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How to Maintain Physical and Mental Health Through Balance

APHE1-14-15When people discuss “getting in shape,” they are usually referring to one thing: physical health. They envision big gyms, treadmills, pre-work sweat sessions, and deprivation from their favorite foods.

Not only is that going about it the wrong way, it is completely ignoring one of the most vital parts of good health. Exercise is great for your body but it is also spectacular for the mind. Those working in stressful fields, like nursing and other medical professions, would do well to recognize the many sides of well-being, including physical, nutritional, and mental health.

Heading into the new year, most people don’t have a plan other than to “get healthy.” They are missing a plan to implement those intentions in a real, attainable way. Want to maintain physical and mental health this year? Read on.


The Truth About Texting and Driving

APHE1-9-15As I was heading to Madison, Wisconsin last week, I noticed an interstate sign that said “Drive Sober, 469 deaths this year.” On my way home the sign read, “Drive Sober, 470 deaths this year.” I really started thinking about that number. I’m sure the majority of those deaths had nothing to do with alcohol, but rather distracted driving.

Accidents are exactly what they are called… accidents. The question is, how many accidents could have been prevented just by paying attention, slowing our speed, and putting our devices down, in addition to driving sober?


Set Yourself up for Healthy Success in 2015

APHE12-22The New Year is here! If you haven't made your resolutions already, take some time to think about how you can make 2015 your healthiest year yet.

Self-improvement is a shared American value, but following through on personal goals can be troublesome. Research at the University of Scranton suggests that of the 40% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions every year, only a mere 8% actually achieve their goals. 


9 Yoga Stretches for First Responders

APHE12-28Working as a First Responder can be exciting and stressful. Often, a person's life is literally in your hands. You need to be sharp, focused, and able to react quickly to provide the best care possible to those in urgent need of medical help. Part of providing this care is to remain in top physical and mental shape, ensuring that you are able to perform your job. A great way to accomplish this is through yoga.

Yoga is one of the best ways to rid yourself of unwanted mental fatigue and keep your body supple and strong. But you don’t have to sign up for a yoga class or attend a workshop to find this out for yourself. Just keep a copy of these nine helpful yoga poses right in your home or office:


Foods to Avoid at Holiday Parties

aphe12-22If you are trying to stay healthy and avoid extra calories around the holidays, then you know it’s not always easy. Between snacks around the office, extra grocery store goodies, and a plethora of indulgences at holiday parties, planning a realistic diet can seem impossible.


The Importance of Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

APHE12-15It’s nearly the thick of winter and Christmas is just around thecorner. With so much to do, you may be tempted to forgo your workout routineand continue through December without thinking of the gym once. Take heed! Thereare multiple benefits to keeping fit throughout the holidays—for both mentaland physical reasons. You’ll also be thanking yourself when January 1st rollsaround and it’s time to “get back on track.” So many people promise themselvesthroughout Christmas parties, happy hours, and time spent on the family couch.

Here are just a few reasons to consider keeping your workout routine in check even as you enjoy holiday goodies and a little time off work.


The Skinny on Holiday Cooking

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It’s easy to overindulge during the holiday season with tempting treats, work parties, and family gatherings. There’s never a better time than now to start a healthy holiday tradition. One way is to lighten up your family’s favorite high calorie dishes. Follow these tips to create healthier versions of your holiday staples. Your body and your family will say “thank you!”


Tips for Maintaining Your Workout Regimen in the New Year

APHE12-1A New Year’s Resolution seems like a wonderful thing at face value. It’s the perfect time to think positively, get your goals down on paper and thoughtfully consider how you’ll achieve them.

The holidays can be hectic at the hospital or doctor's office, as patients come in with more aches, pains and infections than other times of the year. Maintaining your healthy lifestyle in the face of all the buzz will be key to feeling sane and in control.

Like most people, one of your goals this year may be to lose weight or get in shape. In fact, 66% of those who make resolutions put one of those two things down on the list.

Unfortunately, 77% of those with such resolutions fail before meeting their goal. It doesn’t have to be this way if you don’t want it to be -- so let's find a way to stick with it, even when you're working 12-hour shifts and dealing with less than happy patients.

Having successfully maintained a healthy weight and conquered fitness focused New Year’s resolutions myself, I have some great tips to share with you about maintaining your fitness regiment far beyond the chilly days of January.


Healthy Holiday Eating Habits

APHE11-24Holidays are joyous occasions for celebrating with family, friends — and food! 

Unfortunately, the temptation of high calorie, delicious treats can sabotage any attempt at maintaining a healthy weight. 

The National Institutes of Health reports that holiday eating leads many Americans to put on an average of one or two pounds each year. Over the course of a few years, those pounds can really add up!  

As the holiday season approaches, I’d like to offer some tips to helpyou stay on track with your diet and avoid gaining weight — while still enjoying and making the most of the season.


Workout Tips for Holiday Travelers (and Everyone Else)

APHE11-16Summer is really over now, which can be a relief for those of us attempting to keep an optimal physique. It’s tempting to simply relax into winter and forget about shorts and bathing suits.

The only problem? You’ll soon start feeling like garbage.

There’s only way to stay looking good and, more importantly, feeling good in the cold winter months, and that’s working out.

If you are traveling over Thanksgiving or the Christmas holidays, getting in a workout can seem like a huge pain. You’re outside your normal parameters and you’ve tons to do; the excuses line up so easily.

Hang with me — you’ll thank me for what I’m about to share. There is a super easy to way sneak in workouts, even when you are traveling and tired. In fact, getting your heart pumping is the perfect way to ward off exhaustion and family-induced stress.


Healthy Eating Tips for a Healthier Heart

APHE11-9Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 81 million people in the U.S. have some form of heart disease, a number that calculates to about 35 percent of the population. Chances are that you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease. The good news is that many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable. 

There are only a few factors, such as gender, age and family history, that cannot be controlled. Making healthy food choices, however, is not among them, and is key in managing or preventing heart disease and its associated risk factors.


5 Essential Stretches for Teachers

APHE11-3As a teacher, you probably get to move around more than someone who has a typical office job. That’s wonderful, because movement keeps the blood flowing and takes the pressure off your back. 

But it doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need a little TLC throughout the day to keep it in top shape.

Hopefully, you have a break or two throughout the day  —  a time when you can tune out of the world and tune in to your body. A few key, and relatively simple, stretches are all you need to feel revitalized and ready to take on the next part of your day.

Here are 5 essential stretches you should try to make a part of your daily workday routine:


Top 5 Muscle Groups To Work for Lifeguards

APHE10-27Lifeguarding is a serious occupation, and it requires people who are in tip-top shape. 

But how do lifeguards know what muscles to train, specifically, in order to best be prepared for an life-saving emergency?

Things may be calm most of the day. Then, in an instant, a lifeguard is called upon to sprint or dive into water that might be shockingly cold, and swim quickly to its deepest parts. And that's when the hardest, and most dangerous, part of lifeguarding begins: rescuing a drowning or distressed swimmer.

Lifeguards need the lung capacity, endurance and strength to gain control of people in panic, and safely guide or carry them out of the water and back to safety. Regular exercise of key muscle groups, done well, can help. 


The Importance of Drinking More Water, Fewer Sweetened Beverages

APHE11-20Water: The Best of All Possible Beverages

Water, covering 71 percent of the Earth, is vital to all forms of life.  Water also serves many functions in our bodies and without it we, too, would not exist. In fact, our bodies consist of about 70 percent water – and our brains, 90 percent. It is important to drink water regularly so that you are always functioning, physically and mentally, to your fullest potential!


Healthy Snacking Can Actually Be Good for You

APHE10-13Have you ever found yourself famished at the end of a workday because you were so busy you FORGOT to eat? The problem with going for extended periods of time without eating is that it can cause major setbacks in maintaining or reaching a healthy weight. 

It’s important for us to eat something at least every 4 to 6 hours to prevent our bodies from going into what's called “starvation mode.” This expression ably captures what happens when your body, responding to too long a period without food and unsure of when you’ll get your next meal, forces your metabolism to slow down so that you burn fewer calories at any given level of activity.


Breakfast is the Key to Success

 

APHE10-6Millions of Americans regularly skip breakfast, either due to lack of time or a desire to lose weight. But as your mother said, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and there is much truth in that statement.  

 

Good nutrition in the morning plays a key role in boosting energy and in keeping adults — as well as children and adolescents — going throughout the day. The word breakfast simply means “breaking the fast.” And that's exactly what it is: Breakfast is the time to replenish the body after the long stretch of nighttime hours and get it ready for working hours ahead.


Tony Horton VS. Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Great Debate Between P90X and Crossfit

APHE9-29When you spend your days saving the lives of others, it’s important to be in great shape.  The problem with physical fitness, however, is that it can become dull or tedious which makes it easy to start blowing off.

 

So, you look for new and exciting ways to get your work out in, and—unless you’ve been living under a rock—you’ve come across both P90X and Crossfit. And, there it is.  The great debate.


10 Best Blogs for EMTs Needing to Keep Healthy and Fit

APHE9-22You’ve a high-stress and physically demanding job that runs 24/7. You’ve a fair share of off-hour, ever-changing shifts that put you at odds with the demands of family and personal life. You're often on the road, frequently on-call, and always needing to keep up with the latest in your field.


Why Hydration is So Important to Your Health Today, Tomorrow

APHE9-15I don't know about you, but I feel like most of the stories that populate my Facebook newsfeed are meaningless and obviously targeted.

But every once in a while, Facebook gets it right and delivers me a story I can’t pass up.

Such was the case about a week ago. My friend posted a link to Drinking Three Litres of Water a Day Took TEN YEARS Off My Face. Really, it was the image that grabbed my attention. The picture showed before-and-after mugshots of a woman who had dramatically changed in appearance. The article suggested the change in appearance was due to a dramatic increase of daily water intake (from 1 liter to 3 liters, daily).

 


5 Foods to Choose to Prevent Energy Crashes

APHED branding imageI am no nutritionist or doctor. And by no means am I trying to suggest that I am. But I am a health-conscious individual that reads the news and tabloids about diet and nutrition on a regular basis and spent a stint inside the nation’s capital as a political reporting intern with The Wall Street Journal covering the “food safety and nutrition” beat.

 

 


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