Getting well, staying well
No matter how lucky or careful a person is, it is practically impossible to spend all one’s days without illness. When confronted with a life-changing health condition, there are many important ways one can take charge and manage it effectively. In this series, we take a close look at the things you should know in order to be the best custodian of your own wellness.
An Active Approach to Feeling Better: Exercises for Lower Back Pain
About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point during their lifetime. When it comes to pain (whether it's your back, knees, or elsewhere) it's easy for professional guidance to sound like a broken record, but it's true -- an active approach to care by regularly performing exercises for lower back pain is vital, even if you have yet to suffer regular pain in that region.
7 Tips to Reduce Heart Disease Risk
The road to cardiovascular health is paved with small, realistic goals. If you want to get an idea of what your heart disease risk is, check out the HeartAware Risk Assessment, and follow up with a discussion with your doctor. There are some risk factors that you might be born with, but there are lots of other factors that you can control with your behavior. The good news is that there's a lot you can do on your own without special treatments or expensive medications. Although you can't control everything, you can feel good about taking steps to reduce your risks and improve your health.
Mobility Exercises to Keep You Moving for Years to Come
We see them, and we marvel -- older people who are out and about enjoying life and moving as though they haven't aged a day past 35. They're still playing tennis, swimming, jogging, or traveling the globe.
How to Stay Healthy and Avoid Injuries as an Older Skier
Any skier will tell you there's nothing like a cool, clear winter day on the slopes: You make your way down the soft white powder, traversing mogul after mogul as the sun shines down through the trees. But as you gain experience with age, you also develop creaky joints, which can limit your ability to bounce back after one of these memorable runs. Luckily, if you're an older skier, there are some proven methods you can use to help you avoid injury and stay in shape for the slopes.
How to Help Someone Quit Smoking: 6 Tips for Supporting Their Health
If someone you love is a smoker who wants to quit, it's only natural that you'd want to give them your support and encouragement. But learning to live without tobacco is no easy task, and any major life change can be a touchy subject, so it's tough to determine the best way to offer your help. If you're wondering how to help someone quit smoking and aren't sure where to begin, here are six tips to get the conversation started and give your loved one the support they need.