Sunshine and Longer days!

I spoke to my big sis yesterday during our weekly Sunday Face Time chats and she exhausted the conversation early to get out and enjoy the rays of sunshine.  She lives in Alaska and was gloating over the longer days becoming more noticed.

This coming weekend we spring forward and  although we lose an hour of sleep – who cares, right?! An extra hour of sunlight moving closer to solstice day creates hope for the cold days to end (although here in KC we have had a seriously mild winter)!

What does longer days of sun mean for you? Here are my favs!

  • Flowers, flowers and more flowers!
  • Walks and hikes for a much greater span!
  • Corn hole and beer – just saying!
  • Vitamin D – healthy immune system!
  • Fresh fruits and Veggies!
  • Green Grass and Parks!
  • Water Slides, Water Parks, Water Rides, Water Fountains, Water Polo!

Now looking at the bottom right corner of my computer I see that it’s just March 6…Yikes, I may be a little overconfident here, although back to my point…Spring forward is this weekend so mark your calendars and sunlight feel free to shine on through!

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Exercise Show & Tell

Well, well, well! Hello from dancehealthier!  In preparation for my New Year’s resolution MEGA list, I’m making conscious thoughts (not yet written in concrete) of things to put on that list! A big one being write more blog entries! Anyone agree?

I apologize for my long hiatus from my weekly writing! It has been quite a 2016 for this author including:

1. New Job – Blinders ON! Well at least when the pregnancy brain allowed me to!

2. Clinic Opening – On January 11th, 2016 marked OPENING day of our Performance Rehab clinic, home of Kansas City Performing Arts Medicine Alliance.

3. BABY girl – Abrielle Jane Krutzkamp was born June 11, 2016 at 11:32 PM.  A sweetheart and a bundle of smiles and wiggly worms!

4. Obsession – Love at first sight with my baby girl of course.

5.  Back to the Grind – Expanding clientele and exercises to go along.

So I thought I would share with you on this Hump Day Wednesday an exercise show and tell courtesy of Kansas City Ballet dancer, Sarah Joan Smith. She makes it look quite beautiful!

Exercise 1: I call it “frog pulls!”

Step 1: Pilates Reformer. Lie on the long box with 1 Red Spring away from the foot bar at approximately the sternum. Choke up above the medal on the ropes and start with your arms in the “T position.” Place your legs in a frog position, externally rotated with the heals kissing.

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Step 2: Make sure your head is an extension of your spine and squeeze your heals together and lift the legs (keeping the same angle) thinking down, out and up.

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Step 3: Keeping the same position with your legs pull the straps towards your body initiating the movement with the sides of your back. Return back to starting position.

  • Repeat 10 times and complete 3 sets!

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Exercise 2: I call it “Killer hinge lifts!”

Step 1: Lay down supine on the Cadillac with your feet on top of the bar (bar should be grounded at top and attached by two long yellow springs from underneath). Legs should be in table top position (legs bent). Place the ring inside the legs above the knees. With a neutral spine lift up in one count hinging at the hip (versus rolling up/imprinting).

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Step 2: Achieve bridge position. In one count return to the supine starting position, visually thinking about gliding the femur (upper leg bone) down into the hip socket.

  • Repeat 10 times and complete 3 sets!

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So there you have it! Thanks for visiting and if you are in the Kansas City area come check us out at Performance Rehab! xo

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Exercise Show & Tell to celebrate the Royals World Series Win!

Well the mid-sized and comfy city of Kansas City, situated practically right smack dab in the middle of America had quite the day yesterday. The Royals baseball team took the crown and over 500,000 people packed downtown Kansas City, parading and ending right in my backyard at the historical Union Station, (which once upon a time was heated/powered by a coal plant housed next door, which after renovation is now the home of Kansas City Ballet) to celebrate their well deserved win. There were many reasons why the Royals world championship win impacted our city besides the Royals first world championship win in 30 years. People are proud here. Proud of where the city is going, proud of where they live, who they support, and where the city is headed. The Royals win couldn’t have come at a better time, giving business owners, school superintendents, and city leaders the excuse to pause their workload for the day and collaborate in the celebration for both the Royals and their city!

My dog Maddie greeting kids resting on the ledge of our apartment window during the Royals celebration!

My dog Maddie greeting kids resting on the ledge of our apartment window during the Royals celebration!

However, a big crowd like that has to vanish (not so easily), and the neighborhood seems extra quiet today.

So I decided to share with you an exercise for today’s Exercise Show and Tell, which I bet would challenge dancers, and for sure the Royals baseball players.  Thank you to my beautiful model, Zoe Stein, who is a trainee for KCB for taking this video.

Steps:

1- Lie Supine (on your back on the reformer). Place your left foot turned out with the ball of your foot on the foot-bar. Place the other foot in coupé front. Be sure to stay in a neutral position, with your abdominals engaged, collar bones wide, shoulders down and your arms resting long to your side of the carriage.

2- Begin your fondú, coordinating both legs equally so both legs straighten at the same time.

3- Flex your working leg foot at the same time you flex the standing foot, lengthening the heal all the way under the foot bar (lengthening away from your hip).

4- Raise your Left heal back into a relevé poistion (heal lifted) while articulating the working leg foot back into plantar flexion (point).

5 – Battement (lowering the right leg on top of the left leg) and returning the leg back to where it just came from.

6- Return back to starting position in step 1.

7- Repeat 3-6 times on each leg. Repetition may vary based on individual needs. Once you feel that you are no longer doing the exercise correctly, it’s time to stop.