Finding the right resolve for exercise

Exercise today is in bad shape. This is not because people are exercising too little, or because the general public's perception of exercise is disdainful. We are being inundated with reasons to exercise these days. Virtually all magazines are full of large-type promises: a leaner waist, tighter abs, bigger arms, etc. The list goes on [...]

Low impact abdominal exercises

A quick list of low impact abdominal exercises. Lying Bicycle: Sit on the floor, and prop your back at a 45 degree angle with the floor by using your hands. Bend your back so your abs can tighten better. Hold your legs up off the floor, and start bicycling on an imaginary bike. Repeat until [...]

Low impact calf exercises

Lying Calf Pumps: Sit on the floor, and stretch your legs, but keep them parallel. Tighten your right leg's calf muscle and push your toes forward as if you are pushing a heavy weight away from your feet. Push your toes until your calf muscle contracts tightly and hold for 3-5 seconds. Then, while keeping [...]

Low impact leg exercises

Quad Sets: Sit down on a straight surface, and tighten quadriceps muscles as tightly as possible. Push the back of your knee towards the floor/surface that you're sitting on. Hold for 5 seconds, relax for 3 seconds. Repeat 10-15 times. Straight Leg Raises: Lying on back or in a sitting position, tighten quadriceps and lift [...]

Leg stretching exercises

Let's begin. I want you to remember to hold each position for 15-30 seconds. The stretch should hurt a bit, but not in your joints. It should hurt in your stretched muscles. These stretches are also good for balance and coordination, as you will see once you start doing them. Hamstring stretch: Tuck the foot [...]

Neck stretching exercises

These stretches are great during or after a day's work on a chair. Your neck and shoulders get very tense, and they need to be relaxed. Do these stretches slowly, while breathing deeply. For each exercise, you should feel your neck muscles stretching, and you're going to hear slight cracking noises as your vertebrae move [...]

How to get a job right out of college

A quick note: I wrote this article for Edu.com back in 2000. That site no longer exists, but the article does, and I updated it to keep it current. So you're about to graduate and you're starting to fret because you don't have a job lined up. If going back to live with your parents [...]

How to get started in web design

A quick note: this article was written back in 2000, and it shows its age. At this time, I have no intention of editing it to bring it up to the present. To me, it's an interesting snapshot of the "old days"... If you're interested in Web design and want a simple "how to" guide [...]

How to keep your exercise goals

So you've had it with yourself. You've decided it's high time you started to exercise. You've heard about all the benefits: increased energy and stamina, better health, more strength, and of course, a better looking body. But you don't know where to begin, and simply deciding that you're going to drop 20 pounds or add [...]