Strong, sturdy legs could mean healthy brains, according to a new study published in today's New York Times.
As we've read again and again, exercise may improve brain health and slow age-related declines in memory and thinking. And study after study has shown correlations between physical activity, muscular health, and mental acuity, even among people who are quite old. This new study shows that fitter legs are strongly linked to fitter brains.
What does this mean for you? Read the full article:
And don't forget— sit less and move more!
It's been a while since our last post. We have been so busy that we just have not had the time to post on Facebook or add any new up dates. I wanted to take a brief moment to share a Pod Cast from Functional Movement Systems that helps to define what we do.
As we have explained all along we are not PT's and we are not your typical "Personal Trainer". We train movement and provide neuromuscular coaching through movement re-patterning to address the body as an integrative whole.
A few months ago we did a presentation for Be-Fit Physical Therapy on a basic exercise program for runners looking to train for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon. We did not present on a multitude of exercises or provide an in-depth program for the integration and progression of multiple exercises. This would not address the unique individual needs of each person attending. Instead we presented on one single exercise that would provide a starting point for a beginner runner and offer the runner an appreciation on what they should consider working on to support their running program.
Mobility before Stability followed with Muscular Endurance to support a Sustainable running pattern.
Listen carefully to the Pod Cast below about ankle mobility assisting hip stability function, which I explained along will help support knee mechanics. No program or exercise is "cookie cutter" so start out simple then progress to the fancy stuff.
Take a moment to listen to the Pod Cast from Functional Movement Systems. This Pod Cast came out earlier last week and helps to substantiate my belief on how we need to be training and exercising active people for success's in what ever they choose to do.
Below is the Youtube video on the exercise we presented on. Feel free to email with any questions.
This is one of the reasons why Tom Brady and the Patriots keep getting to the Super Bowl.
Given the way he prepares, Tom Brady won't be slowing down anytime soon
I wanted to write a special note regarding the determination and committed efforts our clients put forth in order to reach their goals. I hope those of you that have visited our web-site have read the testimonials our clients have shared. While Scott and myself often get credited for helping individuals achieve great success's, we as trainers can't over emphasize that it is the committed effort put forth by the client. What we as trainers have witnessed are successes based on a plan and staying the course with that plan. This can be as basic as resolving a hamstring mobility issue resulting in an asymmetry, often a doorway to future issues else wear in the body.
I wanted to share this specific success story as a testimony that exemplifies what commitment and resolve for success is.
"As a former collegiate distance runner& marathoner it was a significant loss to be sidelined after a pelvic injury from giving birth made even walking painful. This set me up for a multitude of issues related to pelvic instability.Although I have found other ways to remain active including running for some periods of time (last good stretch was in 2002-4) I still missed it."
"Since beginning to work with Emile Smith I have developed more core stability & overall strength allowing me to run again.
His individualized approach & attention to every detail has made all the difference. He has slowly eased me out of my comfort zone using the RIP trainer & TRX. Every workout is well thought out & he follows up by emailing me videos & written cues so I can practice on my own. Not only is Emile an excellent trainer but he is a wise & caring person who is truly devoted to each of his clients."
--Dr. Laurie Reed (Winner of The Tucson Marathon & Old Pueblo 50 miler in 1985, recent accomplishments winner of 10k woman's age group and woman's over-all 5k)
Today's workout was based on two simple lifts, a clean and press. Warming up with Indian Club Swinging was a helpful prep for the shoulder girdle. I felt so fortunate that there was no need for any bulky expensive equipment. Cleaning and pressing a 28 kg kettle bell created a sense of accomplishment knowing that the weight was challenging yet I felt my strength develop since returning to a steady lifting program this spring.
W.O.D: Light day