• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Taking exercise to the pool

March 11, 2019

a group of women in a swimming pool exercising and doing water aerobicsTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Ready to get in on the aquatic fitness movement? 
Swimming pools aren't just for laps anymore. Swimmers and nonswimmers alike are heading to the pool for exercise that ranges from gentle aerobics to heart-pounding boot camp workouts. Whether in classes or on your own, water workouts can help you build strength and flexibility. Here's how to make a splash in your exercise routine.

Kratom: Unsafe and ineffective
Kratom is an herbal extract that comes from the leaves of an evergreen tree grown in Southeast Asia. It's sold as an energy booster, mood enhancer, pain reliever and antidote for opioid withdrawal. At one time, some researchers believed that kratom might be a safe alternative to opioids and other prescription pain medications. However, studies on the effects of kratom have identified many safety concerns and no clear benefits. Here's what you need to know.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Are there any new treatments for MS? 
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), but there has been progress in developing new drugs to treat it, and research is ongoing to develop new and better disease-modifying therapies. Although initial research shows promise, the benefits, side effects and long-term safety of these new drugs will become clear with additional investigation. Learn more from Dr. Dean Wingerchuk, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Wondering what you can do to improve your heart health? 
Are you wanting to improve your heart health but don't think you have the motivation to take the necessary steps? Even small, basic changes in your diet, exercise routine and sleep habits can make a big difference. Learn more from Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Tetanus
Video: 'Allergy or Irritant? The Truth About Your Rash'

HEALTHY RECIPES
Sweet potatoes and roasted bananas
Shrimp and grits
Dijon Parmesan crusted salmon
Seafood gumbo

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Vitamin C: Can it prevent colds?
Vitamin C supplements won't prevent colds. However, if you regularly take vitamin C, it may shorten the duration of cold symptoms. Starting a vitamin C supplement after you develop a cold will not shorten the duration of your symptoms.

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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