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Fit Beats Skinny for Living Longer

Fit Beats Skinny for Living Longer

People are constantly being told to watch their weight, but perhaps the advice should be watch thier muscle mass. Research recently published in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that muscle mass index serves as a better predictor of long life than weight. Most health care professionals are trained to focus on body mass index
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Is It Pain or Muscle Soreness?

Is It Pain or Muscle Soreness?

When you’re staggering out of your first spin class with aching legs, the first thing crossing your mind is probably not “I wonder if this is exercise-related muscular soreness or pain?” But for safe, injury-free exercise, it’s important to be aware of the difference. Sore calves after a strenuous uphill hike is healthy and expected.
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Arthritis Symptoms Can Be Reduced With Physical Activity and Educational Programs

Arthritis Symptoms Can Be Reduced With Physical Activity and Educational Programs

A recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study notes the prevalence of arthritis and the opportunities that are available to decrease pain and improve function. When people with arthritis engage in physical activity they can reduce their arthritis symptoms by up to 40 percent. Yet, many adults with arthritis are not physically active.
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Common Painkillers Linked to Heart Attack Risk

Common Painkillers Linked to Heart Attack Risk

The British Medical Journal recently published a large study showing a link between taking common painkillers and an increased risk of heart attack. Familiar over-the-counter medications used in this study include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). Both of these raised the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack anywhere from 20 to 50 percent compared
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Take a Load Off of Your Knees

Take a Load Off of Your Knees

A brand new study finds that shedding those extra pounds can take a load off of the knees.1 Excess weight puts a strain on the knees that can result in osteoarthritis and possibly the need for joint replacement. However, the research shows people who lost five percent or more of their weight over a four-year
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