If you sometimes feel pain or discomfort between your shoulder blades, your rhomboid muscles may be the culprits. The muscles are positioned diagonally between the six vertebrae in your upper back and your shoulder blades (scapulae). Their main function is to retract and rotate the scapulae, and they also assist … Read More
Mobility & Fitness
The belief that exercise is bad, even dangerous, for asthma patients is a long-standing misconception. Nine-teen million Americans have asthma, and too many of them needlessly avoid exercise.
In most cases, exercise is not harmful, and evidence shows that exercise programs can provide valuable benefits to people who have asthma. The … Read More
Older women need to move more
Many older women spend at least two-thirds of their waking time in a sedentary position, according to a study published in the Dec. 18, 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. To measure their movement, the 7,247 study participants, average age 71, … Read More
Weight training, aerobics, stability balls, Zumba? The problem for middle-aged and older women is not the availability of exercise programs; it’s finding the right one.
“Before starting any vigorous exercise program, make sure you don’t have health issues that would make it dangerous,” says Polly de Mille, RN, RCEP, CSCS, USAT, … Read More
Exercise is the one lifestyle change that seems to benefit almost any condition, physical or mental. And it’s never too late to start, or to refresh your exercise regimen.
We know that vigorous cardio exercise helps prevent heart attacks and strokes, and improves cognition and balance. It also lowers body fat … Read More
If you want to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic disease, get moving and keep moving. Exercise is the only recommendation I make to every single patient, without exception.
Physical activity benefits cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. Getting regular exercise … Read More
Lack of time is among the top excuses for not exercising. Well, that excuse may not hold up now that research is showing that short bursts of exercise can indeed be beneficial. Some findings suggest that as little as 30 minutes a week can provide health benefits. Getting started the … Read More
If you’re a golfer and you’ve been waiting for winter weather to end so you can get out on the links, it’s time to get your body in shape so it’s ready for those long drives. Your entire body is involved in your swing, so there are several areas you … Read More
When it comes to leading a long, healthy life, it’s important not to take things for granted. Some people might prefer to spend their time sitting on the couch in front of the television, but not taking advantage of your ability to take a stroll around the block now could … Read More
Aerobic exercise improves brain blood flow to key areas
Exercising on a stationary bike or treadmill increased blood flow to areas of the brain involved in memory and cognition, according to a study that appeared online Nov. 12, 2013 in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Study participants were sedentary adults … Read More