Entries Tagged as 'Fitness & Weight Loss'

Lace up those shoes - Miraval's fitness options are better than ever. 
 

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


In the context of the 20 something athlete, posture is not a life or death issue. But, in the context of a long life filled with athletic pursuit, the concept of posture takes on additional gravitas.  For most folks, degrading posture follows a very typical trajectory.  We tend to develop the muscles that are easiest to see, the ones on the front like the pectoral muscles and the rectus abdominus (6 pack abs).  All the development on the front of the body with nothing balancing it in back development causes the shoulders to roll forward and the head to go with it. 

Just walk around and look at people you know.  You will very quickly notice that very few people have their ear canals directly over the centers of their shoulders.  Most of us have our heads way out in front of our shoulders (turtle head).  This puts all the muscles of the upper back and neck in a position where they have to work overtime, all the time.  All you have to do is spend a little time on a bike or a few hours belaying a friend on a climb and viola you have the beginnings of chronic pain.  If it bothers you enough, you may start editing your activities to the ones that don’t hurt and losing the variety that can maximize human performance.

 

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Adding to the appeal of an already popular activity, Pilates now has a dedicated studio at Miraval’s Body Mindfulness Center outfitted with apparatus and equipment, as well as space for mat work. 
 

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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

 

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

 

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