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Run Marathons? Hate Blisters? Use Paper Tape

Ultramarathoners who apply common, inexpensive paper tape to their feet before a race get fewer blisters on those areas than on non-taped areas, according to a new study. I’m sure that you’ve experienced a blister in your lifetime and you were surprised at how much it hindered your daily activities. You notice pain every time […]

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What is Ergonomics?

What is Ergonomics? The word ‘ergonomics’ comes from the Greek words ‘ergon’ which means work, and ‘nomos’ which means natural laws. Ergonomics can thus can be defined simply as the natural laws of work. More specifically, ergonomics is the scientific study of designing the job and workplace to fit the worker, keeping in mind their […]

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Knuckle Cracking

Snap, crackle, pop. If you are a knuckle cracker, that familiar sound when you consciously pop your joints is like comfort food. You know it might not be so healthy for your hands or ankles, but it feels oh-so-good. It may be when you first sit down to work at your computer keyboard or some […]

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What is Cryotherapy? Can it Help Me?

You may have heard of whole body cryotherapy in the news recently, regarding athletes and celebrities using this therapy and endorsing its use. You may have not heard of cryotherapy at all. Either way, you want to be informed about its use and function and whether or not this therapy could be beneficial to you. […]

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The Importance of Vitamin D

These are common descriptions of people who suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. Do any of the following describe you? 1. You Feel “Blue” – Serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light and falls with decreased sun exposure. In 2006, scientists evaluated the effects of vitamin D on the […]

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Physical Activity is More Important than Previous Back Pain Issues Regarding the Future

Methods. Participants answered questions about physical activity and low back pain, and performed physical fitness tests at the age of 16, 34, and 52 years. The fitness test battery included tests of endurance in the back and abdominal muscles, a submaximal bicycle ergometer test to estimate maximal oxygen uptake, and measurements of hip flexion, thoracic […]

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Breugger’s Stretch: How You Can Combat the Effects of Sitting

The majority of America works sitting at a desk. The human body was designed to move and we now know that prolonged inactivity such as sitting at a desk all day increases your morbidity for many diseases. Fortunately there’s a way for you to relieve tight and sore muscles and improve your posture without leaving […]

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Can Stress Make You Sick?

When you are stressed out, your body will respond with physical warning signs. Too much stress may trigger headaches, muscle tension, neck or back pain, and sleep problems. When stress is left unchecked, your risk for disease is higher. Chronic stress may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Please be aware […]

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Is it Wise for Kids to Specialize in One Sport?

An underlying belief of some parents today is that the key to their child achieving an athletic scholarship or even playing professional sports someday, is to have them specialize in one sport and one sport only. Sports specialization is defined as training intensely for one sport all year round. Often times parents believe the earlier […]

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Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging

There are some things in life you have no control over, like getting older. However, you do have control over changes related to aging. As you get older, your body undergo several changes including decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular strength, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity. After age 30, you can lose as […]

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