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Safeguard the Achilles

Achilles tendon
One of the most painful tendon injuries is Achilles. But there are also ways to avoid these injuries. Here are some of them:

  • You’ll feel a burning and piercing in the tendon above your heel and it can even make a crackling sound when you move it. Any higher up your calf and it’s more likely that you’ve strained or pulled a muscle. Rupturing your Achilles tendon is a exceptionally painful experience and you’ll know when you’ve done it.
  • Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is made of thousands of individual fibers of collagen. Restricted blood flow to this area slows repair and pain will worsen if you keep training.
  • Four important factors in healing the Achilles are: rest, ice, compression and elevation. If your tendon is harmed take a break from all weight bearing sport (except swimming) for at least 2 weeks. You can recover from mild injury in a couple of weeks but a severe one can take 5 months.
  • In order to prevent Achilles injury in the first place Increase your running, cycling or rowing distance by no more than 5% each week and if your feet turn inwards when you run, buy inner soles or orthotics to correct this. Also try running on grass and stretching your calves after workouts to keep them flexible, then add the strength moves to your routine.
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Alcohol Can Improve Brain Function


Alcohol

According to several recent studies alcohol seem to be good for the brain. Even if the immediate effects of alcohol may be the opposite, in the long term researchers found it actually improves mental function.The effects of wine’s polyphenols on cognition are well known, but a new research has looked at the impact of alcohol itself. It reduces hardening of the arteries, thickening of the blood and inflammation, which will improve blood flow to your brain. However the timing and dosage is of major importance. Don’t drink 5 pints before business meeting :)
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Abs Will Help You Live Longer

Abs
Many studies show that the people with the largest waist sizes have the most risk of acquiring dangerous disease. The proof couldn’t be more convincing. According to the National Institutes of Health, a waistline larger than 40 inches for men may lead to heart disease and diabetes. Another study concluded that for maximum health, a man needs to keep his waist size at no more than 35 inches. When your waist grows larger than 35 inches, you’re at higher danger of developing two or more risk factors for heart disease. And when researchers examined a series of data in this sphere they discovered that men whose waists measured more than 36.8 inches had a significantly elevated risk for myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in which an area of the heart muscle dies or is totally damaged by a lack of bloodflow. Men with the biggest bellies were at 60 percent higher risk. It is alarming because the average American man’s waist size is a ponderous 38.8 inches, up from 37.5 in 1988..A woman with a flabby midsection is as well at increased risk for the same health problems. And American women have seen their weight rise just as men have.

Of course, abs don’t guarantee you a general health, but studies show that by developing a strong abdominal section, you’ll reduce body fat and considerably cut the risk factors associated with many disorders, not just heart disease. For example, there is a 33% incidence of cancer among obese persons.
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