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Month: July 2015

How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Own? (And Are You Sure?)

Let’s face it. No one wears the same shoes all the time, because there’s more to life than just the office or gym. In fact, the average American owns an average of 19 pairs of shoes at any given time!

We challenged our employees to get out their shoes, count ’em, and take a picture. (Our “winner” so far on number of pairs owned is Corrie, 125 pairs of shoes!)

lots of shoes

How many pairs do you THINK you have? And how many do you ACTUALLY have?

Answer the first question in your head, and then take a moment to do an actual count. You’ll be surprised. read more

Popping a Daily Aspirin for “Health”? (What Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know)

Popping a daily aspirin for purported health reasons is a growing trend–but not a good one.  In a recent survey, 52% of respondents who were middle age or older said they took to “prevent heart disease.” Unfortunately, there’s very good science that says for most, the risks outweigh the benefits.

daily aspirin not good for preventing heart attack

While aspirin thins the blood, which can help prevent blood clots that lead to stroke and heart attack, long-term aspirin use can increase the risk of ulcers, stomach bleeding, even brain bleeding! What’s more, research suggests that for most people, the chance that aspirin will prevent a first heart attack is about the same as the chance that it will cause serious damage.*
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Hey Guys! Standing: You’re Doing It Wrong!

stand correctly with proper posture

Stand up. Now grab your butt. Is it tight?

If your glutes aren’t slightly contracted, you’re standing all wrong. And that could be why your squat numbers are stagnant, why your low back hurts, and why just can’t seem to get into correct form on your favorite exercises.”

…That’s according to a great article on posture posted today on MensHealth.com.

Most men stand “lazily”–with shoulders slumped, feet flared, and their weight shifted to one hip (to be fair, most women shift their weight to one hip while standing, too). It may feel comfortable or “natural,” but it’s anything but–and the stance has  consequences–like muscle stiffness and poor workout outcomes. Long-term consequences are even more serious. read more

What’s a Subluxation? Plus: How to Make Your Adjustments Last Longer and Stronger

You know how great you feel as you leave your Chiropractor’s office?

feelin good

(These guys clearly just left the Chiropractor’s)

You’re energetic, but not edgy. Calm, clear-headed and alert. If you came in with pain, it’s likely that it feels lessened; perhaps, it’s even disappeared (hallelujah!).

It’s as if every cell of your body just seems to be humming in unison, and that all is right with the world!

There’s a reason for that! In Chiropractic-speak, your Doctor’s adjustment has helped to eliminate subluxations in your spine. The term subluxation describes what happens when spinal joints are shifted out of ideal alignment thanks to stress, trauma, or chemical imbalances. read more

Runners Break Records–and Boost Economy–at Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

Talk about an impact! In 2015 alone, the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon ushered in $556,000 to the beautiful Roanoke region of Virginia, where Foot Levelers calls “home.” Over the past six years, the event has contributed more than $2.6 million to the local economy!

We are so proud to support the region and all the wonderful businesses and folks that inhabit it–and a big “shout out” to all the runners, fans, and Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway organization, which the marathon supports! (Read more about the economic impact here).
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The 7-Minute “Scientific” Workout

Think you need to spend hours in the gym to stay fit? Maybe not (and wouldn’t that be a relief!?)! Just 12 exercises performed over 7 minutes may offer many of the same benefits of a long, intense workout, according to an article in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal.

Developed by Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute, the regimen alternates exercises for large muscles in the upper body and lower body with 10-second rests in between. The exercises take about 30 seconds each and register at about an 8 on a 1-10 discomfort scale, but they can be completed in less than 10 minutes. The order of the exercises is important, says Jordan. read more

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