ALL MY JOINTS CRACK WHEN I GET OUT OF BED. AM I JUST GETTING OLD?
NNot to worry, it’s only your joints preparing for the day ahead. As you move during the day, bubbles form in the fluid that lubricates your joints, says Greg Kawchuk, a professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta. When they collapse, you hear them pop.
It’s a harmless phenomenon – and it might even help your joints glide as you move. Now if a joint cracks every time you move it, that’s different. It could be a tendon snapping
against a bone as a result of an injury, a change in your workout routine, or a muscle imbalance.
Finally, if every pop is painful, talk to your doctor. It could be a sign of arthritis.
IS FRESH FISH ANY HEALTHIER THAN WHAT I CAN GRAB IN THE FROZEN FOOD AISLE? – Harry
The cold, hard truth: It’s all pretty much frozen. Commercial fish operations flash-freeze their catch – often right on the boat – before sending it to distributors, who then decide whether it’ll stay frozen for purchase or be thawed and presented “fresh” by the retailer.
Nutritionally, there’s not much difference between the two. As for taste, the majority of people in a Japanese study either favoured frozen fish or couldn’t tell the difference between fresh and frozen.
Bottom line? Buy it in any form, but just eat it.
I HATE STRETCHING. IS THERE ONE MOVE I CAN DO THAT WARMS UP EVERYTHING? – Jordan
The trouble when you start working out is having the discipline to warm out before exercise, since you’re raring to get started. For an easy one, try the reverse lunge to hamstring stretch. “It stretches your hips, hamstrings and lats, and activates your glutes” – key areas to prep before any workout, says Kevin Larrabee of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning.
To do it, stand with your feet together. Step back into a reverse lunge and raise your arms overhead, stretching your lats. Place your hands on each side of your front foot, raise your hips, and lift your front toes, stretching your front hamstring. Drop your back knee, stretching your back hip. Return to the start. Repeat on the other leg.
IS INTERVAL TRAINING BETTER THAN LONGDISTANCE RUNNING FOR BURNING BODY FAT? – Sean
Long-distance running is a great workout. The trouble is how much time it takes.
A tip for time-poor men: While steady-state cardio packs plenty of performance benefits, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) smacks your fat stores hardest.
In an East Tennessee State University study, those on an interval training regime lost 2 percent body fat, while men who slugged on the treadmill saw no change. HIIT also burned more calories in the 24 hours post-workout.
Reclaim your mornings.
IT’S A HARMLESS PHENOMENON — AND IT MIGHT EVEN HELP YOUR JOINTS GLIDE AS YOU MOVE.