In addtion to building bone, these routines can help improve endurance, strength, posture and balance to help with decreasing the risk of falls and fractures. The previous article and video demonstrated a series of body weight bearing exercises including push ups and planks. These exercises require no equipment, just some floor space and can be done anytime anywhere.…

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Millions of patients in the United States take the acid blocking medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The most common indication for long term usage is acid reflux or heartburn (GERD).  PPIs include omeprazole and other “– azoles” whose brand names include Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix. Last week, an article was published in the…

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Here is the fifth and final exercise in the abdominal series. We have reviewed the basic sit-up, the oblique twist sit-up, the reverse lift, the traditional oblique and oblique alternators, and now today’s featured move is a marching and tapping core stabilizer. This move targets the low abdominal muscles, the transverse abdominis. There are two versions. The most basic…

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Today’s featured move, the fourth in the abdominal series, is another oblique challenger with two versions: Traditional Oblique and Oblique Alternators. These are great alternatives to the oblique twist sit-up OR additional options to include in a full abdominal series. Lie flat on your back, feet on the floor, with your knees bent. Cross the left ankle…

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Now that you’ve mastered good technique for the basic sit-up, this second move will focus on the oblique abdominals, the muscles on both sides of your abdomen. Lie on a firm surface. Drop both knees to one side, place your hands behind your head, with your elbows out to the sides. Keep your chin slightly tilted…

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This is the first of several demos of different varieties of sit-ups. When used together and done properly, they’ll help strengthen the core by working the many muscles from the abdominal to the pelvic region. The first is a modified sit-up which targets the rectus abdominus, the long muscles running vertically along your midline. Start by lying…

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Your posture, or how you carry yourself, is very noticeable to others. Good posture can help you present yourself as confident and strong, or tired and weak. While posture is often good in childhood, it tends to worsen over time, unless you focus on exercises to maintain or improve it. Every day, we are leaning…

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