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Five Exercise Myths That Could Affect Your Health 

December 2019 

Five Exercise Myths That Could Affect Your Health 

Yes, we work on body problems. But we can never ignore how the mind – and some common myths – create a self-fulfilling prophecy.  If you think running is only for the under 50 crowd, or that a little noise in your joints portends future pain, it will be so. But it isn’t so simple as that. Each body and mind is different. We have found ways to dispel folklore and help you discover what is possible. Are you game?  

Running will wear out my joints. 

A recent study in Journal of Bone and 

Joint Surgery evaluated 430 seasoned 

marathon runners. They had half as much 

knee and hip arthritis as non-runner controls. 

That was true for older runners too. So, if you 

think your knees only have so many miles 

before they wear out, think again. Other 

factors – weight, weakness or faulty running 

patterns may be the issue. A run screen is 

just what you need.  

Stretching prevents injuries. 

Static stretching won’t make you looser, won’t 

prevent injuries and might even slow you down. 

A meta-analysis of stretching studies should be 

enough to convince you to skip the stretching or try 

dynamic stretches instead. Don’t know any dynamic 

stretches? Ask us!  

If you’re sore or injured, rest is best.

Physiologically stressing tissue- below 

the level of injury- with sufficient time to 

recover-causes cellular responses that 

strengthen injured tissue and improve 

tissue tolerance. For example, using 

crutches initially and gradually increasing 

weight-bearing leads to faster healing. 

Movement increases blood flow, 

decreases inflammation and allays fears. 

With the right exercise prescription from 

your PT, tissue tolerance improves. We 

can dial that in with our Anti-Gravity Treadmill. And once you feel better, balance exercises are critical to prevent re-injury. 

Aerobic exercise is more important than strength training. Ever since Kenneth Cooper wrote the book on aerobics in 1968, we have been a city obsessed. What’s better than a run or hike up Sanitas? But, I would not be so injury free if I did not also keep my core strong and balanced. Pilates at ALTA has been the salve for old injuries and the best injury prevention strategy I know. You don’t have to do Pilates, but strength training is critical to overall fitness, bone health, and weight management. Get. Stronger. 

Noisy Joints are Injured Joints. 

Snapping and popping joints is common.  

The sound is caused by air bubbles in 

the synovial fluid – the liquid that 

surrounds and lubricates your joints – 

and by the snapping of tightly stretched 

ligaments as they slide off one bony 

surface onto another. If they don’t hurt, 

noisy joints are harmless. But when joint 

cracking is accompanied by pain or 

swelling, you might have a mechanical 

problem. That’s when you call us

The New Year is a good time to re-evaluate your exercise routine. We’ll help you separate fact from fiction to dial in an exercise program that’s perfect for you. 

Start the New Year off right – schedule with ALTA today. 

Collecting Donations for a Worthy Cause

One of the best ways to increase your own happiness is to do things that make other people happy, according to the Greater Good Science Center. Our office is collecting toiletries for Attention Homes. 

Since 1966 Attention Homes has provided safe housing for people aged 12-24 who are facing homelessness because of domestic violence or family breakups. Attention homes has served over 12,000 young individuals, as they become healthy and productive members of our community. 

Here’s your chance to stuff a stocking and make yourself and someone else happy. 

The following is a list of items we are collecting. Help us help this worthy organization. Drop off donations at our

office anytime during business hours. We will be collecting through Friday, December 20th. 

Stocking Stuffers 

Hand and Toe Warmers 

Emergen-C Packets 


Shampoo/Conditioner (Travel 


Deodorant (Travel Size) 



Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, 

Combs, Hair Brushes 

Kleenex/Facial Tissue 

Men’s Underwear/Boxers 

Gloves, Socks, or 


Granola Bars, Candy, or Coffee/Hot Cocoa 

Toothbrushes/Toothpaste/Floss/Non-Alcoholic Mouthwash (Travel Size) 

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