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Fitness and Health

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

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.

Top 5 Fitness Trackers for Kids

Fitness trackers for kids

As parents, we all know that getting our kids off of the couch and away from their screens can be a difficult task. It’s easy for our kids to get caught up in video games and television, but we know that it’s important for kids to be active in order to stay healthy and fit, and to build habits that will last a lifetime. As wearable technology becomes more affordable, many parents are turning to wearable fitness trackers for their kids. We have gathered the best of the best for you, here in one post, so keep reading to find our recommendations for the top fitness trackers for kids.

Why Early Sports Specialization is Harming Our Kids

Youth sports

There has been a trend lately of college programs offering scholarships to younger and younger kids. The Charlotte Observer ran an article today documenting the story of two young boys, aged 9 and 10 years, who have both been offered college football scholarships this month. These boys are committing to a program a decade from now, but at what cost? At nine years old, is it possible for a child to make a decision about his future? Because he has not yet even hit puberty, how can anyone say with certainty that he will even have the physical size and strength to play at the college level? And what is the cost to this child in specializing so young in one single sport?

101 Free Active Things To Do With the Kids During The Summer To Entertain You Both

Summer fun water fight

Are you prepared for summer activites? The kids are home and while you may have activities or camps for part of the summer, you are probably looking for things to do with them while they are home. This is such a valuable time, take advantage of it. With these free things to with kids, you can both learn, bond and discover a new favorite hobby or even perhaps something even greater.

Benefits Of Parents And Caregivers Playing With Children For Child Development Are More Than Imagined

Playing with kids outdoors

Fun With Your Kids Has Serious Consequences. Children need play for healthy development. Play is like the language of children. It a big part of how they interact with and get to know the world around them. How they feel safe and grow. Just as much, they need us - their attentive, present caregivers. The way we play with them teaches them how to feel and think about the world around them and, most importantly, themselves.

The top 3 hand grip strengtheners that can help retrain your brain and strengthen your fingers

hand grip strengtheners that can help retrain your brain and strengthen your fingers

When you attend the gym, having weak fingers, makes it difficult to train your upper body and tone up. But, hand weakness has a darker side to it, because it means your body might be dealing with nerve damage. Recent studies have discovered however that exercising have neuro regenerative effects. So, here are the top 3 hand grip strengtheners that can help you retrain your brain and strengthen your fingers.

Aerobic exercise improves cognition and motor function in stroke survivors, reveals study

Aerobic exercise improves cognition and motor function in stroke survivors, reveals study

Impaired cognition and motor function in stroke survivors are challenging hurdles that patients must go through. It is well documented that exercise improves cognition and motor function in healthy individuals. But recently, scientists were able to find that this type of exercise is also able to improve neuropsychological and motor function measures in stroke survivors.

5 scientifically proven health benefits of exercising regularly

5 scientifically proven health benefits of exercising regularly

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of health benefits of exercising regularly is: weight loss. But, scientists continue to find out more health related advantages in quitting a sedentary life, and become more active. Here are 5 scientifically proven health benefits of exercising regularly, which goes way beyond weight loss.

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