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Building Strong Quadriceps: Exercises, Stretches + Ways to Avoid Injury

The quadriceps are considered to collectively be one of the most powerful muscles groups in the whole body. The primary role of the “quad” muscles is to bend and straighten (extend) the knees — exactly why quadriceps strength and flexibility is important for numerous movements and activities, such as walking (including brisk walking for exercise), squatting, jumping, climbing, cycling and running. … 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

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Peloton bike - Dr. Axe

Peloton Bike: The Most Addictive Piece of Exercise Equipment on the Planet

It’s early in the morning, like, the sun-is-just-starting-to-peek-into-the-day type of early. You want to pull the covers up over you head and sleep a little more, but you can’t because cycling instructor Robin Arzón is 900 miles away, setting up on a Peloton bike, getting ready to start her class. And you need to be there, too. You walk downstairs, and … Read More

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Fartlek - Dr. Axe

Fartlek: A Swedish Training Trick for Better Running

Fartlek may sound like a funny name, but not to the people of Sweden. That’s because Fartlek is a Swedish term meaning “speed play,” and it helped take the cross-country success to whole new levels decades ago. Now, athletes and everyday runners around the world are benefiting from the training technique that is considered an unique interval form of speed … Read More

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Calisthenics - Dr. Axe

Calisthenics: The Ancient Greek Workout for a Shredded Body

When thinking of calisthenics, if you have a mental picture of the military performing jumping jacks to cadence, you’re not far off. The truth is, though, that calisthenics exercises are rooted much deeper in history, dating all the way back to ancient Greece. (More on that later, interesting stuff.) When it comes to your personal history, you probably first experienced … Read More

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tai chi moves - dr. axe

Tai Chi Moves for Beginners: Harvard Scientists Now Back This Ancient Exercise

Eastern medicine practices have always placed a strong emphasis on prevention and treating diseases naturally whenever possible. Now, in many ways, Western medicine is catching up, particularly when it comes to utilizing tai chi moves to improve the mind, body and heart. A growing number of people around the world are now interested in traditional Eastern systems of healing — … Read More

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pregnancy workouts - dr. axe

Pregnancy Workouts: 6 Reasons to Exercise While Pregnant

Pregnancy is miraculous and one of the most beautiful things on this planet. (And congratulations if you are planning to bring a new life into this world.) While you’re focusing on creating a healthy pregnancy, though, it’s important to address pregnancy workouts. One of the biggest questions I get from pregnant women is “Is it ok to workout while pregnant?” … Read More

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qigong - dr. axe

5 Proven Qigong Benefits + Beginner Exercises

Qigong is considered a collective term for a long-established, extensive set of exercises first created in China more than 2,000 years ago. As many Eastern medicinal practices continue to gain popularity in the West — including acupuncture, meditation, Ayurveda and yoga — qigong and Tai Chi are also going mainstream. Eastern practitioners have known about the benefits of qigong for centuries, and today Western … Read More

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Shoulder pain - Dr. Axe

11 Natural Treatments for Rotator Cuff Pain + Best Rotator Cuff Exercises

It’s likely that most of us are unaware of just how important the shoulder is. Well, that is until you injure it. A shoulder that is in pain of any sort, including rotator cuff pain, can cause daily activities such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, combing your hair and even sleeping very difficult and frustrating. And … Read More

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plantar fasciitis - dr. axe

5 Plantar Fasciitis Natural Remedies + 5 Key Stretches

Roughly 10 percent of the adult population suffers from the type of heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. (1) Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick fascia tissues of the heels. It’s a common running injury and usually triggered due to overuse of the feet during exercise, or from working out with poor form. It can affect either … Read More

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6 Natural Tennis Elbow Remedies for ‘Pain-Free’ Status

Tennis elbow is a painful condition that affects athletes most often, especially those that use their arms frequently and in repetitive ways, like tennis players and golfers. Tennis elbow (the common name for the condition known as lateral epicondylitis) is caused by inflammation around the elbow, which causes stiffness, swelling, joint pain and trouble moving the arm normally. It affects … Read More

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