• Man sitting watch TV being sedentary
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    One thing great doctors do

    My Mom has a great doctor. As an elderly adult, Mom has many health concerns that range from joint and skeletal muscle dysfunction to vascular problems. The first time she met her new doctor about half-way through the session her doctor stopped and sat in front of my Mom and said: “I think getting more physically active would help you.” As an exercise physiologist, when I heard this I got out my mental pom poms and started my cheer! I’ve been to doctors with my wife and kids and have rarely heard this outside of physical therapy after an injury although it would have been a discussion that I would…

  • Put the FITT in fitness with a VP
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Put the FITT in fitness with a VP

    When I first started in the fitness industry (in college) the Exercise Rx was F.I.T (Frequency, Intensity and Time). Then it was expanded to F.I.T.T the mnemonic for Frequency – Intensity – Time and Type. Today there’s an addition beyond FIIT which adds a VP. VP adds the concept of volume and progression. It forms the most basic concept in developing exercise prescriptions/programs and helps identify minimal thresholds for benefits. In this article, we’ll look at FITT-VP and what it means, plus how to use the information in your exercise program. Even though the F.I.T.T-VP formula applies to all exercise prescriptions it will vary depending upon goals, medical status, culture,…

  • Why should you care about posture with hyperkyphosis?
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Why should you care about posture with hyperkyphosis?

    In an ideal static posture is one where all body parts are aligned vertically so that the line of gravity (LoG) passes through all joint axes, however normal body structure and interpersonal deviations make this nearly impossible (Levangie & Norkin, 2011). The goal of the “ideal posture” is to minimize energy expenditure and stress on the supporting structures. Even with an ideal erect posture, swaying motions occur which change the line of gravity (LoG) over the center of pressure (CoP) (Levangie & Norkin, 2011). Postures that attempt to minimize or correct deviations from posture within normal limits is termed compensatory posture (Levangie & Norkin, 2011). As we evaluate posture, we…