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The 1122nd rescue medical brigade, which was present at the scene, continued the process of breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation during the transfer to the hospital, but the doctors confirmed the death on arrival at the hospital.
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It’s finally here, folks! Jake Paul is finally entering the ring against former Golden Gloves champion Ryan Bourland at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, as he engages in some pre-fight meditation, fans express some of the wildest opinions on the practice.

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As Jake Paul prepared for the fight, Paul’s sports betting app, Betr, shared the clip of Paul meditating with a singer by his side on social media. Yesterday, something similar happened when Paul shared a clip of himself practicing a breathing exercise. However, this clip managed to entertain fans even more.

Fans claim Jake Paul is meditating for Satan

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After the clip started making the rounds on X (formerly Twitter), fans came in droves to express their thoughts on the clip. One fan highlighted something Paul’s singer was wearing on her feet, claiming it was an ankle monitor. 

Even the next user echoed the same opinion, asking to hear the story behind the singer wearing the ankle monitor.

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Another user could not believe Paul was seriously meditating before fighting Ryan Bourland.

The next user had other ideas, suggesting it wasn’t meditation. Rather, it was a demonic ritual. 

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Similarly, even the next user claimed Paul was meditating for Satan. 

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As Jake Paul enters the ring for the tenth time in his professional boxing career, fans think Paul’s pre-fight ritual might be for the devil. However, it was most likely one of Paul’s antics to attract attention. Do you think Paul’s meditation was demonic?



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The 2024 CrossFit season has kicked off, with a live announcement detailing the first workout of the CrossFit Open – the yearly mass-participation event where thousands of athletes compete for a ranking on a worldwide leaderboard, hoping to secure a place in the CrossFit Games.

We speculated earlier what 24.1 – the first workout of this year’s Open – could be, based on a cryptic Instagram clue from CrossFit General Manager of Sport Dave Castro. We need guess no more, as the live announcement aired on Thursday, followed by a group of elite Crossfitters going head-to-head as the first to tackle the workout. This roster included legend Brent Fikowski, who shared his tips for The Open with us recently on the Men’s Health podcast, available ad-free for members in our app.

So, just what can you expect from the opening workout of the 2024 CrossFit season? Well, it’s very CrossFit...

What is CrossFit Open Workout 24.1?

A '21-15-9' rep scheme is a textbook CF protocol, where you perform 21 reps of each movement, followed by 15 of each, and finally 9. The result is normally a nauseating sprint where you attempt to keep your rest to an absolute minimum, powering through all 45 reps of each exercise until you collapse into a heap and/or roll around groaning. 24.1, which utilises a classic CrossFit pairing of burpees and dumbbell snatches has the potential to be a real vomit comet.

Requiring just a single dumbbell, the Rx (CrossFit nomenclature for ‘as prescribed’) weight for which is 22.5kg in the open category and 15kg in the ‘scaled’ category, you’ve only got two movements to tackle: the single armed dumbbell snatch, and the burpee. The twist is, you must complete 21 reps of snatches with one arm, followed by 21 burpees where you must jump laterally over your dumbbell, followed by 21 reps with your remaining arm, finishing with another round of 21 burpees over your dumbbell. That's all before you can move into the round of 15. After you’ve repeated the right arm/burpee/left arm/burpee protocol for 15 reps, you get to do it all again for 9 reps, bringing the rep total for the workout for a deceptively high 180 reps. Ouch.

On paper, it looks like this:

21 Dumbbell Snatches (Arm 1)

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Hold one dumbbell on the ground between your legs, squatting and hinging, maintaining a flat back (A). Drive up through your hips and knees, generating momentum to pull the dumbbell up towards your chin, before punching directly overhead in one movement (B). Lower the dumbbell, returning the weight to the start position.

21 Lateral Burpees Over Dumbbell

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With your dumbbell on the floor next to you, step back and hit the deck into a press-up position. Lower your body until your chest touches the floor (A). Jump your legs back towards your chest, stand back up and jump powerfully over the dumbbell to your side (B) – driving through your hips when you take off. Land and immediately drop to the floor and repeat. The dumbbell keeps you accountable for the height of each jump.

21 Dumbbell Snatches (Arm 2)

Repeat your snatches, this time with the opposite arm.

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9 dumbbell snatches, arm 1

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How long should this workout take? Well, that depends how long you can hold your nerve for. CrossFit have time-capped the workout at 15 minutes, so whatever happens, it’ll be over quickly.

Tips to Help You Smash CrossFit Open Workout 24.1

21-15-9 may be a traditional CrossFit sprint workout, but breaking up the snatches essentially gives you a whole new round of each exercise, meaning this is more of a ‘triplet’ than a ‘couplet’. Going out too fast could spell trouble in the second half of the total reps.

2023 CrossFit Games champ Jeffery Adler was one off the first to tackle the workout in the live announcement, and in a post-WOD interview gave his take: 'If you go unbroken on the dumbbell, your grip will feel it…so if you want to break those up if grip is a limiting factor, then do so. Then just base it on the burpees.'

He then advised that athletes aim to keep it smooth on the snatches before putting their efforts into a fast showing on the burpees. He added, 'I would argue going faster on the burpees will pay off more than trying to go fast on the dumbbell and then dying on the burpees.'

Alexis Raptis, the winner of the women’s live showdown, shared a grim piece of advice that nobody tackling this workout really wants to hear: 'Go harder than you want to go.'

As for our advice? It’s a maximum of 15 minutes, so go all in. If you feel your grip fatiguing early on in the snatches, drop your bell, take 2-3 deep breaths and jump straight back in – catch it early and don’t get caught unable to even pick the bell up in later rounds.

We also don't want to be wasting time between movements, so find the least comfortable pace you can maintain without blowing up, and hold on.

Our top tip: find a good breathing tempo on the burpees. Avoid bracing up and holding your breath, try to take a big deep breath at the top of each rep, then blow it out at the bottom.

Finally, keep reminding yourself: this is a sprint effort, it will be over soon. Just hold on!

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Whilst constantly updating his knowledge base with seminars and courses, Andrew is a lover of the practical as much as the theory and regularly puts his training to the test tackling everything from Crossfit and strongman competitions, to ultra marathons, to multiple 24 hour workout stints and (extremely unofficial) world record attempts.   

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PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Residents living in Utah’s Wasatch Back – Park City, Heber City, and surrounding areas – now have access to world-class heart rehabilitation services close to home thanks to a new cardiovascular rehab center at Intermountain Park City Hospital.

The new cardiac rehabilitation clinic at the hospital will provide patients living in the area easy access to critical services closer to their homes. This will be particularly impactful as Summit/Wasatch County patients navigate their path to recovery following a cardiac event, such as a heart transplant, stent placement, or heart attack.

“We’re very excited to offer this service to residents living in the Wasatch Back and to enhance access to critically important services, such as cardiac rehab, which is vital to heart patients,” said Breno Rodrigues, PT, DPT, manager of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation for Intermountain Health.

“Our staff’s expertise, along with the clinic’s state-of-the-art technology, will assist patients in regaining their active lifestyle. Cardiac Rehab offers a completely monitored and safe environment during exercise that allows for patients to gain strength, confidence, and knowledge of their full potential as part of their recovery journey,” Rodrigues added.

Following a heart attack, angina, heart surgery or other heart-related events, cardiac rehabilitation (or cardiac rehab for short) takes place in a monitored, supervised, clinical setting, where participants receive coaching and education on exercise guidelines, medication, nutrition, stress management, heart failure and weight training.

Trained exercise specialists monitor the patient’s heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and symptoms as they design an exercise program that is appropriate for their situation.

Research has shown that patients sometimes need reassurance to trust their heart again after surgery or a heart procedure. Cardiac rehab helps patients improve their overall health, lower risk of future heart-related problems and regain the highest quality of life possible.

Cardiac Rehab has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of death for individuals who have received a qualifying diagnosis or cardiac procedure.

People who attend cardiac rehabilitation programs live longer and are less likely to have a heart attack. Cardiac rehabilitation reduces the chances of being re-hospitalized, helps patients recover strength, and builds skills in managing medications and activities. Participants in cardiac rehabilitation are less likely to feel depressed.

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Oppo is expected to launch the Oppo Watch X in their wearable tech lineup.

We can expect a sleek design with some compelling functionality, to introduce fitness enthusiasts, including the fashion-forward individual an exciting new addition to the Oppo family.

Oppo launched the Oppo Watch X as a trusted companion designed to elevate users with its dual frequency GPS alongside multiple fitness monitoring features.

The Oppo Watch X promises a dual engine architecture alongside a hybrid interface by Wear OS by Google on paper.

Battery lasts up to 100 hours and the watch leaves the user with up to 12 days of power with the Power saver mode.

The use of two separate antennas for each GPS signal further improves the precision and reliability of positioning for users when running, cycling, hiking, or exercising in environments with poor GPS coverage.

Oppo says its Watch X has the ability to identify when the wearer is walking, running, cycling or end swimming and even using a rowing machine.

The Oppo Watch X also adds running posture recognition, a function that detects a runner’s ground contact time, which is the balance between the left and right foot, step frequency, stride, and length in real-time.

Other dedicated sports features available on Oppo Watch X include a dedicated badminton mode. Developed in-house by Oppo, the new feature collects specialist data during play and produces a post-match analysis across five dimensions of explosiveness, activity, endurance, confrontation, and offense to help users adjust aspects such as their swing strength and speed.

It tracks sleep breathing rate, sleep blood oxygen level, baseline heart rate, snoring, body movement, and other sleep behavior.

This Oppo Watch X supports full-scenario sleep monitoring, even if it’s just a nap.

The Oppo Watch X features a large 500mAh battery and the Watch VOOCTM Flash Charging for both multi-day use and quick recharging. It can be fully charged in just 60 minutes or provide an additional 24 hours of use in as little as 10 minutes.

The watch comes with two separate chipsets — the Snapdragon® W5 Gen 1 SOC and the BES2700 MCU.

Avashnee Moodley, Head of Marketing at OPPO South Africa said, “We are excited to launch the Oppo Watch X to the South African market, this marks a significant milestone in our journey towards revolutionizing the wearable technology market.

“With its fusion, sophisticated design, and advanced functionality, the Oppo Watch X sets a new standard to deliver a smooth, power-efficient user experience, making it a trusted companion designed to create a healthier and dynamic lifestyle.”

The OPPO Watch X will be available in black and brown from 1 March at your leading operators and retailers.

The Oppo Watch X retails from R 5999.

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Fear of a “mystery virus” is spreading through social media platforms such as TikTok, with young people saying they’re not testing positive for COVID-19, flu or RSV, but sharing symptoms of nausea, faintness and excess mucus.

Public health experts say these concerns are likely a sign of one post-pandemic condition: anxiety about getting sick.

“The symptoms that are being described are pretty consistent with, you know, a lot of viruses that are not ‘mystery viruses,’ that are things that are out there circulating all year. The common cold being one of them,” Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told The Hill.

In the past few weeks, social media users have posted online about their experiences with COVID-like symptoms including difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue and fever. Many videos show people expressing their confusion as they say tests for viruses including COVID-19, the flu and RSV come back negative.

One user on TikTok shared her experience with the “mystery virus” last week, describing symptoms of lightheadedness, nausea and feeling as though she was going to faint. Another social media user described symptoms of congestion, shortness of breath, nausea and having a stye — but testing negative for COVID-19.

“Who else is sick, and what is this ‘unknown virus’ going around?” one user asks. The post had garnered nearly 8,000 comments as of Tuesday, mostly people sharing symptoms and speculating on the cause.

Public health officials who spoke with The Hill said there are currently no indications of a new, unknown virus tearing through the U.S.

According to Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, a rise in other respiratory infections concurrent with COVID-19 and the flu is to be expected with the season. He noted that the 2023-24 cold and flu season followed several years of isolation due to the pandemic. More in-person socializing could be facilitating more widespread infections than in recent years.

Not only are we seeing each other in person more, people are hearing about others experiencing illness far more than they ever did in the past thanks to online platforms, Benjamin noted.

“This generation tends to tell you everything that’s going on in their lives on social media. In my view, they’re sharing way too much, but that’s them,” he said. “They like to hypothesize about what’s going on. And to some degree, it is self-generating both hysteria and false information. Because, you know, you’re now hearing about things from four or five different people — many of whom you don’t know.”

According to the most recent federal data, COVID-19 emergency hospital admissions have been declining since the start of January, with roughly 19.000 admissions reported for the week of Feb. 17. Flu cases also appear to have peaked, with the weekly surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noting a nearly 15 percent drop in positive tests.

Like many current issues relating to infectious disease, experts see a connection between online concerns about novel viruses and the pandemic.

“Social media failed to tackle repeated waves of health misinformation during the Covid pandemic, and it’s had a lasting effect in creating distrust of real medical experts while breeding a new generation of online quacks,” Callum Hood, head of research at the Center for Countering Digital Hate, said in a statement.

“In this environment, new health hoaxes can spread quickly and are not being tackled by social media platforms. Platforms need to step up and tackle harmful health misinformation instead of profiting from it.”

Lori Freeman, CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said these unverified online concerns of a “mystery virus” are another indication that trust in governmental and public health authorities is still lagging.

She encouraged people concerned about potential infectious diseases to stay up to date on what federal agencies such as the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are reporting.

“I think we’re all a little on edge after the pandemic,” Freeman said. “People should rightfully be concerned when they’re not feeling well for extended periods of time, and they should seek out more information for themselves.”

Health experts noted that the pandemic has dominated concerns about pathogens for so long that some people may have forgotten about the plethora of other infections that can be contracted.

“There’s a collective amnesia of what life was like five years ago,” said Benjamin, a longtime physician. “RSV is getting a higher profile and higher billing in conversation because there is a vaccine for it. And we don’t have a vaccine for the common cold yet. And again, it’s almost 200 different viruses.”

Asked how he would advise someone in his own life who was concerned about a “mystery virus” right now, Benjamin said, “I would advise them that this is cold and flu season, and that this is consistent with what we see in cold and flu season. And that if it doesn’t go away in the next 48-72 hours — well, if it gets worse, let me know and I’ll help them get to a doctor.”

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The Dodgers are counting on Max Muncy for another 30+ home run campaign.

When Max Muncy left Wednesday's spring training contest, every Los Angeles Dodgers fan collectively held their breath. While not completely out of the woods, Muncy's latest injury update will have Dodgers fans breathing a sigh of relief.

Muncy confirmed that his MRI came back negative and that the swelling on his left hand has gone down considerably, via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. However, Muncy has yet to swing a bat since his injury.

Still, the fact that his MRI came back negative means that the slugger avoided a serious injury. He'll need to swing a bat to get back on the diamond. But with swelling going down and Opening Day not until late March, Muncy will have plenty of time to heal.

Despite all their massive additions throughout the offseason, losing Muncy would still be a major blow for Los Angeles. While he hit just .212 in 2023, Muncy blasted 36 home runs and 105 RBI, both career-highs. He ranked second on the team in both categories behind just Mookie Betts.

The Dodgers are all-in on a World Series title. Los Angeles added Shohei Ohtani to an already impressive lineup and both Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Tyler Glasnow to their pitching rotation. The light might be brighter, but Los Angeles is still looking to Max Muncy for his prodigious power.

Based on his latest update, Muncy looks on track to be able to provide it by Opening Day. He still needs to go through a few steps of his injury return. But barring a setback, LA is poised to soon have their slugger back in the lineup.

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TAMPA — Sonya Bryson-Kirksey took a step in the right direction Wednesday morning.

The Lightning’s U.S. national anthem singer, who has been hospitalized since July 16 battling the coronavirus, was moved out of the intensive care unit after her fever broke, according to close family friend Thomas Schooley.

A week after she was moved into the ICU, Bryson-Kirksey is back in a regular hospital room working on her breathing and lungs, Schooley told the Tampa Bay Times in a text message.

Bryson-Kirksey, 54, was hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia four days following the Lightning’s Stanley Cup boat parade.

The Lightning community has rallied around Bryson-Kirksey, setting up a GoFundMe account that has raised more than $18,500 and designing a T-shirt with proceeds going toward the fundraiser.

Bryson-Kirksey, who has been singing the U.S. national anthem before Lightning games at Amalie Arena for eight seasons, was fully vaccinated in March. But underlying health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, made her more susceptible to the virus.

Soon after she was admitted to the hospital, encouraged others to get vaccinated.

“Implore people not to let their pride stand in the way of getting vaccinated,” she said, “to protect the people like me who really can’t fight for themselves.”

Florida on Saturday set a coronavirus daily case record, according to CDC data, with 21,683 new cases, the highest one-day total since the pandemic began. The state also leads the nation in kids hospitalized with the coronavirus.

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February 28, 2024 - Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) News Release

TORONTO, ON - The Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL)has announced today that AIRSUPRA© (albuterol/budesonide) Inhalation Aerosol is the league's first U.S. Founding Partner and will be the Official Pharmaceutical Brand of the PWHL in 2024.


AIRSUPRA© (albuterol/budesonide) Inhalation Aerosol, is a first-in-class, fixed-dose combination rescue medication to be taken as needed for the treatment or prevention of symptoms of asthma and to help prevent sudden severe breathing problems (asthma attacks) in people aged 18 years and older.

"We are proud to welcome AIRSUPRA to the PWHL community as our first Founding Partner in the United States," said sports icon and PWHL Advisory Board member Billie Jean King. "The support of AIRSUPRA underscores its belief in women's hockey and its commitment to our great league. We are looking forward to a truly fantastic relationship."

AIRSUPRA's partnership includes shoulder patches on jerseys of the league's three U.S. teams in Boston, Minnesota, and New York. AIRSUPRA will have multiple game activations and giveaways in U.S. markets throughout the season, along with in-arena signage, broadcast components, digital integration, and unique social media content across league and team platforms.

The inaugural PWHL regular season began on January 1, 2024, and includes 72 games through May 5, 2024, followed by playoffs.

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Running bras have come a long way since 1977, when Lisa Lindahl and Polly Smith stitched together a pair of jockstraps to create the original Jogbra. Current models aren’t just comfortable and supportive; they’re performance-enhancing. Studies have found that more supportive bras reduce oxygen consumption—a proxy for how much energy you’re burning at a given running pace—by 7 percent, perhaps by enabling subtle changes in your running stride.

But they’re not perfect. Surveys find that less than half of women choose to wear a sports bra during physical activity. The most common complaints are that the shoulder straps slip or chafe, and that the bands are so tight around the ribcage that they’re uncomfortable and restrict breathing. It’s this last concern that resonated with Shalaya Kipp, a former Olympic steeplechase runner and—conveniently—an exercise scientist at the University of British Columbia specializing in respiratory physiology. (She recently moved to a new position at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.)

In Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Kipp and her UBC colleagues share the results of a study testing whether tight sports bras hinder breathing in runners. A small sample of nine nationally or internationally competitive runners completed a series of treadmill tests while wearing a specially modified version of Lululemon’s Energy sports bra whose underband tightness around the ribcage could be increased or decreased with extra eye-and-hook attachments at the back. The bra was also modified so that a small balloon catheter could be inserted into the underband to measure exactly how much pressure was being exerted as the subjects inhaled and exhaled.

That’s not all. The subjects had another balloon catheter inserted through their nose and down into their esophagus to measure the internal pressures exerted with each breath by their lungs as they ran. This is no joke: Kipp posted an amazing video on Instagram showing her having this catheter inserted, and it’s definitely worth a watch if you want to appreciate what the subjects were willing to undergo in the name of science. The catheter enabled the researchers to calculate the “work of breathing”—that’s the energy used by the respiratory muscles to inflate and deflate the lungs, which can consume more than ten percent of your total energy output during hard exercise.

The running tests were performed in three conditions: once with the subjects’ self-selected preferred bra size; once with the bra tightened; and once with it loosened. The pressure of the band in the tight condition was, on average, 16 percent greater than in the loose condition. Here’s what the oxygen consumption (VO2) during submaximal running looked like in those three conditions:

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Going from self-selected to tight didn’t change anything. But going from self-selected to loose reduced oxygen (and energy) consumption. The overall difference between the tight and loose conditions was between one and two percent in most subjects, with an average of 1.3 percent and eight of the nine subjects seeing improvements in the loose condition. That’s not as big as the four percent change from supershoes, but it’s significant. Kipp estimates that a two-percent change in oxygen consumption translates to a three-minute change in marathon time for a three-hour runner.

The reason for the efficiency difference is presumably that the tight bra made the women breathe differently. While running at VO2 max in the tight bra, the women sucked in more oxygen overall by breathing more quickly (57 rather than 52 breaths per minute) but also more shallowly. That work of breathing took 16 percent more energy, which explains why overall whole-body oxygen consumption was higher. There may also be secondary effects: if the breathing muscles are working harder and consuming more oxygen, that could divert oxygen-rich blood away from the working muscles in the legs and elsewhere.

Is this a serious problem? That depends on how tight you wear your bra, and how much you care about a percent or two improvement in performance. If you’re happy with your bra, you can safely ignore these findings. But Kipp cites previous data suggesting that 70 percent of women choose sports bras that are too small for them compared to a professional fit. That figure probably varies widely depending on who you survey, but it’s consistent with the data in the current study, which sees an improvement going from the self-selected size to loose, and no change from self-selected to tight.

The subjects presumably choose tighter-than-optimal bras because they want adequate support—but none of the women in the study reported that the loose condition was uncomfortable or provided inadequate support. One possible explanation, Kipp and her colleagues point out: most women pick their sports bras based on how they feel at rest. None of the breathing parameters that they measured in the new study were affected at rest. It’s only during hard exercise, when the women were breathing hard and inflating their lungs, that the problems emerged. So it probably makes sense to evaluate your sports bra based on how it feels at the end of a workout, rather than how it feels in the store.

Of course, there’s much more to sports bra design than how tight the underband is. The right design will depend on the shape of your body—all the elite runners in this particular study, the researchers note, had small to medium breasts—and what activity you’re doing. There are endless patents (and more than a few patent battles) and numerous competing models that aim to help women thread the needle between insufficient support and excessive tightness. There’s unlikely to be a single perfect solution that fits everyone. But if your sports bra feels so tight that you wonder whether it might be interfering with your breathing, it probably is.


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With this year's Tokyo Marathon happening this weekend, many runners will likely be inspired to run a faster marathon. Those who have already done one (or maybe even a few) will know running a marathon has a significant toll on your body; however, some less-known training tips might help you get closer to your dream marathon PB.

The most important thing, of course, is not to go wild! Instead, gradually integrate the below tips into your training routine. Prioritise consistency and be patient with yourself. Getting better at any sport isn't a linear process, and if you experience any dips in your motivation or physical improvement, switch things up a bit to get out of that rut.

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The 2023-2024 norovirus season is well underway in the United States. Cases of the highly contagious stomach bug, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, are climbing steadily across the country.

Although it’s commonly called the “stomach flu,” norovirus is not actually related to the flu, which is caused by influenza viruses.

Norovirus is a leading cause of acute gastroenteritis, or an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This results in intense bouts of vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps.

Symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure — these are often sudden and very unpleasant, but most people will recover on their own.

“This is the dreaded virus that leaves us in the bathroom for about a day or two, we’ve all been there,” NBC News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula said on TODAY in a segment aired Feb. 27.

Norovorius is extremely contagious, and anyone can become infected. Every year in the U.S., it causes about 20 million cases of vomiting and diarrhea, 465,000 emergency room visits, 109,000 hospitalizations, and 900 deaths, per the CDC.

Although norovirus spreads year-round, cases and outbreaks are most common in the winter. Right now, cases are on the rise across country, and outbreaks are surging in the Northeast and Western regions of the U.S.

According to the latest data from laboratories across the country reporting to the CDC, the rate of norovirus tests coming back positive, averaged over three weeks, is over 12% as of Feb. 17 — up from 9% in mid-January.

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Outbreaks of norovirus are also on the rise. From Aug. 1, 2023, to Feb. 12, 2024, there were 759 norovirus outbreaks reported by the 15 states participating in the CDC’s NoroSTAT surveillance program. During the same period the last seasonal year, there were 521 norovirus outbreaks reported.

“Currently, norovirus outbreak activity in the United States is within the range we would expect for this time of year and is within the range reported during the same time periods in previous years,” a spokesperson for CDC tells TODAY.com.

“We generally see an increase during winter and are continuing to monitor this," the CDC spokesperson added.

Where is norovirus spreading?

Outbreaks of norovirus are impacting communities nationwide, but certain regions of the country are getting hit harder than others.

In the Northeast, norovirus is circulating at its highest rate since last April, NBC News previously reported. The percent of tests coming back positive in the Northeast region, averaged over three weeks, was more than 13% as of Feb. 17, per the latest CDC data.

Cities such as Philadelphia have reported spikes in norovirus outbreaks, prompting public health officials to urge residents to take precautions, NBC Philadelphia reported.

"Data from the northeastern region of the United States look similar to what we would expect for this time of year,” says a CDC spokesperson.

After the Northeast, the next hardest-hit region in the U.S. is the West, which saw a three-week positivity rate of around 12%, according to the CDC.

"We're also seeing a big spike in California," Dr. Joanna Turner Bisgrove, a family medicine physician and assistant professor at RUSH University Medical Center, tells TODAY.com.

Why is norovirus surging?

Norovirus cases and outbreaks are most common between April and November. “Norovirus is actually a seasonal virus ... and usually the peak within that window is between January and early March," Dr. Ericka Hayes, senior medical director of infection prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, tells TODAY.com.

During the colder winter months, people tend to spend more time gathered indoors, which makes it easier for infectious diseases like norovirus to spread quickly between people, says Bisgrove.

The current surge in norovirus is not surprising, the experts note, but rather an expected increase that occurs every winter in the U.S. “It’s following pretty classic trends,” says Bisgrove.

Last winter was a tough norovirus season for the U.S., as virus activity rebounded to pre-pandemic levels following the dropping of COVID-19 restrictions. Cases peaked in early March 2023, but norovirus activity still remained high well into the spring.

In 2023, norovirus outbreaks also surged on cruise ships, reaching the highest levels seen in over a decade.

“Compared to the past years, we are in the same neighborhood, if not a little bit more (in terms of) the number of outbreaks in the region and nationally, but we are well within the normal range,” says Hayes.

How does norovirus spread?

"Norovirus is an extraordinarily contagious virus. It's one of the most contagious kind of pathogens, viral or bacterial," says Hayes.

Infected people shed billions of norovirus particles in their stool and vomit, and it only takes a few virus particles to make another person sick, Hayes adds.

People typically get norovirus when these tiny particles end up in their mouths, TODAY.com previously reported. This can occur through direct person-to-person contact, consuming contaminated food or liquids, or touching contaminated surfaces then putting your unwashed fingers in your mouth.

It can spread rapidly through schools, day cares, nursing homes and other enclosed settings where people are gathered close together, says Bisgrove. Norovirus is also the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S., per the CDC.

A person who has been infected can continue to shed the virus for about two weeks after symptoms gone and they feel better, says Bisgrove.

Norovirus symptoms

These are the most common symptoms of norovirus in children and adults, according to the experts:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

  • Stomach cramps

Other possible symptoms include a headache, body aches and a low-grade fever, per the CDC.

The first signs of norovirus may include a sudden loss of appetite, stomach pain, or generally feeling out of it, says Bisgrove.

These are typically followed by intense vomiting and watery diarrhea, though these may occur at the same time. "It's usually a very abrupt onset and unfortunately, there's quite a lot of it. ... Patients may have dozens of stools per day," says Hayes.

Norovirus symptoms usually last for 24 to 72 hours. "Due to all the vomiting and diarrhea you may also feel weakness, fatigue, or lightheadedness," says Bisgrove.

People with norovirus may become dehydrated due to the loss of fluids through vomit and diarrhea. Symptoms of dehydration include decreased urination, dry mouth, or dizziness, per the CDC. Signs in children include crying without tears, becoming fussy or suddenly lethargic and sleepy, says Hayes.

Blood in the vomit or stool is not a normal symptom of norovirus, says Bisgrove, and could be a sign of something more serious. "If you see blood, go to the emergency room," says Bisgrove.

Norovirus treatment

There is no specific treatment or medicine for norovirus, and the vast majority of people will recover on their own at home, the experts note.

It's important to rest and consume plenty of fluids and electrolytes to replenish those lost through vomiting and diarrhea, says Bisgrove. These include water, sports drinks and oral rehydration fluids — but avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol until you recover.

"We also recommend bland, simple foods (rice, bananas, broths) that (the) body can handle and are more likely to stay down," says Bisgrove.

If symptoms become severe, persist for longer than a few days, or you are unable to keep fluids down or urinate, seek care, says Bisgrove. Some people may need additional support or IV fluids to prevent dehydration or its complications.

Certain groups are at higher risk of developing complications, including children, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses or weakened immune systems, says Bisgrove.

Children under 5 years old and adults 85 and older are more likely to visit the emergency room, per the CDC.

Preventing norovirus

Norovirus is an incredibly hardy virus. "It's hard to disinfect, and it's resistant to a lot of standard cleaners," says Narula.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not work well against norovirus, the experts note, so good hand-washing is key — this means washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, per the CDC. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, after changing diapers and before eating.

If you are sick with norovirus, the experts recommends taking the following steps to prevent spreading the virus to others:

  • Stay home until you feel better

  • Avoid contact with others if possible while sick

  • Wash hands before touching any communal surfaces

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces with bleach

  • Wash laundry in hot water

  • Do not prepare and handle food until at least 48 hours after symptoms stop

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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boAt is taking a ride in the hype for the Mobile World Congress to present its new smartwatch for the Indian market. The new wearable joins the Lunar series composed of Bluetooth calling smartwatches and is dubbed boAt Lunar Embrace. The latest launch followed the recent unveiling of the boAt Ultima Select Smartwatch. The newest Lunar Embrace offers a metal body design, which offers durability and premium design. The device also stands with a gorgeous AMOLED screen.

boAt Lunar Embrace Specs and Features

The boAt Lunar Embrace flaunts a 1.51-inch AMOLED screen with a circular dial design. The wearable comes with support for multiple customizable watch faces. It also has Bluetooth calling support, and offers a built-in microphone and a Dial Pad. The wearable offers support for saving up to 20 contacts for quick calls.

The Embrace, as usual, comes with a wide array of health monitoring features. For instance, the smartwatch can track the heart rate, blood oxygen, stress, and sleep. As a sport-tracking wearable, the smartwatch offers support for 100% sports modes. It has IP68 water and dust resistance support.

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The boAt Lunar Embrace also comes with built-in games if you want to try your luck in this tiny display. The wearable also has a very capable battery that promises up to 7 days of battery life. Other interesting features include automatic detection for running and walking in sports. Furthermore, it has women’s cycle tracking, guided breathing, and Sedentary alerts. As a Good smartwatch, it also comes with Music Controls, Weather, Alarm, Countdown, and Find My Phone.

Specs Summary

  • 1.51″ HD (466 x 466 pixels) AMOLED screen, 550 nits brightness, always-on display
  • 100+ Customizable watch faces
  • Luxurious metal body and functional crown
  • Bluetooth Calling Support
  • Quick Dial Pad, save up to 20 contacts in the watch
  • 100+ sports mode; Automatic Detection for Running and Walking
  • Voice Assistant support
  • Dust and Water resistant (IP68)
  • Health Monitoring: Heart rate, SpO2, Sleep, Stress, Menstrual tracking, Daily activity, Guided breathing
  • Other Features: Sedentary Alerts, Camera control, Built-in games, Music Control, Weather, Alarm, Countdown, Stopwatch, DND, Find My Phone
  • Up to 7 days of battery life

The boAt Lunar Embrace sells in Steel Grey and Steel Black color options. It costs INR 2,899 ($35) and can be purchased via Amazon India.

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OnePlus unveiled the new Watch 2 series at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

OnePlus Watch 2 comes with a lot of upgrades over its predecessor. It has better build quality and also runs on Google WearOS, promising improved user interface and longer battery life.

The new OnePlus Watch boasts IP68 water-and-dust-proof rating, 5ATM in addition to MIL-STD-810H military-grade certification, which means it can operate in extreme conditions with temperatures ranging from 55 degrees Celsius to -4 degrees Celsius. It can withstand water pressure up to 50 meters (approx. 164 feet) underwater.

The device features a stainless steel case and a fluororubber-based strap with stainless steel buckle. On the front, it sports a 1.43-inch AMOLED display with 466 x 466p resolution, pixel density of 326ppi (pixels per inch), and support peak brightness of 600 nits. The screen is protected by scratch scratch-resistant 2.5D sapphire glass shield.

Inside, the Watch is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon W5 chipset and comes paired with BES 2700 processor.

It runs on Google WearOS 4-based RTOS and supports more than 100 workout modes including automatic workout detection (six types: running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing machine, elliptical machine).

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OnePlus Watch 2 teaser. 

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It can track the user's sleep pattern (including deep sleep, light sleep, REM and awake times, sleep breathing rate), heart rate, and SpO2 (blood-oxygen saturation).

It is compatible with a phone with Android 8 (or newer versions), has 32GB storage to store songs, and comes with a microphone to support voice calling. It also supports Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication).

OnePlus has confirmed that it will bring the OnePlus Watch 2 to India early next month on March 4. It will be available in two colours-- black steel and radiant steel-- for Rs 24,999. For a limited time, it can be bought for Rs 22,999 with partner bank card deals on Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, and the official OnePlus online store.

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Teresa Diaz's ordeal due to an illness

Teresa Diaz's ordeal due to an illness

Life always throws obstacles at us, but the attitude with which we face them depends on us. He is a perfect example of how with determination and perseverance even big problems can become interesting challenges. Of course, and although it took time, he managed to find the formula to not give up on his dreams.

Teresa Diaz, 23, is one of the province's greatest ever rowing talents. Internationally from the lower categories, he has earned several medals in ocean sailing and various Olympic sailing categories. Unfortunately, health issues forced him to take a break in 2021, but he was reborn like a phoenix, stronger than ever. In 2022 she went to the U23 World Cup and was crowned European champion in the beach sprint skiff and runner-up in the mixed double sculls. And, last weekend, she was declared runner-up in Spain in the lightweight skiff, only to be overtaken by her countrywoman Natalia de Miguel, thus achieving a milestone for the Málaga Games. And, for the first time in history, two men from the Costa del Sol will compete together in the pre-Olympics, seeking a passport to Paris in the double sculls.

Teresa is going through her best moment, with a smile that no longer fades from her face… but everything was not a bed of roses. Just as her successful career was taking off, Teresa suffered a serious setback. In 2021, the young woman from Málaga left the sport for an entire year after she was diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes blood clots, among other diseases. “It was something I had genetically, but it 'came up', so to speak, when I took birth control pills. Now I'm on anticoagulant treatment,” he explains.

This deformity caused blood clots to form in his lungs, due to which he was admitted to the hospital due to breathing problems. “I left the game for a year. At first I didn't know what happened to me, I just felt pain, but I thought it was just muscle. But they started doing tests on me and when they found out, they told me I would never be able to go sailing or anything again, they restricted my food a lot, they told me I couldn't even have beer. Can drink. ..”, he remembers his ordeal.

A hell that was psychological, even more than physical: “I didn't have depression, but emotionally I was so bad then, I was afraid that due to a stroke or an accelerated heart rate I might bleed out, which would lead to my death. Maybe…” I was admitted to the hospital, it became difficult for me to breathe and everything. “I was bitter.”

Fortunately, he later found a more optimistic doctor who, with proper treatment and precautions, showed him that he could live a 'normal' life. “I also thank my teammates Natalia and Celia (de Miguel) and Marta (de las Heras), who came to my house one day, managed to get me out and I started coming back.” With the support of those close to him, his doctor's optimism and his willpower, he returned to create history.

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HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — What started as a typical day for a Hudsonville family quickly changed when a seemingly healthy high school athlete had a medical emergency at home. Thankfully, his dad knew what to do and they have a message to others in West Michigan during American Heart month.

Comeback complete: Unity junior returns to sports after suffering cardiac arrest

“Wake up, going to school. Going to football practice. On the weekends, trying to get some field work in, hang out with friends, stuff like that,” said Jake.

That was Jake Chapman’s daily routine, until September 27th.

“Honestly I think Chad and I looked at each other and said that if our son can walk out of the hospital, that will be the biggest miracle ever,” said Rachel Chapman.

“We were talking and all of sudden I hear this noise that I had never heard before. I thought he was choking, and he may have been. Cardiac arrest was the furthest thing from my mind,” said Chad Chapman.

His parents, Chad and Rachel, thought he was possibly have a seizure because of a concussion he got during a game the week before.

“I could tell he wasn’t breathing. And I remember starting CPR and I check for a pulse, couldn’t get a pulse so I started doing chest compressions,” said Chad.

Jake went into sudden cardiac arrest. Something they never saw coming.

“We have a pretty strong family bond and I just remember thinking, oh my gosh, we only have two kids. It was just so….so heartbreaking,” said Chad.

As Chad continued CPR, Rachel called 911. Jake was taken to Helen DeVos children’s hospital where the Chapman’s waited.

“We still thought the heart stopped as a result of something else. The concussion, a seizure, choking. The fact that he had had a sudden cardiac arrest, you hear about athletes having enlarged hearts that they weren’t aware of. That is not what Jake had,” said Rachel.

Jake’s heart went into ventricular fibrillation, commonly known as Vfib. A life-threatening arrhythmia that causes poor blood flow and potentially sudden death. He was placed on a ventilator and in a medically-induced coma. Six days later, he woke up.

Jake Chapman at DeVos Children's hospital

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Jake Chapman at DeVos Children's hospital

“I don’t really remember much,” said Jake.

His road through rehab and to recovery had begun. And so did his desire to get back on the court.

“Jake’s an athlete and he was going to do anything it took to get himself back out,” said Rachel.

The Saders basketball team was about to start the 2024 season. Not yet cleared by his doctors, Jake was at practice every day. Sitting, watching, hoping.

“He started day one with us at practice. He couldn’t do anything at that point in time but stand around, shoot a little bit but not much even that. So that was a little difficult for him but he was here every day,” said Unity Christian boys basketball coach Scott Soodsma.

Shocking his doctors and parents, Jake was soon cleared to return to basketball little by little.

“It felt weird, the first time running. It felt weird going through all of that again. But it feels good to be back and to practice and play. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and watching everyone,” said Jake.

“You could see his smile get bigger and a little brighter every day that he got to participate and now we’re at a point where it’s not totally off limits yet but it’s very workable,” said Soodsma.

Jake checked in to his first game of the season back on January 17th. He’s didn’t play much that night. But his minutes continue to increase.

“It feels really good. Just to be back and playing in front of that crowd and stuff like that. You just can’t ask for that type of stuff,” said Jake.

His comeback, complete.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital every year. Just 10% of people survive. With Jake being a part of those lucky few, he and his family now are on a mission to teach others how to perform CPR and have a plan.

Matt Johnson from the American Heart Association worked with the boys basketball team at Unity to teach them CPR and stresses that the best thing you can do is to help.

“So a lot of people think that when they jump in to perform hands only CPR that they could injure that person. Well, they’re already by nature dead, right? So there’s nothing that you can do but to help them in that situation. It could double or triple the persons chance at survival,” said Matt.

Jake is alive today because his dad had a plan.

“And just acting on it. there’s no scarier or helpless feeling than a loved one laying at your feet, not breathing, no heart rate and you don’t know what to do. I just want to beg to people to make sure that you know what to do. Because I could not imagine if the results were different,” said Chad.

The Chapman family encourages everyone to go on the American Heart Associations YouTube page and watch a quick two minute video on how to perform CPR. It’s always better to have that information and never use it, versus being in a situation where it’s needed and not knowing what to do.

Jake did have an ICD device put into his lat muscle. It’s a device that can shock his heart in the event he goes into Vfib ever again. But for now he’s healthy, he and the Saders start district play this week on Wednesday.

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(Fatherland) - According to sports site ESPN, the way chess champions use to win is not competition skills but physical training.
On a stormy evening in early March last year, Fabiano Caruana decided to go out. He drove three hours from his apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, USA to a 2,000-acre plot of land in the countryside owned by a friend.

Around 7:30 the next morning, he started an hour-long jog with his training partner Cristian Chirila. Watching Fabiano jog, it's easy to mistake him for a football player. About 1m7 tall, Caruana has a toned body and strong, taut legs. Caruana made a tight schedule for that day: 8km run, an hour of tennis, half an hour of basketball and an hour of swimming.

But in reality, Caruana is an American chess grandmaster, the number two player in the world. And his training partner Chirila is also a Romanian grandmaster. And they're doing all that to prepare for the physical demands of chess.

Chess requires physical strength

This seems quite surprising because a sport that only requires sitting for hours and where the only effort is moving the arms to move chess pieces can subject grandmasters to such intense physical training. ? However, the actual evidence is completely different. Chess players need to have extremely good health, no less than other sports.

The 1984 World Chess Championship had to be postponed after 5 months and 48 matches because defending champion Anatoly Karpov lost weight too quickly, about 10kg. "He looked like he was dead," recalled grandmaster and commentator Maurice Ashley. In 2004, winner Rustam Kasimdzhanov lost 7.8kg during the world championship.

In October 2018, Polar, a heart rate monitoring company based in the US, tracked chess players during a tournament and discovered that 21-year-old Russian grandmaster Mikhail Antipov burned 560 calories in just two hours - almost as many calories as Roger Federer burns in an hour of tennis.

Grandmasters in competition are always under great pressure. That causes their heart rate and breathing rate to increase, forcing their body to expend energy. Meanwhile, chess players eat less during tournaments, simply because they don't have the time or appetite.

Stress also leads to sleep changes and disturbances, which in turn causes more fatigue and can lead to faster weight loss. Kasimdzhanov noted that after lack of sleep, the brain needs more energy to stay alert enough to compete.

All combined can cause players to lose an average of 1kg per day, or about 5-6kg over the course of a 10-day tournament.

To reduce stress, today's players have begun to incorporate strict diet and exercise to increase the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain during tournaments, preventing strokes related to low sugar levels. in the blood and brain, as well as to maintain their ability to think. "Physical fitness and brain activity are intertwined," says Ashley.

According to Ashley, India's first grandmaster, Viswanathan Anand, practiced hard for two hours every night to tire himself out and not think about chess anymore. And Kasimdzhanov plays tennis and basketball every day. Chirila also does at least one hour of heavy lifting and one hour of weight training to build her muscles before tournaments.

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But none of these grandmasters have perfected their training routines the way the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, has.

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Magnus Carlsen soon realized his physical deficiency and made appropriate training adjustments. Photo: Forbes India.

In 2017, Carlsen realized he had a problem. The five-year reigning world number one feels his ability to hold the title is diminishing. He still won most tournaments, but his matches were longer and his victories less certain. He also felt weak in the final hours of the match. He noticed that younger players were catching up to him.

So Carlsen and his father visited the Olympic training center in Oslo, Norway, to seek advice from experts. Their suggestion is simple: "Cut back on the amount of orange juice you drink during tournaments."

Before that, Carlsen often used a mixture of half orange juice, half white water to increase energy since he was a child. But as we grow older, our bodies no longer break down sugar as quickly as before. Nutritionists suggested that he should instead drink a mixture of chocolate milk and whole milk, which contains less sugar but will also replenish the body with calcium, potassium and protein.

But that was just the beginning of Carlsen's transformation. Since then, he has been more interested in training his body for chess. Before the 2021 world championships, he went skiing every day and shared that the sport helped strengthen his legs and willpower. Carlsen also hired a personal chef to accompany him to ensure a diet that combined protein, carbs and calcium.

During tournaments, Carlsen focuses on relaxation and staying mentally at ease. He chews gum while competing to enhance brain function. He also rhythmically tapped his feet to keep his brain and body awake.

Carlsen even tries to optimize sitting. Carlsen believes that many chess players often bow their heads deeply forward, which can lead to a 30% reduction in breathing capacity in the lungs. And according to Keith Overland, DC, a chiropractor who has worked with the US Olympic Training Center, tilting your head forward 60 degrees increases pressure on your neck, eventually leading to headaches and irregular breathing. and reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the brain.

Instead, Carlsen leans his lower back against the chair so his body maintains its natural curve, keeps his feet firmly on the ground, and leans forward at about a 75-degree angle. In this position, he doesn't move too far forward to limit his oxygen intake while not moving too far back.

Carlsen also reduced his playing schedule to 6 to 8 tournaments per year (as opposed to 12 to 14 for most major players). He also takes a few months off to recover after each tournament.

These measures were effective as Carlsen continued to score new victories this year. On the morning of September 20, Magnus Carlsen entered the final of the online Speed Chess Championship after defeating Wesley So with an overwhelming score of 22-7. The Speed Chess Championship has gone through seven editions, with Carlsen winning the first two tournaments but not participating in the next four tournaments.

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Health Horoscope Today, February 26, 2024: Here's what your daily health horoscope says about your health, work and relationships.

Aries Health Horoscope Today

Even small changes might have a significant impact if you want to strengthen your immune system. This can be helped by taking a long, warm shower, listening to calming music, and reading a good book. Consider the benefits of making wise food choices versus the risks of snacking since you are more conscious about your health now. Stay hydrated throughout the day. It will help you feel refreshed.

Love tip: Instead of fighting with your partner, communicate properly.
Activity tip: Deep breathing exercises or chanting in the morning.
Lucky colour for love: Off-white.
Lucky colour for work: Dark red.
Health tip: Be trusting.

Taurus Health Horoscope Today

Expecting more from your body when you are already feeling tired is not the best strategy. It is advisable to gradually cut back on your workout to prevent overdoing it. Try to get enough sleep and steer clear of junk food. Focus on exercising outdoors to get back in a great health.

Love tip: Stay calm to help your relationship. This will also aid in minimising stress and conflicts that may occur.
Activity tip: Spend time listening to calming music.
Lucky colour for love: Grey.
Lucky colour for work: Blue.
Health tip: Don’t over analyse what people say.

Gemini Health Horoscope Today

You know how to use your athletic abilities. Utilise them to refresh your body and mind, regain your healthy balance, and preserve the appearance you have worked so hard to attain. Stay hydrated to continue with great well-being.

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Love tip: A romantic date or a fun outing are both ideal for today. Roses are a lovely gift to give to your partner.
Activity tip: Organise your room.
Lucky colour for love: Light green.
Lucky colour for work: Purple.
Health tip: Be a better listener.

Cancer Health Horoscope Today

You are doing rather well as far as your physical and mental health are concerned. When you are in a good mood and have confidence in your abilities, you are even more motivated to exercise. Nothing on earth can stop you from keeping up with or enhancing your fitness-related activities.

Love tip: Trust and affection are the two most important components of a partnership. So never be afraid to express these feelings to your partner.
Activity tip: Go for a swim or a long bath.
Lucky colour for love: Pink.
Lucky colour for work: Green.
Health tip: Don’t magnify problems.

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Leo Health Horoscope Today

Having short breaks between tasks could lighten your daily workload. You don’t have to force yourself to work out or subject your body to extreme stress. Never discard whatever you’ve gathered; instead, put it to good use and make a calm space for yourself. Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to stay high on energy.

Love tip: Your uniqueness will let you experience more love, affection, and care.
Activity tip: Do deep breathing exercises.
Lucky colour for love: Rose gold.
Lucky colour for work: Cream.
Health tip: Be assertive.

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Virgo Health Horoscope Today

Your physical well-being will be a great source of strength for you. You’ll feel better, and people closest to you will gain something from it as well. You are on the top of your mental health. This is one of the reasons why you will stay happy the entire day.

Love tip: Try to plan a short trip to change things. Also, stay calm if you get into an argument to avoid long-lasting fights and future regrets.
Activity tip: Play a sport.
Lucky colour for love: Silver.
Lucky colour for work: Peach.
Health tip: Be willing to let go.

Libra Health Horoscope Today

You will perform good at a gym session without putting in a lot of effort. Still, you can feel drained and tired. It is best to stay high on fruits and juices today. Also, since you love to work out, use this motivation to regain energy and strength.

Love tip: When you come home, you may find the atmosphere stressful and gloomy. Chances of getting into an argument are also quite high.
Activity tip: Spend time reflecting on your emotions.
Lucky colour for love: White.
Lucky colour for work: Magenta.
Health tip: Be trusting towards yourself.

Scorpio Health Horoscope Today

Your physical health is outstanding, and you have a lot of energy. To enhance wellness of your body, indulge in a variety of activities. Exercise benefits your mind in addition to your physical health. Utilise your leisure time to the fullest by undertaking a new activity.

Love tip: Your life may be utterly captivated by a new person. A completely unexpected development in your relationship is possible.
Activity tip: Have a salt water bath in the morning.
Lucky colour for love: Royal blue.
Lucky colour for work: Brown.
Health tip: Be more flexible.

Sagittarius Health Horoscope Today

Since vitamin C-rich foods may be beneficial for you and your family, you should incorporate some of them in your diet. Take a stroll or engage in some athletic pursuits. It will increase your stamina. Avoid eating oil-based meals as you may be already feeling heavy.

Love tip: Despite staying with your partner under a common roof, you will feel alone and sad. This can trigger anger in you and give birth to heated arguments.
Activity tip: Spend time watching a light-hearted movie.
Lucky colour for love: Red.
Lucky colour for work: Golden.
Health tip: Avoid being moody.

Capricorn Health Horoscope Today

Keep your cool even in the face of overwhelming energy to keep your mind and body in perfect harmony. Try to get your friends to join you in a healthy fitness regimen. Soon you will realise what a brilliant motivator you are. Also, it is advised to stay hydrated, take juices and green vegetables to remain high on your energy levels. These will keep you refreshed throughout the day.

Love tip: You can get an extra advantage by speaking softly. If you follow this advice, you will be able to spend every waking hour with your spouse.
Activity tip: Channelise your creative energies.
Lucky colour for love: Lavender.
Lucky colour for work: Orange.
Health tip: Don’t seek approval for your decisions.

Aquarius Health Horoscope Today

Today, you will have more endurance than you anticipated. Pay attention to your body’s signals and it will give you amazing results. Take a brief break between strength training. To stay hydrated, consume a lot of water.

Love tip: Express your love, and see the magic. Leave no chance to express your concern.
Activity tip: Have a salt water bath before work.
Lucky colour for love: Mauve.
Lucky colour for work: White.
Health tip: Channelise your creative energies.

Pisces Health Horoscope Today

Your body is in excellent condition. To maintain this, focus on meditation and deep breathing exercises. Athletes are going to have a winning day in the activities they decide to participate. Stay hydrated and consume protein rich diet to stay high on stamina.

Love tip: To strengthen your relationship further, you should make every effort to organise a brief trip. You will also see an increase in trust and sincerity.
Activity tip: Spend time amidst nature.
Lucky colour for love: White.
Lucky colour for work: Peach.
Health tip: Be more attentive.

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  • A 55-year-old rider who will compete at the Voltaire Design Grassroots Championships at Badminton Horse Trials this spring has urged others not to give up doing what they love because of the menopause – and to seek support dealing with the symptoms.

    Rachel Fisher, from Surrey, qualified for Badminton with her 17-year-old Irish sport horse Sidney Rebel at Blindley Heath in August last year. Rachel has owned Sidney since he was a four-year-old, and the pair event up to BE100 level. This is the second time Rachel will compete at Badminton, having completed the BE90 final in 2019 with a double clear.



    Rachel told H&H she started experiencing symptoms of the menopause aged 52, and this started to affect her riding and confidence.

    “The first thing I started noticing was joint aches, which I know is common with riders anyway, but I was struggling to get my leg on properly. Another common thing with menopause can be frozen shoulder, and I’ve found I really struggle with one of my shoulders when I’m riding,” she said.

    “I noticed my confidence slipping, and I’d find myself sometimes looking at things and thinking ‘Do I really want to jump that?’. I’d think ‘I don’t recognise myself, that’s not how I used to be’. Brain fog is also a big thing; I’ve found I need to walk courses three or four times to really make sure I’ve got it in my head, and I never used to have to do that.”

    At the beginning of the year Rachel, who runs a gardening business, started working with personal trainer Frankie Clutterbuck of ProRiderFitness, who takes a holistic approach to rider health and fitness, and offers a “PowerNotPause” toolkit and coaching system for those going through peri–menopause and the menopause.

    “We first spoke about nutrition and me feeding my body properly. I’m always in a rush, with work, four horses, dogs and a family, and my lunch would often be a chocolate bar or crisps,” said Rachel, who added that she was also not staying hydrated enough.

    “Frankie encouraged me to make all my lunches for the week ahead, and suggested linking my water intake to doing something. For some it might be whenever you empty a wheelbarrow you take a drink, and for me it’s whenever I get in the car between clients I make sure I have a bottle with me. Water is really good for lubricating the joints and staying hydrated and it really does make you feel better.”

    Rachel and Sidney.

    Rachel has also been working with Frankie on her fitness. Rachel sees Frankie once a week, and has an exercise programme she does at home.

    “We looked at which is my stronger and weaker side, and that definitely corresponds to Sidney’s stronger and weaker side. I was given strengthening exercises and I also do weights, with the aim to get my core stronger and my legs equal in strength,” said Rachel.

    “We also considered whether I’m breathing properly when I’m doing a showjumping or cross-country round. The answer is probably no because I always end up blue in the face, so we’ve been working on breathing exercises and things to release and move my neck, which gets really stiff when I’m competing.”

    Rachel has urged other riders to talk about the menopause with each other, and to seek help dealing with the symptoms.

    “A lot of my friends have stopped competing because they’ve lost confidence, and the brain fog has kicked in. We need to try and help ourselves to keep doing the things we love, and not give up,” said Rachel.

    “You do so much for your horse, like paying for physio and spending time getting them fit, you look at their nutrition and everything else, but I don’t think enough of us think about our own health and fitness.

    “I think it’s really important to speak to each other and recognise that a lot of us are feeling the same. There’s a lot of help and support in just knowing other people are going through something similar. We can do things like walk the course together, do it three or four times to really get it in our heads, and if someone has had a confidence knock then there’s also no shame in stepping down a level and enjoying it.”

    Rachel will continue working on her fitness and nutrition as she prepares for Badminton in May. She is competing in memory of her long-term friend Kristi Lane, who died from cancer in June 2023 aged 54.

    Rachel is raising money for Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity, which organised visits for Kristi to Carl Hester’s and Pippa Funnell’s yards before her death. The charity was set up by young eventer Hannah Francis, who died from cancer in March 2016.

    Kristi meeting Valegro at Carl Hester’s yard.

    “It was in 2019, just after Kristi had come to watch me compete at Badminton, that she found out she had cancer. She struggled with it for four years or so, and I told her before she passed away that if I got to Badminton this year, I would do it for her. Then I did qualify and I decided I wanted to raise money for Willberry Wonder Pony, who were so brilliant with Kristi before she died,” said Rachel.

    “Kristi loved Badminton and she had a very close-knit group of friends known as the ‘Pony Mafia’ who have visited Badminton for the last 20 years. It was always a highlight of Kristi’s year, and they’ll be there remembering her this year. Kristi was a real trooper, and I know she’ll be cheering me on from up there.”

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