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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 »

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 »