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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Preventing Muscle Mass Loss


You have probably noticed that as we get older we lose some of the muscle mass in our bodies. Over time, we can lose muscle mass in places like our arms, shoulders and legs. This is definitely true of many women and it’s a natural part of the aging process. But like most aspects of aging, you can do certain things to slow down the process. The most effective way to do this is with exercise and strength training. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have looked at this. They support the claims that strength training can have benefits for everyone.


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Flexibility and Strengthening Muscles

Flexibility and Strengthening Muscles

Flexibility can be a good and bad thing. Certainly, it helps. It helps in a woman when she’s going to have a baby. It helps with the joints, the ligaments and the tendons over time. It keeps you from being stressed. However, the problem with flexibility is it also can make you more likely to have a knee injury or a problem associated with it. Flexibility needs to be controlled, in a sense. In other words, you can stretch, which is good for you, but you have to strengthen the muscles. If you strengthen the muscles around particular joints that are very flexible, you increase their stability and strength and you decrease the chances of some sort of ligament tear.

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Causes of Muscle Strains

Causes of Muscle Strains

Muscles strains are very common. Muscle strains aren’t always from heavy lifting or putting yourself through unbelievable pressure. A muscle strain can have many causes. One of the most common causes of muscle strain is twisting or turning in sleep. If you’re in bed and you don’t sleep in the right position, you can actually strain your muscles. So, it isn’t really the dramatic cause that’s problematic. Those of us, as we get older, often realize that the muscle strains can be very difficult to deal with.

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Can Stress Cause Pain?

Can Stress Cause Pain?

Can stress cause pain? Well, believe it or not, it can. If you’re a high stress individual, what can happen is the fact that you can tighten up and you can actually put stress on your joints because of the fact that you are so tight. That tightening up actually can cause spasm of the muscles and extra pressure. What doctors often tell people to do is take a deep breath, think of something that’s pleasurable, perhaps sitting on the beach or snowboarding, something you enjoy, and relax. Feel how that muscle relaxation hits your body.

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Relieving Low Back Pain

Relieving Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a severe problem because the support system to the body is affected. You actually are in a situation where you feel pressure from the back all the way up or even down into the legs. One of the best ways to strengthen the back, believe it or not, is to strengthen the core abdominal muscles. If you actually can have stronger abdominal muscles, it will make a big difference for your back and give yourself an opportunity to do much better in the long-run.

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