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Five easy ways to start exercising

For many people, exercising is a daunting chore. But regular exercise is medicine. It helps ward off dementia, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and many other health problems. To find motivation, doctors recommend thinking of exercise as fun, not work; using it as a means to get off medication; fitting exercise into daily routines such as walking in parking lots or volunteering; and trying short workouts of just 10 minutes at a time. (Locked) More »

Easy fixes for aching shoulders

Shoulder pain may be caused by tendinitis, inflammation, neck pain, whiplash, arthritis, and rotator cuff tears. These conditions may occur from overuse of the shoulder. The cause may be something simple, such as reaching up when hanging curtains. Shoulder pain doesn’t always lead to surgery. Physical therapy can help strengthen the shoulder and reduce pain in 90% of cases. Physical therapy will focus on three goals: increasing your range of motion, strengthening the shoulder muscles, and stretching the muscles and ligaments to keep them supple. (Locked) More »

Exercise-but avoid burnout

In one study, women who exercised two days a week were just as fit as those who worked out six days a week, possibly because they had more energy to stay active on days when they weren't at the gym. (Locked) More »

7 simple ways for women to get active

Current guidelines recommend that adults get 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, but women can decide how they get that exercise. It is best to space out activities—for example, exercising for 30 minutes, five days a week. And, breaking up activities into 10-minute sessions offers as much of a health benefit as exercising for a full half-hour at a time. Many everyday activities count as exercise, including gardening, playing with the grandchildren, and even making love. (Locked) More »

The secrets of longevity

Staying active and connected can extend optimal physical and mental health in the 90s. Pursuing leisure activities and not smoking are also key. (Locked) More »