Here is a Fun and Different Exercise with Numerous Health Benefits

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Dancing is a great way to have fun and receive numerous health benefits at the same time. While some types of exercise are good mental stimulators and others are effective muscle toners, dancing is unique because it is beneficial to every area of health. Dancing is a good way to exercise because it benefits the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of health.   Physical Benefits of Dance The American Council on Exercise recommends dancing for an aerobic workout, as it provides cardiovascular conditioning which…

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Peak Sports Performance and Sports Injuries Part 1: The Foundation for Sports Performance Development

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Peak performance is the ultimate goal of athletes and their coaches in sports.  Many experts in the field of exercise physiology have devoted their entire career to determine the requirements for peak sports performance and develop cutting edge training programs to achieve these goals.  Although there is a very long list of factors that impact sports performance and sports injuries, in this series of articles we will focus on the neurological and mechanical factors that impact sports performance and how chiropractic can enhance these factors…

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Two Reasons Why “Brisk” Walking is Important

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If you walk for exercise, your walking pace can have a big impact on your brain and longevity according to several recent studies.  If you do not exercise, start walking briskly!  Here’s why: A recent study in the British Medical Journal found men over the age 70 who walked at a pace of 3 miles per hour were more likely to live longer compared to slower walkers.   Other studies have also shown the correlation between walking speed and mortality (death): A 2011 study published…

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How Exercise Affects Your Genetics to Prevent Disease

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Last month we discussed how your lifestyle habits can determine whether your genes are “expressed” to keep you healthy or whether they trigger you to develop disease.  The field of epigenetics has shown your DNA can become damaged and express disease because of an unhealthy diet, a toxic environment, stress, and a lack of exercise.  We all know exercise is a good lifestyle habit and a vital component of good health, but we did not know how exercise affected our genes until now.   Researchers…

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Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny

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Conventional belief has been that genes control their own expression.  That is, whether the genes keep the body healthy or whether the genes directly cause certain diseases. In the most recent field of gene study called epigenetics, researchers are finding that having “bad genes” does not necessarily mean you are doomed to suffer some inevitable fate like cancer.  Genes are merely blueprints that are activated and controlled by their environment. Their environmental is affected by diet and nutrition, toxic exposures, thoughts and emotions, and other…

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Where You Exercise Can Make a Difference

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New research has shown if you exercise in nature, it can improve your mental state compared to exercising in a gym. Researchers from Glasgow University looked at natural and non-natural environments for physical activity and found walking, running and cycling in nature, such as a stroll in a park or a jog through a forest, lowered stress and improved a person’s mental health.    The study, which involved people suffering from depression and anxiety, found only activities that were done outside in a natural environment…

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The Development, Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Part 3 The Treatment and Correction of Musculoskeletal Pain

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When you undergo treatment with a chiropractor, orthopedist, or physical therapist for pain, you should be concerned that the recommended treatment is addressing the underlying cause of the problem.  More often than not, many healthcare providers that treat musculoskeletal pain perform a less than adequate examination and simply take a “cover up the pain” or “treat the diagnosis” approach.  Asking a patient with back pain to bend over to touch their toes and then prescribing some anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxers is not very difficult…

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How is Your Balance? The Development, Deterioration, and Exercises to Improve Balance and Prevent Injury: Part 2

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In Part 1, we discussed the development and deterioration of balance and the risk of injury associated with poor balance.  In this article, we will discuss how to test your balance and how to improve balance with a simple exercise. Testing Your Balance Remove your shoes and stand on a firm surface with feet together, toes pointing forward, and arms hanging straight down at your side.  Lift one foot off the floor so the hip and knee are at 90 degree angles (thigh is parallel…

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How is Your Balance? The Development, Deterioration, and Exercises to Improve Balance and Prevent Injury: Part 1

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Balance is a state of equilibrium or equal distribution of body weight.  Some people, such as gymnasts or performers in Cirque du Soleil, have impeccable balance.  In other people, balance is so poor they cannot balance on one leg for more than a few seconds.  In part one of this two part article we will discuss the development and deterioration of balance and the risk of injury associated with poor balance.    The Development of Balance We are not born with balance.  Balance is something…

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