Take time to get up & move throughout your day. Can you see the two people walking in the park? Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
There is no denying it, since the onset of the pandemic, a lot of things have changed.
For the most part, we're all navigating uncharted waters.
Whether you are home-schooling children, working from home or caring for an elderly family member, we all need to be aware of our actions and how these affect our health and well-being.
Our dependence on technology has been higher than ever.
People reach for portable electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops to remain socially connected and employable.
This increased reliance on technology combined with more extended periods of use can lead to an increased prevalence of postural low back and neck pain.
Such injuries typically occur because, unlike with desktop computers, we usually do not use portable devices within an ergonomic workstation setup.
The size of the screen, distance to...
Biking by the Lakes Park train on a beautiful January 2022 day. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Muscle soreness post workout is clinically known as DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
This muscle soreness is that distinctive aching, stiffness and tenderness that most of us experience after an unfamiliar or particularly taxing workout a day or two post exercising.
The textbook definition describes DOMS as being caused by eccentric exercise (controlled elongation), somewhat through isometric exercise (static) and not at all with concentric contractions (active shortening).
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This is much easier to understand if we consider the differences in running in biking.
When we run, our body weight is unsupported and our feet strike the ground with each step.
In turn, the joints through the lower body; the back, pelvis, knees and ankles must absorb 6-10 times our bodyweight with each step before propelling us forward again.
Hitting the trail in 2022 for an evening run - let's CRUSH our health & fitness goals!
Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
With more than 25 years of experience working in the health and fitness industry, I have had countless clients, friends, and family members tell me about their fitness goals.
Some want to lift more weights, others want to improve their marathon time and of course, the old classic – everyone is trying to lose weight.
One thing they all share is that they are outcome focused.
Unfortunately, despite the best intentions, I rarely see enough people ever achieve their goals.
I often end up in a conversation with someone about where they went wrong.
Was their goal too ambitious?
Were they lazy?
Did something outside of their control derail them?
Of course, it could be a combination of these factors, but I believe the real issue lies in poor planning.
Statistically speaking, only a whopping 3% of people ever actually achieve their...
Enjoy a beautiful December, Southwest Florida Sunset on Naples Beach. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
It only takes one pound – ONE – of extra weight to add 10 pounds of additional pressure to your feet and ankles.
Coupled with the estimated 77 per cent of American’s suffering from an over-pronating foot (the foot collapse inward and downward), and the 83 per cent of American’s who report they would be more active if they didn’t suffer chronic foot pain, makes the importance of proper footwear imperative.
Whether you have an over-pronating foot or not, here are 5 bad shoe choices that directly affect our daily health and wellbeing.
Enjoying a beautiful December day in Lakes Park (Fort Myers, Florida). Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
The holidays are that time each year when people come together to celebrate, be merry, let bygones be bygones and love our neighbors.
As lovely as this sounds, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is also one of the most dangerous times for our health and wellbeing!
You read that right.
Beneath all the tinsel, carefully wrapped presents and winter activities, there is a frenzy of injuries just waiting to happen.
Considering this revelation, I am taking a slightly different approach this week and taking it upon myself to expose the dangers of the holidays with the hopes of maximizing your joy and eliminating or at least minimizing your risk of harm and injury this season.
In 2017, 3.5 trillion was paid in national health expenditures, which was up 3.9% from the previous year.
Of those health care expenditures, nearly 10,000 involved injuries to children...
Guitar strapped to his back, enjoying a nice December evening in beautiful Lakes Park (Fort Myers, Florida). Walk every day for 30 minutes to increase the quality of your sleep. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Ring in the New Year with Better Sleep — well, here’s an oxymoron:
An article about sleeping on New Year’s Eve.
While it may see counterintuitive to talk about sleeping on the one night most of the world doesn’t sleep enough, it’s worth a conversation.
The health costs that arise from sleep deprivation include over $2+ billion spent treating conditions associated with sleep deprivation including:
Accidents result in the loss of a further $3.5 billion, and economic inefficiency costs more than $400 billion.
The study titled ‘Why sleep matters..’ as reported in Fortune magazine determined that lack of sleep or poor sleep habits is costing the US workforce...
The water is clear and cool on Southwest Florida's beaches this time of year! Get outdoors, walk and take deep breaths to feel even better. Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
As recent as this past decade, working with athletes with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was not common place.
Up until about 7 years ago I could count the number of athletes coming to me with PTSD on one hand.
However, just as Bob Dylan once said; “For the times, they are a changing”.
As our population ages, we are seeing more survivors from 9-11, the armed forces, mass shootings and even sporting events (Boston marathon) turn to exercise to help manage and provide relief from the symptoms associated with this disorder including:
to name a few.
Constantly gearing up psychologically for fight or flight can be wear on us physically mentally and emotionally.
Gorgeous November Day for a run in Lakes Park, Fort Myers. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Social media has had a huge impact on the fitness industry - from the instantaneous interaction we have with people all over the world - to content being accessible to anyone anytime.
We live in a world where we have never been more connected and influenced by social media.
We have so much information readily available and it has opened incredible opportunities for self-promotion, support networks, and research.
However, we have also opened the door for exploitation.
People have become ‘Insta famous’ with hundreds of thousands of people following their photos and content and because of their aesthetics, claim to be fitness experts.
These people now have a platform to exploit the opinions of the public and their desires around fitness.
As a community, we must aim to use social media as a positive influence by promoting healthy and ethical fitness practices that support...
Whether your working from home, or at the office, get outside & enjoy a walk! Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
With more of us continuing to do screen-based work in non-professional settings, i.e, spending hours crouched over laptop screens on sofa’s or kitchen tables, it is essential that we set ourselves up for success.
This means creating work spaces that are both comfortable and healthy and do not negatively impact us physically (cue sore necks, shoulders and upper backs).
With some thoughtful planning, you can create a more ergonomic workstation that makes your time spent working from home a little less uncomfortable.
Keep all angles at 90 degrees
If you have a height-adjustable desk and desk chair, make sure you adjust them to a 90-degree angle to avoid slouching. Your knees, hips, and back should also be of utmost priority.
Whether you put them on the ground or use a footrest, you should keep your feet flat. This will help to...
A brisk walk in the park on a beautiful Florida fall day is an awesome aerobic exercise! Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
‘Aerobic’ exercise refers to exercise that requires an uptake and consumption of substantially more oxygen than at rest.
It involves repeated movements of the large muscles of your body for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Examples of aerobic exercise include:
Because you need more oxygen to do aerobic exercise, you breathe more rapidly and more deeply to get extra oxygen into your lungs.
Your heart also beats faster to deliver more oxygen-carrying blood from your lungs to your muscles.
How fast your heart beats and how rapidly you breathe will depend on how intense the exercise is.
For general health and fitness benefits, such as reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancers and improving your stamina, it is recommended that you do some form of moderate...