not really your joint health. It actually has greater impact on muscle health and it can accelerate muscle wasting if dosed incorrectly. Done in the right amount, it can be a great way...

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Osteoarthritis: No effort, no improvement

By Keltie Cheney, Physiotherapist I am as guilty as anyone of trying to find the easiest way to get what I want accomplished and expecting the best results despite it. However, as a physiotherapist, I am a big promoter that the power to improve one’s health is proportionate to how much effort the individual puts into their treatment and home care. I see a lot of people with knee and hip pain and most of them start out with “I’m not sure if there is much...

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Strength Training & Biomarkers of Aging

Skyler Tanner, one of our colleagues at Efficient Exercise in Austin, Texas, has written a terrific summary on the impact of strength training on the biomarkers of aging. The following 10 biomarkers were outlined over 20 years ago by leading researchers at Tufts University: Muscle Mass Strength Basal Metabolic Rate Body Fat Percentage Aerobic Capacity Blood-sugar Tolerance Cholesterol/HDL Ratio Blood Pressure Bone density Ability to regulate Internal Temperature Although it...

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The Truth About Exercise

The Truth About Exercise Great documentary. We teach the real objective of exercise and how it can efficiently change your body and improve your quality of life. Looking for a personalized exercise prescription? One that’s effective, convenient, and sustainable? Quick clue: Maintain Your Muscle!

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Creating Headroom

Is your exercise program – or lack thereof – building up or tearing down physiological headroom? How about what you eat? What do I mean by physiological headroom? I mean the ability to restore organ capacity. I mean stimulating anabolic growth in your body rather than enduring catabolic destruction. I mean cleaning up your diet to reduce chronic inflammation and decrease the likelihood of developing a chronic disease. Exercise is the correct balance of challenge and rest,...

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Strength of Mind and Body

After years of promoting strength training as the “core” of any exercise and activity program, it is gratifying to see the mainstream media is increasingly aware of its importance. The scientific literature has been quite clear on this for a fairly long time. Almost all of the conditions we associate with aging are correlated with a loss of muscle tissue that occurs to everyone who is not engaged in specific and progressive resistance training. This is true regardless of...

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