Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
August 31, 2020

Why you should practise standing on one leg

From walking to leaning down to tie your shoes and trying to prevent yourself from falling over - good balance is important. Strong muscles and the ability to keep steady will help you stay balanced. Balance training helps with this.
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Back Pain
August 10, 2019

When should you worry about your back pain?

We’ve all experienced back pain at some point, which can range from a nagging ache to excruciating pain. How do you know if it is serious?
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Medication & Treatment
May 12, 2019

Which painkillers are best for an injury?

When you’ve been injured, it’s easy to pop a pill to ease the pain. Unfortunately, this could do more harm than good. Anti-inflammatory medications are often used to treat muscle aches and pains. It’s important to know when and how to use anti-inflammatories and when to use alternative methods.
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
January 23, 2019

Beware the dangers of CrossFit

If you’re on a quest to become super-strong, CrossFit is a brilliant choice. But pushing your physical limits comes with a few risks. CrossFit is all the rage – a good thing when you consider that not getting enough exercise is one of the leading risk factors of death worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise throughout the week (or a combination of both). If you’ve resolved to get fit this year, sweating it out at your nearest CrossFit “box” will certainly get you there.…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
October 22, 2018

Why you shouldn’t stretch before a workout

All your life you’ve probably heard that a good stretch before working out helps you reduce the risk of an injury. Warming up prepares your body for the demands of physical activity. It sends more oxygen and blood flow to your muscles and mentally prepares you for what's to come, in terms of concentration, motivation and coordination. These benefits are true, but stretching before your exercise session may not be all that good for you. Sometimes they may even weaken your muscles. Static stretching Static stretching involves stretching a muscle to the point of mild discomfort and holding that position…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
February 20, 2018

5 common gym injuries and how to prevent them

Before you hit the gym or lace up your sneakers for a run, be prepared. These activites may seem harmless enough, but if you’re not thoughtful, you could end up with some nasty injuries! Ankle sprain You may think that an ankle sprain is only possible when running outdoors, but jogging on a treadmill could also lead to an injury. It’s easy to hurt your ankle on the treadmill because you might lose focus while jogging and could accidentally step half on and half off the moving machine. Don’t jump off the treadmill too quickly either! You could roll your…
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
December 8, 2017

How to treat a rib injury

For some reason, many of us tend to think of rib injuries as all-encompassing – we need medical attention right now! In some cases, yes. But rib injuries can be slight too, sometimes caused by something as simple as a cough, a bump or bruise. The most obvious sign of a bruised rib is difficulty or pain when you breathe in. It might feel like you can’t take deep, substantial breaths. You may even notice swelling or tenderness in your chest and bruising on the skin. Bruised ribs The cause of your bruised ribs is a blow to the chest…
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