The older we get, the more important our cardiovascular health. When it comes to aerobic training, how you exercise is just as important as how often you exercise. The heart rate zone model is a popular approach to monitoring your endurance training. Five heart rate zones range from 1 being low intensity to 5 being […]
Heat and ice packs are common recommendations for joint injury, but which is better and why? What is it about these two seemingly forms of therapy that can help joints move and feel better?
If you want to know whether you should ice that sore knee or put a heat pack on it, this post can help you decide.
Joint discomfort impacts millions of people in the United States and abroad. Chronic joint stiffness and achiness can become debilitating, particularly when it results in fatigue, weakness, and lack of range of motion.
For the lifelong athlete, lack of movement translates to a lack of play, fun, and wellbeing.
Aging is an inevitable process, but there are strategies and daily habits that can help you manage and support your joints and the quality of life you want.
Everyone is different, so try to see which tips and combinations offer you the best results.
Your feet are complex machines with many small, interconnected parts. Not only that, they are the most commonly used parts of your body and, thus, must be flexible, adjustable, and responsive. Just like any other machine constructed this way, if just one of those parts isn’t working, the whole machine will work improperly, and you […]
These days, we all seem to know how significant regular physical activity is for our health. Sometimes, however, “harder” isn’t necessarily always “better” when it comes to exercise.
Let’s think about it: if you continuously exercise at a high intensity while performing high-impact activities like running, jumping, plyometrics, skipping rope, or heavy weightlifting, then your body may not have sufficient time to recover, and you could be putting yourself at an increased risk of injury.
This is where low-impact exercise saves the day.
Keeping your joints healthy is important for maintaining mobility and avoiding pain. There are a number of things you can do to keep your joints healthy, including exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a balanced diet. Let’s take a closer look at each of these tips. Exercise Regularly The first thing you can […]
There are a lot of tasks and responsibilities on your plate.
Your boss is demanding your project to be completed by the end of the month. Your kids have soccer practice, piano lessons, and play dates that you need to make sure they get on time. The weekly game night with friends is starting to turn into the monthly game night (if that). You’re having trouble sleeping at night, and you have this nagging feeling you’re going to forget to do something that just won’t go away no matter how many reminders you set or lists you make.
It happens so slowly you don’t always notice it: as you age, your range of motion has a natural tendency to decrease. You may see that you have a harder time reaching behind you, for instance, to get your glasses off the counter. Or, when you drop something, simply bending over to pick it up isn’t as easy as it used to be.
As you get up there in years, you find that you can’t get down there quite as easily as you could when you were younger!
While that’s the bad news, the good news is this: it’s not inevitable. A combination of targeted physical activities and dietary changes can stave off stiffness and improve your active range of motion.
Exercise is a foundational component of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, it is even prescribed by doctors to help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and to keep blood pressure in check. Physical activity–from walking to group classes to playing recreational sports–is a great way to decrease your risk for many health-related issues.
Your parents probably warned you about the dangers of not getting proper rest. Decades of research by scientists who study sleep have been showing that they were right.
While retaining information and staying awake in class or while at work is important, the research makes it clear that proper sleep has extensive benefits to physical health, too. During the recovery period from exercise, these benefits can be profound.