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Does exercise order matter? Reviewing the research

what should you do first? last?

what should you do first? last?

People tend to focus on a lot of silly details when it comes to designing exercise programs. Many of them don’t matter.

But some do!

One of the details that may actually matter is exercise order. A review article recently published in the journal Sports Medicine summarized the current research on this topic. 1 Most of the findings are intuitive, lining up well with conventional gym-wisdom. However, there were a few findings that go against popular belief.

Let’s quickly summarize:

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    Book Review: The Running Injury Recovery Program by Bruce Wilk

    For those of you who run – and suffer from running injuries (which I presume is most of you) - this book may be of interest to you.

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      How Pain Works, Part III – Nociception

      Larger version below!

      Larger version below!

      The science of pain is actually very interesting, and involves everything from chemistry to cultural studies and everything in between. It can get complicated, but we’ll keep things simple and understandable while remaining as accurate as possible. Here we will start with some of the basic science of how potential pain is detected and transmitted through the body.

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        How Dance Illuminates the Mind – The Brain Areas of Dance

        Myself - enjoying that tribal, visceral, joyous experience of dancing with friends.

        Myself – enjoying that tribal, visceral, joyous experience of dancing with friends.

        Today marks the beginning of National Dance Week here in Canada, so I thought it would be fun to write about the neuroscience of dance!

        Dancing beautifully integrates complex movement and motor learning, rhythmic musical synchronization, creative emotional expression, and interpersonal communication.

        Because of this complexity, studying the neural basis of dance is a challenge – but one with important implications.

        Uncovering the neural mechanisms of dance can offer insight into the most complex workings of the human brain, revealing applications to rehabilitation and therapy. It’s even suggested by some to be part of the “next wave” in neuroscience, studying complex behaviour like art rather than simpler phenomenon.

        So how do we study the neuroscience of dance?

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          Dancing Makes You Smarter? How Dancing may Prevent Dementia

          don't make any assumptions - this man is actually less demented because of this!

          Don’t make any assumptions – this man is actually less demented than you even realize!

          Making the rounds throughout social media is a popular statistic claiming that dancing makes you smarter. Specifically, it cites a study that found that elderly people who dance frequently had a substantially lower risk of developing dementia.

          At first glance, I happened to agree – duh! of course dancing makes you smarter! I may be a little biased though… so I’ve looked into the study further.

          As usual, some of the statistics in these social media memes are wrong – but it turns out the actual study is positive and has some interesting information!Continue Reading

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