For starters, let’s separate the two main arthritises we often conflate. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease whereby the body mistakenly attacks itself as if the target tissue is an outside threat. In the case of RA, the cartilage which protects the ends of bones that make up a joint get damaged during an
The advent of microtechnologies has opened up avenues of function, commerce and study that make the old cordless phone an anachronism from the previous century. Whereas making a phone call once tethered you to the wall, today you can hike the Rockies and tell mom in England you’re feet don’t even hurt. In real time!
Are you an endurance athlete looking for an edge? Would you like a way to get more oxygen to the working muscles, and the heart, that is legal, safe and tasty? Would you believe that dark chocolate, which has already been shown to be beneficial to health if eaten in modest amounts, can enhance oxygen
The world of fitness and exercise is full of mythologies, and this one keeps cropping up: you can run too much for good health. Ken Cooper, M.D., the father of aerobics, from Dallas, TX, said as much several years ago…when he stopped running so much, most likely because of the wear and tear it imposes
In this piece in the Times, the issue of whether or not to stretch, and if so, how, is addressed, yet again: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/to-stretch-or-not-to-stretch/?r… The quick and dirty is that studies have demonstrated that power and strength are lost after extended durations of static stretching; that newer studies have shown that stretches under 30 seconds do
Sprinting has been shown to improve all kinds of health and fitness parameters. here’s a recent commentary re a study that, again, supports the value of high intensity training: http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/acsm/active1-25.htm Now, before I go on and explain the pros and cons, let me provide a personal disclaimer: I don’t train like I used to but
I’ve reported before on whether or not you should buy a running shoe to fit your foot type. The most recent studies simply do not support this idea. For one thing, analyzing a foot type, or how it performs when you run, is not as easy as looking at the sole of your shoe. too
It’s christmas morning and all through my house, not a creature was stirring, except me. Hopefully the mouse that’s been meandering on the counter near my home-made bread – he/she never did get any but keeps leaving droppings as proof of intent – has died from the poison I planted there for him. My kids