Fitness Saturday: Standing Leg Extensions

March 21, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

By Brooke Marrone

Standing leg extensions are one of the best and most safe knee strengthening and balance exercises. Try this move 2 to 3 times a week and you should see immediate results!

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Fitness Saturday: Side-Lying Inner-Thigh Exercises

March 14, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

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Working the adductor muscles not only helps your legs look better, it’s also an incredibly effective exercise for strengthening the knees, ligaments, and tendons, and also improving bone density.

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Fitness Saturday: Doing the Superman

March 7, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

By Brooke Marrone

The Superman and Modified Superman are both great ways to “wake up” the back of the body and strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, and lower back.

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Fitness Saturday: The Bridge

February 28, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

By Brooke Marrone

This week’s exercise, The Bridge, is an amazing and safe way to help shape and strengthen your bum, build muscle, improve core stability, and increase flexibility

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Fitness Saturday: The Side-Lying Leg Lift

February 21, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

By Brooke Marrone

This week’s exercise, the Side-Lying Leg Lift, is one of my favorite go-to moves; it was recently named one of the very best thigh-toning exercises by the American Council on Exercise.

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Fitness Saturday: The Step-Up

February 14, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

By Brooke Marrone

We continue to celebrate American Heart Month with our exercise of the week, the Step-Up! This fantastic, functional exercise is great for increasing strength and stability in your lower body and improving your heart health.

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Fitness Saturday: The Body Squat

February 7, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

By Brooke Marrone

As we continue to build our foundation for a healthy body, we shift our focus this month from the core to the heart. February is American Heart Month, and it’s a great time to check in with yourself and see if you are taking the necessary steps to keep your heart healthy and strong.

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Fitness Saturday: The Bicycle Twist

January 31, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

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Finally, an ab exercise where you get to lie on your back!

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Fitness Saturday: Doing the High Plank Knee Cross

January 24, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

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By Brooke Marrone

Most people have very tight and short hip flexors (inner hip muscles), so this exercise is a great way to increase your flexibility in that area.

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Fitness Saturday: Doing the Bird Dog

January 17, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

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By Brooke Marrone

The best core exercises target multiple muscle groups with one move. I chose the Bird Dog because it does that and also works on balance and stability, two very important factors in establishing a strong core.

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Detecting and Treating Scoliosis, Part I

January 12, 2015 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

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By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

This is the first post in Women’s Voices’ upcoming three-part series on scoliosis—“curvature of the spine,” a condition that can cause postural abnormalities and back pain.

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Fitness Saturday: The Elbow Plank Exercise

January 10, 2015 by Brooke Marrone

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By Brooke Marrone

“I chose the Elbow Plank as the first official exercise of 2015 because a strong core is the foundation of fitness. The Plank is one of the most important and effective exercises to have in your routine.”

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Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb

November 25, 2014 by Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

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By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”

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Women’s Pelvic Health Awareness Campaign

April 5, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Media Planet asked Evelyn Hecht—a longtime source of expertise for our site—to discuss “The Science of Physical Therapy.” She and fellow physical therapists point out that appropriate pelvic-floor exercises can help women of any age control urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and painful intercourse.

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Wednesday 5: Middle-Aged Students; Woman on the Mountaintop; Culture of Motherhood; and Amelia Earhart

May 22, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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A middle-aged student writes of finding a sense of belonging with twenty-something-year-old classmates; a Saudi Arabian woman makes history at the top of Mount Everest; the funny things said when women say no to having children; the No. 1 killer of girls aged 15 to 19 globally is not a disease; and remembering the anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s extraordinary journey.

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