Should You Stop Doing Sit-ups?
Exercise Basics

Should You Stop Doing Sit-ups?

One of the big things these days is core strengthening. For most of us, the first thing that comes to mind is doing sit-ups, or crunches. This exercise targets the abdominal muscles that can produce the oft-times desired “6 pack” of rippled muscle in our midsection. But there is much more to our core than…

Arthritis and Strength Training:  A Good Match
Exercise Basics | Movement

Arthritis and Strength Training: A Good Match

For those of us who get a bit older every day, the thought of developing arthritis can loom large. With good reason. According to the CDC, 49.7% of all adults over 65 report doctor-diagnosed arthritis. By far the most common type of arthritis involved is osteoarthritis. This is the one that is related to wear…

The Science of Walking: It’s Really THAT Good!
Exercise Basics | Health and Nutrition

The Science of Walking: It’s Really THAT Good!

At this point, we all know that walking is good for us. In an attempt to make it even better, the science of walking now tells us how to get the most out of this seemingly casual form of exercise. In some ways, this kind of takes the relaxing, socializing, nature-loving, exploring, parts of walking…

Two Exercise Experiments that Will Change Your Life
Exercise Basics | Movement

Two Exercise Experiments that Will Change Your Life

What? Yet another claim that something is going to change my life? Ugh! Was this just a cheap shot to get your attention? Actually no. In fact, I will go even further and say that these next few minutes will give you something invaluable that you can use forever to improve the quality of your…

Controversy, Preferences, and the Facts:  Free Weights vs. Machines
Exercise Basics | Movement

Controversy, Preferences, and the Facts: Free Weights vs. Machines

Suppose you belong to a gym. Chances are that the first thing they do is set you up on the machines. After all, it’s their bread and butter. Have you ever seen a gym that didn’t have these? You can get going right away on the circuit, and can avoid the free weight area where…

The Push-up:  Not just for Marines or Gym Rats
Exercise Basics | Movement

The Push-up: Not just for Marines or Gym Rats

If you are a person who automatically thinks “UGH” at the thought of doing push-ups, please lend me your ear. First and foremost, there are plenty of ways to do push-ups that don’t require you to be able to do a full push-up. There are many benefits from doing this exercise, not the least of…