One minute, you feel invincible: You’re squatting heavy, tossing bags of mulch, helping the lovely passenger in 12D hoist her bag into the overhead compartment. The next, your back barks, leaving you hunched over. Researchers at the University of Sydney recently studied 1,000 patients to pinpoint some of the most common triggers of acute back pain—those sudden, sharp spasms that seemingly occur at any time and can leave you laid up for days. Read the full article for Men’s Health.
Runners dream big. Tackling a new distance, posting a personal best, losing 20 pounds–we embrace grand challenges. But what happens after you accomplish your goal, or if your resolve weakens before you succeed? You risk stalling–unless you’ve changed your routines to those of a stronger, healthier runner. Read the full article in Runner’s World.
Consult this checklist to find a gym buddy who pumps you up rather than dragging you down. Also, outsmart your couch-potato genes, train your body and your brain, and learn about the new breed of fitness pro charged with delivering your perfect exercise experience, in this month’s Fitness Scoop. Read the full page in Women’s Health (pdf).
You know that poor eating habits and lack of exercise harms your body—you see on your waistline, and you feel it when you walk up a flight of steps. What you don’t see: These same poor health habits are hurting your brain too, by harming the blood vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to your noggin. Read the full Men’s Health blog post on Yahoo! Health.
A simple habit could make you healthier: People who walk or bike to the office have a significantly lower risk of diabetes and obesity, finds new research from the U.K. Read the full article in Men’s Health News.