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by northernbelle
Sat Jun 21, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: ExRx lounge
Topic: "The Wii"
Replies: 21
Views: 16007

My daughter has a disease and is getting perilously close to liver failure. She and her husband bought Wii Fit. Since she can't do too much activity, the Wii Fit is great. It gets her moving on the days when she can't go out and she can move around at her own pace. When she has good days, she does t...
by northernbelle
Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: Diet & Nutrition
Topic: drinks like Vitamin Water
Replies: 3
Views: 3505

The only time I used those 'vitamin waters' was when I had to go on a liquid diet for 24 hours before a medical procedure. Man, did I get sick of them. Much too sweet, and I don't think the few units of limited vitamins they pack did any good nutrition wise. Now, I'm completely turned off those kind...
by northernbelle
Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:17 pm
Forum: Exercise Science
Topic: Best Exercises for Fat Loss
Replies: 7
Views: 15578

Still true today:

The best exercise for weight loss is pushing yourself away from the table.
by northernbelle
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cardio with Weight Loss as primary goal
Replies: 11
Views: 7800

The best time to exercise is when you can do it! There is a debate whether cardio is best in the morning or the evening. Personally, I can't do cardio first thing in the morning, so it gets done about mid-morning. As long as it is done, and the calories are burnt, I don't think it matters much in th...
by northernbelle
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ExRx exercise page
Replies: 2
Views: 3355

I just tried it and had no problem. I wasn't signed in.
Maybe try again later, in case the server was busy.
by northernbelle
Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stretching routine for your major muscle groups.
Replies: 7
Views: 8276

I like to have a variety of stretches and do different ones on different days. There are tons of stretches to find, for each muscle group, large or small. Choose which ones you want. To save time, you could choose stretches that work areas, rather than single muscles. For example, a full body stretc...
by northernbelle
Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NSCA-CPT cert?
Replies: 3
Views: 4144

Although anyone can read the information and make up a workout regime, I would say that the certification from a respected agency is important. Most people are given the advice to request the trainer's certification when hiring a personal trainer. I wouldn't hire one that doesn't have any, or has on...
by northernbelle
Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: What makes a good "sports therapist" ?
Replies: 2
Views: 3127

We don't have a problem with physiotherapists in Canada, except that there is a year and a half waiting list to see one, but there is a wide difference in personal trainers. I think most of them advise in the way in which they were taught. That's where the onus falls on you. Do research, know your o...
by northernbelle
Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: following templates
Replies: 1
Views: 2714

I would say that it doesn't matter. I have a few basic exercises that I do for each muscle group, no matter which template I am following. I also add a few others, just for variety. You could alternate the exercises, example kickbacks and extensions, on Monday and Thursday, or keep one for a month t...
by northernbelle
Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: cardio to weight lifting proportions
Replies: 5
Views: 9176

The recommendation that cardio be done 40-60 minutes 5 times a week is mainly for people who do no exercise. The current thinking is that you accumulate minutes of cardio during the week. Cardio can be anything from taking an evening stroll to playing a sport to HIIT in the gym. The idea is to be ac...
by northernbelle
Sun Oct 08, 2006 9:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: ACHES ON MY BACK AND NECK
Replies: 3
Views: 4896

First, check your ergonomics. Make changes and pay strict attention to the way you sit and the way you reach. Get up and take a break at least once an hour. Search ergonomics for good ideas. The aches come from poor posture for hours on end. Eventually you could end up with protracted shoulders. The...
by northernbelle
Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: another random question of mine
Replies: 6
Views: 5812

As long as the bars are not too long, what's the difference? I have a set of dumbbells that go to 10 pounds, but also a set of adjustable dumbbells to which you can add increments, in order to go heavier. The plates also fit on a full bar to make a barbell. The adjustable kind is more versatile and ...
by northernbelle
Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sucking in the stomach = good posture?
Replies: 4
Views: 7210

That sounds okay then. I remember my mother always saying, 'keep your stomach in' Too bad I didn't listen to her.

Being aware of keeping your abs tight will eventually become second nature, and you won't even think about it.
by northernbelle
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sucking in the stomach = good posture?
Replies: 4
Views: 7210

How far sucked in do you mean? If you try to keep your stomach fully contracted all day (as much as possible), this is unnatural. All your other muscles are not contracted all day. Keeping your abs tight and slightly contracted (up to 30%) is more natural and is part of good posture. I would think t...
by northernbelle
Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Unequal strength left to right using dumbbells
Replies: 5
Views: 6477

For about a year, I did single-sided exercises. I would use the weaker side's weight and reps, and then do the same for the stronger side. Then I had to take a break for a few weeks. When I went back, I found that the former stronger side was now weaker! Not by much. Now they are about even.