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Interesting Facts about Yoga – Infographic

Yoga is very popular these days, and with good reason. There are many benefits from its regular practice. The following infographic illustrates many interesting facts around its popularity and growth, about your typical yogi, and more.

The 4 sections of the infographic are:

  1. The Growing Industry of Yoga
  2. Profile of the Yogi
  3. Interesting Facts About Yoga
  4. What is Pushing the Popularity of Yoga?

This info graphic is created by Djina from Strech.nl

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Interesting Facts About Yoga

Get Glutes Firing With the Monster Walk

The Monster Walk is a great exercise for helping people who are having issues due to poor activation or weakness of the glutes, primarily gluteus medius. Poor activation of the gluteus medius can lead to a number of musculoskeletal ailments involving many different areas including the knees, hips and even the back. Strengthening them by resisting abduction during a functional movement can be a very effective solution. The Monster Walk has become a staple exercise prescribed in many physical therapy clinics.

See the product links below the video demonstration to purchase resistance bands/mini-bands for use with this exercise.

How to perform the Monster Walk:

  • choose a band with moderate resistance
  • place the band around the ankles; adjust difficulty by moving band up or down the leg with lower being more difficult
  • the back should remain straight and body should remain facing forward; limit twisting
  • knees should be bent at about 45 degrees and not allowed to buckle inwards
  • slowly walk forward or backward while keeping constant tension on the band

Variations:

  •  move one foot forward or back and then return to start position
  • put the band on the forefoot to also incorporate resistance to internal hip rotation

Video demonstration:

video source: Registered Physiotherapist Brenna Casey


How to Use a Foam Roller Like a Pro

Foam rollers are a common sight in many settings around the world such as gyms and physical therapy / physiotherapy departments . You’ll often see people lying on them and rolling various parts of their bodies on them, often while making interesting faces. If you’re interested in how they’re used to target specific muscles and tissues, or if you’d like to know about the different types of foam rollers, this infographic is a great start. There’s much more to foam rollers and how they work and this infographic illustrates only the tip of the iceberg.

According to the infographic, foam rollers can help with:

  • muscle tension relief
  • correcting muscle imbalances
  • increasing range of motion
  • injury prevention

Thanks to  Greatist for the infographic.

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How to use a foam roller

High Intensity Interval Training Guide

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is used by many athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as those training for weight loss or better health. There are many studies showing it’s effectiveness. Have you ever wondered why interval training is so effective or about different HIIT programs? This infographic may answer all of your questions about it.

Some interesting points:

  • calorie burning lasts up to 48 hours after completing a training session
  • HIIT boosts metabolism
  • HIIT taxes both your aerobic and anaerobic systems
  • 27 minutes of HIIT 3 times a week has been shown to be as effective as 60 minutes of regular exercise 5 times a week
  • there are many HIIT programs including the Tabata method that only takes 4 minutes!

Thanks to  Greatist for the infographic.

What do you think about interval training? Do you do interval training? Please leave your comments.

Complete Guide to High Intensity Interval Training