Arlington, Va. Is #1 ‘Fittest City’

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Submitted by The American College of Sports Medicine….

didyouknow?2019 American Fitness Index Ranks 100 Cities;
New Indicators Reveal Concerns About Pedestrian Safety and Air Quality

Indianapolis (May 14, 2019) – Arlington, Va. has earned the title of “America’s Fittest City” in the annual American Fitness Index® ranking published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.

The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluated America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators. Rounding out the top 10 cities were Seattle, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; San Francisco, Calif.; Madison, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; Irvine, Calif. (new to the top 10); Denver, Colo.; and Portland, Ore. You can access the full rankings and scores, summary report, city comparison tool and other insights on the American Fitness Index website.

Setting the standard for other cities, Arlington’s balance of healthy behaviors and community infrastructure earned it the #1 overall rank. Arlington ranked in the top 10 for 22 of the 33 indicators in the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index, with six indicators ranked #1, including residents exercising in the last month; meeting aerobic and strength activity guidelines; reporting good or excellent health; and having low rates of smoking, poor physical health and pedestrian fatalities. You can compare your city to Arlington or others ranked in the Index by accessing the online City Comparison Tool.

“Our research-backed Fitness Index rankings reveal both personal health habits within a community and how well those communities encourage fitness among their residents. It’s one more way we are working to improve the lives of our communities in which we live and work every day,” said Stephen Friedhoff, M.D., chief clinical officer for Anthem. “For example, we added new social determinant of health indicators to this year’s report and learned that some cities have work to do in the areas of pedestrian safety and air quality, which are both critical to overall wellness. Four of the 10 worst cities for pedestrian fatalities are in Florida, and we know air pollution rivals car accidents and tobacco when it comes to causing deaths.”

At the community level, the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index is used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Leaders can then focus on policy, systems and environmental change strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for their community. ACSM and Anthem agree that the Fitness Index provides cities with the data and resources needed to drive healthy change.

familyfun“We challenge city leaders, regardless of where their community ranks on the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index, to take bold and decisive action toward building and maintaining infrastructures that promote fitness,” said Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., chair of the American Fitness Index Board and a regents’ professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

“Chronic diseases, sedentary lifestyles and pedestrian fatalities are at critical levels in our country, and city leadership can effectively address each of these challenges by becoming a fit city,” Ainsworth added.

Additional findings from the 2019 Fitness Index rankings included:

  • 2.2 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents on average across all 100 cities with the worst city, St. Louis, reporting 5.8 pedestrian deaths per 100,000.
  • Nearly half of the 10 deadliest cities for pedestrians are located in Florida: Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and St. Petersburgh.
  • The 21 worst cities for air quality are in California, Arizona and Nevada.
  • Cities have poor air quality an average 38.3 percent of the year.
  • 75.2 percent of adults in all cities were physically active in the previous month on average, with only 51.2 percent meeting aerobic activity guidelines and 22 percent meeting both aerobic and strength guidelines.
  • 97 percent of residents in the top 10 cities are located within a 10-minute walk to a park, but only 66.4 percent are within a 10-minute walk of a park in all 100 cities.
  • An average of 30.3 percent of residents in all 100 cities were diagnosed with high blood pressure, 3.3 percent with heart disease and 2.9 percent were diagnosed with a stroke.
  • Only 4.5 percent of residents in all 100 cities walk or bike to work, and 7.1 percent use public transportation to and from work.

The 2019 ACSM American Fitness Index rankings are as follows:

Overall Rank City State Overall Score
1 Arlington VA 87.3
2 Seattle WA 77.9
3 Minneapolis MN 76.4
4 San Francisco CA 75.7
5 Madison WI 75.3
6 Washington D.C. 75.1
7 St. Paul MN 69.5
8 Irvine CA 69.4
9 Denver CO 68.4
10 Portland OR 67.8
11 Oakland CA 67.7
12 San Jose CA 67.4
13 Boise ID 66.7
14 San Diego CA 66.7
15 Chicago IL 66.2
16 Pittsburgh PA 66
17 Lincoln NE 63.2
18 Long Beach CA 62.5
19 Boston MA 62.5
20 Sacramento CA 61.9
21 St. Petersburg FL 61.6
22 Atlanta GA 61.2
23 Virginia Beach VA 60.4
24 Santa Ana CA 60
25 Milwaukee WI 59.7
26 Honolulu HI 59.5
27 Los Angeles CA 59
28 Durham NC 58.2
29 Chula Vista CA 58.2
30 Raleigh NC 57.7
31 Albuquerque NM 57.5
32 New York NY 57.3
33 Stockton CA 56.9
34 Fremont CA 56.8
35 Miami FL 56.6
36 Newark NJ 56.3
37 Anaheim CA 56.1
38 Richmond VA 55.7
39 Colorado Springs CO 55.7
40 Aurora CO 55.1
41.5 Orlando FL 54.5
41.5 Buffalo NY 54.5
43 Austin TX 54
44 Plano TX 53.2
45 Omaha NE 52.7
46 Tampa FL 52.3
47 Norfolk VA 52.2
48 Nashville TN 51.3
49 Reno NV 50.9
50 Jersey City NJ 50.9
51 St. Louis MO 50.5
52 Baltimore MD 50.4
53 Tucson AZ 49.7
54 New Orleans LA 49.3
55 Hialeah FL 49.1
56 Greensboro NC 48.2
57 Cincinnati OH 47.9
58 Riverside CA 47.6
59 Glendale AZ 47.5
60 Lubbock TX 47.4
61 Dallas TX 47.4
62 Anchorage AK 46.5
63 Philadelphia PA 46.5
64 Fresno CA 46.2
65 Cleveland OH 45.9
66 Mesa AZ 44.3
67 Kansas City MO 43.6
68 Chandler AZ 43.3
69 Scottsdale AZ 43
70 Columbus OH 42.6
71 Phoenix AZ 41.9
72 El Paso TX 41.8
73 Houston TX 41.5
74 Lexington KY 41.2
75 Charlotte NC 41.1
76 Garland TX 40
77 Jacksonville FL 39.4
78 Irving TX 39
79 Baton Rouge LA 38.5
80 Laredo TX 37.9
81 Winston-Salem NC 37.4
82 San Antonio TX 36.3
83 Gilbert AZ 36.3
84 Chesapeake VA 35.8
85 Las Vegas NV 34.3
86 Fort Wayne IN 34.3
87 Memphis TN 33.8
88 Fort Worth TX 33
89 Henderson NV 32.6
90 Wichita KS 31.6
91 Corpus Christi TX 31
92 Arlington TX 30.8
93 Detroit MI 30.5
94 Bakersfield CA 30.3
95 Louisville KY 28.8
96 Indianapolis IN 28.6
97 Toledo OH 27.8
98 Tulsa OK 27.8
99 North Las Vegas NV 27.2
100 Oklahoma City OK 20.8


About the American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to improve educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details can be found at www.acsm.org.

ACSM is a global leader in promoting the benefits of physical activity and advocates for legislation that helps government and the health community make it a priority. ACSM encourages Congress to support continued funding of parks, trails and safe routes to school, to better enable all Americans to meet the prescribed physical activity recommendations included in the National Physical Activity Guidelines.

About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that make up its Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets: maternal health, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, heart health and healthy, active lifestyles, behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates’ donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at https://medium.com/anthemfoundation.

Benefits of Fitness Gadgets

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By Ryan Varela

joggerEveryone wants to stay fit and healthy. However, achieving this goal takes a lot of time, patience, and effort. Activities such as eating well-balanced meals, having complete rest and sleep, and practicing regular exercise should be regularly done to attain this ultimate goal.

With the fast-pacing innovations in technology, several tools are being created to help you stay fit a lot easier and bearable. The use of fitness gadgets and wearables is one of the most common techniques used by fitness conscious people. These tools will easily keep track of your progress and achievements. It also offers a lot of benefits that will greatly help you in staying fit and well at all times. Read on and learn what you can get when you use these fitness gadgets and wearables.

Personal Accountability

Fitness gadgets and wearables allow you to track your progress and to compare it with your goals. The results obtained will psychologically encourage you to do more activities such as walking more steps, running faster, or sustaining a heartbeat. Some research shows that wearing a fitness gadget can increase the level of activity to about 30%.

Individual Goals

Fitness gadgets and wearables help you to build and to achieve your individually tailored goals. The use of these tools will allow you to set realistic goals for yourself with the help of different guides, workouts, and techniques. It will encourage you to be back on track and to stay on it until such time that your body already adapted to the changes that occurred.

Variety of Trackers

Fitness trackers and wearables come in different forms and types. Each of them has their own unique features and specifications. Some even come in customized designs to fit in the personality of the users. Choosing the best model primarily depends on your needs and your wants in order to properly perform the workout routines. This may include a GPS for better tracking of the distance you run, a heart rate feature for better monitoring of the heart rate through your watch, and a lot more.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Fitness gadgets and wearables can help monitor your heartbeat. This works using a transmitter that detects the electrical activity of the body. There are a variety of models available in the market that caters this feature. Some basic models include a display for easy monitoring while a more complicated model has an alarm, countdown timer, and program for better monitoring.

Monitor Sleeping Patterns

Some fitness gadgets and wearables have the capacity to manage your sleeping patterns. This feature will allow you to determine the number of hours you sleep in order to understand its quality. It can also send an alert for you to know the time you were restless and the time you were able to sleep. This tool will review all your sleeping patterns and will give recommendations on what sleeping habits will work best for you.

Hands-free Experience

Most of the fitness gadgets and wearables lack annoying cords and are hands-free. This gives you a hassle-free experience and better tracking, both during fitness and sleep. The hands-free feature will definitely improve your overall fitness experience.

Self-awareness

familyjogFitness gadgets and wearables will bring awareness to all the activities you perform. It will give you an overview of the number of steps you have, the amount of calories you burn, and the hours of sleep you get on a per day basis. Knowing this will give you a better understanding of how your body works as well as the things that should be improved and lessened to enhance overall wellness.

Motivation

Fitness gadgets and wearables will motivate you to continue working or to strive harder. This will keep track of your activities and how often you perform them. It can serve as a basis whether you are already doing your best or if you can do more. Indeed a great motivation to compete with yourself in order to know your own capabilities and strength.

All in one

Everything you need to stay fit is definitely put into one amazing tool. The fitness gadget and wearable is the ultimate thing that you can have to easily monitor all your hard work. It is equipped with amazing features that are specifically designed to handle all your needs. Additionally, these gadgets can give the best tips and techniques to improve your routines for better wellness and development.

The use of fitness gadgets and wearables is an emerging solution that helps motivate people to work hard and strive more to improve health and wellness. This tool together with the aid of Medicare can help a lot in order to achieve the goal of having a healthy and fit body. What are you waiting for? Go grab your own unit and enjoy every step of the way!

– Ryan Varela is the CEO of Boost Health Insurance which provides customized and affordable health care plans for thousands of customers across the United States. Ryan has nearly a decade of experience in the health care industry and continues to serve the greater need to educate and deliver access to affordable options to those who need health care the most.

Fitness Is In The Joints

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seniorjoggerJust so we’re all clear on the function, purpose, and importance of joints, joints are the points at which your bones meet and hinge much like each axis between the door and its frame, and since ‘joints’ rhymes with ‘points,’ you’ll find that easy to remember. Their purpose is to maintain the connections of all segments of the body while allowing various forms of flexible movement. Most importantly, you need joints in order to run, jump, limbo, twerk, and what-have-you. Much of what you do, therefore, to stay fit or even to capitalize on your fitness requires healthy joints. Many people exercise by jogging, swimming, doing aerobics, doing pushups, or all of the above. No matter what means you choose to exercise and stay fit, bad joints can make it impossible.

One might say that your fitness hinges on the wellness of your joints (see what we did there?). Harvard Health Publications reports that arthritis affects 20% of the American populace, which is quite a sizable chunk—1 in 5. The significance of arthritis, though, isn’t just in how many people are affected but, rather, in how joint pain is as immobilizing as joint stiffness if not more so. You’ll find yourself unable to be active either way, and there are loads of conditions that include joint pain in their myriads of symptoms. Anyone who has experienced these things can tell you that you don’t realize how important your joints are until something hinders your use, and you’ll find that staying active can become next to impossible due to discomfort or stiffness in joints that you’ve never once considered, which is why joint wellness is one of the most critical facets of fitness.

In order to make fitness easier on yourself in the future, it is incumbent upon you that you keep good control of your weight. Being overweight and especially being obese has an incredibly detrimental effect on so-called weight-bearing joints. These are the hips, the back, and especially the knees. Some people need chiropractic attention because of problems they caused by not taking measures to keep their weight within a healthy range. When you lose weight, you decrease the amount of regular pressure on those joints, which preserves their buoyancy and fitness for several more years so that you can keep exercising as you get older.

girljogExercise, of course, will help you regulate your weight, but there are certain types of exercise that physicians believe reduce joint swelling. Aerobics, for example, are low-impact exercises that increase your heart rate without pounding your joints. This is the benefit of cycling and swimming because you give your body a great workout and raise your heart rate plenty without having to pound your knees, hips, or lower back. If you sit in an office for much of the day, this might be especially pertinent to your lifestyle whether you’re overweight or not because prolonged stillness day-in and day-out causes stiffness in your joints, which can manifest as joint pain or lead to swelling.

The idea is most definitely to take care of your joints. Joint problems tend to be the first hindrance to fitness as people get older because they belabor the exercise process. They often do so before one even considers himself or herself old. At Green Oaks Spine & Sport we often address fitness from a chiropractic perspective, which is why we can’t help on point out how imperative it is that you take care of your joints in your fitness endeavors.

– Submitted by Mersad from gospineandsport.com.

Research Discovers Genes Linked To Twinning And Reproductive Fitness

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mombabyBearing fraternal non-identical twins, or dizygotic (DZ) twinning, has been known to run in families. Studies have suggested that DZ twinning is potentially influenced by more than one gene and linked to a maternal factor. In a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, an international collaborative team of researchers reports the finding of two genes that are associated with increased odds for women bearing fraternal twins.

“We know that dizygotic, or non-identical twins, is heritable and passed on down the maternal lineage. We had spent several years first identifying twinning genes in a really spectacular group of new world monkeys, the marmoset, who always have twins or triplets. Now we were ready to tackle the genetics of twinning in humans,” said Dr. Kjersti Aagaard associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, and one of the study’s lead authors. “Working with our colleagues around the globe, we not only found two genes with links to twinning, but to a number of different important signs of reproductive fitness.”

“There’s an enormous interest in twins and in why some women have twins while others don’t,” said Dr. Dorret Boomsma, a biological psychologist at Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam, and corresponding author for this work, who has compiled one of the largest twin databases in the world. “The question is very simple and our research shows for the first time that we can identify genetic variants [variations of a gene] that contribute to this likelihood.”

The follicle stimulating hormone (FSHB) gene, one of two genes found to be linked to DZ twinning, has shown significant effects on fertility affecting multiple reproductive aspects. For instance, FSHB helps control the menstrual cycle and the production of eggs by the ovary.

“We found that not only did the FSHB gene variant in moms associate with an increased likelihood of having DZ twins, but was associated in a gene dose-dependent manner to the amount of circulating follicle stimulating. In addition, women from four different cohorts around the globe carrying this genetic variant had their first period, menopause, their first child and their last child at an earlier age than women carrying other FSHB genetic variants,” said Aagaard.

Women who carried this FSHB genetic variant also showed signs of less occurrence of polycystic ovarian syndrome. With this discovery, researchers were able to tie this FSHB gene to multiple reproductive fitness traits.

The second gene found by the research team, SMAD3, affected the bearing of dizygotic twins a little differently.

“We found that moms who had this SMAD3 genetic variant also had a higher occurrence of twins,” said Aagaard. “But these moms were older at the birth of their last child, so it is a little bit different than what we saw with the FSHB variant.”

The SMAD3 genetic variant associated with DZ twinning, the authors propose, might increase the chances of DZ twinning by increasing the responsiveness to FSHB through the supporting granulosa cells.

Both genetic variants affect the growth of multiple follicles, which is needed for the development of non-identical twins. Dizygotic twins start with multiple ovulation, a maternal characteristic, and identical twins start with one embryo that splits in half.

This study focused on many different moms of twin cohorts from around the world, including a validation cohort of the population of Iceland. In this group, having each allelic FSHB variant increased women’s chances of having dizygotic twins by 18 percent per allele, and the SMAD3 variant increased the occurrence of twins by 9 percent per allele. Women who had both variants showed an increased chance of 29 percent.

The work has numerous potential applications in reproductive medicine and maternal health. For instance, it may help predict the outcome of multiple births and assist in the development of new strategies to optimize fertility.

Drawing on their recent work in the marmoset, Aagaard is optimistic that these and future evolution based genetic studies focused on twinning may yield key insights for pregnancy and reproductive health.

“What has always struck us about the marmoset is that their capacity for twinning is accompanied by unique adaptive traits that optimize their ability to both carry and care for multiple young at one time,” she said. “The more we can integrate our molecular and genetic findings in both marmoset and human moms, the greater the chance that we can unravel the mysteries of what enables reproductive fitness and optimal pregnancy outcomes in both singleton and multiple gestations.”

For the names, affiliations and support of the authors of this research, visit the Supplementary Materials section of the manuscript.

Interval Training Helps Build Cardiovascular Fitness

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weightsInterval training means alternating between short bursts of intense exercise and brief periods of rest or less-intense activity. It builds cardiovascular fitness, but it does require exercisers to push their personal limit.

Wondering whether interval training is the best way to enhance your workout? Interval training simply means alternating between short bursts of intense exercise and brief periods of rest (or less-intense activity). The payoff is improved cardiovascular fitness.

“Aerobic or cardiovascular training is designed to develop a healthier heart and circulatory system,” explains Howard Knuttgen, research associate in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in the September 2015 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch. “Some regimen of aerobic training is really essential to good health.”

Interval training requires the person to exercise for very brief periods at a higher intensity or velocity than he or she could otherwise sustain for five to 10 minutes before becoming exhausted, Knuttgen says. Here are a few ways to turn a typical moderate-intensity workout into a session of interval training:

Swimming. Swim one lap as fast as possible. Rest for about the same time as it took to swim the lap. Repeat.

Walking. Walk as fast as possible for a minute or two. Then walk at a leisurely pace for the same period. Repeat.

Gym machines. Treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bicycles often have a built-in interval training function to put gym-goers through their paces.

Read the full-length article: “Interval training for a stronger heart”

Also in the September 2015 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch:

* How to lower blood pressure without more pills

* The truth about how much water you need every day

* New guidance on how to overcome spine-related back pain

* Influenza vaccination tips

The Harvard Men’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

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Punching Up The Fitness Regimen

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newsFitness boxing is a great aerobic activity. It also helps improve muscle strength, endurance, balance, and possibly eye-hand coordination.

Boxing isn’t just a sport anymore. It’s also a popular way to stay fit — even among older adults — through a version known as fitness boxing, reports the November 2015 Harvard Health Letter. “This kind of boxing has many health benefits, because it constantly requires you to think, change your position, and change your posture,” says physical therapist Linda Arslanian, director of rehabilitation services at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Unlike traditional boxing that requires each boxer to spar with a partner, fitness boxing for older adults involves throwing punches at the air or at a punching bag, usually in a class. There are two main types of these exercise classes. In one, the class follows a leader and completes a series of boxing moves choreographed to bouncy music, similar to an aerobics class. The other type of exercise class involves strength training, stretching, and hitting a punching bag.

Don’t have the strength to stand and do boxing moves? Both types of classes are available for people who wish to remain seated while punching at the air or at a punching bag.

There’s no proof that fitness boxing is superior to any other types of exercise, but it does have many health benefits. It’s a great aerobic workout, it builds upper body strength, and it improves balance.

Read the full-length article: “Punch up your exercise routine with fitness boxing”

Also in the November 2015 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Which blood pressure medication is the right one for you?

* How to tell if your medications are making you depressed

* Avoiding foodborne illness at home and at the holiday buffet

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Common Sports Surgeries: How Orthopedics Help Sports And Fitness Related Injuries

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By Steve Barker

doctorSports stars commonly have orthopedic surgeries to fix injuries they receive during practice & games, like Oakland A’s catcher, Josh Phegley’s recent knee surgery. While most of us are aware of the importance of taking steps to avoid injury during physical activity, reading about these celebrity surgeries makes you wonder what sort of injuries sports stars (and us regular folk that just like to stay active) rely on surgeons at Orthopedic Associates to treat. There are a good number of injuries, but we’ve picked out a few of the most common to discuss the importance of orthopedics in helping with sports/fitness related injuries.

Common Injuries Sustained from Sports

Most injuries related to sports have something to do with joints, sprains, tears, and breaks, but do you know where? And what methods are commonly used to treat them?

Shoulder joint tear – About 20% of all sports injuries involve the shoulder, and that includes things like shoulder joint tears. Any of the three bones involved with the shoulder joint (scapula, clavicle, humerus) can become disturbed in such a way that injures the joint. One could sustain a severe fall which pulls the shoulder suddenly, or tear the joint while attempting a throwing motion incorrectly. The result is a typical one for joint problems: pain, reduced movement, and an overwhelming loss of strength in the joint. The treatment? Commonly, anti-inflammatory medicines, rest, and rehabilitative exercises can relieve symptoms. In other cases, though, a surgeon may have to perform an arthroscopic surgery to correct the issues within the shoulder, after which a period of rest and rehab will be necessary to regain full use of the joint.

Achilles tendon rupture – It’s the largest tendon in the body, so injury can occur in a number of ways. The actual structure of the tendon may become separated above the heel, but the tendon can also break away from the spot where it is connected to the heel bone. Ouch. It can be brought about in just about any sort of sport since a rupture of this nature can be induced from even simple actions like running. An achilles rupture can be treated by immobilizing the area with a cast (or something similar) and allowing the tendon to repair itself. Surgery can also suture the tendon back together, followed by a period of immobilization and then physical therapy.

joggerAnkle sprain – Almost everyone has seen one of these. The ligaments in the ankle are pushed too far and then tear apart. Perhaps you were walking on an uneven surface and fell? Or you were attempting a sports technique and twisted your foot? Sprains may even result from a blow to the foot. If the injury is minor enough, it can be treated at home with basic rest and application of ice. If it is a more severe injury, however, the type that causes intense pain and swelling, the doctor might need to intervene. They might have to do some X-Rays, and examine your ankle to assess the level of pain and range of motion. After this, the severity of the sprain will be graded. It could be a mild, grade 1 sprain, or it could be a very severe grade 3 sprain. The remedy? Most involve a combination of rest, compression, elevation of the ankle, and icing it down. If the injury is severe enough, you may also need to use crutches or an ankle brace for a period, and perhaps even undergo physical therapy.

Meniscus tear – One of the most common of all injuries to the knee. The cartilage in the knee, which serves to cushion it and keep it stable, can become torn through athletic activity. A bad squat, direct contact, and many other regular sports occurrences can bring about meniscus tears. Tears can limit mobility and should be treated correctly, depending on their size and location. Some meniscus tears can heal on their own. Others will need to be dealt with surgically. Knee arthroscopy is one of the most widely used procedures and involves trimming away damaged parts of the meniscus or suturing torn pieces back together. As with many procedures, therapy is often recommended afterwards to complete the healing process.

In Summary

Injuries happen, especially when engaging in strenuous physical activity! Thankfully, orthopedic procedures are an excellent way to correct many of the most common sports-related injuries. Orthopedics procedures are also a good option for treating joint injuries sustained through day-to-day activity. If you’ve experienced an injury, orthopedic consultation might be the way to begin your road to recovery.

New Bacteria-Resistant Fitness Towel

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exerciseballTowel Tech’s groundbreaking new gym towel calls on breakthrough fiber technology to resist bacteria and microbes, while at the same time exceeding the functionality of most existing fitness towel products. From its sleek zippered mesh pocket and color-coded sides to a powerful small magnet that allows it to attach to the side of equipment rather than lie on the floor – Towel Tech is a game-changer set to help thousands avoid contracting colds and the flu from their local health club.

While most gym-goers pay their monthly fee to work towards improving their health, millions hate using the gym during wintertime for its somewhat magic ability to harvest debilitating cold and flu viruses. And the culprit? Wiping down equipment with the last guy’s infected sweat! But one California-based team may have solved this conundrum with what could be the world’s most revolutionary towel.

They have aptly titled it ‘Towel Tech’; a gym towel made from a state-of-the-art combination patented fiber called TENCEL®. It’s naturally resistant to most forms of bacteria and microbes, allowing fitness fanatics to wipe down gym equipment and themselves, without the inherent risk of contracting a virus.

“Public gyms and fitness centers are riddled not only with cold and flu bacteria, but just about any disease that can live in someone’s sweat. For decades people have been trying to avoid getting sick from the gym, and what they often don’t realize is that their trusty gym towel is its own worst enemy,” says Henry Cohn, co-founder of Towel Tech. “So, we tasked ourselves with creating a towel that can hygienically be used to wipe down equipment, wipe ourselves and do it all while resisting bacteria.”

Continuing, “It is eco-friendly, highly-absorbent and dries almost twice as fast as any other towel on the market. The new age materials and elite functionality fuse to create something that is not only useful, but something that actually works.”

Towel Tech’s breakthroughs stretch far and beyond its bacteria resistance. A convenient zippered mesh pocket allows for easy storage of small items while working out, along with a tiny powerful magnet that allows the towel to hygienically stay attached to equipment/lockers and off the floor.

But perhaps the most ingenious extra feature comes from simple color-coded sides.

“The towel’s reverse-color design allows users to remember which side to use to wipe down equipment and which side to use for their body. This further enhances Towel Tech’s hygiene mandate. It has to be the “safest” towel in the world!”

Towel Tech is already being used by thousands of gym users, athletes, personal trainers and even professional sportspeople. Many have come out with rave reviews.

Zack K. from Huntington Beach comments, “I don’t have to empty my shorts before hopping on the leg press or row and I can stash my gloves since I only use them on a few sets.”

Dan from Seattle bought Towel Tech for his wife. The results have blown him away: “Michelle is using it all the time – she’s in training to become a barre teacher for a second income and is at the gym most nights after work. She really likes the towel for sure. She goes to barre class 3-5X a week and uses it every time. So it’s seen regular use, and she’s happy to have it. The magnet is so darn strong – it’s a cool feature especially for athletes like her that are very germ-aware. And the barre studio is very Spartan. Nowhere to set anything down so the magnet is key.”

For more information on Towel Tech or to place an order, visit the official website: toweltech.com.

Product Specs: 26 inches X 16 inches, color: Grey/Silver, weight: 9 Ounces, made from eco-friendly 50 %TENCEL® (Lenzing AG of Austria) and 50% combed cotton, US Utility Patent Pending.

Towel Tech can also be seen in action on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1I2v1Nc.

Summer Doesn’t Mean Fitness Goals Have To End

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joggerKeep track of fitness goals this summer with newly released, easy-to-use templates from MyExcelTemplates.com

The majority of fitness goals are created around January 1st of every year. Some may reach their goals by summer and some may not. Some goals are set a year or two out. Whatever the goal or deadline, MyExcelTemplates.com has created a variety of documents to help keep the goal in sight and track progress.

Measuring everything at the start of a fitness journey is imperative to tracking progress over time. MyExcelTemplates.com offers a few different types of calculators to help identify measurements such as body fat percentage and Body Mass Index. Once these calculations have been made and all other necessary measurements are taken, any of the fitness plan templates can be used to track everything from workouts to diet.

“Some of our templates help with one specific area such as workouts,” says Ben Davidson, spokesperson for MyExcelTemplate.com. “We know some people already have a diet or meal plan in place so they may only need to track exercise. Others need the whole package so we also offer templates that cover measurements over time, diet, and exercise.”

joggersFor those looking to work out with a partner and track dual progress, MyExcelTemplates.com offers a Partner Weight Loss template as well. They also offer calculators and trackers that take into account gender so that men and women can see how they compare to average benchmarks for their gender, height, and beginning weight.

“We did our best to think of various scenarios and types of information consumers would need to help track their fitness progress,” adds Davidson. “We know a lot of people want to meet their goals before summer starts, but there is a large group of people still working on their goals or maintaining the progress they achieved before summer began. We’re here to help everyone.”

To download fitness log and tracker templates, visit MyExcelTemplates.com.

Family Fun And Fitness: Finding The Best Backyard Playset

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By Jereme Thomas

groupkidswbgFinding something that promises to deliver hours of family fun and helps to keep kids fit and active is not always that easy, but a backyard playset can often satisfy all of these requirements.

Children naturally enjoy playing outside and are always keen to have some fun through climbing, sliding and swinging, which are things you can do when you install a backyard playset for them.

Plenty of reasons

If you need a reason to buy a playset for your kids, there are plenty of them, and when you add them all together it makes the idea of investing in one for your backyard seem like a bit of a no-brainer.

Fresh air and exercise

In a digital age, it is great to see the kids enjoy some fresh air and exercise and soon forget about the iPad when they are having so much fun.

Outdoor play equipment offers the opportunity for physical exercise whilst they are playing. Climbing to the top of a slide before enjoying that quick descent helps children to develop their upper and lower body strength and also improves their cardiovascular health with all that running around.

Good for their health

There are definite benefits attached to being outside that go beyond the obvious advantage of keeping kids fit and healthy through the exercise that a playset offers.

Simply being outside and soaking up some sunlight will help boost their vitamin D intake and some studies also show that regular exposure to mud and dirt, which is part of the fun as far as they are concerned, actually boosts their immune system, which is obviously a positive aspect to consider.

Choosing the right equipment

Kid’s playsets offer a wide variety of different options, so you can have a slide, monkey bars and different combinations of ladders and other equipment to allow them to climb safely.

Although a good playset will have been manufactured with safety as an important consideration, you do have to ensure that you choose the right equipment that is appropriate to the age of your child.

Children develop quite quickly and you will certainly want to buy a playset that offers your kid’s the chance to enjoy at least several years of enjoyment, but it is always advisable to remember that equipment that is fun and safe for a 10-year old, will not be suitable for a toddler.

Look for a playset model that allows you to modify the equipment at a later date but if you are unsure, take advice from the supplier as to what combination of equipment is safe and appropriate for your child to use right now.

twokidsunSuitable and safe

If you have children who are under two, the tower railing needs to be as open as possible with slats in place rather than solid walls, so that they can learn to climb more easily.

A tower for a child of this age should ideally not be any more than five feet off the ground, but a six foot tower might be acceptable in order to keep the playset just as exciting as they grow a bit bigger. A two-child back-to-back glider is worth considering, as it children tend to get the hang of these more quickly than a traditional swing, and it encourages them to use their arm muscles which will help them get fitter as well.

A glider is suitable for ages two and up and you should get plenty of use out of it, as older kids also tend to enjoy riding them too.

Equipment options

Older kids will love using a rock-climbing wall and if you get one with colored grips or rocks, they can play games following the color patterns as they climb up and down. Tire swings are quite popular with kids, but they are quite heavy and can easily knock a child over if they get too close while someone else is on it, so it wouldn’t be advisable to get one fitted if you have kids aged under four.

Trapezes are also best avoided for younger children, as the young ones find them difficult to get the hang of and this can present a dislocation hazard. Monkey bars are another item that are more suited to older children, as they need a reasonable amount of upper body strength and can become dangerous if a young child manages to climb to the top, but can’t then get down safely.

A playset in your backyard offers a great chance to enjoy some family fun and improve fitness, just take the time to choose the right combination of equipment so that they can play as safely as possible.

– Jereme Thomas is the owner and founder of Totally Swing Sets, an online swing set store that specializes in quality wooden swing sets and outdoor accessories. His wife, Nikki, assists in running Totally Swing Sets as the Director of Sales and Service.