Fitness A-Z

A friend told me the other day that I was like an encyclopedia for training and fitness information. I don’t know about that, but it gave me an idea:

Athletic – Whether competing in sports, or getting through life, think of yourself as an athlete and train like one. It’ll only do you good.

Balance – Always balance your body, your training program, your life, your diet and your budget.

Carbohydrates – They aren’t bad. They just need to be treated with respect and careful scrutiny to avoid the side-effects.

Diabetes – Exercise and a healthy diet can fend off this disease, like so many other serious conditions and illnesses.

Effort – Light exercise is a lot better than sitting on the sofa eating french fries, but to really see the benefits of exercise you’ll need to push yourself.

Flexibility – Whether you’re looking for enhanced performance, or reduced wear and tear on your body, being limber is a great idea at any age.

Genetics –Many fitness hopefuls have unrealistic expectations about their bodies. Remember, you can’t change your genetics, so make the best of what you’ve got.

Heart – you’ve only got one heart, so eat healthy food, exercise regularly and avoid risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Injury – if you notice a small pain or problem, be sure to have it assessed and treated early to avoid a more serious injury or long-term pain syndrome.

Joints – When  training, pay close attention to the stress your activities might be putting on your joints, and try to minimize it.

Kinesiology –The study of human movement, performance and function with emphasis on anatomy, biomechanics and physiology.

Lunges – Unless there is an orthopedic contraindication, lunges are one of the most effective and efficient lower body training activities around.

Muscle – This is the stuff the moves you, drives your metabolism and protects your body. Make the time to build muscle for better health

Negatives – Most of the muscle-building stimulus during resistance training happens during the lowering or ‘negative’ phase of an exercise.

Osteoporosis and Obesity – two more insidious illnesses that can be countered with appropriate exercise programs.

Posture – The position from which all movement begins and ends. Poor posture creates poor movement. Poor movement results in injury.

Quality – one of the most frequent words that comes out of my mouth, movement and training should always be focused on quality and control.

Role model – By living your life as a healthy and active person, you can’t help but influence the people around you, from your kids to your family and friends.

Strength – Being just a little bit stronger makes everything you do a little easier, and a lot less taxing on your body.

Target heart rate – If you’re going to spend time exercising, be sure to know your target heart rate ranges for the goals you’re hoping to achieve.

Unique – Remember, your body doesn’t have to look like a fitness model to be healthy. Work hard, be yourself and be proud.

Vitamins – A diet rich in vitamins and minerals is necessary for optimal health and vitality. Focus on natural, organic products that provide the greatest amount of nutrition.

Water – avoid dehydration by consuming water steadily during the day. This will optimize your temperature regulation, metabolism, digestion and many other bodily functions.

X – as in CoreX and AFX. Both of these exceptional training tools are developed locally, and are making big waves in the training and rehab markets worldwide.

Youth – These are the people that really need to start exercising and stick with it.

Zumba – I’m still not sure what it is, but it gets people moving, so it must be good.

Rob Williams is a kinesiologist, elite personal trainer and posture specialist. He has been practicing for 16 years and currently operates an exclusive private training studio Mixx Fitness Studio, with a team of 10 trainers, as well as a multi-disciplinary posture facility, Performance Posture Clinic. Rob is an accomplished writer and speaker in the fields of fitness, posture and nutrition, as well as a coach and mentor to many young athletes on the North Shore. Rob can be contacted at Williams Health Group.

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