This weekend I’ll be participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in my area. It’s a short jaunt – just a 3K walk and fun run. Earlier this week, I started realizing that many people do what I do – mix exercise while supporting a cause they hold close to their heart. And in fact, some people seem to make training for these events the center of their exercise regimen.
Take Michelle, who has focused most of her effort to fighting cancer through participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen 5K Walks, and the 3-Day Komen for the Cure. “I participate because I HATE cancer! I watched a very dear friend die from pancreatic cancer nine years ago on Nov. 9,” she explained. “Since then I have lost several other friends to cancer, including my roommate’s mother to breast cancer. I hope that by selecting one organization to support that they will find a cure, and that will unlock the door to ot...
Light-headedness - dizzy; Loss of balance; Vertigo
If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up:
Avoid sudden changes in posture.
Get up from a lying position slowly, and stay seated for a few moments before standing.
When standing, make sure you have something to hold on to.
If you have vertigo, the following tips can help prevent your symptoms from becoming worse:
Keep still and rest when symptoms occur.
Avoid sudden movements or position changes.
Slowly increase activity.
You may need a cane or other help walking when you have a loss of balance during a vertigo attack.
Avoid bright lights, TV, and reading during a vertigo attacks, because they may make symptoms worse.
Avoid activities such as driving, operating heavy machinery, and climbing until 1 week after your symptoms disappear. A sudden dizzy spell during these activities can be dangerous.
Call your health care prov...
When you are living with gout, a lack of exercise can cause a vicious cycle that worsens and intensifies the painful effects of the disease. Gout makes your joints hurt and that makes you less likely to get up and get moving. This inactivity in turn makes you less flexible, weakens your muscles and joints, and can result in bone loss. These changes amplify the painful symptoms of gout. Exercise can absolutely help you keep your gout in check and promote faster healing. The right exercises can reduce pain and increase your energy as well as keep you in shape by maintaining a healthy body weight and building healthy bones, joints, and muscles. The right kind of regular exercise can help reverse the effects of gout. It will also build more muscle, increase bone density and boost your overall level of fitness. With regular exercise, you will feel stronger and have more energy. Also, it is important to remember that the most effective 1-2 punch is a healthy diet combi...
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