Gym or Group Fitness-What’s the best for you?


There are a lot of options out there when it comes to fitness. From gym memberships, to group fitness, to in-home personal training — making it difficult to choose what best for you.
Here’s a list if Pros & Cons to make choosing how you get fit a little easier.
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✅Pros:
👍More Motivation
👍Accountability Factor
👍Supervision
👍Variety & Fun
👍Diverse Workouts
👍Achieve better fitness results
👍Social
👍Trying different kinds of classes is a great way to find what speaks to you.
👍Cost Effective
❎Cons:
👎Lack of Individual Training
👎Lack of Attention to Form
👎Overtraining Potential
👎The cost of multiple group classes can add up quickly, finding new instructors/classes can take up valuable time.
🌟Tips/Tricks🌟 If you have an instructor or studio you like, ask if they have deals on class passes or single month memberships. It will save you loads off of buying class passes at their normal price!
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✅Pros:
👍(Usually) affordable membership, regular hours, and a wide range of equipment to choose from
👍Individual Training available
❎Cons:
👎Locked into membership for several months at a time
👎You’re on your own during workouts
🌟Tips/Tricks🌟 Negotiate with the employee signing you up for membership! Most gyms have wiggle room in their pricing structure to allow for individualized rates. Also, ask if there are any membership specials coming up in the near future (lowered monthly rate, no initiation fees, etc).

Choosing between a gym membership & group classes isn’t an easy decision. If you’re still having trouble deciding, my suggestion is an easy one: Try both!

Is Walking Enough?


When I ask my patients or clients at Fitness Élixir do they exercise? I usually hear the answer,”We walk. That’s it.😊”
Activities like walkingđŸš¶, gardeningđŸŒ·đŸŒż, cleaning house🏡 are called as Exercise lite. Exercise lite has given many people a false sense that a stroll through the neighborhood is all you need to stay healthy. Instead of pushing people to be more active, it’s given them an excuse to do as little as possible.
đŸš¶đŸš¶đŸš¶Does our kind of walking-
❌improve endurance?
❌reduce the risk of heart disease?
❌help in weight loss?
❌improve muscle strength?
NO⁉ Then why do it❓
✅THE TRUTH? The more exercise you do, & the more vigorous it is, the more you benefit.👌
If walking is your choice of exercise, a brisk walk🏃🏃🏃🏃 is the way to walk. It’s how you’d walk if you were hurrying to catch a bus/train🚇 or to get in from the rain☔. It’s walking fast enough so that you begin to feel winded.😅💩
If you’re a lounge lizard whose idea of exercise is picking up the remote control, then walking a little every day will make you healthier & increase your odds of living a long life. But don’t think you can shuffle along & call it exercise. Get walking the right way!👉🏃🏃

The Right Run- Your Action Plan


200498101-001Still hell-bent on racking up the miles? Remember there’s a fine line between pushing through and pushing your luck — and only you (and your doctor) will know what’s best when the running gets rough.

By taking a few precautions and planning, you can prevent many common running injuries. Here are some tips for preventing injuries.

To minimize the aches and pains, consider these general tips to help stay on the safe side:

  • Listen to your body: Don’t ignore pain. A little soreness is OK. But if you notice consistent pain in a muscle or joint that doesn’t get better with rest, see your health care provider.
  • Create a running plan: Before beginning a running routine, talk to a trainer. A trainer can help you create a running plan that is in line with your current fitness/abilities and long-term goals.
  • Stick to the 10 percent rule: Don’t increase mileage by more than 10 percent each week. Upping those miles unexpectedly is a major reason overuse injuries happen!
  • Warm up & cool down: Heading for an intense run? Remember to warm up and cool down to ease the body in and out of a workout. This will help keep injuries at bay.
  • Stretch: Many injuries occur as a result of inadequate stretching. Before and after you run, stretch your muscles thoroughly — especially your calf, hamstrings, groin, and quadriceps. Also, warm up for five minutes — by walking, for example — before you start stretching. Stretching cold muscles may cause injuries.
  • Fix your form: Smooth and efficient is the key. Not only will poor form hinder performance, it could lead to unnecessary pain. So make sure to use correct running technique to prevent injuries, especially shin splints and back aches. Imbalances in the body can also lead to problems down the road, and it never hurts to visit a skilled physical therapist who can help identify and address any biomechanical issues.
  • Strength train: Add weight training and ab exercises to your routine. This strengthens muscles and develops core strength. Lifting can increase structural fitness — which helps bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles endure all that pounding. Pay special attention to strengthening hips, since weak hips are linked to higher rates of injury.
  • Cross train: Mix up your fitness routine. Don’t only run. Try swimming, biking, tennis, or some other activity. This helps prevent overuse injuries that more commonly occur when you do the same type of exercise over and over again.
  • Dress appropriately: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing that wicks moisture away from your skin. Dress in layers. Also wear a hat to protect against the sun and cold.
  • Be sneaker smart: Wear proper-fitting socks and shoes with good support. If the soles of your running shoes have worn thin or are angled, it’s time to get a new pair. If you have foot problems, such as flat feet or high arches, consider using orthotic shoe inserts. Keep track of how many miles those shoes have logged, and replace them every 600 miles — if not sooner! It’s also worth swinging by a specialty running shoe store, where they can help you figure out which shoe is the perfect fit.
  • Run wisely: Run on a flat, smooth surface and avoid steep hills until your body gets used to the activity. Avoid running on uneven surfaces that put unnecessary stress on ligaments. And while off-roading is a fun change of pace, rough terrain may make it easier to twist an ankle — so be extra careful on the trails.
  • Know your limit: Make sure to take at least one day off per week, and mix up those hill-repeats with some easier recovery runs. Don’t forget to pencil in regular rest days, too. You (and your body) deserve it!
  • Be safe: Run during the day, in well-lit areas, or use a light so that you can be seen. Keep a cell phone and identification on you. If running with headphones, set the volume low enough so that you can hear cars and other noises. Run with a partner when you can.
  • Weather matters: Monitor the weather conditions before you go for a run. Don’t run outside if it is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, below freezing, or the humidity is high.
  • Stay hydrated: Make sure you drink an extra 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of water on the days you run. If you are running for more than an hour, drink a sports drink to replenish electrolytes lost in sweat.

Treatment of Common Running Injuries

imagesMost running injuries can be relieved by following these treatment strategies. If pain and discomfort continues, see your health care provider. You may need more advanced treatment to resolve your running injury.

Rest: Take it easy. If you keep running, your injury may get worse. Choose alternative ways to exercise while you heal, such as swimming or cycling.

Ice and cold therapy: Apply ice packs to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Compression: Wrap the affected area with tape and use splints and supports to control swelling and stabilize the affected area.

Elevate: If you sprain your ankle or hurt your foot, elevate it to reduce swelling.

Stretch: To reduce pain and tension of the affected area, gently stretch and massage the injured area.

Pain relievers: Take pain relievers.

Activity levels: Decrease the amount of activity & return slowly to previous activity levels. Don’t try to push through pain. If you notice discomfort, take a break from running. If the pain continues, seek care from your health care provider.

Disclaimer: Remember that none of this information should substitute professional medical advice. Definitely check with a doctor or physical therapist first once those aches and pains arise!

The Right Run- Common Injuries


Running is a great way to stay in shape. But it can take a toll on your muscles and joints. To avoid running injuries, it’s important to take precautions before you set out.

Most running injuries happen when you push yourself too hard. Adding distance or speed to your running routine, running up hills, and interval training are just some of the reasons running injuries occur. Body mechanics — the way your body is designed — also play a role. The hips, knees, legs, and feet are the most vulnerable to injury.Untitled.001

Runner’s Knee

Type of Injury: Overuse injury

Causes: Several. But it’s commonly due to the kneecap being out of alignment.

What to Look Out For: Vigorous activity leads to pain around the kneecap, particularly when:

  • going up or down stairs
  • squatting
  • sitting with the knee bent for a long time

Stress Fracture

Causes: This is a small crack in a bone that causes pain and discomfort. It typically affects runners in the shin and feet. Often due to going too hard before your body gets used to a new activity.

What to Look Out For: Pain gets worse with activity and improves with rest. Rest is important, as continued stress on the bone can lead to more serious injury.

Shin splint

Causes: Commonly occur after a change in activity, such as running longer distances or increasing the number of days you run too quickly.

What to Look Out For: A pain that occurs in the front or inside of the lower leg along the shin bone (tibia). People with flat feet are more likely to develop shin splints.

Achilles Tendinitis

Causes: This is inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

What to Look Out For: Achilles tendinitis causes pain and stiffness in the area of the tendon, especially in the morning and with activity. It is usually caused by repetitive stress to the tendon, often due to increasing running distance too quickly. Tight calf muscles may also play a part.

Muscle Pull

Causes: A small tear in your muscle, also called a muscle strain, often caused by overstretching of a muscle.

What to Look Out For: If you suffer a pulled muscle, you may feel a popping sensation when the muscle tears.

Muscle pull commonly affects these muscles:

  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
  • calf
  • groin

Ankle Sprain

Causes: This is the stretching or tearing of ligaments surrounding the ankle. It often occurs when the foot twists or rolls inward.

What to Look Out For: Pain in & around the ankle.

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Causes: 

An inflammation of the plantar fascia. That’s the thick band of tissue in the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel to the toes. People with tight calf muscles and a high arch are more prone to plantar fasciitis. Although it may be linked to an increase in activity, plantar fasciitis may occur without any identifiable reason.

What to Look Out For: Pain in the arches in weight bearing activities.

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)

The iliotibial band is a ligament that runs along the outside of the thigh, from the top of the hip to the outside of the knee.

Causes: ITBS occurs when this ligament thickens and rubs the knee bone, causing inflammation. Long-distance runners are more likely to develop ITBS.

What to Look Out For: This syndrome causes pain on the outside of the knee.

Blisters

Causes: These are fluid-filled sacks on the surface of the skin. They are caused by friction between your shoes/socks and skin.

What You Can Do: To help prevent blisters:

  • start using new shoes gradually
  • wear socks with a double layer
  • apply petroleum jelly on areas prone to blisters

Temperature-related Injuries

These include:

  • sunburn
  • heat exhaustion
  • frostbite
  • hypothermia

These can be prevented by dressing appropriately, staying hydrated, and using sunscreen.

Visit Us This Tuesday to Know More on Injury Prevention & Treatment!

The Right Run- Incorrect vs. Correct #Graphically


NOTE: This post explains Biomechanics of Running pictorially.

Which Runner are You?

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Incorrect Vs. Correct

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Achieving Good Running Form

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The Right Run- Foot & Footwear


“The Right Run” is a series of 6 articles, spaced across 2 weeks-

  1. Foot & Footwear
  2. Incorrect vs Correct
  3. Common Injuries
  4. Your Action Plan
  5. A few Exercises
  6. Barefoot vs. Shoe

Running puts a lot of stress on the feet and for this reason runners should choose a pair of running shoes that is comfortable and provides the best support for their feet. When choosing the best running shoes it is important to keep in mind that there are different types of feet and different types of shoes.

Types of Running Shoes

81MpLyVMAIL._SL160_BO1,0,0,0_PA6,6,6,6_Stability Running Shoes– If you are an over-pronator, the best running shoes for you are stability shoes. Over-pronation is when your ankle rolls inward too much whenwalking or running. It can strain your ankles and lead to injuries. Stability shoes provide extra support to prevent or minimize over-pronation.

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Motion Control Running Shoes– Motion control shoes are stability shoes specially designed for severe overpronators. They have a special sole unit and upper construction that help lock your foot in position.

91wxWakbDqL._SL160_BO1,0,0,0_PA6,6,6,6_Neutral Cushioning Running Shoes– Cushioned running shoes are designed for “efficient” runners, or runners with normal pronation as well as those with high arches and mild under-pronation or supination. This type of running shoe provides cushioning to distribute the body weight over the entire length and width of the foot. The midsole is typically soft and flexible, providing medium support under the arch. Neutral-cushioned shoes are usually lighter than other types of running shoes and are great for long distance runs.

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Minimalist Running Shoes– Minimalist models represent the latest trend in running shoes. This type of running shoe is extremely lightweight and typically have a flat out-sole, no visible arch depression, and no mid-foot structure. A growing number of runners have embraced minimalist or barefoot running because it is said to improve your running form.

Know Your Shoe Type

There’s no single ‘best shoe’ – everyone has different needs. All sorts of things – your biomechanics, your weight, the surfaces you run on, and obviously, the shape of your feet – mean that one person’s ideal shoe can be terrible for another person.

The first step in finding your basic shoe needs is to try the ‘Wet Test‘.

Keep in mind that the best running shoe is different for every person. Find out what type of running shoe is suitable for your feet.

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Method of tying of laces also is as important as the shoes you select…

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We have seen about shoes, now lets see about the types of Socks. The next time your out shopping for socks look out for characteristics like:

  • Flat Toe Seam
  • Breathable fabric
  • Anti Slip Wedge
  • Cushioned Heel & Toe Box
  • ‘Y’ Heel
  • Arch Band

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Now that we have the correct footwear we will next see the biomechanics for running…the incorrect & the correct!

LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEXT ARTICLE…THE RIGHT RUN- BIOMECHANICS!