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WHY ARE WE PRONE TO INJURY?

A normally functioning joint has less resistance than wet ice.  Muscles attached to these slippery joints move them almost effortlessly.  So if a joint is really that slick and muscles really don’t have much effort in moving them then why are we having problems with them?

IS JOINT HEALTH OVERRATED?

The surface of a normally functioning joint is quite slippery and has less surface resistance than wet ice – and here in Colorado, we know how slippery ice can be.  Muscles can move these slippery joints almost effortlessly.  So if a joint is really that slick and muscles really don’t have much effort in moving them then why do we have to wonder if they are functioning correctly or not?  

HOW NEUTRAL ARE YOU?

How healthy is your musculoskeletal system?  Musculoskeletal neutrality is critical!  A system that is neutral requires the least amount of energy to operate and is not compromising, dominating, or restricting any other part of the system.

10 COMMON PROBLEMS

What’s interesting is that we see problems all around us every day, but rarely put all the pieces together.  For example, how many people do you know that complain of low back pain, have hip and knee problems or joint replacement, and also complain of foot or ankle problems at one point or even had bunion surgery?

IN A CYCLE OF PAIN & INJURY?

Pain is great at catching your attention.   Many decide to “power through” their injuries with a hope… and prayer that it will “just go away”.  If you’re lucky an injury will be a one and done, but that’s not what this video is about.  We’re talking about injuries that often cause reoccurring problems that are troublesome and frustrating.  So, what causes reoccurring musculoskeletal injuries and pain?  Ironically, It’s called the cycle of pain.

MOVING LIKE A BULL?

I can’t tell you the number of times someone has come into my office complaining about a condition that has been re-occurring even though they’ve searched the internet and asked their friends advice and have done “everything” they know to do.   What do I mean by that?  Well, let’s use a well-used analogy – “like a bull in a china shop”....

   WHAT SHOE STORES DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

In a perfect world buying shoes would be a straightforward process where we walk into a store, pick up a pair of shoes, take them to the counter and pay for them.  But, alas, it is not!  Shoe manufacturing is a big business… and in order to stay in business a company will need to market their “latest and greatest” gigget that will make you the next Olympic athlete. The truth is that most FADs are just that  … a FAD.

THE TRUTH ABOUT SHOE FADS!

Despite all the hype, glitz, and cost associate with some fancy shoes…. runners are still getting injuries – something to think about when you're looking at your next pair of shoes.

TOP 1O THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEXT SHOE PURCHASE!

These are the top 10 things that you’ll want to consider when choosing your next pain of walking shoes.  Not knowing this information can cause a world of sore feet, wasted money, and time lost that you could have been walking!

NUTRITION THAT CREATES A GREAT WALKING EXPERIENCE!

Most people eat because they’re hungry, for emotional reasons, or maybe because they are bored.  But what a lot of people don’t realize is that proper types of food consumption is a key component for a successful walk.  If you're not eating smartly, you walk will suffer!

MACRO NUTRIENTS - REMOVING THE MYSTERY!

Why are macronutrients so important?  Do you know what they are and what their purpose is in creating a great walking experience?  There are 4 macronutrients – each one has its own purpose and working together they are the major components of an active walker's successful diet plan!

MACRO NUTRIENTS - THEY MIGHT BE SMALL BUT THEY ARE POWERFUL!

So, are micronutrients just little macronutrients?  Ah, no!  Even though they sound small and mysterious, they are a vital part of creating a successful and energetic walk.  Knowing what they are and which are most beneficial to you are going to be a key factor in your walk!

ENERGY ON!!

Tips, Tools, & Concepts About Energy!

Few realize that counting calories is a way of measuring the fuel you are eating.  For the walking athlete counting calories is vital so that we don’t run low of fuel on our excursion. So, let’s talk about how we can manipulate those nutritional players to help build and maintain our energy levels so that we get the best experience from our walk!

   WHAT ARE THE TOP 10 PROBLEMS      OF THE ACTIVE WALKER

Part 2/2: MORE tips, tools, and ideas for walkers.  There’s a lot of information out there for us to sift through.  Some of it is relevant to walkers … and some is not.  So, let’s take a few moments to talk about the top 10 walking killing problem areas I see for walkers.

HYDRATION SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ACTIVE WALKER!

We’re all familiar with the dramatic dehydration stories of someone dying in the desert or the poor soul who had heat stroke at the local running race, but are we familiar with how we can be frequently making our body struggle because there just isn’t enough water in it?  You might be surprised about what you learn!

ABOUT PAIN!

The old phrase “no pain, no gain” is a major reason I see many walkers in my office because the person didn’t know the answer to what is the difference between good vs bad pain.  Mixed with a good sense of determination or ego, this is a good cause of injury.  The problem is that there are different types of pain, that mean different things, some good, some… not.   Do you know the difference?

THE PROBLEM WITH A SHOE STORE GAIT ASSESSMENT

Many of the running shoe stores offer a “gait assessment” to “see what your foot is doing”.   While it does offer a general overview of if your foot pronates, supinates, or where your foot is striking, it does not address why it’s doing what it’s doing.  The thing is that your feet are the foundation to your structure – everything literally stands on top of your feet.  So, what's so important about that?

TOP 10 TIPS FOR A GREAT WALK!

So, now that we have some basic concepts to build on, let’s take a look at what we can do to about it all.  These are the top 10 things you can do to get the most out of your walk.

WHAT'S IN A SHOE?

If you’re anything like most people, you are just a little confused, overwhelmed, and intimated by shoes! Yes, shoes! Walking into a shoe store can be daunting – all those shoes!  Which to choose?  Motion control, minimalist, maximalist, or the ones that look awesome.  Will they help your current situation… or make it worse?