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Deep Back Stretch

Looking for a new stretch that targets your lower back? Here’s one that uses a partner to lengthen all the muscles — from your shoulders down through your spine. This exercise is not recommended if you have serious back problems. Stand approximately two feet from your partner, facing each other. Firmly grasp your partner’s hands or wrists. Place your feet shoulder width apart, toes turned …

Ab Toss Catch and Curl

Pick up a ball for a new way to work your abdominal muscles. Here’s how to do the ab toss catch and curl correctly: Ab Toss Catch and Curl Lie on your back with your heels about three feet away from a solid wall and your knees slightly bent. While holding a medicine ball or slightly deflated basketball with your arms fully extended over your …

Running shoes for weak arches and achy shins

What are good running shoes for a female with poor arches and achy shins? I am currently wearing Nike Air Pegasus with an insole, which has helped my arch problem but not my shins. Any suggestions? No two feet are alike – including your own. That makes it difficult to recommend shoes. What feels great on one person may feel terrible on the next. Your …

Synthetic vs. leather sneakers

What are the benefits of a synthetic/mesh construction compared to a leather/mesh walking shoe, besides weight? Leather shoes may be more durable and may keep moisture (like dew or rain) out a little bit better. They may hold their shape a little bit better. As for synthetic shoes, depending on the material, they may breathe better. I also find that my leather walking shoes stay …

Walking on treadmills vs. the sidewalk

Are treadmills better than the sidewalk? I have been an avid walker for about 4 years now and I enjoy it. In the winter I use a treadmill, and I wonder if the impact on my joints is harder on a treadmill, or when I am out walking in my neighborhood? Actually, it depends on where you walk in your neighborhood. But I’ll assume sidewalks. …

Runners: adding a rest-day walk

I am a 12-year-old runner who can run a 7:10 mile. I was wondering how long and how fast would I need to walk on the days I don’t run to get benefits. (Normally, I run for about 15 minutes.) Currently, I’m training for a 1.5-mile race, but my doctor won’t let me run every day because of my ankles and my age. Because I’m …

Measure Walking Stride

Could you please describe exactly how to measure your stride. How long should the optimum stride be? Stride length is the distance from the heel of your forward foot to the toes of your back foot. The easiest way to estimate your stride length – which you’ll need to do to set your pedometer correctly — is to mark off a ten-foot strip. Begin walking …

Work Your Abdominals While You Walk

Do you know of any methods to get an extra abdominal workout while walking? You can walk with walking poles to work your abs a bit. Or you can stop periodically and do standing crunches. Bend forward and put your hands on your thighs. Contract your abdominals as you slide your hands down your thighs slightly. Hold for a few seconds and release. It’s great …

Get strong, stay flexible

I play baseball, and I want to get strong but stay flexible. Many people who build muscle seem to be less limber. How can I increase my muscle mass without losing flexibility? Building muscle is not going to make you less flexible as long as you stretch. Many of us are guilty of not stretching enough, and that’s the most likely reason the people that …

Build arm muscles after carpal tunnel

I love to exercise, but I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome since an auto accident. I’d like to build the muscles in my arms. What exercises can I do safely? Before doing any arm exercises, check with your doctor to make sure that you don’t have a more serious problem. Also, ask her if it is safe for you to do exercises to strengthen the …