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What are the best core strengthening exercises?

What are the best core strengthening exercises?

See below: There are many great core strengthening exercises. I would recommend a visit with a physical therapist or personal trainer to learn proper technique. One of the best exercises are called planks. To do this lay on your stomach and lift your belly and legs off the ground with your forarms and toes on the ground. Try holding this postion for 15-30 seconds at a time. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some really good core strengthening exercises?

Please tell me what are some really good core strengthening exercises?

Squats, lunges: Some basic ' core' workouts should include squats, crunches, lunges, planks, sit- ups, push- ups. ...Read more

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How to get hard rock abs in 4 months? And what are some core strengthening exercises?

How to get hard rock abs in 4 months? And what are some core strengthening exercises?

Core Strengthening: Neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill are great for you abs without hurting your back. Can find videos on youtube. Includes front and side planks, bird dog exercises, stirring the pot, and pull ins. ...Read more

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What are the best core-strengthening exercises for beginners? For better balance, strength, and preventing injuries.

What are the best core-strengthening exercises for beginners? For better balance, strength, and preventing injuries.

See below: There are many great core strengthening exercises. I would recommend a visit with a physical therapist or personal trainer to learn proper technique. One of the best exercises are called planks. To do this lay on your stomach and lift your belly and legs off the ground with your forarms and toes on the ground. Try holding this postion for 15-30 seconds at a time. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some core strengthening exercises and other exercises that are easy on knees and back?

Please tell me what are some core strengthening exercises and other exercises that are easy on knees and back?

Lots online and apps: As you work your core, our back actually will benefit and gain strength too. Look at low-impact exercises. Look at isometric and stretching too. Great links online available but 2 basic core movements to include are planks and lying leg raises. ...Read more

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Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core exercises: Neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill can be done almost immediately even while in a brace, these include planks and "bird dog" as well as abdominal pull ins. The key here is to maintain a neutral spine. Videos are on youtube and may be adapted. Definitely coordinate this with your surgeon and physical therapist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are good core strengthening exercises that do not include crunches or sit ups?

I was wondering what are good core strengthening exercises that do not include crunches or sit ups?

Kick-boxing: Kick-boxing is an incredible way to build core strength and flattening your abs. It is not an easy thing to do, but once you get used to it, you will agree. Start out with just a punching bag--"hook punches" and round-kicks are great trunk-strengthening exercises. Nevertheless, any exercise is better than none. So, start out small and increase as you progress. Good luck and have a healthy new year. ...Read more

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What's the best exercise to strengthen neck?

What's the best exercise to strengthen neck?

Be careful: Be careful with neck strengthening as they can make neck problems worse. Working with a pt or trainer who is trained on this area of the body can be very beneficial. Resisted motion using a towel (bending forward, backward, to each side) can be used — trainers know how much tension to put on the towel. Rolling the neck is almost never a good thing — alwas return to neural before bending again. ...Read more

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What exercise can you do to strengthen your rotator cuff area?

What exercise can you do to strengthen your rotator cuff area?

Rotator cuff: Rehab exercises can easily be found with a google search. There are many good ones: rotator cuff rehab exercises. ...Read more

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Which types of exercise are best for strengthening the upper back and shoulders?

Which types of exercise are best for strengthening the upper back and shoulders?

Exercises: I typically think of pull ups, chin ups, lat pull downs, rows & presses to exercise & strengthen upper back & shoulders. Also, check out http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/important-muscles-women-ignore, http://www.webmd.com/men/features/strength-training-building-shoulder-back-muscles & http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/3-exercises-to-strengthen-the-shoulders. Start w/low weights & reps. ...Read more

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Which types of exercise are best for strengthening your core and improving posture?

Which types of exercise are best for strengthening your core and improving posture?

Core exercises: Check with your doctor to make sure you are ready for any exercise regimen before beginning.
Core exercises will strengthen your abdominal region and your paraspinal muscles.
Some excellent exercises to begin are pushups and plank exercises. You can learn to do these online.
There are several core exercises you can learn online tailored to your level of fitness. Google them. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you think is the most effective exercise to strengthen a shoulder that keeps dislocating?

What do you think is the most effective exercise to strengthen a shoulder that keeps dislocating?

Suggestion: Assuming that you suffer from anterior dislocations, I would recommend you look at the thrower's 10 program. Concentrate on the exercises for shoulder... If you are doing push-ups, avoid going deeper than 90 degrees at the elbow since this will put your shoulder in a vulnerable position for dislocation. Avoid tricep dips for sure! If conservative treatments do not work, you may need surgery. ...Read more

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Best exercise methods for strengthening your core, neck and back?

Best exercise methods for strengthening your core, neck and back?

Yoga: Simply yoga would be your best bet for a single exercise that strengthens the core and works on flexibility. ...Read more

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What do you think is the most effective exercise to strengthen shoulder ligaments?

What do you think is the most effective exercise to strengthen shoulder ligaments?

Muscle: There are basically two components of what stabilizes a joint: static & dynamic. Static issues that you can't really strengthen include ligaments/cartilage/labrum/etc and negative (suction) pressure between the joint. Dynamic stabilizers (which you can strengthen) are the muscles around the joint. Proper muscle strengthening surrounding the joint can definitely aid in joint stability. ...Read more

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Why does exercise strengthen the joints?

Why does exercise strengthen the joints?

Strengthens muscles: Exercise, especially resistance exercise or weight training, strengthens the muscles that support the joints. The joints themselves are not strengthened by exercise. Physical therapy is often recommended after joint injury to strengthen the muscles around the joints. ...Read more

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Which exercise strengthens the hip muscles?

Which exercise strengthens the hip muscles?

Leg lifts.: The best exercises for our hips are either from yoga study; or simply lay on one side and raise your leg in the air; hold and pulse at the top for more focused movements. ...Read more

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Please answer! What kind of exercise routine would be best to strengthen an arm that is shorter?

Please answer! What kind of exercise routine would be best to strengthen an arm that is shorter?

Same as longer arm!: Seriously! We don't recommend any specific exercise just b/c one arm is shorter. Likewise, we don't recommend any specific exercise just b/c other arm is longer. In other words, don't favor one extremity or body part over other. Work them all out equally, to the best of their ability. Don't forget aerobic conditioning to improve cardiorespiratory (heart & lung) fitness. Plus healthy nutrition. ...Read more

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Does 62yo need physical for supervised walking, stretching+strengthening (bands/free weights+plate-loaded equip), swimming, water exercise/volleyball?

Does 62yo need physical for supervised walking, stretching+strengthening (bands/free weights+plate-loaded equip), swimming, water exercise/volleyball?

Not generally: If you have no current symptoms with exercise and have no known significant underlying disease you should be fine. If you develop symptoms see your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to strengthen my epigastric vein with exercise?

Is it possible for me to strengthen my epigastric vein with exercise?

Vein: It is not possible to strengthen a vein with exercise. You can strengthen the surrounding muscular area by doing core exercises. ...Read more

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What type of exercise(s) can I do for my tennis elbow to strengthen it?

What type of exercise(s) can I do for my tennis elbow to strengthen it?

The hammer exercise: An exercise that is effective in strengthening tennis elbow is the "hammer" exercise. With your elbow bent at 90 degrees and forearm parallel to the floor, hold in your hand the end of the handle of a hammer (or tennis racket). Rotate your forearm and wrist so that the hammer head forms an arc from left to right and back again. Do this several times a day to strengthen the brachioradialis muscle. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is an exercise or physical regime that can strengthen your air way to a lung?

Is it possible there is an exercise or physical regime that can strengthen your air way to a lung?

Cardio: Cardiovascular exercise will condition the heart and lungs to improve oxygenation in general. ...Read more

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How many repetitions of elbow exercise should I do to strengthen my tennis elbow without injuring it?

How many repetitions of elbow exercise should I do to strengthen my tennis elbow without injuring it?

Low weight, high rep: After an initial period of rest, most patients do best with a rehab protocol based on low weights and high repetitions. In my practice that means two sets of at least 15 reps in each set. If you play a sport, you can gradually resume the sport as symptoms resolve. A tennis elbow strap may be useful to minimize symptoms. For new onset of pain, a course of nsaids may be prescribed as well. ...Read more

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What foods can strengthen muscles as I can't exercise I have divericulation of abdomen recti and slight herniation. Dr. S?

What foods can strengthen muscles as I can't exercise I have divericulation of abdomen recti and slight herniation. Dr. S?

See a surgeon!: A diastasis of the rectus muscles (no such thing as a diverticulation of abdomen recti) should not Prohibit you from exercising! A hernia may but that can be fixed. Go see a general surgeon about your hernia. It can be fixed, and then 6 weeks later, you can get back to full physical activity! ...Read more

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What are some good strengthening exercise for my ankle that I could do at soccer practice?

What are some good strengthening exercise for my ankle that I could do at soccer practice?

Ankle: I would enter into Google ankle sprain. The same exercises we use to rehab a sprained ankle are helpful to prevent them. They are simple exercises and typically can be done with a resistance band ...Read more

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What is the best exercise to strengthen the muscles around a previously dislocated shoulder?

What is the best exercise to strengthen the muscles around a previously dislocated shoulder?

It depends....: There are many exercises that can strengthening the muscles of the shoulder after a dislocation. However, these exercises may depend on the type of dislocation (anterior vs. Posterior), as well as if there were any other injuries (nerve entrapment, tears, etc.) Best to consult with your family or sports medicine doctor, orthopedic surgeon, or physical therapist for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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How do I build up my forearm muscles? Is there an exercise that strengthens forearms without using gym equipment?

How do I build up my forearm muscles? Is there an exercise that strengthens forearms without using gym equipment?

There some easy thi-: -ngs.buy a hand exerciser @ a sport shop like Scheels. Also, use a piece of wood & a twine, add a weight 2 it & use your hands 2 roll it up, and let unwind slowly. Add wt as you gain strength. Also, buy a free weight barbell that you can use. Practice in the store. Need 2 do a series of 15, breif rext and do total of 3 series. If you can't finish 3rd series flex/ext.of wrist start add wt as U=R able ...Read more

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Is cycling better or walking as an exercise in early stage of osteoporosis for a 45-year-old lady? What else can we do to strengthen knees.

Osteoporosis: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise more than aerobic exercise. Also, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. ...Read more

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Can even light theraband exercise on overstretched upper back muscles cause burning that has lasted for around 5 days. Trying to strengthen muscles.

Can even light theraband exercise on overstretched upper back muscles cause burning that has lasted for around 5 days. Trying to strengthen muscles.

It can. : 'Muscle burn' occurs when you exercise strenuously enough to build muscle, and peaks at 24-72 hrs. It is caused by micro- tears in the muscle itself, which leads to the muscle to rebuild. If it lasts for 5 days, it means these micro-tears in your upper back are too overstretched and you will need to avoid mm strengthening exercise for about a week. Do light activities. Restart then every 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Sufferer of tight, achy neck & upper trap. Usually when stressed. What types of exercise are best to strengthen those areas & alleviate tension/pain?

Sufferer of tight, achy neck & upper trap. Usually when stressed. What types of exercise are best to strengthen those areas & alleviate tension/pain?

Neck and shoulder: Neck and shoulder rolls and stretches can be very helpful. Doing resistance exercises for the neck and shoulders with either exercise band for the neck and/or weight for the shoulders can help strengthen these muscles. Relaxation and deep breathing exercises can help with stress and anxiety. http://www.self.com/fitness/2015/02/stretches-relieve-sore-neck-sitting-all-day/ ...Read more

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