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02
Jan
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Commit to Be Fit

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Question: Every New Year, I promise myself I'm going to lose weight and exercise regularly. I head to the gym, but within two or three months, I quit and never return. What suggestions do you have to stay on my program?

Answer: Unfortunately, many of us have the best of intentions and get off to a good start, only to fail within a relatively short period of time. Studies have shown that long-term weight loss is maintained with regular exercise. The benefits of exercise are so far-reaching that it is well worth your time and effort to stay on a regular exercise program. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that:

02
Jan
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Exercise Does Not Have To Be Too Hard

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Question: I hate to exercise. I don't like to sweat and I don't want to give up the time. I'm active -- does that count for anything?

Answer: Yes. We are finding out that a small increase in your activity level can result in dramatic reductions for cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

02
Jan
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Exercises to SafeGuard Your Back

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I am often asked what the best exercises are for those with low back pain.

There is no one exercise or set of exercises that rise above the others. A study several years ago had patients performing different exercises and observed their results.

02
Jan
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Fit Your Bike Properly

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Bicycle riding is great exercise, as long as you are positioned correctly. Otherwise, you may be injured from improper use, repetitive injuries or even crashes!

02
Jan
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Food and Exercise Journal

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Question: I have struggled with keeping my weight under control. I am moderately overweight and exercise, even though I am very sporadic. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: For most of us, weight management is simply burn as many calories as you take in. Or burn excess calories to lose weight. For those with metabolic disorders such as a thyroid condition, this statement may not be true.

02
Jan
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Form and Function

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Form and function is a basic concept in biology. That is, form will determine function. For example, since we walk upright, our form dictates that we would also run upright. We would not run on all fours. Conversely, function affects form. As you run more, your muscles increase in size to manage this task.

02
Jan
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Gymball Strengthens Your Core

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Question: I keep seeing people use the large exercise balls at the gym. They tell me they are strengthening their core. What is core strength and do these balls really work?

Answer: Yes, the exercise balls really do work to strengthen your core. They are known by many names, such as Stability Balls, Fit Balls, Swiss Balls, and Gymnic Balls. They are low cost, easy to store and a very versatile piece of equipment that you easily can use at home.

02
Jan
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Seventy Year Old Able to Run Marathons

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Don Robinson is certainly an inspiration. At the age of 70, he has completed 60 marathons. And he has only been running for the past 6 years!

He completed a marathon this past weekend in Connecticut. Now only 2 more to go - Vermont and Kentucky - to have run a marathon in every state plus the District of Columbia.

02
Jan
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Stretch for a Better Stride

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Most runners do some basic stretching, especially the hamstrings. We all have tight hamstrings and so we all know to stretch these muscles. Since down hill running really works your quads, we all stretch these too. And oh, don't forget the calf muscles. We all do those.

There are three more muscle groups to stretch out that can really help your stride. These stretches may not help lengthen your stride, but they will help smooth it out and make you feel more relaxed. You won't fight your own muscles as you run.

02
Jan
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Stretch Your Calf Muscles

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Just think how hard your calf muscles work. Here is a group of muscles about a foot long in length and several inches in diameter, lifting your body weight up over and over again. It is hard to imagine that a relatively small muscle group can do so much work!

The surface muscle is the gastrocnemius muscle, which runs from your Achilles' tendon attached to the back of your heel and up across the back of your knee. Its main job is to raise you up on your toes.