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Walk to Reduce Cravings

Walking for 15 minutes  can help reduce your craving for a sugary snack . It can serve as a distraction from the treat and may also provide a blood-sugar boost to the brain that buffers against the desire to snack.


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This month, we'll be sharing information about how to prevent blisters and stretches to ease your back pain.




How to Prevent Blisters 
Janel Davis Heitzmann, PT MPT CSCS

Leaving on a vacation soon and didn't have time to break in those new shoes? Leave the Band-Aids at home because a new study suggests there is a simple blister prevention plan that you probably haven't considered. Surgical tape.

Before starting exercise or going for a long walk, apply surgical paper tape to the areas that are prone to blisters, according to a Stanford University Medical Center study. Dr Grant Lipman, MD, tested the technique on 128 runners by applying a single layer of the tape and monitoring the area for seven days. The results were impressive: 98 runners did not get blisters when the tape was applied, and 81 runners got blisters without the tape.  

"It's kind of a ridiculously cheap, easy method of blister prevention," Dr Lipman said. "You can get it anywhere." A quick Google search for "paper surgical tape" brings up several choice at various retailers.

Next time you feel your shoes rubbing sore spots in your skin, consider reaching for surgical tape.
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5 Stretches To Ease Your Back Pain

I want nothing to stand in the way of your getting plenty of  exercise, so  I'm going to give you five great-feeling stretches that can help relax your back, neck, and shoulders. Back strain is one of the most common forms of pain in America. 

These aren't just harmless little aches, either. The pain can lead to inactivity, weight gain, depression, and sleep loss, all of which could diminish your quality of life.

So try these moves to loosen up a little. All it takes is a few minutes in the  morning or right before bed, several times a week.

Neck Stretch

Sit on floor with legs crossed. Place left hand on right side of head and gently pull head toward left shoulder (keep shoulder down), feeling a stretch on right side of neck. Hold for 3 deep breaths. Return to start and repeat on right side.

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