Stretching to improve flexibility

Stretching is a proven way to improve flexibility or range-of-motion; the amount of movement available in a joint. From most basic of everyday activities such as dressing, reaching overhead or bending to pick up items from the floor to complicated movements, flexibility plays an important role in our lives. Stretching exercises also help to prevent …

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The benefits of proper posture

Good posture demonstrates confidence, vitality, and overall well-being. As we age, our posture tends to deteriorate, resulting in drooping shoulders and a rounded back. Our modern lifestyles are also a big contributor to bad posture. However, it is possible to prevent bad posture (and possibly improve it) as you grow older. A “neutral” spine is …

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Strength training mistakes

Many people join a gym or buy expensive exercise equipment and begin strength training without knowing how to properly lift weights. Remember the cliché: “what you don’t know can hurt you”. The experienced weight lifter may be able to execute movements that may very well be dangerous for a beginner, therefore it is better to …

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Stop smoking

OK, who still doesn’t know about the negative effects of cigarette smoking on health? Despite the tobacco industry’s best efforts to put a happy face on its addictive products, governments throughout the world and citizens alike have mobilised to expose and reduce this wretched habit. Still, roughly twenty to twenty-five per cent of the world’s …

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Sports drinks: The verdict

When you are exercising and attempting to improve your health and/or lose weight, it is important to keep your body hydrated. For many, that may mean turning to sports drinks for help in keeping their bodies balanced. There are good reasons for using sports drinks, but some may question the cost of such drinks as …

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Soft tissue injury

Soft tissue injury is an injury to any of the soft tissues of the body. Soft tissue injury may occur in the muscle as in a contusion or strain, in the tendons as in a strain or tendinopathy, in fascia connective tissue as in a fasciitis or the ligaments as in a sprain or the …

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Returning to sport after a long break

You’ve been away from sports, perhaps due to injury, career or family. But now sport beckons again! Try these tips to return to where you left off without injuring yourself. Follow a beginner’s schedule. Your brain remembers movements and form, from long ago (called “muscle memory”) but your muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints have likely …

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Reducing stress naturally

In this fast-paced world, it is easy to feel stressed over the demands that are placed on us. Many people suffer from depression and anxiety as a result of stress and resort to drugs – prescribed or otherwise – as a means of dealing with this problem. By making certain lifestyle changes, stress can be …

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