Wellness Wednesdays – 9/18/19

Perhaps you’ve tried a gym or fitness routine in the past that just felt like a dead end – no guidance, no inspiration and no results. Well, it’s not you, it’s your workout. You can achieve your goals to become a fitter, stronger, better version of yourself.

Imagine a workout designed with one goal in mind: to make sure anyone who tries it feels successful. At Orangetheory Fitness, we deliver on this promise every day.

The Perfect Package. Orangetheory provides a one hour total body workout, combining cardio and strength training.  All workouts are guided by certified coaches and tailored to meet your goals – and are different every day, so you’ll never get bored.

A Workout for All Levels. You are encouraged to go at your own level.  Our unique heart rate-based training allows you to measure results specific to your own body.

It’s a Community, Not a Competition. At Orangetheory, you will find yourself surrounded by an encouraging and supportive group of like-minded individuals with a common goal: to become better versions of themselves.

Orangetheory Fitness Methuen @ the Loop | 978.620.5850

Orangetheory Fitness Chelmsford @ Drum Hill | 978.577.5901

WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Five Health Tips For People With Busy Lives

There are lots of reasons that people neglect their health and wellbeing, but not having enough time is often at the top of the list. When you have a full-time job, children, a household to maintain and other obligations you’re responsible for, it can consume so much of your time that thinking about eating a nutritious meal or exercising are the last things on your mind. However, ThriveGlobal.com shows that maintaining healthy habits is not impossible with a busy schedule.

Meditate 5 Minutes Every Morning

Busy lifestyles and stress go hand in hand. While some stress gives you the adrenaline boost you need to get things done, too much of it can wear on your emotional and physical wellbeing. To try and keep stress at bay it’s a good idea to meditate before the madness begins. All you need is five minutes, a quiet space, and some instrumental music to do this.

Make Smoothies for Breakfast

No one has time anymore to make a full-course meal for breakfast. There’s simply too much to do. So they fill up on coffee and push through. Allowing your body to run on empty all day, however, is no good for your health. If getting the most important meal of the day is an issue, try simplifying your breakfast options. Smoothies are very healthy and quick to make. You can prep the fruits and veggies on the weekend and pre-bag them so that all you have to do is dump the contents in the blender when you need them.

Extend Your Walks

Getting outdoors and staying active isn’t always easy for someone who’s always preoccupied with other tasks. However, restricting your time outdoors and skipping out on physical activity can cause weight issues, sleep problems, mood disorders, and puts you at risk for certain long-term illnesses. If you don’t have time to hit the gym or follow along with a workout DVD, then perhaps you could just extend your walks. Instead of parking at the front of your office building, park further away and walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator as well. Or, while you’re at work, take the longer routes to get to equipment or people you may need to see.

Visit Your Doctor Online

Checking in with your doctor at least once a year is ideal to stay healthy. If you have preexisting health conditions that also need proper monitoring and regular treatment, this means seeing the doctor even more. When you’re busy, however, a trip to the doctor tends to go to the bottom of the list of priorities. You can easily change this, however, by using an online doctor. You can schedule virtual visits, ask questions, and get prescriptions filled online to save you time.

Quick Recipes or Meal Delivery

You can’t go all day without refueling on foods your body needs to function properly. However, when you have a busy lifestyle, it can be pretty common to skip a meal or two. If timing is the issue, it is best to look into quick recipe solutions. There are lots of meals that can be made with just a few ingredients in a few minutes. You can also utilize cooking appliances like a crockpot which would allow your meals to cook while you’re on the go. A final option would be to opt for meal delivery services. You can choose from hundreds of recipes and have all the ingredients portioned and prepped to your front door for easier cooking.

You only get one body. If you’re not doing everything you can to take care of it, eventually, you will break down. While other obligations and busy schedules can often get in the way it’s imperative that you find solutions to prioritize your health. The above-suggested ideas help to save you time and money while allowing you to continue to care for your health and wellness on a regular basis.

Is Napping Good Or Bad For Your Health?

According to Heathline.com, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Trusted Source reports that a third of adults in the United States don’t get the recommended 7 hours of sleep a night.

Getting that every night as an adult seems more like a pipe dream than attainable goal. We often suffer for it later, relying on caffeinated beverages to help us power through our day when we’d rather find a quiet spot in the office to doze off for a minute.

From the “I’m just closing my eyes” to crashing long enough that you awake wondering what time and day it is, naps are surprisingly controversial in the medical community.

For starters, the need for a nap could signal larger health problems. Among other things, it can mean you’re not getting adequate sleep during the night. It can also be a symptom of dementia in older adults.

New research published this past week suggests sleep is yet another thing we need with a Goldilocks-like balance, and napping a few times a week to catch up might help stave off cardiovascular-related incidents, such as heart attack.

Dr. Anil Rama is the medical director and founder of Kaiser Permanente’s tertiary sleep medicine laboratory, adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford University’s Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine in California, and author of the new book “Shut Up and Sleep.”

Rama says that it’s important to look at whether a person’s nighttime sleep is healthy and free of things such as arousals, awakenings, disordered breathing and other issues that prevent a person from getting actual rest, rather than simply being in a bed.

“In my opinion, the question of whether napping is healthy or not in terms of duration or frequency is not relevant,” Rama says. “The relevant question: Is one’s sleep healthy? If so, one would surmise that napping should be healthy.”

He says as long as a person doesn’t have issues with insomnia, there’s nothing wrong with napping. He recommends people nap between 20 to 30 minutes or extend the nap to 90 minutes.

If you’re tired and have the time, a quick nap isn’t the worst thing for you. But you shouldn’t ignore why you’re so tired in the first place.

HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

Healthy Living Expo Comes At Harbor Place Plaza 

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Healthy Living Expo kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. This year’s expo will be in a new location, Haverhill’s Harbor Place Plaza.
 
The Healthy Living Expo provides an opportunity for people to meet with health and wellness professionals including traditional practices as well as holistic options that promote relaxation and stress management.
 
There will be free workouts from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm including Zumba, Yoga and Body Weight Boot Camp (program below).
“Bringing the Healthy Living Expo downtown is by design. Hosting it on the same day as Haverhill’s River Ruckus was accidental, but we love it. This will be an opportunity for folks to enjoy downtown from one end of the downtown to the other– with the farmer’s market, River Ruckus and our event, it will be a great day in Haverhill,” said Dougan Sherwood, President of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

September 19

Dinner and a Presentation: Current 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 the chief medical officer of New England PET Imaging, Ruth Lim, as guest speakers.

Methuen, Mass. | ActiveMedResearch.com

September 28

3rd Annual Pitch for Prevention of PTSD and Suicide

Join Hidden Battles for their Cornhole Tournament and Family Day at the Billerica Elks Club. This is a free event with food, games and plenty of fun family activities.

Billerica, Mass. | HiddenBattlesFoundation.org

October 6

Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence

Hear live music, enjoy a scenic 3-mile walk and nosh on refreshments. Proceeds from this important event benefit life changing and saving programs and services to our community such as: 24-hour emergency hotline, family-centered crisis counseling for adults and children, art therapy, court advocacy, on staff legal representation and emergency and transitional housing.

Newburyport, Mass. | Everbrite.com

 

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