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.
While your emotions may be invisible to the world’s most advanced medical technology, they still impact your health just as much as your flesh-and-blood organs do. Consider this article to be the kind of anatomy class your doctor never had in medical school. You’ll learn the connection between anger and back pain, loneliness and high blood pressure, anxiety and dementia—and how to snuff out the fuse on even your most explosive emotions. Read the full article in Men’s Health or on NBCNews.com.
Also: the best swim stroke, prevent elliptical-induced back pain, and work out to ward off psoriasis. Read the full page in Women’s Health (pdf).