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Five Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight during the Holidays

During this busy time of year, even the most health-conscious among us struggles to balance holiday fun and commitments with the steps we need to take to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While the average American only gains about a pound during the holidays, those who already struggle to maintain a healthy weight can gain more—and find it harder to lose the new weight once the new year begins.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness

Three Benefits Seniors Experience When Exercising to Music

Think about your favorite workout. Whether you shimmy at Zumba or compile a playlist of favorite songs for your long runs, music plays a part in your enjoyment of the activity. But you may not know that music can improve a sweat session. Research shows that playing music during low- to moderate-intensity workouts can make exercise feel easier and improves cardiovascular endurance.

Music is especially helpful in maintaining the physical health of seniors. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room after a fall. Many older individuals fear falling so much they stop exercising, which increases their risk for injury or other health challenges.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Exercise & Fitness

Seven Tips to Fall Back Into a Healthy Routine

Posted by Tahli Adler MS, RD, LDN, South Shore Medical Center on Aug 8, 2017 8:18:00 AM

While the winter holidays have a reputation for challenging the resolve of healthy eaters, many people find themselves more likely to overindulge during the summer months. We all feel like letting our responsibilities go when temperatures warm—so we visit a favorite seasonal ice cream shop frequently, or load our plate with rich food at cookouts. By August, our clothes fit tighter than they did on Memorial Day and our energy is lagging.

If you’ve let your healthy routine lapse, now’s the time to use that “back to school” energy to refocus—even if you don’t have kids. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: Nutrition, Family Medicine, Exercise & Fitness

Play it Safe: Four Ways to Prevent Facial Injuries

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 3, 2017 8:57:57 AM

Spring has certainly sprung and with the new season comes warmer weather, blooming flowers and spring sports. While youth sports like soccer and baseball are well-underway, spring training for fall sports like football are also in full bloom.

The CDC reports more than 2.6 million children are treated in emergency rooms each year for sports-related injuries, many of which are facial injuries.

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Topics: Children's Health, Exercise & Fitness

How to Start Small for Big Exercise Gains

Tomorrow is always the best day to start an exercise program. How many times have we told ourselves that over the years?

Unfortunately, tomorrow can lead to the day after that or a month from now or maybe never at all. Starting a routine towards a healthier lifestyle can be one of the hardest things to do, especially as you try to fit it into your busy schedule.

The key to starting an exercise routine is to be realistic with your goals, start with small, achievable goals to help you remain motivated. Consistency in your workouts is going to be the biggest thing to form a healthy habit.

I work with people every day to help them start and achieve their fitness goals. Below are some simple tips that I’ve seen work to make a new exercise routine stick:

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Topics: Exercise & Fitness

Getting Back in the Game After a Torn ACL

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The road to recovery after an athlete tears his or her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can be a long, arduous process. Recovery happens away from a field or court, where an athlete feels most comfortable.

Before the last steps of recovery happenin what is often a year-long process from operating table to game time— it is important that an athlete replicates all the movements that he or she uses in their respective sport to return to the game.

Not doing so leaves a person at risk for a recurrent injury to the knee according to Dan Murray, rehabilitation manager of the Center for Orthopedics, Spine and Sports Medicine.

“The most important part of ACL construction rehab is the final phase,” Murray said. “Too many times in my career I've seen ACL revisions or second tears (on the opposite side) and its hard enough for the athlete to have to go through this process once, let alone twice. A lot of times that comes down to not guiding the athlete all the way back to where they need to be. Within that final phase of rehab it's really important, from an athletic perspective, to mimic the patient's sport as closely as possible with the activities that we put them through. “

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Topics: Specialty Care, Exercise & Fitness

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 

 

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