Where Do You Start When You Want to Get Fit?
Exercise Basics | Movement

Where Do You Start When You Want to Get Fit?

Let’s say you have decided to “get fit”, or even “get more fit”.  You are committed, and you want to start after a long hiatus or maybe just a short one. What is the best action to take? Let me make the case for starting with your core. But before we do, let’s take a…

What Results Do you Really Want?
Exercise Basics | Mindset

What Results Do you Really Want?

Sometimes we start a new project or exercise plan not knowing exactly what we want to get out of it. And, that’s fair. Often we don’t really know what can happen. There’s the direct results, and then there’s related, or ripple, effects. We can’t control or anticipate everything. And, there’s a learning curve. Often when…

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?
Exercise Basics | Movement

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

Our bodies are amazing and complex. That means that it is often difficult for science to study just one thing at a time. Having said that, in the fitness biz, often THE marker for how fit you are is how much oxygen you can use when you exercise. The more fit you are, the better…

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

Arthritis and Strength Training: A Great 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…

One-Sided Exercise:  Is It a Good Idea?
Exercise Basics

One-Sided Exercise: Is It a Good Idea?

Perhaps some of you have heard that, if you strength train with one arm, the other arm gets a bit stronger just by association. That is actually true! A huge analysis of studies on this has shown an 11.9% to 17.7% increase in strength of the non-trained limb, depending on the type of training. There…

A Hero Exercise To Fix Droopy Posture
Exercise Basics

A Hero Exercise To Fix Droopy Posture

These days many of us are fighting droopy posture. It’s just they way things are going. Bending forward, looking down at our phones, paperwork, or computers, all put us in chronic droop. Hence the classic image above that illustrates what the tech age has done to us. A key point here is that some of…