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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Consequences of Alcohol on Your Body

    Saint Patricks Day. Luck of the Irish. Wearing green. Where did binge drinking come into the picture? Holidays mean different things to different people. To many, it seems like St. Pattys Day is a reason to overindulge in alcohol. When did that tradition start? Or better, why?

    Some say it’s to honor the day St. Patrick died. Pour one out for the homie, pour ten down your throat. Some say it’s because the Lenten restrictions are lifted for the day, encouraging people to revisit the vices they are abstaining from for lent. Nothing cleans the soul like a good black out.

    Whatever the reason, St. Patricks Day has become a day of parades and heavy drinking. By some estimates, over 4.2 billion pints of beer are consumed during St. Patty’s Day celebrations. That’s a lot of pints. While it may be all in good fun, not everyone benefits from this indulgence. Number one of that list? Your body.

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  • Your Treadmill can Do More than Just Walk You!

    The T1000 Treadmill has enough programs to keep it interesting. However, to add some upper body strength and lower body strength, try these small routines on the alternate days of using a pre-programmed routine. Adding strength by using the same equipment you use for cardiovascular workout days is a win-win.

    Walking Lunges with Incline Walk (intermediate):

    When you add the lunge you are adding balance and strength. Make sure you keep your knees behind your toes, you are bending the back knee and lowering your body straight down. Start at 1 mph for these and do not exceed 2 mph. The purpose of this exercise is slow and controlled. With each increase of incline (start at 3 if you can!), complete 2-3 minutes of walking lunges and then walk quickly (3 mph+) for 5 minutes. You can complete 2-4 sets of this routine. This routine emphasizes a lot of lower body strength.

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  • Heart Month Should Really Be Heart Year

    As you might have heard, February was heart month. A whole month dedicated to heart health. But is a month really long enough? Heart disease is the number one killer in America, with nearly 600,000 deaths annually attributed to some form of heart disease (that’s nearly 1 in every 4 deaths). Coronary heart disease (CHD, a disease where a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries restricting the flow of blood to the heart) is the most common, claiming nearly 380,000 lives annually. If you think flowers and dinner for Valentine’s Day can be pricey, the estimated yearly cost of CHD alone to the United States is $108.9 billion.

    While February is often a month for love, here are some cold hard facts:

    • Over 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, one of the three key heart disease risk factors according to the CDC.
    • Overall, 49% of Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors.
    • 720,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year, with almost 30% of those not being their first.
    • A heart attack occurs every 34 seconds.

     

    Even more frightening, heart disease is on the rise. Studies have suggested that by 2030, as much as 40% of the population in the United States will have some type of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Costs associated with all forms of heart disease are expected to triple by 2030, topping out at over one trillion dollars.

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