Your favorite abdominal exercises may be contributing to your back pain

  • Written by JIMMY MCCURRY, CSCS

Everyone knows it’s important to train the core. People have even been told that strengthening the core will help with back pain, which is true, but which exercises are good and which ones are bad? If you are suffering from back pain, I recommend picking up a copy of anything by Dr. Stuart McGill. Dr. McGill is a back pain expert who has revolutionized how we look at the body in terms of back health and longevity.  Dr. McGill states that there is only so much bending the spine can handle in a lifetime, so we need to spend as little time as possible bending with the low back under load. In short, doing endless crunches is not the right kind of core training. There are many exercises that I absolutely abhor and these exercises should not happen in any gym. The list of exercises not to do is too long for this article. Instead of stating all the bad things you can do for your spine in the name of training the “core,” let’s list the top three core exercises to stabilize the relationship between the hips and ribs.

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Is weight training safe for my kids?

  • Written by JIMMY MCCURRY, CSCS Progressive performance

There are three phrases I hear time and time again about youth training: “Is is safe for my kids to be lifting weights?” “Doesn’t that stunt their growth?” “Will my children even benefit from strength training if they have not gone through puberty?” I can assure every parent not to worry about any of these factors; your children will be safe lifting weights.
Injury risk to children participating in weight training was no higher than the risk posed from participating in other sports. In fact, studies have concluded that participating in resistance training or weight lifting posed less risk than other sports. The use of plyometrics (jumping, explosive movement) and weight training in youth actually decreases the injury risk to athletes on the field of play. These observations are predicated on the notion that qualified supervision and appropriate programming of strength training is implemented. A qualified strength coach will hold a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or exercise science and be a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).

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Alternative and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Basic Primer

  • Written by SUBMITTED by MELANIE KRUEGER, omd, eamp,, LMP and LILITY deVEIGH, OMD, L.Ac., LMP, Shidoshiho

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually practiced, literate, secular medicine in practice today. It provides therapy for every aspect of healthcare from pre-natal through geriatric care, with specialties in every department in the hospitals of China, where Western and TCM doctors work in an integrated system.

History shows us that TCM grew out of massage and pressure techniques that became acupressure and finally the tui-na therapeutic massage and adjustment system. In the Stone Age, sharpened stones were used to press on the body, and when needles were made, they were used on what have become acupuncture points.

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Tips for staying healthy in the heat

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

High temperatures combined with high humidity create the climate for heat stroke and heat exhaustion in people and animals.

Elders, babies, overweight and chronically ill people are especially vulnerable to heat illness.
Snohomish Health District urges you watch yourself and others for symptoms of heat-related illness, and beat the heat safely with these tips:

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Harvest share pilot program launching for SNAP users

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is launching a small pilot project to offer a harvest share to low income families using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

A harvest share is a weekly box of fresh, certified organic produce from the farm each week during the month of August and through Sept. 10.

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