Expert Advice: You’re Only As Strong As Your Weakest Muscle Group

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If you’re a regular gym goer, it’s easy to get stuck in the habit of thinking about each muscle in isolation, and working them that way. But this approach causes muscle imbalances: When demands placed on one muscle are too heavy to bear, another less suitable muscle will take over to support the weight. In some situations, the opposing muscle compensates and becomes stronger than its counterpart, meanwhile your weaker muscles remain weak.

One way to prevent muscle imbalances — and get better results when you work out while also preventing long-term injury — is to think of the body as a system with complementary muscle groups. And complementary muscles are often involved in the same movements so it makes sense to work them together.

But before you try that, it’s important to know the muscle groups that are often weaker. These are some of the most common areas of muscle weakness. Check them out, and take note. After all, you’re only as strong as your weakest muscle group.

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The Checkup: How to Actually Stick to Your Workout Routine

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How to actually make it to the gym four times this week like you said you would? Change the way you think about it. Think of your workouts the same way yogis think about their sweat sessions: as a “practice” — one that makes you better, not just afterward when you can squeeze into your skinny jeans, but during as well, says this personal trainer. Interesting, right? [Greatist]

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There May Actually Be a Case for Weighing Yourself Daily, New Study Shows

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We recently posted about why weighing oneself daily can be misleading and discourage weight-loss efforts. And many trainers and dietitians will back this up. But as with most topics in the science of nutrition and fitness, there’s a flip-side to this coin. According to Medical News Today, a study at Cornell University found evidence that frequent self-weighing and visually charting one’s progress can actually be an effective way to lose a modest amount of weight and keep it off. Read more »

The Checkup: The Super-Easy Trick to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

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• If you thought it was impossible to keep guacamole from turning brown in the fridge, think again! The folks over at Greatist just clued us in to the most genius trick: Put the guac in a container, level it out and pour water over it, then put it in the fridge. The water stops the top layer from oxidizing and turning brown, and when you’re ready to eat it, you just pour the water out and give it a good mix and voila! Green guacamole. [Greatist]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Your New Favorite Countdown Workout

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This week’s workout is about to be your new favorite workout — promise. Here’s the deal: You’re going to start with 21 reps of the seven exercises listed below, then work your way down by three reps to 18 reps of each, and then to 15, then 12, 9, and so on until you’ve done three reps of each exercise. And then you’re done! Who doesn’t love a workout that gets easier as you go? Good luck!

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This Philly Photographer Wants to Change the Face of Yoga

How Philly Moves 2014 | Photo by JJ Tiziou

How Philly Moves 2014 | Photo by JJ Tiziou

If the word “yoga” brings to your mind an image of a thin woman twisting her body into a pretzel in Lululemon yoga pants, that’s not too surprising. Oftentimes, those are the kinds of yogis we see in media. But JJ Tiziou, a Philly-based photographer and the guy behind the How Philly Moves photo series, wants to change that — and he needs your help.

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