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Your pelvic floor muscles are to your body what a structural frame is to your house: foundational.
Spanning from hip-to-hip and back-to-front, the pelvic floor muscles are a flexible sling of muscles that support your reproductive and excretory organs, says Kandis Daroski, a physical therapist. This includes your bladder, bowels, rectum, and uterus (...
8 best push-up variations for improving strength in your chest and arms, according to a strength coach
Push-ups are a full-body exercise that mainly strengthens your upper body.
Doing variations of the push-up can help keep any bodyweight routine interesting and effective.
Variations like the box push-up and decline push-up even work different muscle groups.
Push-ups are one of the best bodyweight exercises you can do. Not only are they highly accessible to most folks but they're capable of being done anytime, anywhere. They pack a serious punch of perks, too, including strengthening your tric...
Functional fitness is the best training routine for avid weight lifters to novices — here's why, according to strength coaches
Functional fitness training entails exercises mimicking real-world movements like squats and deadlifts.
Doing these exercises can help reduce the risk of injury, improve mobility, and build strength.
Other examples of functional fitness exercises include leg extensions, cardio training, and push-ups.
Fitness is typically associated with strength and muscle tone but there is another type of fitness that's more important for your day-to-day: functional fitness.
Functional fitness refers to your...
Lifting weights to failure can help build muscle fast but strength coaches say it's not recommended for everyone
Training to failure means doing reps of movement over and over until you physically can't do another.
This can be effective for advanced lifters to add strength and size, so long as they recover properly.
Given the potential injury risk, lifting to failure should not be utilized by beginner lifters.
Lifting weights to failure is a strength training technique and, unlike the name implies, has nothing to do with failing at anything.
While this strength training method may help some people build...
hen the elliptical machine first hit the fitness scene in the 1990s, it was all the rage. But over the last few years, more attention has gone to flashier, higher-tech options with touch-screens and built-in instructions (think: Mirror and Tonal). And at-home fitness pioneers like Peloton have bypassed the elliptical entirely in favor of the bike, treadmill, and rower.
But are ellipticals actually less popular than they once were, or are they just getting less PR?
The short answer is no, elli...
The word “playboy” may conjure images of bunny ears, centerfolds, and a number of more recent accounts of abuse from women who worked with the brand and its founder, Hugh Hefner. Criticisms that Playboy, both the publication and its associated brand enterprises, monetized the male gaze and contributed to the objectification and normalization of emotional and physical abuse of women are fair. And in the past few years, the company—now run without oversight or control from Hefner's family—has t...
“Stress poops”, “nervous butterflies”, and “anxiety burps” have long clued people into the possibility that the gut and brain are intertwined. In recent years, though, research on this relationship has proved that the gut-brain connection isn’t just anecdotal, but something with real science behind it. “A growing body of research shows how our physical health and mental health are inextricably linked,” says lifestyle medicine physician Onikepe Adegbola, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the virtual IBS...
The squat is to any exercise routine what communication is to any relationship: foundational.
A functional movement pattern that involves flexing and extending at your hips, knees and ankles, the squat exercise replicates the shapes your body shifts into each time you sit down or stand up, explains certified strength and conditioning coach Jake Harcoff, CSCS, head coach and owner of AIM Athletic.
Being able to correctly perform squats in your weight room (or living room!) can help protect you...
Experts explain the common scenarios that might call for adjusting your ulcerative colitis treatment—and what to ask your gastro to help ease your concerns.
As anyone who is dealing with ulcerative colitis (UC) knows, the road to relief is often a game of trial and error. We get the frustration: Sometimes it’s easier to stick with what you know, even if a certain medication isn’t tackling your UC symptoms in the way that it should. But experts urge that fine-tuning your treatment plan is wort...
If you are one of the 1.6 million Americans with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—or married to, living with, or dating someone who has it—then you know that a chronic digestive condition like Crohn’s disease can mess with your romantic relationship, without notice. Does that mean your sex and love life are doomed? Of course not. We spoke with experts and people living with Crohn’s alike to come up with the very best tried-and-true tips for negotiating love in the time of gastro issues.
Got little ones? Battling Crohn’s symptoms? Check out this advice from moms and dads (and experts, too) on ways to handle work, parenting, and flares—yes, all at once.
Handling a running toddler (or two or three) or crawling baby while navigating the runs is a reality all too common for parents affected by Crohn’s disease. This chronic inflammatory condition of the digestive tract impacts an estimated half-million people in the United States. Actually, the average age at Crohn’s disease diagn...
2. Nike Outdoor Jackets
The couch isn’t the only place to wear snuggly clothing. Assuming you’ve properly layered, you can be cozy while you climb or clamber outdoors. Top your base layers with a Nike outdoor jacket, to keep your core (and arms) toasty as you adventure.
There are several Nike Therma-FIT Repel jackets, made from weather-resistant fabric that shields from snow, sleet, and rain. Jackets made with Therma-FIT Repel also feature insulation that captures body heat, keeping you warm ...
Building a collection of sweat-wicking, long-sleeve tops is key for any workout wardrobe. The best part of the task? There are tons of Nike styles and fits to choose from.
For example, do you want workout shirts with a full-zip, quarter-zip, or no zip? Do you prefer a shirt that’s snug or more oversized? Check out the guide below to find the best women's long-sleeve workout shirts for your needs.
1. Nike Dri-FIT Crop Long-Sleeve
Looking for a long-sleeve accoutrement to go with your high-wais...
Yes! Your capacity for pleasure, orgasm, and intimacy doesn’t disappear after prostate removal.
What’s the short answer?
Pleasure, orgasm, erection, and ejaculation are not a package deal. It’s possible to experience one or more without the others.
“The prostate’s main function is to produce semen, which is the fluid that carries sperm through the urethra and out the body,” says Mohit Khera, MD, a urologist specializing in sexual dysfunction and infertility.
When it’s removed, there’s no flui...
It ultimately depends on your healthcare plan, the surgery you’re inquiring about, and why you’re getting it done.
The United States government offers six different healthcare plans:
State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Department of Defense TRICARE and TRICARE for Life programs (DOD TRICARE)
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) program
Indian Health Service (IHS) program
Together, these programs provide healthcare coverage for about one-third of people in the U...