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Gluteus Maximus: The Exercises, Stretches & Injuries to Avoid for Your Glutes!

The muscles of the legs, including the gluteus maximus, span across three joints: those of the hips, knees and ankles. The large muscles of the legs have the primary role of supporting the hips and core— including the pelvis region and muscles of the lower back, some of the most susceptible to aches and pains. Strong glutes also allow for … Read More

6 Natural Treatments for Achilles Tendon Pain

Achilles tendon pain, also called Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis, is the result of stiffness, swelling and tearing of connective tissue located around the heel and the sides of the ankle. The first sign of Achilles tendonitis is tenderness or throbbing when moving or lifting the heel, especially pain near the sides of the tendon (around the ankle bone) along with … Read More

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6 Natural Treatments for Lower Back Pain Relief

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults experience persistent symptoms of lower back pain at some point in their lives, and about 31 million Americans struggle with the condition at any given time. Given its extremely high prevalence rate — whether due to a weak psoas muscle, sciatic nerve pain or some other cause — it’s not surprising … Read More


Burpees: The Single Best Exercise Ever?

If you were to ask me what exercise I would perform if given only one option, it would undoubtedly be the burpee. Burpees hits almost every muscle group while providing the aerobic and endurance benefits. It even helps strengthen the core. (It is important to note, though, the person has to be in proper shape to start off as this complex exercise … Read More


The Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2017 (#7 Is My Favorite)

The Thighmaster, Nintendo Wii workouts, Tae Bo — every year comes with its own fitness trends. As 2016 draws to an end, what’s going to be hot in 2017? The American College of Sports Medicine has a few ideas. As the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, ACSM releases an annual list of what’s shaping up to … Read More

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Natural Treatment for Runner’s Knee (Hint, Surgery Is Almost Always Unnecessary)

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, commonly just called “runner’s knee,” has been found to be one of the leading exercise-related injuries in adults — even more common than other running injuries like iliotibial band friction syndrome, plantar fasciitis, meniscal injuries of the knee and tibial stress syndrome. Although for some adults knee pains only start when they first pick up running, experts believe … Read More


Calf Exercises & Tricks to Prevent Pain, Injury & Muscle Imbalances

Ever notice how the calf muscle seems to get little attention? Rarely do group fitness classes dedicate blocks of time to calves like they do for ab workouts or the butt. While the calf muscle often goes unnoticed as an important muscle, but it’s more important than you think. And sure, some are born with a nice set of calf muscles, and … Read More


Benefits of Yoga: Which Type Fits Your Personality?

It looks like America is getting the memo: The benefits of yoga are well worth it. A 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) concluded that almost 10 percent of all Americans, or over 21 million people, now regularly practice yoga (up significantly from 6 percent of all Americans in 2007 and 5 percent in 2002). (1) Yoga has evolved to become … Read More

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Does Yoga Count as Exercise? Scientists Weigh In

If you caught wind of a recent study, you may be asking yourself, “Does yoga count as exercise?” If you’ve been unrolling your yoga mat each day as a way to meet your recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise, the answer may be no, depending on the type of yoga you practice. Researchers found that a popular form of yoga known … Read More

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A Weak Psoas Muscle Could Be the Cause of that Back Pain

All too often we find ourselves experiencing aches and pains in our bodies, especially in the low back. If you find yourself commonly searching for remedies for fast back pain relief, it may be time to investigate the psoas muscle. The psoas major, technically named iliopsoas, may very well be one of the most important muscles in the body. Why? This … Read More

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Working Out On an Empty Stomach: Does It Burn the Most Fat?

For something that should be simple, working out doesn’t always feel that way. There’s choosing the best fat-burning workout. There’s that pesky question of whether exercise or diet is key for weight loss. And now there’s a new one to throw into the mix: whether working out on an empty stomach will help you lose weight faster. Bodybuilders swear by … Read More