Holiday Health Hazards

It may be the most wonderful time of the year but it’s not a time without it’s health hazards. From decorating injuries, to travel risks, to elevated stress levels and the dangers of overeating, there are many dangers that accompany the holiday season. This festive infographic was created by MastersInHealthcare.com and outlines some of the dangers.

Holiday Health Hazards

How to Use a Foam Roller Like a Pro

Foam rollers are a common sight in many settings around the world such as gyms and physical therapy / physiotherapy departments . You’ll often see people lying on them and rolling various parts of their bodies on them, often while making interesting faces. If you’re interested in how they’re used to target specific muscles and tissues, or if you’d like to know about the different types of foam rollers, this infographic is a great start. There’s much more to foam rollers and how they work and this infographic illustrates only the tip of the iceberg.

According to the infographic, foam rollers can help with:

  • muscle tension relief
  • correcting muscle imbalances
  • increasing range of motion
  • injury prevention

Thanks to  Greatist for the infographic.

Have you used a foam roller?  Please leave your comments.

 

Foam Roller Use

 

High Intensity Interval Training Guide

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is used by many athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as those training for weight loss or better health. There are many studies showing it’s effectiveness. Have you ever wondered why interval training is so effective or about different HIIT programs? This infographic may answer all of your questions about it.

Some interesting points:

  • calorie burning lasts up to 48 hours after completing a training session
  • HIIT boosts metabolism
  • HIIT taxes both your aerobic and anaerobic systems
  • 27 minutes of HIIT 3 times a week has been shown to be as effective as 60 minutes of regular exercise 5 times a week
  • there are many HIIT programs including the Tabata method that only takes 4 minutes!

Thanks to  Greatist for the infographic.

What do you think about interval training? Do you do interval training? Please leave your comments.

High Intensity Interval Training Guide

Common Running Injuries (Infographic)

Running is one of the most common forms of exercise in the world. You can do it almost anywhere and need very minimal equipment. Judging by the latest barefoot or minimalist running trend, some would argue that you don’t need any equipment at all.

This infographic illustrates some of the more common running injuries, how to avoid them, and how to recover from them.

Some of the interesting ‘facts’ pointed out are that 36 million people run every year and that 40% to 50% of those people experience at least one injury. This is not terribly clear though. Do 40% to 50% of runners experience at least one injury per year? The infographic gives sources but no specific citations making it difficult to determine.

Please leave your comments.

Thanks to smootherfitness.com for creating this.

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Common Running Injuries

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