Giving your body what it needs before exercise is an essential component to maximize any workout. To achieve optimal results it is beneficial to know the appropriate balance between carbohydrates and protein, specific to both your individual needs and the demands of the workout. Pre-workout nutrition provides your body with a source of energy, a reduced risk of injury and the appropriate type of fuel for your workout.
From yoga to power lifting, the metabolic demands vary so your pre-workout fuel choice should match your exercise. A 30-minute yoga session may only require half of a granola bar prior, while running 90 minutes may require 1.5-2 of the same granola bar. Meeting with a sports dietitian will help you learn what fuel choices are optimal for your exercise regime!
Sometimes after an injury a patient experiences a gap between being discharged from formal physical therapy and feeling ready to fully return to all their activities. That’s why Viverant created the eVolution program. eVolution Foundation uses Pilates-based exercises to fully rehabilitate patients. Patients in eVolution Foundation are being treated by physical therapy staff who are certified in Pilates. They will benefit from Pilates concepts such as exercising without joint compression, strengthening from the inside out and using mind/body connections to integrate the injured part back into full body movements. Patients report feeling more free and connected to their bodies when participating in eVolution Foundation, as well as learning how to move safely and wisely.
eVolution Lifestyle is the wellness-based Pilates training program at Viverant. You can enter Pilates training as a Lifestyle client, or as a progression from Foundation. evolution Lifestyle is a private pay service that can be experienced as a private or duo lesson, or a group class. Our Pilates teachers are focused on progressing your level of fitness and teaching you healthy movement patterns that you can apply to all avenues of your life. Our clients benefit from the extensive knowledge of our highly trained staff. If you want to strengthen and lengthen your body, and improve your posture and coordination come experience eVolution Lifestyle.
Hipology is our latest venture in special programming. What is Hipology, you ask? Is it specialty treatment for hipsters? No. Do you have to be really cool to participate? No. It’s our specialized approach to treating hip dysfunctions. Hip pain has become more and more prevalent. Do you have pain in the front of your hip, groin, outside of your hip, or your buttocks? Then you are a candidate for seeing one of our physical therapists in our Hipology Team. Whether this pain is new or has been nagging you for years, we can help you. The physical therapists in our Hipology Team have had extensive mentorship with Margi Heie.
“My approach focuses on the biomechanics of your whole body, and the interaction of the hip joint and muscles with the rest of the body. We maximize optimal movement patterns, range of motion, strength, and posture. This is done through multiple methods that is individualized to your needs. It is a hands-on and attentive approach. You will also be very involved in the process by doing specific exercises at home, and by incorporating tips on posture and pain management techniques throughout your day. Simply put; we know hips, and we have successfully treated countless patients with hip pain/dysfunction.”
As I work to reestablish our Viverant Blog Posting, I started considering options for a great "kick-off" blog that is interesting, yet provides value to our readers ("reader value" will be the focus of most if not all of our blogs!!). I thought of talking about our thriving eVolution Program, or our new C.P.T. Program, or Dry Needling, or announcing our new Eagan clinic (hint hint). The Viverant Team was great at also providing ideas on what they thought would be a great first blog.
Then, the other day, I was sitting with Margi Heie, one of our "PT Pioneers" and Director of Internal Development at Viverant. She mentioned a conversation she had the other day and suddenly...BAM...I had my first blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I first heard her tell it:
"I was recently chatting with a co-worker who is in our business office (ie, not a healthcare professional). In our conversation, I realized that we do some pretty amazing things here at Viverant (duh, right?). However, we don’t really think anything different about it. We have so many phenomenal physical therapists, PT assistants, dieticians, office managers, and “behind the scene” folks that just do what they do everyday without much of a thought. It’s the culture of going above and beyond. I like to call it “everyday awesome.”
In my role at Viverant as the Director of Internal Development, I have the luxury of going to all of our clinics and seeing what I am now coining as “everyday awesome” firsthand. I hear so many stories of patients that have tried other treatments without success, and thought they had to "live with the pain". I have seen the tears of joy when we help them, and see the sense of pride in my colleagues' faces when that happens.
We have experts in multiple areas of musculoskeletal system, which is pretty cool. We have the ability to reach so many people and change their lives with every treatment and special program we’ve created. We have changed so many lives for the better, which means everything to our patients. To us, we see it as just. . . everyday. . . awesome!"
Every day, we’re surrounded by photos of six-pack abs and flat stomachs, and magazines seem to have an endless parade of articles on “beat belly flab” and “bikini-ready abs.” But while it might be nice to have an aesthetically pleasing midsection, your core is about much more than looks.
Core strength helps you in significant ways, every day and in nearly every movement. It’s at the center of how you reach, stretch, lift, and bend. Without adequate core strength, timing and coordination, you may be putting your body at risk for pain and chronic problems.
Also important to note is that your “core” isn’t just your abs. Although they’re in the mix, your core also includes your pelvis, lower back, and even your diaphragm, which is a sheet of internal muscle that’s important for respiration.
When you build appropriate strength throughout your core, it creates significant benefits:
Injury prevention: When you can move efficiently, it doesn’t load up one part of your body or cause certain muscles to take all the weight. Your back, shoulders, and knees aren’t being overtaxed just because your core lacks stability and strength.
Stronger back: There is so much back pain these days that it’s been called an epidemic. Apart from headaches, back pain is the leading cause of missed work days. Plus, there’s a ripple effect as the pain lowers your energy levels, disrupts sleep, affects mood and causes other problems. With a stronger, smarter core, you have a much lower risk of chronic back pain.
Better balance: As we age, there are many factors that affect balance, including eye and ear issues, medication side effects, joint health, and perceptual challenges. When balance is decreased, it can cause fall risk and other serious problems. But training the core can help to address these challenges and keep you on track as you age.
One of the best ways to increase core strength is through Pilates, which focuses on core stabilization and control in order to prevent injury and optimize function. To achieve these outcomes, Viverant has developed eVolution℠, a distinctive system that combines Pilates and physical therapy to harness the best of each.
For more information on eVolution, contact us to set up an assessment and consultation.
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