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Exercise and Workout

Rethinking RICE: The Old Standard Method May Not Actually Be the Best Treatment for Acute Injuries

Jul 12 2017 - 6:10pm
Sports injury RICE protocol

In my years working as a rehabilitation therapist, the standard treatment for acute musculoskeletal injuries was RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Without fail, we recommended this protocol to reduce inflammation and pain. Inflammation, we were taught, increases pain and delays healing. But a new school of thought may be turning the RICE protocol on its head.

The history of RICE protocol for acute injuries

No Excuses, No Gym Workout Needed: 10 Powerful Quick Exercises To Fit Into Any Day

Jun 25 2017 - 11:06pm
Jumping for Joy

Can’t fit in an hour a day, or even 3 times a week at a gym? You don’t need to. No worries. There are many ways to get in the exercise you need to stay or get fit in short spurts throughout the day.

How I use essential oil bath salts to create the ultimate soothing bath

Jun 10 2017 - 8:51am
Rubber ducks

Sometimes it's amazing how much you benefit from little things like essential oil bath salts. Taking a nice soak in a hot bath is one of these things. Soaking in hot water is more powerful than one might think.

Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles.

8 Ways to Make Walking For Exercise More Fun

May 20 2016 - 1:00pm
make walking for exercise more fun

Walking is the most popular and common form of exercise, yet walking for exercise isn’t always fun. In fact, like drinking water, it can be boring. When exercise isn’t enjoyable, you’re less likely to be motivated, and if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain it, that can be a real bummer.

As a dedicated daily walker, I have looked for ways to make this activity something I can look forward to every time.

What if your doctor prescribed exercise instead of medicine?

Mar 23 2016 - 6:59pm
Doctors prescribing exercise instead of medication

How would you feel if your doctor wrote a prescription for exercise instead of handing you one for medication? You might be surprised to learn that's exactly what more physicians are doing and there is good reason your doctor's thinking may be changing.

In a recent article CBS, New York highlights several doctors who are telling their patients to go to the gym to treat

Is HIIT the best way to exercise for weight loss?

Feb 20 2016 - 3:16pm
HITT exercise and weight loss

There is one type of exercise that is touted to help you with weight loss. The exercise is HIIT or high intensity intermittent training that has become popular, but probably is misunderstood when it comes losing weight.

HIIT or high intensity intermittent training is not new. But repeated studies have shown you can lose weight more quickly by exercising just a bit harder than you might be used to.

Teens who play sports have a better shot at mental health

Aug 4 2014 - 12:09pm
playing sports

Natural health enthusiasts have long been aware that a healthy lifestyle promotes mental health. The ingredients of a healthy lifestyle include good nutrition, daily exercise, fresh air and sunshine, meditation, adequate rest and sleep, and as positive an attitude about life as is reasonable. Recent research shows that teens who play sports increase their chances of being mentally healthy later in life.

10 fun, weird and wacky ways to get exercise

Aug 18 2013 - 1:26pm
Here are 10 weird ways to get exercise that mean no excuses ever.

If you hate going to the gym and are looking for fun, weird or wacky ways get some exercise, consider these ten activities. You might even find exercising can be enjoyable. The good news is anyone can find a way to exercise, regardless of busy lifestyle.

1. Get a hula hoop – A simple hula hoop can burn major calories. All it takes is 30 minutes of continuous movement with a hoop around your waist to burn 500 calories.

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