- By Laurel J. Kelly
Housecall: Exercising the stress away
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Get moving to manage stress
Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can relieve stress. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.
Smoking cessation products: Boost your chance of success
Quitting smoking is hard, but smoking cessation aids can boost your chance of success. Only about 5 percent of people who try to quit tobacco succeed without a smoking cessation product. But more than 30 percent succeed when using one. See how patches, gum, lozenges and more may help you quit tobacco for good.
What's the difference between bacterial and viral infections?
These two types of infections have different causes and treatments. Perhaps the most important distinction between bacteria and viruses is that antibiotic drugs usually kill bacteria, but they aren't effective against viruses. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert.
Should I be concerned about leg pain after sitting or standing?
Leg pain can have many causes, and any new, persistent leg pain warrants a visit to your health care provider. Aching pain after prolonged standing or sitting may be due to a buildup of fluid in the leg veins, called chronic venous disease or venous insufficiency. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.
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HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Want to be more active? Try an activity tracker
Want to be more active and fit? Use an activity tracker or a pedometer. You can buy activity trackers online and at most fitness and sporting goods stores. Once you have your activity tracker, set a goal, such as increasing the number of steps you take to reach a target of 10,000 steps each day. The simple process of recording your steps and tracking your progress may help you increase your physical activity.
Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.
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