Category: Exercise & Fitness

exercises for lower back pain relief

Lower Back Pain Workouts (with exercise handout)

Lower back pain. If you’ve ever experienced it, you know how debilitating it can be. In this article, I will present a simple workout for lower back pain relief that will strengthen your core muscles and help you prevent future injury. For a more detailed discussion on back pain, please refer to this article.

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how to exercise safely after a heart attack

How to Exercise Safely After a Heart Attack

Have you ever had a heart attack or have been told you have heart disease? Does your doctor still recommend getting regular physical activity, but you are worried about exercising with a heart condition? Getting enough physical activity is important for your overall health and is particularly important for heart health. However, many people who have had a heart attack or live with chronic pain are often hesitant or apprehensive when it comes to exercising. If this sounds like you, read on, as this article will give you essential tips on how to exercise safely after a heart attack or a diagnosis of heart disease.

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chair exercises for seniors

Chair Exercises for Seniors: A Step-by-Step Guide

Do you spend a lot of time sitting? Perhaps you are a senior with some mobility challenges, or perhaps you are a professional with a sedentary job. The truth is, no matter your age, when you sit for hours at a time, you not only feel stiff and uncomfortable, but your body starts to suffer from the lack of movement. As we age, it is particularly crucial to maintain a level of physical activity, as the risk for deconditioning becomes greater. While the recommended daily walk is a common go-to method of exercise, chair exercises also provide important benefits and are particularly accessible to seniors. The following  exercises are designed to be performed while seated, so that you can get your circulation going and strengthen your muscles…even while watching TV. 

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Action Planning How to Easily Achieve Your Health Goals

Action Planning: How to Easily Achieve Your Health Goals

Have you ever thought of something you either wanted to do (“I want to lose weight“) or felt like you should do (“I should eat healthier“), but you just cannot get yourself to take the first step, because the task seems too overwhelming or out of reach? Or maybe you start making changes, but then after a while start to feel discouraged at your apparent lack of progress? If so, you are not alone. Starting today, I want you to begin incorporating something into your life—a way of goal-setting called the Action Planning technique. The purpose of an Action Plan is to set you on the road towards your personal goals by breaking them down into small, achievable steps. So let’s get started!

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Lower Back Pain: An Essential Guide (with exercise printout)

The human back. That complex arrangement of overlapping muscles, tendons, and ligaments all surrounding an adjoined column of bones encasing a half-meter-long bundle of delicate nerves that serves as the essential link between the brain and the rest of the body. Add to this the constant twisting, bending, and other stresses wreaked on this crucial structure, and it is no surprise why back pain is one of the most common medical problems plaguing adults, with over 80% having experienced it at least once in their life…with many enduring it on a chronic basis. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce lower back pain and to prevent it from reoccurring in the future. This article will focus on one of the most effective ways—physical conditioning of the back—by guiding you through nine easy, low-impact exercises that will improve its strength and flexibility.

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