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Most people now realize they should avoid the cheap juices because they contain high amounts of fructose that if taken in large quantities can cause very serious health problems. Now we know there can be rather dangerous chemicals in the juices you drink in the morning before your workout or put in your kids sippy cup. Read this article to learn where it comes from on our farmland, and naturally in some drinking water, and how to avoid it.

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By Smith Haus Training Posted in Nutrition

Thoracic Spine Mobility

According to the kinetic chain it is important to have stability in our lower back and mobility above it in the area call the thoracic spine. I learned how important this is and remember a couple things about it but hardly see people actually working on it in the gym even with their trainers. It’s something that doesn’t come up and get talked about too often. Well I found a group of people that LOVE to talk about core strength and thoracic spine mobility… GOLFERS. Which makes sense considering the obvious needs of their sport to be as stable as they can in joints meant for stability, and as mobile as possible in mobility based joints. I really like a few of the stability ball moves they do here in Part 2 of their 3 part series. In part one they mention how simply sitting on the ball (with good posture) and bouncing a little bit helps warm up your core, pumping the vertebrae, and inducing blood flow through the discs. It’s also very therapeutic. Get your ball out and try some of the stretches and exercises in this video. You’ll be glad you did!

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By Smith Haus Training Posted in Training

Wondering when you should start thinking more seriously about next years races?

Wondering when you should start thinking more seriously about next years races? Start getting ready now! Unless you feel burnt out from this years training and races, now is the perfect time to start planning the path you will take to work towards your next personal record. Starting regular stability work now will give you a stronger base to build your training plan on. A larger base means greater potential for building strength, power, and speed in a well timed approach to your goal races next season. This phase of your training should be a fun, relaxed, and regular part of your daily schedule. 5-10 minutes of core and stability work every day adds up quick! It can be as simple as a breathing exercise or a quick circuit of planks, turkish get ups, and single arm/ single leg exercises. Bring a couple friends down and have some fun with, ropes, sledge hammers, balance balls, kettle bells, vibration plates, foam rollers, and more! 631-255-5091 text or call for appointment details.

The basics of good running form.

Probably over 90% of people I see running around the streets out there are hurting themselves just by running wrong. It really bothers me because they could be running faster and more efficiently with the same or even less effort. And every time their foot lands it is doing more harm to their body than good. Want to learn more about running? Work toward a goal time in a road race next year? Let me know how I can help. I have access to some great equipment that you’ll never see at LA Fitness or 24 Hour fitness. Come try a fun private or group workout designed to work towards your goals. Call, text, or e-mail me for scheduling.

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Creating a Thriving Intestinal Ecology

Creating a Thriving Intestinal Ecology. People keep talking about GUT FLORA. What is it and how does it affect your health? What is cleansing and what does it do? What exactly does sugar do inside my body? Truth is your intestinal ecology is responsible for immune defense and absorption of nutrients. It sets the stage for balance, or imbalance, that affects every aspect of your health including digestive health, mental health, joint health, stress tolerance, frequency of illness, environmental allergies, hair, and skin. 70-90% of your immune system defense is in your intestines. Some really interesting facts in this video including cleansing, sugar digestion, antibiotics, pro biotics,  mineral needs, and antibacterial products.

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Breathing… your first exercise.

This breathing/ deep abdominal exercise will strengthen your transverse abdominis, your deepest and most important abdominal muscle. Start your tune up from the deepest part of your core! Great for building a foundation that will eliminate your back pain.

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The facts about our current food system.

Learn some of the basic facts about our current food system. What are you eating, how was it grown, where did it come from? Get informed about your nutrition. Paying for better quality food now means paying hospitals less later. Watch this fun video and dip your toes in the water of understanding our current food system.