Back Pain Statistics - American Chiropractic Association

By The American Chiropractic Association, March 30, 2014

The American Chiropractic Association’s website is a good resource for people with back pain. Not surprisingly, there’s an emphasis on the benefits of chiropody along with a search function for finding a local practitioner, but they also offer very helpful information for back pain sufferers.

Sports Players: Prevent Back Pain By Warming Up

By The University of Maryland Medical Center, March 30, 2014

The University of Maryland Medical Center has an excellent collection of health-related material that’s available on their website, including a particularly good assortment of articles on back pain. One of these pages is entitled “Back Pain and Sports”

Tags: sports ,  back pain ,  golf ,  warm up ,  aerobic

How Does the Lymph System Work?

By Lymph Notes and the National Institute of Health, March 30, 2014

Below are links to two different articles which describe how the lymphatic system functions. The first is from a very interesting website called “Lymph Notes,” and the second is from the National Institute of Health.

Tags: lymph ,  lymphatic ,  NIH

Exercise Dramatically Increases Lymph Flow

By Arthur C. Guyton and John E. Hall, March 30, 2014

The “Textbook of Medical Physiology” is one of the the most respected and widely used textbooks for medical students. It’s popularity is due to the fact that it’s packed with an enormous amount of complex, technical information about human physiology, but it’s written so well, and phrased so clearly, that it’s accessible to people who may be new to the subject.

Tags: lymphatic ,  lymph

Exercise Boosts Your Immune System

By National Institute of Health, March 28, 2014

“Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.” The National Institute of Health The above quotation, used on our page about the immune system, is from an excellent article published by the National Institute of Health entitled, “Exercise and immunity.”

Exercise To Detox (Because Sweating Alone Won’t Do It)

By The Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio, March 28, 2014

Here are two compelling articles about detoxification. Both make the point that exercise, not simply sweating, is the way to purify your system.

What Exactly Is “The Immune System”?

By The Nemours Foundation and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, March 28, 2014

The immune system is the umbrella term for an extremely complex process which involves specialized cells, several major organs and a complicated set of biological procedures designed to rid us of toxins, waste, and to defend us from microscopic biological threats.

Clinical Trial Shows That Bouncing Stops Bone Loss

By Dr. Joachim H. Schulz, March 28, 2014

The trial was conducted by Dr. Joachim H. Schulz, who is a specialist in general medicine with additional training and expertise in naturopathy, diabetology and clinical nutrition. He has long-term clinical experience in surgery, cardiology, allergy and naturopathy and is Vice President of the Medical Society of Preventive Medicine and naturopathic therapies - Kneipp Medical Association.

NY Times: The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones

By New York Times, March 28, 2014

A terrific article by Gretchen Reynolds about the dangers of osteoporosis and what can be done to strengthen bones. Below is a passage from the article. the portion used on our webpage is in bold text. From: “The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones.” New York Times, November 11, 2009

Osteoporosis: Millions Have It And Millions More At Risk

By National Osteoporosis Foundation, March 28, 2014

National Osteoporosis Foundation is the preeminent organization in the United States for information and research regarding osteoporosis. Here is how they descrive themselves on their website:

Helpful info at the National Weight Control Registry

By The National Weight Control Registry, March 28, 2014

According to their homepage, The National Weight Control Registry “is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance.”

It’s Better to Lose Weight Gradually

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 27, 2014

What’s a safe rate of weight loss? What works best in the long run?


Here’s what the Center for Disease Control has to say:

The Benefits of Physical Activity

By The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 27, 2014

The quotation below is from a very good article that provides an overview of the health and fitness benefits of exercise.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Getting to, and staying at, a healthy weight requires both regular physical activity and a healthy eating plan.”

The Problem of Obesity in the U.S.

By The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 27, 2014

Here are some resources if you’d like to read more about the growing problem of obesity in the United States.

From The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Exercising to Relax

By Harvard Medical School, March 27, 2014

From the Harvard Medical School: “It’s a common experience among endurance athletes and has been verified in clinical trials that have successfully used exercise to treat anxiety disorders and clinical depression...The mental benefits of aerobic exercise have a neurochemical basis.

Aerobic exercise: How to warm up and cool down

By The Mayo Clinic, March 27, 2014

The Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis is one of the world’s leading research hospitals and their website is a fund of information for the public. The articles are well written, very readable and informative. It’s a really good health resource. The article below is a short overview on warm-ups and cool-downs.

Warm-Ups Prevent Muscle Soreness

By The National Institute of Health, March 27, 2014

Here are two academic articles about delayed onset muscle soreness, or “DOMS.” Both are available from the National Institute of Health.

The Importance of Warming-Up and Cooling-Down

By The American Heart Association, March 27, 2014

The following quote, part of which is used on our page about relaxation, is from the American Heart Association. The AHA website provides a wealth of information regarding health, exercise, nutrition and just about any other topic related to physical well being. It’s worth exploring.

Falls Among Older Adults

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 27, 2014

The statistic used on our website regarding falling and older adults is from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Exercise Improves Mental Abilities

By The National Institute of Health, March 27, 2014

“The effect of an exercise-based balance intervention on physical and cognitive performance for older adults: a pilot study” was produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and published by the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health.

Repetition Improves Balance

By Vestibular Disorders Association, March 27, 2014

“Vestibular Disorders” are conditions that effect a person’s balance and/or create feelings of disorientation. Since balance is controlled by the brain, inner ear, and visual input, problems with any combination of these can result in vestibular difficulty. (The term “vestibular” refers to a person’s perception of their body’s position or movement.)

Strengthening Ankles And Joints Helps Balance

By National Osteoporosis Foundation, March 27, 2014

The article “Keeping Your Balance,” on the National Osteoporosis Foundation website, has some good information and helpful tips on combating balance problems, especially for seniors.

A Compendium of Stretches from MIT

By Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 27, 2014

It may seem strange that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an institution better known for number crunching than ab crunching, has put together such a nice, comprehensive outline of stretching techniques, but they have.

For Back Pain Relief, Get Moving

By Harvard Medical School, March 27, 2014

Below is a link to recommendations from Harvard Medical School for when, and how, people with back pain should exercise.

Active Stretching is Best After Warming Up

By National Institute of Health, March 27, 2014

This is a link to a professional journal article on stretching for sports therapists provided by the National Institute on Health. It’s fairly technical, and contains a lot of information about their research, but their conclusion is interesting, which we’ve tried to summarize for you below.

The AHA and DHHS Recommend Moderate Exercise

By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 27, 2014

The American Heart Association’s recommendation of “150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise” per week is originally derived from a comprehensive group of studies and recommendations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entitled, “2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.”

Duke University Study Promotes Lower Intensity Exercise

By Duke University, March 27, 2014

Here’s an interesting part of the same study that shows lower intensity exercise burns fat, while more intense exercise burns carbohydrates (we’ve put two sentences in bold italics): “The exact mechanism whereby lower intensity exercise might confer greater health benefits than does higher intensity exercise is not clear.

Darren Barker: World Champion Boxer Trained on bellicon

By bellicon, March 27, 2014

Darren Barker is a British boxer who, on August 17th, 2013, became the International Boxing Federation world middleweight champion. His first opportunity to gain the title had come two years earlier, but he lost the fight to Sergio Martinez in the 11th round.

Eccentric Training and Seniors

By Aaron Bubbico, B.S. and Len Kravitz, PhD, March 25, 2014

“Due to muscle mass and strength decreases associated with aging and inactivity (referred to as sarcopenia), it is valuable to know that eccentric strength training is a principal training technique that can be incorporated with older male and female clients.

Tags: muscles ,  exercise ,  seniors ,  training

Eccentric Exercise and Metabolism

By Aaron Bubbico, B.S. and Len Kravitz, Ph.D., March 25, 2014

The source material listed below is interesting, but it’s also a rather long, dry academic article. If you have a particular interest in Eccentric Exercise, and would like to understand it better from the molecular level up, it’s worth a look.

Tags: Metabolism ,  exercise

The Importance of Core Strength

By The Mayo Clinic, March 25, 2014

“Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles”

Tags: muscles ,  exercises

NASA Study: Bouncing is the Best Exercise

By Biomedical Research Division, NASA, November 1, 1980

This NASA study, which confirms the extraordinary fitness benefits of bouncing, helped to bring rebounding to the awareness of the American public.

Tags: training ,  exercising ,  rebounding