exercise

New Year, Same Excuses

Happy New Year, folks. As always, new goals and promises are big this time of year. The only real certainty is that, for most, resolutions are destined to fall flat. A fitting segue for this post: Three Reasons You Think You Can’t Stay in Shape (and why you’re wrong). My brother, Tobe Erike, is a …

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No, Weightlifting Will Not Turn You Into A Monster

First, my exculpatory Kene-is-Not-Liable Disclaimer: You will not hold me or this website responsible for any damages you may incur as a result of reading this information. See a health professional before starting any diet or exercise program. I hate having to include this legalese, but that’s the world we live in today. Let’s continue…. ‘How to …

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Squats: Why Aren’t You Doing Them?

The best instructional guide on squats I’ve ever seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQIAzzMDhSI&feature=fvwrel  (Credit: EliteFTS.com) Not only do these guys show you every element of the exercise in an easy-to-follow, detailed manner, they explain how to uncover and remedy common mistakes in form and execution. Proper squat form: Begin the movement by pushing your hips and butt out …

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Everything Happens For A Reason: How An Accident Eliminated My Back Pain

Finding the silver lining in any mishap is comforting and reinforces the importance of “perspective”. I haven’t experienced a significant injury in over four years. A quick, lateral jump-cut during a January weekend football game reintroduced me to the joys of a pulled hamstring. Had I not gotten hurt, I might never have discovered this information. …

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The Importance of Balance

Balance. Not “Work-Life” balance or some other buzzword—the Kinesthetic kind. The kind that allows gymnasts to walk on balance beams and prevents the average joe from falling off ledges and avoiding other dangers. Good balance, rooted in proper appendage alignment and positioning, can eliminate pain and prevent serious ankle and leg injuries. Much of the …

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How Many Calories Do You Really Need?

With all of the contradicting information circulated by health officials, the government and the internet, it can be difficult to determine how many calories you need to consume every day. Exercise (which should include both resistance and cardio activity) is essential for staying in shape but is not nearly as important as your diet. The most …

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Do This if You Want to Lose Fat, Save Time in the Mornings

This post is apropos, given what we love to do on Independence Day. Intermittent fasting (IT): Eat only during certain, pre-determined periods of the day It’s not for everyone, but it has its merits. Studies have shown that metabolism and fat oxidation in humans may be positively impacted by intermittent fasting. That’s makes evolutionary sense, …

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Is Your Workout Killing Your Back? Stop Doing This Exercise Immediately

Sit-ups, a staple of the American workout regimen, are doing much more harm than good for your body. There is a reason you always found sit-ups uncomfortable during gym class. Traditional crunch and sit-up variations can place over 1000 lbs of compression on your spine. The exercise places your spine in an unnatural position and …

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