Q: When I do planks or push-ups, my wrists begin to hurt. Is there anything I can do to help ease the pain?
A: If you feel that you are performing these weight-bearing exercises correctly, and you have no previous injuries, the pain you are feeling could be due to lack of mobility and stability in your wrists. Wrist circles are an easy, effective exercise drill you can do to help improve the suppleness of your wrists. Sit or stand in an upright position with your upper arms close to the body. Bend your elbows until your forearms are parallel to the floor and hold your hands palms down with a loose fist. Circle your wrists clockwise five times, and then circle your wrists five times counterclockwise. Do this drill two to three times as a part of your warm-up routine prior to beginning your weight-bearing exercises.
Q: I keep hearing great things about these antioxidant super fruit juices, and I even have a few friends who decided to become distributors. Am I missing out on something? Should I be adding these juices to my daily regimen?
A: These products are definitely popular these days. Most of these products are exotic fruit juices marketed as super antioxidants, which supposedly have beneficial effects on the body. Unfortunately, many of these claims come from distributors or the elaborate marketing materials developed by the companies themselves. Most of the studies that are referenced have been done on a specific fruit or an extract of that fruit, not the actual juice being sold. Many of the manufacturers add other juice concentrates as well, so you have no idea how much of the supposed active ingredients are actually in the final product. This is pretty standard, though there may be a few exceptions. The other issue with these juices is the cost. Many of them sell for $20-$35 per bottle, with a serving being only a few ounces per day. The high cost is attributed to highly paid consultants and the distribution network itself, since everyone involved gets a piece of the monetary pie. The bottom line is these juices don’t appear to be harmful, but are they actually making you any healthier? That question is hard to answer. Before making a purchase, it would be wise to gather all the facts you can and ask a registered dietitian if you have any questions about a specific product.
Information provided by Anytime Fitness, 2815 Beaver Ave., Suite 206, Des Moines, 274-2100.