Many of us believe that in order for a workout to be effective that it has to be challenging, intense, and make us sweat. But there is another side of fitness that helps you increase strength, prevent injury, and improve your overall wellness. I’m referring to restorative exercise, which is quite often an overlooked, but quite necessary aspect of fitness that will take your fitness to the next level – especially if you’re not already doing it. Not to mention, it will make your workouts and your overall fitness endeavors a whole lot more enjoyable.
For New Year’s this year, I have one simple goal for you: to make living a healthy lifestyle part of your daily routine.
The Man Flow Yoga New Years Challenge: Establishing a Healthy Routine, kicks off on Monday, January 7. This is a 6-Week Challenge to help you establish a habit of daily exercise and movement, make healthier decisions, and establish a lifestyle in which healthy and wellness is a priority.
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You know who you are! Weekend Warriors work hard and play hard. On the weekend you’re hiking, working out, running, and doing spartan races. Whatever it is, you’re up for the challenge. But during the week, life gets in the way. Work, family and other obligations make it impossible to go to regular group fitness classes. During the week, you want to make sure you stay strong and do what you can do prevent injury for your weekend workouts, but your time is limited. You also may have this idea that the only type of fitness worth doing is high-impact, intense exercise, when really it’s just one part of exercise.
Shoulders are a common source of pain and injury both in active and inactive men. Shoulder issues most commonly caused by improper movement patterns, weakness and lack of mobility in the muscles that attach to and work with the shoulders, poor posture throughout the day, inactivity, and imbalanced exercise. With the proper exercises on a regular basis, an improvement in overall daily movement patterns, shoulder pain can be a thing of the past.
Knee pain is one of the most common physical fitness issues there is, but most people tend to not understand the underlying causes. Most people have had knee pain at some point, and many active people have chronic knee pain, have had ligament tears such as MCL, ACL, or meniscus, and continue to be injury-prone in the knees. This pain or injury risk could be preventing you from engaging in physical fitness activities you used to enjoy. However, most knee problems are not caused by issues with the joint itself – they have to do more with the muscles that connect to the knee, using proper movement patterns during exercise and everyday movement, and ensuring you are exercising intelligently for your activity of choice.