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Beware the crunch: Ab exercise alternatives

There have long been common misunderstandings with regard to training the abdominal region. The abdominal region consists of various muscles including the transverse abdominal, internal obliques, external obliques and the rectus abdominis. The common misunderstanding is that the only way to develop those “ripped” abs people rave about is by adopting various forms of crunches. …

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Chair Yoga: Relax and Breathe

Shoes stacked neatly off to the side of the mats tell you:  yoga is done here. Before the lights dim, signaling the beginning of class, six women converse about their lives, their cancer diagnosis and treatments. The five class regulars encourage this week’s newcomer not to worry about her fitness abilities. There’s no yoga fashionistas here …

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5 exercises for new moms to strengthen and tone after pregnancy

Pregnancy may seem like a great time to put your feet up and relax, but regular exercise before, during and after pregnancy has great benefits for you and your baby. And the benefits of exercise don’t stop after delivery. Women who exercise while pregnant are more successful in weight loss after giving birth. Is exercise …

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10 myths you probably believe about exercise (and why they’re wrong)

If you’ve ever had a sleepless night and found yourself staring like a zombie at the TV, you’ve probably seen those late-night infomercials touting fitness gadgets and workouts that guarantee results. With all these gimmicky products and conflicting information, it can be tough to know what’s true. We’re here to help bust some of the …

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7 tips for prolonged standing

Many people, especially those in manufacturing and the service sector, must stand for long periods of time as part of their job, and there are many studies examining the health effects due to prolonged standing. Common complications include low back pain, varicose veins (enlarged and painful veins just below the surface of the skin), nighttime …

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Keep Fitness Simple and Stop Spinning Your Wheels

You go to the gym religiously and do 60 minutes on the elliptical or take a leisurely spin on the recumbent bike as you read the latest gossip in People Magazine. What about when you go to your favorite strength training class, grab your five pound weights and squat and curl away? Are you getting …

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Choosing the right workout program: 3 tips for exercise beginners

Want to start a new exercise program? Some people exercise to improve their health, some to improve their appearance and others to achieve specific fitness goals. Regardless of the reason you exercise, consistency is the key factor that determines success or failure. Therefore, the most important consideration when choosing the right exercise program for you …

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I hate running: Cardio alternatives to get moving

I’ve never liked running, even when I was growing up. Between ballet classes, running around with my three siblings and spending my summer months in the backyard pool, I was never short on exercise. I could hardly keep up with my quick metabolism! In my middle school glory days of track and field events, I …

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