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FIVE TIPS FOR REBOOTING YOUR WORKOUTS THIS SPRING It’s that time of year when we throw out the old, acquire some new, clean up what exists and organize what remains. Historically, the concept of spring cleaning has been applied to our houses, but moving forward it should also include our bodies. The winter months can wreak havoc on our physical structure – often encouraging inactivity, muscular imbalance, overall weakness and the accumulation of “possessions” (yes, fat cells) that we may want to shed as the weather improves. It’s time to nurture ourselves by cleaning up our fleshy soul temples in preparation for the sun and fun that lies ahead. Use these five tips to focus on a new ritual that caters to your genetic code instead of just your postal code. Shut down your Netflix Winter blues can often lead to binge watching your favourite TV series. It seems as though this could negatively affect your health – even if you are active. A 2008 study from the Journal of Medical Science and SportsEXERCISE found that in a population of healthy Australian adults who met the public health guideline of 150 minutes of physical activity a week, television-viewing time was still positively associated with a number of metabolic risk variables. The fix: The take-away message is not necessarily to increase the top end of your physical activity, but instead to replace TV time with other low-intensity activities that are less passive and avoid sitting for long periods. Balance the hips For those of us who avoided the slopes and rinks this winter in favour of a warm drink and a good book, prolonged hibernation can lead to muscular atrophy, pelvic misalignment and a weaker midsection. In fact, according to a 2007 study in the journal Spine, the deep muscles in the lower back began to atrophy after just 14 days of bed rest. Associated weakness combined with a hiked or twisted pelvis can throw off the balance of the surrounding muscles and, according to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, has been linked to lower back pain in some studies. The fix: Stand in front of a mirror and place your thumbs on top of your hip bones. Compare left to right and determine if one side is significantly


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