5 Simple Hip Stretches to Ease Back Pain and Improve Your Posture

Did you know that your hip area has more than 20 muscles? This means hip tightness can have a huge impact on your movement and posture. These simple hip stretches can help! WHY DO HIP STRETCHES? You may not notice your hips are tight until you try to do deep squats, but the truth is many …

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The Art of Mindful Relaxation And Why We Need It

I was discussing stress at a mindfulness retreat when Joe, an attendee, shared how he didn’t get stressed over any one thing because everything was stressful to him, so he would wake up already stressed. Sound familiar? We have all experienced stress and anxiety, its close companion. In small doses stress can heighten awareness, but …

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6 Things That Could Be Making Your Lower Back Pain Worse

Lower back pain can be uncomfortable and difficult to manage, and some common coping strategies and issues could actually be making your lower back pain worse. Here are some things that could potentially be making your lower back pain more difficult to manage. 1. You sit for long periods of time. Sitting for a long …

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Are Your Eyes Red? 5 Common Reasons + Remedies

No one likes looking in the mirror to find red eyes, looking back. Typically, it’s nothing to worry about — often just a harmless reaction to dust or allergens. But that’s not always the case. There are times when inflamed eyes are a signal that you need a doctor’s attention right away. How can you …

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Herniated Discs

Herniated disc is a relatively common condition that can occur anywhere along the spine, but most often affects the lower back or neck region. Also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc, a herniated disc develops when one of the cushion-like pads between the vertebrae moves out of position and presses on adjacent nerves. Herniated discs are …

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Weight Loss: 3 Tips for Getting Back on Track (and 3 Pitfalls to Avoid)

Things were going great — you were losing a pound a week. Then, suddenly, the number on your scale wouldn’t budge … and started creeping upward. If this scenario sounds familiar, our dietitians recommend three strategies for getting back on track: 1. Start tracking what you eat Keeping a food log can keep you accountable …

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6 Common Burpees Mistakes that Can Cause Injuries

You’re totally missing out, if you usually avoid burpees; they’re one of the best exercises. They target every single muscle in your body, which means they build muscle and strength fast. I have to warn you, though, that burpees have a high injury risk because, they involve so many different movements. But if you avoid …

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8 Signs Your Back Pain Is Actually an Emergency

You recently injured your back This one’s obvious: Whenever you directly injure your back—say you fall, get in a car accident, or something hits you on the back—you’ll want to see a professional. “You very well could have a spinal injury,” says Dr. Troy Madison, an emergency room physician, on the podcast ER or Not. “That’s …

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3 New Genes Linked to Chronic Back Pain

New research pinpoints three genes responsible for skeletal development that appear to be connected to chronic back pain. The study authors said their findings could shed new light on the biological factors involved in the development of the condition and lead to new treatments for back pain, which is the leading cause of disability around the world. …

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How to be Happier in 3 Easy Steps

“I don’t want to be happier,” said nobody ever. Even if you identify as being generally happy, the idea that you could increase your happiness is still appealing. That’s exactly what I thought when I saw that longevity researcher, Dan Buettner, had written a book on how to be happier. Aptly titled The Blue Zones of Happiness, the …

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