Each year, many of us pledge to exercise more and lose weight. As a Personal Trainer, my goal is to get you to sustain your pledge long enough that you develop habits to reach your goals. Three successful tips that I’ve observed in personal training clients who have success reaching their goal are: setting realistic goals, making exercise a habit, and having a “Plan B”.
In the United States, overweight and obesity among all groups—particularly children and adolescents—have greatly increased over the past quarter century. Excess weight has become an epidemic, causing serious health problems for millions of people.
Obesity is the accumulation of excessive body fat. It is defined by a measure called “body mass index” or BMI. BMI is calculated using this equation: BMI = your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches squared, multiplied by 703.
For people who make the decision to have joint replacement, their main concern is their recovery and a more mobile life. “Joint center care” is an emerging concept in joint rehabilitation designed to prepare patients for this process from the first night in the hospital to the care needed at home. The main goal of this type of program is to help patients return home to a normal life of activity.
Rehabilitation is treatment designed to promote recovery from injury, illness, or disease back to as normal a condition as possible. Inpatient treatment in a hospital setting provides opportunity for recovery like no other outpatient or skilled nursing facility can offer. Regaining strength. Improving mobility. Performing activities of daily living independently. Returning you home if possible.
With the return of warm weather, the spring sports season is wrapping up and Summer is beginning. We all want our children to enjoy this wonderful time of year without the risk of injury and pain. The common injuries seen during this time of year are:
Baseball and Softball
Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature is abnormally low; causing the body to lose heat faster that it can be produced. This can occur quickly or over time through exposure. For example, someone who is outside when the temperature is extremely low can be affected by hypothermia quickly. A person who is exposed to cool temperatures for a long period of time or are stranded in cool water can become affected by hypothermia slowly. Once the body temperature gets too low, vital organs including the brain become affected, making the person unable to think clearly.
For many patients, bypass surgery and stents have not relieved chest pain and other debilitating heart conditions. For some, another surgery is not an option; so many people continue to suffer with chest pain, congestive heart failure, or other heart related conditions. There is another alternative out there that may just be the answer. External counterpulsation therapy is a therapy that has been around for many years. ECP was approved by the FDA in the 1990’s and was then approved in 1999 by Medicare. ECP is a safe alternative that is low risk and is a non-evasive procedure.
Swimming pools can be for more than just fun. Pool therapy (AKA water therapy) is an exercise program that is performed in water. Therapeutic benefits include pain relief, improved strength and flexibility, and improved balance. Because of these benefits, pool therapy is ideal for those recovering from CVA or suffering from chronic pain due to conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis. Water therapy can help a variety of people deal with limitations and improve quality of life.