Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fitness Trends to Watch for This Coming Year

Fitness Trends to Watch for This Coming Year - Academy Massage - Winnipeg Massage
2017 is going to ring in the next round of New Year’s resolutions, which inevitably will bring about some people’s desires to get healthier. If you plan on making the resolution to get in better shape and take better care of your body, it is important to know what options you have. Here are some of the trends you should be expecting to be huge during 2017. Which do you think is going to be the most fun?

Boxing is Huge

One of the biggest fitness trends to reemerge recently is boxing. There are studios popping up all around the world. It’s a great cardio workout, and gets your whole body fitter. If you haven’t tried it before, 2017 is the perfect time!

Dancing Cardio is Great for Your Body

If you want to get your entire body active, and have fun at the same time, try dance cardio. You can have fun, look silly, and learn how to move, all in one workout. Plus, you will be doing it with others who want to get fit, just like you, so you can feel empowered as a group!

Live Streaming Fitness Classes

With the advent of live-streaming everything, in comes the newest trend of fitness classes. This means that no matter where you are located, and no matter what type of fitness routine you want to try, you can be a part of a class that is going on live. Plus, you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

For more information on keeping your body healthy, come in and speak with the experienced professionals here at Academy Massage. We can help you get healthy, and not suffer the normal aches and pains that go along with starting a new exercise routine!

Friday, December 9, 2016

How to Protect Your Spine from Injury

Your spine is a tender part of your body. It can easily become damaged or injured, even while doing regular, mundane activities. If you are worried that you may injure yourself, it is best to protect yourself from getting those injuries.

Here are a few ways that you can protect your spine and keep your body safer. 

Keep Your Core Muscles Strong

One of the best ways to protect your spine is to keep the core muscles of your body strong, especially as people age because these muscles naturally begin to weaken. Exercising them regularly helps keep your spine covered with a thick layer of muscle to protect it. You need the deep muscles of the back and abdominals to keep your back safe from pain and sprains, and need to focus on these muscles to give them a workout on a regular basis.

Use Your Back Properly

This is one tip that encompasses a lot of things that people do to injure their spine. Make sure you lift with your legs, not by bending over and potentially hurting your spine. Also, make sure you sit straight when you are seated to help protect your back from an injury that comes from a bad posture.

Stretch Daily Before Activity and Exercise

You want to make sure that you do not injure your back by trying to do too much with it. Make sure when you get up each morning, you stretch out. You should also fully stretch before you do any type of exercise. Your back is prone to injury if you try and move without it being warmed up and stretched out, so be careful!

When you feel back pain, it is often due to strained or torn muscles, and the inflammation can lead to back spasms. These can make moving difficult, and result in a lot of pain. When you get a lower back strain, it is typically one of these two types. First, it could be a muscle strain, which results from tearing or overstretching a muscle, damaging the muscle fibers. Second, it could be a lumbar sprain, which results from stretching or tearing a ligament in the back, causing the connection between the tissues and bones to become painfully inflamed.

If you notice that your back hurts, you should go in to Academy Massage and get a massage to help relax the muscles. They see many clients that suffer from both isolated and chronic back pain, who see relief over the course of a few weeks with regular visits. They will assist you in the healing process by increasing the proteins and blood nutrients that go to the afflicted area, allowing for the tissues to heal more quickly. For more information on keeping your spine protected, contact Academy Massage today!