Finally, spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. It seems like I try to rush it every year. For example, I'll clean the winter coats and put them away only to get them back out when the temperature drops again. Or, I'll plant a few flowers and then have to rush out one night and put sheets over them during an overnight freeze warning. Yes, two true stories that just occurred in the last couple of weeks. But now, so far, we have seen some consistently warm and beautiful spring days. It gets me into that spring fever mode where I want to be outside all the time. And with my daughter finally holding her head up well, I think I'll start to venture out to our park and take a walk. I've always enjoyed walking . I remember thinking years ago that it was a waste of time. I thought unless I was killing myself and breaking a massive sweat, I really wasn't "working out." But I'm glad to know you don't have to overwork yourself to take...
The cost of health care has gone steadily up in the last 10 years. Hospitals must do their best to provide good treatment in as little time as possible. This often means sending a patient home soon after surgery. Going home after surgery requires that the patient is medically stable. The patient must also be able to walk and move without help. Often hospital staff are already planning the patient's discharge before surgery even begins. How is this possible? Do they have a crystal ball to show how well someone will do? No, they use a set of "predictors." In the case of hip fracture, age, mental state, and the ability to get around before fracture predict how well someone will do in the early days after surgery. Many studies have identified factors that don't predict how well someone will do after surgery. These factors include type of surgery, type of anesthesia, side of fracture, education level, and country of origin. Researchers keep trying to find new factors that will help with disc...
Walking and health
Health and walking; Mild exercise; Exercise - is walking worthwhile
Regular exercise -- including walking
-- decreases your risk of death, heart attacks,
stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers,
osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, and obesity. It also
improves overall health, helps osteoarthritis and
diabetes, boosts HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and
If you do not have any medical conditions
that might make walking harmful to you (such
as being likely to fall or having active
heart disease), walking is an excellent, inexpensive
form of exercise. You should always check with your
medical provider before you begin any new form of
Thirty minutes of physical activity (walking or
other) on most days is recommended by the Surgeon
General. A brisk 30-minute walk burns about 200
calories. Walking slowly for 30 minutes uses 100
calories. Even making a few minor changes, such as
parking farther from wor...
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