Knee Friendly Fitness

Today I’m going to give you some guidelines for taking care of your knees while you’re working out in the gym. If you have a specific knee injury, get some help from your medical provider, especially a physical therapist, and go from there. I have learned all of the information presented here during the last…

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Low Back Pain Relief Hacks

Low back pain gets in the way of so much: your workout, your day and your fun, just to name a few. In this article, we are going to look at non-acute low back pain and how to interrupt the pain before it ruins your day or your activity. If you have an acute back…

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Knee Pain Relief Hacks

When your knee(s) hurt, it’s hard to stay active. Loss of mobility is no fun and can lead to poor health and decreased well-being. I write about knee pain a lot. I’ve been a personal trainer for thirty years. Over those three decades, I’ve seen quite a bit of knee pain and I’ve learned how…

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Success with Physical Therapy

I love physical therapy. It’s the best thing for you when your body hurts. Physical therapists have a way of “reading” what’s going on in your body. From that reading, they can plot a path for your recovery. PTs are all about getting you stronger in the weak parts, and longer in the tight or…

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Weight Loss and Pain Management

I have been helping plus-size folks for almost 30 years to get more fit. The people I work with are categorized as overweight, obese and super-obese. I don’t use that terminology, but I want you to have a picture. Most plus size individuals have been told to lose weight if they have knee, back, or…

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Find Your Flexibility

During my thirty years of being a personal fitness trainer, I have noticed most people fall into three categories of flexibility. These categories are anecdotal observations coupled with my Medical Exercise Specialist training. I am reminded of Goldilocks and the Three Bears whenever I teach this. In the simplest terms, most people are 1) overly…

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Foot Pain Fixes

Have you ever had Plantar Fasciitis (PF)? Boy, does it hurt! Especially when you put your feet on the floor first thing in the morning—ouch! PF is inflammation in the fascia on the bottom of your foot. You might feel it anywhere from your heel to the ball of your foot. The pain from this…

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Wishing for a Flat Stomach?

We’ve all seen commercials selling the idea that you can do enough crunches on a magic contraption to make your belly disappear. The truth is that you can’t spot reduce. If you could spot reduce, people who chew gum would have skinny faces. Even though you can’t spot reduce, most people think that doing crunches…

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Back Pain can show up with Knee Pain

Back Pain can show up with Knee Pain

Remember that old spiritual “Dem Bones” how it’s all connected? Well, it’s true.  Sometimes doing knee rehab can kick up back pain, what to do? First, if something you are doing aggravates your back pain stop it. Then try these quick fixes for back pain. or if there is no place to sit, try this…

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Overcoming Problems When Starting a Walking for Fitness Program

In our last column, we gave you the Easy Fitness system for starting a walking program (http://sfbaytimes.com/walking-is-wonderful/). The basic premise is to find your comfortable walking distance right now and start with that. It could be 10 steps, 10 blocks, 2 miles or anything in between. If you don’t know, then just start walking! Keep…

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