It’s a common problem for many who exercise. It makes everyday activity difficult, and scares a lot of people away from any physical activity. It’s lower back pain. For those of you who suffer from it, there is hope. While there... Read more
A common concern among new mothers is how to get rid of their jelly bellies and regain flatter, more toned stomachs. For some women, re-strengthening their core seems an easy task, but for most it is an uphill battle that takes many months, even... Read more
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that's not always discussed openly, but is surprisingly common. Recent estimates state that 10% to 15% of the general population experiences uncomfortable and painful IBS symptoms like cramping, abdom... Read more
Both running and walking are simple ways to get a great cardiovascular workout with no equipment beyond a sturdy pair of athletic shoes. But these common activities can lead to pain and injury if you're not careful. Here are five of the most comm... Read more
Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Your body’s core forms the foundation of all your movement. If you... Read more
I know building muscle won't happen overnight, but I'm just wondering about how long it takes to strengthen muscles some. I've been doing an arm routine for about a month now, and I've upped the weights I use from about 2 lbs to 2.5 lbs. I did this... Read more
When I was younger I was able to do over 100 crunches a day. Now when I try to do 15 regular, reverse or even seated crunches it get these horrible spasms/cramps in my abdominal muscles. They last for about 15-20 min. I really need to strengthen core... Read more
I am not a runner or very athletic in any way. I am hoping to work my way up to be able to run/jog a 5K by May 11th and to tone muscle for losing weight to get into shape. I want to be healthier and lose my breathe climbing up a hill. I want to lose... Read more
I just started my exercise program about 21 days ago after being inactive (and very obese) for a long time. I've not missed a day of recumbent biking, building up from 10 minutes and now am up to 40. I am also doing upper body strength training eve... Read more
I have found that what appears to be a lot of belly fat is partly lack of muscle tone in the abdominal region. For me, this is due to having had two children and a hysterectomy.I drive a city transit bus for a living, and I have been working on my a... Read more
Tightening/pulling in/tensing your abdominal/stomach muscles will help support your lower back when you are picking up an object. This will help protect your lower back and help prevent a back strain. You still need to properly lift items using you... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... Read more
A strong core not only allows us to have the flat belly many of us desire, but it also helps with our posture. By developing a strong core, you may also find your cardio activities, such as running and swimming to be a tad easier.
But remember doin... Read more
Editor's Note: Cathy Cram, M.S., is the resident maternal fitness expert on our sister site, BabyFit.com. She writes a monthly series on menopause health and fitness.
By Cathy Cram, M.S.
One of the first changes many postmenopausal women not... Read more
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