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Nutrition Diva: Do Certain Foods Trigger Headaches?
- Anti-inflammatory diets
- Reducing your intake of omega-6 fats
- Avoid skipping meals
The only supplement that was recommended- magnesium
I like this podcast I found it interesting that there is no direct correlation between headaches and the foods she mentioned that have a bad reputation. I like that she mentions using an anti-inflammatory diet. I think she did some in-depth research to find out this information. I like that the Diet Diva lays out all of the facts from which I could tell she took an unbiased approach. As a whole I liked the podcast but I do wonder where is the point when you need to seek over the counter drugs or medical attention for headache that won't subside?
Get Fit Guy- 3 Ways to Stop Muscle Cramps
Lower back: Lower back pain is due to weak back extensors. To strengthen the back lay down on your stomach. Then life your arms and legs simultaneously off the ground and hold for as long as possible. To enhance this exercise, reach forward and then back with your arms as you do this, as if you were pressing an imaginary weight in front of you. Do 10-20 times.
Hamstrings: When your hamstrings cramp, it may mean that you have weak pelvic muscles or weak hip extenders and the hamstrings end up taking up all the extra work. To strengthen your pelvic muscles and hip extensors, try the folded dollar bill exercise. You clasp both hands across your chest, bow forward with a straight back until your hamstrings tighten, then squeeze your butt muscles to stand back to an upright position. 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps.
Quadriceps: The inside muscle of you quadriceps that runs down by your side is typically the reason for quad cramping. To help strengthen the the muscle, which is called your VMO, try an isometric lunge, where you drop down into a lunge position and hold for as long as possible whole keeping your knee behind your toe and your leg bent at about 900. Hold for 10-20 seconds, then switch sides, and do this 4-5 times.
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I really like that Get Fit Guy give specific exercises to help with cramping. I think the exercises can be very useful although I would like to see additional activities or exercises that could help with this. I think that this podcast was full of valid information and I like that there is no equipment that you need in order to do the exercises. I would have like to see some additional links or videos about other helpful resources listeners could use.
The Get Fit Guys pod caste opened up a new world to me about how exersises can prevent cramps when I sometimes catch myself thinking it was the other way around. I would think that exercising can cause cramping because it tightens your muscles but GFG talked about doing the appropriate exersises to help avoid cramping. I liked that his podcast was separated into three parts focusing each on stretching or exersises that help with the three problem areas that tend to have cramping the most. I think that the lower back exersises might be challenging for older ages so I would have liked to have seen some alternatives or links with other exersises that can help.