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Make Time for Exercise

Don't think you have enough time to work out? Here are simple ways to squeeze more exercise into your busy day.

Larry Cheskin, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of Johns Hopkins Medicine

The first step is to take advantage of your weekends or your days off. Use these days to get extra exercise in and combine it with family or friends by taking a walk, jog, or even going swimming or skiing. Dancing is also a great form of social physical activity. Ask yourself what you enjoy. Perhaps joining a local sports team will make exercise more fun for you. On work days, try to fit exercise in when you can. Small things like taking the stairs to the restroom on the top floor of your building, or scheduling in a "walking meeting" with co-workers can help you fit exercise into your busy day. Or, close your door during a conference call, take your shoes off, and do squats, lunges, wall-pushups, wall-sits, and leg lifts during the call. Consider morning or lunch-time workouts at a nearby gym or fitness facility that is convenient for you, or purchase an exercise video DVD that enables you to workout in your own home for 30 minutes each morning or evening upon returning home from work. Watching your favorite television shows while on the treadmill is also a fun and easy way to get in your exercise. No excuses!


Help Your Aching Back

January 24th 2015 11:30
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Help Your Aching Back

While stress might not cause back pain, it can aggravate your symptoms. Try these activities to reduce anxiety and keep your back troubles at bay.

Relief for Chronic Back Pain

How to Help Your Back Feel Better

One of the most important things you can do to help yourself recover from back pain is to stay mobile. A day or two of bed rest is fine if you're really hurting, but after that, muscles begin to atrophy, which will make your back muscles weaker and make future injuries and pain more likely. So try to stay mobile, even if you just take short walks while you recover. Here are some treatments that may help you get around more comfortably:

Hot and cold therapy: Cold packs can help reduce swelling and inflammation if used the first day or two after injury. After that, the warmth of heating pads or hot water bottles can help relieve muscle tension and spasms.

Pain medications: Over-the-counter acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin can help provide short-term relief of back pain. But don't exceed the dosing instructions. And see your doctor if your situation does not improve.

Rub-on relief: Pain-relieving ointments, gels, creams, and salves are applied directly to the skin and may help reduce stiffness and muscle soreness.

The good news is that about 90% of people with acute low back pain get better within 4 to 6 weeks.

from: Real Age


Show Your Skin Some Love

January 24th 2015 02:35
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Show Your Skin Some Love

Is your skin red, itchy or dry? If so, it may be time to give your skin regimen a quick overhaul. Dermatologist, Amy Weschler, MD, has a natural solution that's revered for its superior skin-healing properties. Used as early as 2,000 BC, this skin-renewal staple has been shown to relieve eczema, dryness and inflammation.

Why Wait?

Why Your Skin Craves Oatmeal
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You probably know that oatmeal's a fiber-rich superfood that does an all-star job of sopping up cholesterol and speeding it out of the body. But do you also know that its grainy little flakes perform mini miracles when applied to skin? Oatmeal whisks away dead cells, irritation, and redness, leaving a soft, moist glow behind.

While this could be news to you, oatmeal's long been a staple among skin pros -- even ancient ones. Its skin-soothing powers were known as early as 2000 BC, and to this day, the FDA cites it as effective for relieving dryness and inflammation, including insect stings, rashes, and eczema. That's why finely powdered ("colloidal") oatmeal is sifted into soothing body soaks, moisturizers, and soaps. (Pulverizing the oats into powder makes it easier to disperse their healing goodness -- and in soaks it keeps them from collecting in the bottom of the tub.)

"There are four reasons why your skin adores oatmeal," explains New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD:

1. Dryness fighting: Oats contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water and leave a fine protective film on the skin, preventing dull, flaky dryness.

2. Moisturizing: Oats are full of healthy, lubricating fats.

3. Defense building: The proteins in oatmeal help maintain the skin's natural barrier function, which ensures that the world outside the skin stays out, and what's inside the skin stays in.

4. Pore cleansing: Oats are filled with natural cleansers (called saponins) that gently remove dirt and oil from the pores.

To reap all of these benefits, Wechsler suggests treating your skin to a colloidal oatmeal mask every week or two. Here's her super simple recipe -- good bet the ingredients are already in your kitchen.

The Skin Doc's Smoothing, Soothing Oatmeal Mask

2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 tablespoon honey

1. Put the oats into a clean herb or coffee grinder on the finest setting, and process into powder.

2. Pour into a small bowl and stir in hot water and honey. Let stand for 5 minutes.

3. Wash face with warm water. While skin is still damp, massage paste onto face, circling around eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10 minutes.

4. Remove with tepid water and a washcloth. Apply your favorite moisturizer to seal the deal and set the glow.

P.S.: Don't stop eating oats just because you've transformed them into a beauty treatment! They're hard to beat as a source of health-protective soluble fiber -- and eating a high-fiber diet can make your RealAge up to 6 years younger.

from: real age


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