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Have you ever had a bad fall that affected the way you live your life? Fear of falling starts to haunt us as we hit middle age. We (and our parents) stop doing things we once enjoyed because we fear injury. When an activity feels risky after a fall, and we then avoid that activity, our worlds shrink just a little.
Many exercisers want to know how to “trim the waist.” One great way to do this is with the side-to-side oblique move with the stability ball, which we demonstrate in yet another fabutastic video showing the right and wrong way to work this move! BYOB (Bring Your Own Ball)!!!
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.
Lunges are the second-most popular exercise (after squats) for toning the glutes, lower body and core, plus they’re great for improving balance. But how do you know if you’re doing them effectively? The BEST way to do lunges is to…
Foam rollers are an excellent tool for a group fitness class or personal training session, especially for muscle (myofascial) release. In essence, a foam roller can be used for self-massage, using your own body weight. You don’t know how to use the foam roller?! No worries – there’s an app for that!
Hip helper, wrist helper, hamburger helper are all ways to make a bicep curl seem easier, but that are wrong! Well, maybe not hamburgers. If you want to know the wrong and right way to perform a bicep curl, just click-a-trick this link.
Push-ups are one of the best exercises around. By “around” we mean “that you can do anytime, anywhere, with no equipment except YOU!” To be truly effective, you need to do them with good form. We demonstrate that for you here, Then the dogs help show poor form. Push-Down Doggies!
As some of you may know, I had surgery on my foot last week. At my post-op visit, the doc used the word “horrific” to describe my big toe joint (bone spurs, zero cartilage, bone-on-bone) when he got in there during the surgery. But he didn’t say I couldn’t work out the other parts of my body! Read to discover just a few of the exercises that can still be safely done…