Official first writing of 2012! Happy New Year Everybody. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. As the clinic was closed the week between Christmas and New Year, I was able to relax and recover. My arms had a break, which is rare but necessary. My new years resolution is to attempt to take more vacation this year. I have also committed to working on myself daily using a foam roller or other soft tissue tools.
Doing soft tissue work on yourself daily is a great way of maintaining your health. This especially great if you are not able to get into the clinic. Soft tisse work when paired with stretching becomes even more effective. If you are looking for a foam roller, remember we now have them available at the clinic.
To everyone training for the Chilly half marathon and the Around the Bay I hope it is going well. Be reminded that January is a prime month for running injuries. Runners are getting into heavy parts of their programs, neglecting stretching and running in the cold. Warm-ups and cool downs are key at this time of year.
TIP OF MONTH
Stretch Correctly – Stretching is a very important thing that can increase flexibility and mobility, decrease pain and improve your over all health. The problem people run into is they do not know what muscles stretch or how to stretch in the most effective and safe manor. Stretching incorrectly can cause injury, and can aggravate symptoms and pain. Although you have the best intentions, you may be unaware that you continue harm yourself.
If a muscle is weak, our brain can tell the body to shorten it as protective mechanism. We perceive this as tightness and stetching as the solution. If you continue to stretch weak structures they will continue to shorten, and your injury will continue to get worse. Think about this the next time you stretch. If you are unsure whether what you are doing is right, stop by the clinic or shoot me an e-mail!
REMINDERS – SUGGESTIONS
Spec Articles – Read my holiday spectator article here
Tough Mudder – This is an early reminder but this race just looks awesome. You are only as strong as your weakest link, a great new years resolution. Click here for more info
Valentines Day Couples – In Burlington. Be healthy and in love! Register here
Chilly Half Marathon – March 4 2012 in Burlington. Nice out and back, pretty flat for the most part and great prep for Around the Bay. Register Here
Around the Bay – Going fast! Better Register relays have been sold out for some time. Register Here
RECIPE OF THE MONTH -Mashed Cauliflower
1 head cauliflower
Thyme 1-2 sprigs
Garlic 1-2 cloves
Salt and Pepper
Hot Pepper Flakes (optional)
1-2 Tbsp Butter (can replace with chicken or vegetable stock)
Splash of balsamic vinegar (optional)
In the spirit of the new year and healthy eating I give you mashed cauliflower! People cringe when they hear it, trust me its good! I add all of the ingredients above. You can also add cheese, but that makes it less healthy (sorry). This is a perfect replacement for families that eat potatoes every night of the week. For the chefs in the crowd you can roast the garlic before, which makes them even better!
Directions: Boil or steam a head of cauliflower. Strain the cauliflower. In a pot simmer garlic and thyme with butter or stock for a couple of minutes. Add cauliflower and rest of ingredients to the pot, mash cauliflower. You can add additional stock to change the consistency of the mash. Salt and pepper to taste and there you have it, ENJOY!Email This Post