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Exercise and aging, exercise now for a better retirement according to the NY Times

Exercise and aging, exercise now for a better retirement according to the NY Times Fitness is important as we age.  As we approach retirement, the research shows that the more fit we are, the better our muscles will work as we enter our retirement years. For those of you who are actively exercising and staying in shape, good for you.  For those of you who are not, this article may give you some incentive to start now. If you want a better and healthier retirement, the secret to it may be in the amount of exercise you do. Exercise Makes Read More »

Do athletes who go gluten free perform better than those who don’t?

Do athletes who go gluten free perform better than those who don’t? Gluten, found in wheat has gotten a bad rap of the past few years, so many people decided to go gluten free.   While for some of us who are intolerance or allergic to wheat, staying away is a good thing. For others, there may not be any benefit at all, and some of the foods may actually upset your stomach. For more information on myths vs. facts on gluten, read this former post and Consumer Reports article here. From the point of view of the athlete, certain foods Read More »

Keeping blood sugar under control; the NY Times discusses exercise snacks.

Keeping blood sugar under control; the NY Times discusses exercise snacks. Diabetes, low blood sugar, insulin resistance and other sugar related issues in the body sometimes need some help with regulation. Of course, diabetics are known for their problems with high sugar and exercise has been a recommendation for those suffering from the problem. New research now suggests that the way we exercise may control sugar much better than by just exercising once. The idea of so called exercise snacks or periods of exercise throughout the day actually can help control sugar levels much better than exercise a few times Read More »

The NY Times offers advice for sufferers of sore muscles, with some natural advice.

The NY Times offers advice for sufferers of sore muscles, with some natural advice. Arnica, Sports Massage, Foam Rolling, Ibuprofen and more are the typical methods most people use to decrease post exercise muscle soreness. For those of you who are active, you probably have some sort of ritual for post exercise soreness. Now that the leaves are falling, many people will have their opportunity to experience sore muscles after raking and bagging all those leaves that are now falling. Ibuprofen, while a well worn pain reliever, also have the dubious reputation of interfering with soft tissue repair, leaving other Read More »

New hope for better ACL knee ligament repairs. Here are three ways to prevent an ACL tear.

New hope for better ACL knee ligament repairs. Here are three ways to prevent an ACL tear. A torn ACL can be horrific for a young person, because it leaves the knee with a permanent instability. The current thinking is that young individuals should have it repaired, usually with a muscle tendon that is moved to a different spot inside the knee to help stabilize it. Older people, since they are less likely to play basketball and perform other activities that torque the knee are often advised to rehabilitate the knee using conventional methods instead. Some new research offers encouraging Read More »