Presenter: Louisa Williams, MS, DC, ND
Format: MP4 Video file download
Includes: Audio & Slides
In this dynamic presentation, the following question will be addressed: Shouldn’t exercise advice be as specific and as well-researched as dietary and nutritional guidelines? To answer this, Dr. Williams will point out the neuromuscular pitfalls from various popular exercise regimens such as yoga, Pilates, spin classes, and boot camp aerobics. This presentation will specifically concentrate on the physiological and hormonal benefits of active versus passive stretching, and interval training over steady-state aerobic classes. This will include defining and demonstrating the myotactic reflex—the neurophysiological response the body uses to keep us upright as well as to protect muscles and tendons from tearing—and how this reflex is negatively engaged with prolonged stretching. Additionally, the depletion of thyroid and adrenal hormones from enervating and exhausting steady state aerobics will be discussed and referenced, which will be contrasted with the benefits of interval training that has been described in several recent research studies. There will be plenty of time for demonstrating these concepts on conference participants, and to answer questions.