Optimizing Movement Efficiency in an Unnatural Environment

By: Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, CES As we begin another year, 2016 shows promising growth for the barefoot movement within the health & fitness industry.  With an increase in barefoot-only training facilities, athletes prepping barefoot and even top educators touting the benefits of barefoot training we must remind ourselves – why barefoot? And can these benefits exceed […]

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom. Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I believed him. An […]

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Actually, don’t trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy. UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some […]

What It Means to Be Evidence-based

By the Exercise Geeks When contemplating evidence-based practice – regardless of whether it’s a physical therapy or strength and conditioning setting – we always reference the principles set forth by Dr. David Sackett. The late Canadian-American medical doctor was a pioneer in the field of evidence-based medicine. He deconstructed the practice into a triad of factors: Collect […]

No food is healthy. Not even kale.

By Michael Ruhlman Our beloved kale salads are not “healthy.” And we are confusing ourselves by believing that they are. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post) Not long ago, I watched a woman set a carton of Land O’ Lakes Fat-Free Half-and-Half on the conveyor belt at a supermarket. “Can I ask you why you’re buying […]

Climb a Tree for Working Memory

by Ross Alloway I like exercise, but I don’t like gyms. I’ve even run in a blizzard to avoid a slog on the treadmill. I suppose the reason I feel this way is that gyms seem artificial to me — the air conditioning, the thumping music, the way they encourage movements that bear little relation […]

Creating a Culture of Gratitude in the Workplace

As we approach the holiday season, lots of heart-felt stories about kindness and giving start to appear.  Tis’ the season, so to speak.   It’s a time when even the busiest and most cynical among us pause (even if only for a short time) and reflect.   But too often, the feelings of gratitude that the holiday […]

How Do Thoughts & Emotions Impact Health?

Emotions that are freely experienced and expressed without judgment or attachment tend to flow fluidly. On the other hand, repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can zap mental energy and hope and lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure or digestive disorders. Therefore, it’s important for us to recognize and identify our […]

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom. By TIM WALKER Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I believed […]

The Big Bang: Explosiveness Is at the Root of It All

by Vic Verdier If you feel as explosive as a sloth bear on phenobarbital, this article is for you. But even if you feel closer to a squirrel on a tree trunk, or if your nickname is “Flea” and you play bass for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this article will give you some tips on […]