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Simplifying exercise: the two key components of success If I could narrow down the top two most important components of exercise, it would be 1.) Consistency 2.) Variation. Although these two concepts seem counterintuitive side by side, they perfectly intermingle to create the formula for sustainable success. Here’s how: 1.) Consistency: what’s better - exercising intensely everyday for 6 months, or exercising 3-4 times per week for life? If you guessed the latter, you are correct....
Posted on 2018-11-01
In New York State, as in every other state, people can see their physical therapist without the need for a physician referral. There is increasing evidence if you see a physical therapist soon after you develop musculoskeletal pain or are injured, you will recover sooner and spend fewer healthcare dollars. A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy looked at people that received care for spine pain. They had the option of going to the physical therapist di...
Posted on 2018-10-18
Have you ever began the day feeling exhausted, unmotivated, and negative, just to find yourself full of energy, determined, and positive just a few hours later? This is because energy and mood are fluid. No matter what state we are in, we can almost always find a way out of it. A lot of times, it’s a matter of finding out how. For many people, the answer is exercise. The link between exercise and mood has been at the top of the research list for almost 100 years now, and the findings have...
Posted on 2018-10-04
Although we sometimes want to avoid sweating all together, there are several reasons why we sweat…and also several benefits. The main purpose of perspiration is to cool the body. When our core temperature spikes (either through the generation of heat from exercise, the environment, or both), our body works to send this heat to our extremities to be dissipated. From here, we go through “evaporative cooling,” where the heat energy is used to transform our liquid sweat into gas....
Posted on 2018-09-04
Exercise and Cognition Just when we thought the benefits couldn’t get any better, recent research has indicated that exercise has a significant impact on the efficacy of our cognition. According to Gomez-Pinilla and Hillman, “aerobic fitness spares age-related loss of brain tissue during aging, and enhances functional aspects of higher order regions involved in the control of cognition.” This seems to have a dose-response relationship, since more fit people have been shown to ...
Posted on 2018-08-02
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