A Lop-Sided Athlete

February 3, 2014

Nick (Grand Rapids, MI)

I’ve got a question for you that I believe may fall under your expertise… I’ve been trying to workout more regularly to try and go for a goal time, as opposed to goals of finishing. Anyway, I have been noticing, I feel like I am lob-sided or feeling workouts more on my right side than left. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the best time of day for working out?

April 3, 2012

Sunrise - time to work out

Q: What is the best time of day for working out?

A: It depends on the reason you are exercising, and it depends on you. Are you exercising for strength, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, pain control?  Many experts discourage intense exercise late in the day as this tends to interfere with sleep. In my case, I sleep much better after a good workout, so it is not unusual for me to do a short run after 9:00 in the evening, and then get to sleep by 11:00. In my book, anything that helps you sleep better is a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Track and Field – David Linder, Army, Dan Linder, Trine University

March 4, 2012

David Linder, Army Decathlete

Here is the number one, most important tip for all track and field athletes. This is especially important to athletes who ‘sprint’ versus athletes who run distances. Are you ready? Are you listening? Read the rest of this entry »

An Old Gal not working out

February 28, 2012

I had a patient once who hated to exercise. Not only hated to exercise, but she found the whole thought of sweating as disgusting. When I heard this, I knew that there was little chance that I could help this woman. If a patient will not exercise, there is almost no lasting benefit I can offer in physical therapy.

I saw this patient for a few courses of therapy over a several year period and really just offered her temporary relief. I tried in various ways to make her exercises simple, easy, and very comfortable. It did not matter. This woman did not like working out, so she didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Losing Weight and a Middle Aged Spread

February 21, 2012

Middle aged spread: To those unfamiliar with the term, Middle Aged Spread refers to how people, as they approach their mid-30’s, start gaining weight. There have been plenty of theories about why middle-agers gain weight, from blaming the hormonal changes of menopause to a natural tendency of our metabolism to decrease as we get older.

I disagree. Read the rest of this entry »