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Tag - recovery

How to Take Good Health Lying Down

Last week the National Sleep Foundation released new sleep guidelines for people of all ages. Nutrition and exercise are both necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but in order to properly rejuvenate your body, rest your muscles, and live longer, you need to get the right amount of rest each night. The panel’s new recommendations are 7-9 hours for adults, 7-8 hours for seniors, and 8-10 hours for teenagers. Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is vital,…

Tips for Eating and Exercising When Sick

Flu season is here. Should you be sweating or resting when you’re sick? Many people try to keep up their normal daily routine when they are sick. However, you may want to put the brakes on working out and eating your normal diet if you’re not feeling well. When you’re sick, your body needs certain nutrients and lots of rest to boost your immune system in order to help you get healthier faster. But where exactly do you draw the…

Ankylosing Spondylitis: It’s Not What You Think

Simply speaking, Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disease that causes some of your vertebrae to fuse together. Classified as a type of Arthritis, this condition isn’t just painful but it can also lead to hunched over posture. The symptoms of AS usually start in your lower back in your lumbar vertebrae. However, the pain can move quickly up your spine, and if your ribs become affected, breathing can become very difficult. Symptoms AS affects men more than women, usually…

Know the Risk Factors for Sciatica

In layman’s terms, sciatica is a pain that occurs along the course of your sciatic nerve--a nerve that begins in your lower back and continues through your hip, buttocks, and down each leg.  Normally, sciatica only affects one side of your body.  The most common causes of sciatica are pressure on the nerve from a herniated disk or bone spur.  This pressure leads to an inflammation and numbness in your leg that can be very painful. Even if you are…

How Do I Rest After Working Out?

If you've ever seen a personal trainer or done any rudimentary research on an effective exercise routine, you know that rest and recovery are a crucial part of getting--and staying--in shape. However, this idea of "rest" takes many forms. Shortening workouts, trying different exercises, and even skipping your workout altogether are all options that can provide you with some recovery benefit. And even if you choose to take a full rest day, you can optimize your body's recovery with proper…