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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Chiropractic Better Than Home Exercises and Drugs for Neck Pain

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A recent study published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine has found spinal adjustments are more effective than home exercises and far more effective than pain medication for the treatment of neck pain. After 12 weeks of treatment, 57 percent of the chiropractic group reported at least a 75 percent reduction in neck pain compared to 48 percent of people in the exercise group and 33 percent in the medication group. The long-term benefits were equally impressive.  One year later, approximately 53 percent of…

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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

Balancing

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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