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Be Active In Your Health Care

b0906a69e43b79587413d20be6370accMan with hand on heart cardiac arrestI am 28, eat relatively well, and exercise a few times a week. I am by no means the poster child for health, but I have always been fairly healthy. A year ago, which happened to be a few days before I ran the riverbank run, I was told I was
pre-hypertensive. Basically, my blood pressure (BP) was higher than the accepted range and could become problematic if left uncontrolled. I thought to myself, I could control this. I will increase my exercise frequency, reduce salt and caffeine, drink more water, and manage this on my own. I began taking my BP at home and over time, saw no change in my numbers. There were times it would sky rocket, and it really began to scare me after reading about the “silent killer.”

The “silent killer” refers to hypertension, left untreated, because the person did not know they were hypertensive. Hypertension can lead to heart attack and stroke if left untreated. With my family history of cardiac pathologies, I decided to make some life changes to control this on my own.

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Have a Jolly, Less Jiggly Holiday!

I love this time of year.  My family always gets a little bounce in their step.  We have school concerts, family gatherings, sneaky gift planning, and all the running around needed to accomplish these things.  It’s a hectic time full of conflicting emotions and lots to do.  It’s also the most intimidating time of year from a fitness stand point.  We have temptations galore on the calorie front and less time to squeeze in exercise.  I have tried all kinds of ways to combat the holiday pitfalls from treat abstinence to exercise frenzies with varied levels of success.  I have also just ditched it all and indulged in all the goodies and stopped exercising for a few months with the thought that it would make New Years resolution weight loss easier when I started a healthy lifestyle again.  I can tell you first hand that that thought process, while fun for a while, leaves you with 5 extra pounds and a belly ache until summer. 

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Exercise and Cancer

EXERCISE AND CANCER
 
Every one of us knows someone who has had to deal with cancer of some kind. As of 2009, over 12.5 million cases of cancer had been diagnosed, and we have watched them struggle with their recovery. There is longstanding research that a healthy diet and regular exercise can be beneficial in reducing the risk for developing cancer. However, recently, more research has been directed towards exercise during and after treatment.
 
Exercise during cancer treatment has been shown to affect quality of life in areas including body weight, overall fitness, muscle strength, flexibility and symptoms of pain and fatigue, as well as reduce chemotherapy doses and delays in chemotherapy treatments.
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