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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Wednesday 5: Barbie Paradox, Saudi Arabian Women, and Audrey Hepburn

April 3, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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The “Barbie paradox” (yes, there is such a thing); women in Saudi Arabia can ride their bikes in public; the feminist politics about the thong; Hyeonseo Lee, a refugee from North Korea, talks about a childhood where public executions were normal; and Audrey Hepburn on embracing aging.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Advice for a Medical Monday

April 1, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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Ten tips for leading the good life.

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Fashion Friday: Looking Good While Getting Fit

February 1, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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To ensure that we look our best while working out, we enlisted the help of stylish trainer Cheryl Blenk in sharing five fashionable picks for a workout wardrobe.

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Ten Years Younger and Ten Pounds Lighter

January 26, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Whether you feel defeated, you have gotten into a bad habit, or you are still rebelling against your parent’s endless admonishments to “Stand up straight!,” it is time you got over it and stood up for yourself.

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DR. PAT’S ADVICE: Ten Ways To Make 70 a Healthy Birthday

July 10, 2012 by Patricia Allen

Multi-tasking is the enemy of mindfulness. Improve your cognitive function by avoiding thinking about (or trying to do) several things at once, for that is the cause of much avoidable injury.

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A Nutritionist’s Advice: When the Scale Stops Moving, Don’t Panic!

July 5, 2012 by Keri Gans, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

A weight-loss plateau: It’s a very scary, very real scenario. But before you decide to totally surrender to the fact that the scale may never move again, ponder the advice nutritionist Keri Gans gives her patients.

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“Is It Still Safe to Eat?” A Nutritionist Investigates Her Fridge and Her Freezer

May 17, 2012 by Keri Gans, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

By Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN

I found a website that helps with the “is-it-safe?” judgment process: www.StillTasty.com. It tells you how long your favorite foods and beverages—from alfalfa sprouts to squash; fresh, canned, or frozen; open or unopened—will stay safe and tasty.

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Getting Ready for Spring Sports: Take Things Slowly

April 10, 2012 by Lindsay King

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There are many ways to ease into your preferred sports this spring. First, always make sure to set aside time to stretch before you head outside.

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