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Saturday, February 5, 2011

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Here is a short video dealing with three basic exercises. The first is the push up. This is one of the world's best exercises. One might ask why I do them against the third rung on a set of stairs. In my case, I was in the worst pain of my life for about 7 months 1 1/2 years ago with a herniated disc situation. Praise the lord, I finally got past that, although I did end up having a couple of fluoroscopic needle nerve block injections. I found out that doing push ups against the stairs gives one about 85% of the benefit, with less strain on the lower back. Occasionally I do some regular military push ups.

Excerpt from the following link:

(The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one’s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.
“You are just using your own body and your body’s weight,” said Steven G. Estes, a physical education professor and dean of the college of professional studies at Missouri Western State University. “If you’re going to demonstrate any kind of physical strength and power, that’s the easiest, simplest, fastest way to do it.”
But many people simply can’t do push-ups. Health and fitness experts, including the American College of Sports Medicine, have urged more focus on upper-body fitness. The aerobics movement has emphasized cardiovascular fitness but has also shifted attention from strength training exercises.)

  • The second one is a core strength exercise for the abdomen. I do mine on a machine I purchased at Dick's Sporting Goods, called the, Tower of Power.
  • The last one is doing curls with a curling bar with around 50 pounds on the bar. This is good for upper body strength and especially the biceps.

These exercises or ones similar to them can be done by anyone with a little determination and practice. I also try and walk 35-40 minutes at a brisk pace several times a week. During inclement weather, I go to a local fitness place or even a shopping mall.


He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines. 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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