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Can I practice yoga if I have a bad back?

Jason Brown, New York, NY
“There are many possible issues that could constitute a "bad back." If you have a recently herniated disc, you should consult your doctor or PT to determine the direction of the herniation. Generally speaking, be mindful to not overly flex your lower spine during any kind of forward bending....” Read more
Stephanie Culen, New York, NY
“Yes, yoga postures can be extremely beneficial for hurting backs and bad backs. It is always good to work with a certified yoga instructor to assist you with the correct positioning of the postures so you don't exacerbate an existing condition. Some of the best strengtheners for back issues...” Read more
Kim-Lien Kendall, New York, NY
“There is no such thing as a "bad" back, and that kind of thinking can lead one to resent and limit their own bodies. There are certainly physical limitations and pain that we can have that cause us to feel as if our back is not as healthy as we want it to be, but ultimately our backs are good...” Read more
Melissa Gutierrez, New York, NY
“Yes, and you probably should. It has been proven time and again that yoga helps many back problems. The key is to practice under the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher that: 1) Has a strong knowledge of anatomy. When you describe your back pain, your teacher will be able to tailor your yoga...” Read more
Megan Ridge, Bethlehem, PA
“Absolutely. Seek out a gentle yoga class at first and see how your back feels afterwards. If anything hurts, come out of the pose.” Read more
Deborah Caruana, New York, NY
“If the pain is sharp, get it checked out right away. If its dull and achy, practice restorative yoga. Listen to your body. If it hurts ease up. Gently stretch your hamstrings. Do gentle cobras with breath. Work your core for support (gently). If the pain lasts more than a few days, get it...” Read more
Archarya Girish Jha, Marlboro, NJ
“why not but it all depends on the teacher what and how he helps you in introducing groups of practices . yoga is much more than the practices of poses alone if you ask Buddha - how many poses he practiced. he will smile and keep silent as yoga is consciousness based approach that applies...” Read more

I want to reduce my wrinkles.

Wrinkles are the creases and crevices that develop on the surface of your skin. Wrinkles are a very normal sign of aging, though they're not exactly welcome. Wrinkles often appear around the eyes, mouth, forehead, hands, and neck.

There are two kinds of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by the movement of muscles and appear only when the muscles are contracted. For example, crow's feet may initially appear only when you smile. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are ever-present, even when your face is at rest. Dynamic wrinkles become static over time as the muscles and skin lose the ability to snap back into shape.

Wrinkles form gradually with age as your skin loses collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the essential proteins that strengthen skin. As these vital proteins weaken, your skin becomes thinner, drier, and more prone to creasing and wrinkles. Fat cells also deflate with age. While this might sound nice, shrunken fat cells…

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Omega-3 fatty acids are the superstars of healthy fatty acids, improving the health of the heart, brain, skin and other internal organs and enhancing quality of life in myriad ways.

A fundamental building block for the body, this essential nutrient is part of the cell membrane and plays a role in the function of cell receptors. Omega-3 fatty acids work wonders for healthy bodies, making brains smarter and hearts stronger. For bodies fighting illness, this fatty acid is one of the most powerful nutrients, able to battle conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) to cancer to depression.

There are two main types of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also called polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Scientists have not determined whether one type is healthier than the other. At any rate, most Americans lack both types.

Among the many health benefits of omega-3 fats, evidence is strongest for heart health. Omega-3's lower blood…

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Kettlebell exercise

The kettlebell is a specially designed weight used for cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training. An effective and (somewhat) portable tool, the kettlebell can be used at home, with a personal trainer, or in group exercise classes.

The secret behind this cast-iron instrument, which looks like a bowling ball with a handle on top, is that the weight is centered below the handle, requiring good balance and core control.

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