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How to banish aches and pains

Regularly engaging in a variety of physical activity can help to relieve and prevent everyday aches and pain in the muscles and joints. For longstanding, chronic musculoskeletal pain, it can help to see a physical therapist to carefully evaluate the causes and recommend appropriate and safe stretches. A regular stretching routine, such as yoga, aids flexibility, strength, and range of motion in joints. Being too sedentary can lead to problems like tight hamstring muscles in the back of the leg, which can contribute to lower back pain. (Locked) More »

Punch up your exercise routine with fitness boxing

Fitness boxing is a popular physical activity for older adults. There are two main types of these exercise classes. In one, participants follow a leader and do a series of boxing moves choreographed to bouncy music, similar to an aerobics class. In the other, participants may hit a punching bag, stretch, and strength train. Both types of classes are available for people who wish to remain seated while punching at the air or at a punching bag. Fitness boxing is a great aerobic activity. It also helps improve muscle strength, endurance, balance, and possibly eye-hand coordination. More »

Physical therapy as good as surgery for common spine-related back pain

Surgery and intensive physical therapy each produce similar relief for spinal stenosis, or back pain caused by narrowing of the space around the spinal nerves. Surgery has risks, but physical therapy requires more effort. The choice comes down to personal preference. Some men may find surgical risks acceptable in exchange for the chance of immediate relief; other men may prefer to give physical therapy a try first. Research suggests that the physical therapy must be relatively rigorous to be effective. (Locked) More »

Active older men live longer

A study found that men who were active at any intensity for at least 30 minutes a day, six days per week, were 40% less likely to die from any cause. More »

When the doctor prescribes physical rehabilitation

When taking part in physical rehabilitation, one can improve the odds of a good outcome by following several strategies. Setting goals helps staff members learn what the person wants out of rehab. Communicating openly with the team is helpful, in case an aspect of rehab isn’t working well. Attending all appointments will keep momentum going, and will help a person progress toward rehab goals. Also important is continuing with assigned exercises or lifestyle changes in between appointments, and then maintaining an exercise regime or lifestyle change after rehab ends. (Locked) More »

Yoga offers range of health benefits

Many men are familiar with gym training, working with weights, and jogging. But yoga also offers a range of health benefits. It combines stretching, breathing, and focused mental attention. Research suggests regular yoga can help to reduce risk factors for heart disease. It can help with arthritis symptoms, low back pain, and balance. It is best to try yoga with expert guidance, since attempting challenging yoga poses or overstretching muscles and tendons could lead to injuries. More »