Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: What Is Back Pain? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if you fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly. Who Gets Back Pain? Anyone can have back pain, but some things that increase your risk are: •Getting older. Back pain is more common the older you get. You may first have back pain when you are 30 to 40 years old. •Poor physical fitness. Back pain is more common in people who are not fit. •Being overweight. A diet high in calories and fat can make you gain weight. Too much weight can stress the back and cause pain. •Heredity. Some causes of back pain, such as ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that affects the spine, can have a genetic component. •Other diseases. Some types of arthritis and cancer can cause back pain. •Your job. If you have to lift, push, or pull while twisting your spine, you may get back pain. If you work at a desk all day and do not sit up straight, you may also get back pain. •Smoking. Your body may not be able to get enough nutrients to the disks in your back if you smoke. Smoker’s cough may also cause back pain. People who smoke are slow to heal, so back pain may last longer.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Check out this awesome article about the little things you can do to stay active and acutally add years to your life ! Leisure-Time Physical Activity Adds Years To Your Life by Ryan Halvorson Making News: Exercising is a good idea if you want to live a long life. You know that. But have you wondered just how many years you might gain by heading out for a brisk walk? A team of researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute may have the answer. Their study, published in PLOS Medicine (2012; 9 (11); e1001335. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001335), quantified how much life adults gain by regularly engaging in certain levels of physical activity. The scientists pulled data from six studies that followed more than 650,000 people, aged 21–90, over an average of 10 years. “Our objective was to determine the years of life gained after age 40 associated with various levels of physical activity, both overall and according to body mass index (BMI) groups, in a large pooled analysis,” the authors explained. Here are some highlights from the study: • Low amounts of activity—such as 75 minutes of walking per week—resulted in a gain of 1.8 years of life, compared with no activity. • At least 150 minutes of physical activity per week yielded 3.4–4.5 extra years of life. • Being active in addition to having a normal weight was associated with an extra life expectancy of 7.2 years. • Being inactive while having a normal weight was associated with 3.1 fewer years of life compared with being active and obese. • An association between physical activity and life expectancy was evident among subjects at all levels of body mass index. “These findings suggest that participation in leisure time physical activity, even below the recommended level, is associated with a reduced risk of mortality compared to participation in no leisure time physical activity,” reported the authors. They added that this information could be used to encourage sedentary individuals to engage in at least minimal amounts of regular activity. Ryan Halvorson IDEA Author/Presenter Ryan Halvorson is the associate editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; a Performance Specialist. IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 10, Number 2 February 2013