Core Strengthening For Easing Back Pain

These lower back exercises from sports medicine doctor Jordan Metzl, M.D., can help fix or prevent nagging spasms, discomfort, and achiness in your lower back.

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Your core muscles—not just your abdominals, but the muscles that wrap around your midsection—support your spine and lower back. And your core, hips, glutes, and hamstrings together form one big stability machine, so weakness in any one of those muscles forces the others to take up the slack.

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Slide 2 of 5: Unilateral lower body exercises work one side of your lower body at a time (read: one leg at a time). These moves require lots of balance and coordination, says Holland, and strengthen leg muscles to keep you steady on your feet.By working one side at a time, Holland says this kind of training can also help you identify and fix muscular imbalances and weakness in the lower body. Think about it: Have you ever been asked to stand on one leg in yoga class and been fine, then switched to standing on the other leg and almost fall over? Unilateral lower body exercises reveal these kinds of issues and help you address them with more targeted training."[Unilateral lower body exercises] can dramatically improve your ability to perform the activities of daily living," says Holland. And by strengthening your legs and balance skills, you'll be less likely to slip and fall.Now that you know why they're important, here are a few unilateral lower body exercises to try at home. For each move, Holland says to aim to complete two to three sets of 10 to 15 reps on each leg. Do each exercise two to three times per week on non-consecutive days for optimal results, he adds. Want more exercise ideas? These Walking Workouts Will Help You Get Lean.

People often associate heart healthregular exercise, and nutritious diets with living longer. However, there are other equally-important factors that can affect your lifespan that get less attention. Specifically, falls and accidents.

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Burn Belly Fat As Fast As Possible

Here are the best exercises and workouts to lose belly fat, according to personal trainers. 

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Slide 2 of 17: This exercise works your core, as well as your chest, shoulders, lats, triceps and quads, explains Michaels. Since burpees involve explosive plyometric movement, they'll get your heart pumping too.How to do burpees: Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart and send your hips back as you lower your body toward the ground in a low squat. Then, place your hands right outside of your feet and hop your feet back, allowing your chest to touch the floor. Push your hands against the floor to lift your body up into a plank and then jump your feet just outside of your hands. With your weight in your heels, jump explosively into the air with your arms overhead.

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Transformation From Lifting Weights

Slide 1 of 29: A couple of decades ago, lifting weights was something reserved for bodybuilders or strength athletes such as Olympic weightlifters. Thankfully, all those misconceptions are now gone. Strength training has gone mainstream, and there are very good reasons for it. Lifting weights can make you look and feel great, as well as benefiting both your physical and mental health. This might not come as a surprise for many of us, but what exactly are the benefits of lifting weights? How does it actually work?In this gallery, you'll find out all about how lifting weights can transform your life. Click through and start today!

A couple of decades ago, lifting weights was something reserved for bodybuilders or strength athletes such as Olympic weightlifters.

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Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with an estimated 80 percent of the population experiencing aches at some point in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association.

8 Minute Core Workout

While at first glance a boxer spends most of their time throwing upper-body moves, it’s a strong core that’s responsible for the power behind the punch.

Tone your abs with this 8-minute core workout (