Keep Your Muscle While Losing Fat

When people start to exercise because they want lose weight, they generally have a goal of changing their body shape. That means that simply losing weight is less than important than losing body fat. So, working for physique change is less about what the scale reads than what the mirror shows. Opinions differ on what constitutes an appealing physique, but a lean, somewhat muscular look is generally considered pleasing. Keeping muscle while reducing body fat is not only important to obtain this look, it supports progress by preserving metabolism. Keep Your Muscle Muscle contributes substantially to resting metabolic rate, or […]

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Strength Training for Type II Diabetes

Patients with Type 2 diabetes benefit greatly from exercise. Endurance activities like walking or cycling improve cardiovascular function, lower blood pressure and help control blood glucose levels. These results make aerobic endurance exercise a well accepted part of a diabetes management plan. Now, research suggests that strength training offers those with Type 2 diabetes additional desirable results. We know strength training increases muscle strength and makes everyday activities like carrying groceries easier. It also counteracts age related muscle decline and protects against muscle loss in individuals on a weight loss plan. There are also positive effects specifically related to Type […]

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Turn and Tilt

The Turn and Tilt Shoulder Mobility Exercise The Turn and Tilt is an exercise to improve upper back mobility that can also help improve shoulder function. It is particular good at enhancing shoulder rotation, which makes it particularly good for golfers, tennis players, or just about anyone who enjoys activities involving throwing or hitting. It can be used every day as part of a general stretch, or prior to activity to ease shoulder movement. Five Steps to Better Shoulder Turn 1. Sit with your hips and knees at about 90 degrees and a foam roller between your knees and feet. […]

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Quick Body Resets

Being stuck in held postures sitting or standing often make a body feel stiff. Try these quick body resets to help you feel better throughout your day.  

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Aligning Your Workout and Your Goals

People exercise for lots of different reasons. Probably the most common one is to change (or maintain) physical appearance. But it could also be to improve sports performance, to enhance health, or maybe just for  the joy of movement and the feeling of exertion. If your program is helping you feel good and achieve your goals, you’re on the right track. If you struggle to make progress, or if you are stuck in a perpetual cycle of injury – recovery – re-injury, your program is ineffective at best. The Roots of Failure There are a handful of common reasons why […]

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