Cold Weather Fitness

Cold Weather Fitness

It may be more difficult to make a habit of a cold weather fitness routine than our usual summer exercise program, but the exercising in cold weather can bring even more health benefits.

Endorphins give us the “natural high” that we feel after we exercise. During the summer, heat and humidity can make us feel sluggish when we exercise, but our bodies have to work harder when we exercise in the cold weather, which creates more endorphins.

Calories burn more quickly during our winter exercise programs. We exercise faster when we’re cold, and our bodies work harder in the cold temperatures. All of that adds up to burning more calories when we exercise outdoors during the winter.

Depression and season affective disorder (SAD) rates rise during the winter. The days are shorter, the sun shines less, the winter seems to drag forever… But exercising outdoors gives us a chance to breathe fresh air and enjoy natural, outdoor lighting. Both of those factors help fight depression and SAD.

Cold Weather Fitness

Now that we’re motivated to exercise outdoors during the last few weeks of cold weather, let’s remember that it’s just as important to stay hydrated during the winter as it is during the summer. We may not see pools of sweat on our t-shirts during the winter, but we are still sweating, and dehydration will undo all of our efforts to be healthy.

Also, listen to our bodies as we begin our winter fitness program. It is better to underestimate our body’s responses to the cold. This includes wearing proper gear to avoid hypothermia or similar conditions. Stay warm with mittens, neck gaiters, and hats.

We don’t have to run winter marathons to gain the benefits from outdoor exercising. Cross-country skiing, sledding, walking, ice skating, hiking, a snowball fight, building snowmen – it all counts as activity, and it all means less SAD, better overall health, and a more enjoyable winter!

Cold Weather Fitness

Winter Back Injuries

Snow is beautiful, but shoveling driveways and sidewalks can hurt our backs. Back injuries prevent us from enjoying quality family time for the rest of the winter, building snowmen and throw snowballs. How can we keep our backs healthy to avoid painful back injuries?

Practice Proper Lifting Techniques

When your shovel is full of heavy snow, it is vital to life with your knees rather than your back. When you lift with your arms and legs, you evenly distribute the weight of the snow-filled shovel throughout the rest of your body, protecting your back from injuries. Using the natural leverage capabilities of our limbs between gravity and weight make shoveling more efficient and less harmful.

Find Steady Footing

No matter how well you leverage with your legs and arms, if you’re standing on ice, injuries are destined to happen. Watch out for ice! Being aware of your footing will ensure safe, efficient snow shoveling for the remainder of winter.

Use Natural Remedies

If your back is already tense from previous hours of shoveling, there are natural remedies to relieve sore muscles. Tei Fu essential oil or lotion warms, soothes, and releases tight muscles, providing long-lasting healing for overworked back muscles. Joint Support and IF-C nourish muscles and joints; these all-natural supplements relax muscles and reduce inflammation, which relieves pain and enables your back to heal.

Seek Help When Necessary

How do you know when you have a serious back injury, not just “sore muscles” from shoveling snow? When the pain does not leave, or when the muscles have tightened so much that stretching is not alleviating the tension, you have a serious back injury. This is the time to seek professional advice! Ask us about available appointments to meet with a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).

Winter Back Injuries

Health Benefits of Colloidal Silver Shield

Nobody likes being susceptible to infamous winter germs. To avoid sickness, we must keep our immune systems healthy, but beyond sleeping restfully and eating healthily, how can we remain healthy through the last few weeks of winter?

For centuries people have been using the healing properties of silver to protect themselves from germs. The earliest use is recorded by Herodotus, a philosopher and historian who lived in ancient Greece. He wrote that the Greeks stored their water and other drinks in silver containers. Other accounts include ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, the wealthy upper-class used silver to prevent contracting the plague; it was already common knowledge that silver was a natural deterrent to pathogens. American pioneers would add a few silver coins to their water casks to prevent bacteria from growing. During WWI, soldiers used silver leaf to keep wounds clear from infections. Before antibiotics, hospitals commonly used silver. Generations of people – including Chinese emperors, Druids, Australian settlers, and Ayurvedic healers – have benefitted from silver’s healing properties.

Researchers at Nature’s Sunshine have used this information to create a beneficial silver that is free of heavy metals. Silver Shield with Aqua Sol is a toxin-free colloidal silver that boosts our immune systems. The particle-sized colloids are easily absorbed and digested by our kidneys, thanks to its 99% bioavailability. The ingredients list is pure and simple: silver.

To finish the winter strong, be sure to add Silver Shield to your winter wellness regimen!

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Hand Reflexology for Headache Relief

To avoid taking pain medication when you have your next headache, try hand reflexology. Reflexology is based on the belief that our human body is mapped out on our hands and feet; each finger, toe, and curve represent a different part of our bodies. This is why massaging specific points on your hands will relieve various pains – including headaches.

To relieve headaches with hand reflexology, massage your thumbs. There should be sore spots all around your thumb, extending from the top of the thumb pad to the base knuckle that joins your thumb to your hand. Massage these sore spots until the pain lessens or disappears completely.

Another reflexology point for headaches is the padded region between your index finger and thumb. This is known as a pain management pressure point. If your headache is severe, this part of your hand may even feel swollen. Gently massage this area until the pain reduces in your hand. Your headache should gradually fade as well.

As with any other pain, it is best to stop headaches before they fully form. As soon as you feel a headache starting, check these two key reflexology points in your hands. You can do this anywhere and at any time – unlike foot reflexology, there’s no need to remove your shoes and socks during a business meeting to find headache relief! You can discreetly massage your hands under the table, and nobody will notice.

When you feel your next headache forming, stop pain in its tracks with hand reflexology!

If your headaches continue, you may have a structural concern that cannot be easily fixed with hand reflexology. Feel free to contact us for a therapeutic massage therapy appointment.

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