11% of people are left handed.
A small study of 78 patients released from Tokyo suggests that moderate caffeine use may help dry eye symptoms. They reasoned correctly that since caffeine stimulates saliva and gastric juices, it might also increase tear production. Further validating studies are needed, but initial results suggest that moderate caffeine use may be helpful for patients with dry eye syndrome.
Keeping your weight in check can keep all of your moving parts healthy. Research published in Arthritis Care & Research reports that rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that causes painful joint swelling, is not only twice as common in women as men but also 1.2 times more common in people who are obese. Regular exercise is important for weight control and strong bones, and both of these can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies show that monounsaturated fatty acids, a type of plant-based fat, fight heart disease and help you lose weight from your most troublesome spot – your belly.
Americans spend $86 billion dollars per year on back pain treatments (almost three-quarters of cancer treatment costs). One recent study of 313 people found that yoga decreases back pain, strengthens core muscles, decreases stress and improves overall health measures for those with back pain both long and short term. Various yoga classes may focus more on relaxation, stretching, or strength building. To maximize health and minimize back pain, investigate yoga classes and experiment until you find the right level of intensity.
This can lead to a number of problems, from hip issues, knee pain, hamstring injuries, and lower back pain. You may be asking how? Well, here’s how…
Bad posture for one. Weak glutes can increase your hips forward tilt. Which will put more stress on your lower back and your spine overall. Also, the hamstrings and the lower back are forced to work to compensate for the inhibition, which over time results hamstring injury. For athletes the least would be sub-optimal performance.
It can also cause certain types of knee pain like tendonitis. The gluteus medius deals specifically with the stability of leg. A weak or non active glutes medius can cause instability of the leg which can potentially cause knees problems like tendonitis. The knee is forced to provide stability instead of the gluteus medius. This may mean pain in the IT band, patellar tendon, or under the kneecap.
Unfortunately, by sitting a lot, you subject yourself to what Kelly Starrett calls “butt lamination”: the fascia and muscle quality of your gluteals and hamstrings is negatively impacted through the constant pressure of sitting. Ultimately this leads to “gluteal amnesia”, the inability to control your gluteal muscles, manifesting itself in weak and inactive gluteals. The term was coined by Dr. Stuart McGill, who did extensive research into back pain, but it’s just as important for knee health as it is for a healthy back.
Test Glute Strength
Do a glute bridge, hold for 30 seconds. If your hamstrings cramp during this exercise, you have weak glutes or glute dysfunction. The reason for the cramping, your hamstrings are working harder to keep you hips up.
Activate Your Glutes
One way to strength/awaken your glutes is to perform the COOK HIP LIFT. Do 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps each leg.
I’d like to take a sledgehammer to the machine that’s supposed to help melt away your love handles.
What it’s supposed to do is tone your abs by train the abdominals and obliques.
What it actually does is increase the risk of spinal injury. Because the pelvis doesn’t move with the chest, your hips are designed to rotate as well. Not allowing the hips to rotate puts excessive forces on the spine.
A better exercise to do is the cable wood chop. Stand to the right of the high pulley of a cable machine and grab the handle with straight arms over your left shoulder. Keeping your arms straight. In one movement, pull the handle down and across your body to your right hip, twisting at the core and the hips. Reverse the movement to return to the starting position. Aim for 10 to 12 reps, switch sides and repeat.