A New Form of Carb?

The word "carb" is thrown around a lot.   However there are several different types of carbohydrates including sugars, starches, fiber and one you may have not heard of before:  Digestion Resistant Starch. Digestion Resistant Starch (resistant starch for short) is not fully digested and absorbed, but instead ferments in the large intestine and is turned into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) by bacteria.    So it is a prebiotic and feeds beneficial bacteria in the colon. Where does Resistant Starch come from? All starches come from two polysaccharides: amylose and amylopectin.  A polysaccharide is just multiple units of sugar hooked together, and MOST of the time a starch is digested to glucose.…
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How to Get More from Lunges

Lunges are a staple exercise for most gym-goers, and there are many different varieties of lunges.    Most of us have been taught to keep the torso upright when we lunge.  While this is not wrong per say – there is another way to perform the lunge that can place more emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings. When you keep your torso fully upright you tend to place more load on the knees and quads – particularly if you allow your front knee to track forward over your toes.   Instead try hip hinging slightly as you lunge allowing the torso to angle forward over the front thigh. Keep the shoulders back…
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Back Extension with Shoulder Y, T, I on Stability Ball

Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles are wreaking havoc on our posture, and this is creating all sorts of injuries including neck and low back problems that can become quite serious overtime.   We spend lots of times hunched over a computer, our cell phones, watching TV, and driving cars.     This results in chronic shortening of key muscles like the hip flexors, forward neck flexors, and chest muscles with chronic weakness and lengthening in posterior muscles of the neck, shoulder and back. One of the best single corrective exercises to help balance out much of this dysfunction is doing a back extension on a stability ball.    The stability ball allows us to perform…
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A New Form of Carb?

The word "carb" is thrown around a lot.   However there are several different types of carbohydrates including sugars, starches, fiber and one you may have not heard of before:  Digestion Resistant Starch. Digestion Resistant Starch (resistant starch for short) is not fully digested and absorbed, but instead ferments in the large intestine and is turned into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) by bacteria.    So it is a prebiotic and feeds beneficial bacteria in the colon. Where does Resistant Starch come from? All starches come from two polysaccharides: amylose and amylopectin.  A polysaccharide is just multiple units of sugar hooked together, and MOST of the time a starch is digested to glucose.…
Read More

How to Get More from Lunges

Lunges are a staple exercise for most gym-goers, and there are many different varieties of lunges.    Most of us have been taught to keep the torso upright when we lunge.  While this is not wrong per say – there is another way to perform the lunge that can place more emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings. When you keep your torso fully upright you tend to place more load on the knees and quads – particularly if you allow your front knee to track forward over your toes.   Instead try hip hinging slightly as you lunge allowing the torso to angle forward over the front thigh. Keep the shoulders back…
Read More

Back Extension with Shoulder Y, T, I on Stability Ball

Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles are wreaking havoc on our posture, and this is creating all sorts of injuries including neck and low back problems that can become quite serious overtime.   We spend lots of times hunched over a computer, our cell phones, watching TV, and driving cars.     This results in chronic shortening of key muscles like the hip flexors, forward neck flexors, and chest muscles with chronic weakness and lengthening in posterior muscles of the neck, shoulder and back. One of the best single corrective exercises to help balance out much of this dysfunction is doing a back extension on a stability ball.    The stability ball allows us to perform…
Read More

A New Form of Carb?

The word "carb" is thrown around a lot.   However there are several different types of carbohydrates including sugars, starches, fiber and one you may have not heard of before:  Digestion Resistant Starch. Digestion Resistant Starch (resistant starch for short) is not fully digested and absorbed, but instead ferments in the large intestine and is turned into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) by bacteria.    So it is a prebiotic and feeds beneficial bacteria in the colon. Where does Resistant Starch come from? All starches come from two polysaccharides: amylose and amylopectin.  A polysaccharide is just multiple units of sugar hooked together, and MOST of the time a starch is digested to glucose.…
Read More

How to Get More from Lunges

Lunges are a staple exercise for most gym-goers, and there are many different varieties of lunges.    Most of us have been taught to keep the torso upright when we lunge.  While this is not wrong per say – there is another way to perform the lunge that can place more emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings. When you keep your torso fully upright you tend to place more load on the knees and quads – particularly if you allow your front knee to track forward over your toes.   Instead try hip hinging slightly as you lunge allowing the torso to angle forward over the front thigh. Keep the shoulders back…
Read More

Back Extension with Shoulder Y, T, I on Stability Ball

Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles are wreaking havoc on our posture, and this is creating all sorts of injuries including neck and low back problems that can become quite serious overtime.   We spend lots of times hunched over a computer, our cell phones, watching TV, and driving cars.     This results in chronic shortening of key muscles like the hip flexors, forward neck flexors, and chest muscles with chronic weakness and lengthening in posterior muscles of the neck, shoulder and back. One of the best single corrective exercises to help balance out much of this dysfunction is doing a back extension on a stability ball.    The stability ball allows us to perform…
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