Should We Keep the Spine Neutral or Flexible?
Exercise Basics

Should We Keep the Spine Neutral or Flexible?

So, which is better: keeping your movements fluid and staying flexible (think Yoga or a comprehensive stretching program)? Or, are you supposed to work on keeping your body safe, protecting your joints from going too far (as promoted by machines in the gym, or static exercises like the plank)? Good question! In general, the deal…

Strength Training and Diabetes:  Messages for All of Us
Exercise Basics

Strength Training and Diabetes: Messages for All of Us

Possibly because there are more and more people turning up with diabetes, but also because science keeps advancing, there has been more research in the exercise field about how your body deals with blood sugar, and how we can use exercise to keep us healthy. The statistics on how many of us have type 2…

Ever Think About Your Rotator Cuff?
Exercise Basics

Ever Think About Your Rotator Cuff?

Anyone who pays attention to sports will no doubt notice that there are plenty of rotator cuff injuries around. This is especially true in swimming, baseball, tennis, and football. Sports where there is a lot of throwing or shoulder rotational movement. But the rest of us can be prone to this type of injury as…

Is Your Butt Getting Forgetful?
Exercise Basics | Movement

Is Your Butt Getting Forgetful?

Back in March 2016, I wrote a blog called, “It’s Fantastic!! It’s Stupendous!!! It’s Your Butt!” In that blog I talked about all the great things that our backsides do for us if they are on board and doing their job. Feel free to check out what I wrote back then. I would like to…

Stability Ball Basics and Beyond:  How Useful is It?
Exercise Basics | Movement

Stability Ball Basics and Beyond: How Useful is It?

Maybe some of you have found yourself at a gym and seen the large, colorful balls sitting around, often in a corner or against the wall. What are your thoughts? Do they not even register on your radar because you don’t know what to do with them or what they are for? Do you see…

Does Your Inner Thigh Jiggle?
Exercise Basics | Movement

Does Your Inner Thigh Jiggle?

Some of us spend a bit of time thinking about what is going on with our inner thighs. Probably mostly it’s women who do this, since they may want to stop the annoying jiggle that can show up. Maybe it’s especially apparent during bathing suit season, but it can come to mind any time. This…