Category: Well in Your 20s & 30s

Conversations for those in their 20s and 30s

Let’s Talk Prenatal Massage

prenatal massageGuest Blogger: Maia Wentrup, LMT, Massage Therapist, Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital

Let’s face it, ladies, we aren’t all the same. I know that we know that, but it never hurts to remember that in a world of uniform sizes and styles, we humans are actually really different, inside and out. So, let’s talk about pregnancy … every woman is going to experience pregnancy differently. And, here’s a fun fact, if you have more than one baby, you are likely going to have different experiences each time. It’s what makes being pregnant such an adventure!

Working Out: Is There Something Better than Water and Sports Drinks?

biking-on-the-capeWater and sports drinks have been the go-to drinks for workouts. But, are there other options now? With innovations of glycogen products, athletes do have more options.

Glycogen is already in our bodies as our glucose storage system. When we eat, the unused carbohydrates are stored as glycogen. Later, when the body’s blood sugar levels drop, the glycogen is broken down to glucose that is used to fuel the body.

What Is Our Alternative Fuel Source?

When you work out intensely for more than an hour, your body may run out of the carbohydrates and glucose that it needs to move forward. Typically, athletes will hydrate with sports drinks, but are there other options? Yes!

What Keeps Even Pro Athletes at Bay?

ACL patient playing soccerGuest Blogger: Michael Brown, MD, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine

Athletes, like soccer player Jenna Thomas, cower at the mention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Depending on how badly it’s torn, the injury can put an athlete out for an entire season—even Tom Brady had to sit out a season in 2008 because of his ACL injury. Your ACL is one of four ligaments that work to stabilize the knee and is essential in starting to run, turning and stopping quickly. With that said, it’s easy to image that if that ligament fails then things can go wrong quickly.