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All Posts in Category: Health Basics

7 tips for taking care of an aging back

Back aches and pains are common with age. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control, 33.7 percent of Americans over age 65 have recently experienced back pain, and that number is on the rise.

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Does Slouching Make You Grumpy?

If you’re feeling down in the dumps, take a look in the mirror. How’s your posture? Raise your shoulders and stand up straight. You might be surprised at how quickly your mood lifts.

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Smart exercise tips for people of all ages

You may not be as spry as you once were, but if there’s one secret to staying young and active as you age, it’s exercise. Daily exercise can help prevent age-related health issues such as weight gain, heart disease, diabetes and even stress.

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Is a herniated disc causing your back pain?

Your spine isn’t one solid piece of bone. It’s actually made up of many small individual bones called vertebrae. Located between each vertebra in the spinal column are small, round, flat discs with a tough outer layer and a soft, jelly-like material on the inside. These discs cushion the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers for the spine.

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5 tips for adjusting to a standing desk

More than 80 percent of Americans sit all day for their jobs. Many of those people go home after work and sit some more, whether they’re reading, watching television, playing games or surfing the internet. According to a survey by Ergotron and, most Americans spend approximately 13 hours a day sitting.

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How to combat a sedentary lifestyle

There’s no question that sitting too much is bad for your body and your health. Researchers have linked a sedentary lifestyle to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Sitting for too long also causes slouching, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and can cause your body to feel stiff and sore — all factors that may just make you want to sit more.

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