Monday Move

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Over the course of a stressful day, I can often feel my shoulders start to creep up toward my ears: I tend to hold a lot of tension in my trapezius muscles (they’re also always full of knots on the rare occasions when I treat myself to a massage). …

Monday Move

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When we exercise, most of us focus on up-and-down movements (i.e. squats and biceps curls) or back-and-forth movements (i.e. lunges) — but might be missing out on the benefits of incorporating rotation.

Rotational exercises — those that move in the transverse plane, if you’re feeling spicy — help build core…

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A few weeks ago, I developed a dull, aching pain in my left knee: patellofemoral syndrome, according to the nurse practitioner on the other end of my telemedicine appointment. Her prescription was for rest, ice, and a few weeks of physical therapy exercises, and I’m happy to say I’m feeling…

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Confession: My arms are a little neglected. I’m so focused on functional fitness that I sometimes forget the smaller muscles that don’t play as major a role in things like posture and balance. But arms are important too! I’m regularly hauling around my two children, picking up groceries, pushing, pulling…

Monday Move

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For those of us with a bit of a shoulder hunch — and/or with forward head posture (exactly what it sounds like) — strengthening the upper and mid-back, and stretching the chest, can help counteract our slouchy positioning. Correcting forward head posture may even reduce pain (in the neck, shoulders…

Anna Maltby

Editor and writer. Past: Elemental, Real Simple, Refinery29, SELF. Certified personal trainer; prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist. Cat & person mom.

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