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Fitness and Health

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

Top 5 Fitness Trackers for Kids

Jul 1 2017 - 2:48am
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.

Top 5 Fitness Trackers for Kids

1. Garmin Vivofit JR.

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.

Why Early Sports Specialization is Harming Our Kids

Jun 25 2017 - 12:02am
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?

What’s going on with youth sports?

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

Jun 17 2017 - 2:47am
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.

Try these activities out, see what works for your family. Share your favorite kids activities with us below. Here's to great Summer.

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

Jun 16 2017 - 8:43am
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 kids beckon me to jump in the pool with them. “Come play with us!” they plee. Sometimes the message is as distinct and explicit as that.

Single Dad Turns Passion for Biking Into Passion for Giving

May 23 2017 - 7:44pm
Single Dad

A single dad in Fort Smith, Arkansas bought his 9-year-old son Elijah a bike for Christmas that started falling apart almost immediately. He asked on Facebook if anyone had any parts to get the bike back on the road and got a tremendous response from friends and strangers.

Wes Brown is a big, friendly guy with an even bigger heart who is teaching his son and his community the importance of kindness and giving.

Exercise Improves Cancer Treatment by Combatting Fatigue

May 18 2017 - 2:58pm
Exercise and Cancer Treatment

Fatigue is one of the most common and distressing side effects of cancer and its treatment. It is more than just feeling a little tired. Cancer-related fatigue interferes with the ability to do what we might think of as simple things – getting dressed, eating, etc.

There are many causes of cancer-related fatigue, which can be due to either the cancer itself, the treatment, or both.

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

May 6 2017 - 10:55pm
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.

But, before we get to 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

May 3 2017 - 9:51pm
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.

In this clinical trial, 38 chronic stroke survivors were randomized to 2 different groups that exercised 3 times a week (45-minut

5 scientifically proven health benefits of exercising regularly

Apr 30 2017 - 10:43pm
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.

1) Mental Health

The more physical education the better for adolescents

Apr 14 2017 - 6:06am
Playing volleyball

Researchers say that adolescents who have frequent physical education are in better shape and are more informed about the significance of physical activity for health.

Kids in school often initially feel that physical education is a nuisance in their schedule until they begin to feel the health benefits of staying in shape.

Having fun with exergaming benefits health

Mar 19 2017 - 8:37am
Playing Pokemon GO

There has been a lot of concerns over the years that spending too much time playing digital games can be unhealthy. However researchers are now saying that a type of digital gaming called exergaming which combines gaming with execise can decrease sedentary time and enhance social well-being.

With a rise in popularity of digital gaming there have been increasing concerns about too much associated sedentary time leading to an increased incidence of many illnesses including obesity, diabe

Anti-aging effect of interval exercise we all need to know about

Mar 12 2017 - 10:12am
Interval training is anti-aging and especially good over age 65, Mayo study finds.

Mayo Clinic researcher reveals what happens when older people exercise at high intensity intervals. The finding shows aerobic exercise performed in short intervals, known as HIIT, is anti-aging, which is something we all need to know.

The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism looked at the effect of various types of exercise in three groups of individuals to find HIIT or high intensity interval training, rejuv

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