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Sportsmen who include running in their fitness program may wonder what longterm effect the pounding will have on their weight-bearing joints. Isn’t there a danger that the wear and tear on the joints could ultimately result in cartilage damage, arthritis and other problems?
Actually, the latest research indicates just the opposite: Runners develop healthier, denser bones than nonrunners and appear to have a lower incidence of wear-and-tear arthritis and osteoarthritis in the knees and hips.
The Stanford Arthritis Center in Stanford, California, conducted a study recently comparing 41 veteran runners and 41 nonrunners. The people in both groups ranged in age from 50-72. The purpose of the study was to determine whether long-term running produces a healthy heart but a worn-out skeletal system.
Researchers found that the runners displayed no sign of cartilage loss in the joints and actually had slightly more joint space than nonrunners. Which is desirable, since decreased joint space is perhaps the most notable feature of osteoarthritis. Also, both male and female runners had 40% greater bone density than nonrunners. Which is desirable again, since loss of bone density is a sign of bone weakening.
At least two other studies have produced similar results, proving that our knees and hips not only stand up to the stress of running but seem to almost thrive on it!
Source: Muscle & Fitness Magazine
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Tango: The Day You Love Me Canvas Print
By Argentinian Artist Patricia Vidour
Canvas Art ready to hang! by argentine artist Patricia Vidour. A beautiful installment in my Argentina Tango oil paintings, featuring the passion of Tango dance.
The spell is broken and the remaining swans turn into humans. The girls follow the spirits of Odette and the prince towards the heavens above Swan Lake. And there begins the story of Swan Lake ballet…
Maidens in the palace desperately attempt to captur the attention of Prince Siegfried who celebrates his 21st birthday dancing, as does everyone else. The mother of the Prince tells him that he has arrived at the age of marriage. The prince takes his bow with him, and ventures out on a hunt accompanied by his friends. Walking ahead of his friends, the Prince sees a pleasant lake where elegant swans swim. At that moment he sees a mesmerizing swan with a tiara on her head; however, this swan turns into a beautiful young maiden at night. Her name is Odette.
Once upon a time an evil sorcerer turned Odette and her girl friends into swans. The water of the lake was formed by the tears of the grieving families, and the onhly way for the spill to be reversed was through the sincere love of a man.
When the prince tries to express his love to Odette, the sorcerer arrives at the scene. He takes Odette away and orders the swans to swim. The next day celebrations continue. The mother of the prince tells him to pick one of the maidens, but the Prince only has thoughts of Odette in mind. Still, for his mother’s sake, he agrees to dance with the girls. Meanwhile the sorcerer magically disguises his daughter as Odette and brings her into the dance hall. The prince admires the girl.
Odette – unaware of all that has occured- has been watching them from the windows. The Prince pledges his eternal love to the false Odette, while Odette flees and the Prince sees the huge mistake he has made.
He goes after Odette. Odette returns to the lake in despair and mingles with the other girls, the swans. He finds the girl and explains himself, trying to get her to forgive him. At that moment the evil sorcerer and his daughter show their faces. The sorcerer asks the Prince to keep his promise ad marry his daughter. Thus they start to fight. The Prince would rather die, than be married to the sorcerer’s daughter. He takes Odette’s hand and together they jump into the lake.
The spell is broken and the remaining swans turn into humans. They push the evil sorcerer and his daughter into the water. They too drown like the Prince and Odette. The girls watch the spirits of Odette and the Prince moving towards the heavens over Swan Lake.
Thus is born the history of the Swan Lake ballet… It has everything a story has to have: passion, love, romance, pain, lust and desire… All in one, and all met in a single dance in the Swan Lake ballet…