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Exercises for Chronic Health Conditions

Exercises for Chronic Health ConditionsTHURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help prevent many chronic illnesses as well as make it easier to manage health conditions, from diabetes to joint pain. In terms of prevention, aim for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, each week. Along with eating a healthy diet, this can cut your risk of diabetes by more than a third, plus increase your level of good cholesterol. Exercise also lowers body weight, blood pressure and triglycerides, thus reducing key risk factors for heart disease. If you're already managing a chronic illness, exercise may improve symptoms and reduce the amount of medication you need to take. It builds muscle, which helps you move more easily, and reduces stress, which can aggravate many health conditions....

Health Tip: Learn Football Helmet Safety

8 May 2018
(HealthDay News) -- A football helmet is a necessary part of the uniform that reduces the risk of a concussion or other head injury. But the helmet has to fit properly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these tips for selecting a football helmet: Make sure the child's eyes are visible and that he can see straight ahead and from side to side. The helmet should cover the head from the middle of the forehead to the back of the head and should not sit too high or low. The helmet should be snug and not slide on the head. Clean the helmet regularly with mild detergent, and inspect for any damage. Store it in a temperature controlled location away from direct sunlight. Learn the symptoms of a concussion and remove your athlete from play at the first sign of this injury.

Ditch the Golf Cart. Your Aging Knees Won't Mind

4 May 2018
Ditch the Golf Cart. Your Aging Knees Won`t MindFRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Golfers with knee arthritis should park the golf cart and walk the links instead, researchers say. While using a golf cart may seem the obvious choice for golfers with knee problems, a new small study finds that walking provides much greater health benefits. Moreover, it's not associated with increased pain, inflammation or cartilage breakdown, the researchers said. "Individuals with knee osteoarthritis are often concerned about pain and may be more likely to use a golf cart," said lead study author Dr. Prakash Jayabalan. He's an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. However, "this study has shown that golfers with knee osteoarthritis do not need to be...

Too Much Social Media May Harm a Woman's Body Image

4 May 2018
Too Much Social Media May Harm a Woman`s Body ImageFRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest may not be good for women's self-esteem, a new study suggests. Women are less likely to be happy with their bodies if they spend more than an hour a day on social media, the findings showed. These women tend to think thin people are more attractive, and may be more self-conscious about how they themselves look, said lead researcher Martin Graff. He is head of psychology research with the University of South Wales, in the United Kingdom. In addition, these women are also more motivated to exercise in an attempt to improve their bodies, the researchers found. "Spending more time each day on those social networking sites that are often used to post images of oneself, and for comparison with others, is linked to...

Home Gym: The Benefits of a Cross-Country Ski Machine

3 May 2018
Home Gym: The Benefits of a Cross-Country Ski MachineTHURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to both fun and efficiency, cross-country skiing is an exhilarating, high-calorie burner. It's a lot less expensive than downhill skiing -- all you need are the skis and a flat, snowy trail. But you can get the same benefits any time of year with a home Nordic or cross-country ski machine when you work your arms and legs simultaneously. This upper-and-lower body workout is also low-impact, meaning minimal stress on your joints. Getting used to the coordinated arm and leg movements may require some time -- arms and legs move opposite each other as you take strides. As you shop for a classic cross-country ski machine, look for the features that may make it easier for you to get the hang of it. For instance, a machine with an arm...

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