"The foot's bone connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bones connected to the leg bone, the leg's bone's connected to the..." That is actually how it works - so here we go... Every muscle in the body moves something...that's what muscle does, as it contracts, it pulls. There are three types of muscle tissue: Smooth muscle, which is involved in movement inside the body, like in the intestines, the bladder, the uterus,etc.; Cardiac muscle which is involved in the pumping of blood into and out of the heart and so affects our blood pressure and pulse; and skeletal muscle which is the way we pull bones together to produce external movement. Both smooth muscle and cardiac muscle are "involuntary". That simply means we [...]read full page
Guidelines For Strength TrainingAmerican College of Sports Medicine recommends strength training two days a week. 8 to10 exercises of 10 to15 repetitions each. When first beginning, work with a weight level that requires effort, but does not cause you to strain. If 10 repetitions are too much ar first, begin with 8. If you have severely arthritic joints, work with a very light weight, or none at all. The goal is to fatigue the muscle, signaling the body the muscle needs to [...] read full page
The following physiological laws apply to all types of physical training. Knowledge of how increased muscle strength or size actually occurs, allows the trainee to optimize both their success and their personal safety. Although all the Breathworks exercises incorporate these laws into the recommended formats, approaching the body as a whole in any discipline brings about the highest and best integration of all three aspects of health and well-being: body, mind and spirit.
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(Hold & Release) For many years we were told to stretch before beginning to exercise. Now we understand that static (held) stretching of cold muscles can result in damage to the muscle tissue and can cause injury. We have replaced pre-exertion stretching with warming up. A good warm up prevents muscle strains and tears by gradually increasing the core temperature of the muscles, increasing the the flow of blood, oxygen and fluids through muscle tissues and initiating the first [...]read full page