Mar 26

Stretching 101

by Personal Trainer in Exercise, Inspiration 0 comments tags: barefoot fitness challenge, exercise, fitness, Fitness Vida, home workout, how to, mobility, movement, routine, stretch, stretching, surf, surfing, tips, training, workout
Stretching 101 by Fitness Vida When it comes to stretching, the act is often overlooked by many that hit the gym or punish their bodies in the name of fun/sport. Maybe it’s lack of understanding or oversight? A proper stretching routine, paired with your fitness routine will go a long way for your overall health and the way your body feels. Since your body will adapt to whatever you do most often with it, not adapting a stretching routine with your workout routine could lead to many negative consequences like back /neck/shoulder tightness/pain, or even injury. Aside from that, it makes you FEEL GREAT when you do it often! Please read on for a quick primer on Stretching 101. What happens if you don’t stretch enough? While the act of exercise mainly puts focus on contraction (the squeeze) of the muscles, it is important to realize that solely contracting the muscles all the time can lead to serious limitations in how you move. Constant contraction will lead to shortening of the muscles, which causes muscle imbalances . With these in place, your posture will suffer and that will first lead to pain, and possibly future injury. If you are an […]
Apr 02

4 PVC Pipe Mobility Movements

by Personal Trainer in Blog, Exercise, Workout Wednesday 0 comments tags: exercise, fitness, Fitness Vida, get back in shape, home workout, mobility, movement, routine, tips, workout
4 PVC Pipe Mobility Movements¬† Nothing feels better than a good warm up in as little time as possible. One of my favorite go to pieces of equipment is the PVC Pipe. When you hold it your hands together , you can create force in different positions as well as keep an equal feedback between the hands and the muscles being stretched. Best part is they can usually be found for less than $5 at your local hardware store. Tips for using your PVC pipe: Go slow, take your time Always push the pipe away from your body through movements. This will help the joints move through their full range of motion Try and use good form Hold each stretch 2-3 seconds and perform 4-5x per movement (or limb)