Workout of the Week #4

20 High Knees
12 Sumo Squats
20 High Knees
12 Planks to Push-Ups
20 High Knees
12 Supine Leg Raises
20 High Knees
12 Scapular Raises
*repeat 3x

(Please refer to our video glossary under the”VIDEOS” tab for a demonstration of the various exercises.)

Workout of the Week #3

20 High Knees
12 Split Squats (ea. Leg)
20 High Knees
12 Push-Ups
20 High Knees
30 Second Plank
20 High Knees
12 Scapular Raises
*repeat 3x

(Please refer to our video glossary under the “VIDEOS” tab for a demonstration of the various exercises.)

The Sleep Stress Connection

The car accident you were in 5 years ago, your posture at work as you sit all day at the computer for the past 15 years, that nice hump that’s forming on your upper back – it’s all taking a noticeable toll.  Then there’s little Bobby who needs to get to baseball practice and Cindy who needs to be at soccer.  And homework still needs to get done.  You’re preoccupied thinking about how the mortgage is going to get paid, while the car needs 4 new tires and brakes.  You don’t know what’s for dinner so you’ll stop at Wendy’s, just this one time.  Then it’s off to the pharmacy because your husband needs his blood pressure medication and you need a refill on your allergy meds.What does all of this equal?  STRESS!  As we call it in my office, The Big 3.

1) Physical Stress – accidents, injuries, posture, sitting/standing/repetitive motions all day.

2) Chemical Stress – everything going into your body all day, everyday including sugar, processed/bleached flour, caffeine, alcohol, prescribed/over-the-counter medication.

3) Emotional Stress – finances, family, relationships, time constraints.

The more these things work against you, the more difficult it will be to experience good, quality sleep.  Do you ever feel exhausted in the evening, yet toss and turn all night in bed?  This is the result of prolonged stress.  Prolonged stress changes the way the natural chemicals in our body work.  Certain chemicals in our body, such as cortisol, which help promote deep, restful sleep no longer work effectively resulting in a night of interrupted, poor sleep.  The end result is you wake up the next morning tired, sluggish and even more stressed.  This is a dangerous cycle.  How can you break it?

The answer to any health-related problem always starts with finding the cause of the problem.  Once the cause is found, solutions can be put into place.  This is the Law of Cause and Effect, which is a common theme to all of my articles.  If you do not find the cause, I promise you the effect or reaction will continue to occur.  So let’s find the cause.  Whether your stress stems from physical, chemical or emotional triggers, or likely a combination of all three, Active Healing Center can get to the root of the problem and provide a remedy.  Make an appointment today.