Wellness Wednesdays – 8/21/19

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Heart-rate based interval training produces results from the inside out. At Orangetheory, we train in five heart rate zones with your progress tracked and displayed on large screens in the studio so you can monitor your performance in real time.

Wearing a heart rate monitor enables you to measure and track the effectiveness of your workouts and achieve the following benefits:

Tailor the Intensity of the Workout for Your Body: Not everyone starts with the same conditioning. Heart-rate based training normalizes these differences so your workout intensity can deliver the benefits matched for your body.

Attain Efficiencies in Your Workout: You’ll get the most from your workouts if you’re exercising at the proper intensity for your health and fitness goals.

Track Improvements: If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.  Your Orangetheory workout summaries are emailed to you and stored in the app so you can compare prior workouts and track improvement.

WELLNESS ON THE WEB

Study Reveals The Emotional Journey Of A Digital Detox While Traveling

Traveling is often thought of as one of the best ways to take time off from work and other day-to-day responsibilities. But according to MedicalXPress.com, new research reveals the emotional journey that tourists go on when they disconnect from technology and social media while traveling as well.

The study by the University of East Anglia, University of Greenwich and Auckland University of Technology, investigated how engaging in digital-free tourism impacted travelers’ holiday experiences. It involved losing access to technologies such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, the internet, social media and navigation tools.

Published in the Journal of Travel Research, the findings show there were initial anxiety, frustration and withdrawal symptoms among many of the travelers, but later growing levels of acceptance, enjoyment and even liberation.

So next time you travel, try leaving your phone at the hotel for a day or even just an afternoon; you might be surprised how liberating it can be.

Got Pain? Virtual Reality May Be The Answer

Now more than ever, Americans are looking for alternative ways to manage pain while reducing their intake of pills. Some try alternative medicine but others are turning to virtual reality.

A recent article by NPR.org highlights a study published this month, which is just the latest to document that an immersive, virtual reality experience can be an effective strategy for reducing pain.

The study adds to other evidence pointing toward potential benefits of VR to manage pain. Going back more than 15 years, studies have shown the technique to be useful in a range of settings — from helping people cope with anxiety to helping reduce acute pain during medical procedures, during physical therapy or during dental procedures. There’s some evidence VR can help with chronic pain, too.

Although VR is still a new technology, there is a growing body of evidence to support the idea that VR may be the key to future pain management.

LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

August 28

Life at the End of Life: Understanding Your Options

End-of-life conversations can be challenging. Learn from Stacey Blakeslee, Community Liaison at Brookhaven Hospice, about your available options.

Methuen, Mass. | SeniorLivingResidence.com

September 9

27th Annual Golf Tournament

Join Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in their 27th Annual Golf Tournament.

Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillMa.ChamberMaster.com

September 19

Dinner and a Presentation: Cirrent Research Tends for Parkinson’s, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Nurse practitioners and physician’ assistants are invited to a dinner and presentation, featuring Geriatric Neuropsychiatrist Robert B. Portney and Chief Medical Officer of New England PET Imaging/ Radiologist as guest speakers.

Methuen, Mass. | ActiveMedResearch.com

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