Shoulder Mobility and T Spine Stretches

Today’s Tuesday Tip is something I really need to work on myself!

Poor T spine (upper back) mobility can contribute to tight chest muscles, hunched over shoulders and of course…pain.

You can treat shoulder pain or dysfunction with upper spine mobility and stretches. The shoulder and thoracic spine are closely connected and in order to work properly they must work well TOGETHER.

Before exercising your upper body (especially shoulders) always make sure to work in some T spine stretches and corrective exercises after your dynamic warmup. This will help prep your neural system for the workout and allow your shoulders and spine to work better together! Check out the video below for a couple of easy stretches to do at home.

Meal Prep Tutorial- Week 1

I love to meal prep, I have been making my lunch since I was about 8 years old, so this all seems to come pretty naturally to me. When discussing nutrition with my clients a common theme I come across is, “I hate making my lunch because it takes so much time and I make such a mess, so I usually end up eating out”.  Although this may be true (it can be super messy sometimes), it definitely gets better with practice! Having an organized approach and doing things in the proper order can both save time and cut back on cleanup time.meal prep tutorial

Pilates Instructor Certification – My Experience

A couple months back my friend Chanda at IMX Pilates Santa Barbara invited me to attend her Pilates certification course. 40 hours, packed into two full weekends. I was a little worried about having to be there all day, but I anticipated it to be easy, no big deal, and it was something I’ve wanted to do for a while so I said yes.

IMX pilates instructor

It was actually ridiculously hard in so many ways…

What I found challenging about the IMX Pilates Course

  • Physically – We started our day off with an hour Pilates class. We then reviewed a bit of material and practiced all the exercises we learned on our classmates. We then finished off the day without another grueling workout. It was intense! My abs were so sore I couldn’t even laugh!

Fit Dad Father’s Day Gift Guide

Fathers Day Gift Guide

Father’s day is fast approaching, so I wanted to compile a gift guide for all the fit daddy’s out there! My husband is a fitness fanatic and he also likes his toys, so here is a roundup of his favorite things right now.

1. 66 Audio Wireless Headphones

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My husband hates when his headphones fall out of his ears which are why he loves these wireless headphones from 66 Audio. They are lightweight, durable, and have a 24-hour battery life. The sound quality is excellent, and the design allows them to stay on your ears during a run or strenuous workout. You can also use them to make calls!

2. Lily Drone

fathers day gift guide For all the tech savvy outdoor sports fanatics, this is THE drone to get if you want to capture yourself snowboarding, wakeboarding, biking or playing at the beach. You simply throw it in the air and it follows you wherever you go. It is also waterproof, and it floats. The price tag is a little hefty at $899, and it isn’t available until the fall, but I think it’s well worth pre-ordering if you are into outdoor activities and like to play with videography.

3. PrAna Mojo Chakara Shorts

These lightweight shorts are ideal for all activities, in the gym or outdoors. They have an elastic waistband that makes them super comfortable and enough stretch to get you through a yoga class or rock climb. I love that they are made out of high-quality materials and last through multiple washes. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed!

4. Gratitude Journal

fathers day gift guideI’m a huge believer that expressing daily gratitude is not only good for the soul but also for your relationship. We keep a gratitude journal on the kitchen counter in our house, and even though we don’t write in it daily it’s a nice reminder to think about the positive things in life. It’s also a great place to leave little notes for each other to show how much you care.

5. Massage

Every fit Dad loves a good massage. Why not treat hubby to a massage or even a monthly membership from Massage Envy. For $59.99 a month you get one massage included and discounts on additional massages after that. You can share the discount with your spouse and even use it towards facials and skin care products. My advice, find a massage therapist that you like and book with them in advance.

That’s it! Hope you got some ideas on what to look for this Father’s Day. Have a wonderful week!

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