Entries Tagged as 'Fitness & Weight Loss'

By: Miraval’s Andrew Wolf, M.S. ED Exercise Physiologist
 

My personal history with stretching is a complicated one.  When I have tried to incorporate stretching routines in the past, I usually end up doing a bit too much and find myself regretting it later.  That being said, I have simplified my routine to a couple of core stretches that are germane to the tightness and pain that I can feel post exercise.  What I am trying to say is that stretching is not a one size fits all affair.  Play with different stretches over time keeping the ones that make you feel good and dropping the ones that make the situation worse.  All we are trying to do with stretching is balance weak muscles with strong ones so we do not get so far out of alignment that we feel pain.  Do what feels good!
 

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By: Miraval’s Andrew Wolf, M.S. ED Exercise Physiologist

 

Lean techniques to incorporate in your daily routine that will help to keep healthy and lasting weight loss.

 

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By: Miraval’s Andrew Wolf, M.S. ED Exercise Physiologist

One of the first things to keep in mind when you are trying to make the transformation to “runner” status is your history of running.  There are people in this world who have had a long and storied history of running track and cross country.  These are the people who did it pain free as kids and these are the people who can get off the couch and go do it again by brute force.  These folks can go and run for two weeks, suffering the whole time and before you know it they are clicking off 9 minute miles for 45-60 minutes every day and they cannot understand why everyone doesn’t do this.  

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By: Miraval's Pam Trudeau, Fitness Supervisor

Poor Posture not only makes you look heavier it takes a toll on your joints. When you “slouch” your upper body appears heavier and larger.  Neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain can all be the result of poor posture wearing on your bones.

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By: Miraval’s Andrew Wolf, M.S. ED Exercise Physiologist

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This time of year inevitably brings with it a barrage of requests for quick advice on how to tone up and get a beach body.  To this I usually respond with a litany of multipurpose, multi joint core exercises that work as many muscles as possible while lifting the butt.  Do not get me wrong, these exercises do tone up muscles and strengthen the core but until your body fat is low enough you will not see the fruits of your labor.  What do I mean?  Until the padding that is covering your abs is thin enough you will not be able to see how awesome all those crunches have made your abs.  Bottom line, tone is nothing more than the lack of fat over the muscles you have.  With this in mind I have an easy homework assignment that will give you a taste of what I do here at Miraval and allow you to write an exercise prescription for yourself just like I do. 

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