Posts Tagged 'exercise'

Encouraging Physical Activity In Young Children

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Being active has many benefits besides having a good level of fitness; fitness alone is a very big factor to have. Being physically active leads to the development of cognitive skills among children, in simple words, they become better at their lessons. And the more children engage in competitive sports, the faster they pick up life skills related to teamwork, leadership and being competitive.  However, children need to be encouraged by their parents and guardians to engage in physical activity, especially in this day and age where there are so many options for entertainment indoors, unlike 20 years ago. And more importantly, it needs to be shown to children that being active is not a chore but actually, quite a fun way to kill time and be fitter at the same time.

Posted by Zyana Morris Mar 17, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

What’s Your Goal?

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Think of a goal you would like to accomplish – is it that you would like to lose 5lbs? (or 50?) Would you like to lower your cholesterol by 30 points? How about complete a 10k?

Working towards something helps you stay on track, and seeing the success of intermediate milestones also motivates you to keep up the good work. Everyone has days when they just don’t want to work out, and there will always be days when turning down dessert seems impossible, but if you see these as road blocks getting in the way of where you want to go, then you’ll have fewer days like this.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Mar 16, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

5 Common Water Borne Diseases That Are Preventable

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Water is as essential for human existence as oxygen is. In fact, it is impossible to imagine survival without water. You need it for every daily activity as well as maintaining good health. At the same time, it is important to realize that drinking water has to be pure and clean to be fit for human consumption. It is most likely to make you sick if infected with contaminants. There are several water-borne diseases which can be caused by the presence of harmful microorganisms in drinking water. While some of them are not serious, others can be life-threatening. However, most of these diseases are preventable and drinking clean water is the best precautionary measure you can take. Drinking boiled or bottled water is a good idea. But if you are looking for a convenient and sure way to get clean drinking water every day, the utility of a kitchen filter is unmatched.

Posted by Granner Smith Feb 21, 2017 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized No Comments

Healthy Communities are Inclusive Communities: 2 Activities

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Last week I spent two days with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) for an orientation as part of their new advisory panel. I am excited to serve as a bridge between NCHPAD’s work and the broader healthy out-of-school time movement. You might remember two of our past blog articles that included NCHPAD resources, 3 Steps to Including Kids with a Disability and Tips and Resources for Inclusive Physical Activity.

Healthy afterschool environments should be inclusive afterschool environments, right?

The National AfterSchool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity specifically encourage programs to train staff to “adapt physical activity opportunities to include children and youth at all levels of athletic availability and those with physical, sensory or intellectual disability.”

Posted by Daniel Hatcher Feb 08, 2017 Posted in Disability No Comments

Isometric Strength Training

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According to American College of Sports Medicine, resistance training is an essential element of a well-rounded workout routine. Some benefits include: prevent osteoporosis, decrease the risk of heart disease, reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol and help to control weight.

Posted by Henrik Nielsen Feb 06, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Should You Do More Weights or Cardio Workouts?

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When it comes to exercising with a disability, what is more important, endurance or strength training? The short answer is: both. Strengthening refers to increasing muscular power and mass, which also improves the body’s metabolism. We need strength to perform our daily activities.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Feb 01, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

6 Benefits of Swimming to Get You Splashing

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Swimming has been used as a part of physical therapy for years, but it’s something that most of us only do during the summer months. However, swimming can be a great way to get your everyday exercise, whether you hit the pool, the lake, or the ocean. Swimming has many amazing benefits that can inspire you to get splashing! Here are just 6 of those benefits.

Posted by Sarah Daren Jan 23, 2017 Posted in Obesity, Uncategorized No Comments

The Most Nutritious Smoothies to Gulp Down This Week

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The body needs to be cleansed, taken care of, and made stronger. A nutritious smoothie made from fruits and vegetable can help you achieve all your health targets. Do keep in mind to opt for Greek yogurt as your choice of base for smoothies as it is a naturally occurring probiotic that will help your body in many ways. Probiotics improve digestion, reduces cold and flu, strengthen the immune system, produces more energy within the body, and heals inflammatory bowel disease.

Posted by Rachel Oliver Dec 21, 2016 Posted in Obesity No Comments

Strengthening for Shoulders

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Now that you understand a common cause of shoulder pain, and you have made some changes to your activities, you can start incorporating exercises to correct the strength imbalances. Specifically, you have to work the back muscles that don’t get enough exercise throughout daily activities that are using all of the pushing muscles. Strengthening these muscles will help keep the shoulder blade in its optimal position. Try doing the following shoulder exercises without resistance — it’s the best way to start incorporating them. Gradually increase resistance and repetitions as the pain decreases and the muscles get stronger. Start exercises in the least painful range. Ideally, you want to work in a pain-free range, but this may not be possible. Consider seeing your physical therapist to help guide you in performance and progression of these exercises.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Dec 19, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Looking At Shoulder Pain (Part I)

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Shoulder pain is a serious health issue for people who use wheelchairs – some studies show a prevalence as high as 70%! And too often this pain, or the fear of causing this pain, limits participation in an exercise program. As a physical therapist, I often hear “I don’t exercise because I don’t want to hurt my shoulders” or “my shoulders hurt and I don’t want to do more breakdown or cause more pain.” I understand this. It is very natural to avoid pain. But we have to take a step back and look at the cause of the pain.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Dec 07, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment