The High Cost of High Fashion

While women have worn high heels for decades (and for centuries in some cultures), today’s medical researchers and healthcare professionals aren’t fans. This is because there’s a much greater appreciation of the price that modern women pay for “high” fashion in terms...

Is Fasting Good for You?

Fasting—the practice of abstaining from foods during specific times of the year or in connection with specific events—has been a part of many religions and cultures for millennia. In this day and age, though, dramatically decreasing your caloric intake may also seem...

Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes

There’s a curious dynamic at work in youth sports these days. Maybe you’ve noticed? On the one hand, public health officials are worried about a broad decline in team sport participation among children. According to a recent survey, the number of kids between the ages...

The Cost of Getting Lean

Taming Your Body Fat Keeping your body fat within a normal range gets harder as the years go on. But, with a few relatively small, easy-to-implement changes, and assuming there are no other factors involved (such as a chronic health problem), if you make a few small...

Family Road Trips and Your Health

A family road trip can be a wonderful experience that creates life-long memories for parents and children alike. In fact, a recent survey by Jiffy Lube International suggests that road trips remain an American favorite, with 78% of those polled agreeing that they make...

Don’t Skip the Stretching!

Why is stretching the part of our workout regimen that so many of us tend to skip? We might tell ourselves it’s because we’re sort on time, that we’re impatient or that (deep down) we believe stretching is really pointless. But however we rationalize it, skipping the...

Musculoskeletal Health from the Ground Up

Your musculoskeletal system is a complex framework made up of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues that protect your organs, give your body its shape and allow you to move. In many ways, the health of this system is what defines...