Author Archives: Virgínia Helena

Isometric, Concentric and Eccentric muscle contractions: What’s the difference?

Muscle contraction is simply muscles doing work. So what’s with all these complicated terms? Isometric contraction is what happens when you lift and hold a heavy weight steady. Your muscles bulge, but nothing’s moving. Concentric contractions are movements where you … Continue reading

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Just how bad is your posture?

Are you slouching your way to an early death? Your posture says a lot about your health. Your neck pain, headaches, back twinges and persistent tiredness could all be pointing to one thing: Poor posture. What is good posture? Basically, … Continue reading

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Do kids get bad backs?

In general, we think that children are impervious to serious injuries, given their boundless energy and great flexibility. However, we cannot take their health for granted. Such is the case with back health, allegedly an adults-only issue but in reality … Continue reading

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Facts about Holistic Personal Training

A holistic healing method incorporates treating the entire person rather than just focusing on one ailment. Nowadays, it is more and more common that a Personal Training embraces the entire well-being of the individual, instead of addressing issues only to … Continue reading

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5 reasons to STOP pain medication and START Physical Therapy

As we age, our bodies develop pain that can be from several different causes. Taking pain medication daily can be harsh on our organs and eventually build up a tolerance making the medications less effective and possibly addictive. Physical therapy … Continue reading

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Study carried out on ninety-year-olds reveals the benefits of strength training as physical exercise

After doing specific training for 12 weeks, people over the age of 90 improved their strength, power and muscle mass Results were reflected in the increase of walking speed, a greater capacity to get out of  chairs, improvement on balance, … Continue reading

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Real ‘superfoods’ you should be eating more of, according to science

Here are the top 25 healthy foods you should add to your diet , according to America’s leading public health institute. The term “superfood” doesn’t actually mean anything , and most of the foods hiding behind such a label aren’t … Continue reading

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Is your smartphone trying to hurt you?

Repeating the same action at work endlessly can cause injury to the muscles and joints: This is known as RSI (repetitive stress injury). But what about while using your smartphone? Sadly, incessant cell phone use has been linked to increased … Continue reading

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Remain positive: Win the recovery battle with the help of positive thoughts

Have you heard of or read Norman Vincent Peale’s ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ (1952)? This self-improvement classic has inspired countless people over the years in a variety of fields. While Peale is often criticised for the religious overtones of … Continue reading

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6 crucial ways to lower your stroke risk

A stroke can turn your world upside down. When you have a stroke, your brain is suddenly hit by an interruption in its blood supply. One could end up being crippled, a lifelong invalid or even dead. So how can … Continue reading

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