Exercise doesn't have to be vigorous to offer health benefits. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily, or on most days of the week.
- Exercise and the Older Adult
Exercise is good for people of all ages. It helps lower blood pressure, reduces the risks for falls and serious injuries, and slows the body's loss of muscle and bone mass.
- Lumbar Strain
A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back. This results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.
- Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)
Jumper’s knee is caused by overuse of your knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces. It’s usually a sports-related injury, linked to leg muscle contraction and the force of hitting the ground.
- Preventing Sports Injuries
Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.
- Runner’s Knee
Runner's knee means that you have dull pain around the front of the knee (patella). This is where the knee connects with the lower end of the thighbone (femur).
- Shin Splints
Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or just behind the large bone in the lower leg (the tibia).
- Sports Injuries: When to Call the Doc
Sports injuries can be either acute traumatic, which require immediate medical care, or chronic overuse injuries.
- Stress Fractures
Stress fractures are weak spots or small cracks in the bone caused by continuous overuse. They often occur in the foot after training for basketball, running, and other sports.
- Thirst and Dehydration
The average adult has 10 to 12 gallons of water in his or her body, accounting for 60 percent of body weight. That water plays a critical role in nearly every bodily process. And being a quart or two low can affect how you feel.