“Stand up straight.”
A phrase we may have heard as we stood in line outside of our elementary classrooms or as we prepared to enter a family gathering with our parents.
Yet, our spine itself isn’t actually straight. Perhaps the phrase should be: “Stand up curved.”
Wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, and run to work. The start of every morning is a test in multitasking effectively. Yet, the ultimate multitasking is occurring within the structure of your back as you make your way through the start of your day. Your spine is a unique combination of bones, discs, joints and supportive muscles that is continually completing the tasks of keeping you upright and moving. (1) It protects the spinal cord, checks on nerve roots, relays messages to the brain, absorbs the shock of a heavy load, and supports the body.
On winter mornings, drivers would run their cars 10-20 minutes to warm them up. Now we turn the key and drive.
For your body, a good warm up is the key that gets the blood pumping and muscles moving. Setting aside 15-30 minutes before a workout is important to attain the desired effect. Without a warm up, your workout will not be as successful and impactful on your muscles. “A warm up serves two major purposes-to enhance performance and prevent injury. It is both physical and mental.” (1) Warming up is your body preheating itself for activity whether it be running, playing a sport, or active movement.
In our modern day society, if you don’t own a smart phone, you are part of the vast minority. According to a survey by Deloitte, an average person checks their phone 46 times a day. That’s a lot of time spent looking down. You might have begun to experience a tightness in the back of your neck, and probably assumed it's a result of poor posture. While yes, that is correct, your poor posture is due to the long periods of time looking down at your phone. This modern day phenomenon is referred to as “text neck”.
We’ve put together a few simple solutions to correct text next in the long run, and how to alleviate short-term pain.
Brussels sprouts are not usually a fan favorite. In fact, they are one of the most despised vegetables. Even though they carry a bad reputation, brussel sprouts can be quite flavorful when seasoned and cooked correctly. See this site for a savory and crunchy brussel sprout recipe. This is great as a side dish or mixed in with some olive oil and Parmesan cheese in a penne or bowtie pasta.