May 9-11 – BCRPA approved Group Fitness Certification Course in Langley (1 space)

BCRPA Approved Group Fitness Course in Langley on May 9-11 (Fitness Unlimited).  Due to a cancellation, we have ONE MORE SPOT remaining. Get the certification to allow you to teach groups of 4+ (the personal training money maker)!  To register, call 604-736-9858 or click here: Group Fitness Course Registration

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The KIN is IN: Stretching for Performance

Interesting read (although we’ve been teaching something similar to this for a while now – but good to have back-up research).

Pre-exercise stretching is generally unnecessary and likely counterproductive.  More appropriately – actively warm up before an exercise session.  Findings of pre-workout stretching:  

  • Muscle power generally fell by about 2% after stretching  
  • Volunteers managed 8.3% less weight after static stretching during warm-up

Conclusion: Perform a dynamic warm-up – moving the muscles to be used during the workout.

Here is a link to the full article: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2013/04/03/reasons-not-to-stretch/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Benefits of HIGH mid-life GRIP STRENGTH on longevity

handgrip_dynamometerHere is a recent study (May 2011) on grip strength in men and longevity – another reason to maintain strength as we age.

The main results of a study following men for 44 years until their death were that having:

  • good muscle strength (high grip strength measurement),
  • being physically active,
  • not smoking,
  • and absence of chronic conditions at the age of 62 years,
  • as well as having a long-lived mother

each contributed 1 to 3 years for the length of remaining life.

The same variables also correlated with the likelihood of becoming a centenarian.

These findings expand earlier analyses showing low midlife grip strength predicts an increased risk of disability and death (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3337929/#!po=86.1111).  Check out the norms (combined left and right hands in kgs) used here (http://kinesiologists.ca/wp/bcrpa-certification/personal-trainer-store/free-resources/assessment-grip-strength/).

Would you like to have your grip strength measured to see where you fall for your age and gender?  Would you like a training program designed by a practicing kinesiologist?

Call us at KINESIOLOGISTS.CA – 604-736-9858!

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The KIN is IN – A tip for new Moms

The KIN is IN – A tip for new Moms.

Breast feeding: Many new mothers bring their breast closer to the baby’s mouth when nursing. This leads to a hunched over position with the shoulders rounded, and an excessive forward position of the head. Sitting for extended periods in this position may lead to compressed inter-vertebral discs, stretch already lax postpartum ligaments, and foster existing muscle imbalances at the shoulder joint.

Better position: A less strenuous position is to bring the baby closer to your breast. Begin by sitting in a more ergonomically correct position the next time you breast feed:

  • Sit up taller with your ears aligned over your shoulders
  • Pull your shoulders pulled “back and down” – avoid rounding your shoulders.

A chair with good low back support will go a long way, as will a footrest. A pillow can be used to support you in raising the baby closer to the breast.

Stay tuned for more handy tips and follow us on facebook and/or twitter.  For tips catered specifically to your needs, give us a call at 604-736-9858.

The healthcare information is intended as an information resource only and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
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The KIN is IN – A tip for all the hard working Moms (and Dads)

The KIN is IN – A tip for all the hard working Moms (and Dads).

When carrying a child: Many parents carry the baby at the side of their body, but how many do it on the same side of the body every day?  Probably a fair number.

When one hip juts out to rest your baby on it, recognize that it may feel comfortable and require less work to your muscles, but in reality it is a very asymmetrical position.  This position often causes muscle soreness and develops muscle imbalances. If you feel the need to carrying carry your child in this position, be sure to switch sides every now and then to avoid developing a muscular imbalance.

The best alternative: hold your baby in the center of your body using both your arms. Do so keeping your core engaged and your shoulders retracted (back and down). Essentially, mix it up a bit. Don’t become too attached to carrying the baby in one position.

Stay tuned for more every day handy tips and follow us on facebook and/or twitter.  For tips catered specifically to your needs, give us a call at 604-736-9858.

The healthcare information is intended as an information resource only and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

 

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