September 2012

Monthly Archives

  • Have muscle cramps? Grab pickle juice

    When you need to hydrate, you go for water. But what about for mouth sores, sleeping or constipation? Time magazine finds the perfect drinks for a variety of situations. “For muscle cramps: pickle juice. If you can stomach it, pickle juice might help alleviate Charlie horses — painful muscle spasms, usually in the legs. Those same cramp-fighting […]
  • Sticking with your workout routine

    Sometimes the biggest hurdle to exercise is making the decision to start. One motivating factor could be working out with a friend: “If you’re starting a fitness program for the first time, a good way to break in is by starting with a class or finding someone to start with you. ‘I think the group […]
  • Some surprising heart attack risk factors

    Genetics, greasy foods, and lack of exercise can significantly increase your chance of heart attack. But there are also  risk factors you may not have thought of, such as the neighborhood you live in: “A 2001 study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that people in lower-income neighborhoods were up to three times more […]
  • Your creatine questions answered

    As with many supplements, there’s a lot being said about creatine — good and bad. Men’s Health sifted through the data  to find the facts and myths surrounding it. One myth: “Creatine can help you build muscle mass without hitting the gym. It shows some improvement in kids with muscular dystrophy, even if they’re not exercising, […]
  • Find a healthier you this Fall

    Autumn officially arrived on Saturday. Take advantage of all the health opportunities Fall has to offer from cooler workout weather to the amazing variety of fruits and vegetables: “During the fall, ‘fresh fruits and vegetables are in great supply — visit your farmer’s market and stock up,’ [Dr. Philip T.] Hagen says. “Some of our favorites: apples, which […]
  • Why runners need to cross-train

    Cross training for runners is important to not only recover from an injury, but also to prevent them from happening in the first place. One alternative you can try is indoor cycling. “Indoor cycling is ideal for runners who can’t get their normal workout in either because of injury, because they simply want to try […]
  • The exercise sweet spot for weight loss

    Thirty minutes of daily exercise may be the perfect amount to lose weight, according to a surprising new study. Researchers found that those who exercised more lost fewer pounds. “At the end of the 13 weeks, the members of the control group weighed the same as they had at the start, and their body fat […]
  • Get a more restful night’s sleep

    Having trouble sleeping at night?  You may be coming at sleep with the wrong mindset. Men’s Health offers sound advice for a restful night, such as throwing out your preconceived notion of what a good night of shuteye is: “‘Thinking it’s necessary to stay asleep for 8 hours straight may be unrealistic,’ says David Neubauer, M.D., associate […]
  • Decoding the nutrition label

    According to a new study, people who read nutrition labels stay thinner.  With all the information included on these labels, what do you focus on and what can you ignore?  Let’s start with Calories (And Calories From Fat): “Now that two thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese, [Dawn] Blatner [, R.D.,] says calories […]
  • The best pre-workout foods

    Contrary to what some people believe, you shouldn’t work out on an empty stomach.  You need foods that will keep your energy up, such as: “A whole-wheat bagel with jam: ‘Simple carbs burn quickly, like paper, while complex carbs burn like wood and take a little longer to provide energy,’ [registered dietitian, Manuel] Villacorta says. An easy-to-digest […]