How About an “Exercise Snack?”
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How About an “Exercise Snack?”

What is an “Exercise Snack?” This is the new phrase being used for shorter bouts of high intensity exercise, which are showing up everywhere. Perhaps you have heard about programs like P90X, Insanity, or CrossFit, which are very high intensity programs that are being touted as the next big thing in training. The grabber for…

The Stats on Neck Pain
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The Stats on Neck Pain

Did you know that 95% of us will experience low back pain at one time or another in our lifetime? Perhaps you can already attest to that (I know I can). But how about neck pain? This seems to be something that most of us have had, but it’s difficult to find good numbers on…

The Ab Crunch: What It Does and Doesn’t Do For You
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The Ab Crunch: What It Does and Doesn’t Do For You

One of the most commonly asked questions in the gym is… What can I do to get rid of this excess around my middle? Invariably the anticipated answer is to do a bunch of ab crunches. You know, that classic exercise where you lie on your back, knees bent, hands behind your head, and then…

It’s Fantastic!  It’s Stupendous!  It’s Your Butt!
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It’s Fantastic! It’s Stupendous! It’s Your Butt!

OK, maybe I got a little carried away there, but the truth is that our large backside muscles are very cool. For future reference, these are called the glute muscles. Here’s what they do: In addition to providing something for you to sit on besides your pelvic bone, they help you move. Specifically, these muscles…

Balance Is Important – It’s Just Not Very Sexy
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Balance Is Important – It’s Just Not Very Sexy

I think that intuitively we already know that balance is important. After all, we have to be able to reach in different directions, get through an exercise class without falling over, or even just walk up and down stairs. Beyond that, do we really spend much time thinking or caring about it? Probably not. And,…

Let’s Get Animalistic …
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Let’s Get Animalistic …

Interesting phrase, right? I bet you would never associate this phrase with doing something that is really great for your health and fitness. That thing is…STRETCHING. So where do the animals come in? For all of you out there with a pet dog or cat, keep an eye on them sometime. Dogs and cats (and…