Category: Muscles

Less Protein, Less Muscle?

Eating enough protein may help prevent muscle loss in older people. Researchers fed 29 men who were over age 70 diets that contained either the Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein or double the RDA.  After 10 weeks, only...

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Do It Right (Weight Loss)

Could losing weight harm obese older people by causing them to lose muscle and bone? Not if they do the right kind of exercise. Scientists randomly assigned 141 obese, sedentary people aged 65 or older to a control group (which...

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Stretching Your Muscles

Stretching helps increase the length of the muscles, which is important as we age. The lower-back, chest, and calf muscles, and hip flexors are among the muscles that generally need the most stretching. Paul Holbrook, M.A.,...

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Muscle Injuries

Overstretched or injured muscles, tendons, or ligaments can result in strains, sprains, or spasms. Poor posture, prolonged sitting, strenuous work, and repetitive action such as throwing a ball or weeding a garden can stress...

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Eat for Strength

A balanced diet is essential for overall health. But vitamin D and protein seem to be especially important for muscle strength. “There is accumulating evidence that vitamin D plays a role in preventing muscle loss and...

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Cramping Muscles

More water! What you got is a charley horse, and dehydration is a big cause, says Nesochi Okeke-lgbokwe, M.D., an internist and instructor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. Not getting enough electrolytes (magnesium,...

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Making Muscles Stronger Without Pain

Not everyone feels pain the day or two after strength training, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Focus on engaging in strength training two to three times per week for 20 to 30 minutes, using a routine that...

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Easing Muscle Pain

Epsom-salt baths have long been said to soothe tired, aching muscles and sprains. Inside muscle cells, magnesium sulfate, the main ingredient in Epsom salts, promotes healthy muscle function and recovery after exercise. But...

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Muscle-Building Exercise

Doing Pilates and yoga regularly will help build muscle if done under proper instruction. Exercises in which you support or lift your own body weight, such as a plank in yoga class or side kicks in Pilates, can strengthen...

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Muscle up For Good Health

A short weekly bout of strength training can help reduce body fat, improve bone density, and control blood pressure and cholesterol, according to a recent review of studies. Ask about using circuit machines at the gym, or do...

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Making Muscle

Nothing beats strength training, or resistance exercises, for building and preserving muscle. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults do strength training at least twice a...

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A Recipe For Pain Relief

Next time you use ginger, skip the part where you eat it. People with osteoarthritis  who placed warm ginger on compresses on their mid backs for 30 minutes daily saw their pain and fatigue reduced by half after a week, per a...

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