Lately, we’ve been hearing more and more about Infrared Saunas. They have been around for awhile, but have popped up around the city and more often in the media. The technology of the infrared sauna was first used (many years ago) in neonatal units, specially commonly in neonatal resuscitation beds.
Russian doping, Simone Biles, Ryan Lochte: all hot topics that are still being discussed from the Rio Olympics. But no topic is more popular than cupping. Cupping became a house hold phrase over night when Michael Phelps walked out with purple welts all over his long shimmering body. People now are dying to find out more about this hot "new" technique.
With the NYC marathon recently behind us, we are reminded of the importance of mental toughness and readiness. The marathon is littered with perfect examples of how you are capable of much more than you think.
Runners know they have to cross train and are always in search of the best way to do that. Swimming, spinning, stair-master and elliptical are the most popular options. Some of them are more effective than others to mimic oxygen consumption, power and other physiological adaptations. The elliptical bike was made famous by Meb Keflezighi who uses an ElliptoGO during marathon training for cross training.
Nailing down exact recovery techniques after an extreme endurance event, such as the marathon is often hard to do because every BODY is different. We recommend rest and recovery to EVERY client, so that your muscles, skeleton, and tissues have time to replenish. But is there a way to predict who will suffer more inflammation?
With the countdown to the NY Marathon it is important to consider how to prevent dehydration during the run and how to maintain electrolytes. Multiple studies have linked dehydration, measured as a loss of 2-3% body weight, with decreased performance. This is partly because dehydration increases muscle glycogen use, depleting your power stores, and decreases cardiac output, making your heart work harder. I
With less than two weeks until race day, marathoners should be doing everything they can to stay healthy, especially as cold season arrives. Your immune system has two jobs; immunity from germs and inflammatory for injury. Runners before and after a long event (like the marathon) are more susceptible to catching a cold because the immune system is working hard on the inflammatory defense. Cytokines (fighter cells) have immune types and inflammatory types, which work differently under exercise stress.
For many runners, nutrition is a major source of race day stress. Understanding how the GI(gastrointestinal) system works is the key to preventing race day discomfort. During a long event, your body uses up a lot(if not all) of your glycogen stores to provide your body with energy. As your reserves get low, you will grow tired.
"Carb loading". A favorite expression of runners from all walks of life. We all know we need carbs, how to properly take them in is a little trickier. In order for our bodies to work optimally, we need to take in the same amount of energy that we just burned off. Carbohydrates basically become the stored energy that we use after depleting our aerobic system.
Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time. That's right, an entire exercise theory was named after the man. Pilates was originally developed to help the sick and injured get healthy. In the 1910's-1920's boxers and dancers began to use it. The first Pilates studios were opened right here in NYC and was used by all the top athletes to strength and prevent injury. Sounds a lot like PT to me.
Plantar fasciitis is the third most common running-related overuse injury. It is speculated that weak intrinsic foot muscles (the muscles that begin and end within your foot) cause a lack of support to the medial longitudinal arch in the foot. This causes an increased strain on the plantar fascia, and causes us that dreaded heel pain!
Achilles tendon pathology is all too common in our running population. Orthotics have shown some promise, but their effect on Achilles kinetics is not entirely understood.