Category Archives: Health & Wellness

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TRUE Core Strengthening: Creating Functional Stability

The following is a blend of two oft performed exercise techniques.

Step 1 is being able to simply execute a side plank to awaken, activate and engage the other non-AB 360 degrees of your true core.  This will create a more stable state to perform our movement throughout the day.

More stability.  More balance.  More strength.  Less chance of injury.

Step 2 is to add this variation of the old school “clam,” WHILE keeping the core engaged.  Marrying the two will translate to enhanced movement patterns throughout your daily routine; whether that be during training or just general movement as you navigate the day to day activities.

If you expect that body to continue to perform without a hitch (ESPECIALLY as we age), pay it some well deserved attention and watch it pay dividends on a performance and enjoyment basis.

Get after it.  You know how it goes…use it or lose it.  DON’t LOSE IT!

Movement Mondy: Side Planked Core Clams

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Making Connections: Exactly How the Gut Affects the Brain and Thus Your Mental Health

Are you tired of being told to do things without an explanation?

Are you tired of hearing blanket statements and expected to simply accept it without understanding the mechanism behind it, or knowing if the conveyor of the message even understands it themselves?

I know for us and many of our patients, we want to know the “how” and the “why;” the nitty-gritty if you will.  Connecting the dots can help fuel the fire to execute and follow through; knowing the purpose behind the action and potentially further perpetuating the desired outcome and gains.

Are you tied of reading as well?

That is soooo 2019.

Well, in an attempt to keep it up contemporary and give the people what they want, check out these 4 chapters below; broken up into digestible 60 second or less chunks that what will illuminate the very real connection behind the health of your gastro-intestinal tract and your brain; hopefully providing a potential starting point or additional path on your journey towards health optimization.

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Still hungry for health?  We got you.

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Do You Lunge? You Should. Make Sure You Do It Right.

To stretch or not to stretch?

Static stretch PRE-workout is somewhat antiquated as more has been learned about the physiological effects of the stretch and hold technique.  (Check out our article from way back on further insight into what happens to the body when we do stretch.)  It is more of a routine or habit based practice at this point; something that was done for years, so it is now fitness gospel.

However, we need to remember to continue to question everything.  Even something as arbitrary as stretching.  Be open to unlearning in order to experience relearning and a functional evolution.

The “dynamic stretch” or “warm-up” is the better suited pre-performance activity.  But try to resist the temptation to mindlessly go through the motion here as well.  This activity can be performed as a barometer to your starting point and potential short comings (and thus an area to work on); as well as a solid hip-flexor elongating, glute engaging & cerebellum (balance & muscle coordination) activating “dynamic stretch” to implement.

Check it out:

https://onebody.live/2018/03/19/movement-monday-ap-lunge/

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Create Core Strength WITHOUT Crunches

Head over to onebody.live (by clicking the link below) to enhance your core stability, balance and access to intelligent, pain free movement for a full demo…and dare I say…a challenge.

Activate and engage 360 degrees of the true core.  Move it or lose it!

Movement Monday: Crunchless Core Concentration

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15 Ways to Attack Alzheimer’s

15 Ways To Attack Alzheimer’s