We’ve all heard the axiom “no pain, no gain” when it comes to exercising, but how do you know when it’s become too much pain? Before muscles can strengthen themselves, the muscle first must be stressed. As muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even bone are stressed slowly over time, they build up strength that allows them to perform better during strenuous workouts. But if your body isn’t used to the stress of working out, or if you train too hard, often times the “burn” you feel during a workout is more pain than should be expected or is healthy.
Guest Blogger: Maria Michas, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Associate Vice President and Medical Director, Employee Health Services, Occupational Injury Care and Wellness
With summer in full effect it should be easier to get some sun exposure to help boost your intake of vitamin D, aka the “Sunshine Vitamin.” But have you ever wondered if you’re getting too little? And what’s the best way to get it?
Women older than 45 spend more time in the hospital because of osteoporosis than any other chronic disease, including diabetes, heart attack or breast cancer. Once women reach menopause, their risk for osteoporosis increases as bone loss accelerates and bones weaken. In fact, most of the calcium that went into building strong bones was added by the time you turned 17. Now, you need to do the right things to keep your bones strong.