Last week, I had my monthly massage with Ruth. I love going to see her because (a) she’s become a friend; (b) massages (for the most part) feel really good; and (c) I get a chance to analyze what’s happening with my body when she hits a pressure point or finds a muscle that’s really tight. This month, I asked Ruth to pay attention to my legs. “My hamstring muscles have been really tight as of late,” I told her during our pre-massage discussion. “They haven’t been cramping, but they feel like they are thinking about it.”
So why would they have been tightening up? Ruth’s guess was that these muscles were reacting to the extra mile that I’ve added to my daily walk with my dog. And – surprisingly – she found that my calf muscles were much tighter than my hamstrings.
So what is muscle stiffness? “Muscle stiffness is [the] feeling of tension and contraction in the muscles, that may limit normal range of motion,&rd...
Every asthmatic, as well as parents of asthmatic children, must be watchful for the four asthma triggers that come about in the cold weather seasons. While many of these triggers are difficult to avoid, there are things we can do to prevent them from triggering asthma.
Cold air : Cold air can trigger an asthma attack. I remember going sledding with my brothers when I was a kid and having an asthma attack nearly every time. This was very frustrating for me.
It took me a while, but eventually I realized it was the cold air itself that was triggering my asthma. Eventually I learned that it wasn't just me but most asthma and other chronic lungers whose lungs are affected this way by cold air.
While these may take some of the fun out of cold weather games, there are some tips for dealing with and preventing cold air asthma attacks:
Wear a scarf over your mouth and nose
Do not exercise outdoors.
Early this morning, I heard the first blast of this latest winter weather knocking on the door. Well, actually, maybe I had better say that the wind gust that signaled the impending deep freeze rattled our windows. And almost everyone’s going to be really cold! When I work, I often stream the broadcast of Colorado Public Radio. This morning, they’re reporting that Aspen, Colorado is 12 degrees below zero. Brrrrr!
So what should you do if you like to exercise outdoors, but when you open your door, you’re faced with this type of bracing chill? Here are some tips:
Check with your doctor before exercising in cold weather. The Mayo Clinic notes that while everyone can safely exercise in cold weather, people with certain conditions such as asthma and heart issues can be at risk. Therefore, it’s important to talk to your doctor about any precautions you need to take based on your individual health.
Check the weather before heading outdoors. A wind chill can make exer...
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