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Quick and easy to remember fitness tips

Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaHere are a few tips we’ve gleaned from across the Web to help you get and stay on the right path toward lifelong wellness.

Admit your weaknesses.  If you have an exercise or set of exercises that you don’t like to do, do them.  If you are avoiding them, you are probably weak in that area.  Forcing yourself to do them not only increases your discipline, it also will help balance your workouts.

Save time and muscle Keep weight workouts under an hour.  After an hour, research shows that your body will start to produce more Cortisol which tends to have a muscle wasting effect.

We still like sit-ups!  Sit-ups have gotten a bad rap from time to time.  Done correctly however, the standard sit-up is still one of the most effective abdominal exercises.  There are dozens of variations of sit-ups and crunches and we won’t go into them all here.  Avoid doing sit-ups with anchored feet as this tends to expose the lower back to undue stress.  Otherwise, find a method that works for you.  Also, avoid working your abdominals every day.  Abdominals are like any other muscle, they need to time to recoup.

Focus on Flexibility as you age.  If you’re under 40 years old, hold your stretches for 30 seconds.  If you are over 40, hold your stretches for 60 seconds.  As we age, our muscles become less pliable and need more attention to maintain flexibility.  Maintaining or increasing one’s flexibility is a key factor in avoiding injuries as we age.

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Huff and Puff your way to stronger Abs.  If you exhale forcefully at the top of the move while doing crunches, it forces your abs to work harder.  Harder work equals stronger abs!

Flatten your Gut. The Transversus Abdominus is the muscle that lies under your Rectus Abdominus (commonly referred to as the “six-pack”).  This is the muscle that you use when you suck your gut in.  Strengthen the Transversus Abdominus by pulling your belly button in towards your spine and hold for 10 seconds while breathing normally.  Repeat 6-8 times.  While you can’t see this muscle, it will help flatten your gut!

STRONGER AND FASTER.  Doing the same amount or exercises during your workout in a shorter period of time helps build muscle.  It forces your muscles to work harder and has the added benefit of building muscular endurance.  If you do your workout routine in 40 minutes, try to get it done in 35 minutes.

Isolate your Abs. When doing reverse crunches, round your back by rolling your hips and pelvis towards your chest as opposed to just raising your legs.  Otherwise you will engage your hip flexors for the majority of the work.  In order to get the maximum benefit when working your abs, you must isolate them as much as possible.

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Drink your way to fitness.  We’re talking water here!  Most people don’t drink enough water.  You have heard the standard recommended amount of water; eight 8 ounce glasses a day.  In reality, how much water you need depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is how big you are.

Water supports a host functions needed to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and to assist your body’s operating systems.  It helps flush toxins from your system; lubricates joints and muscles; maintains muscle tone; aids in the fat burning process (being dehydrated slows the process!); helps deliver oxygen to your muscles.  Dehydration lowers blood volume, which decreases blood flow to your muscles leading to feeling tired.

Drinking an adequate supply of water every day is a key component of your fitness level. If you only drink water when you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drinking more water will also not make you look bloated, in fact it will have the opposite effect.

Go shorter, Go faster, AND GO safer.  Consider mixing up your running routine by going shorter distances faster.  This tends to improve your running form making you less susceptible to injury.  Also, running shorter distances creates less wear and tear on your body.

It’s easier to buy new shoes than new knees. Shoes have a shelf life, even if they don’t look like they need to be replaced.  On average, shoes will have a useful life of 500-600 miles.  To figure out when you should replace them, simply divide your weekly average running distance into 500.  You then know when you are in the replacement time frame.

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Warm up BEFORE your work out.  Warming up for your weight workout by walking on the treadmill isn’t really warming up effectively.  Since you are warming up a different set of muscles on the treadmill than you will be working while lifting, the benefit is almost non-existent.  Instead, use an un-weighted bar and mimic the exercises you will be doing.  This provides a more effective targeted warm up.

Your Abs are hurting your lower back.  We have a tendency to focus on doing tons of abdominal work and not so much on working the opposing muscles in the lower back.  This creates an imbalance and can pull your posture out of alignment.  This leads to tension in the lower back and further erodes good posture. To avoid this problem, always match each set of abdominal exercises with a corresponding lower back exercise.  You will look better, feel better and save yourself a pain in the back!

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Feed your muscles post work out.  Include at least 20 grams of sugar with your post work out meal.  Sugar helps carry protein to the muscles you just worked.  So, a little sugar with your chicken sandwich will help build stronger muscles quicker.  Just be sure to limit sugar intake the rest of the day.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Five popular exercises you should NEVER do- {advice from a #BeverlyHillsChiropractor}

With obesity running rampant, regular exercise is an important issue today.  The Beverly Hills Posture Team is obviously fans of anything that will help our clients reach their fitness goals.

Deciding to get started on a fitness program is often times the hardest part of the process.  Once you have made that critical decision, the next step is a bit of a challenge as well.

VR1-Leg-Extension_13050, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaAs you know by now, before you begin any exercise program, get the advice of a fitness professional. The guidance of the right person is essential to not only getting great results, but doing so in a safe fashion.

Unfortunately, more often than not, people who start an exercise program do so without the best information.  Some people simply start doing those exercises that they did in high school.  Others just watch what other people are doing at their local gym and do that.  Both are bad ideas.  So to illustrate that, we have identified five exercises that are done just about every day in every gym across the country.  (In fact, two of these exercises are actually promoted by the design of equipment that your gym owner has put on the floor).

The exercises we suggest you do NOT do are:

1.  Leg Extensions

This is a very common exercise that just about every gym equipment manufacturer makes a machine for.  The problem is that doing a leg extension while in the seated position is a potential disaster for your knees.   Your knee is simply not designed to efficiently lift weight concentrated at your ankle.  If you have knee problems or use too much weight, you can run into a host of problems.

2.  Inner/Outer Thigh

Also a very popular gym equipment exercise.  Again, not a great exercise in the seated position.  Adduction targets the inner thighs and abduction targets the outer thigh.  These relatively small muscles are not designed to lift weight while in the seated position.  Doing so runs the risk of straining them as well as aggravating lower back and hip problems.  These are support muscles that don’t do well as prime movers.

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3.  Behind the Head Pull Downs

Another very popular exercise, the “Lat” pull down.  Another machine you will find in nearly every gym you walk into.  This is not a problem of machine design as noted in the first two examples, but rather one of user error.  Instead of (or in addition to) performing this exercise by pulling the bar down in front of your head, many people pull the bar down behind their head.  This is a bad idea for everyone who is not super flexible in their shoulder joints.  Very few of us have the amount of flexibility we would need to do this exercise safely.  Even if we do, we still have to use care not to bang the back of our necks with the bar.

4.  Leg Presses/Squats with Deep Knee Bend

One of the all time “bad-form” exercises around, standing squats.  Adding to the poor form, most people use a deeper than is safe bend in the knees. This creates a really dangerous exercise.  Most leg press machines will help you achieve reasonable form, but they do not prevent you from bending your knees too deeply.   The potential damage to your lower back, hips and spinal discs makes proper form and execution a must for a safe workout.

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Upright rows are done in a variety of ways.  Most involve standing while holding weights with your hands held close together and lifting towards your chin.  The problem is the mechanics of the shoulder do not lend themselves to this movement.  It has a tendency to compress the nerves in the shoulder causing impingement.  Form while doing this exercise is often very poor as well, adding to its potential for shoulder damage and pain.

As we point out, some of these exercises are so popular that equipment manufacturers have designed dozens of versions of machines to assist you in the potential destruction of your body!  The scary part is there are plenty of other exercises not listed here that can be just as bad for you.  The simple “sit-up” is an exercise we have all done, and we have all probably done wrong.  In fact, there are literally hundreds of ways to do sit-ups, all of which are often done poorly.

The good news is there are alternatives to each of these poor exercise choices.  This is a great example of why it is so important to get the assistance of a qualified fitness professional when designing your fitness program.  As always, we’re happy to assist you with your exercise needs.  We can help you achieve your fitness goals in the shortest period of time and with the least chance of injury.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.