Barefoot Running – Yes or No?

Running, Barefoot running - yes or no?There has been a long debate about whether barefoot, or minimalist shoe running, is a good thing or harmful.  Some experts say it’s what we should be doing because it’s the way our ancestors got about for 1000s of years, and others are more skeptical.

So what’s the answer?  Interestingly, like so many things, the answer isn’t one OR the other. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Severe Leg Pain Symptom. Compartment Syndrome and Other Possible Causes.

Compartment syndrome.  What is it and what do I do about it?If you’re a regular exerciser, a weight lifter or athlete, or have had an injury, pain is to be expected at some time.  But what if it’s severe, gets worse, or just won’t go away?

There are several causes of severe limb pain.  We’re going to look mainly at Compartment Syndrome, but also Shin Splints and Blood Clots.  There are links to more detail on these last 2 in the article. Continue reading

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Blood Clots – Essential Information on Thrombosis.

Blood clots and thrombosis. Essential information.Hospital-acquired infections and superbugs like MRSA and c. diff (clostridium difficile) often come up as killers in the newspaper and TV news headlines.  But what about thrombosis?  It kills 37 times more people than MRSA.  For example in the UK alone (and this is an international problem) it kills up to 32,000 people per year.

But it’s largely (but not totally) preventable. Continue reading

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The Secret That Slim People Know And Overweight People Can Learn.

weight loss secretHere at Modern Health and Fitness, we bet you’ve read loads of articles with a title similar to this one.  They might involve special pills, only drinking water, chanting in the bath…but here’s one that’s actually based in science – now there’s revolutionary thought!

Dr James Levine is a professor of medicine, hormone specialist and nutritionalist, as well as a research leader at the Mayo Clinic.  He and his team have discovered the secret that divides the naturally slim from the overweight.  We’re going to look at this secret (that was published in the professional journal Science in January 2005) in this article. Continue reading

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7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight.

Losing weight can be tricky and frustrating.  It goes well for a time and then grinds to a stop.  In this article we’re going to look at reasons why you might not be losing weight and what you can do about them.

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Steroids – what you need to know.

Steroids get a bad press.  But do they deserve it?  What are steroids anyway, and what do they do?   Why are some ok and others not ok?  What are their effects and side effects?  Are they dangerous?  This is the article that will answer your questions.Steroids get a bad press.  But do they deserve it?

What are steroids anyway, and what do they do?

Why are some ok and others not ok?  What are their effects and side effects?  Are they dangerous?

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How to safely buy prescription meds online.

We live in an age where technology can take over so many aspects of our daily lives.  The days when your doctor gave you a prescription and you went along to the local pharmacy to get the medications are on their way out.

We can now compare prices of the meds we need online, buy them and have them shipped to us.  But how safe is it to do this?  How do you know what you’re getting? That’s what we’ll look at in this article. Continue reading

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A quick guide to over-the-counter painkillers – find the best pharmacy painkiller to treat your pain.

PillNot all painkillers are created equal – some are better than others at treating different types of pain.  Some painkillers also go together safely to make a stronger mix; and how often should you take painkillers?

In this article we’re going to look at these questions, whether you have occasional headaches, period pain, strained muscles or toothache.

The information is mainly for people over 18 years of age, who are not pregnant or breast feeding.

We won’t be looking at prescription opiate drugs, cancer pain etc.

Note: All medications have a drug (chemical) name and a Brand Name.  We’ve used mostly drug names here because the brand name for the same drug will vary from country to country.  Check the drug packet or ask the pharmacist for the drug information. Continue reading

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Build Lean Muscle Mass – Expert Advice.

Expert advice on building lean muscle massBuilding muscle takes more than simply lifting weights. Although weightlifting is part of the critical foundation for building muscle, it’s only one part of the equation. Let me explain… Continue reading

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Do I Really Need a Sports Bra?

Ladies, before you read any further, just look down at your Girls and say “hi”!  Whether you describe them as “firm and fruity”, “spaniels’ ears” or “puppy dogs’ noses” they need your support.  There are few things more disheartening than seeing a woman playing sport or out jogging, with her best assets bouncing like rubber balls.

Here we’re going to look at why we need sports bras – so the answer to the question above is “yes you do” – how to get one that fits well and is comfortable and how to care for it.

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