Author Archive | Michelle Davis

The Mechanics of a Squat

A squat is a full body movement that works just every muscle group in the body. It mimics a lot of natural movement patterns in everyday life.  We’ve been squatting since we were babies, as we get older and learn to sit in different position during the course of a day and repetitively our ability to […]

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Choosing a Swiss Ball for exercise

We are often asked “what size Swiss Ball I should have if I want to use one at home”?Here is a general guide. Choose a ball that allows you to sit with knees and hips bent about 90 degrees, or thighs parallel to floor. Recommended ball sizes will vary to accommodate specific exercises, individual needs, and […]

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Muscular cramping

Muscular cramping may occur during or one to two hours after exercise. Cramping may be induced in as little as 10 minutes after high intensity exercise targeting a specific muscle group. The most commonly proposed causes of exercise associated muscle cramps (EAMC): Dehydration – Decreases in body mass, blood and plasma volume Abnormal electrolyte concentrations […]

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5 Top Reasons to drink water

Your liver is 95% water and responsible for metabolizing fat into energy. Without water it wont work properly The brain is 75% water. When dehydrated it literally shrinks and has to work harder to operate at normal levels Dehydration of as little as 1% of body weight can effect the short term memory, problem solving […]

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Kiwi Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients 1 cup water 1 kiwi, peeled and halved 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1/2 fresh or frozen banana 1 tsp coconut oil 4-6 ice cubes (optional) Method: Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth Nutritional Information Calories: 183 | Fat: 6g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 35g | Fiber: 7g […]

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Stretching those Hamstrings

Hamstring tightness is a common issue especially for those who participate in prolonged sitting. For those with a need or desire for increasing hamstring flexibility and hamstring strength, the individual’s foot position may be an important factor to take into consideration during exercises. There is a common misconception that “grabbing the toes” is a key […]

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What is weight-bearing exercise and why is it important?

Weight-bearing exercise creates bone density when it comes to preventing osteoporosis. Our bones remodel and regrow themselves when there is a stimulus from the external environment. One of the best ways to achieve this is to perform movements where our body is upright and working against gravity – activities like dancing, hiking, walking, climbing, tennis, […]

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