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What are good abdominal exercises for someone who has a bad back and shouldn't do sit-ups?

Halle Clarke, New York, NY
“A lot of conditions fall under the category of a "bad back" There is scoliosis, lordosis, stenosis, SI dysfunction, general weakness and other disc pathologies, to name a few. How one should strengthen the core varies on the medical reason for the bad back. Because you have been toldnot to do...” Read more
Franklin Antoian, Delray Beach, FL
“Good abdominal exercises for someone who has a bad back and should not do sit-ups include bridges, planks and half-crunches. In a half-crunch, just bring your shoulders off the floor and go back to starting position. ” Read more
James Weaver, Milford, CT
“The only time that I did sit-ups is when I was in the military. I don't recommend doing sit-ups, ever. The best exercises are crunches. When you do a crunch properly, there is no strain on your back. In order to do a crunch properly, you must have your back flat on the floor or on a mat. Place...” Read more
Charles Bell, Knoxville, TN
“Use a stability ball. This can take pressure off the problem area. Some other exercises that can be done by people with back issues include modified planks, which put pressure on the legs.” Read more
Bill Ross, Littleton, CO
“Your best exercise is going to be a plank on your knees. Then advance to a plank on your toes. You must make sure your core is fully engaged every time. Keep your back as flat as possible during the entire time. Your goal should be to hold the plank position for 60 seconds. There are many...” Read more
Andrea Metcalf, Chicago, IL
“A bad back is usually an indicator or a weak back side, including hamstrings and glutes. It is best to work on stretching the hip flexors and strengthening the glutes and hamstrings with bridging exercises. Check out free videos on my website for back pain exercises. www.andreametcalf.com” Read more
Jaime Marizan, New York, NY
“Lie face-up with both legs bent on the floor. Do a pelvis tilt up and down for two sets of 15 reps. Then move on to doing a pelvic bridge. Slowly raise both hips, creating an arch on the lower back.” Read more
Dan Kritsonis, Bellevue, WA
“Keep in mind that even the safest abdominal exercises can cause back pain if performed with poor form. Fortunately, there are numerous abdominal exercises, which, if performed correctly, will not hurt your back. To protect the back, your core muscles must be actively engaged. It helps if you...” Read more

I want to boost my sex drive.

Ancient Greeks worshipped Eros, the god of lust, whose arrows aroused passion in whomever they struck. Hindus? They had the Kama Sutra, the Sanskrit text with step-by-step instructions for 64 sexual positions. And the Babylonians believed that all sexual activity in the world ceased when Ishtar, the goddess of love, war and sex, descended to the underworld.

As for us—well, most of us are not copulating in 64 positions. In fact, 44 percent of women reported having sexual problems, with low libido the most common one, according to a 2008 study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Men aren't the sex-mad, testosterone-driven animals we see in movies either. Actually, low desire in men might just be America's best-kept secret; some experts say it affects a quarter of all men.

Everything from stress to hormonal changes can prevent us from getting our groove on. For women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, hormonal birth control and menopause can all contribute to a lagging libido.…

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Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are the superstars of healthy fatty acids, improving the health of the heart, brain, skin and other internal organs and enhancing quality of life in myriad ways.

A fundamental building block for the body, this essential nutrient is part of the cell membrane and plays a role in the function of cell receptors. Omega-3 fatty acids work wonders for healthy bodies, making brains smarter and hearts stronger. For bodies fighting illness, this fatty acid is one of the most powerful nutrients, able to battle conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) to cancer to depression.

There are two main types of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also called polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Scientists have not determined whether one type is healthier than the other. At any rate, most Americans lack both types.

Among the many health benefits of omega-3 fats, evidence is strongest for heart health. Omega-3's lower blood…

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Kettlebell exercise

The kettlebell is a specially designed weight used for cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training. An effective and (somewhat) portable tool, the kettlebell can be used at home, with a personal trainer, or in group exercise classes.

The secret behind this cast-iron instrument, which looks like a bowling ball with a handle on top, is that the weight is centered below the handle, requiring good balance and core control.

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