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Teens and Bedtime: How to Cope With Changing Sleep Patterns

Is your teenager staying up too late, only to have to rise early the next morning to catch the school bus? For growing teenagers, getting a full night’s rest is essential to good health—there is absolutely no substitute for it. Studies have shown that many teens are going without a full night’s sleep. The most prevalent reason is staying up…

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How to Turn Raking Leaves into a Healthy Workout

One of the most effective ways to get and keep getting physical exercise is to make it an enjoyable job. While raking leaves may not be at the top of your list of fun tasks, that attitude can change with a few tips. Fall is here, and for many people, that means lots of leaves in the yard. They aren’t…

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More Evidence of the Brain-Body Health Connection: Cardio Fitness Early in Life Gives a Boost to Memory Later in Life

In recent years, there have been a number of studies concluding  that people who are more active and engage in cardiovascular fitness exercise when they are young are more likely to remain physically healthy when they are older. The most recent studies are starting to emphasize more of the body-mind connection, and indicate that people who are more physically active…

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3 Spinal Decompression Options Explained

Severe back pain is not just unpleasant—it can be debilitating, preventing you from performing your daily routine and even confining you to bed for days. In decades past, patients suffering from spinal issues were often given incapacitating pain medication, told to avoid physical activity, referred for physical therapy, and when they did not heal, they often underwent spinal surgery. Luckily,…

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A Brief History of Physical Education in America’s Schools

School-based physical education’s history goes all the way back to Greece in 386 B.C. at Plato’s school, named simply Akademia, or “The Academy.” The Greek philosopher well understood the importance of physical fitness. He was, after all, an athlete, particularly skilled as a wrestler. In fact, he is quoted as once saying, “In order for man to succeed in life, God…

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Do Cooler Temperatures Really Help With Weight Loss?

Those who are a bit overweight and are trying to lose a few pounds are generally aware of many of the factors that make it harder to lose weight: the prevalence of high-fat, high-sugar junk foods everywhere we go, inactivity dictated by jobs that keep us at our desk all day, driving as opposed to walking—the list goes on and…

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Learning to Love the Gym: Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Workouts Interesting

With America’s obesity epidemic on the rise, it has never been more important for people to get regular physical exercise. There are a great number of benefits gained by getting regular exercise at the gym—but a big problem with regular exercise is that it can get very boring. Here’s how to spice up your workout routine in order to make…

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Growth Plate Injuries: What Parents Should Know

For a child, falling down is almost inevitable and generally doesn’t result in a trip to the emergency room. However, even minor falls can sometimes cause serious injuries. If you hear a cracking sound or if your child has bruising, swelling, or a limb deformity, there’s a chance your child may have broken a bone and you should seek medical…

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What is Cryotherapy?

A fairly new form of therapeutic treatment, cryotherapy involves temporarily exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures in order to encourage healing and achieve other health-related goals. Shown to decrease inflammation of the body’s tissues (including muscles and joints), cryotherapy can also support the enhancement of the body’s circulation as well as decelerate cellular metabolism and reproduction. Cryotherapy is often…

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How Much Protein Should You Have in Your Diet? It Might Depend on How Old You Are

In recent years, we have been introduced to a variety of “pop” diet plans such as the Atkins Diet and the Paleo Diet that promise weight loss and better health as the result of substituting protein for carbohydrates. And although these diets have appealed to millions of Americans who would rather chow down on a cheeseburger or a steak than…

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What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

When most people hear the term “mainstream medicine”, they probably have a pretty accurate intuitive understanding of what it means. It refers to the standard care that patients receive in doctors’ offices and hospitals across the United States. However, there is also another term in modern healthcare—“complementary and alternative medicine”—that is often less well understood by the public.  So what…

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The Fitness Logic of Cross-Training

There’s a very prevalent misconception in the amateur fitness ranks that mastering one type of exercise will result in whole-body fitness. An avid runner may think she’s reached the pinnacle of health, while a weight-trainer may believe he’s fit enough to do just about anything. However, this same runner may injure her shoulder while playing tennis or putting a heavy…

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