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Low Back Pain in Female Athletes

August 25, 2015
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Young female athletes (average age 23 years) endure a considerable amount of low back pain (LBP). According to a recent study, “the 12-month prevalence of LBP was 39.0 %; in addition, lifetime and point prevalence (people who have pain right now) of LBP were 59.7 and 17.8 %, respectively.” When broken down by sport, basketball (47.9...
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Seniors Improve Balance with Exercise

August 11, 2015
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A group of elderly women “participated in an elastic band exercise program lasting for 8 weeks, exercising for 40 minutes, four days a week with resting terms of 60 sec.” Leg muscle strength and leg muscle endurance both increased significantly as did balance measure by one-leg standing. Researchers concluded that “balance ability and muscle...
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Exercise for ADHD

July 30, 2015
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Exercise can be another way to improve your child’s behavior. Researchers reviewed scientific studies to determine to what extent exercise can impact ADHD symptoms. They found that “aerobic exercise had a moderate to large effect on core symptoms such as attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity and related symptoms such as anxiety, executive function and social...
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Yoga for PMS

July 21, 2015
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Premenstrual Syndromes (PMS) includes a wide variety of symptoms that women experience between ovulation and their period. These can include mood swings, irritability, fatigue and depression. Approximately 75% of women have experienced PMS. A study was conducted to see if yoga exercises could help with PMS symptoms. After dividing subjects into groups, researchers found...
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Exercise is Healthier than Dieting

July 14, 2015
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According to the American Heart Association, between 20-25% of all U.S. adults suffer from Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). MetS is an ailment typified by high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, excessive body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol. People with MetS increase their risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A recent study compared exercise...
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Overweight Hard on Your Lower Body

July 2, 2015
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If you (or someone you know) suffers from constant joint pain in their lower back, knees or feet, one of the issues may be your weight. Researchers examined obese adults and found that “multisite pain was common, with 26.3% of participants reporting pain at two sites, 31.6% at three sites and only 20% were...
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Osteoarthritis is Metabolic?

June 16, 2015
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Metabolic Syndrome is an ailment typified by high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, excessive body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol. People who have metabolic syndrome increase their risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Recent studies suggest that osteoarthritis (OA) may also be caused by metabolic syndrome. According to one study, “OA has...
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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Beats Cancer

June 4, 2015
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Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is accomplished by “cardio” exercises like running, stair climbing, bicycle riding, etc. It has been shown to provide benefits for several chronic diseases. One recent study examined how cardiorespiratory fitness might help protect men from cancer and from death due to cancer. The study followed 13,949 midlife men for 38 years....
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5 Ways Men Can Prevent Heart Attack

April 9, 2015
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A Swedish study of over 20,000 men ages 45-79 found five “low risk behaviors” that can substancially reduce the risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction – MI). “Low-risk behavior included 5 factors: a healthy diet moderate alcohol consumption no smoking being physically active having no abdominal adiposity (waist circumference less than 95 cm or...
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Seniors Getting Pumped

February 5, 2015
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A study examined “the effect of 26 weeks of low-load high-repetition resistance training (BodyPump™) on maximal strength, gait speed, balance and self-reported health status in healthy, active middle-aged and older adults.” This study divided seniors (over 55 years) into two groups, a control group and a group that “trained twice per week for 26...
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