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Learn How to Breathe

Most of us take for granted that we know how to breathe. It’s something most of us just instinctively picked up at birth. It’s automatic. I have seen two things which make me feel that it’s necessary to write this post: Our breathing is not always coordinated with our movements – In Muay Thai, I […]

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Core Strength Challenge #10

I have had some requests to┬áput together exercises for those who have challenges with standing. For this core strength challenge, all the exercises are done while laying on your back. Muscles Worked The muscles we are focusing on are: the rectus abdominis – It’s the eight muscles between your ribs and pelvis. The part you […]

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Building Strength, Stamina and Endurance

Building strength, stamina, and endurance is not easy. I mean, for someone like me with a neurodegenerative disease or a movement disorder, there can be some challenges. I definitely have had some challenges around endurance, but that’s mostly due to motivation and maybe self-efficacy. The best thing to do I’ve found is to take things […]

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Strengthening & Conditioning the Hips

Strengthening and conditioning of the hips are crucial to coordinating movements between the upper and lower body. I know this from years of martial arts and boxing practice. Many of us with movement disorders suffer from weak lower bodies. People, in general, have poorly conditioned hips. Weaknesses in the hip muscles can also result in […]

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Core Strength Challenge #9

As someone with a movement disorder, improving the strength of my core is crucial. Most people with similar situations have issues with posture. The muscles in the core – transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques – all play an essential role in keeping us balanced and stable. I’ve been doing the following exercises […]

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Sitting – The Silent Killer

There is ample evidence to show that sitting a lot – a sedentary lifestyle – leads to all sorts of health issues as we age. That’s for the average person. I believe that those of us with neurodegenerative/movement disorders are doubly at risk. That is, the effects of sitting for prolonged┬áperiods of time can be […]

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Body Awareness for Better Balance and Coordination

Body awareness involves an intentional focus on and awareness of internal body sensations. Generally found in subtler methodologies such as yoga, Feldenkrais, etc. In my experience, I would also include many Eastern martial arts on this list as they have meditative aspects to them. Body awareness is basically the process of connecting one’s mind to […]

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How Variable Speed Training Can Benefit Your Brain and Body: 1 of 2

Variable Speed Training is commonly used by advanced to elite athletes to prepare for competition, but there are numerous benefits for the beginner too! As well as physical benefits of this type of exercise, there are also astounding neurological benefits which can help people with neurological diseases. A word of caution: As with any discussion/promotion […]

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How To Harness The Power Of The Deep Squat

The deep squat or ATG (ass-to-grass) squat is a familiar training tool to weight lifters, CrossFitters and martial artists alike. By learning how to do this exercise properly, you can increase your power and explosiveness. There is some concern among recreational fitness enthusiasts and even personal trainers that this variation of the squat is dangerous […]

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7 Easy Ways To Modify Your Workout

Here are 7 ways to modify your workout routine for optimal performance. Most people only really modify their workout by increasing weight or maybe changing tempo. But there are plenty of ways to add variety to your program. As someone with a neurodegenerative condition, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my results in […]