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The Best Swim Workouts + 8 Key Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is a sport that we seem to do often when we’re young and then slack off on as we age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in fact, 36 percent of children aged 7–17 years old swim at least six times a year, compared to only 15 percent of adults. (1) But if you haven’t hit the pool in … Read More

The Best Swim Workouts + 8 Key Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is a sport that we seem to do often when we’re young and then slack off on as we age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in fact, 36 percent of children aged 7–17 years old swim at least six times a year, compared to only 15 percent of adults. (1) But if you haven’t hit the pool in … Read More

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Latissimus Dorsi: Exercises + Stretches for Your “Lats”

The latissimus dorsi muscles — commonly just called “the lats” — are the two biggest, broadest muscles in your back and, overall, one of the largest muscle groups in the whole body. As extensor muscles, the lats primarily have the job of helping to lift the arms up as they lengthen and reach. The lats are involved in other important … Read More

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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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Exercise Bands & Tubes for Strength, Rehabilitation and Arthritis-Friendly Workouts

Exercise bands, also known as resistance bands or resistance tubing, are one of the best ways to build strength. These affordable pieces of exercise equipment can even help serve as a remedy for joint pain. Even better? They’re super travel-friendly. In fact, they serve as the perfect option for adding resistance when traveling, since they take up very little space in the suitcase. … Read More

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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

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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

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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 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: 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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