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Whether you are an endurance athlete, weightlifter or training for your first 5K, the ability to recover is fundamental to any training and performance plan. Simply stated, one workout doesn't make an athlete. It is the consistency of many, many workouts repeated over and over again that will let you perform your best on race day.
Most athletes, whether recreational or elite, have seen a physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist or sports medicine physician to perform at their best. But who goes to the dentist? Even when we treat our body as a temple, oral health often gets neglected. But to achieve peak performance, the body needs to be in optimal health and free of pain and the mouth is, after all, connected to the rest of the body.
Tune up your aching body with muscle activation therapy
By DR. ERIK YUILL
Muscle activation therapy is a strategy used by manual therapists and health care professionals such as athletic trainers, massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors who believe that muscle tightness is a symptom of an underlying mechanism that contributes to a client's injury.
Itâ€™s time to fight the health hazards of sitting
BY LINDA TRINH
Even if you run four times a week, but spend eight hours sitting in a chair at your job, you could be an active couch potato. Neville Owen and colleagues at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia coined this phrase to illustrate that people can be both active and sedentary. Emerging evidence suggests that even if adults meet physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for you. In fact, the health benefits you accrue from exercise are reduced when coupled with too much sitting.
The speed skater makes her powerful strides around the last curve. The finish line is in clear sight. Her low back is screaming from being in the forward flexed position day in and day out at training sessions, but it is her determination to be No. 1 that pushes all physical boundaries.