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Fitness

separator What Kind of Athletic Socks?
Socks with synthetic fibers—not cotton socks—are your best choice for sweaty workouts. Synthetic fibers move moisture away from your feet more efficiently than cotton or wool socks.

Why does this moisture issue matter? Because keeping your feet as dry as possible helps you avoid problems such as toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and blisters.

Source: American Podiatric Medical Association


Dealing with Foot Blisters
Should you pop a blister you get on your foot?

No.

Put moleskin or a bandage on a blister, and keep it on until it falls off on its own. If the blister breaks on its own, wash the area and apply an antiseptic to avoid infection.

Blisters are caused by friction. The best way to avoid them is to keep your feet dry and to wear socks with your shoes. And make sure your shoes fit properly. They should feel comfortable from the first day you own them.

Source: American Podiatric Medical Association

Exercise for IBS
If you have irritable bowel syndrome, exercise may be one good way to get relief from your symptoms. Regular exercise helps normalize bowel function. It also helps relieve stress, which can aggravate IBS.

The pain and cramping that comes with IBS can make it difficult to feel motivated to start an exercise routine. Begin slowly. Gradually exercise for longer periods of time. Ask your doctor or other healthcare provider for advice about the types of exercises that would be best for you.

Source: New York Times, August 8, 2000. “A Common Syndrome Seldom Discussed.”


Soccer Safety for Kids
Eighty-five percent of soccer injuries happen to players younger than 23, and 45 percent happen to children under 15. The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following safety recommendations:

  • Goalposts should be secured according to manufacturers’ guidelines
  • Heading should be kept to a minimum
  • Protective eyewear and mouth guards are likely to reduce the number of facial injuries
  • Violent behavior should not be allowed

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Organization; American Academy of Pediatrics


One Way to Keep Weight Off
A long-term study of people in a database called the National Weight Control Registry shows that people who lose weight and keep it off tend to have at least one thing in common: they burn an average of 400 calories per day by exercising. That’s about an hour of exercise per day. Walking is the activity most participants choose, but they also do weight lifting, cycling, etc.

Other things the successful losers have in common: they eat breakfast every day, they eat an average of 1,400 calories per day and they weigh themselves frequently.

To be in the study, participants must have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for one year.

Source: Center for Human Nutrition, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

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