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How to Take a Fitness Class

Thinking about your New Year’s Resolution?If you are like most, getting healthier is at the top of your list. Even the fittest among us use a New Year to motivate self-improvement or try something new.If that something new is a fitness class, read this first.. Circuit classes like Orange Theory are ubiquitous in the fitness world. Yoga classes are also everywhere and range in intensity from teaching meditation and balance to intense aerobic power moves.Functional fitness classes involve activities such as running, stairs, and climbing.Cycling or spinning classes continue to evolve and are a great blast of aerobic or cardiac fitness activity.Boxing, treadmill, and rowing classes are also popular.
Unlike the first fitness dance aerobics classes such as Zumba and step classes, most modern-day circuit fitness classes change forms of weights with each exercise. These include stretch bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, bars and balls.Mixing it up keeps you interested and challenged and is less lik…

Better Fitness Through Travel

Whether you are a regular, rare, or never exerciser, exercising while travelling should be on your to-do list.In fact, there’s no better time. Even if your travel schedule is packed, just dedicating 30 minutes to exercise will improve how healthy you feel while travelling and after.The benefits include:
Unwinding your body from hours of sitting Relieving spine stress from carrying luggage Burning extra calories to make up for restaurant meals Exploring a new type of exercise Improving sleep (exercise always improves sleep quality) Consider heading to your hotel gym or pool, a walking trail, a fitness studio, or renting a bike. When it comes to hotel gyms, while they may look intimidating, they are not.Often, they are empty which takes the pressure off of knowing what you are doing, dressing in the latest fitness wear, or looking like you are working hard on a machine.There are rarely rules in a hotel gym.In fact, if you forgot work-out clothes, just wear what you have.
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Knee Surgery, head injuries, cortisone injections, NSAIDS and Harry Potter: Updates from the American Academy of PMR Annual Assembly 2018

Just back from my specialty’s annual conference, I’d like to share my favorite topic headlines from the sessions I attended in the 2 days I was there.  While most of this information reconfirms what I already know, hearing that cortisone injections may protect cartilage in small and limited doses was wonderful to hear.  Read on for a brief summary:

1) Surgery for meniscus tears are a last resort.There is rarely need to have arthroscopic knee surgery to “repair” or remove a damaged meniscus.Over the age of 35, this surgery is contraindicated due to a 20-40% failure rate, the degenerative nature of the meniscus, and the fact that after meniscus surgery, only 50% of patients get symptom relief.In the US, the rate of meniscus surgeries far surpasses those of other countries.Treatment standards include icing, exercises without pain, physical therapy treatments, and cautious activity for 8-12 weeks.For meniscus tears that remain symptomatic, conservative treatment may include Platelet Rich …