Free Radical Damage Reduced through Weightlifting

September 30, 2012

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Weightlifting has been touted for its effects on building muscle mass, controlling weight and increasing metabolism, but new research has found that it may help to protect the body from free radicals – by-products of metabolism that contribute to many chronic diseases.

Get Up and Dance!

September 27, 2012

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We all know by now that aerobic exercise is paramount to keeping in good physical shape as we age. But it’s also no secret that the minute some folks think of exercise, they’d rather just sit down in their chairs and forget it. Depressing, they say. Exercise takes effort. Have you considered dancing?!

I run Twice a Week and my Knees are Starting to Hurt

September 17, 2012

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Knee pain is a very common complaint I hear from runners. It is impossible for me to diagnose your specific problem just knowing that you’re a runner. You could have ligament damage, tendonitis, meniscal tears, etc. Since all I know is that you’re a runner, the following is a response to a question I wrote regarding IT Band Syndrome.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome, more commonly known by its initials “I.T. syndrome” is an over use injury that effects the knee, the lateral portion of the thigh, and sometimes the hip. Pain increases with activity, usually running, and subsides when the activity is stopped.

Exercise Helps to Slow the Progression of Atherosclerosis

September 10, 2012

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While regular physical activity has been shown to reduce and prevent the development of various diseases, new findings show that exercise may also help to slow the progression of atherosclerosis – a build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries that can increase the risk of stroke.

Upper Body Stretches

September 7, 2012

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Front and Back Shoulder Stretches: Stand with the left arm against a wall or other sturdy vertical surface. The elbow is at shoulder height and the hand is against the wall directly above the elbow. Turn the body away from the left arm as a unit (toes, navel, sternum and nose all facing the same direction).