Can You Tell If Your Back Curves Are Normal?
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Can You Tell If Your Back Curves Are Normal?

I think that most of us go through our days without paying much attention to how much curve we have in our low backs. For sure, this is not something that is a real attention-grabber.   Even if we suffer from some stiffness or dull pain in that area, we don’t tend to focus on what…

Strength Training:  When It’s One Thing AND Another
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Strength Training: When It’s One Thing AND Another

What are you trying to do when you strength train?  Get stronger, of course!  Many of us imagine our muscles growing, our bodies becoming more defined, and becoming able to leap over tall buildings.  All these things can happen (except for the tall buildings part).  But how does it work?  Can understanding how you get…

Eating Your Fitness Vegetables
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Eating Your Fitness Vegetables

I am sure most of us have been told to eat our vegetables first.  Then you can have dessert.  Dessert becomes the reward for slogging through what may not be as tasty to us, even though we know we should eat those nutrient-dense items.  In the long run, this is a good strategy.  It also…

The Yin and Yang of Short Workouts
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The Yin and Yang of Short Workouts

These days, we are in a different situation.  Many of us are trying to work out a different schedule, and are probably pretty stressed out.  Perhaps taking care of our health has slipped a bit.    Has the desire to exercise and eat healthy foods gone on the back burner?  Is getting to the gym…

How Ankle Weights Can Help You While Staying at Home
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How Ankle Weights Can Help You While Staying at Home

During this time when gyms are closed, many people have been investing in equipment in order to get some exercise at home.  Perhaps you are lucky enough to already have a few items that you have been using or that have been languishing in a closet for awhile.  Here I would like to make a…

Can Doing Push-ups Save Your Life?
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Can Doing Push-ups Save Your Life?

Recently there was a splash in the news that you may or may not have seen. Apparently, there was a research study done on over 1000 male fire fighters testing how many push-ups each could do. The fire fighters were then followed for 10 years to determine who had the most cardiovascular disease or actual…