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Back Ache

Katie Hightower |

Bad to the Bone: Back Aches and How to Conquer Them You’re in the yard, watering your flowers and enjoying the sun, when suddenly you feel it. A small twitch of pain in your lower back. Your hand flies to your lower vertebrae, as you carefully shut off the water, trying not to move too quickly.   For many people, back pain is sudden and unannounced. It can come and go without reason, making it hard to go about your typical daily routines and sometimes even being severe enough to force you into bed. An aching, painful back can be...

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Ballroom Dancing

Debra Murray |

Waltz Your Way to Fitness with Ballroom Dancing Ballroom dancing, a popular activity worldwide, is fun and easy for people of all ages. There are international and regional contests for couples to enter and win prizes. While ballroom dancing may have originated in Europe long ago, it has spread to other countries, including China where people dance in city parks for exercise. Everyone enjoys ballroom dancing because it has both simple movements appropriate for amateurs, and complex movements appropriate for experts. Today, there are television programs devoted to celebrities competing in dancing contests, including ballroom dancing.    Physical Fitness and...

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Bruises

Katie Hightower |

The “How's" and “Why's" of Bruising Many people experience the encumbrance of bruising. Whether you’ve bumped into something while walking or taken a tumble, you can be at risk for those tender black and blue marks.   Why Do We Bruise? A bruise occurs when the blood vessels underneath the skin break and leak blood into the affected area, showing a purple/blue or green hue. Then the body works to heal that area and reabsorb that blood, causing the bruise to fade.   There are many reasons why bruising can occur. Web MD lists several different factors that can affect...

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Basketball

Debra Murray |

Shoot Baskets to Better Health    Every year basketball grows in popularity as many active adults seek an engaging, interactive sport to get the heart pumping and blood flowing. If you're interested in a great workout while having fun, basketball could be right up your alley. Basketball can be played as a team sport, one-on-one or even by yourself. You want to be sure to get the best experience possible while playing basketball, it is important to protect yourself with an ideal pain relief cream, before and after play.    Why Basketball?  Basketball involves a lot of starting and stopping. While...

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Bowling

Debra Murray |

Better Health Could Be Just a Strike Away   Bowling is a sport highly popular among people of all ages. Currently, more than 3,900 bowling alleys exist, which means the world still loves a good strike. Bowling has a wide variety of benefits for middle-aged people and those who are over 50 years old. The main benefit people can get from bowling is exercise of some of their most crucial muscles. One game of bowling works the following muscle groups:    Hamstrings  Calf muscles  Quadriceps  Biceps  Pectorals  Wrist muscles  Forearms  Heart    Bowling is an active and exhilarating sport, which can tone the previously mentioned muscles to a firm tone. The...

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Bicycling

Debra Murray |

Pedal Your Way to Fitness   Bicycling is an activity that is becoming more popular among people over the age of 50. Many people want to stay active and are looking for low-impact exercises, which is one of the reasons bicycling is growing in popularity. Most people learn how to ride a bike as a child, and it’s true, once you have learned, you don’t forget. There are many benefits of cycling.    Easy To Fit Cycling Into Your Day  Life can get so hectic and busy! A great thing about bicycling is one can easily fit it into their day. For example, you can ride a bicycle to the store, to visit friends or run...

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Breast Cancer Screening

Debra Murray |

The First Step to Prevention is Precaution  Early detection is the best method for preventing the spread of breast cancer. Regular screening is the best method for early detection, and it may detect small cancers that wouldn't be detected by other methods. However, screening methods vary because there are several types of breast cancer and several factors that influence the risk of developing it.     Some cancers are invasive and metastasize quickly while others are non-invasive and may never spread; some small cancers dissolve on their own so you may never know you had one. It's also possible to have...

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Bocce Ball

Debra Murray |

Enjoy the Excitement of Bocce Ball     As we age, maintaining an active lifestyle can help promote good health as well as improve one’s quality of life. Unfortunately, aging can bring some aches and pains with it. While it is normal to lose flexibility and muscle tone, if you exercise regularly it is possible to continue your favorite hobbies while enjoying the benefits of getting outdoors.    One activity, which can be a great deal of fun, is bocce ball. It provides an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, while being active. Bocce ball can be played in the back yard or neighborhood park and requires almost no setup. It’s also ideal across a wide range of...

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