Muscle Pain

If you’re experiencing muscle pain, there are a variety of treatment methods you can consider. Options like foam rollers therapy or a massage ball for runners can minimize or eliminate pain.

Common Causes of Muscle Pain
A variety of injuries or conditions can cause muscle pain. Overexerting a muscle during exercise or sports participation can result in muscle strain that can vary from light soreness to debilitating pain. This is perhaps the most common cause of muscle pain, but conditions like fybromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome and rhabdomyolsis can do the same.

Treatment
A variety of treatment options for muscle pain due to strain exist. Foam rollers for muscle pain are long plush tubes that offer some relief and benefits you get from a sports massage, but you can use them on your own at home for mild to moderate muscle pain.

The injured person can use his or her weight to gently apply pressure to the myofascial tissue in the affected area to soothe tight tissue, increase blood flow and circulation and help separate tissue that has bonded or “stuck” together because of an issue. This is best performed in later stages of treatment, after the injured area has been well-rested.

Foam rollers therapy may be prescribed between physical therapy sessions for daily in-home treatment or when sports massage is not available. It’s a common technique used to treat shin splints, IT band syndrome and to increase range of motion and flexibility even in the absence of muscle pain. Foam rollers therapy allows the ability to trigger and customize certain muscle groups depending on the body position and type of stretch.

Another treatment option for muscle pain is a massage ball for runners. This type of treatment tool allows a runner or anyone else to truly target specific muscles in the foot, legs, or forearms. A massage ball for runners comes in a variety of sizes and materials for your particular needs.

You can combine the ball and foam rollers for muscle pain for a treatment that works best for you, or alternate them to soothe different muscle groups. Both items are a great asset for runners, athletes and anyone who needs some muscle pain relief or to increase range of motion.

 

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Best Asics Running Shoes

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I remember my first pair of running shoes. It was freshman year in high school, and the track coach encouraged me to join the team. I’d always been active as a kid, with gymnastics, swimming and dance, but I had yet to try out running for greater distances than ten laps around the gym on a rainy day in PE class. I had no idea what to look for in a shoe, and based my choice completely on how the shoe looked and if it fit within the budget my mother had given me.

Now, I realize there is more to a running shoe than just looks! There is a lot to consider when purchasing a new pair of running shoes. A person needs to think about what type of running they are doing, if they over-pronate and how high or low their arch is. Also, a person should like the way their shoes look. Luckily, Asics makes fantastic running shoes that can fit all of these requirements.

Some of the best Asics running shoes include the Asics GEL-Kayano 19 the Asics GT-1000, and the Ascis GT-2000. These are newly revamped and improved models of their much loved running shoes. These models are some of the best Asics running shoes and there is one for every type of runner. And what’s great is you don’t have to choose between looks and comfort!

The Asics GEL-Kayano 19 features an award winning style. It has excellent cushioning and support. It also has Cool Upper Mesh for breathable comfort during those hot runs. It also comes in a variety of fun color combinations so you get style, comfort and support.

The Asics GT-1000 is definitely a runner’s shoe. It is true to size and well built. Runners who are mild to moderate over pronaters will find the structure and support of this shoe perfect for them. This is an award winning, light weight, redesigned version of Asic’s much loved running shoe. This model is available in pink for the breast cancer awareness edition.

The Asics GT-2000 is a great shoe for neutral runners all the way to severe overpronaters. There is a larger Gel Pad in this shoe than in other models. It features a double layer of memory foam and even has a removable insole to accommodate orthotics. It also has Comfort Dry Sockliner that provides cushioning while keeping feet drier. Definitely a plus on those long runs!

I love how I can still fulfill my want for a great looking shoe and have the support and stability I need.

 

The Best of the Best in Racquetball shoes

There are plenty of options when it comes to racquetball shoes. Three of the best are Asics, HEAD, and Hi-Tec. Though these names are well known in the sport, how much do you actually know about them? Let’s break it down!
Asics racquetball shoes are of highest quality. Asics makes shoes for many different sports, and has been around since 1949. Their broad knowledge of footwear and proper foot support makes them a leader for a sport like racquetball. Asics makes several different racquetball shoe models for both men and women, and in a wide range of sizes and prices. Asics racquetball shoes are best known for such features as being some of the most lightweight available and their Gel Cushioning System for some of the best support and comfort on the market.
HEAD racquetball shoes are also known to be a leader in the industry. HEAD, founded in 1950, has been perfecting racquetball equipment for quite some time. HEAD racquetball shoes have some of the broadest color designs for racquetball shoes, and have focused on really getting as light weight as possible. HEAD is also known for their durability and support, and is one of the favorite brands trusted by professionals!
Hi-Tec racquetball shoes are known for their 4:SYS and Peak Force technology, and recently have combined that went asymmetrical lacing and improved venting features to really try to upstage competitors. Hi-Tec, though the youngest company of these three – founded in 1974, has really pushed innovations forward to make Hi-Tec racquetball shoes able to compete with their well-established counterparts and one of the biggest names in racquetball footwear. They have made up ground swiftly, and offer some of the most diverse racquetball shoes, stylistically speaking, as well.
Overall, Asics racquetball shoes, HEAD racquetball shoes, and Hi-Tec racquetball shoes are all at the top of the industry. All three provide great features, as well as reliability from the rigorous R and D these companies put the products through. Their worth is just as proven, and it doesn’t take long to figure out. A quick look at the professional racquetball scene will tell you that all three of these companies are represented widely throughout!

Guest Post > The Key to Staying Fit: 6 Top Desk Exercises

If you’re like most people in today’s working world, it’s tough to find time to exercise. Between meetings and family time and social events, there never seems to be enough time in the day.

 

Well, folks – we’re here to change that. The truth is that there are many exercises that can be done at work and while sitting at your desk – and no one even has to know you’re doing them! Here are a few of our favorite top desk exercises to help keep you in shape, even if you don’t have the time.

 

Take the stairs – Seems simple, right? But with a briefcase, paperwork, and coffee in your hand, the elevator probably looks a lot more tempting. Next time you have the choice between the two, opt for the stairs. You’ll get a short cardio workout in and will strengthen your legs in the process.

 

Take a walking lunch break – Forget sitting at your desk or grabbing fast food during your lunch hour. Instead, pack a healthy meal from home (think fruits, veggies, and whole grains), and head out for a walk around the neighborhood.

 

Chair dips – While seated, plant your feet firmly on the floor and place your hands on the armrests of your chair. Scoot up so your bottom is on the edge of your seat, then slowly lift your body off the chair and hold for five seconds. Return to a seated position and repeat five times.

 

Core strengthener – While sitting on the edge of your chair, stretch your arms out in front of you with your fingers pointing across the room. Focus on keeping your back straight, contract your abdominal muscles, and relax. Repeat five times.

 

Wing flap – This is one of the few that may look silly to a coworker passing by, so if you’re not comfortable, we’d recommend waiting until you get home. To do this pose, stretch your arms up and back so your hands are floating behind your head. Hold for five seconds, then bring them to the front of your body, hold for five seconds, and repeat.

 

Curls – While seated at your desk, cross your arms across your chest and focus on making sure your posture is straight. Flex your abdominal muscles and push your shoulders forward toward your hips. Hold the pose for five seconds, and repeat 10 times. Note: This is similar to the cat pose in yoga, but in this case, you’re seated.

 

Keep these simple exercises in mind next time you think a workout is hard to come by. They’ll have you feeling great in no time flat!

 

You can find more information and helpful tips on at-desk yoga in this resource guide: http://www.ergostoreonline.com/guide-to-desk-yoga.html

 

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Guest Post>Things You Didn’t Know That Can Actually Make You Lose Weight

We all know exercise can make us lose weight so long as it’s done regularly. Sticking to a healthy diet is another weight-loss standard we’ve known for decades. And then there’s surgery and a few non-surgical procedures, recent innovations that eradicate fat without exercise or diet. But these aren’t the only ways one can lose weight.

Eating breakfast

People these days are more likely to skip breakfast. If not, they eat less than recommended. We can blame it on our hectic lives all we want but this is no excuse to skip the most important meal of the day. Others simply don’t have one out of fear of gaining weight, waiting until lunch before they eat a heavy meal. As it turns out, breakfast also plays an important role in weight management.

A research team analyzed a government study involving 4,200 adults. It was discovered that people who regularly ate cereals for breakfast had lesser fat intake compared to people who ate other foods. Women were also likely to eat fewer calories throughout a day when they eat breakfast. In another government-funded study involving 2,000 girls aged 9 to 19 it was found that those who ate breakfast cereals regularly were less likely to have weight problems than those who didn’t eat them every day. Furthermore, girls who didn’t eat cereals for breakfast on a regular basis had an increased risk of being overweight than regular eaters. Do these studies mean that I should eat cereals for breakfast? Not necessarily. You can eat any healthy food for breakfast and still be able to manage your weight.

Breakfast prevents you from binge eating at lunch and dinner which explains why people who eat them regularly have lesser fat intake. Breakfast also causes your metabolism to start-up in the morning, triggering the release of fat-metabolizing enzymes throughout the day. To lose weight, you should concentrate on eating high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for breakfast. They give you a feeling of fullness and yet don’t pack too many calories.

Drinking water

Unlike carbonated beverages and sweetened juices, water is a drink that has zero calories. It is a great alternative for these drinks because it quenches thirst without adding to your daily caloric intake. A research conducted by nutrition researcher Brenda Davy of Virginia Tech further validates the myth that water helps in weight loss. In one study, she and her colleagues found that older adults who drank two cups of water 30 minutes before breakfast consumed 13 percent less calories than those who didn’t drink water prior to the meal.

In a separate study, 48 overweight and obese adults aged 55 to 75 were placed on a low-calorie diet. Half of them were randomly tasked to drink 16 ounces of water before eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The other half was also given water but wasn’t told how to drink it. Results came in 12 weeks later and it was found that those who drank water before meals lost an average of 15.5 pounds compared the other group which lost only 11 pounds on average. Further research suggests that water contributes to weight loss by boosting your metabolism which in turn helps to burn more calories.

Eating Nuts

Most people avoid eating nuts when trying to lose weight because they contain high amounts of fat. However, the fats found in nuts are actually healthy and as long as you limit your daily intake to a handful, you can avoid weight gain. You have better chances of losing weight by eating almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts. These nuts can curb your appetite in between meals and are therefore great for snacking.

Snacking on nuts, drinking water before meals, and eating breakfast regularly are unique ways to lose weight. Remember to keep a positive attitude! The weight will come off.

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The Vital Role of Fitness for Cancer Survivors

Starting an exercise routine can be daunting enough for anyone, let alone those who are fighting cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults take part in a minimum of 2.5 hours of physical exercise weekly and resistance training twice a week. These recommendations are no different for cancer patients, except for those who have been greatly weakened by the disease and their treatment. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments are cumulative. The more treatments you undergo, the more tired you will be.

Cancer patients, like those with mesothelioma cancer, are advised to pay attention to their levels of fatigue before training on any particular day. It is important that you pay attention to what your body is telling you. But if you are only moderately tired, any exercise is better than nothing. There are four main types of physical fitness: strength training, balance, stretching, and aerobic exercise. It is best to get some exercise that will benefit you in each of these four areas. Balance is best. For example, if you only focus on strength training, you may be quite strong but suffer from a weak heart and circulation.

Stretching and Balance

Stretching prior to your workout will get your heart rate and temperature up and prepare you for exercising. It also helps reduce your risk of injury. Meanwhile, balancing exercises can help prevent falls that may injure a cancer patient when not feeling their best.

Aerobics

Aerobics can be any exercise that raises your heart rate for an extended period of time, strengthening the heart muscle and circulation. Activities like bicycling, running, jogging, and walking are effective aerobic exercises. You can have more lean muscle mass if you alternate strength exercises with aerobic exercises. This way, you will be decreasing fat and increasing your metabolism.

Raising your metabolism will boost energy levels and mood. The effects will last for hours after your exercise, also increasing the calories and fat you burn. Obesity is a marker for cancer. Losing fat will help make it more likely that your cancer will not return or that you will develop a secondary cancer later on.

Strength Training

Resistance training helps prevent the muscle loss or wasting that occurs with some types of cancer or normal aging. Losing muscle mass will make injuries more likely, also leading to other health problems down the road. It also helps to strengthen bones. As we age, we often lose bone density. Maintaining or building muscle encourages our bodies to maintain strong bones to support the additional force that muscles provide. In this case, an accident is much less likely to result in broken bones- a common cause of lack of mobility in seniors and cancer patients.

According to the National Cancer Institute, exercise can lower the risk of developing cancer. Breast cancer risk can be lowered by 20- 40 percent and the risk of developing colon cancer can be lowered by 30- 40 percent.

Cycling Then and Now: How the MOTOACTV Makes a Difference

Riding my bike was my favorite pastime when I was younger. There were numerous summer days where I cruised around my neighborhood without a care in the world. I loved lazily circling the neighborhood, or racing my friends. Cycling is still a pleasure, but I was not worried about exercise when I was child. I did not need to calculate my distance because I was not allowed to wander too far past my neighborhood. Bicycling is a key part of how I stay in shape so I am more mindful of my treks than I was as a child. Fortunately, keeping track of my progress is easy with MOTOACTV. I take this little device on all my rides to monitor my distance, speed, and more.

When I was a kid, I used to guess how fast I was going when I pedaled my hardest or went down big hills. Thankfully, I do not have to rely on guesswork anymore. The Motorola fitness tracker records everything I want to know. The GPS system tracks my route and tells me my distance and time. It also monitors my speed, heart rate, and calories burned. This lets me see what I have achieved after every ride and helps me plan better for my next trek. This is only one way MOTOACTV motivates me to do my best.

Technology has changed since I was younger. I could not ride around listening to tunes quite as easily as I can today. The Motorola fitness tracker has a built in MP3 player. I love listening to music and this makes my workout go faster. The tracker is the perfect companion to my workout mixes because it pays attention to which songs motivate me the most. When I hit a lull, the player starts one of my favorite songs to keep me going.

The best thing about this gadget is how convenient it is. The whole device is easy to clip onto my handlebars with the Motorola bike mount. I do not have to worry about where to carry it or fear that it may come loose. This also makes it simple to see my progress and adjust the music.

I will always enjoy bicycling. However, the way I ride is different from when I was young. I still have fun, but I have better tools. I never leave home without the Motorola bike mount or MOTOACTV.

7 benefits of making running a part of your life

1. Less Health Problems

There are several benefits that a person is going to see if they make running a part of their life. First, the person is going to be at a lower risk of health issues and any severe illnesses like depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and heart attacks, stroke, and arthritis along with a variety of cancers like breast, ovarian, and colon cancer. This is because the running can help to build up a person’s immune system.

2. Handle stress better

A person is going to be able to handle their stress a lot better than they used to. This is because a person has the ability to get away from all of the hassles of life that can cause stress. Therefore, a person is going to be able to relax their mind. Plus, running can make a person feel a lot better about themselves. Some of the main things that a person can get stressed out about in their life is their job, their children, or their relationships.

3. A Sharper Mind
While running, a person is going to have the ability to clear their mind of all of the day’s events. Therefore, a person is going to feel like doing more things with their family since they are going to have more energy than they have ever felt before. Plus, a person is going to be able to do their job a lot better with a clearer mind. This is because they are going to be able to concentrate more on the job.

4. Better Sleep

Another benefit is that a person is going to be able to sleep a lot better. The running could make a person tired so they are going to be able to fall asleep a lot quicker. The person is also going to be able to sleep a little bit longer with a better quality of sleep. Therefore, in the morning a person is going to feel a lot more refreshed.

5. Sense of achievement

A person is going to feel like they have a greater sense of achievement. This is because a person’s physical and mental health is really going to start to get better over a period of time. Therefore, a person’s life is going to improve by a lot. A person is always going to feel like they have achieved something when they are no longer wasting their days by doing nothing with their life.

6. More attractive

Also, a person is going to feel like they are a lot more attractive. This is especially true for a person that loses a lot of weight because of the running that they do on a regular basis. This is because the person is going to look a lot more toned and athletic when they have been running for awhile. Plus, a person is going to be a lot healthier and have a good body weight on them because of the running.

7. Positive mindset

The seventh and final benefit is that a person is going to have a way better mindset on them if they have been running for awhile. Therefore, a person is going to be able to enjoy their life a lot more. This means that they are going to get a lot more out of their endeavors. Plus, everyone else in your life is going to be able to enjoy being around you. This is because you are going to be a much happier person.

The Wahoo Fitness BlueHR Heart Rate Monitor for Weight Loss

When I finally made the decision that this was time that I got serious about losing weight and getting back into shape, I decided I would give running a try. While I certainly did not start out being much of a runner, I did progress with time and have really come to enjoy my workouts. One of the best things I did was to purchase a Wahoo Fitness BlueHR heart rate monitor. This little Wahoo monitor allows me to keep track of my progress and it provides the impetus I needed to keep me on track and moving forward.

One of the major benefits with the Wahoo Fitness monitor is that it allows you to not only keep a check on your heart rate, which is ideal for ensuring that you get the best workout possible, but it also gives you the flexibility of being able to add various features, such as a stride sensor. I love the fact that I can use my Wahoo Fitness BlueHR heart rate monitor with my iPhone 4S. This amazing little feature lets me run wirelessly and the built in Bluetooth technology sends the information from my Wahoo monitor directly to my iPhone. Talk about convenient!

I was surprised to find the many apps that work with this amazing Wahoo Fitness monitor. In fact, I use a number of different apps, but my favorite, so far, is the mapping app called MapMyRun. This is a really handy tool that not only maps my run, but after inputting my height and weight it now keeps track of how many calories I have burned during my workout. There are certainly lots of other great apps that I also like to use with my Wahoo Fitness BlueHR heart rate monitor. For example, the 3, 2, 1 Run app records my GPS coordinates as I run and the iBody app is perfect for tracking my running routes and distance, as well as my blood pressure, weight, body fat, cholesterol and of course, the number of calories I have burned.

Finding a Wahoo monitor that can keep me motivated and losing weight has been the biggest factor in helping me to achieve my weight loss goals. Of course, I still have a ways to go, but this gadget gives me the incentive and motivation I need to keep moving and I have been able to gradually increase the length of my runs as well as the intensity of my workouts.

The 2012 London Olympics

I have a confession to make: I am a total Olympics nerd. When the Olympics are on, I will watch anything that happens on television that has anything to do with the Olympics. You name the sport or the newscaster, if there are five colored rings and that famous “Ba Baa Ba Ba Ba Baa Bammm” theme music playing, I’m watching, fascinated.

Now the London 2012 Olympics are almost here and I could not be more excited. I love the Winter Olympics, of course, but part of me adores the Summer Olympics even more. While this may sound shallow, part of the reason I enjoy the Summer Olympics is my not-so-secret admiration for the athletes. Specifically their beautiful, strong, healthy bodies.

I think you know what I mean. Watch the swimmers this summer at the London Olympics. Look at their lean muscles, firm, clean lines, and the power with which they pull themselves through the water. There is a beauty to the sport and the athletes that is very real and very simple.

Of course, this applies to other sports at the 2012 Olympics as well. Those track and field runners are astounding in their speed and strength. The men and women performing those twists and turns in the gymnastics arena may be small, but they are compact and they are tremendously talented. There is nothing like someone defying gravity through pure athleticism to make me feel proud, jealous, and nearly speechless with admiration.

Another reason why I am looking forward to the London Olympics is the fact that these athletes inspire me. I find it very difficult to be happily lapping a bowl of ice cream into my mouth while I watch these men and women who are the very embodiment of a healthy lifestyle and the best of American sports. Instead, I will watch the 2012 Olympics with rapt attention and then I will lace up my running shoes and head outside for a nice long run.

No one is going to mistake me for an Olympian around my neighborhood, not with my old workout clothes and steady-but-slow running pace, but in my mind, I do have something in common with those Olympic athletes. I enjoy feeling my body work and perform. I enjoy being healthy and strong. And while no one will ever put me on an Olympic team, I can feel a kinship with athletes around the world who enjoy and maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is, after all, something of an Olympian in all of us.