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Check here for new exercise videos, illustrations, helpful tips and the latest science in the field. Check here also for the author's personal exploration of the world of health and fitness and updates through Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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May 20, 2014

Facebook, Instagram and social media

The wheels are beginning to turn for social media on whyiexercise.com. The social media hub will be the Facebook fan page. The feed on Facebook will have many of the latest videos, pictures and info. From here you'll see direct links to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and the YouTube channel so you can check out anything you might have missed.

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May 20, 2014

Progressive Core Strengthening

Have you seen the new e-book? If you are looking for expert instruction to take your core strength to the next level, look no further than Progressive Core Strengthening. This book will teach you to perfect your form and protect your back as you work your way through 6 levels of exercise, intro to advanced!

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Below is a video that introduces the book.

Also check the store for other titles, including an updated version of Correct Posture and introductory guides to stretching and core strengthening.

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Oct 07, 2013

Recent links and mentions

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Every so often I check the links to whyiexercise.com so I can learn more about my readers. I wanted to share what I discovered last week from referring sites.

In her article, Ten Excellent Knee Rehab Websites, Dr. Sheila Strover, Clinical Editor of Kneeguru.co.uk referred to whyiexercise.com as a leading resource for knee exercise, even among websites dedicated to knee rehab. "…a site for anyone wanting to build up their knee strength. …it is very clear and has excellent illustrations." Dr. Strover linked to these articles for her readers: knee exercises, knee strengthening exercises

See Dr. Strover's article through the link at the end of this post. whyiexercise.com is listed at #9.

Progressive Chiropractic, a Victoria, BC clinic with cutting edge diagnostics, also uses whyiexercise.com as a reference. Dr. Mark Smith's office has linked to back strengthening exercises as a resource for their patients.

Kimberly Garrison, Daily News personal fitness columnist at philly.com, referred to whyiexercise.com in her 9/25 article on calorie counting. "…the website whyiexercise.com has calorie expenditures for lots of activities at a range of weights" See the articles on metabolic equivalent and calories burned during exercise.

It's great to see that whyiexercise.com has been a helpful resource for knee care, back care and calorie counting!

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Oct 03, 2013

Learning new exercises at Muscle Beach

A couple weeks ago a friend was telling me about one of the toughest exercise moves he's seen. The human flag is a difficult exercise because you are suspending your body straight out from a post or pole. But my friend was talking about doing the exercise on a climbing rope! I tried it that day and it seemed really tough. The next week I went back to Muscle Beach and met a guy who could climb a 25' rope and do the Flag at the top! He gave me some tips for holding the rope, and after a little practicing, I could do it! (Not at the top of the rope, though.)

Also in this video is my workout buddy, Ken, doing his first muscle up. We've been training together for months, and I felt like he had the strength to do a muscle up, so 3 weeks ago I had him start trying. He didn't pull it off in the first couple weeks because he was having trouble with the timing of the movement. Then, spontaneously, he decided to run to the bar to try the move. It worked out perfectly as you'll see in the video.

Did you hear us cheering each other on? I was pretty excited after Ken's muscle up! This type of workout is so much fun for our group, and that keeps us coming back every week to get in better shape. See the link below to read more about exercise motivation.

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Sep 30, 2013

Whyiexercise.com Pinterest update

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Last week I discovered that illustrations from whyiexercise.com have been pinned on Pinterest quite a bit more over the past several months. Great to see that readers are enjoying the pictures!

To help make pinning easier, I tagged the most popular illustrations to make them more visible. You can see the tags in these articles:

knee strengthening exercises
back strengthening exercises
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back stretching exercises


I also started a Pinterest board for whyiexercise.com. There are 7 pin boards with 56 illustrations, including workout routines, exercise instructions, exercise charts and fitness charts. Follow me on Pinterest to see the updates.

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Sep 03, 2013

Why exercise?

Why exercise? Illustrations, science and exercise videos to keep you moving forward

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Mar 12, 2013

The best shape of my life!

A little over 3 years ago my wife learned she was pregnant. Faced with becoming a father, I realized that I needed to make some changes. I was pushing

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Oct 13, 2012

1.5 mile run charts in a Reddit.com debate!

1.5 mile run charts from whyiexercise.com were the subject of quite a humorous exchange on reddit.com.

See the charts in this article

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Jul 24, 2012

Testimonials for whyiexercise.com

See the latest reviews of whyiexercise.com

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May 18, 2012

New e-book, Correct Posture, featured on whyiexercise.com!

Created by the author of whyiexercise.com, Correct Posture for Your Back shows you how to relieve muscular fatigue, stress and tension in your back, build core strength safely, improve your first impressions, and most importantly, how to prevent serious back problems. This user friendly book includes over 120 detailed illustrations.

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May 18, 2012

Whyiexercise.com is on Pinterest!

Exercise routines and charts from whyiexercise.com are becoming popular on Pinterest! Some of the favorites are the routine of knee strengthening exercises, the push up chart for ladies, and the routine of body weight exercises.

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May 18, 2012

Atlanta weight loss clinic recommends whyiexercise.com

A medical group in Atlanta recommends whyiexercise.com as a health and fitness resource. As stated on their site: "This free website features links to free online exercise videos, exercise illustrations, home exercise programs and physical fitness tests to help you gauge your current strength and endurance levels against others your age."

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May 18, 2012

New exercise video update

Scroll to the bottom of this article to see the latest body weight / gymnastics exercises I've been working on, including a transition from a seated L position to a handstand, slow muscle ups (a pull up followed by a dip) on gymnastics rings, and rope climbing with a full overhead reach.

The ongoing challenge of this routine gives me great motivation to exercise!

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Jan 28, 2012

Causes of lower back pain show that exercise is the best solution

Causes of lower back pain: only 30% have a specific back diagnosis?

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Nov 21, 2011

Motivation to exercise

Motivation to exercise: Stories to keep you moving forward!

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Nov 17, 2011

Poor heart health scores found in children

The CDC studied 7 markers of cardiovascular health in teens including diet, body mass index, smoking, cholesterol, physical activity and blood sugar. Amazingly, not 1 child out of over 4000 studied met the criteria for a healthy diet, and physical activity scores were less than ideal for over 50% of teens.

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Nov 17, 2011

Obesity and overweight trends projected to worsen in U. S.

I was stunned to learn that 72 percent of men and 63 percent of women are currently overweight or obese. Based on this, it's not surprising to see that Northwestern Univ. projects 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women to be overweight or obese by 2020. They are also saying that by 2020, 77 percent of men and 53 percent of women will have dysglycemia (pre-diabetes).

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Nov 11, 2011

Balance exercises: a geriatric routine to make walking easier

Balance exercises: strengthen hip, knee and ankle muscles

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Nov 02, 2011

Lower back exercises on video

Lower back exercises: learn proper strengthening technique with 1 minute videos.

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Nov 02, 2011

Upper body exercises

Upper body exercises: 7 videos for strengthening and toning your shoulders and arms.

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Nov 02, 2011

Core exercises

Core exercises: 7 videos for developing a strong, balanced midsection

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Nov 02, 2011

Leg exercises

Leg exercises: 8 videos for strengthening and toning your thighs, glutes and hips.

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Oct 07, 2011

Resistance band exercises: a full routine

Resistance band exercises with videos and illustrations.

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Sep 17, 2011

Disclaimer

Disclaimer includes terms of use for whyiexercise.com

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Aug 15, 2011

Privacy policy

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Aug 13, 2011

Obesity scale: free, effective body weight testing

Obesity scale compares health risks for overweight and obese.

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Aug 04, 2011

Easy at home exercises with videos and illustrations.

Easy at home exercises include a total body strengthening routine.

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Aug 01, 2011

Home cardio exercises

Home cardio exercises with no equipment required!

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Aug 01, 2011

Home stretching exercises: Relieve muscle tension, prepare for a workout

home stretching exercises: easy to follow total body routine. Illustrated.

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Jul 24, 2011

Metabolic syndrome x

Metabolic syndrome x links obesity to diabetes and heart disease

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Jul 23, 2011

Facts about obesity

Facts about obesity include key statistics, health issues, solutions

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Jul 02, 2011

Test your abdominal muscle strength

The curl up test is the most accurate home test of abdominal muscle strength

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Jun 15, 2011

Only 51% of americans exercise more than 90 minutes per week

Assuming Gallup's numbers for frequent exercisers are on target, it's no wonder we have so many chronic health issues in the US!

3 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise per week are necessary for health maintenance, but many types of physical activity can work. See many of the possibilities (and the estimated calories burned) here:

http://www.whyiexercise.com/metabolic-equivalent.html

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Jun 15, 2011

Study on life expectancy shows need for exercise and healthy diet

The color-coded map from this study shows the areas with the lowest life expectancy in the US South, the same place where obesity and diabetes are the highest. Obviously, more exercise and a healthier diet will reverse the trend. It will improve quality of life and longevity much more effectively than advanced medical technology. I wrote an article on this issue here:

http://www.whyiexercise.com/reasons-to-exercise.html

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May 19, 2011

Shoulder exercises: a therapeutic strengthening routine

Shoulder exercises: safe, illustrated beginner's workout

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May 19, 2011

Rotator cuff exercises: mprove your strength for lifting & overhead movements

Rotator cuff exercises using tubing, stability ball and free weight

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Mar 22, 2011

Reasons to exercise: real life examples, illustrations, statistics

Reasons to exercise: Build your health, prevent disease and disability and lower your medical costs.

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Mar 03, 2011

Benefits of physical fitness: Key statistics and facts. Illustrated.

Benefits of physical fitness: Quality of life. Surprisingly fast.

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Jan 24, 2011

Free exercise tips: Learn to exercise at the right intensity.

Free exercise tips: Get the greatest exercise benefits without risking injury

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Hi! I'm Rob Cowell, PT, the author of whyiexercise.com. I enjoy sharing from my experiences in the world of health and fitness. See my exercises, workouts, lifestyle tips and more. Thanks for visiting!


  • 17 years of PT practice
  • Specialist in treatment of chronic pain.
  • Expert in exercise program design for all ages and ability levels.    





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