Barriers To Exercising? Don’t Let Your Age Be One Of Them

As we get older, we may be absolutely determined to stay fit and healthy. In our forties, we may have made a pact with ourselves to never stop those fitness classes, or give up our gym membership. But as we approach our sixties and beyond, suddenly we are faced with far more barriers to exercising and fitness than we ever expected. We worked hard, and we were careful, and yet these problems still reared their ugly heads. Aging can be a constant battle, but thankfully, technologies are here to help.

In our fifties, we start to get the first tasters of what it is like to feel old. The body refuses to recover quickly from over exertion, and a weekend with the grandkids needs a week to get over! Most of us are wearing reading glasses, and a lot of us are concerned about cholesterol or high blood pressure. All of these things become barriers to us continuing our strict exercise regimes. We need a day off, which can easily become two, three or a week. This disruption then makes it incredibly hard to get back into at all!

If your sport is swimming, but your eyesight isn’t up to much without glasses, it can be quite frightening trying to use the pool with limited vision. However, there are swimming goggles out there that can closely match most prescription eyewear, making it much safer for you to navigate the pool. Prescription sports sunglasses are available too, so don’t be put off your sport if your eyesight isn’t what it used to be.

When we are exercising, most of us like to have our favorite pumping tunes to push us on. But when our hearing isn’t great, it can actually be quite unpleasant trying to listen to music. Fortunately, there are hearing aids like ReSound that allow us to use our iPods without disruption. We can enjoy ambient sounds without being overwhelmed, and we can follow instructions from teammates in group sports sessions. There are links to Alzheimer’s with hearing loss, so always get any concerns checked out.

Recovery times after activity do increase when we are older. You can overcome these things by adding time and stretches to your warm up and cool down sessions to match your age. If you had a two minute warm up ten years ago, try a five minute one now. The more you stretch and prepare, the less impactful the exercise. Take more sports massage sessions too. Remember some medications that we take at this time of life will also affect our bodies when we exercise. Read the labels carefully.

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The types of activity that we do as we mature may need a little tweaking. Rugby may be too dangerous in a scrum if you suffer osteoarthritis, but a lot of the game can still be enjoyed in middle age. Use appropriate supports for parts of the body that are a little more worn than others, like knees and backs. Keep your weight in the mid range for your age, so you have enough fat on your body to protect the bones, but not so much you are adding undue pressure to the joints. Enjoy life to the max – in moderation!

6 Unusual Ways to Get Fit

Is finding a new way to get fit getting you down? It’s never easy finding the fitness regime that’s right for you. Don’t limit yourself to conventional options though; there are loads of strange and unconventional ways in which you can get fit and shed a few pounds. It’s just a matter of trying a few and finding the right one for you.

Running and swimming might be the right thing for some people, but it’s by no means the only way to go. As long as you’re getting your heart rate up and working your muscles, you’re going to see a difference. Remember, every exercise regime should be undertaken alongside a healthy diet plan. But here some unusual ways to get active and get fit.

  1. Boxing

Boxing not only gets you fit but also dramatically improves your speed and agility. Some people tend to think of the sport as just two men thumping each other. But there’s a lot of skill and technique involved in the sport. Boxers are always on their toes and always moving, in many ways, it’s like ballet! So, why not give it a try?

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  1. Trampolining

Isn’t trampolining just a great way to have fun? It is that, but it’s also a way of getting fit. Think about it, it takes energy to jump up and down and adapt your body position as you jump and land each time. If you’ve ever used a trampoline, you’ll know that by the time you get off, you’re usually a little tired and out of breath, which proves my point!

  1. Ultimate Frisbeeing

You probably just see frisbeeing as something you did in the park when you were a child, but it can be so much more than that. Ultimate Frisbee is a legitimate sport and a pretty intense workout. You can play it with one other person or in a big group. Chasing that frisbee will help you burn fat and have fun.

  1. Martial Arts

Learning a specific skill like martial arts is great for kids and adults alike. You feel like you’re doing something really worthwhile at the same time as getting fit. There are lots of great organizations like Patenaude Martial Arts that offer classes to people of all ages and skill levels.

  1. Dancing

Dancing is fun, most of know this. So, why not incorporate it into your exercise regime? Getting fit doesn’t have to be boring and monotonous. Going dancing can be as good as a gym workout. Join a class in your local area if you want to get started.

  1. Ice Skating

Ice skating isn’t just something fun to do during the holiday season; it’s something you can do to get fit all year round. You’ll fall over a lot to begin with, but once you get past that stage, you’ll have a great time. Unfortunately, not every town has an ice rink, but if yours does, take advantage of it.

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Hopefully, these six ideas have given you some inspiration for getting fit. Don’t listen to conventional wisdom, think outside the box once in a while!

Hesitant About Cosmetic Surgery? Check Out CoolSculpting

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure to gain a little tone in the belly, lose your bludging love handles or slim down your thighs, but are hesitant do go under the knife then you need to check out CoolSculpting.  No needles, no scalpel, no scar, no anaesthetic and the fat is permanently gone!

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CoolSculpting has become a popular alternative to the more invasive treatments such as liposuction to remove unwanted fat.  Created by two Harvard doctors, CoolSculpting is a process where a device freezes the fat cells below the skin.  Under this intense cooling technique cells are crystallised and die before being naturally broken down and removed by the body.As fat cells are uniquely sensitive to the cold, those in the targeted areas such as your waist, tummy, thighs, back or arms are permanently destroyed during the treatment!

Giving liposuction a run for its money

Unlike liposuction or a tummy tuck where you are required to go under anaesthetic and endure a period of recovery, CoolSculpting can produce noticeable results after just one one-hour treatment.  In a liposuction procedure patients can expect some mild discomfort, bruising and possibly swelling.  Your body needs time to heal after undergoing surgery and there will be a period of recovery time before you can get back to your day-to-day activities and regular fitness regime.  The CoolSculpting procedure is truly a ‘lunch time’ treatment.  You can return to work, hit the gym and go about your day as per usual immediately after you leave the clinic.

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The CoolSculpting applicator is applied directly to the targeted area such as your love handles. As it works, it sucks your skin into the machine and begins the freezing process.  All you will feel is the skin becoming slightly cold before it becomes numb and works on killing off unwanted fat cells.  You will be comfortable enough to enjoy a book, listen to some music, update your status on Facebook or even take a nap!

Is CoolSculpting right for me?

CoolSculpting is the perfect treatment option for those with a little extra fat they can’t shift.  You may have lost weight with a change of diet and regular exercise, but still haven’t achieved that bikini fab tummy or have some healthy love handles creeping out the top of your jeans.

While CoolSculpting is a great option to tone and shape specific areas, it will not provide the overly dramatic results you may receive through a more invasive procedure.  Therefore is not as suitable for those who are obese or to use as a weight lose tool.

Will the fat be gone forever?

The fat of your muffin top will be destroyed during the freezing process forever! Following the treatments you will continue to notice the results as the fat continues to shrink and be removed from the body.  So that pesky fat you have been trying to remove by completing sit ups every morning will gone for good.  Keep in mind though, if you continue to devour doughnuts and stop hitting the gym, new fat cells can develop!

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure which can literally melt the fat away from areas you are not quite satisfied with in a simple ‘lunch time’ treatment.  If you are not up for full blown cosmetic surgery procedure, this could the treatment for you.

 

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A Beginner’s Guide To Starting An Active Fitness Routine

Living a healthy life is not a choice – it is an obligation. If you want to make the most of your body, you need to make sure that you have an active lifestyle. There is no question about whether getting fit will make you healthier, but did you know that it can also make you happier? When you workout on a regular basis, it will improve your mental health, which means that you will feel content. Here is how you can start a fitness routine in no time.

Prepare your mind

Before you do any exercise, you need to make sure that you are in the right mindset for it. If you go into this with the wrong attitude, you will find that it is difficult to keep up with the routine. Your heart needs to be in it when you first start. If you are starting this routine because someone else is forcing you to do it, you will struggle to stick with it. You need to want to get healthy before you do so. Otherwise, you will not manage your new lifestyle.

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Buy fitness gear

When you get into the right mindset, you will know where to start. Part of that process includes getting the right fitness gear for yourself. Take a look at these March finds from Beyond Yoga for some inspiration. If you get a few items that suit you, it should motivate you to start your workouts. When you change into your fitness clothes, that will signify that it is time to exercise. Studies show that when people have the right gear for a particular hobby or sport, they are more likely to succeed at it.

Find a sport to suit you

There are loads of different sports out there – you just need to find one that suits you. For example, you might find that you have a knack for tennis or that you can’t get enough of yoga. Whatever sport you choose, you need to make sure that you practice it regularly. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and so you need to do a little each day. From team sports to solo exercise routines, there is something for everyone. Speak with people who already play a sport and ask them what they suggest for you.

Join a fitness class

If you struggle to work out alone, you might want to join a fitness class. Look for a range of classes online so that you know what is available in your area. When you find a class that you enjoy, it can become part of your social calendar. You will have a chance to meet new people, while you exercise, which means that the experience will be highly rewarding. You might feel a little afraid the first time you attend a new class. Don’t worry. That feeling is normal. Everybody has to start somewhere, and you will soon find that the other class members welcome you into their ranks.

Keep a diary of your progress

Once you have started exercising, you should also keep a diary of how often you work out and how you felt afterwards. Keeping track of how your new active lifestyle is affecting you will mean that you stick with it. When you can see that exercise makes you feel better than you once did, you will find that you start to enjoy it more and more. If you write down every time you go to the gym, you should start to see a positive pattern. Buy a cheap journal and start writing down everything now. Before you know it, you will be a fitness freak like the rest of us!

Understanding Health Anxiety

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We all feel anxious about our health from time to time, for example, when waiting for test results or going for an operation. However, when worrying about your physical and mental health becomes constant and overwhelming, you could have health anxiety.

People who suffer from this form of anxiety usually jump to the conclusion that any symptom they feel is linked to a serious illness. In other words, they catastrophize the situation. They are also often preoccupied with their future health; worrying that they will be diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, for example.

All forms of anxiety can be debilitating if ignored. It is important to understand the root of your worries and take necessary steps to manage your anxiety so that you can get the best quality of life.

Why do people suffer from health anxiety?

There isn’t one answer to this, but you could be suffering from health anxiety because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • You may be someone who is prone to worrying, making you vulnerable to health anxiety.
  • You may have grown up with someone who has health anxiety, a parent or sibling for example, and these worries may have passed on to you.
  • You may be going through a stressful period in you life.
  • You may know someone who is suffering from a serious illness, making you worry about your own health.

Common behaviors

People who suffer from health anxiety tend to fall into two camps. Those that constantly seek reassurance about their health or those that avoid anything that makes them think about it. Both are unhelpful behaviors. If you are always asking your doctor to do tests or searching for a diagnosis using the internet, this will only fuel your anxieties. Avoiding anything health-related will do exactly the same. The more you try and stay away from it, the more of an issue it becomes in your head. It’s important to learn about helpful behaviors like if a symptom persists for two weeks, ask your doctor for advice. Leave any diagnosis to the professionals. They are qualified in internal medicine and are there for your welfare. Self-diagnosing using the internet will undoubtedly make you more anxious.

What help is there?

There are many ways you can deal with health anxiety. What works for one person may not work for the next, so it is important to discuss the options with your doctor and find one or more that work for you.

  • One of the most effective treatments for anxiety is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. This form of therapy aims to challenge the thinking and behavior patterns associated with your worries.
  • There are some medication options. If your anxiety is linked to another mental health condition, such as depression, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants. If you suffer from panic attacks as a result of your anxiety, you may be prescribed beta blockers.
  • There are also a number of self-help techniques you can try that have proven effective for many people. These include yoga, meditation, breathing and mindfulness.

We hope you have found this article helpful.

 

 

Rule-out Asthma attacks!

Asthma, a lung disease is usually inherited but nowadays it can be acquired no matter what the age is, due to external factors – environment. Air pollution is severe that sometimes in the morning when you wake up, you cannot distinguish a fog from a smog, especially when you are living in the Metropolis.

Asthma is characterized as a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes that involves and triggers swelling and narrowing (constriction) of the airways. The consequence is difficulty in breathing, and wheezing. The bronchial narrowing is generally either totally at least partially reversible with treatments.

An Allergologist is a medical specialist on allergies. He informed us that once you’ve been clinically determined to have asthma, your physician may prescribe more than one asthma medication to alleviate asthma symptoms and control asthma for the long-term.

My eldest son, who’s now 25 years of age has fully recovered from asthma, his attacks were not so severe and approaches only during changes of weather. My youngest son, however has severe asthma attacks clinically diagnosed at the age of 1 but due to early diagnosis and treatment, he has less asthma attacks since age 5.

We rely on our pediatricians when our kids are sick and not feeling well. Most often mothers stick to only one physician for checkups, considering the fact that the children are “hiyang” (compatible) with. On the contrary, I am the kind who is not contented with only one physician. I usually decide after the second and third opinions and I prefer older doctors due to experience-wise. It isn’t that I don’t believe in them, I just want to make certain, because Yahmir isn’t getting any better for a year of repetitive asthma episodes, but it only worsens on the next approach.

The fifth pediatrician who’s been treating Yahmir recommended us to his friend Allergologist. He told us that it is necessary for Yahmir to be treated by a specialist due to the severity of his respiratory disorder. He had undergone several allergen tests to eliminate what triggers his bronchial asthma. There are two classes that provokes it.

allergens

• “seasonal” pollens
• year-round dustmites, molds, pets
• foods, including seafoods such as fish, crab and shrimps, egg, peanuts, nuts, cow’s milk, and soy
• additives, like sulfites

nonallergens — mostly irritants

• tobacco smoke
• outdoor factors, including smog, weather changes, and diesel fumes
• indoor factors, like paint, detergents, deodorants, chemicals, and perfumes
• emotional factors, such as laughing, crying, yelling, and distress.
His allergen test including skin and blood tests indicated that he’s got allergies on the first two allergens aforementioned and peanuts.

He is sensitive also to sudden weather changes and perfumes. These allergens often activate symptoms. Thus, aside from asthma he is also diagnosed having allergic rhinitis.

His medication included a bronchodilator, an antihistamine/corticosteroid and a nasal spray. We bought a home nebulizer for home medication.

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As my children go through medication, I find it very important that you take notice of the adverse reactions of the medicines that was being prescribed to your kids. Albuterol has shaking or trembling effects on Yahmir that’s why it was changed to Terbutaline, the bronchodilator in the form of syrup.

For his nebulizing, he was prescribed with Ipratropium + Salbutamol nebule. This is a bronchodilator which treats wheezing and shortness of breath.

For his Allergic Rhinitis, he was handed a nasal spray – Physiomer. It relieves congestion & helps restore nasal respiration. I utilize it too when my allergic rhinitis attacks.

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Due to Yahmir’s frequent asthma attacks, he was given Ketotifen Fumarate, medication for a long term control. It is an anti-inflammatory drug, a second-generation H1-antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer, to minimize the frequency and harshness of asthma attacks, please take note that Ketotifen is not effective in treating an active asthma attack (acute attack). Yahmir was on Ketotifen medication for one year.

Please take note that the above mentioned medicines are prescribed by Yahmir’s Allergologist for his respiratory condition, and they might not be suitable or appropriate for your child’s condition.

Our allergologist always advice us to never ever, self-medicate or home medicate your children struggling with asthma. It is best to seek medical assistance to rule out the standing condition and severity of the disorder.