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Stretching Safety Tips for Fitness Workouts and Improved Sports Performance

It seems like stretching is sometimes a low priority when time is limited and you want to get a great workout.  Is your goal to warm-up for your more vigorous activities?  Do you want to increase your flexibility?  Are you aware that WHAT you stretch, HOW you stretch, and WHEN you stretch really does make a difference?

Here’s a great health article that was recently in The San Diego Union-Tribune about dangerous stretching techniques and the benefits of dynamic stretching before exercise.  It also includes some great tips on how to stretch safely, and a few examples of good stretching exercises for your post-exercise cool down stretching routine.

Are you on track with your flexibility training exercises to stretch safely for your fitness workouts and sports performance goals?

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Flexibility & Stretching, Links to Interesting Articles.

Dr. Oz: Helpful Hints to Pick the Best Shoes for Your Feet

It’s great to see that even Dr. Oz is helping to educate people about the benefits of wearing the right shoes to keep your feet healthy.  Check out this Dr. Oz show video to see what he has to say about determining your arch type – normal, flat, or high, and what the wear patterns on your shoes can tell you about your feet, so you can be sure when you’re shopping for shoes that you find the best shoe for you.

And from my perspective as a foot-fitness expert… good shoes can help support your feet, but keeping your foot, ankle, and leg muscles strong, fit, and flexible is even better.  Even if it’s only for 2-3 minutes a couple of times a week.  Taking time to exercise your feet can help improve your arches, retrain gait habits, and help you enjoy pain-free feet!  Check out the book Fantastic Feet! And lots of other great foot-care goodies here.

Posted by Aliesa George in Foot Care & Foot Fitness, Links to Interesting Articles, Videos.

iWalk – Actively Powered Foot and Ankle for Amputees

It’s amazing what technology is able to do and humans are able to create to help improve the lives of others!  The iWalk prosthetics company has created the worlds’ first actively powered foot and ankle!  Their PowerFoot One is designed to give amputees an ease of movement that is natural.  This prosthetic limb makes approximately 500 adjustments every second!  It’s computer processors have a library of known human foot movement patterns to help anticipate what the foot and ankle need to do.  Incredible!!!  It’s great to know that the opportunity to restore a more normal quality of life with this technological advancement might be possible after the loss of a limb.  Our feet are so important.  I hope that in time, these prosthetic devices will become affordable for the people who really need them.

Click Here to read more about the iWalk PowerFoot One.

Posted by Aliesa George in Foot Care & Foot Fitness, Health, Links to Interesting Articles.

Benefits of Using Kettlebells for Your Exercise Program

Have you tried using Kettlebells for your workout program?  According to the American Council on Exercise, Kettlebells are a fantastic way to build strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance quickly and effectively.

Enjoy a cardio and strength conditioning workout in a short 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes on a treadmill and another 30 minutes lifting weights.  The time savings alone for those days when you’re wondering how you’re going to get a workout in is great inspiration to give Kettlebell training a try!

Plus, the calorie burn for working out with Kettlebells is huge!  Approximately 20.2 calories a minute.  Which is equivalent to running at a 6-minute a mile pace or cross-country skiing uphill at a speedy pace!

Read the ACE research study and checkout the exercises in this 6-week Kettlebell training program developed by ACE exercise physiologist Fabio Comana, and consider using Kettlebells to keep your body healthy and fit.

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Links to Interesting Articles.

ACSM Fitness Trends – Pilates Ranks High for 2010

The American College of Sports Medicine recently published a forecast of fitness trends for 2010, and it’s wonderful to see that Pilates training is near the top of the list!

While Pilates was ranked #9 in the ACSM report, by my assessment of the top ten fitness trends it appears to me that many, if not all, are distinctly related to Pilates training.  In fact I can see application of the Pilates system and Pilates principles for whole-body health to every single one of the top trends.

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Health, Links to Interesting Articles, Pilates.

Foot Care Tips for Avoiding High Heel Pain

Just tripped across a video news clip from WNBC on Tips for Avoiding High Heel Pain.  Oh the things women do in the name of looking good and feeling sexy!  So how many of you have experienced foot, ankle, knee, hip, or back pain and now are thinking your poor-fitting shoes might be part of the problem?  Or perhaps you never realized that your stilettos might be a big part of the problem…  Our feet (as well as the rest of our body) shouldn’t hurt.  Pain is the red-flag that there is something we need to pay attention to and take care of.  Ignoring things and hoping that it will just go away is never a great option.

Posted by Aliesa George in Foot Care & Foot Fitness, Health, Links to Interesting Articles.

Are You Getting Fit the Wii Way?

It’s not difficult to believe that the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has named technology-based fitness as one of it’s top trends for 2009. And that ACE has commissioned several studies over the past three years to evaluate the benefits of using video games for an exercise program. I posted an article about my Wii Fit experience awhile back, and it appears that this trend towards TV Wii fitness just might be here to stay! Is it really effective? Read more about how to Get fit, the Wii way, and see the controversy over the effectiveness of using things like the Wii as an option for fun and fitness. If you are doing ANYTHING, it’s better than nothing! Definitely your results are going to vary based on your conditioning level. I’m sure that there are lots of folks out there like Sherry Bridson in this Wii Fit article who have seen amazing results getting fit with her home video exercise program. But I have to wonder…is it the actual Wii Fit program, or her dedication and consistency to spend 90 minutes a day playing interactive health related video games? What would her results have been if she’s walked, jogged, lifted weights, done Pilates, rode a bike, or any other combination of fitness programs for a consistent 90 minutes a day??? Find things you enjoy doing for health and exercise and DO THEM REGULARLY! Whether it’s Wii or enjoying the wonders of the great outdoors!

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Links to Interesting Articles.

Aliesa George – Official Guide Expert for Pilates on www.Selfgrowth.com

I’m thrilled to be the Official Guide Expert for Pilates at Selfgrowth. If Selfgrowth hasn’t crossed your resource radar yet… it’s an excellent place to find articles, information, and experts on all sorts of topics from Success Skills, Relationships, Health & Fitness (my category!), Money & Careers, Mental Health, Spirituality, and Diet & Nutrition. If looking for wellness resources – This is the place to go! Check it out at http://www.selfgrowth.com/

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Links to Interesting Articles, Pilates.

Get Your Fantastic Feet in Action!

The cover of BioMechanics – The Magazine of Body Movement and Medicine caught my eye. The February 2007 issue / Volume XIV Number 2 had a barefoot runner on the front and the tag-line, “New barefoot designs challenge footwear conventions.” Since the subject of happy feet and improved posture is near to my heart, I was curious to learn more…

Research into the differences between running with shoes and running barefoot has been going on since the mid 80’s. Findings seem to indicate that peak joint loads may be reduced at the knee & hip when barefoot. But shoes do decrease shock transmission for the spine. The increase support we gain from our shoes means that some of the intrinsic muscles of the feet and lower legs no longer need to do the work they would normally be responsible for. So what you gain in a more supportive shoe, you might actually be losing in your body’s ability to maintain the fine-tuning motor control for balance and stability at the feet. (Stronger shoe = weaker feet.)

Posted by Aliesa George in Foot Care & Foot Fitness, Links to Interesting Articles, Running.