Category Archive for: ‘Exercises’

Ask Well: Exercises to Strengthen Bones

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS In general, activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health, according to Dr. Jon Tobias, a professor of rheumatology at the University of Bristol who studies bone health. They create ground-reaction forces that move through your bones and stimulate them to “remodel” themselves and add …

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How a Warm-Up Routine Can Save Your Knees

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in the knee is a nightmare. As the parent of a teenage son who is seven months out from A.C.L. reconstruction surgery, I can attest to the physical and psychological toll it can take, not to mention the medical bills. But a practical new study suggests that changing how sports teams warm up …

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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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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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Relieve Hip Pain Without Surgery

September 30, 2009www.baltimoresun.com Hip pain can be a sign of many medical conditions. Some disorders, such as severe arthritis could, in time, require a hip replacement. But others, such as bursitis, can be managed with much less invasive treatment options. Exercise may help in some situations, but not all. Before you pursue treatment for hip pain, or start an exercise …

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Tips to Build a Better Back

August 8, 2009By Ellen GoldmanTheAlternatePress.com I am a huge believer in the power of intention. By saying your thoughts out loud, letting others know of your dreams and future plans, doors open and opportunities arise. I’ve always said the universe gives you what you need. I was recently helping a friend of mine who has been plagued with back pain …

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Back: Deterioration is natural, but it can be slowed

Mar. 01, 2009By Sam McManis The Sacramento Bee The problem, arguably, began when we started walking upright. Our spines just aren’t constructed to take such vertical force. Something’s got to give and, most often, it’s a disc, a muscle, a nerve. Back pain, elusive to diagnosis and tricky to treat, affects 80 percent of the U.S. population at some point …

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Ouch, My Knee! Is There a Bike Fitter in the House?

November 20, 2008THE NEW YORK TIMESBy CHRISTOPHER PERCY COLLIER TAD JACOBS loved cycling. The 44-year-old arborist from northern California used to ride two to three times a week to stay in shape. But while pedaling, he suffered muscle soreness in his lower back and joint stiffness in his shoulders. At home, the discomfort worsened. Then he booked an appointment with …

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Learning How to Walk (Chewing Gum Not Included)

November 13, 2008NEW YORK TIMES/FITNESSBy SARA ECKEL AFTER Lynne Wu moved to New York from Cincinnati, she realized her body wasn’t prepared for the sheer amount of pavement-pounding required in her adopted city. “At the end of the day my lower back and ankles would hurt,” said Ms. Wu, 40, a development consultant for nonprofit organizations. “I just wasn’t used …

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‘Doing yoga saved my broken back’

9 November 2008By Jane ElliottHealth reporter, BBC News Yoga has long been considered beneficial to the body, but could it be a cure for lower-back pain? Yoga teacher John Aplin is certain that it can. After he broke his back in a walking accident 12 years ago he was impressed by the effect yoga had on his recovery. More… PainCareMD

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