General Health & Wellness

Home workout machines you’ll really use | Health Beat – Health Article

Before making a big investment in exercise equipment that may gather dust, first consider less expensive options for a quality home workout. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Between diminishing daylight and slippery sidewalks, it’s tempting to think that the right home exercise machine will keep us fit all through the gloomy season. If only. “It’s easy to go out and spend thousands of dollars on equipment, but often, it just sits and collects dust,” said Jodi George, DPT, a physical therapist…

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Tick, tick, boom! | Health Beat – Health Article

A black-legged tick poses on a leaf, waiting for an animal to brush up against it, so it may crawl on its new blood host. (For Spectrum Health Beat) They lie in wait in the tall grass, hoping to hop onto unsuspecting passersby. They’re just teeny-tiny ticks, but these dark-bodied bloodsuckers can pack a powerful—and potentially serious—punch. And this year, the ticks are out in full force, experts say. The season is expected to be an especially bad one for…

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The fitter ticker | Health Beat – Health Article

A few sensible bouts of jogging each week can help build a healthier system, reducing the likelihood of developing heart problems. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Even a slight improvement in your heart and lung fitness could reduce your risk of a heart attack, a new study reveals. Between 2006 and 2008, researchers assessed the cardiorespiratory—heart and lung—fitness of just over 4,500 men and women in Norway. None had heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer and most were considered at…

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