Monthly Archives: July 2013

Laid up due to a sports injury?

No doubt exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise.  In fact, sports-related injuries send an average of 2.6 million children and young adults to the hospital each year.

Causes of Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are most commonly caused by poor training methods; structural abnormalities; weakness in muscles, tendons, ligaments; and unsafe exercising environments.  Some people get hurt simply because they are out of shape.

The most common cause of injury is poor training. For example, muscles need 48 hours to recover after a workout. Increasing exercise intensity too quickly and not stopping when pain develops while exercising also causes injury.

Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries. Read my post about the “Middle Age Weekend Warrior” and you’ll see that I can relate all too well. Continue reading

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Middle Age Weekend Warrior

So, I turned 40 a while ago.  Fortunately, I don’t look my age whatever that looks like.  I’m often told I look somewhere between the ages of 25 and 32.  Shoot, I’ll take it.  I feel young at heart and in my mind too.

The reality is our bodies do change as we get older regardless of how young we may feel. We lose lean tissue, our bodies become less physiologically efficient, reaction time decreases, blah, blah, blah… And, don’t I know it?!  It just seems like my mind hasn’t caught up with my body if you know what I mean.

MRI, Surgery and Recovery

That pretty much sums up the big four-oh for me.  On Saturday, March 9th, I suffered a torn Achilles tendon in my left leg playing basketball.  Nothing fancy either, just a regular dribble move trying to get to the basket when I heard something pop.  It seriously felt like somebody kicked me.  I fell down and looked around, but didn’t see anybody close to me.

Leaving the ERWhen I stood up I could barely walk.  My heel was numb and I could not push myself forward nor stand on my tip toes. I gathered my things, hobbled to the car and drove back home dealing with the pain the best I could.

I applied some ice as soon as I got home and Tracy (my fiancée) eventually took me to the emergency room.  They took some X-Rays, put me in a splint, gave me some pain killers and sent me home with a recommendation to see a specialist as soon as possible. Continue reading

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Exercise and Cellulite

Cellulite220x220Cellulite is a collection of fat, water and waste that concentrates in certain parts of a person’s body causing lumps, bulges or ripples.  In women, cellulite commonly appears around the hips, thighs and backside.  In men, cellulite appears most often around the waist and abdomen.

There are a lot of reasons why cellulite is said to appear on your body.  Hormonal reasons, poor diet and lifestyle choices, age and genetic predisposition just to name a few.  Reducing body fat through a healthy diet and consistent exercise are surefire ways to help get your cellulite condition under control.

Cellulite is a very special kind of affliction that isolates itself in certain spots, more so, in a woman’s body.  It is something you can see and touch.  And, its presence has many women feeling unattractive and depressed about the way they look. Continue reading

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Weight Loss with Long Term Results

The thing to remember when it comes to losing weight, and keeping it off, is paying attention to the way you live (your lifestyle and health habits).  It’s important to follow a healthier diet plan, but to also start exercising more.  Weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult. Just make small changes in your eating habits and lifestyle, and you will see results over a long period of time.

I understand wanting to lose weight fast but, keep in mind, it’s not healthy to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time.  If you stick to short-term diet plans, you will end up weight cycling (aka, “yo-yo dieting”).  You will lose weight and find yourself gaining it right back just as soon as you are off the diet. Continue reading

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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Your chances of developing health problems are significantly increased if you are too overweight, or too thin.  Unfortunately, being overweight is common in the United States. And, it is linked with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, and numerous other illnesses.

Being too thin, on the other hand, is a less common problem.  It’s typically associated with anorexia and has been linked to osteoporosis in women. Being too thin also increases the risk for early death in many people.

Recommendations from dietary guidelines suggest to eat in moderation; avoiding extremes in diet.  Eating too much or eating too little can both be harmful to your health.  So, be cautious of diets based on beliefs that a single food or supplement is the way to go when it comes to losing weight. Continue reading

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