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Ask the doctor: Best way to work out

Workouts that mix high- and moderate-intensity exercise are not proved to be more beneficial than all-moderate exercise. Either way, 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise is recommended for good health. (Locked) More »

Staying active when you're away from home

Business or vacation travel can disrupt a regular fitness routine even for the most dedicated exercisers. However, options such as packable equipment (exercise bands and jump ropes), airport walking routes, and athletic shoe rental services at some hotels are convenient ways to stay fit away from home. (Locked) More »

Bursitis overview

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. These are membranes near joints. Bursa act as cushions between muscles and bones. They reduce friction caused by movement and make joints more flexible. Bursitis often happens when a joint is used too much, such as when throwing a baseball or painting a wall. It can sometimes be caused by gout or an infection. Symptoms of bursitis include: More »

Achilles tendonitis

Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel. It is the largest tendon in the body. It is also the strongest, withstanding great force each time you raise your body's weight on your toes, such as when you walk, run, jump, or stand on your toes to reach something. Achilles tendonitis (sometimes spelled tendinitis) is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Without treatment, this condition can become a long-term problem, increasing the chances of breaking (rupturing) the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis is usually caused by overuse. It is common in runners and other athletes. Sometimes it is a sign of a body-wide joint condition such as ankylosing spondylitis. Wearing poorly fitting shoes, or wearing high heels every day, can also cause Achilles tendonitis. More »

Easy ways to exercise at home

Exercising at home can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and stop the decline in muscle mass that happens with aging. One should get the okay to exercise from a doctor first, and then see a physical therapist to develop a plan that includes aerobic exercise and strength training. Ideas for aerobic exercises include going up and down stairs, dancing, marching in place, walking on a treadmill, or walking at a brisk pace inside a house. Strength training ideas include working with resistance bands, doing chair yoga, or using small weights. (Locked) More »

Working off depression

A roundup of studies exploring the beneficial effects of exercise on depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Is it a case of the chicken and the egg? More »

5 tips to build muscle strength

Strong muscles are needed to strengthen bones, control blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels, maintain a healthy weight, reduce joint pain, and fight mild depression. When undertaking a strength training program, it’s important to work with a certified personal trainer or a physical therapist; use both weights and resistance bands; get enough sleep to allow muscles time to rebuild; eat the right combination of protein sources, grain-based carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables; and work strength training into daily activities. (Locked) More »