5 Ways to Use Less Salt

Salt is essential to the body. The sodium in salt helps transmit nerve impulses and contract muscle fibers. It also works with potassium to balance fluid levels in in the body. But you need only a tiny amount of salt to do this — less than one-tenth of a teaspoon per day. The average American […]

Amazing Healing Power of Yoga

Tone and strengthen your body while you lower blood pressure … ease back pain … reduce the risk of heart disease … and improve your memory with YOGA! In today’s 24/7 world with shocking news bombarding us, electronic devices beeping for attention, and an inbox full of emails that seem to need an immediate reply, […]

Mixing Supplements and Medications

Download this article as a PDF Know Your Terms Supplements: A supplement is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. In the medical world, supplements are often taken to remedy deficiencies in a person’s diet. Examples include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs. Medications: A medication is a substance used for […]

Show Your Hands Some Love

Kessler Institute Offers 10 Tips to Prevent “Digital Injuries” Originally posted on the Kessler Institute website. Download this article as a PDF From smartphones and tablets to game consoles, people are hooked on technology. However, the ever-increasing use of these devices has resulted in a dramatic rise in injuries to the hands, wrists and elbows, […]

Better Balance

Learn the steps that will keep you steady on your feet! Discover how you can effectively safeguard and improve your sense of balance. Inside Better Balance, you’ll discover: Six illustrated workouts to improve balance A step-by-step personal safety and home hazard checklist Which medications raise the risk for falling? Common health conditions that can affect balance Which […]

9 Complete Fitness Building Exercises

At last! Workouts and exercises that will get you moving—and keep you motivated! Inside Workout Workbook you’ll find… 9 fitness-building workouts you can do in 40 minutes or less 82 exercises that combine to work all parts of your body What you should look for (and look out for) in choosing a gym The bottom line on 12 […]

Scientists Find Exercise Benefits

You can thank a little molecule called BAIBA for exercise’s health benefits. A new study in the journal Cell Metabolism shows that levels of the molecule BAIBA — short for beta-aminoisobutyric acid — increase during exercise, and this particular molecule increases the expression of calorie-burning genes in fat cells. In addition, rising levels of BAIBA during exercise was […]

Exercise Science Education

By Brian B. Parr, Ph.D. Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM. Brian B. Parr, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise and sports science at the University of South Carolina Aiken in Aiken, SC. He is an ACSM member and certified exercise specialist. […]

CDC Physical Activities Guidelines

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different […]

Why Should Pregnant Women Exercise?

By Lanay Mudd, Ph.D. Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policiesof ACSM. Dr. Mudd is an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at Michigan State University. With a background in both kinesiology and epidemiology, her research focuses on maternal and child health benefits of physical […]