These moves are for you if you’re prone to back pain and you want to strengthen your body, feel better, and prevent future problems.

I think about back pain a lot. In fact, it’s the primary reason I started and have maintained a regular exercise practice for the past 15-ish years.

In my late teens and early 20s, I was more or less inactive — and I threw out my back all the time

Monday Move

How varying your style of curl will help you get even stronger

If you’ve ever picked up a dumbbell, you’ve almost certainly tried a traditional biceps curl: Stand tall with dumbbells in your hands, palms facing forward, and bend the elbows to lift the weight up toward your shoulders, then lower. This is an amazing and straightforward way to strengthen your biceps…

Monday Move

If your holiday was a little too relaxing, try this.

It’s been another exhausting, maddening, whiplash-inducing year, and if you were relieved that the holiday season finally started last week, you’re not alone. Basically no one’s been getting enough rest, and spending some quality time hanging out with family and friends (safely, I hope), eating delicious food, and catching up…

Monday Move

It looks a little weird but feels amazing — and could even help you feel less stressed.

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

Plus, why rotation is beneficial

Author demonstrating the move.

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…

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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