Exercise is physical activity performed to improve health, fitness, and overall well-being. It encompasses a wide range of activities, from aerobic exercises like running and cycling to strength training and flexibility exercises like yoga. Regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and enhancing physical and mental health.

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I’ve Returned and So Apparently Are the Neck Multifidus Muscles after Exercise!

I’ve been out for six weeks sailing the Med. It was another great trip and a much-needed break for an old guy! Today, let’s cover a new study that shows that cervical multifidus muscle atrophy can be recovered with exercise. Getting Back If you recall, we are on a four-year journey to sail the Mediterranean,…read more

Dead Lifts and Spondylolisthesis

If there is one exercise recommended by personal trainers that causes more back injuries than any other, it’s a deadlift. I have literally treated dozens of patients through the years who can track the start of a serious low back injury to this exercise. This week I saw two of these patients with one who…read more

Managing the Curse of the 50s

As a physician, I have observed over my career what I call the curse of the fifties. Meaning that this is when bad things happen or begin to happen. Sometimes it’s a heart attack, the first appearance of cancer, or chronic musculoskeletal problems that begin to hit our ability to stay active. Hence, as my…read more

Fighting Gravity as You Age: The Swiss Ball Super Stretch

I often write that I have a love-hate relationship with aging. On the one hand, an aging body is a fantastic instructor for anyone that does what I do. On the other hand, aging isn’t for sissies. Today I’d like to review a new Swiss ball super stretch I’ve been using that has made a…read more

Exercise Is the Best Medicine for Anxiety and Depression

In the world of Instagram and young adults, the new buzzword is Anxiety. That of course makes all sorts of sense, as for almost two years we’ve been living in an anxiety-provoking pandemic. How should we be treating Anxiety? It turns out that a new study shows that intense exercise is the best medicine. Let’s…read more

Just Move…

Does the amount we move reduce our risk of death? That’s a simple question that many studies have ventured to answer. A recent bit of research may make you glad you got a Fitbit for Christmas. Let’s dig in. What Is All-Cause Mortality? Researchers will typically use a metric that they describe as “all-cause mortality”.…read more

My Basic Core Exercises

If you have chronic low back issues, one of the most critical ingredients for feeling better and creating a more bombproof back is your core. A patient last week asked me which core exercises I would recommend as a home program. Here’s that list of the exercises I personally use. Let’s dig in. What Is…read more

Too Much of a Good Thing?

My mother used to say, “everything in moderation”. This is what a new study seems to say about exercise. Can too much exercise be a problem for your body? Let’s dig in. How Much Should You Exercise? The current US physical activity guidelines state that (1): “Adults should do at least 150 minutes to 300…read more
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