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The back stretching exercises article has been updated with more detailed illustrations and stretching instructions! You also have the option to order and download exercise cards to help you practice your stretches more consistently.
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.
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!
Also check the store for other titles, including an updated version of Correct Posture and introductory guides to stretching and core strengthening.
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!
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.
To help make pinning easier, I tagged the most popular illustrations to make them more visible. You can see the tags in these articles:
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back strengthening exercises
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.
Why exercise? Illustrations, science and exercise videos to keep you moving forward
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
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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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!
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.
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.
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."
Causes of lower back pain: only 30% have a specific back diagnosis?
Motivation to exercise: Stories to keep you moving forward!
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).
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.
Balance exercises: strengthen hip, knee and ankle muscles
Lower back exercises: learn proper strengthening technique with 1 minute videos.
Upper body exercises: 7 videos for strengthening and toning your shoulders and arms.
Core exercises: 7 videos for developing a strong, balanced midsection
Leg exercises: 8 videos for strengthening and toning your thighs, glutes and hips.
Resistance band exercises with videos and illustrations.
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Obesity scale compares health risks for overweight and obese.
Easy at home exercises include a total body strengthening routine.
Home cardio exercises with no equipment required!
home stretching exercises: easy to follow total body routine. Illustrated.
Metabolic syndrome x links obesity to diabetes and heart disease
Facts about obesity include key statistics, health issues, solutions
The curl up test is the most accurate home test of abdominal muscle strength
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:
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:
Shoulder exercises: safe, illustrated beginner's workout
Rotator cuff exercises using tubing, stability ball and free weight
Reasons to exercise: Build your health, prevent disease and disability and lower your medical costs.
Benefits of physical fitness: Quality of life. Surprisingly fast.
Free exercise tips: Get the greatest exercise benefits without risking injury
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!
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I have been in PT for years for back, neck and knee problems....I'm doing better than ever and have started weights again thanks to you.