Core Exercises to Relieve Back Pain

By Diana Rodriguez  Reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD Exercise that strengthens muscles all over your body may be just what the doctor ordered for your back pain. When your back hurts, all you probably want to do is curl up in bed or on the couch and rest, waiting for the pain to end and the healing Read more »


Safeguard Your Shoulders Protect your shoulders and elbows from overuse injuries. EXERCISES NOTES 1 foam roll – mid to upper back Sets: 1 1. Lie face up on the ground with a foam roll under your mid back and your hands supporting your head. 2. Lift your butt off the ground so that your weight Read more »

Stability Ball workout

stability ball workout EXERCISES NOTES 1 crunches (stability ball) 1. Lie with your back arched over a stability ball holding a weight behind your head. 2. Place your feet flat on the floor. 3. Your butt and back should drape over the ball so you feel a mild stretch in your abs. 4. Keeping your Read more »

Get Fit During the Holidays

zen habits: How to Get Fitter During the Holidays By Leo Babauta Because of a number of family gatherings in the past week, I’m feeling heavy. I’ve overeaten and my exercise has been minimal. That’s just a part of the holidays sometimes — things get so busy you can’t help but let your healthy habits fall Read more »

A Little Knowledge & Pilates Will Make Your Brain Grow! Posted March 22, 2017 by Karen Ellis  in A Mindful Lifestyle, People & Places On a trip to London once, I opted not to drag a heavy suitcase on the tube and, instead, I hailed a taxi to the train station.  En route, a conversation with a very enthusiastic Read more »

8 Ways to Add More Movement Throughout Your Day

FIT LIFE April 15, 2015 Modernization can be both a blessing and a curse. Everything from the modern factory to the home has been upgraded with easy-to-use machines or appliances, making life easier in many ways, but there is a downside. Technology tends to reduce our opportunities to be physically active throughout the day, which Read more »

Why Weight Loss Programs Don’t Work

Weight Loss

Making News The weight loss business generates massive revenue, yet the industry seems to have little effect on waistlines. Recently, researchers took an in-depth look at the efficacy of popular weight loss programs. The purpose of the study, published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine (2015; 162 [7], 501–12), was to examine 32 nationally marketed weight Read more »

Resting Between Weight Sets

Pilates Stretch

Q: When lifting weights, why should you rest between sets? A: Muscles need time to replenish some of their energy supply and make training adaptations. So, rest one to three minutes between sets. Shorter rests are better for building endurance than for strength, however, and they help keep your heart rate up—providing something of a Read more »