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The Best Exercises You Can Do If You Have Back Problems

Back problems are a pain. Both literally and figuratively. For those with back pain, there’s a fine line between exercising the back muscles and pulling them. Use these exercises to strengthen back muscles and minimize pain. Swimming A pilates move to mimic swimming in a pool strengthens back muscles, according to Prevention. As the name suggests, when performing this exercise you’ll look like a swimmer out of water. Maintaining a long spine and contracting the abs is important to support the back throughout the exercise. Also, focus on the length of arms and legs and not the height. Hint: This old form of exercise still works…

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6 Causes of Mechanical Back Pain

The cause of most back and neck pain is mechanical—meaning the source of the pain may be triggered by the movements of the spine. The moving parts of the spinal column include ligaments, tendons, muscles, intervertebral discs, vertebral bodies, and facet joints. A common region for mechanical low back pain is the lumbar spine (L1-L5). These 5 levels absorb and distribute most of the body’s weight during static and active movement. Static means the body is stationary (eg, standing) but not actively moving (eg, walking). The neck is the most mobile section of the spinal column. Here, 7 cervical vertebrae, which are…

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50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them

The New Year is slowly nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us many people are indulging in retrospection and reevaluating some of their life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts. Well, now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make, Lifehack has decided to give you a bit of help – because since the majority of people fail to stick…

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Yoga in the Workplace Can Reduce Back Pain and Sickness Absence

Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, four out of every five people experience back pain at some point in their life. In the UK, back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor, and missed work. In fact, absence from work due to back problems costs British employers more than £3 billion every year. But there is a potentially easy way to prevent this problem: yoga. Our new research has found that exercises from the ancient Indian practice can have very positive benefits for back problems. Our findings suggest that yoga programs consisting of…

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3 Things You Can Do to Shake the Salt Habit

The two most prominent dietary risks for death and disability in the world are not eating enough fruit and eating too much salt. Eating too little fruit kills nearly five million people every year, and eating too much salt kills four million. There are three things we can do to lower our salt intake. First, don’t add salt at the table. One third of us add salt to our food before even tasting it! Second, stop adding salt while you’re cooking. At first, the food may taste bland, but within two to four weeks, “as the sensitivity of the salt taste receptors in the mouth become more sensitive…

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How to Make Sense of the New U.S. Nutrition Labels

Consumers in the United States may have to wait until January 1, 2020, to see the new nutrition label on all foods, but the wheels are in motion. Although the Food and Drug Administration originally had named July 26, 2018, as the required deadline for revamped nutrition food labels, The Washington Free Beacon announced recently that the FDA had moved that date to 2020. The label changes were part of what Michelle Obama championed during her anti-obesity “Let’s Move” efforts while she was First Lady. The main reason for the delay is that food companies and trade groups said they needed more time to…

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Last Minute Gift Ideas that Won’t Create Clutter

If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, here are some last-minute gifts to purchase for family and friends that won’t add to clutter. Keep in mind when making your purchases, it’s a great idea to support locally owned businesses. • Gift cards: The perfect gift for the person who has everything. From stores, restaurants and gas stations to spas and nail salons, it’s easy to find a terrific gift for everyone on your shopping list. • Edible gifts: Keep clutter at bay by purchasing edible gifts such as candy, fruit, Italian cookies, wine, fudge, jellies. The options are endless. Create your…

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The Benefits of Vitamin C: Why Your Child Needs It

Vitamin C has long been touted for its potential health benefits when battling a cold — I’m sure we’ve all been told to load up on it when we are sick. But did you know this vitamin is crucial for children’s good health and development? With winter and cold and flu season getting started, it’s important to know what vitamin C does and doesn’t help. How vitamin C helps your body Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in specific food sources, such as citrus fruits, berries, potatoes and peppers. You can also find Vitamin C as  a dietary supplement. Vitamin C is important…

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7 Tips for Exercising When You Have Chronic Pain

Too much of the wrong activity can make pain worse. If running or jogging are out of the question, you may be able to manage and enjoy cycling, which is easier on painful knees and hips. Aquatic therapy, including aerobics performed in warm water, help to alleviate inflammation; the buoyancy of the water protects the body from the stress of gravity and from jerky or jarring movements that might otherwise cause pain. No matter which type of exercise you choose, use caution not to move too quickly, stretch or twist too far, or do so much that you pain becomes…

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11 Genius Tips For Managing A Cold Once You’re Already Sick

Catching a cold or the flu is often a miserable reality of the winter months. And while there’s no stopping it once the bug is already in your system, there are ways to make it less dreadful. It all comes down to how you take care of yourself. “You want to make sure that your immune system, which absolutely depends on getting the right nutrients on a daily basis, is being nurtured and supported,” Jonny Bowden, a health expert and board-certified nutritionist, told HuffPost….