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

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...

Health Tip: Choosing the Appropriate Gym

2 May 2018
(HealthDay News) --If you are considering joining a gym, it is important to determine what you are looking for before you sign a contract. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission suggests: Planning a visit at a time you would normally be using the gym to see how crowded it is. Evaluating how clean and well-maintained the facilities are. Asking about the number of members, the hours of operation, types of classes and the number of trainers. Reviewing the contract carefully. Searching for reviews online.

Why You Should Unwind After a Tough Day at Work

1 May 2018
Why You Should Unwind After a Tough Day at WorkTUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After dealing with nasty co-workers or a rude boss all day, try doing something to unwind. It can help you sleep better, a new study suggests. "Sleep quality is crucial because sleep plays a major role in how employees perform and behave at work," said study lead author Caitlin Demsky, of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. "In our fast-paced, competitive professional world, it is more important than ever that workers are in the best condition to succeed, and getting a good night's sleep is key to that," she added. For the study, Demsky and her colleagues surveyed about 700 U.S. Forest Service employees. The survey showed that being subjected to negative behavior at work -- such as being judged or verbally abused -- was associated with...

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