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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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Today’s world is fast paced with many distractions and little time to relax; making it easy for us to forget what our bodies may need. However the devices that cause so many distractions are now allowing us to track our personal health habits and are helping to promote more healthy lifestyles. At the press of a button there are hundreds of free applications to download to your smartphone etc. that show us what foods are the best to eat, sleeping habits, general overall health and much more. The following are a few applications that can help you get started with tracking and improving your general health. They are accessible on the go and best of all they are FREE.

91e195beda470450c1668aa223906237Moves app


This application tracks your every move throughout the day and calculates the amount of calories burned based on your mode of movement, whether it be walking, running or cycling

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Nike + Running

This app tracks your running distance, pace, time and calories burned. It also has the option to share your stats with a friend, receive motivational reminders to help you achieve your goals, and daily workouts.

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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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Clean It Up! Eating Clean.

As we roll into summer leaving spring behind us, we should be thinking about more than just cleaning out our closets. We should consider cleaning up our diets and cleaning out our bodies. The first place to begin is by eating clean! What is clean eating? Clean eating is a diet program based on the idea that the best way to eat is to abundantly enjoy whole foods, that is, foods as close to their natural state as you can get them. This means eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins instead of pre-packaged, processed or fast food. Clean eating is also committed to replacing saturated fats with healthy fats. Many on the plan don't count calories, but instead trust in good quality, healthy food. Here is what you need to do…

Step 1: Read the labels Go through your cupboards and refrigerator and clean out any products that have more than 3-6 ingredients and be sure you recognize each ingredient.  No mystery ingredients such as “spices.”

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Walking To a Healthier Life

Some employees at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation as well as employees from some surrounding school districts are in a competition to walk 10,000 steps a day.  This fun, but productive competition is used to entice people to become more active, thus invoking an overall healthier lifestyle. Participants wear pedometers to track how many steps they take, with a goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day.   In the packet given to the participants, there are a few ideas that help achieve the 10,000 step goal.  These simple, yet efficient ideas include parking further away from a store or workplace, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and taking breaks to go get a drink during a job with generally little movement.  These changes seem minuet, but all of these extra steps begin to add up.  This packet also includes the addition of a daily exercise regimen such as walking or jogging. 

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