Aug 26

Do More to Strengthen Your Core

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Developing core strength is essential for fitness and overall health, but it doesn’t have to be a drudge. If you’re ready to go beyond crunches — or never liked them to begin with! — consider these moves that target the muscles in your torso and spine. The Advanced Bird Dog: Begin on your hands and knees. Contract your core muscles and straighten your right leg behind you until it’s level with your hip. Now raise your left arm straight out in front of you to shoulder level. From this start position, draw in your right knee and left elbow, touch the elbow to the knee if you can, and then straighten them back to the start position without touching the floor. Do one set, … Continue reading

Aug 26

lorcaserin (Belviq)

What is lorcaserin (Belviq)? What is it used for? Lorcaserin is an orally administered medication that promotes weight loss. It is used with diet and exercise in overweight adults with a weight-related medical problem or obese adults to lose weight and keep it off. Lorcaserin is a serotonin 2C (5-HT2C) receptor agonist. Although the exact mechanism of action is not known, lorcaserin is thought to selectively stimulate 5-HT2C receptors in the hypothalamus, the area of the brain known to play a major role in regulating hunger and food intake. By activating these receptors, lorcaserin may decrease food consumption by decreasing appetite and making a person feel full even after eating less food than usual. Lorcaserin was approved by the FDA in June, 2012. Use and distribution of lorcaserin is under strict control by the federal government as it has a … Continue reading

Aug 16

Do You Know Your Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level?

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — You might know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but do you know your cardiorespiratory fitness level? Experts at the American Heart Association think this number may be an even better gauge of heart health. Cardiorespiratory fitness shows how aerobically fit you are and how effectively your circulatory system sends oxygen throughout your body. Research indicates that poor aerobic fitness is associated with a high risk of heart disease as well as death from various causes. It’s as dangerous as chronic illnesses and smoking. Yet cardiorespiratory fitness is the one risk factor not routinely checked at doctor visits — unless you request it. Your doctor can measure cardiorespiratory fitness through what’s called your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) or from readings taken while you … Continue reading

Aug 14

The Return of a Training Classic for Runners

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — With running, proper form is essential for everything from desired speed to injury prevention. But for many people, muscle memory has locked in less-than-perfect form. A very simple technique, popularized in the 19th century by chemist-turned-runner W.G. George and re-introduced a few years ago by reporter and author Christopher McDougall, offers a re-set. Known as the 100-Up, it involves two stages. First you need to master the Minor — 30 knee raises, much like marching in place, done with perfect form. Stand with shoulders over hips over ankles, feet about eight inches apart. Then bring your left knee forward and up to hip level as you press your left elbow back behind you. Return to start and repeat up to 30 times. Then repeat … Continue reading

Aug 13

The Effects of Exercise on Your Appetite

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Are you hungry after you exercise? That might not be a problem if you’re at a healthy weight, but if you’re trying to shed extra pounds, the calories you take in could replace the ones you just worked so hard to burn off. For decades, researchers have tried to find out whether the intensity and/or duration of exercise could play a role in limiting hunger immediately and in the hours afterwards. Some, but not all, studies found that very high-intensity interval training (or HIIT) can cut your appetite. HIIT typically involves alternating 30 or 60 seconds of all-out effort with one to two minutes of rest, a pattern that you repeat for the 20 to 30 minutes of a workout. Other research found that … Continue reading

Aug 08

Personal Trainers' Top Tips

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Ever wonder what top trainers tell their best clients? Personal trainers excel in mapping out individualized exercise programs. And they also offer insights that can help fitness buffs stay motivated. Here are some of their best tips: Remember the cliche “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and take a long-term view of your goals. Just as you can’t lose 10 pounds overnight, it will take time to develop muscle and get you closer to the body you desire. It’s great to have an image of more defined pecs or glutes in your mind; just give yourself time to get there. Don’t rush through your workouts. That leads to bad form, which is not only ineffective but a setup for injury. If you’re not sure … Continue reading

Aug 08

When to Replace Athletic Shoes

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve made a financial commitment to athletic shoes, no doubt you want your money’s worth. But it’s important to replace them when you see specific signs of wear. Doing so will help prevent injury and allow you to work out at peak performance. According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, there are four main shoe components that can break down or wear out. When any of the following signs of wear occur, it’s time to replace the shoes: The tough outer sole on the bottom of the shoe has worn through to the midsole or is worn down more on one side than the other. The midsole, the layer between the outer sole and the upper, has worn out and no … Continue reading

Aug 06

Health Tip: Benefits of Yoga

(HealthDay News) — The ancient practice of yoga can provide a retreat from the chaos of life, says Harvard Medical School. Yoga’s goal is to challenge yourself physically without feeling overwhelmed. The practice has been noted to provide both mental and physical benefits. Latest Exercise & Fitness News These benefits include: If you have any health concerns about your ability to practice yoga, check with your doctor before starting a program. Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved. QUESTION Walking can maintain your body weight and lower many health risks. True or false? See Answer

Aug 05

Health Tip: Fit Walking into Your Schedule

(HealthDay News) — Walking is a versatile form of exercise that can be done most anywhere. The American Heart Association suggests that adults spend at least 30 minutes each day doing a moderate intensity activity. Fitting brisk walking into your daily schedule is one way to meet that goal. Latest Exercise & Fitness News To fit walking into your schedule, the AHA suggests: Park or get off at the bus/train station 10 minutes away from your job. Schedule a lunchtime walk in your work calendar. Keep everything at work that you’ll need for walking. Listen to music while walking, or recruit friends to walk with you. Before going to bed, lay out your walking clothes and shoes. If you decide to walk at night, the AHA reminds you to wear reflective clothing or carry a light. Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. … Continue reading

Aug 05

Choose Your Running Shoes Carefully

Latest Exercise & Fitness News SATURDAY, Aug. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a runner, the wrong running shoe could sideline you, a foot expert says. Choose carefully, or you risk discomfort, pain and injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, irritated nerves or the loss of a toenail, warned Dr. Christina Rowe-Bauer, a podiatrist with Penn State Health Sports Medicine. If you’re new to running or an experienced runner with foot or leg pain, see a doctor to learn about your general health, foot type and running style. “Bring old athletic shoes; the wear patterns can give the doctor clues about things like foot overpronation (rolling inward) or supination (rolling outward),” Rowe-Bauer said in a Penn State news release. “Be honest about any pain experienced during or after running.” When it comes time to buy shoes, … Continue reading

Aug 01

carisoprodol (Soma)

What is carisoprodol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Carisoprodol is an oral muscle relaxant. Its exact mechanism of action is unknown. It may work by altering communication among nerves in parts of the brain that control the sensation of pain and in the spinal cord. The FDA approved carisoprodol in April 1959. What are the uses for carisoprodol? Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical therapy for the short-term relief of acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions in adults. It is only used for 2 to 3 weeks. What brand names are available for carisoprodol? Soma Is carisoprodol available as a generic drug? Yes Do I need a prescription for carisoprodol? Yes What are the side effects of carisoprodol? The most common side effects of carisoprodol are: Serious side effects of carisoprodol include: Carisoprodol is not … Continue reading

Jul 29

Americans Are Spending Even More Time Sitting, Study Shows

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News FRIDAY, July 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The United States has grown a bumper crop of couch potatoes in recent years, a new study reports. The amount of time people spend sitting around actually increased after the initial release of the federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008, researchers have found. “Over the past 10 years, there was no significant change in physical activity levels, but there was a significant increase in the time we sit around,” said senior researcher Dr. Wei Bao. He’s an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. As a result, the proportion of people who didn’t get enough aerobic exercise and also sat around for more than 6 hours a day rose from 16% to nearly 19% between 2007 and … Continue reading

Jul 26

Stand Up Straight to Strengthen Abs

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News FRIDAY, July 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — While there will always be a place for sit-ups for ab definition, many trainers now suggest standing exercises that not only train abs but back muscles, too. They’re more practical than getting down on the floor, and they may also be more effective because the moves strengthen the body’s core muscles, making everyday movements — forward, backward and side-to-side — easier. Training them may also help you avoid the low-back pain that typically comes with age. Start with side bends. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold a light dumbbell in each hand, hands at your sides. Slowly bend to the right as far as you can without twisting your upper body. Your right hand will dip slightly toward your right knee. Hold, slowly … Continue reading

Jul 25

AHA News: Exercise Caution Outdoors in the Summer Heat

Latest Exercise & Fitness News WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — The higher the red line creeps up the thermometer gauge, the more red flags for outdoor exercise. Summer temperatures shouldn’t stop you from jogging, hiking or playing sports outside – but they should alert you to the danger of heat illnesses brought on by exertion. “Think of the heat like you think of a steep hill: Walking is good, but walking up a steep hill is much harder, so scale back the intensity and use more common sense to exercise safely,” said Dr. Clifton Callaway, a professor and executive vice chair of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. More than 600 people die every year in the U.S. from preventable heat-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 65,000 Americans … Continue reading