National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, which takes place on September 27, 2017, is the nation’s largest health and wellness day of the year dedicated to women of all ages. This day promotes awareness for women on the importance of regular physical activity, self-care, and healthy living. South County Physical Therapy agrees this is the perfect time to stop and reflect on your well-being by making a few simple changes towards a healthier life filled with wellness strategies and a focus on better nutrition.
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Preparing meals at home can be the key to maintaining a healthy diet and weight. SCPT believes it’s important to follow some basic rules of food safety to ensure your nutritious meals don’t end up making you ill. September is National Food Safety Month and a perfect time to learn about sanitation and proper food safety practices.
In a busy world where hectic schedules are the norm, it can be truly beneficial to take a mental timeout. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 44% of individuals have reported their stress levels have increased within the past five years. Money, work, and the economy were at the top of the list for stress-related worry, with family obligations, relationships, and personal health close behind.
As mercury continues to rise in backyard thermometers, the summer sun invites us to go outside for a run in the park, sit by the ocean on the beach, or bring our kids to visit a local playground or pool. While the sun’s rays allow us to absorb much needed Vitamin D, it’s important to do so with moderation and precaution on the hottest days of August.
Whether you enjoy swimming in the ocean or prefer to spend your time poolside, water is a great way to cool off as the summer’s heat grows increasingly intense. Water play can also provide both children and adults with a good source of low-impact, aerobic exercise. Before you take the plunge, learn the benefits of aquatic exercise, what your family needs to stay safe at the pool or beach, and courses to help you learn medical emergency techniques.
For competitive athletes, injuries can lead to major setbacks to training and goals, potentially eliminating competitions. Poor sleep patterns, lack of proper nutrition, and muscle overuse can increase the risks of experiencing an injury. SCPT’s mission is to ensure that the athletes we treat listen to their bodies and pay attention to their overall health and wellness.
When life gets busy, it’s easy to take your health for granted. That’s why Men’s Health Month is celebrated each June as a reminder to bring well-being to the forefront for all men at every age and life stage.
The summer season is synergistic with pool parties, picnics, graduations, and other outdoor celebrations. As you’re prepping for entertaining with family and friends, consider including healthy, enticing entrées, with savory side dishes, and delicious desserts at your next event.
For some, taking a stroll in the park, driving to the corner store, or walking through a shopping center are typical day-to-day activities, but for others, these seemingly simple tasks are extreme challenges. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there are 2.3 million individuals worldwide living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system. As this condition impacts the brain, central nervous system, and optic nerves, common symptoms include lack of coordination, poor balance, slurred speech, difficulty with concentration and memory, extreme fatigue, and distorted sensations. These symptoms can be unpredictable, with intermittent effects that persistently worsen over time.
Cycling might be one of the most popular physical activities because it doesn’t feel like a chore. If you rode a bicycle as a child, you may recall the sense of adventure as you discovered new sights and scenery. In hopes of pairing our patients and the community as a whole with physical activities they’ll enjoy, we’re happy to share information about one of our favorites: cycling.