March 11, 2010

Twist And Shout

1 Is Hooping the Next Exercise Craze?

From step class to Pilates to spinning, exercise goes through fads. Some are fun and keep exercisers motivated to stick with it; others are not and fade away. Is the next exercise trend on the horizon - the one that promises to whittle waists and tighten tushes - hula hooping? Hooping enthusiasts and Gaiam, a company that produces exercise equipment and videos hope so. The latter has hired Marisa Tomei, a hooping enthusiast who credits the hula hoop for helping her get in shape for her nude scenes in the movie The Wrestler, to shoot a hoop workout video that will be released in May. And she’s not alone in her enthusiasm for the sport. Internet sites, exercise studios and classes dedicated to the hoop are getting national attention as aficionados claim to lose weight while having fun.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Hula Hoop, Marisa Tomei, Pilates, Fitness

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In Absence of Other Symptoms

2 IBS Not Always Indicative of Polyps, Cancer

Patients who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are not at increased risk of having colon cancer, says a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Said William D. Chey, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine at the U of Michigan Medical School and lead author, “This study should reassure doctors and patients that typical IBS symptoms are not indicators of a more serious disease." IBS, a condition that affects about 10 to 20 percent of Americans and is more likely to appear in women than in men, includes such symptoms as recurrent abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. The study indicates that it is unnecessary to order colonoscopies for IBS sufferers in the absence of other symptoms such as bleeding from the GI tract, family history and anemia, among others.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: More Need Colon Screenings Than Get Them

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