Anyone who regularly exercises is no stranger to aches and pains.
But what if those pains don't go away?
That's exactly what was happening to this FitPerezcious Reader, who said:
"I'm currently training for my first half-marathon- I'm running it in a month. However, my knee has been hurting ever since a long run two weeks ago. I've been icing it every day, and doing low impact exercises other than running since then, but it's still hurting! Is there anything else I can do before shelling out the big bucks on a physiotherapist?"
Good thing Courtney Barber is here to help answer that question!
Envious of those pageant perfect stomachs? Try this move to sculpt your very own Miss USA midsection! Lying flat on your back with your knees bent, pop a small medicine ball (or soccer ball) between your knees. Keeping your back flat and abs tight, slowly curl the ball towards your bellybutton (so your bottom comes off the floor slightly) and lower back to the starting position. Repeat for 3 sets of 15.
- Fitness & Lifestyle Expert Courtney Barber
When it comes to health and fitness, a lot of terms get thrown around!
No matter how common, maybe you've missed the definition or importance of some of them — and that's okay!
We're here to help!
Take this FitPerezcious Reader's question for instance:
I was wondering what does BMI stand for and why is it so helpful?
Valid question! To answer in depth, we have Courtney Barber ready to go!
Ever wonder why you gain weight in certain areas of your body before the rest?? It can surely be frustrating to see other people losing weight where you want to lose it!
This FitPerezcious Reader needs to know just what she can do about it:
I need your help badly! I've been trying to lose weight for the summer, and whenever I do gain weight, I gain it in my face. I don't understand because I see girls who are bigger than me but their face is thin and they don't have a double chin. But I'm 5'6 , 135 pounds, and all my weight goes to my chin and face, please give me some tips. Thank you sooo much!
Dr. Oz, being one of the raddest Doctors we know, steps in to explain:
Are you constantly worried about your job performance?
Most people are, but maybe they seem to handle it a little better. Maybe they seem to have more confidence in the things they do!
So how do you get that confidence for yourself??
Have you ever wondered what fun, fitness-y things out there are actually good at keeping you nice and toned??
You're not alone!
Here's what one FitPerezcious Reader that wanted to know just that about boxing:
I am 5,6 142 pounds and really need to tone up. Is boxing a good sport to do this? How quickly will I see results?
It's pretty awesome that we have a resident boxing expert here!
Alex Brenes was kind enough to answer this reader's question!
Quitting smoking is an amazing triumph, because it is not small task!
It DOES get easier, but if you're fresh off the quit, it's hard to be around those who still smoke. Especially if they're loved ones.
So how do you handle that?
That's exactly what this FitPerezcious Reader needs to know:
Recently quit smoking - however some of my friends and family are smokers. What should I do when I’m with them? Is it best to avoid triggers? Or battle through?
Luckily we have Craig Nabat, our resident smoking expert on hand!
Here's what he said: