Proper posture is becoming more and more difficult to obtain due to the increase in sedentary lifestyles. The more we sit, whether driving, at a desk or most commonly, hunched over our smartphones, we are actually training our bodies out of their natural alignment, resulting in overused or weakening muscles that will eventually lead to muscular, skeletal and joint injury.
We know that getting our heart rate up is beneficial for our cardiovascular health and overall performance, but we don't always know what range is most suitable for us. There are three types of heart rates to note during exercise: resting heart rate, target heart rate and maximum heart rate. Learn how to determine what each of these should be depending on your age and training zone.
Feeling unmotivated and stuck in a fitness rut? Try Jennie's 6-week program to strengthen your core and all muscle groups, while improving alignment and range of motion. All exercises are joint-friendly and easily modifiable to make less or more challenging.
Core activation is a fundamental part of any workout program. It primes the muscles that line and support your core, promotes stability in the spine and hips, and enables you to connect with your breath. A strong core means less back & hip pain, better posture, more range of motion and reduced risk of injury. To perform these 8 exercises, you'll need a small deflated ball and a stability or yoga ball.
When thinking about Pilates, the first thing that comes to mind would not necessarily be cardio, but rather lengthening, strengthening and stabilizing. If you are looking to incorporate more cardio into your weekly fitness regimen, Pilates Reformer Jumpboard classes are an efficient way to do so.
While most people would like to kick-start their day with morning exercise, it’s not always that feasible - and that's ok. Not everyone rolls out of bed full of energy and motivation, especially when experiencing pain and stiffness. Studies show that your core body temperature is at its lowest in the mornings, causing a more protracted process when warming and waking up the body. Whether you miss a workout in the morning or are just not feeling up to it, there are various benefits to exercising in the afternoon.
A guide to our new membership options, along with the most commonly asked questions.
We are excited to announce our new Small Group Training program beginning this January. With an 8 week commitment, the SGT Method will include body testing, nutrition guidelines and planning, and a purposeful mix of strength, cardio, core and flexibility training. You'll receive personalized attention based on your individual needs and goals, and achieve results through consistency and accountability.
What if you could learn how healthy and balanced your body is, in a matter of minutes? Inbody Body Composition scans do just that, and we are thrilled to bring this level of testing to Longevity. Body composition uses three key markers to drive individualized data: muscle mass, percentage fat and total body water. A deep analysis of these factors can not only provide a snapshot of one’s overall health, but also identify imbalances and areas for improvement that can be accurately tracked overtime.
Made2Move is a health, wellness, and fitness-oriented physical therapy practice with locations in Charleston and Summerville. Similar to Longevity Fitness, their method places great emphasis on making mindful lifestyle changes, moving consistently and purposefully, and a working toward a sustainable, long-term plan for living your healthiest (and longest) life. As we anticipate our upcoming workshop with Made2Move, we started a conversation Dr. Hannah Breal, PT, DPT on managing back pain and promoting spinal health.