Natural Ways to Reduce Depression

ways-to-reduce-depressionThe world is a scary place, with domestic and international terrorism events, mass shootings, unrest and volatility.  Many people have decided to stay close to home – no more venturing out for the activities they once enjoyed in such public venues like sports stadiums, or even fireworks shows.  Others have stopped crossing exotic locales off their bucket list, as they fear traveling to foreign countries.

While many of us can accept that this is the world in which we live now, still others have their own personal demons, so today’s current events only exacerbate an underlying condition like depression.  While some people strive to keep a disorder like depression to themselves, others elect to see a doctor for psychotherapy, and/or take medication to help them keep their life in balance.  Unfortunately, medication is not always the answer for one who has symptoms of depression, and, it is important that the medication be tailored specifically to them, and the medicine-taking regimen be strictly adhered to.  For example, going off the medication on a whim or under-dosing of the prescribed meds might cause emotional problems; on the other hand, overdosing is equally problematic.  We are all too aware of the statistics on drug-induced accidents, violence, or even suicide, as a result of prescription drug-taking gone horribly wrong.
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Swimming Is a Low Intensity Workout

Swimming Is a Low Intensity WorkoutSwimming is the most amazing workout ever. Not only can swimming burn more fat than just about every other exercise there is (short of climbing Everest) because it combines weight-training/muscle building with an effective cardio workout. It’s also an enjoyable workout that keeps you from sweating yourself silly. Plus, it’s oh-so-easy on the joints! And swimming does all this in a nice, pleasant low-intensity workout! You just can’t say that about any other workout. Think about it. When you go to the gym and get on one of those sweaty machines like a treadmill, you walk, walk, walk… and when you get off, not only have you spent all that time doing the same repetitive movements looking at the same walls, but you’ve also sweated yourself to a disgusting, smelly mess… and you’re in the same place you were when you started! But, when you swim, you’re gliding along in that beautiful, silky water and, instead of sweating, you actually come out feeling cooler than when you went in! Now that’s a great workout! Here are some of the health benefits and other reasons to choose a low-intensity swimming workout over any other type of workout. Continue reading “Swimming Is a Low Intensity Workout”

How to Reduce Back Injury When Playing Sports

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Exercise is a very important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the most common ways to achieve high levels of exercise is to engage in various sports and competitive activities. Always discuss any exercise regimen with a physician before beginning participation, especially before engaging in any sports related activity. It is possible for people who have back pain to participate in some sports as long as they pay attention to their backs and get an okay from their physician. For many individuals sports can offer a way to prevent back injuries. There are ways to reduce the chances that the back will sustain injury while participating in sports. Continue reading “How to Reduce Back Injury When Playing Sports”

Healthy Running Tips for Adults

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Running is one of the latest fitness crazes that is sweeping the nation. Every weekend there are races of different distances from the 5K to the full marathon. And for good reason, running is one of the most effective ways of maintaining and improving cardiovascular fitness, especially as we age. It is quite simple to find a simple beginner’s training program that will help you move from a sedentary lifestyle to running your first 5K. And for those who have been running for awhile, the full marathon is a challenge well accepted. But as a runner, it is very important to protect your body from injury and to run safely. Before beginning any running regimen, always get clearance from your physician. Here are a few tips for adult runners. Continue reading “Healthy Running Tips for Adults”