Tag: fitness

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.

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.

Can You Work Out Too Much?

kinesiology-tapeWe’ve all heard the axiom “no pain, no gain” when it comes to exercising, but how do you know when it’s become too much pain? Before muscles can strengthen themselves, the muscle first must be stressed. As muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even bone are stressed slowly over time, they build up strength that allows them to perform better during strenuous workouts. But if your body isn’t used to the stress of working out, or if you train too hard, often times the “burn” you feel during a workout is more pain than should be expected or is healthy.

5 Ways Your Dog Makes You Healthier

Dog on the beachWe all know dogs offer love and companionship. Why else would they be called “man’s best friend?” But did you know they also provide their owner with powerful mental and physical health benefits.

You’re more active

Okay, maybe your bulldog wants to lie on the couch all day snoring, but most dogs love to go for walks, hikes and are always up for a game of tug. Several studies have shown that dog owners get more daily exercise than non-dog owners.

Remember, some dogs need more exercise than others, for bigger dogs try rollerblading, running, biking or skateboarding to get the blood flowing.  10 Dog breeds that will keep you fit.