Your Personal Best

Your Personal Best: Arthritis Prevention

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Arthritis affects over 50 million adults and about 300,000 children in America. According to the Arthritis Foundation, certain forms of exercise and physical activity are recommended to prevent arthritis in the future. Exercise increases our mobility, improves range of motion, slows down the progression of the disease and

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Your Personal Best: Dealing with stress and anxiety

BY WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller About 40 million Americans 18 and older deal with anxiety disorders. With the COVID-19 pandemic, those rates have increased. According to the American Psychological Association, incorporating positive coping techniques may help to reduce our daily stress and manage it better. Dr. Milady Murphy said that some examples of

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Your Personal Best: Superfoods

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart In the early 1990s, the word “superfood” was coined by people in the health industry. This concept referred to foods that were nutrient-dense, meaning they had the highest level of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that build the immune system against diseases at the cellular level. These “superfoods” are

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Your Personal Best: Three-Station Circuit

WVUA 23 Sports Director Gary Harris demonstrates his three-station circuit workout on this week’s Your Personal Best. Gary’s version works the upper and lower body, enhances muscular endurance and strength, core conditioning and cardiovascular fitness. The first station is a one-minute sprint on a row machine, which works the upper and lower body. For beginners,

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Your Personal Best: Triglycerides

If you’ve been diagnosed with elevated triglycerides after your physician has looked at your blood lipid profile, there are some dietary changes you can make that will lower your triglycerides quickly. Triglycerides are a free-flowing blood fat that can be elevated when you consume too much sugar and processed food. By adding more fruits and

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Your Personal Best, July 29, 2021: Piriformis stretch

If you’ve experienced lower back pain and tightness in the hamstrings or even pain that may shift down the side of your leg, this stretch may be right for you. It’s known as the piriformis stretch. The piriformis is a muscle deep beneath your glutes and when they are tight, they pull on your lower

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Your Personal Best, July 22, 2021: Heart-Healthy Nuts

Any type of nuts are good for our heart health, according to the American Heart Association. They contain moderate and saturated fats that lower bad cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and lower triglycerides. Walnuts in particular have omega 3 fatty acids, which keep arteries from getting stiff and lowers blood pressure. Nuts can be added to

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Your Personal Best, June 10, 2021: Salt Alternatives

According to the American Heart Association, nine of out of 10 Americans consume way too much sodium in their diet. What’s recommended? Between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams of salt a day. That’s equivalent to a teaspoon of salt. In high amounts, salt increases arterial stiffness and fluid retention, taxing our heart system and increasing the

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Your Personal Best, May 27, 2021: Walking Sticks

Whether you’re hiking in the mountains or the beautiful parks of Alabama, walking sticks are a useful accessory. They help improve balance, the efficiency of movement and improve your safety. Even experienced hikers on uneven terrain use walking sticks. They’re easy to buy. You can get some online or from your favorite sporting goods store.

Your Personal Best, May 20, 2021: Sunscreen

It’s getting warmer, and that means we’re spending more time outdoors. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should be using some type of sunscreen to protect your skin against the burning rays of the sun that cause premature aging, wrinkles and skin cancer. When you’re looking for a sunscreen, dermatologists recommend you get

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Your Personal Best Nov.13, 2020: Core Training

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow TUSCALOOSA— Dr. Milady Murphy says training your core is an important part of your overall wellness. She said this is important to strengthen our abdominal, glute, back and leg muscles. “These muscles are called core muscles for a reason,” Murphy said. She said that they help us to

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Your Personal Best, Oct. 15, 2020: Exercising Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer

BY WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow TUSCALOOSA— Shelton State Community Health and Wellness Division Char Dr.Milady Murphy with this week’s personal best regarding October being breast cancer awareness month. ” According to the American Cancer Society exercise when done five days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes, and type can reduce the

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Your Personal Best, Oct. 2, 2020: Get Up And Move

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow TUSCALOOSA— Shelton State Community Health and Wellness Division Chair Dr. Milady Murphy with this week’s personal on getting up and doing more physical activity. ” We are sitting down way too much,” Murphy said. She said that this could be because of the workplace or it could be

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Your Personal Best, Sept. 25, 2020: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow TUSCALOOSA— Shelton State Community Health and Wellness Division Chair Dr. Milady Murphy with this week’s personal best concerning suicide prevention awareness month. Leading the way in suicide prevention as a resource is the national suicide prevention lifeline. “Positive coping techniques help us to handle everyday stressors,” Murphy said.

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Your Personal Best, Sept. 18, 2020: Work Your Muscles

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow TUSCALOOSA— Shelton State Community College Health and Wellness Division Chair Dr. Milady Murphy with this week’s personal best regarding muscle loss in the body in men and women. After the age of 25, men and women alike lose precious muscle in the body. “The only way to counteract

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Your Personal Best, Sept.11, 2020Adding Fiber In Your Diet

WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow TUSCALOOSA— Shelton State Community Health and Wellness Division Chair Dr. Milady Murphy with this week’s personal best concerning adding fiber to your everyday diet. “There are seven elements to good nutrition”, Murphy said. She said that fiber is one and it is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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Your Personal Best, Sept. 3, 2020: Simple Exercise Can Help Back Pain

TUSCALOOSA, AL-  Sitting for long periods of time not only creates tightness and tension in the lower back but weakens the abdominal muscles. According to Dr. Milady Murphy a simple exercise known as “The Pelvic Tilt,” can counteract some of those problems. Simply done, lie flat to the floor, knees up, feet shoulder-width apart, while

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Your Personal Best, Aug. 27, 2020: FDA New Labels

By WVUA23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow TUSCALOOSA— The Food and Drug Administration is rolling out new food labels. The new labels will include larger print, serving sizes and calorie counts that are more in line with the American diet, Vitamin D values and mineral potassium. Shelton State Community College Wellness Division Chair Dr. Milady Murphy

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Your Personal Best, Aug. 20, 2020: Exercising When Injured

These are tough times, especially if you’ve incurred an injury. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising if your physician gives you the OK. For example, if you’ve had an injury to your feet, knees or legs, you can still exercise your upper half. Here’s an example of some light upper-body exercises you

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Your Personal Best, Aug. 13, 2020: Diaphragmatic Breathing

We all know we’re in difficult and trying times, meaning everybody’s dealing with at least a little extra stress and anxiety. Diaphragmatic breathing is a positive coping technique that can help us relax the body and mind. Here’s how you do it: Sit in a chair in a quiet room. Place your hands one above

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