Biceps curls are a staple in many men's workout routines. They also happen to be a staple of ridicule in the training world. But I think we might be rushing to judgment by convicting the curl -- which, as it turns out, might be a great core exercise!
As a surgeon who performs bunionplasty surgery to help women return to high heels and pointy-toed shoes, I can only encourage women to consider exercise programs that are aimed at strengthening the feet and legs.
I focused straight ahead at the white wall, and dropped fully into the present. My mind quieted and my body took over.The seconds between deep gasps for air were filled with thoughts of nothing beyond my next breath.
By Julielynn Wong Julielynn Wong, MD, is an alumnus of Singularity University. She edited a textbook entitled "Surgery in Space" and trained in space...
Alison started this week off by giving everyone a fright, suggesting that three people would be leaving campus this episode. But thankfully, she was just being dramatic: The three people were the trainers who, following on last week's home visit from Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, decided to drop in on this season's three teenage contestants, Sunny, Biingo and Lindsay.
Running shoes are very personal -- a matter of inconvenience for the shoe companies who must produce them for the masses. Many running stores dedicate major equipment and man hours to helping customers pick the right shoes for them, based on their particular gates and anatomies. But there are some truths that apply to us all -- or at least some basic decisions and requirements: do you want extra support or a more barefoot-feel? Are you comfortable wearing neon pink, the fitness industry's near universal gendered color designation?
How easy it becomes to pack on the pounds during the cruel months of winter. Fear not... With a little discipline, a little planning, and a firm resolve, you can beat back the wolves of winter weight. All it takes is a few new strategies for exercising and eating right.
After a surprising and action-packed two-day season premiere (if you haven't already, have a look at our recaps of part one and part two), the contestants of The Biggest Loser were faced with a different type of challenge: a quiz about childhood obesity.
Your state of overall wellness is directly tied to how you handle (or refuse to handle) questions like your self-worth, the real meaning for your life, your reason for being or your role in the universe.
The temptation to go on a fad diet and lose and gain, lose and gain, and lose and gain some more, is overwhelming for celebrities, as well as the rest of us. Want to know what really happens with some of these wild and crazy fad diets?
As a personal trainer and nutritional consultant, I get asked a lot of questions. Apparently, while not everyone actually goes to the gym or follows a specific diet, everyone is certainly curious about it. And, for some reason, every query seems to start with "how much," "how little" or "how often."
Many of us think of Pilates as primarily an ab sculpting core workout, but Pilates is great for toning the entire body. This Pilates-inspired arm workout can be done in your home, at your office or in your hotel room.
When the discomfort and difficulty of making a change is too great, you won't. Therefore, instead of focusing on the gap between where you are and where you "should" be, lower the bar so low that the temptation to step right over it is irresistible!
My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.
If you live in the U.S., you are absolutely bombarded with the idea that being overweight is bad for your health. This repetition leaves one with the idea that being overweight is the same thing as being unhealthy, something that is simply not true.
Tomorrow, despite stiff legs and sore feet, I'll be out there skate skiing again. Maybe I'll feel a tad stronger and smoother than I did today, or yesterday. Maybe not. But I'll be smiling, grateful for January's particular gifts.
After an action-packed and emotional two-hour premiere Sunday night, NBC's "The Biggest Loser" returned with the dreaded second week, a week historically plagued by frustrating plateaus after the dramatic dips seen on the scale after the first week at the ranch.
Typically, the beginning of a new year is when folks resolve to get into better shape. This month's mix features a lively bundle of songs to help you kick things off with a bang.
There is nothing like the start of a new year to inspire one to improve one's life, one's health and one's diet. Fortunately I am not that one, but whoever that one is I'm sure they'll be much better off than the rest of us.
Alcoholic beverages jumpstart the addiction cycle and cause cravings for high glycemic carbs, especially sweets, which directly affect your weight and your health. As we age, the ability to metabolize and fully digest both alcohol and carbohydrates changes.