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Are You a Well-Balanced Individual?

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Can you stand on one leg without falling over? If not, we’ve got a lot of work to do.  If so, that’s great.  But let’s try challenging you a bit.  How about standing on one leg while turning your head from right to left, or closing your eyes.  Too easy?  Try doing those activities while standing on a pillow or unstable surface.  If you are truly a balance master, make it even more challenging by adding some trunk, arm or opposite leg movements and see if you’re still standing.



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Have a Jolly, Less Jiggly Holiday!

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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. 



Protecting Yourself and Others During The Flu Season

As we head into the winter season we often think about what comes around this time of year such as SNOW, holiday traditions, spending time with family and friends and wonderfully cooked meals. But there is one thing that is always associated with this time of year that makes life miserable, the FLU.

Here are a few helpful hints that could help prevent you and others from getting sick or if you do get sick, how to get better soon. These are easy steps to follow and implement at anytime you get the flu.

Ø One of the most important and easiest tips to follow, and should be done on a regular basis, is washing your hands frequently. The flu virus can be easily spread through droplets when you sneeze or when blowing your nose. Avoid putting your fingers in or near your mouth as well as rubbing your eyes.

Ø Be sure to get plenty of sleep at night otherwise lack of sleep can slow down your immune system from working efficiently.

Ø Eating healthy foods such as: almonds, peanuts, fruits, peppers, broccoli or any food rich in vitamin C and E. These foods help improve the immune system. Avoid foods that have high sugar content.

Ø Staying hydrated will also help decrease the possibility of getting the flu. Sometimes drinking warmer fluids of inhaling steam maybe more beneficial in keeping the flu from spreading to the upper respiratory tract.

Ø Exercising on a regular basis can help to stimulate the immune system, lower stress levels and promote better sleep at night.

Ø If you happen to get the flu, rest is the best option. Increased activity can often make things worse.

Ø If symptoms continue to worsen after a few days make an appointment to see your Dr. and get tit treated as it has the potential of turning into something serious such as pneumonia.

We come into contact with many people throughout the day whether at work, school and at home and these preventative measures can help reduce the risk of getting or giving the flu.

 


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Preventing Winter Related Injuries

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When the winter weather arrives, there is no need to stop exercising outdoor; it just needs to be done the right way in order to prevent an injury. Following is a list of steps that will help you get the fresh air you crave and the exercise your body needs; while minimizing the risk of an injury:

 

  • Snow RunningDress in layers (loose clothing) and either add or remove when your body temperature changes.

 

  • Wear the proper shoes for the activity.

 

  • Drink plenty of fluids; water is preferable.

 

  • Know your surroundings: when you know your surroundings, you know where the sidewalks are uneven, the trails marked for running or walking, hills, closed roads, and construction areas. This will help you to avoid such areas.

 

  • Warm-Up: a gentle and short stretch is needed to prepare your muscles for the activity that will follow. After the warm-up, follow with some stretching.


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