Category Archive for: ‘Exercise’

Really? The Claim: Taking a Walk After a Meal Aids Digestion

By ANAHAD O’CONNOR For many people, the food-induced stupor that often follows a big meal is a good excuse for a nap. But for some, a brief walk shortly after eating is a quick way to burn some calories and aid digestion.   Over the years, researchers have found that a post-meal walk, as short as 15 minutes, can in …

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The Problem of Breast Pain in Women Who Exercise

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS In the days before the London Marathon last year, scientists from the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth in England approached female racers at the event’s registration center and asked them to complete an anonymous questionnaire about their exercise habits and breast health. Gretchen Reynolds on the science of fitness. Marathon, half-marathon, 10K …

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Ask Well: Exercises for Shoulder Pain

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS What are some exercises and tips for those of us with shoulder (rotator cuff) injuries and pain? It seems to be very common. You are certainly right that sore shoulders are common, especially as a person ages. About half of all middle-aged tennis players suffer from shoulder pain, according to a 2012 study in The British Journal of Sports …

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Don’t Just Sit There

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS ONE lesson I’ve learned while writing about fitness is that few things impinge on an active life as much as writing about fitness — all that time spent hunched before a computer or puzzling over scientific journals, the countless hours of feckless, seated procrastination. While writing about the benefits of exercise, my muscles slackened. Fat seeped insidiously …

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How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

    HEALTH   | February 06, 2012 By NICHOLAS BAKALAR  A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage …

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Tai Chi Shown to Ease Back Pain

After 10 weeks, the tai chi group reported that, on a 10-point scale, their pain was reduced by 1 point and they found the pain 1.3 points less bothersome. By comparison, the control group experienced an increase in both pain and how bothersome the pain was. The tai chi group also reported greater improvements in their disability levels than the …

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Why Ice May Be Bad for Sore Muscles

Already, the benches in gym locker rooms and beside basketball courts are filling with 2012’s early casualties, those of us who, goaded by New Year’s resolutions, are exercising a bit too enthusiastically and developing sore muscles. Many of us will then drape ice packs over our aching muscles. But a new review article published this month in the journal Sports …

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For Older Runners, Good News and Bad

Sometimes it’s good news when a study’s hypothesis is not proved. That was the case, certainly, with a new study of older runners, in which researchers assumed that athletes over 60 would be noticeably less efficient than their younger counterparts. For the experiment, published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researchers at the University of New Hampshire and …

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The Golf Column: How to Cure Back Pain? Play, Don’t Practice

September 21, 2009www.telegraph.co.ukMark Reason It is humiliating. One moment the athlete is walking tall, improbable muscles straining the seams of his shirt. The next moment he is like a baby crawling around the bedroom carpet on his hands and knees. Back injury scythes down the professional sportsman with the same cold steel it uses on the hunched-up office worker. Seven …

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Pre-Pregnancy Exercise May Not Prevent Back Pain

Wed Dec 31, 2008REUTERS NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pre-pregnancy physical activity may not influence whether or not a woman will have persistent low back or pelvic pain after pregnancy, suggest researchers from Sweden. However, about half of the women with persistent lower back or pelvic pain 6 months after delivery reported similar levels of leisure-time physical activity as did …

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