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Exercises for a Healthy Back

Does back pain hold you back from fitness activities that you enjoy? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 86 billion dollars each year treating back pain symptoms, according to current research. Occasional back discomfort isn’t foreign to most of us, but chronic back pain can cause severe limitations in daily living activities as well as physical exercise. Certain risk factors, such as muscle imbalances, poor posture, obesity, stress, and excessive sitting can increase our risk for lower back pain. Whether we have jobs that require us to work at a computer all day, or be on our feet, more than likely all of us could benefit from exercises that build a strong, healthy back. The

Arm Yourself for the Holidays- You Tube Workout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRMOVgsbLjQ Whether it’s summer time fun or holiday festivities, we all want to bare arms that are strong and sculpted. This upper body workout gives you three exercises to strengthen and tone your biceps and triceps, along with interesting variations that challenge your balance and work your core. Tip: Remember that exercise bands offer variable resistance, which means that the resistance changes throughout the range of motion. This keeps the movement dynamic and allows you to create the amount resistance you need. If you need the work to be harder, step further away from the anchored band so the pull is greater. Tip: Make sure that your band doesn’t have any

Freaking Out Over Fifty... NOT

Okay, so maybe I’m freaking out a little. But I’ve practiced being fifty for about a year now, so I should be well prepared. Last year on my 49th birthday I kept repeating, “I’m going to be fifty,” as if I needed to hear the words spoken aloud. I was probably trying to brace myself for whatever emotions I thought I would experience. In reality, I think that when 50 came, I just wanted to “be ready.” Fast forward a year, and today, December 1st, I officially turn fifty years old/young. I still don’t know if I’m ready, after all society puts a lot of pressure on women to stay vibrant and young, and age comes with a lot of stereotypes. But I will say that turning fifty has inspired me to look a

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