Exercise is not bad for the joints.

Exercise is beneficial for overall physical health and psychological well-being. However, there is a perception that exercise is potentially harmful to joints, in particular those of the lower extremities.

There is no good evidence supporting a harmful effect of regular exercise on normal joints, according to a review of studies.

Researchers reviewed existing studies on the relationship between regular exercise and osteoarthritis (OA) and concluded that in the absence of existing joint injury there is no increased risk of OA from exercise.
(Eurekalert.com 1/27/09)


Avoid staph infections

Men?s Fitness.com writes that staph infections are becoming alarmingly common. Use the guide below to avoid getting staph infections when spending time at the gym or pool.

Post-workout showers rock, but as great as they feel on beaten-down muscles, they could have you leaving the locker room with more than a spring in your step. The culprit? Staphylococcus, or staph, is a family of more than 30 different types of bacteria that’s easily transmissible ? especially in warm, overly populated areas like locker rooms. It may already be present in up to 25% to 30% of the population, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. (You may have heard renewed staph talk a few months ago when infections hit the NBA.)

In most cases, the presence of staph on the skin causes relatively few problems. But if you get a cut or damage your flesh in some way, and the bacteria enter your bloodstream, it can cause a wealth of problems ? some of which can turn fatal. Here’s how to protect yourself:

Good personal hygiene is the first step in protecting yourself and staying ahead of a staph infection. Shower daily, wearing flip-flops when in a public location, and wash your hands regularly, especially after leaving the bathroom.

Many people carry staph bacteria without realizing it. When it comes to things like towels and razors, it’s always best to use your own since these things act as vehicles for bacteria.

Keep all wounds clean and properly covered. This will cut down your risk of infection and prevent infected areas from spreading farther.

Check out MensHealth.com to find out more.


Men using Botox?

I have to admit I was pretty surprised when I read these numbers.

Botox is now being used by men, some of whom did not even run for President. The number of men in the U.S. who paid to get a series of tiny injections in their face nearly tripled from 2001 to 2007–to 300,000, or about 7% of the total Botoxed population. And despite the recession, those numbers aren’t going down yet; one of the many things the laid-off cannot afford is to look their age.

Men usually get Botox to remove those two vertical lines between their eyebrows that make them look angry and confused and thus, one could argue, masculine. They also use the product to smooth out the horizontal creases in their foreheads, though, unlike women, they don’t tend to worry about crow’s feet. Men do, however, fret a lot more about the pain. “They get so jacked up worrying that it will hurt,” says Botox enthusiast and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz. “Maybe that’s why women have babies and we don’t.”

When 1970s Olympic heroes–and mustachioed ones at that–get work done, it would seem to mark social acceptability among guys. Spitz, though, is a spokesman for Allergan, the company that makes Botox and has started to market directly to men via its website. Sure, Spitz first considered getting the world’s most common cosmetic procedure after a friend, former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, told him that the wrinkles between his eyes made him look old and overly serious, but he got a whole lot more interested when Allergan started paying him.

Everyone is obsessed with looking younger, so we shouldn’t be surprised by this.


Your guide to healthy Chinese food

Eating Chinese food can also be interpreted as a ?healthy choice.? But as MensFitness.com pointed out, Chinese dishes can be loaded with sodium, fat and calories.

Below is MF?s guide to eating healthier at Chinese restaurants.

Chinese food may be tasty, but more often than not it’s an ab-killer. We asked Jim White, R.D., a Virginia-based dietician, to help us make some smarter choices.

Anything steamed is obviously good, as is Jum (poached), Chu (broiled), Kow (roasted), Shu (barbecued), lightly stir-fried, dry stir-fried, or braised. Anything breaded, fried, or coated in flour is not.

Chopsticks are your friend. “You’re going to get less oil than you would with a fork,” adds White.

Steer clear of thick gravy or sauces made from sugar, flour, or cornstarch (such as those found on General Tso’s or Sweet and Sour Pork). They’re loaded with corn syrup. Instead, White suggests hot mustard sauce, hoisin sauce, or oyster sauce. And no matter what, always make your order “half sauce.” That way, you get half the sauce?and half the calories?of what they’d normally use in the dish.

Here’s an inside tip: Order your meal cooked in vegetable stock (a traditional Chinese style of cooking called “stock velveted”) to reduce the calories in your dish by 150-300 and the fat by 15-30 grams. “Expect your protein to be a bit more moist and tender, with less crunch than usual,” says White.

A serving of crispy noodles can set you back as much as 200 calories and 14 grams of fat, and Lo Mein is even worse. That dark brown color in the noodles? It comes from soaking up all that oil. A large portion generally runs in the thousands of calories.

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Penis size, does it really matter?

Concerned whether you measure up? Most guys are and many experts say seeing these super-sized guys in porn and how the women react to them has a lot to do with it. The vast majority of men are not as endowed as our monster dong brothers doing porn movies. So how do we know what the average size of a man?s wedding tackle is? And who and how is it measured?

Believe it or not, obtaining accurate schlong measurements is no easy matter according to researchers. But, if there is anybody who needs to be accurate about penis size, it?s condom companies. ?It?s absolutely important that we have the best information to make the best fitting condom,? said Carol Carrozza, Lifestyle Condom Company vise president of marketing. Company representatives said they performed the largest and most accurate measure of penis size ever.

Read the rest @abcnews.go.com


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