Every year, about 28% of US seniors report a fall (1). Two out of five falls result in injuries leading to an ER visit, hospitalization or death. Falls in adults, 65 years and older, are associated with loss of independence, premature mortality and large health care costs. Therefore, prevent falls is paramount as we age, […]
- How to Handle a Sports Injury
At some point all of us experience an injury while exercising or playing a sport. Whether it's an ankle sprain, back pain or shoulder discomfort, what we do from the point of the injury moving forward can greatly impact are ability to get back to the activity we love. Good rule of thumb is if […]
- I am now Pre-Diabetic or have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. What does this mean for my physical activity?
Being told you are pre-diabetic or being diagnosed with type II diabetes does not mean that it is too late for you to take control of your health. You can have a satisfying and fulfilling life while managing your diabetes. Even if you've never exercised before, you can find easy ways to add physical activity […]
- Why is the room spinning?
Have you, a friend or a family member ever experienced a sudden onset of DIZZINESS? If it was related to looking up or turning of the head and neck, occurred when changing position while in bed, or when showering or shaving and tilting the head backwards, it could be a treatable form of dizziness called BPPV. […]
- Sleep: The best medicine you’re not taking
As a mother of a toddler, functioning on too few hours of sleep is all too familiar. Sadly, many of us seem to be falling into our 24/7 lives where work shifts are longer, stores are open later, and we have 24 hour access to the internet and emails. Sleep deprivation can be linked to […]
- The four letter word: D I E T
Not all four letter words are associated with bad or negative connotations. For example, the four letter words of which I am thinking are play, dogs, and love. These typically create feelings of happiness, joy and fun. However, the four letter word “diet” can be considered a “bad” word that may conjure up emotions of […]
- Go Run!
Great news for runners or those who are thinking about running! The latest research from the Mayo Clinic shows that you only need to run 6 miles per week to increase longevity. In addition to the standard benefits such as decreased blood pressure, weight loss, etc. running can increase longevity by 3-6 years. The article […]
- The Power of Community
In the mountains near State College, there is a town called Roseto, whose inhabitants were immigrants from Roseto, Italy, some 100 miles from Rome. These people built modest, closely clustered two-story houses on the narrow, steep streets. They planted gardens, had town festivals, built schools and shops, a church, and garment factories. The neighboring towns were […]
- Why Strength Train?
Strength. For Life. Three important words that speak volumes. Exercise and physical activity offer numerous health benefits across the lifespan. The good news is this: it’s never too late to begin! Seasoned athletes and mature novices, take note: strength and balance can mean the difference between living independently and safely at home and requiring assistance […]
In the news every day we read about tragic accidents that occurred when the driver had not gotten enough sleep. Most of us are aware that lack of sleep impairs attention, concentration, reasoning, and problem-solving. This is obvious to anyone who has ever tried to work effectively after a night of tossing and turning! But […]
- Yoga For Health
Yoga. In today’s world, you can’t go anywhere without seeing multiple yoga studios opening up or classes being offered at your local gym. According to a 2012 study in Yoga Journal (yogajournal.com), 20.4 million Americans practice yoga. This is a 29% increase from a study performed in 2008. So why is there such a draw […]
- Ice vs. Heat: The Great Debate Unraveled
The use of ice and heat are easy and noninvasive ways to help reduce pain. A question we frequently get in our office is, “When should I use ice and when should I use heat?” While every injury and body is different, the following are some simple guidelines to help you choose. Ice Therapy […]
- Chris’ Classic Exercise Guide for Spring
Is your time limited but you want to exercise? Are you trying to figure out a new and quick exercise routine or tired of your old one? Do you want an exercise program that works many large muscle groups at the same time? If so, then give these exercises a try… Push-ups: The push-up might […]
- Nutrition, Find it in a bowl of soup!
You do not need to be a culinary chef to whip up a great pot of soup. Soups not only make a great winter meal, but its ingredients are flexible and forgiving in that it can be made all year long. ‘Tis the season of spring…so think green; think color! The more colorful our diets, […]
- No More Excuses!
Science Tells us Why Short, High Intensity Workouts are the Best (Portions of this article are credited to Time Magazine’s Alexandra Sifferlin from her Aug 5, 2014 publication) The number one excuse given by Americans for not exercising on a regular basis is that we simply are not able to find the time in our […]
- Stand Like a Mountain, Move Like a River …The Many Benefits of Tai Chi
The ancient martial art, Tai chi originated in China. It is often described as “meditation in motion”. Chi means life-force energy, which unites mind, body, and spirit. There are many forms of Tai Chi, some which emphasize its health benefits while others stress self-defense techniques, punches, kicks and jumps. Tai Chi Chuan is a short […]
- New Year’s Resolution Tips
Do you want a healthier lifestyle but feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to make changes this New Year? Here are some helpful hints to start making a healthy impact on your lifestyle: Set a realistic goal and be patient. Think of how long you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle. Don’t expect a […]