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22Jan
2020

Health Tip: When to Stop Exercising Immediately

(HealthDay News) -- Training too hard or too fast is the culprit behind many exercise-related injuries, says BetterHealth. Before working out, consult with a doctor, gym instructor or coach on how to exercise safely. BetterHealth mentions these warning signs that you should immediately stop exercising: Discomfort or pain. Chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack. Significant breathlessness. A very rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Health Tip: Hand Exercises to Improve Strength

20 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- From texting to cooking, we use our hands often. There are many exercises that can strengthen your hands and fingers, increase your range of motion and provide relief, says Keck Medicine. It mentions five exercises to improve flexibility, dexterity and strength: Squeeze a soft ball in your palm as hard as you can for a few seconds. Repeat ten times. Make a gentle fist and wrap your thumb across your fingers. Hold for one minute, release and repeat. Warm up before exercise. Use a heating pad or soak hands in warm water for five-to-10 minutes. Place your hand flat on a table. Gently lift each finger at a time off the table. Hold for a few seconds and lower the finger. Stretch your wrists for 15-to-30 seconds. Repeat two-to-four times.

In the Future, Could Exercise's Benefits Come in a Pill?

13 January 2020
In the Future, Could Exercise`s Benefits Come in a Pill?MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of exercise are well-known, but what if you're not able to take a brisk walk or endure a punishing workout? Luckily for you, scientists have identified a protein they think might one day help prevent muscle decline in seniors and people who are immobile. Sestrin, the protein, accumulates naturally in muscle after exercise. The researchers decided to find out more about its link to exercise by conducting experiments in flies and mice. They created a type of "fly treadmill" and trained the flies for three weeks. They then compared the running and flying ability of normal flies and flies bred to lack the ability to make Sestrin. "Flies can usually run around four to six hours at this point and the normal flies' abilities improved...

Exercise May Keep Your Brain Healthy

4 January 2020
Exercise May Keep Your Brain HealthySATURDAY, Jan. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may do more than build body strength: New research shows it might also keep brain cells in shape. According to the study, exercise helps maintain the brain's gray matter, which is linked to various skills and thinking abilities. So, keeping your gray matter intact may help prevent thinking declines, the German researchers explained. The report was published online Jan. 2 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "This [study] provides indirect evidence that aerobic exercise can have a positive impact on cognitive function in addition to physical conditioning," said Dr. Ronald Petersen, a Mayo Clinic neurologist. "Another important feature of the study is that these results may apply to older adults, as well. There is good evidence for the...

Have a Ball With These Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

3 January 2020
Have a Ball With These Exercises to Strengthen Your CoreFRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Pilates is an excellent exercise discipline that develops strength and agility, and you don't need to take formal classes or use Pilates machines to get its benefits. Using a stability ball with floor exercises is tailor made to target your core -- the muscles of your abdomen. Here are three to try from the American Council on Exercise. Note: Choose a ball between 7 inches and 10 inches in diameter. Roll-ups: Sit on a mat and place the ball between your legs. Raise your legs and slightly lower your back to make a V shape with your body. Your arms should be straight out in front of you. Now, keeping your legs elevated, engage your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles and slowly roll down your back, vertebra by vertebra until it's flat on the...
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