Health Tips for Men in Their 40s & 50s

1. De-Stress. For many men, career, financial, and family pressures can make the 40s and 50s a very stressful time. And stress is a known risk factor for heart disease. Keep in mind, too, that heart disease hits men at a younger age than it does women. In addition, heart disease is the No.1 killer of men age 45 to 54. Now’s the time to find ways to get that stress off your back, whether it’s regular exercise, yoga, meditation, or stress management classes. 2. Don’t skip the doctor. Your wife or girlfriend has probably been to the doctor at…

Quick Fix For Back Pain — Stretch Your Hip Flexors

Low-back pain is plaguing the nation! And if you run, bike, or sit too much, tight hips could be contributing to the ache around your spine. A major hip flexor muscle, the psoas, not only draws the thigh toward the abdomen, but is also attached to the five lowest vertebrae of the spine. When the psoas shortens and tightens from activities like sprinting or cycling, it can pull on the vertebrae, creating a sensation of tightness in the low back. The good news is that stretching out the hip flexors can alleviate a lot of lower back pain. Once…

Try this Double Whammy for Beating Low Back Pain

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from low back pain. Most folks turn to medications and/or surgery to help deal with the pain. Some are seeking out alternative therapies and getting mixed results. A smart strategy for managing and healing low back pain is to combine a pain relieving approach, like massage therapy, and a strength and stabilizing regime, like Pilates. When combined, back pain sufferers experience huge leaps forward in their condition. Research indicates that massage therapy creates significant improvement to a broad spectrum of conditions that cause low back pain. One study showed “…(S)ignificantly greater improvements in disability and bothersomeness of symptoms…

The Truth About Night Owls and Morning People

I used to work with one of my roommates and getting up in the morning and heading to our job proved to be one of the most trying times in our friendship. I was up with the alarm clock and onto my morning routine, whereas she would stay in bed well past the ringing. Convinced we would be late, I’d go in and give her some gentle nudging, which never went over well. She’d grumble and complain; sometimes she’d hurl insults like “Leave me alone,” or “I hate you,” or simply, “Die.” Offended, I’d sulk away, even more convinced…

3 Ways You Are Unknowingly Stressing Your Back

In most cases of back pain, poor posture is to blame. For those who maintain good posture while standing, it’s important to remember that you need to maintain good posture in any position you put your body into for extended (or frequent) periods of time. By being mindful of how you are holding your body in these common but overlooked body positions, you will not only reduce your level of pain but also maintain a healthy back for life. Driving Between commuting, traffic and short jaunts around town, the time you spend in the car really adds up….

The 8 Most Important Things to Look For on Nutrition Labels

If you want to fill your grocery cart with foods that’ll keep you satisfied, slim and overall healthy, your smartest strategy is to first look at the ingredients list (or, even better, buy whole foods that don’t have an ingredients list). Words you can’t pronounce? Lots of sneaky names for sugar? Put it back on the shelf. Your next move: Read the nutrition label. Studies show that label readers make healthier choices at the grocery store and maintain healthier weights, too. But what should you be looking for, exactly? In her book “Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food,” celebrity nutritionist Christine Avanti…

Americans are Cutting Calories

After years of bad news about the obesity epidemic, which affects one-third of Americans, things may finally be looking up. In the past 10 years the rates of obesity appear to be leveling off among both children and adults. The reason for the possible turn in the obesity tide appears to come down to what experts always suspected it would: eating fewer calories. One recent study found that the average adult went from consuming 2,220 calories a day in 2003 to 2,134 in 2010. There are already hints of some of the other health payoffs…

Celebs’ Favorite Healthy Foods

What healthy foods are the stars noshing on these days? Here’s an inside look at what’s hot in celebrity kitchens. Selena Gomez is reportedly on a health kick, dining on lots of fruits, veggies and fish. Protein shakes seem to be a popular pick for Kris Jenner and Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy — not a bad choice for after a workout. In an interview with Life & Style Magazine, Daphne Oz revealed her low-cal cocktail of choice: tequila with lime juice and club soda. Those smart choices for mixers help keep the calories down. Country superstar Carrie Underwood is getting…

Roller Coasters: How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain

Even as summer winds down, amusement parks and carnivals are a draw – especially for families wanting to grab a last thrill before school starts. Some roller coasters and wild rides at these places can wreak havoc on your spine. But with a little preparation, you can join in the fun while minimizing pain. “Roller coasters and other rides that forcefully throw your body in different directions can be hard on your lower back and neck,” says osteopathic medical specialist Fredrick Wilson, DO of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health. “That is why the amusement parks warn people with…

Understanding the Relationship between Chronic Pain and Obesity

Both chronic pain conditions and obesity are major and increasing public health concerns, and the connections between the two have been firmly established in the medical literature. But as the prevalence of obesity worldwide—and particularly in the United States, where obesity estimates far exceed the world average—continues to grow, a deeper understanding of this connection could potentially benefit both practitioners and patients. A recent large-scale study shows that up to 69% of adults were overweight, with about 35% in the obese category. A recent review article in The Journal of Pain Research looked at the accumulating evidence strongly suggesting that…