Can exercise help lower the risk of RA?
Studies of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) suggest that regular exercise can both lower the risk of RA in women and benefit women currently suffering from RA.
From yoga to gentle exercise (walking, swimming, cycling), physical activity has been found to benefit those suffering from chronic illness or pain. Some of these benefits include: better mood and mental health, stronger muscles and joints, and increased energy levels.
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Should you be skipping instead of running?
While skipping seems silly, it can be a great alternative to running.
According to the study, running produces nearly twice the impact on the kneecap that skipping does.
Skipping not only reduces the impact on joints but also produces a greater calorie burn – about 30% more than running!
Still not convinced?
79% of runners report at least one injury per year, usually related to the knees and lower extremities. Unlike the cyclical gait of running, skipping allows for a more natural gait.
Those with weak ankles and calves should consider a mix of both, since skipping may apply more pressure to these areas.
Why don’t you give it a try? (And let us know – we’re curious.)
The World Health Organization recently included “burnout” in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
What does this mean for those suffering from symptoms of burnout? While not a diagnosis, burnout is now recognized as a contributing factor to medical conditions.
44% of workers surveyed in a Gallup poll stated feelings of burnout, which can lead to physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion as well as hopelessness and dread. Burnout can negatively impact both work performance and personal life.
Are you feeling particularly exhausted? Be sure to speak with your doctor about burnout and how to prevent and overcome it.
Is your diet increasing your risk of stress fractures?
A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone caused over time by the “accumulation of injury.” When the micro damage caused to the bones exceeds the body’s ability to make repairs, a fracture starts to develop in the bone.
Are you a chronic overtrainer or distance runner? This may speak to you in particular. Conditions that affect bone health also increase the likelihood of stress fractures; these include amenorrhea, thyroid, and renal diseases.
Most stress fractures occur in the lower extremities, but children and teenagers may see them at their growth plates, or the areas of developing tissue at the end of bones.
What else can make athletes susceptible to stress fractures? Diet! Vegetarian or vegan diets that are lacking in sufficient protein or other essential nutrients can increase the chance of stress fractures. Vitamin D and Calcium intake are very important to bone health.
For more information, take a look at the NYT article.
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Looking to try out a new fitness plan this summer?
Check out these “10 Golden Rules of Fitness” to get started.
1. Don’t skip the warm-up.
2. Stay hydrated.
3. Squeeze in some cardio.
4. Add weight training.
5. Change up your routine to see results.
6. Make protein intake a priority.
7. Stretch after your workout.
8. Get enough rest.
9. Track your progress.
10. Pick activities you enjoy doing.
Now go out and have fun!