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Health Tips for April 7

Posted Apr 06 2009 10:02pm
Health Tip: Signs of Nail Fungus

Fungi can creep underneath nails on the toes and fingers, causing an infection. While this problem usually can be treated with a prescription medication, keeping nails clean and dry can help prevent it in the first place.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these warning signs of a fungal nail infection:
  • A nail that is brittle and crumbles.
  • A change in the way the nail is shaped.
  • A thick nail.
  • A change in the color of the nail.
  • A nail that is dull, or is separating from the skin.
  • A nail that appears to have particles beneath it.
Health Tip: Jump Rope for Fitness

If you're tired of the gym, going for a run, or home exercise equipment, you may want to opt for jumping rope.

The American Council on Exercise suggests these tips to help you enjoy a safe, fun workout by jumping rope:
  • Keep a firm but gentle grip on the handles at the end of the rope.
  • Tuck your elbows in near your body, and relax your shoulders.
  • Slightly bend your knees, and use your wrist to swing the rope in a smooth arc over your head.
  • Keep your head up and your back straight as you jump. Don't curve your back forward.
  • Don't jump too high, which can adversely affect your ankles and knees.
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