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Nov 30

8 Easy Exercises for Your Sore Back [Video]

By Jennifer | Staying Healthy

Before I turned 40, sore backs were something that happened to other people. But I found out soon enough it would happen to me. Whether you sit at a desk or drive a bunch, sore backs can become a real pain.

The good news is a few simple exercises can help relieve your pain. I’ve spelled out 8 below with descriptions. If you prefer video, check out this demonstration on this hip flexor stretch.

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Here are 8 other easy exercises you can do to relieve your sore back:

1-Half lunge

Start with both feet hip width apart. Step one foot forward, such as the right foot, until it is on the floor in front of you with the knee at a 90-degree angle. The other knee (left) can rest on the floor. Return to standing by either stepping back, or pushing with your left foot until it is once again level with your right foot. Repeat by stepping out with the left foot and bringing the right knee downwards

2-Cross-legged crunch

Lay on the floor with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and the small of your back comfortably supported on the floor. Cross one leg, such as the right one, over the left leg. Using both hands, grip the thigh of the leg underneath, in this case, the left leg, and gently draw both legs towards your chest. Hold for 5 seconds and release the leg so the foot is once more flat on the floor.

3-Hamstring stretch

Lay on the floor with one knee bent, foot flat on the floor, and the small of your back comfortably supported on the floor, the other leg stretched straight out flat on the floor. Bend one knee. Using both hands, grip the thigh of the raised leg. Support the leg as you try to straighten it. Picture yourself pushing up to the ceiling with your heel. Straighten as far as you can, hold for 5 seconds, then release the leg so it is bent again. Repeat 4 more times on that side and then do the same sequence of exercises with the opposite leg.

4-Thigh stretch

Standing next to a wall for balance, and leaning with your right side or holding on to the wall with your right hand, bend your left knee. Reach down your left hand to grip the upper part of your foot around the toe area. Bring the heel of the foot close to the back of the thigh. Try to keep the knees together, with the raised leg parallel to the standing leg, not spread apart widely.

5-Yoga pose: Plank

Plank is like the upward position of a push-up. Don’t let the back sag down or thrust upwards. Keep it as straight as a board.

6-Yoga pose: Dolphin Plank

Instead of resting your weight on your hands, rest it on your forearms and elbows. Again, don’t sag. This is great for a solid core.

7 and 8-Yoga poses: Cat and Cow

Start in cow, on your hands and knees, back straight. Arch your head and neck back–pretend to moo. Now move to cat, and think of a hissing cat arching its back angrily. Bring the head down and arch the back. Move slowly back to cow, then to cat, and so on, about 10 times, keeping the movement smooth and steady.

 

Nov 29

This is How You Can Check Your Cholesterol Without Leaving Your House

By Jennifer | Staying Healthy

Do you get cold shivers or freak a bit when you think about going to see the doctor?

You are definitely not alone. A lot of people feel the same way. Whether its the loooooong waits in the lobby, or just the anxiety of it all, a visit to the doctor is just no fun.

The problem is, now that you’re a bit older, you need to keep on top of some important numbers for your health. One of the most important is your cholesterol.

So why is this test so important? The simple answer is because it can help you prevent heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems. It can let you know whether or not you need to make changes to your current lifestyle so that you can be healthier in YOUR future.

You Can Do Cholesterol Testing at Home

One of the reasons people give for not undergoing a cholesterol screening test is because of the inconvenience of having to go to the doctor or hospital to have it done. Today however, you can actually perform the test right in your own home, thanks to the handy cholesterol testing kits that are now available in pharmacies everywhere.

And if you don’t want to go the pharmacy? Amazon of course has them:


These home cholesterol test kits are not expensive either, so it won’t be a huge financial burden to get each member of your family checked once a year. They are also very easy to use, and you don’t need to have any medical background at all in order to perform the test. These test kits have been thoroughly tested and are quite reliable, providing highly accurate results.

Another way of doing the cholesterol test at home is to visit websites of pathology laboratories that take samples and send the results back to you. Basically, what you have to do is take some of your blood and put it in a sealed container that they provide and then mail the sample to them along with a stamped self-addressed envelope.

They will run the tests in their laboratory and send the detailed results back to you in a day or two. This method is convenient and not as time-consuming as a visit to the doctor.


Consequences of Inaction

Now that these handy testing methods are available, there is no longer any reason for you to put off cholesterol screening indefinitely. As you keep postponing your testing, your cholesterol levels may be rising beyond the healthy range and you may already be in serious trouble without even realizing it.

Ignoring a potential health problem will not make it go away and will probably lead to bigger problems in the future. Unfortunate consequences of our modern lifestyle for many people are the resultant lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Advancements in medical technology are making options such as these home test kits available to the greater community. So, if modern living is putting our health at risk, the least we can do is take advantage of this technology when it benefits us!

Home testing kits for cholesterol have actually been available since the early 1990s but it is only now that people are really starting to take advantage of this device to improve their health. Don’t be the last to try it — get tested now.

Once you have the results you can make informed decisions regarding your health and future. Don’t ignore possible problems. Accept responsibility for your own health and do what is necessary to maintain and hopefully improve it.