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Exercise away Anxiety!!

Did you know exercise can help those with anxiety? A study of over 1000 participants suggests that in particular, resistance exercise can help reduce anxiety symptoms. In fact, according to the author of the study, the positive impact of exercising is comparable to what could be achieved with medication or psychotherapy. Resistance exercises are basically any exercises that require muscle contractions, such as a pushup or squat, or weights or machines or resistance bands. The cool thing is you really don’t need any equipment as body weight and gravity can also be the resistance you choose. Learn more with discussions with your chiropractor!!

Save a back!! Stop the pain!!

Back pain is so common among people it has its own talking points. Did you ever get into a conversation with someone only to end up comparing back pain stories? Well, here is a quick exercise that can help. Bending or twisting are the two motions most my patients perform that contributed to their back injury. Here is a simple exercise to help you bend properly, and save your back, it is called a “hip hinge”. You will need a broom. Begin by standing with feet shoulder width apart. Place the broom along the spine, holding the top of the broom against the back of your head and the base of the broom against your butt. Now hinge at the hips and flex forward but keep the broom in contact with the head and rear end. You should be hinging at the hips without rounding the lower back. You might feel some pulling in the hamstrings. Stop when the broom pulls away from the head or butt. Practice this enough so that you can do a hip hinge for almost any bending activity. It can literally save your spine.

Short and quick exercises add up!!

For the avid exerciser, walking is probably under appreciated, especially if they are into harder or more strenuous workouts. As I often make note of exercise information, another new research article from the University of Colorado demonstrated with a group of couch potato office workers, that 6 bouts of brisk walking at 5 minutes per session throughout the day, was more effective than a 30 minute daily gym-type workout for overall health. This included improving mood and decreasing fatigue. Even if you have never been one to exercise much or at all, you can improve your overall health with the most minimum of effort!!

More walking is good!!

Last time I discussed some of the more surprising benefits of walking. I wanted to add a bit about walking and its effects on boosting the immune system.  A large study of men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who only exercised once a week or less.  Even if they did get sick, it was for shorter duration and with milder symptoms.  That sounds pretty good for just 20 minutes a day!!

Walking and the other benefits!!

I visited NYC this last weekend for the first time and found it a great place to visit.  Lots of amazing things to see and do.  Along with that, came a ton of walking.  Walking and the subways are good ways to get around there.  Did you know that there are a few surprising benefits to walking you might not know other than the usual known benefits?  Research shows walking can counteract the effects of weight promoting genetics. It also helps curb the craving for a variety of sugary snacks especially in stressful situations.  Walking helps reduce the risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. This exercise can help ease joint pain and increase muscle strength in the legs. Finally, walking can help boost the immune systems and help protect you during the cold and flu season.  Get back to the basics and walk for your health!!

Kids, Obesity & TV

We all love our children and grandchildren, right? Did you know a huge study linked childhood obesity to having a television in their bedroom?  A huge study out of London found that children with TV’s in their bedrooms by the age of 7 were far more likely to be overweight or obese by the age of 11, compared to kids who did not have the TV in their room.  Girls were 30% more likely to be overweight and boys were 20% more likely.  The researchers found that having a TV in the bedroom was an independent risk factor for being overweight and increased body fatness.  Just think, we now have added computers, phones, tablets and other electronic media to the whole mix.  Time to kick the kids outside and let them play, get dirty and experience the world again!!

Walk away inflammation!!

Did you know that just 20 minutes of walking can help reduce inflammation?  New research shows that a single 20-minute moderate intensity workout session can have anti-inflammatory effects.  The cool thing about this study is that it does build upon other studies showing the benefits of physical exercise, but more importantly it showed that even people with reduced strength or mobility can benefit, even if they just perform some fast walking for 20 minutes or more.  This may also help develop new therapies for individuals with auto immune disease!!  Go for a fast walk and enjoy the benefits!!

Running knees better than sitting knees?

I just read an interesting article that discussed a study from Brigham Young University about the effects of running and knee pain.  It found that in healthy runners between the ages of 18-35, running for thirty minutes did not cause soreness and swelling. In fact, it actually reduced inflammation. In other words running might be beneficial for the knees and help prevent arthritis.  Though, I believe the key terms here are “healthy runners” and “thirty minutes,” because much longer runs might not be as helpful to the knees and if the runner isn’t as healthy, running may not be as beneficial. The study went on to state that running is actually better for the knees than sitting!  Running outdoors is also considered better than on a treadmill due to the varying terrain and the effects of gravity.  Treadmills can more easily cause repetitive stress injury because there is less variation in that particular running surface.

Pick up the pace!!

Did you know that increasing your fitness level, just a little, might help reduce your chance of dying an early death.  Researchers looked at the records of more than 10,000 people and found that simply ramping up the fitness levels a from low to intermediate or higher, made men 44% less likely to die from an early death compared to the couch potato.  More research is now concluding that exercise is literally the fountain of youth.  Re-examine your exercise priorities now that the nice weather is upon us. Pick up the intensity just a little, it will pay off…!!

Feel the Burn!!

Did you know lounging in a hot bath at 104 degrees for an hour can burn the equivalent of 140 calories? Even fidgeting all day, compared to just sitting, can burn up to 350 calories and studies have proved it. This can lead to a 30-40 pound weight loss over the year. I wonder how many calories I could burn while fidgeting in a hot bath? Lol… Drinking green tea can also help burn calories but you will need to drink more than 3 glasses daily to see results. If you enjoy cleaning your house, even for one hour, you can burn up to 100 calories. Don’t forget if you run short on time, a 15 minute high-intensity workout can burn a bunch of calories and it can be performed right in your living room, if you wish…have fun and stay healthy!!