Month: May 2021

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4 exercises to help alleviate hip and knee arthritis

Arthritis is is the leading cause of lower extremity disability in older adults, and the hip and knee are the most commonly affected. In this post, adapted from Adaptive Yoga, we explore exercises to help alleviate arthritis in the knee and hip. An introduction to osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis (OA), typically referred to in its truncated term simply as arthritis, is the most common condition affecting the musculoskeletal system. It is characterized by the slow and sometimes progressive loss of cartilage that covers the bones of a joint. Those with OA of the hip or knee often experience pain when performing daily tasks, such as walking and climbing stairs, resulting in loss of mobility, stiffness, or instability. Why practice yoga for osteoarthritis? It is important to understand that when considering pain and function, the problem with OA is not the evidence or severity of OA that is seen on X-ray. In fact, many people with evidence of arthritic changes on X-ray actually experience no pain at all. It is reasonable to think that after an OA diagnosis, pain will …

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Confessions of an emotional eater: 8 tips to avoid emotional eating

Whether you’re feeling happy, sad, stressed or anxious, many of us may turn to food when we’re experiencing a certain emotion. In this post, adapted from Diet Lies and Weight Loss Truths, author Melody Schoenfeld talks us through how to break the habit. What is emotional eating? A basic definition of emotional eating is spontaneous, non-hunger-based eating that is triggered by some sort of emotion, such as stress, depression, boredom, panic, anxiety, social situations, and even joy and celebrations. Emotional eating is often compared to binge eating, but there is a difference between the two; that difference is essentially the quantity of the foods being eaten. While emotional eating might be something like tearing into a pint of ice cream after a breakup, binge eating is rapidly consuming huge amounts of food to the point where you are phenomenally overstuffed. A binge-eating session might include hiding food or making sure binging sessions happen when you are alone. While emotional eating and binge eating aren’t the same thing, they can be intertwined—emotional eating may lead to binge eating, …