Tag: exercise

Being Prepared in Case of a Fall

falls graphicAs you or your loved one get older, falls may be something that you have to plan for. Falls happen for many reasons – stiff joints, vision changes, illness or a medication that affects balance. So what can you do to help put your mind at ease and help ensure the safety of your family?

Burn Calories without Exercise

Stroll down the aisles of any department store these days, and your eye will be drawn to an appealing collection of labor-saving gadgets. These can include everything from snow blowers and electric hedge trimmers to remote controls for the TV and DVD player.

It’s enough to alarm every health and exercise expert in the land and for good reason. These labor-savers are associated with America’s slide toward laziness.

Hiking Safety 101

hiking view from Jewel PathGuest Blogger: Mandi Strzelewicz, Producer of Life Above Clouds, Intern, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Who doesn’t like to take a leisurely stroll outdoors? Want to take it up a notch? Try hiking. Hiking is an activity for all ages and fitness levels, whether you’re taking a walk through a local park or climbing summits across New England. You can get great exercise while soaking in the amazing views of nature – all at a pace that is comfortable to you.

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!