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Exercise and Fitness

Rethinking RICE: The Old Standard Method May Not Actually Be the Best Treatment for Acute Injuries

Jul 12 2017 - 6:10pm
Sports injury RICE protocol

In my years working as a rehabilitation therapist, the standard treatment for acute musculoskeletal injuries was RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Without fail, we recommended this protocol to reduce inflammation and pain. Inflammation, we were taught, increases pain and delays healing. But a new school of thought may be turning the RICE protocol on its head.

The history of RICE protocol for acute injuries

Top 5 Fitness Trackers for Kids

Jul 1 2017 - 2:48am
Fitness trackers for kids

As parents, we all know that getting our kids off of the couch and away from their screens can be a difficult task. It’s easy for our kids to get caught up in video games and television, but we know that it’s important for kids to be active in order to stay healthy and fit, and to build habits that will last a lifetime. As wearable technology becomes more affordable, many parents are turning to wearable fitness trackers for their kids. We have gathered the best of the best for you, here in one post, so keep reading to find our recommendations for the top fitness trackers for kids.

Top 5 Fitness Trackers for Kids

1. Garmin Vivofit JR.

Wake Up And Energize Plus 9 Other Key Benefits Of A Cold Shower

Jun 28 2017 - 3:00pm
Cold shower for a horse

If you are like most people, you probably enjoy the comfort of a nice warm shower or bath. That’s great. There is nothing wrong with that. Waking up with a cold shower can in fact help energize you, inside and out, and bring other benefits making the temporary resistance worthwhile. Once you get use to it, using cold water even at just the end of the shower, can be a welcome experience with many felt benefits.

I’m not a glutton for pain. I will relish brief discomfort, however, knowing there will be benefit on the other end. That’s life after all, isn’t it? Cold showers can be the same way at first.

Why Early Sports Specialization is Harming Our Kids

Jun 25 2017 - 12:02am
Youth sports

There has been a trend lately of college programs offering scholarships to younger and younger kids. The Charlotte Observer ran an article today documenting the story of two young boys, aged 9 and 10 years, who have both been offered college football scholarships this month. These boys are committing to a program a decade from now, but at what cost? At nine years old, is it possible for a child to make a decision about his future? Because he has not yet even hit puberty, how can anyone say with certainty that he will even have the physical size and strength to play at the college level? And what is the cost to this child in specializing so young in one single sport?

What’s going on with youth sports?

Effective Exercises for Busy Moms: How to fit quick and effective exercises into your busy schedule

Jun 14 2017 - 8:17pm
effective mom and daughter exercise

Including effective exercise in your daily routine helps you as a busy Mom set a positive example for your child now and in the years to come.

Just because you are busy morning till night, that doesn't mean you can't squeeze in some effective exercises.

How I use essential oil bath salts to create the ultimate soothing bath

Jun 10 2017 - 8:51am
Rubber ducks

Sometimes it's amazing how much you benefit from little things like essential oil bath salts. Taking a nice soak in a hot bath is one of these things. Soaking in hot water is more powerful than one might think.

Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles.

Top 7 Father's Day Gifts for Health-Conscious Dads

Jun 3 2017 - 7:35pm
Father's day gift

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift for the health-conscious man in your life? Fitness watches are SO last year! We have compiled a list for you of the hottest new wearable tech gadgets to show Dad just how much you care!

As wearable technology gets smaller, smarter, and more affordable, fitness enthusiasts everywhere are turning to smart devices to help track their workouts and provide insight into their overall he

Quick Tips to Build Muscle While Burning Fat

Jun 2 2017 - 6:43pm
Building muscle while losing weight

Recently, I was reading through a Facebook debate on whether you could lose weight and build lean muscle simultaneously. It seems there is a common misconception that you have to do one before the other but I know I’m not taking time out of my morning to flop around in front of my TV, sweating to death (all while trying to keep my toddler busy) to not have visible results.

Sure, weight loss is great, but I want to see some muscle popping through. So, how do you both build muscle and lose weight?

Get Toned Arms and Shoulders like Forbes Riley in just 5 Minutes a Day without Going to a Gym – Yes, really (video)

May 27 2017 - 12:22pm
Forbes Riley on HSN with SpinGym

Forbes Riley® is perhaps best known as the queen of HSN (Home Shopping Network) and the $2 Billion Dollar Host, but she is also an award winning TV host, author, Inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, motivational speaker, and host of Forbes is the Founder and CEO of SpinGym which she uses just five minutes a day without going to a gym and credits for her sexy, toned arms at age 57.

Forbes Riley is recognized worldwide for hosting several of the most successful product promotions of all time including the Jack Lalanne Juicer and the Living Well HealthMaster with Montel William

How Technology Advances Improve Sports Injury Treatments

May 17 2017 - 11:59am
Soccer foot injury

Injuries are a fact of life for people who play sports, whether that is on a professional level or simply for fun. This is something that they have accepted, whether it is an injury gained through severe collision, or simply a misjudged kick.

While the risk of injury remains very real, the recent advances in technology mean that our ability to treat injuries – returning people to their previous state of health – is improving at a very r

This is why you need to do Doga: Adorable dog exercises with owner

May 11 2017 - 7:46pm
Have you tried Doga?

This is the best way to exercise ever. We all know workouts can be boring, but Doga - exercises with dogs - can spice things up and even make it so you can look forward to a workout.

I don't know about everyone else, but my dog enjoys working out with me. When I do oga, she's right there with me. She's even learned how to mimic 'downward dog' with me.

Does Gardening Really Count As Exercise?

May 8 2017 - 4:08pm
Gardening Exercise

It seems to me that gardening is one of the best ways of exercising, especially if you do it daily and work on your garden a little bit every day. Laura Bennet from Humid Garden shares her thoughts on gardening and exercising with EmaxHealth readers.

As most know, gardening is a great way to begin the day. Being able to be outside and find peace of mind in nature helps you to relax in a hectic world.

Exercising is an effective strategy for drug addiction recovery

Apr 28 2017 - 6:18am
Exercising is an effective strategy for drug addiction recovery

People who are trying to leave a situation of substance abuse may feel powerless over the power of addiction, but the key to recovery is to work consistently towards breaking the cycle that leads to substance abuse. Experts at various addiction recovery services advocate that Exercising is an effective strategy for drug addiction recovery. But how does exercising is able to affect the process of drug addiction recovery?

To understand the mechanisms on why drug addiction happens, you need to know more about neuropeptides called endorphins.

The One Natural Food that Cuts Recovery Time in Half at the Gym

Apr 26 2017 - 12:19pm
Gym Training Nutrition Diet

If you don't take the opportunity to replenish your blood sugar and muscle glycogen stores after a workout, forty-eight hours may be needed before these stores are refilled. This is typically the standard recovery time for most fitness enthusiasts, with the second day often feeling worse than the first, but it doesn't have to be this way. You can cut your recovery time in half by simply eating fruit.

How many days do your muscles need to recover after weight training or a cardio workout? If you’re eating a high protein diet, the answer is generally, forty-eight hours.

How Cycling Benefits Your Cardiovascular Health in Addition To Extending Your Life

Apr 24 2017 - 1:46pm
National Bike Month

Whether you bike for sport or for fun, May is your month! Biking even just a few miles per day has been shown to add years to your life.

There are so many good reasons to pump those pedals. Commuting by bike to work can help save money on car maintenance and gas.

The more physical education the better for adolescents

Apr 14 2017 - 6:06am
Playing volleyball

Researchers say that adolescents who have frequent physical education are in better shape and are more informed about the significance of physical activity for health.

Kids in school often initially feel that physical education is a nuisance in their schedule until they begin to feel the health benefits of staying in shape.

14 Benefits of Elliptical Trainers and Impact on Workout

Apr 7 2017 - 10:27pm
Elliptical trainer

Elliptical trainers and machines have gained popularity over the last several decades especially with an aging population who may not be physically able to perform other activities due to health issues. Elliptical machines have many benefits, both physical and functional, for people of all ages over other workout machines such as a treadmill, rower, exercycle and stairclimber, although most ellipticals are designed to mimic these activities, at least to some degree.

In addition to these benefits of elliptical trainers, for those who prefer an outdoor experience to the gym, there are companies that manufacture mobile elliptical machines, which are similar to bi

Can Running Stop Your Periods? Here's What You Should Know

Mar 23 2017 - 5:11pm
running, periods, menstruation

If you've started on a rigorous running regimen to compliment your weight loss plan, you might have found that your periods are slowing and even stopping completely. Here's what's happening.

It's been about 30 days and you haven't had your period yet. You rush to the store to buy a pregnancy test, and to your relief and secret regret, the kit says you're not pregnant.

Anti-aging effect of interval exercise we all need to know about

Mar 12 2017 - 10:12am
Interval training is anti-aging and especially good over age 65, Mayo study finds.

Mayo Clinic researcher reveals what happens when older people exercise at high intensity intervals. The finding shows aerobic exercise performed in short intervals, known as HIIT, is anti-aging, which is something we all need to know.

The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism looked at the effect of various types of exercise in three groups of individuals to find HIIT or high intensity interval training, rejuv

3 Exercise Mistakes That Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis

Mar 10 2017 - 3:42am
plantar fasciitis, running, exercise

Exercising is great, but sometimes you don't realize you're doing something wrong. Some mistakes are obvious, like lifting too much weight that you can't handle (which can cause hernias and strains.) But other mistakes are not so obvious. Here are some common mistakes that can cause plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that can lead to heel pain. You can strain the sole of your foot such that it gets inflamed and cause problems.

Burn fat and build muscle with this 40 minute exercise plan

Jan 15 2017 - 8:42am
Two short HIIT sessions on a cycle better than more study finds

You want to stay active but don't have time. It's a dilemma we all seem to face. You'll be happy to know researchers have discovered you can burn fat, improve cardiovascular health and build muscle with just two HIIT sprints on a bicycle.

Performing just two 'supramaximal' bicycle sprints at two intervals is all it takes to boost cardiorespiratory fitness.

3 Ways to Get Fit When You're Short on Time

Jan 14 2017 - 6:39am
short on time

If you're trying to lose weight but are juggling many responsibilities and a stressful week wrought with deadlines, you can still get the same amount of exercise in but in a shorter time. Here are some fitness tips to help you keep up your calorie expenditure during your toughest of weeks.

Exercising When You Don't Have Time: Short, High-power Workouts and Other Crunch Time Fitness Tips

Twenty Minutes a Day to Stimulate the Immune System and Reduce Inflammation

Jan 13 2017 - 2:59pm
Stimulate the immune system

And yet another reason to carve out just a small amount of your day to dedicate toward exercise…..

A new study, published by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, finds that one 20-minutes session of moderate exercise can stimulate the immune system and produc