(ARA) – The ache in your back that just won’t go away and the pain from twisting your ankle will both have you searching for ways to relieve your pain. But these are two very different kinds of pain. Depending on their cause, the prescribed medical treatment might also be very different.
The first kind of pain, usually resulting from an injury, is acute pain. Some examples are sprains, burns, scrapes and contusions. When you have acute pain, your first instinct is to go to the doctor or pharmacy so you can begin treatment immediately. The defining characteristic of acute pain is that it does not continue indefinitely. It typically lasts for fewer than six months (often far less than that) and is usually resolved when the cause is successfully treated.
The second kind of pain is called chronic pain. The defining characteristic of chronic pain is that it can go on for weeks, months or even years. Some examples include back pain, neck pain; joint pain; arthritis pain; headaches and even pain without a known cause. Always see your doctor regarding treatment options for this type of pain. Chronic pain can reduce physical ability and can even lead to depression. Physically compensating for the pain by changing the way you sit, walk or sleep could also aggravate or increase pre-existing discomfort. There are many ways for chronic pain sufferers to temporarily relieve their pain, but unfortunately, many of the treatments can have unwanted side effects and can be expensive for long term use.
The first and most common way to manage chronic pain is with over-the-counter (OTC) or doctor prescribed drugs. However, many chronic pain sufferers are becoming concerned about the types, safety and quantity of drugs they are taking. Often, the medications prescribed can have physical or psychological side effects, risk dependency or may have potentially dangerous interactions with other drugs you may be taking. One popular and natural way to help manage pain with less dependence on drugs is a moist heating pad.
With many medical professionals now recommending heat therapy, the quality and effectiveness of these products has grown. Old-fashioned remedies are being replaced by products that employ new materials and technologies to deliver safer, more effective and easier-to-use heat treatments.
Heat therapy treatments come in two types: dry heat and moist heat.
Dry heat therapy is available with traditional products like electric heating pads and the new warming patches that are worn for 8 hours. While many people find these treatments effective, they can be potentially dangerous. The need to constantly replace disposable patches can be very expensive.
Moist heat treatments are medically preferred over dry heat treatments because moist heat penetrates more quickly and deeply (and at lower and safer temperatures). Today, with the introduction of microwave activated moist heat wraps and pads, the same moist heat treatments used daily in clinics, doctor’s offices and sports training facilities can be attained at home. These treatments are easy to prepare and apply.
Thermalon Microwave Activated Moist Heat pads, for example, are ready in a minute and when applied for just 20 minutes they deliver hours of relief. The Hydro Pearls in the wraps create moisture naturally so adding water is not necessary. Just microwave and apply any time for a natural pain relief treatment. Thermalon wraps, which can be found at Walgreens, CVS and other drugstore and food chains, are washable, reusable and economical for daily use.
Ask your doctor if moist heat therapy could be part of a plan to manage your pain more naturally. More information about moist heat therapy products is available at www.thermalon.com.
Did you know that bicyclists ride faster when they travel in groups or pairs? We didn’t know this fact for certain until psychologist Norman Triplett confirmed this more than 100 years ago, in 1898 to be specific. That’s when the field of sports, or fitness, psychology began at Indiana University.
Fitness psychology is used for people interested in advanced well-being, not simply cardio or resistance exercise. Number one among these sophisticated pathways is maintaining a positive attitude towards fitness. It’s simply imperative.
Beyond staying mentally positive, fitness psychology recognizes 8 other areas that athletes and exercise adherents benefit from:
- anxiety control
- goal setting
- communication and intra-team dynamics
- creative visualization
- internal dialogue
- time management
Whether you are an athlete who wants to enhance your performance or a several times a week gym attendee who wants to improve your psychological well-being throughout your life, spending some time with our fitness psychologist may be just the thing to give you the edge you are looking for.
Positive attitudes and fitness are intimately related. The Association for Applied Sports Psychology suggests developing a positive affirmation to rely upon when you just can’t find your energy or motivation. Dr. Mantell, the Sporting Club’s fitness psychologist, carries with him a list of these optimistic “I can do it” cues and is always available to toss one your way when you need it.
“Stay focused on what’s in the glass, not what’s missing from it,” he suggests. At the same time, he advises that exercise goals be “SMART” – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. He likes helping athletes and exercise devotees create mental movies in which they see themselves actually running that extra ten minutes, doing a few more reps or another set, or showing up another day for a workout. He can show you how to produce, and star in, your very own fitness-boosting mental movie.
One of Dr. Mantell’s professors at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Martin Seligman, created the field of “positive psychology” and was among the first to investigate how people can create positive attitudes for many areas of performance, fitness being only one.
Marie-Josee Salvas Shaar, MAPP, reported 10 simple methods based on positive psychology to develop and further fitness and exercise. These include:
- Sleep enough and eat nutritiously.
- Get into a good mood before working out.
- Other people matter, so get an “accountability partner.”
- Work from your strengths to increase your fitness.
- Enjoy your burn.
- Involve your mind to lear
- about cardio, endurance, strength and flexibility training.
- Chart your progress.
- Get in flow by chunking down your work-out sessions into manageable parts.
- Use the peak-end rule so that you love the end of your work-out, at it’s peak.
- Get good mind fuel after exercise and avoid what’s not enjoyable.
Our Club has the finest environment, equipment and staff to help you achieve your health, well-being, fitness and performance goals. It’s up to you to take advantage of these industry-leading services.
From enhancing your individual performance, finding your motivation to returning to exercise after an injury or during rehabilitation, to helping you simply stick to your training schedule with realistic goals, learning increased concentration and self-confidence, you will improve not only your body but other areas of your life as well. fitness psychologist
(ARA) – When fingers get pointed in debates over the obesity epidemic in the United States, technology sometimes shoulders some of the blame. Time in front of computer screens or television is often listed as part of the reason why Americans aren’t as healthy as they have been in the past. But the truth is there are also technological advances that have the potential to guide you in your quest for a healthier lifestyle, whether that is eating right, exercising or keeping tabs on vital numbers that are important to your health.
Take smart phone applications for example. Nowadays, you can find applications for just about anything in life that might capture your interest, and healthy living is no exception. So if you’re looking to stay fit and healthy, here are six mobile apps that give you and your family a little extra help:
Lose It!: Counting calories is perhaps the simplest and most effective way to keep track of your health goals, especially if it involves weight loss. But it’s difficult to do all the adding and subtracting in your head, which is where the free app Lose It! comes in. The app allows you to enter what you eat each day and calculates not only calories, but fat, protein, cholesterol and carbohydrates based on portion size. It also allows you to enter different types of workouts, from walking to yoga, to see how many calories you will burn while you are exercising.
Carb Counting with Lenny: This app is designed to help children with diabetes count carbohydrates to help manage their diabetes, but can be of use to anyone. Using their mascot Lenny the Lion, who also uses insulin pump therapy, Medtronic Diabetes introduced this app, which allows children with type 1 diabetes to learn about carbohydrate levels in basic foods. The application also allows users to create a customizable food guide using their own photos or ones they find on the Internet, as well as play games to test their carb-counting knowledge. Periodic contests and giveaways (www.medtronicdiabetes.com/carb-counting-contest) are announced to reward registered users who get highest game scores. Medtronic Diabetes, which makes such products as continuous glucose monitoring devices, designed the app to be useful and educational for both children with diabetes and others who are interested in monitoring carb intake.
Size Me Up: Another application for kids. This one allows children to enter their current height and receive estimates for how tall they might be in the future, at any given age. This can be used to help keep your child motivated to eat right, so they can grow up to be tall and healthy.
BP Buddy: This application allows people who are monitoring their blood pressure to input their blood pressure numbers and heart rate numbers and log them for up to 60 days. An e-mail feature allows users to send their numbers to their doctor for analysis.
The Carrot: As an interactive journal, this application allows you to track multiple items related to health. In addition to entering information on meals, workouts, and even medication, you can also enter your assessment of your moods or the level of job satisfaction you are feeling at the moment to see if you can pinpoint what healthy habits work best for you.
FitReach: This training and diet application allows you to enter information on your meals, as well as workouts. It also encourages you to do regular weigh-ins so you can compare your weight loss with your goals on graphs that are a part of the app.
Applications are available on iTunes and can also be downloaded through your iPhone, smart phone or other compatible mobile device.
(ARA) – Working out, exercising, training, conditioning – it all puts stress on your body as you stretch, tone and build your muscles.
But these stresses could cause you injury and pain, especially if you do an exercise incorrectly, or push your body too hard.
Hiring a certified or personal trainer to help you develop a workout can really help you achieve your goals – safely. Here are some situations in which a certified trainer could come in handy.
* Training for a specific sport – A certified trainer knows you need to develop strength and flexibility in specific muscles and areas of your body for different sports. Having a trainer will help you to target those muscles with unique workouts.
* Losing weight – Losing weight is hard to do by yourself. It’s difficult to keep motivated, and if you were to become injured, the setbacks could be tremendous. Hiring a personal trainer who gives you encouragement, keeps you focused on your goal and provides you with healthy methods for losing weight can make the process a lot easier.
One of the newest exercise trends is exercising with hula hoops, and Sports Hoop Inc. is holding a certified trainer program, providing you with the knowledge and tools needed to facilitate your own class. Using Sports Hoops can energize your body, empower your self confidence, help you to relieve stress, strengthen your core muscles, assist in losing weight and slim your waistline.
* Toning muscles – Get Michele Obama’s arms or abs like “The Situation” from “Jersey Shore.” If you’re going for a specific toned look, a trainer can help you target those specific areas of your body.
* Training for a special event – If you are planning to participate in a long run, swim, hike or need to get into shape for a certain kind of physical event, a trainer will help you prepare safely so you are in the best shape possible at the time of the event.
Getting into shape and helping your body to stay healthy is great, but make sure you train safely so you don’t get sidelined by an injury.
by: Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. Fitness Psychology
A couple of years ago, a series of studies came out that showed that couples who work out together increase their chances of sticking to their exercise program more than 90%! This can’t be ignored and it got me thinking about couples I treat for relationship problems. Maybe they ought to go from a therapy session to the gym, and they’ll not only stick to their exercise program, but also stick together.
You may know that I won’t take anyone into therapy/counseling unless they are working out or have a genuine plan to initiate a physical fitness program. So why not make working out as a couple a therapeutic recommendation?
After all, not only does going to the gym together enable couples to spend quality time with each other, it allows for discussion of mutual goals and fitness levels, sharing a common commitment to well-being, creating mutual motivation, developing a deeper bond with each other, and offers opportunities to celebrate each other’s successes.
I see couples at The Sporting Club working out together frequently and have often wondered about setting aside time once a month or so JUST for couples to enjoy an evening of fitness, perhaps dine on some of Minh’s great food, and finish with a brief discussion on some aspect of relationship improvement. Consider it a date night at TSC!
Matters of the heart beyond cardio benefits are only some of the rewards you can look forward to with couples exercise. Remember, there are studies that show that men and women who exercise regularly report better and more frequent sex with their partners—so how much more enjoyable can exercising with each other be?
Here are seven simple ideas to get started:
- Take a class or two together. From spinning to Yoga, stretching to Pilates, gravity to Zumba, The Sporting Club has enough classes each week to satisfy your interests and needs.
- Do cardio side-by-side by finding two treadmills, stair machines, or bikes and work at your own speed – double head phones in the same iPod lets you share music!
- Learn how to stretch each other – gently helping each other with a pull or push can ease each other’s muscles before and after a couples’ workout.
- Develop some trust with each other simply by serving as each other’s spotter. Knowing your partner is there to assist can aid in communication and trust building. And there’s nothing like saying “thanks” to help a relationship. Bench presses, chest flies, skull crushers all can provide opportunities to assist each other and demonstrate a feeling of safety with each other.
- Do resistance exercises using each other as the resistance. Push-ups against the press of your partner and leg raises with resistance from your partner are only two ways to begin partner-assisted resistance. It’ll help your arguments later.
- Eye contact and communicating while exercising offer chances for intimacy building that can extend to other activities that are, well, a bit more intimate and reserved for out of the gym exercise.
- One program I came across for at-home couples exercise is the “Fit2Touch” DVD fitness program that combines Yoga, Pilates and strength training. You can find it on line.
It’s been well known that exercise is good for the body, soul and mind. Now, we can add, it’s also good for our relationships. The Sporting Club may just be the best date destination in San Diego.
Live Life Fit
(ARA) – Getting fit makes you feel good inside and out. When you exercise, your clothes fit better, your energy levels get a boost and it helps the stresses of your life melt away in a pure endorphin rush. Luckily, no matter where you live, it’s easier than ever to get exercise all year round so that you can maintain your health and fitness.
Whether you’re pounding the pavement or hitting the gym, keep in mind that beauty and working out aren’t mutually exclusive. With a bit of smart preparation, you’ll be feeling good during your fitness routine and gorgeously glowing afterward. Keep these ideas in mind to help you look great, even between workouts.
* High and dry: High temperatures might be what we crave during colder months, but when you’re being active, they can make you feel less than your best. For a new way to stay fresh and dry, The Body Shop offers its DeoDry collection – it gives you 24-hour protection and contains no aluminum salts or parabens. Powered by a volcanic mineral that has powerful absorption abilities, the deodorants will help you stay dry during your hardest workouts.
* In the drink: As you work out, it’s natural that your body will shed water in the form of sweat, and it’s essential that you keep your body’s fluid levels up. Dehydration can cause everything from discomfort to serious sickness, so don’t let your body down. Even when you’re not working out, hot days call for extra hydration. The added benefits are that drinking more water can help to keep your skin clear and your appetite sated.
* Face forward: The exertion of exercising can be a pore-clogging nightmare. That’s why it’s particularly important to have a good skin care regime adapted to your skin’s needs. To keep your skin radiant and in balance, keep products like a refreshing mist spritz and an exfoliating cleanser on hand and in your medicine cabinet. The Body Shop Vitamin C skincare line has those two essential items and more – including a must-have SPF 30 daily moisturizer.
* Hair apparent: Swimming’s a great way to stay active – whether in the pool or the ocean – but it can take a toll on your locks. Whatever your activities, it’s important to use an eco-friendly shampoo – after all, a good choice for the environment can be a good choice for you, too. The Rainforest Hair Care collection from The Body Shop will leave your tresses shiny and manageable and is free of parabens, silicone and colorants. Even better, all the formulations are biodegradable so they are not harmful to organisms living in the water. If your tresses are stressed out, be sure to give them a deep conditioning treatment, too.
Whether your inspiration is getting healthy or a beauty boost, exercise is the best way to do it. Taking advantage of the opportunity to work out, regardless of the season, with these thoughts in mind will help you look your best, throughout the year. For more information, go to www.thebodyshop-usa.com.
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