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    Housecall: Is your post-workout regimen helping or hurting?

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The best ways to bounce back after a tough workout
You can log the miles, do all your sets and repetitions, push your limits, and sweat buckets. But it doesn't stop there. The recovery period is crucial to maximizing the healthy changes that your body goes through in response to a workout. If you're not doing the right things after your workout, you may not be getting the most out of your efforts. Here's what you need to know.

Elevated blood pressure
Are your blood pressure numbers a little above what they should be? Elevated blood pressure means your blood pressure is slightly above normal. And this slight elevation likely will turn into high blood pressure, unless you make lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise and eating healthier foods. Both elevated blood pressure and high blood pressure increase your risk of a heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Weight loss, exercise and other healthy lifestyle changes often can control elevated blood pressure and set the stage for a lifetime of better health. Learn more about the importance of watching your blood pressure numbers, and take steps to keep yours in the safe zone.

Is there a connection between breakfast and weight control?
Some research suggests that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss. Other research suggests that skipping breakfast may not be bad for you and may help with weight control. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.

Why isn't there a hepatitis C vaccine?
Efforts to develop a hepatitis C vaccine started more than 25 years ago when the hepatitis C virus was identified. Since then, researchers have studied more than 20 potential vaccines in animals. A few of these vaccines, developed mainly over the past decade, have undergone limited human testing. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist.

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Feeling gassy and a little embarrassed?
Occasional flatulence is unavoidable, but it can be embarrassing just the same. To prevent excess gas, try these tips:

  1. Limit gas-producing foods, such as beans and broccoli.
  2. Eat fewer fatty foods, such as fried foods and fatty meats.
  3. Try an over-the-counter anti-gas product.

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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