Shoulder pain from rotator cuff problems is an all too common affliction for many of us. We tend to overuse or misuse our shoulder joints. But we can help prevent problems if we properly exercise the rotator cuff muscles. Click this link for some simple shoulder exercises.
A pulling exercise, the barbell row serves to strengthen the back, stabilize the spine, and activate the core. As with all exercise, proper form is essential to avoid injury. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.
It is critical that we warm up properly before exercising. And the (very) old school method of static stretching is not the proper way. Save the static stretching for after the workout. What we need to do is called dynamic stretching as a way to prepare our body for exercise. Linked below is an excellent pre-workout dynamic stretching routine, presented by my very good friend, Mike Dean of MAD Fitness. Please feel free to visit and Like his new YouTube channel.
Let’s be kind to our joints, shall we? Click the link below to discover new ways to get our strong on … without banging up our bodies with high-impact movements.
Deadlift is a compound exercise benefiting the entire body, but especially the posterior chain: back, glutes, hamstrings. It also greatly improves posture, core, and overall strength. However, to prevent potential injury watch this instructional video to avoid the most common mistakes.
Exercising specific body parts does not reduce fat stores in those areas. For example, more situps will not reduce belly fat. Proper nutrition—reducing all around calories—and full-body cardiovascular and resistance (weight-bearing) exercises to burn stored fat is the best general prescription for fat loss. However, spot training certain muscle groups can make them stronger and better toned. Read the discussion at this link for good exercises in the gynoid region (hips/thighs/buttocks).
The New Year is just around the corner and many of us are anticipating our latest iteration of our fitness resolution. Linked here is an excellent beginner body weight exercise program for Resolutionaries. It is brief, effective (for men and women), and requires little or no exercise equipment. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.