Exercise To Improve Your Balance and Confidence – Gold’s Gym, Douglasville, GA

Exercise and Fitness Tips

We all seek balance in our life while juggling the demands of work, family, friends and carving out a little ”me time” that is so important. What we don’t pay enough attention to is how important balance is to our health. Balance, is the communication between your mind and your muscles that allows the body to remain stable.

Balance is an important skill for everyone, especially as we age. Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can help you maintain good balance. You can also include balance exercises in your daily routine.

How good is your balance?

Try balancing on one foot while waiting in line, or stand up and sit down without using your hands.

When you’re ready to try balance exercises, start with Weight Shifts
· Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs
· Shift your weight to your right side, then lift your left foot off the floor
· Hold the position as long as you can maintain good form, up to 30 seconds.
· Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. As your balance improves, increase the number of repetitions.

Try the Shoulder Press with Dumbbell
· Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs. Hold the dumbbell in your left hand and press your arm upward until your forearm is perpendicular to the floor. Lift your right leg off the floor and bend it back at the knee
· Hold the position as long as you can maintain good form, up to 30 seconds.
· Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. As your balance improves, increase the number of repetitions.
· For added challenge, balance on the leg opposite the weight or while standing on a pillow or other unstable surface.

If those exercises seem too easy then begin to incorporate balance training into your strength workout. Use a balance board or Bosu ball under one or both feet while performing upper body exercises. Another option is to roll up a towel and use that instead. The point is to put the body on a slightly uneven surface to train the mind and muscles to stabilize while doing biceps curls, lateral raises or any upper body movement. You will notice that maintaining balance while moving both arms simultaneously is easier than trying to compensate while moving one arm at a time. Start balance training with easy exercises and gradually increase the challenge.

Gold’s Gym, West Cobb and Douglasville, GA.  Gold’s Gym – Hospital Drive is home of the $15 a month membership.

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Senior Fitness, Silver Sneakers – Gold’s Gym Douglasville

Silver Sneakers Program Big Hit With Senior Community

Exercise and physical activity are some of the best things older adults can do to stay healthy.  Moderate exercise can improve health and mental flexibility. Some seniors are concerned that physical activity or exercise may be too strenuous or may do more harm than good.  In fact, it’s an inactive lifestyle that proves to do more harm than exercise does.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults. Silver Sneakers membership is a full facility membership that provides unlimited access to all that Gold’s Gym offers. Muscular strength and range of motion, cardio conditioning, are just a few of our exercise options. Silver Sneakers is so much more than just another discount. This is a lifestyle intervention that is truly the best health insurance you can have! 

The program is typically offered to Medicare-eligible members of a sponsoring organization or health plan however anyone of any age is welcome to participate. Medicare-eligible members are adult’s age 65 or older, or, in some cases, those of any age deemed disabled and receiving Medicare.

SilverSneakers ™ Classes-

SilverSneakers(tm)I (Muscular Strength & Range of Movement)-

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

 

SilverSneakers� II (Cardio Circuit)-

Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work using hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, head to toe stretching and complete relaxation in a comfortable position.

Visit our class schedule for a complete list of all classes available.

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Villa Rica Fitness Tips Gold’s Gym

 A Pain or a Strain?

Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute orthopedist Evan Ekman decodes common workout aches so you can tell the difference between “Ow!” and “Out for a month.”

We’ve all heard the saying “No pain, no gain,” but not all pain is created equal. Many motivated gym goers have been put out of commission because they couldn’t tell the difference between post-training soreness and a serious injury.

“Many people don’t pay attention to their body, and as a result the pain can last the rest of their life,” says Evan Ekman, a South Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute member. He believes much of the problem stems from not being in tune to the location of the discomfort. “Part of an effective workout is making yourself sore, but that soreness should be in the muscle belly—the big bulky part of the muscle,” he says, whereas pain in the joints or tendons might be an indication of a problem.

Here we look at six examples of gym pain gone too far and what to do about them. As always, consult your physician before starting an exercise regimen.

Hamstrings

Your legs can easily tire after a hard workout, but how do you know when you’ve pushed your hamstrings too far? According to Ekman, you may be dealing with a more serious injury if you experience pain when pressure is put on the ischium bone in the pelvis, often felt when you sit down or if you have difficulty running.

What to do: First, control inflammation by applying ice to the area and wrapping the leg. Then gently perform a hamstring stretch: Sit on the floor, with legs spread. Keep your left knee straight as you reach toward the toes and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the right side. If you recognize the pain early, a hamstring injury might keep you out of the gym for a few weeks or less.

Snaps, Cracks and Pops

Some body creaks we all seem to have (like the back cracks your eccentric uncle shows off at parties). Others may be your body’s way of sounding an alarm. Ekman says there are two ways to tell if it’s something to get worried about: if you experience pain when it makes that noise, or if your body didn’t make that noise before you worked out and now it does.

What to do: Because the noise could be anything, get to a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Biceps

It’s normal for the biceps to engorge with blood and, as a result, appear bigger during and immediately after a workout, but if the swelling lasts more than a few hours, you may have suffered a bicep strain or rupture of the tendon biceps. Another telltale sign of injury is discoloration or bruising. If you can’t tell for sure, don’t do another rep until you get checked out.

What to do: A rupture may require surgery—get to a doctor ASAP. If it’s just a strain, you’ll need some time off from the gym to rest the muscle, taking anti-inflammatories in the meantime. The next step is light exercises that develop your range of motion. Begin with gentle stretching at the elbow, work your way up to bicep curls with band resistance, then finally light dumbbells.

 Pectoral Muscles

Bench press is a popular lift at the gym, but using too much weight or trying for a maximum one-rep lift before being properly warmed up can lead to pectoral tears. “Most of the time it’s easy to tell when you have a pec tear because the pain is intense,” Ekman says. But you can also tell by a deformity—often a divot on the side of the pec near the armpit—or extreme tenderness that doesn’t go away between workouts.

What to do: Immediately see an orthopedic doctor—this could mean a long haul to recovery.

Rotator Cuff

If you’re having trouble reaching during your workout, it may not be time to work through the pain; it may be a rotator cuff injury. Other signs are tenderness during a military press or when lifting weight away from your body.

What to do: Avoid lifts that involve raising your hands above your head and shoulders, and work to strengthen the four muscles of the rotator cuff—the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis. Often this is done through external and internal rotation exercise. For the first, let your arm hang at your side with your elbow bent 90 degrees, then bring the hand across your body, as if you were shutting a door. For the latter, bring the hand in the opposite direction, away from the middle of your body.

Quadriceps

Though it’s great to feel the burn on the squat machine, persistent aches—such as shooting pain, a slight burn or anything that limits daily movement or makes it painful to walk—may be a sign of a stress fracture to the femur, a rupture or even a contusion in the quads. Another warning sign of injury: deformity, or any change in shape and texture to the muscle so that one leg is noticeably different from the other.

What to do: If it’s a strain, you may be out for four to six weeks while taking anti-inflammatories, icing and performing basic stretching and strengthening exercises. If it’s a rupture, surgery is likely to be needed.

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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

 Summer officially arrives on June 21, and if our recent weather is any indication, we are in for a hot one.  The human body is composed of 25% solids and 75% water. We can go without food for almost two months but without water only a few days.

 By not drinking enough water, many people incur excess body fat, poor muscle tone, decreased digestive and organ function, increased toxicity in the body, joint and muscle soreness and water retention. If people who are trying to lose weight don’t drink enough water, the body can’t metabolize the fat adequately.  Retaining fluid also keeps weight up.

 The International Sports Medicine Institute, has a formula for daily water intake: 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight if you’re not active (that’s ten eight-ounce glasses if you weigh 160 pounds), and 2/3 ounce per pound if you’re athletic (13 to 14 glasses a day, at the same weight).Your intake should be spread throughout the day and evening. 

 Signals of dehydration can be any of the following symptoms: Heartburn, stomach ache non-infectious recurring or chronic pain, low back pain, headache, mental irritation and depression, water retention ( ironic but true! )

Further problems can develop when you forego water and try to satisfy your thirst with soda, coffee, or alcohol-containing beverages.  While these beverages contain water, they are actually dehydrating fluids.  Not only do they eliminate the water contained in them, but they also cause you to lose further amounts of water from your body’s reserves!

 Enjoy the weather, your workouts, and stay hydrated!  If it gets too hot outside come in for a great work out at any of our three West Georgia locations.  Gold’s Gym of Dougalsville, Douglasville South and Gold’s Gym of West Cobb.

Just Ask Justin – Gold’s Gym, West Cobb

As a marathon runner, one of the questions I am most frequently asked is, “What do I do if I want to run a 5k”? “How do I get started?”

  • The first step is to simply pick a race.  Find a local race that is 2-3 months away and sign up for it. 
  • The next step is to start moving.  The average time for your first 5k will be 30-45 minutes. 
  • Starting off should be a walk/run combo.  Do 5 min walk, then 2 min jog (this should be at a comfortable speed, NO sprinting).  Repeat 2-3 times. 
  • Each week increase the run time by 20 seconds with the same amount of rest. 
  • Do this work out 3 times a week and by race day you’ll be ready to go!

Justin Tucker,

Membership Counselor, Marathon Runner, Gold’s Gym, West Cobb

Knee Injury Prevention

Knee injuries are something that most people deal with, especially those involved in sports. Most knee injuries are caused from improper impact forces upon the knee joint because of improper lower body postural alignment. A good way to check if one has good lower body posture is to sit in a chair in front of a mirror.
Put a chair in front of a mirror and sit down slowly (as in take 8-10 seconds on the descent). Watch your lower body as you do the movement. If your feet look like they are slightly falling in towards each other or your knees are coming towards one another, you are one of the ‘knee injury prone’. This is a sign of a few things going on in your alignment, probably that you have tight adductors (inner thigh muscles) as well as tight plantar flexors (soleus and gastrocnemius). This causes most knees to go in as well as most feet to flatten.
A good way to try and prevent knee pain is to 1) Stretch your legs more to loosen them up, in combination with 2) try squatting while keeping the weight on the outsides of the feet and making sure the knees stay apart, either over or outside (laterally) of the toes. Doing both those things will strengthen the outer thigh muscles (like the iliotibial band) and help your knees operate properly based upon your neuromuscular anatomy.
 
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