Be careful at the gym!
working with a personal trainer to improve my muscle strength and cardiac endurance.
At one point my trainer had me doing overhead shoulder presses. After the first few lifts, I knew this was a bad idea. I struggled to lift the bar over my head, even with minimal weight (wimpy arms!).
Since then I’ve been having shooting pains in my right arm and …
read on HIIT for better health— and lower doctors’ bills
A few months ago my husband and I joined a local gym. We wanted to be a little more serious with our exercise routines.
Aging can be expensive. I believe one way to save money on health care as we age is to exercise. Exercise can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and possibly dementia.
I also want to keep my …
read on Get outside!
Up here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t take sunny days for granted, especially during our perpetually gray and wet winters.
Yesterday we were lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful, sunny day! It was really cold, at least by our standards, but a friend and I still bundled up and ventured out for a long walk along the beach.
And we weren’t alone. With the blue skies and …
read on An ugly problem with an ugly name— hallux valgus
Last summer I noticed I had the beginning of a small bunion.
Horrified, I wanted to find out if there was anything I could do to keep it from becoming bigger, uglier and more painful.
Anything except surgery. The last thing I want is foot surgery.
I also wanted to know how to prevent a bunion from developing in my other …
read on May is National Osteoporosis Month
I can’t let May and
the NOF’s awareness campaign pass without giving a shout out to the best way to prevent bone loss or osteoporosis.
It’s not taking enormous calcium supplement tablets every day or occasionally choking down a couple of chalky TUMS.
It’s a combination of eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and exercising every day.
Actually, no one can prevent bone loss altogether. …
read on It’s OK for steps, but not much else
I was feeling really good about myself the other day when I came home after finishing a 6,000 step walk that burned—according to the
Fitbit Zip in my pocket—720 calories.
I boasted about this to my husband, who immediately burst my pride bubble by saying,
“There is no way you burned that many calories in a 40-minute walk. Think about it.”… read on The wellness blog in the New York Times had an article about brain health that has strengthened my resolve to exercise every day. Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good For the Aging Brain “It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.”
The author is referring to
a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
read on It’s spring and sporting equipment is coming out of the closets!
That’s why April is designated Sports Eye Safety Month.
If you and/or your kids play a sport that involves fast-moving balls, frisbees or sticks,
the American Academy of Ophthamology (AAO) wants you to take steps to prevent eye injuries.
Every year, more than 42,000 people are seen in ERs with sports-related eye injuries, and 13,500 suffer some degree of …
Last week a young college student drowned.
Normally I wouldn’t have paid much attention to the media surrounding this tragic event—
—but sadly the young man happens to be the son of friends. Dartmouth swimmer dies in pool mishap on vacation
He was a life-long swimmer and was on his university’s swim team; the least likely person, you would think, to drown.
But I learned something about a potential danger …
read on I’m not a gadget person, and I don’t embrace the “quantified self” movement, which seeks to keep track of everything measurable about the human body—weight, body mass index, blood pressure, heart rate, calories consumed, miles walked, jogged, biked, etc.
But ever since I wrote the post
I’ve been more committed to racking up 10,000 steps every day. Why sitting is bad for your health
the 10,000 steps a … read on