Five common points of pain for cyclists.

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Five common points of pain for cyclists are back, hip, knee, neck, and hand pain. Muscle soreness happens to veteran cyclists as well as the “weekend warriors.” It’s a matter of degree of pain.  Just because you aren’t sore, doesn’t mean you aren’t getting stronger.   Letting your muscles catch up and avoiding damage and fatigue is a better way to deal with soreness.  You shouldn’t depend on anti-inflammatory drugs or other pain relievers because they just mask the damage. Check out the five common points of pain: BACK PAIN:    Try to keep your back straight when cycling, and even when you lean forward, avoid arching your back.  Lower back muscles are utilized and strengthened by bicycling, and become...

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Fibromyalgia or vitamin deficiency – What is happening to our bodies?

Fibromyalgia, muscle pain, vitamins, deficiency

                              Feeling irritable, depressed and anxious are signs of Fibromyalgia. Muscle and joint aches along with feeling fatigued and foggy are also symptoms.  Are you wondering if people see you as a “Wendy Whiner”?  All of the above are generalized symptoms of Fibromyalgia that can come and go each day. Looking further at such symptoms, they are also true for vitamin deficiencies of all kinds such as vitamin B, C, and D, magnesium and calcium deficiencies.  How on earth do we know what is happening to us? What IS true:  As we get older, vitamins are not absorbed as easily as when we were younger.  Further, we lose vitamins more...

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Don’t take getting older lying down!

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Do we have to take getting older lying down?  I don’t think so. But let’s review, just for clarity. Getting older means changes in our bodies. Loss of stores of essential elements occur. We take in less and lose the essential vitamins and minerals more rapidly than when we were younger.  That’s just the basic aging process, not taking into account major illnesses that arise. Additionally, a healthy meal of today does not have the same nutritional value as the same meal 20 or more years ago. So even if you are eating well, it probably doesn’t meet your body’s needs.  Multiple reasons leave us bereft of our recommended daily allowances. So remember when your parents said, “Did you take your...

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Cycle longer, recover quicker – use MagNificent magnesium cream

  To cycle longer and keep your workouts consistent, your body needs to recover quicker - “You can’t get good by staying home”   Finding ways for your body to recover quickly will help with your workout the next day. Soreness and pain decrease if your rides/workouts stay consistent and proper techniques are used. Cycling soreness after a long, hard ride is normal – the day after or two days after. This is called the DOMS effect (delayed onset muscle soreness). It can happen after any intense workout or sports game. Ice and anti-inflammatory drugs may help in the beginning but you should avoid depending on them since these drugs only mask the problem, not solve it. DOMS is a sign of damage and fatigue. Athletes, whether...

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Magnesium – A stealthy Ninja with a positive effect on your body!

Magnesium is like a stealthy ninja affecting HUNDREDS of processes in the body (most of them in fact). As long as it is present in adequate concentrations, it helps a healthy body purr along. But as it dwindles, systems and electrolytes begin to be affected and we begin to drag and feel tired. But often when this happens, a multitude of tests are ordered and many times there is no obvious answer for the decreased energy. It has been researched a lot. Modern research regarding this important nutrient dates back at least to the 1960's, if not earlier. Papers suggesting its significant role in fetal development were published in 1980. There is a lot of research, but not a lot...

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Overuse injuries: Your machine (body) may be wearing out!

           Gradual in onset: often the result of overusing a particular part of the body is sometimes due to poor technique. Overuse injuries are common in professional athletes because of the intense nature of their training. They are also seen in those who train regularly. For example, overuse injuries can affect those who spend long periods in a repetitive action such as marathon running. This is partly because slight problems with technique will be magnified by being repeated over and over again. It is also partly because intense and prolonged training does not allow muscles, tendons and ligaments recovery time from the minor stresses and strains of training sessions. Overuse injuries can be to any part of the...

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Surfaces, Shoes & Injuries – Are your legs exhausted?

Surfaces, Shoes, Injuries

Basketball players find that softer wood floors are much easier on the legs and maple flooring tends to offer the most give. Temporary wood courts used for NBA games in multi-sport arenas tend to have a great deal of give. An engineered athletic surface using scrap rubber could replicate hardwood performance with even greater safety.  Playing on harder surfaces like tile, concrete, asphalt, tartan surfaces and some newer synthetic surfaces with less give can lead to "jumper's knee," or patellar tendinitis. Playing on surfaces with extreme traction, like rubberized floors, can increase ankle sprains, knee sprains, turf toe and other injuries familiar to football players competing on older-style artificial surfaces. Choosing the right basketball shoe and keeping the out-soles of...

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Playing surfaces – Natural vs. artificial? You make the call!

Playing surfaces

Natural food is always better than GMO’s but debates still go on about whether playing on natural grass vs. artificial turf playing surfaces cause more injuries. Research has shown that as the coefficient of friction increases there is an increase in the rate of lower extremity injuries. This means that the more traction you get on the field or court, the higher the risk of injury. The common thought is that turf has more traction than grass and therefore we will see more injuries on turf. A study published in 2011 looking at football, rugby, and soccer injuries showed that there was a higher incidence of ankle injuries on artificial turf. In 2012, another study looking at NCAA football injuries...

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Floored! “Why do my knees ache?”

Growing up, you probably never even given the floor or surface you were playing on a thought. Hey, you were young and in-shape. What’s a floor got to do with it?  Fast forward 15 years and you are now in your forties and still playing that sport you love but your body isn’t recovering as well or as quickly. Synthetic floors are primarily used in buildings were a multi-sport surface is needed. Volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, along with dances, flea markets, etc. are played/held on this type of flooring. Volleyball lends itself to using large convention centers where the synthetic floors are place on top of concrete. Synthetic floors raise issues of loading, where the cushioning “bottoms out”, making a...

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Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve! Medications vs. Nutrition

             “Middle age is where a broad mind and narrow waist begin to exchange places!” Anon. Such was the saying I saw in my college gymnasium, very many years ago. I would guess that I am in that middle-age group now, much as I hate to admit it! The one time that it didn’t apply to me was in medical school. If I had been really smart (hence, broader mind), I would have focused on the nutrition classes and foregone the path of surgery (aborted after 2 years), anesthesiology and critical care and would have followed another path of nutritional health. Perhaps, I would have had a bit more rest along the way! As I...

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