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Getting to the Bottom of the Piriformis

By Sarah Kolvas | June 25, 2019 |

Every time you take a step, your piriformis muscles help to keep your stride in good form.

The piriformis is a flat, pyramid-shaped muscle in the gluteal region (you have one on each side of the body). Located behind the gluteus maximus, the piriformis attaches to the base of the spine (the sacrum) on one end and to the top of the femur, the trochanter, on the other end (Kenhub 2019; Chang, Jeno & Varacallo 2019).

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A Nod to Scalenes

By Sarah Kolvas | May 22, 2019 |

How much do you know about your scalene muscles? If you just tilted your head in confusion, you can attribute that simple movement, in part, to your scalenes, three pairs of muscular tissue that flank the sides of the neck.

Anterior scalenes, on the front side of the neck, connect the third through sixth cervical vertebrae to the first rib.

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Resistance Training Volume Is the Key to Muscle Size

By Zachary Mang, MS | May 20, 2019 |

Resistance training volume (RTV) is the total amount of work performed during a session of lifting; in other words, RTV = reps x sets x load (the product of repetitions times number of sets times intensity of load) (Figueiredo, de Salles & Trajano 2018). Any one of these variables can be adjusted to increase volume in a resistance training (RT) program. For example, you can increase RTV by performing extra sets of an exercise, adding more repetitions or increasing the weight being lifted.

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Protein Is Not Necessarily Your Kidneys’ Nemesis

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD | May 17, 2019 |

Eating more protein than your body needs won’t make you sprout more muscles, but it also seems unlikely to impair kidney functioning, according to research in the Journal of Nutrition. In a systematic review and meta-analysis of previous trials, Canadian researchers at McMaster University in Ontario and the University of Waterloo, Ontario, found no evidence that the glomerular filtration rate—an indicator of kidney function—is noticeably different among healthy adults who consume a higher-protein diet (1.5-plus grams per kilogram

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Unlocking the Pelvis

By IDEA Authors | May 7, 2019 |

Eight in ten American adults and adolescents do not move enough! This alarming finding from Department of Health and Human Services 2018 research wholeheartedly underscores Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2nd edition) recommendations to move more and sit less. Physical activity helps all of us to feel, function and sleep better, and decreases risk of many chronic diseases. We urgently need more aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, along with greater variety of movement.

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Longing for Lung Facts

By Sarah Kolvas | April 23, 2019 |

We do this every moment of the day; it can help us relax, and it speeds up when we exert ourselves—all without so much as a thought. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe! This important gas exchange, which keeps us alive, can only happen thanks to the miraculous work of the lungs.

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Pilates Helps Adolescents

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | April 22, 2019 |

6-week Pilates program improved core muscle endurance and hamstring flexibility among adolescents between 9 and 19 years with a history of back pain. Research findings from a preliminary study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (2019; doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.01.006) showed that a 6-week Pilates mat exercise program with two 55-minute sessions per week can improve conditioning in both young males and young females.

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