Alexandria retirees make up more than 11% of the total population in the Alexandria. Being part of the baby boom generation, you are part of the engine that powered the nation’s growth. You’ve worked hard. You’ve saved. You’ve entered retirement. You are heading into what some call “the best years” of your life. So, now what? Now it’s time to focus on YOU! Maybe you let your body go a bit. Maybe you worked so hard – or your partner did – that you rewarded yourselves with perhaps too many desserts over the years. Or, maybe you have kept up your fitness program… [Read More]
I am, at heart, a Ballerina. I’ve spent the majority of my life in ballet shoes. I started ballet at the relatively late – age 9 – and immediately fell in love with it. I spent 5 days a week in the studio for the majority of my childhood, never playing an organized sport (except one summer where I attempted to play softball… it was terrifying). I had always been infatuated with having good posture – the kind that allows one to take control of a room (or stage presence, as we call it) and give off an air confidence…. [Read More]
Here we are, already into the third week of 2017! Maybe you set a specific resolution for this year or maybe you have a general goal of improving your overall health. I’m personally not big on setting resolutions, but I do think it’s a good idea to continually set small, attainable goals to keep improving personal health and wellbeing. So, if you’re still looking for something specific to help you reach your health and fitness goals this year, might I suggest to incorporate yoga into your routine? It might be just what you need! If you’re new to yoga, the first thing you may associate with it is flexibility. And yes, if practiced regularly yoga will increase your flexibility, but it… [Read More]
Perhaps even more than the first two parts of our 3-part series, the third and final indicators of mortality we find are most interesting and will surprise you may seem easy as pie (no pun!). Don’t be fooled by the amount of flexibility, strength and balance required to do the following two movements discussed today: SRT and balancing on one leg. If you missed the first two articles about mortality indicators, or more positively put, how you can beat the odds they are here: Part 1 and Part 2. Our definition of longevity is explored as is the methodology we’ve determined… [Read More]
Warm up. We hear it during our gym, barre, spin, yoga, classes, and workouts. We have some movements we like and others we wish off the list. Warm ups prepare you for your chosen sport. They literally warm your body’s relevant systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, and muscular-skeletal. Warm up means many things to many coaches and athletes. It can be slow and methodical movements geared toward a full body warm up. For athletes, it often means mimicking the movements required for your sport yet at less intensity. And some, yes some, believe the warm up is unnecessary with non-injured individuals…. [Read More]
The next time you are in a fitness class, or on your morning run or teeing off the 1st tee, look around. You are surrounded by people who are made different than you. You were made for one thing. Others perhaps scrub their diet more, get more sleep or just are made fit. Or not. Good for them. Embrace who you are. Today. Right now. Every two years, in order to maintain my certification, I participate in a conference where I am required to demonstrate my coaching skills and performance skills on very challenging movements. It is crucial for those… [Read More]
Caroline: I hurt my knee playing tennis. I’m so upset. Should I stop exercising until it feels better? Adrien: First, after injury, we always recommend you consult with a professional who specializes in soft tissue or orthopedics. They will most likely find another reason why you are injured. So don’t feel bad about your tennis game. It was probably something else that was the cause. Next, most of the time when we hear this from our clients the answer is absolutely not. It is frankly the WORST thing you can do to stop all exercise. Among many benefits, exercise builds… [Read More]
Are you addicted to cardio? For most of you reading, you can remember the old way of getting fit: do 45 minutes to 1 hour of intense aerobic activity – and DAILY! Even I can remember reading this as a kid and going inside to “run” (really, a jog) for long bouts of cardio. In college, I would try to “make up for my bad eating” by running. The more mileage the better, right? The problem with our cardio addiction is we are now a generation of unfit, overtrained, injury prone and immune compromised “exerholics.” Some play tennis then head… [Read More]
Imagine not being able to run, sneeze, cough, jump rope, or jump of any kind without potential embarrassment. Well, we can tell you all about it. And we will tell you why this is so incredibly important to us. Now, envision yourself competing at the college level in athletics, working at the highest levels in the Federal Government, delivering two beautiful babies and being told you’ve been moving wrong all along? And…furthermore you need to take a minimum of 6 months off of exercise. How is this all connected? Well it is! Fitness on the Run’s “much better half” and… [Read More]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributes one in 19 deaths in the United States to stroke, killing nearly 130,000 each year. Further, stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability, reducing mobility in more than half of stroke survivors above age sixty-five. During National Stroke Awareness Month, Ann Wendel, PT, ATC, CMTPT owner of Prana Physical Therapy, PLLC in Alexandria, VA, and a member of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (PPS) is educating patients on how to reduce the risk of stroke and strategies for recovery. “Though stroke is not always… [Read More]
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