One of the biggest benefits of being out in the open air is the exposure we get to sunlight. All too often we spend our days sitting in front of a computer or slaving away in a building of some sort – getting out for a stroll, a run, a hike, or even a cycle means we give our bodies a much needed boost of vitamin D. How? Well, the sunshine vitaminis one of the few that we can’t actually derive naturally from food – we get it predominantly from the sun or from fortified foods such a milk. It’s quite apt that we get it from the sun, really, as vitamin D is the ‘happy vitamin’; it helps the body produce serotonin, alleviates stress, and elevates moods. And remember… a happy body is, of course, a healthy one. So, get out for some sun
Gymnastics strength and conditioning is changing faster than ever before, which is amazing to see.
Cultural barriers around gymnasts lifting weights, using mixed models of gymnastics specific and general strength work, and more science based practices are finally making their way into mainstream gymnastics.
I firmly believe that this will be the biggest change we see in gymnastics during the next 5 years.
Let's talk about back health! Working from home, and spending so much more time on the sofa or in bed, can wreak havoc on your back in the long term. It’s absolutely vital that you take care of your back and prevent low back pain from taking hold in your life. Luckily, we’re here to help. Take a look at some of these helpful tips to ward off low back pain and keep you fit and healthy as you tackle the other, non-physical issues around you.
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Elaine Marquez McHugh, NMD, to Olympus Movement Performance!
Dr. Elaine's passions in medicine include regenerative and anti-aging medicine, sports and performance medicine, mind body medicine, integrative medicine, and functional medicine. Dr. Elaine specializes in prolotherapy, PRP joint injections, PRP facial rejuvenation, IV therapy, and biofeedback. She treats a wide range of ailments seen in primary care to more complex chronic disease and stealth infections such as mold infections and Lyme disease, as well as mental health, stress, anxiety, and adrenal fatigue.
Meet Annemarie Alf | Doctor of Physical Therapy, Performance Director, Strength and Conditioning Coach & Owner
Stress can be a killer: from making you lose sleep, to raising your blood pressure and alienating loved ones, it can have a massive impact on not only your mental wellbeing, but your physical health, too. Stress places pressure on your heart, tightens your muscles and causes you to lose flexibility and mobility over time, too; stress can literally rob you of your independence in many ways. This post comes at a time where each and every one of us – globally – has had to deal with more stress overall, and juggling the COVID-19 pandemic, financial pressure, and trying to maintain our physical health, has been taking a serious toll. In this post, we offer you some guidelines for dealing with stress – we hope these tips will promote a better, relaxed lifestyle, a healthier body, and a happier you. Follow along and try your best to implement them throughout your day. Here we go!
Five years ago I helped lead a nutrition challenge and decided to do a Whole30. It had been introduced to me by the owner of a gym I was working at and I was beginning to start dabbling a bit in a better nutrition plan for myself. My college years of taco bell and Costco chicken bakes had caught up and I was ready to get back to a healthier version of myself especially since I was working out consistently. If you aren’t familiar with Whole30, it is 30 days of no preservatives, no dairy, no gluten, no alcohol, no sugars (unless naturally occurring in the foods), and no beans or legumes. I was one of the few who made it the entire 30 days, and on day 31 I was going to re-introduce some of the foods that I had a feeling would not set well with my system. I quickly realized that I did not feel good at all when I ate dairy and gluten. Soy didn’t set well either, but not nearly as bad as dairy and gluten. My diet now had moved into a lifestyle because I didn’t feel it was worth it to feel terrible over foods I could substitute out.
Sleep is a key element to good health. It is important for your daily mental and physical performance. It also affects long-term health. The ability to react quickly, accurately and the ability to think clearly is negatively affected by sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can also affect formation of memories (1). Mood, interpersonal communication, relationships and work related production are affected by sleep health. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “not getting enough sleep, or getting poor-quality sleep, increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.” (1)
Begins OCTOBER 26, 2020
Olympus Movement Performance 30 day Nutrition and Fitness Challenge!
Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Olympus Movement Performance, Annemarie Alf, recently joined Jessica on GymCastic to speak about her experience as the Chinese Gymnastics Team Trainer.
Author: Annemarie Alf
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