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The Importance of Fitness as We Age

There are countless reasons why we tend to slow down and become more sedentary as we age. Health problems, weight gain or pain issues, together with a fear of falling, are some of the most common reasons the elderly refrain from engaging in exercise.
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The Biggest Golf Injuries and How to Treat Them

Nothing ruins your golf game like a golf injury. Whether you suffered the damage during a golfing match, or some other fitness activity, it's impossible to maintain a good swing when your elbows, wrists, shoulders, or legs are in pain. Here are a few of the most common golf injuries to look out for, as well as the best ways to treat them.
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How to Help Flat Feet

We’ve all heard the expression, “flat-footed,” but what exactly does it mean? Pes Planus, also known as “fallen arches”, affects about 60 million Americans, or about 25% of the population. While flat feet are usually painless, they can sometimes lead to a number of problems and health complications. In this post, we will discuss the causes of flat feet and some treatments that can help.
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How to Keep Your Muscles Strong As You Age

As you age, the muscles in your body age with you. Even if you have stayed in shape throughout your entire life, it is very likely that your muscles will weaken over time. In fact, most people begin to experience muscle loss in their early- to mid-40s. Known as sarcopenia, this gradual loss of muscle continues as we become seniors, often with dangerous and detrimental results. Luckily, there are a number of things that you can do to keep your muscles strong and healthy as you age.
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The Best Low-Impact Fitness Activities

At some point or other, most people will find themselves recovering from an injury or suffering from a chronic, painful condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. Whether you are concerned about potential weight gain or simply want to maintain your cardiovascular health and fitness, low-impact exercises will allow you to reach your goals without damaging your body further.
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What is Edema?

If you’ve ever been stung by a bee or bitten by a mosquito, you have had edema. Edema is simply the medical term for the swelling of tissues as the body responds to injury or discomfort. In some cases, edema can result from something as small and simple, such as a twisted ankle or bug bite; in others, it can be a result of a serious condition which requires immediate medical attention. In this post, we discuss the causes, symptoms, and risk factors for edema, as well as treatment options which can prevent it from returning.
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6 Stretches that can Help Relieve Shin Splints

Earlier this month, we wrote 7 Tips to Relieve Shin Splints, a practical guide to help relieve the symptoms of this common, painful condition. Among our many suggestions was that of performing stretches in order to aid your recovery. In order to assist you, we’ve created this handy collection of simple calf and heel stretches. 
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How Compression Sleeves Can Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you’re one of the 1.3 million Americans suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, even routine tasks such as climbing the stairs or opening a jar may be painful, difficult obstacles. However, while many people simply accept chronic rheumatoid arthritis pain as “part of getting older”, there are steps you can take to help control it. In the following post we discuss how medical-grade neoprene compression sleeves can be part of an effective rheumatoid arthritis treatment that will reduce your discomfort and help you walk easy again.
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How to Relieve Restless Legs on Long Flights

For some people, a long flight is idyllic—a chance to look at the clouds and experience that airy, untethered feeling of being disconnected from the earth. But for others, an airplane cabin is something more akin to a torture chamber. This is especially true for sufferers of Restless Leg Syndrome, an irresistible impulse to move the legs that worsens during long periods of inactivity.
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What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

An estimated 1 in 10 adult Americans suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease. This medically-acknowledged neurological condition varies in severity from a mild tingling in the legs to an intense irritation that can cause a severe disruption of sleep. Here, we review the symptoms of restless legs syndrome, as well as the causes, risk factors, and treatments.
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7 Tips to Relieve Shin Splints

Many athletes and non-athletes alike have experienced the pain of shin splints, or irritated, swollen muscles in the lower leg bones. For runners, shin splints are most often caused by rapidly increasing mileage, or by suddenly switching from soft to hard terrain. However, shin splints can also be caused by hiking, walking, and other day-to-day activities that place stress on your legs. Fortunately, shin splints often go away on their own, so treatment mainly involves relieving the painful symptoms. If you’re suffering from shin splints, here are 7 tips that will help you get back on the track in no time.
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Relieve Carpal Tunnel With These 5 Stretches

If you’re one of the 3 million Americans who have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome this year, you don’t need anyone to tell you the symptoms: sore wrists, aching hands, and sharp shots of pain up the forearms. This condition, common in an age where many jobs require high-intensity typing, is the cause of nearly half of all missed work time in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor. While the best thing to do to address carpal tunnel is to evaluate treatment options with your doctor, there are a few simple carpal tunnel stretches that can help relieve the pain from the comfort of your desk (or living room).
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