Enzymatic Snowshoeing

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
–Sir Edmund Hillary
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Optimal health and snowshoeing performance depend on the appropriate levels of quality enzymes.

Temperatures of only 116 degrees Fahrenheit begin to destroy one of the least understood yet invaluable components of nutrition.

Every form of cooking destroys the enzymes in food. Think about that the next time you prepare or eat a meal, DNF a race, or simply feel like crap.Continue

Nutritional Balance & Superfoods

“Think from the inside out.”
–Coach Steve Ilg

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Snowshoeing expends an incredible amount of energy. Snowshoers are aware said effort is both light on our joints and Mother Earth. Nutrition has a profound impact on our performance and recovery.

Our health is directly linked to the food we eat. Each bite affects the environment. Food quality plays a prominent role in long-term health.SM22

It may be a good time to recalibrate your body and improve more than your snowshoeing.

Foods that offer superior net gain are alkaline versus acidic forming; high in chlorophyll, rich in enzymes, pre-and-probiotics, raw, and best consumed in liquid form.
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The [W]holistic Snowshoer & Inversion

“Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness”
–Dostoyevsky

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Although the snow is receding across the globe it is not the time to become complacent about your snowshoeing. Spring is an opportune time to downshift, reflect, and plan your off-season workout schedule – it will snow before you know it.

Inversion may be just what you need to heal your body and stimulate your brainwaves. Consider it a “whole body cleanse” under the guise of wellness therapy. Inversion offers many year-round benefits to the snowshoer when practiced each day.

The benefits of snowshoeing are offset by gravity. Inversion is one way to restore harmony to your body with minimal effort. Decompression is the key to thwarting the effects of gravity. A healthy body will enhance your snowshoeing endeavors.INV1

Sounds like a good time to hang upside down.

 

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The [W]holistic Snowshoer & Pilates

“Resistance is the creator of all great things.”
–Heraclitus
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Your core region is as important to your snowshoeing as is the foundation to your home.

Previous columns have highlighted various ways to strengthen your abdomen, pelvic girdle, back muscles, and so forth. Pilates is another mode to consider if you desire to toughen your powerhouse region and truly enjoy our sport.

Pilates is a system of resistance training that engages your mind and body in a balanced mix of strength and flexibility. Pilates works the entire body with a particular effort on strengthening and stabilizing your core region. Specific exercises are P1 choreographed to produce strength, suppleness, and alignment through smooth, continuous motion and resistance.

These are crucial elements to the snowshoer. Remember this when your hip flexion is nonexistent, your psoas muscles are burning, your lower back shoots daggers, and your abs cramp….

History

German-born Joseph H. Pilates (1880-1967) began studying anatomy and exercise at age 14 to improve his health. He suffered from rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever as a child. He became an accomplished boxer, diver, gymnast, and skier. Pilates implemented his knowledge during World War I to rehabilitate bedridden patients using bedsprings as a form of resistance training. He also developed floor exercises for those able to impart weight-bearing resistance.

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