We’ve had plenty of really cold weather already, and it’s not even December yet! But don’t let the cold discourage you from getting in some outdoor activity and exercise throughout the winter. We’re Montanans, we’re tough! Here are some guidelines on how to dress in order to survive and thrive when you venture outside. If you … Continue reading Baby it’s Cold Outside
We all know by now that 10,000 steps-a-day the universal step goal, right? It's the number your step tracker is most likely set to default. It's the number we hear thrown about whenever we're talking about daily step metrics and health goals. But there has always been some controversy about where 10,000 came from, and … Continue reading Should 7000 be your next daily step goal?
The heat has arrived all across Big Sky country, with temps nearing or reaching triple digits in many places. If you're exercising or recreating outside, here are some tips to stay cool and safe. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Carry a water bottle and keep it filled throughout the day. A hydrated body can deal much better … Continue reading Beating the Heat
Mobility is vital to physical fitness. When our bodies are mobile, we move properly, have better function, and tend to have less pain. Two areas of the body that should be mobile are the hips and thoracic spine (upper back). Age, inactivity, and sitting can contribute to stiffness and a lack of mobility in these … Continue reading Montana Moves Video: Hip/Spine Mobility Sequence
During our recent bout of extreme cold I received a question about jumping rope. The question came from someone who mainly walked for exercise, and wanted to know if jumping rope was a good alternative during cold and icy weather when you don't feel like getting out. I thought it was a very good question … Continue reading Jump Rope Question
We're in the midst of ski season, so our latest Montana Moves exercise spotlight features a modification of a popular ski training exercise. We've taken the wall sit exercise and tweaked it to become a more functional, and perhaps more comfortable "Ski Sit". Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/503644614 https://vimeo.com/503644614 For those of you participating in our MUS Wellness … Continue reading Montana Moves Video: The “Ski Sit”
This exercise spotlight video teaches the single leg balance to reach exercise and the single leg deadlift. Single leg exercises are not only great for strength, but they really challenge our balance and stability, and transfer well to sports like cross country skiing. Now if we could just get it to snow... Stay strong, stay … Continue reading Exercise Spotlight: Single Leg Balance to Reach
This summer, I've been doing most of my resistance training in my home gym, and most of my cardio in the beautiful Montana outdoors, but last week, poor air quality from the western wildfires forced me inside and into my first treadmill run in a mask. I won't say it was pleasant, but with a … Continue reading Tips for Exercising in a Mask