Is there a “best” way to train for walking a half marathon after knee surgery? Elliptical or treadmill? Indoors or out? Strength train or cardio? All these either/ or choices. When you are a twin, the best choice is the one that will help you beat your sister.
After 3 decades each teaching fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages, Alexandra and I have had posed to us a lot of interesting fitness questions. As you might suspect, people all over the world have similar concerns and workout goals. And many of the questions repeat. Over time, generations, and borders. Over and over.
Can you guess which questions are the most common?
From about age 30 onward, we lose strength at a rate of approximately 10% each year. Recent studies suggest that in women, the loss of hip flexor and hip abductor strength is significantly more pronounced than that in any other muscle group. While often the focus of intense stretching, the hip flexors are rarely targeted in strength training programs. In this guest post from Tamara Grand, you’ll learn some hip flexor exercises.
If you want look as good in your evening gown as the Oscar winners did, you’ll want to tone your abs up properly. With that in mind, we have a video that shows 3 tips for doing crunches the right way on a stability ball, and the 3 most common mistakes. Bonus: A strong core will help you keep your balance in case you trip on your dress on the way up the stairs!
Got abs? Got low back pain? A reader asks us for core exercise options that are safe even with lumber spine issues. We have a few suggestions, but find out which one got top billing.
Like me, are you suffering from joint pain that threatens to limit or curtail your best laid plans to be active the rest of your life? We Baby Boom Chicka Boomers were Born Free to Live Free and Stay Free with our exercise plans. What are your plans? Wonder what I’ve tried?
We must, we must, we must build up our bust…and shoulders, and glutes. But not with ineffective exercises. As we say goodbye to 2012, it’s also time to say goodbye to a few of the more common, yet useless, exercises that are more myth than muscle.
Turns out that holding a plank for a long time might be LESS effective for the abs and core than another, highly popular approach. And what might this more effective version look like?
What can you do to crank up your metabolism so you burn more calories and lose weight faster and easier? Well, since you can’t change your parents, height, age or gender (easily), the best method is to …
A reader wonders whether she’s better off to increase strength for her first marathon via kettlebells or medicine balls. Bell or ball? “Pie, or fly? Are those the only options?” (Recognize what movie that quote is from?).