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Sarcopenia Threatens Muscle Strength as We Age

Have you heard about sarcopenia? I hadn’t heard this term before, but it’s a word that older members of this community should add to their vocabulary since it’s something we face as we age. The International Osteoporosis Foundation defines sarcopenia ...

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Strong Glutes Important for Stability

A new study suggests that part of the reason older people fall to is due to a physiological change in the gluteal muscles. Learn how to strengthen these muscles.

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Foam Rollers: Are They Really Worth It?

You’ve never seen an expression of such horror as that of one of my co-workers as she exclaimed, “What?! You don’t roll?” Nope—up until a few months ago, I didn’t “roll,” as she called it. Despite the chatter I’d occasionally hear among friends, runn...

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Foods That Help Ease Muscle Pain

A couple of months ago, I had coffee with a friend who had just started an exercise program. She would grimace anytime she got up, obviously her muscles and joints rebelling against her new regimen. To ease the pain, many people would use the heating ...

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What Steroids Do to Your Body: A HealthCentral Explainer

On October 22, 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles amid doping allegations, despite no positive tests. Numerous baseball players already have been left out of the Hall of Fame for admitting to—or even suspici...

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Increasing Exercise Can Lead to Muscle Stiffness, Cramps

Last week, I had my monthly massage with Ruth. I love going to see her because (a) she’s become a friend; (b) massages (for the most part) feel really good; and © I get a chance to analyze what’s happening with my body when she hits a pressure point ...

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Fitness in Focus: The Abdominal WALL

Some walls are stronger than others. Try to break through a wall built with straw and you are met with very little resistance. Try to break through sticks and the effort required is greater. Encounter a wall built with layers of bricks and you will t...

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Yoga for Strong Abs and Happy Backs

I tend to cringe at the gym when I watch people furiously doing repetitions of classic abdominal exercises. They look so tense and intense as they contract and scrunch up their bellies, shoulders, necks and faces. I cannot help but wince when I notic...

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Relax with Muscle Therapy

When people think about muscles, they think about strength. However, muscles have two jobs: to contract and to relax. Muscle contraction causes the muscle fibers to shorten in length, pulling the attached bones with it. This muscle action is the base...

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How Much Protein Do You Need To Grow Your Muscles

How much protein is a very popular question with many different answers. The USRDA (United States Recommended Daily Allowances) recommends 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. So if you weigh 152 pounds which is 69kg (152 / 2.2) you need to c...