Category Archives: Health Tips

I have had many question about standing desks so I thought I would show you some potential benefits of switching.  As you may have heard, sitting is the new smoking. In fact a recent Scientific American article, called Killer Chairs: How Desk Jobs Ruin Your Health goes as far as saying, “chairs are lethal”.  Sitting for prolonged periods has been linked to many health problems. A few of the conditions related to prolonged sitting include weight gain, poor posture; neck, shoulder and back pains, varicosities,… Read more »

It’s Short But Is It Sweet?

January 20, 2016  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments  | 

  Many of you may have made New Year’s resolutions that included exercise.  Hopefully you are still striving toward your goals.  I wanted to explore with you a popular form of exercise that is short in duration but high in intensity.  This is called HIIT – High intensity interval training.  It is often touted that you can get a full workout in 20 minutes or less.  A HIIT workout usually combines intervals of intense (all out or near all out) exercise for 10 to… Read more »
  The idea that “natural” is better is heavily promoted in the health, fitness and beauty industry.  Being natural may have an immediate appeal to many of us while something synthetic, artificial or man-made is unappealing.  Besides, isn’t it common sense that natural must be better for us?  We all want the food, supplements and products we use to be safe, healthy and wholesome. Isn’t natural always better? I wish I could simply give you an enthusiastic YES.   It would be wonderful if… Read more »

Do the Most Important Things First

November 23, 2015  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments  |  Tags:

    This past week I had an extensive conversation with someone regarding the best type of salt to use – iodized table, kosher, sea, Himalayan or Celtic.  She was very convinced that one particular type of salt was the best, had great health benefits and that you would be foolish to use anything else.  Although the conversation was interesting and you should consider your health in any choice you make, the whole encounter left me feeling a little frustrated.  I think the… Read more »

Is Sitting Really The New Smoking?

February 10, 2015  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments  | 

The evidence against sitting is piling up. Sitting is being linked to more and more health problems: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, a variety of cancers and cardiovascular disease, not to mention a shorter life span. There’s even a new axiom floating around, “Sitting is the new smoking.”   But unlike smoking, sitting isn’t a habit most of us can avoid. In many ways, the modern workplace is built around it. Research shows that these days less than 20 percent of jobs require moderate physical activity…. Read more »

Colds & Flu Tip – Preventing the Flu

December 15, 2014  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments  | 

  Here’s information on how to take preventative steps to protect yourself from colds, flu and other infections.   Probably the single best measure you can take is to wash your hands often and keep them away form your eyes and nose.   Take the time to wash under your fingernails as this is where some bacteria and viruses are harbored. Try to avoid contact with people who have a respiratory illness. Get enough sleep, relaxation and rest.  Running yourself down will lead… Read more »

Is Running Actually Bad For Your Knees?

December 9, 2014  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments  |  Tags:

  In an article written by K. Aleisha Fetters she states that the most common running injuries hit the knees. But running isn’t to blame.   “Running gets a bad rap, but running can strengthen the knee, and those who run throughout their lives have stronger knees than those who don’t,” according to physical therapist Michael Silverman, P.T., M.S.P.T., coordinator of the Tisch Performance Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery.   In fact, the largest study of runners ever completed, which was… Read more »
In the past it was recommended that you stretch before your workout because it would help your performance and reduce the risk of injuries.  The science behind this thinking has changed. Numerous research studies have shown that some types of stretching can enhance your workout while others do not improve or reduce your athletic capabilities.   There are different methods of stretching but the two main types are static and active.   Static stretching is a type of stretch whereby a person stretches… Read more »
      For a long time, doctors and non-doctors alike have been recommending the painkiller acetaminophen (paracetamol) — more popularly known as Tylenol — for a wide array of pains, including lower back pain. But now a new Australian study, published in medical journal The Lancet, has found that Tylenol does nothing to help lower back pain and is just as efficient at alleviating pain as a placebo sugar pill.     “Simple analgesics such as paracetamol might not be of primary importance in the management of acute… Read more »
Walking is a low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits. Here’s how to get started.   Walking is a gentle, back friendly, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It’s one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise. It’s safe, simple, doesn’t require practice, and the health benefits are many. Here’s more about why walking is good for you, and how to get started with a walking program.                  … Read more »