My hamstrings are insanely tight. They’ve been like that since I was a kid, and everyone’s first response is, “You need to stretch.”
Trust me, I’ve tried that.
I’ve done every hamstring stretch at various angles, holding for various amounts of time, at different times of the day. It feels good for a little while, but doesn’t produce a long-term difference.
Then I started deadlifting. After a few sessions, I noticed I could lower the bar without feeling insanely tight. My legs felt looser and I wasn’t as limited in my movements. Was it possible that a strength exercise improved…
Close your eyes and relax. Deep breath in, deep breath out. I coach myself, mentally preparing for this.
I open my eyes, take a final breath out, and step in. The cold water hits me like a wave, shocking my body. I try to keep calm and remember why I’m doing this. But why am I doing this? Are cold showers even worth it?
Cold showers are less popular than their warm counterparts, but they have their place. How you perform your cold showers will influence what physiological effect you will experience. Let’s go over them.
Circadian rhythm is the…
“Well, it looks like you have a stress fracture in your tibia,” he said, somehow making this news sound matter-of-fact.
I stared at my doctor with a face of confusion and frustration reflecting on the race. Of course, there was pain, but I chalked that up to the fact I was running a marathon and pushed through. A stress fracture, really? I’m a seasoned runner. I thought only non-trained people got those.
He continued, “You’re going to have to take it easy. No running for six weeks.”
Somehow my restrictions sounded worse than the injury itself. …
It’s time to focus and be productive. You organize your desk, write a to-do list, and are full of motivation. The only thing in your way is the pounding in your head. Headaches can be painful and distracting. Most people experience at least one headache in their life. Common causes of infrequent headaches are stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, or general illness.
But if you notice your head hurting more than every once in a while, there could be an underlying cause. Each person’s headaches are unique to them, but can be treated based on your type and symptoms.
Since the days of Arnold Schwarzenegger, gym bros everywhere have been talking about “the pump”, the sensation your muscles get when they’re full of blood and feel like they are going to explode.
I get it, it’s motivating to look in the mirror and see your arms looking way bigger than they usually are. I remember the days of trying to get a pump every workout and admiring how much bigger I looked afterwards. Here is the problem…. after a couple of hours, I would return to my same size. …
You’re in the zone. Your pace is good, breathing is in check, and your favorite song is playing through your headphones. The only distraction is the pain in your shins.
Shin splints, medically known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, is a common running injury. It got the name “shin splints” because pain is felt along the shin (tibia) bone, which is the large bone on the front of your lower leg. There are many possible causes, but people often experience it when intensifying their training routine, which overworks the leg’s muscle, tendon, and bone tissue.
Aside from runners, this injury…
Patellofemoral pain, often called runner’s knee, is one of the most common injuries I see in the office. It accounts for over 25% of all injuries seen in a sports clinic yearly.¹ Currently, the best evidence for treating this condition is through exercise. This article will explain what causes patellofemoral pain and provide exercises to help treat your knee.
“You change your valley into a peak when you find and use the good that is hidden in the bad time.”
— Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson
This year has been tough for everyone. Going into 2021, all people talk about is how 2020 was the worst year. Everyone except for one patient who changed my entire worldview. She told me that 2020 has taught her more about herself than any other year in her life.
This was the first time I heard something positive about 2020.
It immediately reminded me of two books I came across this year.
Roughly 7–9% of runners and up to 18.5% of ultramarathons runners have Achilles tendinopathy¹
The Achilles tendon is also known as the heel cord and is the tendon at the bottom of the calf. This tendon connects your calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus) with the primary job of transferring force from the muscle to the bone. It is crucial in helping the foot push-off during walking, running, jumping, and many other activities.
When a tendon begins to degenerate, the fibers of the tendon start to become misaligned. See the picture below as an example. The goal is to…
I didn’t make the team.
I had given my all for three consecutive days, yet on that last day of tryouts my name wasn’t on the roster.
I was devastated.
It was my first year of junior high, and I was so excited to represent my school’s basketball team. To add insult to injury, the girl I had a crush on started making fun of me for not making the team. It was a low point.
My dad could tell it upset me. …