Motivation From Within

My daughter, who is 8, is not interested in her studies. The teacher says she is daydreaming in class, and I have to sit in front of her to make sure she completes her homework. I’ve tried to leave it to her, but she doesn’t seem to care. What do I do?

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Do It Yourself Massage 3

Hamstrings (the muscles in the backs of your thighs)
Anyone who runs — even if it’s just to catch the last commuter train — is subject to tight hamstrings. To loosen them, lie flat on your back with your right foot over your left knee. Grab your right leg just above the knee using both hands, with your fingers pressing into the back of your leg and your thumbs on top by your kneecap (as shown). Run your hands up your thigh, pressing with your fingers as you go. Repeat several times. Finally, press the fingers of either hand into the middle of your hamstring and slowly rub across the leg from side to side. (Use enough pressure so that your fingers don’t slide across your skin.) Move your fingers to work the entire muscle. Avoid putting pressure on the area directly behind the knee, where there are fragile tendons and ligaments. Then work the other leg.

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Do It Yourself Massage 2

Step Two: The Program
Biceps (the muscles in the front of your upper arms)
Pushed yourself a little too hard in the gym? To give yourself a shot in the arm, start by using your left hand to grab your right arm just above the elbow so that your thumb points up toward your right shoulder. Your fingers should wrap around the outside of your arm. With your right arm down at your side, gently press your thumb into the biceps muscle and stroke upward toward your shoulder. Repeat several times.

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Step One: Why Massage Works
Say goodbye to those aches and pains with these 10 feel-good moves. No equipment or cash required!

Whether it’s running, cycling, skating, hiking, or (you fill in the blank) that gets you sweaty, chances are you and every other active person on the planet have one thing in common: muscle pain, and plenty of it.

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Disclaimer

In no way are the ideas, opinions, or methods discussed in these pages meant to take the place of or to be used instead of conventional medical practices and treatments. They are meant to be used as an educational tool, and as an adjunct along with regular medical care.

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Conception and Your Cycle

You may not have thought much about conception beyond the act of making love since your high school biology class, but the process of conception is intricate and fascinating.
Fertilization

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Question of the Week

Question:
Help. When my husband first met me I had a really tight butt. We have been apart for two months because of work. We will be together in another month and I have managed to work on the rest of my body to get somewhat in shape after my 10 month old was born, but I need to quickly work on my buns. Even though he loves me just the way I am, I would love to surprise him when he arrives. Can you help me find some daily exercises, maybe that I can do while working or on the bus commute etc. that will quickly get my but back into shape???

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Plan to Succeed

Experienced athletes know the value of setting goals, following a routine and tracking past performance. Weekend athletes can also benefit from following these steps. First, decide where you’re going. Establish a realistic long term goal that’s beyond your current abilities, but not so lofty that you grow discouraged.

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Chronic aching lower back?

It could be your “sacroiliac.”

Sacroiliac joint problems are a common yet frequently overlooked cause of low back pain. In fact, 21% of patients who see a doctor with low back pain have a sacroiliac joint problem.

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Athletes Foot. Tinea Pedis

Tinea pedis, commonly known as Athlete’s Foot, is a fungal infection in the skin of the feet. Tinea is actually Latin for “worm,” and all varieties of tinea are collectively known as ringworm. The organisms that cause Athlete’s Foot are from the Fungus family, which includes yeasts, molds, and mushrooms.
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