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HealthStyle: Athlete – How YOU can live an Athletic Life

Katie Hightower

Did you know that you don’t have to live your life one buzzer beater at a time to live an athletic lifestyle? Being an athlete is simply the act of choosing to live an active, healthy life.   Characteristics of an athlete: Proper Nutrition Dedication to Practice Achieving Enough Rest Nurturing the Body   If you fulfill these characteristics, then you are already embracing the HealthStyle of an athlete!   Nutrition For athletes of any age, one of the most important focus factors is maintaining balanced and healthy nutrition. If you are involved in an endurance activity like cross-country skiing...

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Five Tips to Prevent Injury Before a Big Game

Debra Murray

  Five Tips to Prevent Injury Before a Big Game  High school athletes have a higher risk of injury than professional sports players do. Part of the reason for this is the overwhelming pressure to perform well enough for a college recruiter to be impressed. Sometimes, kids push themselves to do more than they are physically able to do to make their parents and teammates happy as well. A trophy isn't going to mean much if someone is injured during a big game, though. It will set them back in training time and possibly cause long-term health problems and pain....

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How to Improve Circulation in the Legs and Feet When Traveling

Debra Murray

One of the most difficult aspects of traveling is the time that is spent sitting in one place. Movement is next to impossible because of the limited space that is in a car or on a plane, so people are forced to shift their weight as little as possible for hours at a time. If the destination is over two hours away, this puts people at risk for developing a blood clot because of blood pooling in their legs and feet. This is especially common in those who smoke or take birth control pills. Blood clots are dangerous because they...

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What Happens to Your Body When You are Sleep Deprived

Debra Murray

It is easy to stay up way past bedtime when you have a lot on your plate, but cutting back on getting a good night's rest each night is detrimental to your health. Read on to find out more about what happens to your body when you become sleep deprived. Higher Risk for Heart Disease  When a person gets far less than eight hours of sleep at night, it has an impact on their heart and arteries, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure and heart rate that lasts well into the next day. If the sleep deprivation goes on for too...

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Avoid Lower Back Pain

Debra Murray

80 percent of people will learn, at some point in their lives, what the ache of back pain feels like. The most common causes of back pain are sprains, strains, injuries, herniated discs and age-related degenerative conditions. If your pain is constant and severe, it can affect your personal and work life.   Back Pain Negatively Affects Sleep Getting a good night’s rest with an achy back is next to impossible. Poor sleep patterns can leave you too moody and tired to hang out with your loved ones or be productive at work. No matter how much your family and...

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Health Tips for Restless Legs

Debra Murray

Restless leg syndrome causes an extreme urge for those affected to move their legs, especially at night. This often leads to difficulty in sleeping and daytime drowsiness. However, lack of sleep may not be the worst of the effects caused by this condition. Research is showing that those who suffer from restless leg syndrome have an increased risk of developing heart disease, as well as an increased risk of early death.   A study by Mayo Clinic found that those with more severe cases of restless leg syndrome, meaning that the legs twitch more than 35 times per hour, were...

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Simple Health Tips For When Pain Is Tougher Than Usual

Debra Murray

You've come to accept the fact that pain comes with aging. As the years advance, there is more wear and tear on the body. Arthritis, bones that have been broken in the past and daily aches are par for the course as we age. However, sometimes the pain will be worse, getting in the way of your everyday life. When the pain is tougher than usual, here are some helpful tips to keep you on your feet and moving.   Avoid Strain When your body is protesting, listen to it and don't overdo. While it's understandable that you have things to do, there will...

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