- By Jen O'Hara
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza
Flu season is nearly here, so it's a good time to get vaccinated. Wondering why you need a flu shot each year? Get your questions answered.
Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits
Massage is not only a good way to ease tension, but as a form of alternative medicine, it may also relieve pain, anxiety, digestive issues and more.
Flat Belly Diet: Can it help you lose weight?
Understand the reasoning behind this weight-loss plan and see if it can help you whittle away your waistline.
Bad breath: Could a tongue scraper help?
A tongue scraper may reduce bad breath temporarily, but good dental hygiene is still essential.
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HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Walking with ankle weights? Stop!
A well-rounded fitness program includes both aerobic exercise and strength training. But skip the ankle weights. Ankle weights may strain your ankle joint and leg muscles, which could increase the risk of injury. You can do some leg strengthening with repetitions of sitting then standing, walking uphill or taking the stairs. To get more out of your walking routine, simply pick up the pace. If you're in good shape, you might incorporate short bursts of jogging into your regular brisk walks. If you're less fit, you might alternate leisurely walking with periods of faster walking.
Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.
Nutrition-wise: Can the Mediterranean diet prevent breast cancer?
New research suggests that the Mediterranean diet and extra olive oil may lower the risk of breast cancer.