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Week: 9/5/15 to 9/11/15

1. Seven Workout Myths

Clients may think that the more time they spend in the gym, the better, but this article from The Huffington Post explains why this isn’t the case. Another myth: crunches are the best way to obtain chiseled abs. Fitness professionals already know this isn’t true, but it’s useful information for consumers. This author breaks down the truth behind seven workout myths. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Nick Bradshaw

2. The IT Band Acts as a Spring

This article, published in the Harvard Gazette, explains new research that shows the iliotibial (IT) band stores elastic energy, which creates greater efficiency in walking and running. This notion contradicts the previously held belief that the IT band’s “primary function is to stabilize the hip during walking.” To conduct their study, researchers designed in-depth computer models and relied on cadavers for accuracy. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Roberto Ferrari

3. Your Body Gives You Clues

The amount of carbs your body can handle varies by person, according to this article from MindBodyGreen. While there isn’t a precise guideline for how many carbs are too many, this author suggests using your intuition to determine the correct amount. This article outlines strategies for finding the right carb balance for your body. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Israel Photo Gallery

4. Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young

If you’ve ever been curious to know how meditation affects the aging process, this article from IDEA Fitness Journal explores a recent study that examined gray matter in the brains of both meditators and non-meditators. Researchers expected to find improvement in areas of the brain believed to be associated with meditation, but were surprised to discover a significantly less reduction of gray matter in the entire brain among meditators. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mitchell Joyce

5. Body and Mind Work as a Team

If you’ve been struggling to overcome an injury, this article from Runner’s World suggests that neuromuscular therapies could provide relief. These therapies address the brain’s relationship to muscles and movement, creating more efficient communication between mind and body. When these neural pathways are opened, injuries often heal or are even prevented.View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: California University of Pennsylvania

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