What Is Tai Chi? The ancient art of Tai Chi began in China as a form of martial arts used for self-defense. Over many years it has evolved into a form of exercise that has been described as “meditation in motion.” The practice of Tai Chi engages mental focus along with controlled breathing to perform … Continue reading The benefits of Tai Chi
Scott & White Podiatrist Talks About The Minimalist Shoe Trend And How To Run In Them Safely Every year Americans spend billions of dollars on running shoes. Companies that sell these shoes promise improved athletic ability with limited injury. But despite our dependency on our favorite pair of sneakers, a new trend is emerging among … Continue reading FiveFingers® for your feet?
Yes, it’s true; you really can burn calories while you’re sleeping. Lifting heavy weights for an hour twice a week will do the trick. Randall Moore, MD, Psychiatry, explains the process. “As people in the Western world age—especially in America, they lose muscle mass because they’re not active enough. By the time Americans are 70 … Continue reading Is it possible to burn calories while I sleep?
For many young athletes and dedicated runners, it is hard to imagine slowing down their workout and practice routines for a little ache in the shins. But Scott & White orthopedic surgeon Darryl B. Thomas, MD, said working through the pain isn’t always in your best interest. “Doctors call it a tibial stress reaction; otherwise … Continue reading Knowing your body’s limits could help prevent shin splints
Downward facing dog. Child posture. Tree pose. Breathe in—hold, breathe out. To an outsider, the movements seem awkward and the poses sound strange. It leaves a yoga novice wondering, is it worth the hype? Yoga has increased in popularity in its thousands of years in existence, and has evolved from a part of the Hindu … Continue reading Yoga—Are You All That?
Spring has sprung and area parks are starting to fill with recreational cyclists, skaters, tennis players, runners, and soccer enthusiasts among others. “While exercise is great, these weekend warriors should be aware of some common injuries that can occur and take preventive measures,” states Richard B. Schultz, MD, director of orthopedics at Scott & White … Continue reading Recreational Sports Injuries
Running, jumping, cycling—just about any activity can be halted suddenly by a muscle cramp—that abrupt, involuntary pain that contracts your muscles in a tight spasm. Alex Hainzinger, Scott & White Wellness Program Specialist, explains muscle cramps and offers advice on how to prevent them. “Muscle cramps occur when your muscle contracts and doesn’t relax. They … Continue reading Managing muscle cramps
Written by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD There’s no better way to get in shape for Spring than shaking up your workout with some cross training exercises, and no better way to cross train than to join in a triathlon. That’s swimming, cycling, and running all in one event and triathlons can be a great way … Continue reading Go On and “Tri”
Depressed? Stuck in a rut? Feeling like you can’t get up and do anything? One of the best things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of major depression is to get out and get moving. Go for a brisk walk. Go to a Zumba class. Pump some iron. Get some exercise. “When you … Continue reading Can You Exercise Your Way to Happiness?
“Does running late count as exercise?” If that’s as close as you get to working out your 30 to 60 minutes a day, five to six times a week, then you might be out of shape. “You’re out of shape if you’re 30% over your ideal body weight or you don’t exercise for at least … Continue reading How to begin an exercise program when you’re out of shape