Walking in Circles


Have you ever seen one of those movies where a person is lost and leaves something behind to see if they pass that way again? There is a reason why this is important. Without a guide, people do walk in circles. A German study found that without absolute references like the sun or the moon, people attempting to walk in a straight line in unfamiliar territory will instead walk in circles. Researchers had people attempt to walk straight in one direction for several hours through a flat forest in the Sahara desert. Some walkers had the sun or moon to guide them, while others walked while clouds obscured their reference point. When the sun or moon was visible, subjects walked a perfectly straight line. But whenever this reference was absent, subjects invariably walked in circles, often crossing their own paths several times each.


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Benefits of Exercise in Children


It’s never too early to start an exercise program if you’re a young girl. A German study supports the claim. As you probably know, we’re fighting an obesity problem among boys and girls in this country. Experts are searching far and wide to see how diet and exercise issues are dealt with in children. The new report finds that regular exercise in a young girl can actually lower blood pressure by as much as ten to fifteen points as young as age five. Nursery school children in area schools were given 45 minute workouts, and it made a big difference.


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Treating PMS Symptoms


There was a time when many health professionals did not take premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, seriously. Fortunately, those days are gone and there is medical agreement that PMS affects many women just before their menstrual cycles. Common symptoms include cramps, bloating, fatigue, and moodiness. For some women, the symptoms can be severe and medication is necessary, but for others, certain lifestyle measures can make a big difference. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services actually has reviewed studies and came up with the following suggestions including getting regular exercise, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and avoiding foods high in salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Another big step is to get plenty of sleep. That can make a major difference. The key, of course, is to figure out what you’re doing and to try to make sure you get the attention.


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Should You Exercise While Pregnant?


It is one of the most common questions medical experts are asked.  It comes up in the office and even in social settings.  The question is, “Should you exercise while you are pregnant?”  The answer is yes.  Exercise and proper conditioning can help with the labor and certainly improve your overall blood supply to the baby.  In addition, stretching, flexibility, and exercise are quite helpful and can help at the time of delivery.  But, there is a longer answer we need to stress.  Women who are pregnant need to realize they should not expect to do more than when they were not pregnant.  That’s a very important point.  


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Dealing with Muscle Aches


Muscle aches and pains can be very frustrating. If you sit in one position or if you’re under a lot of pressure, you will find that those aches and pains can occur. It also will happen after you extend yourself if you’re exercising and haven’t been doing that for quite some time. The way you should deal with the muscle aches and pains best is to stretch and improve your flexibility. That’s the most important thing that can play a major role in helping you out. Muscle aches can become frustrating, but you can’t give in to them. You actually have to work through them.


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Cold Weather Exercise Cautions

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It’s tough to exercise in the cold weather, and certainly one of the most frustrating things is that you can pull muscles. You can also put extra pressure on the chest. When you’re in the cold, the blood vessels that go to the heart actually can clamp down, and when they clamp down they can have decreased oxygen supply to the heart. With that decrease of oxygen can come chest tightness and situations resolving and leading into a heart attack. The other problem of course is if you don’t warm up properly, and you don’t stretch out, you can also pull hamstrings and other muscles and tendons.


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Causes of Back Pain


Back pain may be one of the most common health concerns around the world. It’s ranked number two, and it can be caused by a wide variety of problems. It can be from stress; it can be from over exercise; it could be from the fact that you are basically in a situation where you’re not taking the necessary medications you should to control it. All of those things come together. If you have back problems, get yourself evaluated…a functional evaluation…to find out what may in fact be leading to the difficulty, and then you can deal with it and take it from there.


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