5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older

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While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for bingo and rocking chairs is definitely antiquated, say athletic trainers. And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions — or …

Five Fitness Tips to Keep Introverts Moving

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If you have a more introverted personality, joining a gym, exercise class, or workout group may not be your cup of tea. However, that doesn’t have to hold you back from achieving fitness or weight-loss goals. Finding a workout routine that fits your personality is one of the key ways to achieve optimal results. This holds particularly true for introverts …

Proper Lifting Techniques to Get You Through the Holidays

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Digging out boxes of holiday decorations, hauling packages to and from the car, hiding gifts away on the higher shelves in the back of your closet… the Holiday Season certainly requires its fair share of bending, lifting, and reaching. This, coupled with the cooler weather, makes December the ideal time for a refresher on proper lifting methods. Back pain, after …

Strength Training Critical for Active, Independent Aging

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To the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, putting them at high risk of osteoporosis, Certified Athletic Trainers have an important message: exercise is good medicine. But not just any exercise – weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening exercise. “Essential to staying strong and vital during older adulthood is participation in regular strengthening exercises, which help prevent osteoporosis and frailty by stimulating …

Pain-Free Movement is Crucial to your Quality of Daily Life

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Did You Know? “Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more,” states Davonna Willis of Blue Skyes Massage and Wellness Center. Athletic Trainers all practicing under a single vision statement: transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. …

Gilbert Massage Mind your back

Mind your back(pack) during back-to-school

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Gilbert Massage Mind your back From homework and tests to extra-curricular activities, students already shoulder plenty of weight during back-to-school time. Their backpacks should be the least of their worries. Unfortunately, due to the lack of awareness or simple disinterest (or both), backpacks can pose a health risk to kids and students of all ages. “Wearing a backpack incorrectly or …

Dog Owner Fitness

Dog Owners More Likely to Meet Fitness Benchmarks, says Gilbert Trainer

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GILBERT, AZ – It turns out our furry friends have more to offer us than companionship and unconditional love. According to Gilbert athletic trainer and massage therapist Davonna Willis, multiple studies show that dog owners are generally healthier. Dog owners are more likely to meet national fitness benchmarks than non-owners. How likely? According to the American Heart Association, dog owners …