Ask the Trainer

A Simple Exercise for Better Posture

Question:  Can you give me a simple exercise for better posture while sitting?

Answer:  The advice your mother gave you to sit up straight still holds true. That's because sitting up straight helps you maintain the naturally shaped “S-curve" in your spine versus the alternative, which is a “C-Curve” or being hunched over.
 

Top Five Strategies for Eating Healthy when Eating Out

You don’t have to throw your health plan aside when you go to a restaurant. But you should know that restaurant food is often loaded up with fat, in the form of butter, oil, cheese and rich sauces. Fat, after all, is a flavor enhancer. It helps to have some strategies prepared ahead of time, before you head out to eat.
 
5 Strategies that Work

Foot Pain - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Many athletes, be it weekend warriors, morning boot-campers or even pros, experience heel or foot pain. A common diagnosis is plantar fasciitis, a strain or irritation to the connective tissue (plantar fascia) on the bottom of the foot.  The pain can be sharp and sudden or dull and achy and can begin when you take your first steps in the morning, or after standing for several hours. The good news is no matter how much pain you have, or when it occurs, you can fix it.
 

Save Your Joints - Get to Know Ground Reaction Force

Trainer Question:  I am a trainer in Florida and I run my program in a school yard.  Some of my heavier clients complain of knee pain.  Do you think that the black top is contributing to higher impact?
 
Answer:  It certainly could, Shane. Especially if you have your clients doing moderate-to-high impact moves like jogging or plyometric exercises.
 

How Much Time Should I Spend Working Out?

How should I spend training?   What should my weekly routine look?
 
How much time you spend really comes down to how long you've been on a regular program and what your goals are. For example if it's been six months since you've worked out, you'll need to take it slowly. Start with a walking program of 3-5 days per week for 10-20 minutes, building up to 30 minutes, 5 times per week. After that, bump it up to 200 minutes per week.

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