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17/Nov/2019

Group exercise classes are all of the rage these days. On every corner, you see a new cycle studio, Crossfit gym, dance class, or kickboxing gym pop up due to the high demand for these types of workouts. But what is it about these classes that makes them so popular? Why are masses of people flocking to dark studios with loud, pumping music to get their sweat on? Both young and old, fit and working-on-fit alike have found value in working out with others for a multitude of reasons, mainly motivation, encouragement, accountability, and maybe even a little psychological and physiological boost.

Motivational Boost

It’s no secret that the New Year’s resolutions that you made 7 months ago might be waning, which is the perfect reason to give your motivation a jump start by signing up for a group workout class. Participating in classes like this can give you the opportunity to be encouraged by your classmates, as well as your instructors who know how to push you to your limits when they see you fatiguing out or not hitting correct form. You’re also more likely to work harder if you see everyone around you pushing for the same goal. Call it a competitive edge, but this positive, competitive desire to want to keep up with the people who are working hard around you can lead you to push yourself harder than you would when working out by yourself. Working out at a high intensity produces endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people stay motivated and stick to their workout routines!

Team Mindset

This might not be a scientifically proven fact, but it seems to us that it would be a lot harder to miss a 6am boot camp when you have a few friends in the group who are relying on you to be there, texting you the night before or the morning of asking if you’re ready for the workout. Accountability to people other than yourself can be encouragement enough to get to that workout you’ve been planning on, and the camaraderie that is built in these classes will keep you coming back. The social aspect of these communities can also be a huge benefit as an excellent place to meet new people who have the same interests and fitness goals as you do.

All in all, if you are feeling the need for a new, renewed feeling of motivation and accountability that comes with a community feel and mindset, these group workouts could be just what you’re looking for. Use Google to find local classes and workouts that fit your schedule, and don’t be afraid to mix it up between different types of classes to keep things feeling new and fresh!

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17/Nov/2019

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “beat the heat”? Our guess is probably the image of a pool, ocean, or lake with a cold beverage in hand.

Here in Laredo, we are lucky to have various options to choose from when it comes to accessible bodies of water, so we’ve decided to give you a list of our favorite options to choose the way you want to make a splash this summer – but first, let’s go over some safety basics before you hit the waves.

Summer Water Safety

There are a few things you need to consider and be aware of before you head out to your beach vacation or a day at the swimming pool, especially if you have young children. Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5? This scary and all-too-common occurrence can happen to any family very quickly, so it is vitally important to keep a sharp eye on young children at all points in time while around water. An adult should always be within arm’s reach of a child, be sure every child is fitted with a floatation device, check the water first if a child is missing, and know what to do in case an emergency should arise. It’s not pleasant to think about, but seconds count when a child is in danger.

If you are planning on swimming in the ocean, try to swim in designated areas with a lifeguard present. If no lifeguard is on duty, be sure to swim with a buddy so that you can keep track of each other. Be mindful of areas with moving water, strong waves, or rip currents that can quickly pull you under and out to sea. If you do end up caught in a rip current, don’t fight it and stay calm. Swim parallel to the shore until out of the current, then turn to swim back to the shoreline.

Other important water safety tips to keep in mind include always wearing sunscreen, keeping an eye out for bad weather, keep electronics out of the water, and plan for snacks and refreshments if you’re going to be out in the elements for any good portion of the day.

Best Summer Water Spots

You’re packed, ready, super safe, and on your way to hitting the water!

Check out some of the best places here in Texas and around Laredo to jump in and cool off:

  • Lake Casa Blanca – a local favorite, this watering hole is right here in Laredo!
  • South Padre Island – this beautiful south Texas beach is a short road trip away, and an excellent place for the whole family to vacation and relax.
  • Corpus Christi – another great beach-front location, and at 2 and a half hours away, this town is even closer than South Padre.
  • Galveston Island – with beaches, an aquarium, water park, and the new Pleasure Pier amusement park, this island getaway is worth the longer road trip. It’s time to take your pick and hit the road to your next great watery destination, equipped with all of the safety knowledge and sunscreen you need!


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17/Nov/2019

If you take a look on any social media platform these days, chances are you’ve spotted at least one of your favorite influencers taking part in juicing or going on a juice cleanse. With high-profile actors and Instagram celebrities all jumping on the bandwagon, this craze has been almost everywhere in the digital world. You’ve probably been thinking about trying it out if you’re looking for a way to detox your body or to start a new diet, but we have some benefits and a few potential risks that come along with this trend to consider before you jump head-first into that bright green apple-spinach-celery juice.

Benefits Most juice cleanses typically involve eating/drinking only juice for a range of 3 to 10 days, during which time you can get a good boost of healthy vitamins and minerals that you might not be getting enough of on a regular diet. Juices are often rich in anti-inflammatory agents that have the potential to boost your immune system and give you more energy. Juicing could help you flush toxins from your body, lose weight, and help improve digestion by introducing healthy gut enzymes. However, it’s important for us to take a second here to note that most of these benefits have not been scientifically proven.

Potential Risks Even with all of juice’s possible benefits, there are more than a few potential risks involved with pursuing this method of detox.

– Juice that has not been pasteurized or treated to kill harmful bacteria can make you sick. These bacteria could have a deadly effect on the oldest, youngest, and weakest among us. – Anyone with a kidney disorder could be affected by juice that contains oxalate, an acid that contributes to kidney stones and other issues.

– As juice cleanse diets are based in “detoxing,” this can result in consuming too few calories to sustain a healthy level of blood sugar, causing fatigue, fainting, dehydration, weakness, headaches, and hunger. These effects can be especially dangerous for those of us with diabetes.

– The extreme weight loss that comes with cleanses is not typically lasting and will often result in a “swing” back to your former weight when the cleanse is completed.

If you’re going to try it… Take the necessary steps to protect your body.

Make sure you’re buying your juice from a reputable source and reading the labels.

Plan for a shorter 1-2 day “reset” cleanse, rather than a long cleanse that is going to zap your body of its energy and nutrients.

Supplement your juice with clean protein when you’re feeling hungry.

You can even try “blending,” which is focused on blending fruits and veggies, as opposed to just squeezing the juice out of them.

Blending has been shown to leave a higher number of antioxidants in the final product than fruits that have been juiced.

Most importantly, listen to your body! It will tell you if it’s hungry, needs a break, is not about the juice, or maybe just needs a nap to recharge, reset, and detox.

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17/Nov/2019

This is the year! You’re finally going to achieve full “summer body” status – you’re going to eat right, work out regularly, slim down, and keep the weight off. Does this goal ring a bell? With the month of June knocking on our door, many of us are thinking about summer activities and all of the fun things we want to do when the warmest months of the year are upon us, but the thought of getting in a bathing suit can be intimidating and can lead to crash diets that don’t produce lasting results. The good news is that this CAN be the year you work to get that summer body and keep it that way for fall and winter if you start with aiming for a healthy body, rather than just a skinny one.

Start Small
When trying to implement any major health adjustment or lifestyle change, it’s important to have reasonable expectations – any lasting change to your health doesn’t happen overnight! If you haven’t been working out, start by walking around your neighborhood or joining one of our local Laredo gyms. If you have a regular workout routine, think about changing things up to give your body a fresh jump start. This is also an excellent time to introduce a well-balanced diet so that you’re not counteracting the workouts with food that is not going to nourish your body.

Work Up
Now that you’ve had some time to warm up to working out more regularly, it’s time to up the intensity. Exercises that are high intensity and high-calorie burning can be great for toning and weight loss. Running, interval training, dance cardio, and swimming are all great ways to burn a high number of calories. If you are continuing to eat healthy, intensifying your workouts will help you lose weight and tone up naturally.

Maintain
Hopefully, you have now reached the point of healthy, fit, and ready – ready to put that bathing suit on and hit the pool! They key now is maintaining the new healthy lifestyle that you have worked hard to build. Keep up with your work out and meal plans, take steps to de-stress, and make sure you’re visiting your doctor for your yearly exams. This healthy state of mind can help foster overall wellness and also help prevent disease or illness. It’s also important to keep in mind that anything worth working towards takes time and that nothing worth having will come easily! Taking care of yourself this summer is important. Encourage yourself, stick to the plan, work hard, and don’t sweat it if you want to have a cheat day or take a break from the gym. A healthy body will come in time as long as you keep the goal in mind and are taking steps to get there.

Be sure and show us your results by tagging us on Facebook! Getting healthy, looking good, and staying healthy and happy feels good, doesn’t it

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17/Nov/2019

Did you know that back pain back is one of the most common health issues that Americans of all ages face? Studies show that at least 8 out of 10 people will suffer from it, which means at least 31 million Americans are expected to experience back pain at some point in their life, so the odds are that you have experienced some form of back pain already.

What are the most common causes of back pain?

The most common factor among people who suffer from back pain is sitting too much. This is because a large portion of the back, neck, and various other muscles connected to the body’s distribution of force are all used when working or staying in unnatural positions for extended periods of time, such as sitting or slouching.

A more unknown cause can be linked to your emotional state. Emotional and mental health determines your ability to effectively address stress, which means that depression can have a huge effect on the overall physical health of your body.

Bulging or ruptured disks can be a major cause of back pain. This happens when the disks, the cushions between the bones in your spine, bulge or rupture and press on a nerve in the spine causing severe discomfort.

Arthritis and Osteoarthritis can also affect the lower back. In some extreme cases, having arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, resulting in a medical condition called spinal stenosis.

Scoliosis, a condition where an individual’s spine curves to the side, can cause discomfort and lifelong back pain.

Other causes for back pain can be attributed to a spinal injury, primarily if pain resides in the lower back. Sudden pain that lasts less than six weeks can be due to a fall or heavy lifting, while back pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic and should be checked by your doctor. Weight gain can also place a constant strain on your back that often comes along with muscle spasms.

Pain management for any form of back pain can be approached in several ways, some more extreme than others.

Before reaching for pain meds or opting for surgery, there are a few less extreme options to consider:

1.) Shed excess weight. By using a BMI calculator, an individual can type in their information and discover if they are considered a healthy weight for their height.

2.) Wearing flat shoes with cushioned soles are vital for those of us who experience back pain. Having supportive footwear will reduce the stress on the spinal cord and require less effort from your spine when in motion.

3.) Focus on your posture. How you sit, stand, and lie down can have a significant effect on your back. For standing, try to keep your back straight and balance the weight of your body evenly with both feet and legs straight. For sitting, sit upright with support on the small of your back, keeping knees and hips level while your feet are flat on the floor.

4.) If you are continually working on a computer, be sure when using a keyboard to make sure your forearms are horizontal while keeping your elbows at right angles.

5.) Sleeping on a firm mattress is vital for supporting the weight of your shoulders and lower body, allowing your spine to stay straight. Support your head with a pillow while making sure your neck is not forced at an upward angle.

 

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17/Nov/2019

They say that you’re only young once, and life in your 20’s can certainly seem like there is no other choice but to have as much fun as possible! But now you’re in your 30’s, and making lifestyle adjustments in these next few years can go a long way in repairing the damage that your younger self may have done to your body – staying up late, excessive drinking, maybe even smoking or not staying physically active. These transformative years can help get your health back on track, and we have a few tips and lifestyle changes to help you do it.

The first step to achieving a healthy lifestyle is the mental will to get there. Adults in their late twenties to early thirties experience a lot of unneeded stress, mostly due to professional or personal life issues. While the demanding responsibilities that we face during this time of our lives can be stressful and exhausting, there are small exercises you can do to help make the stressors of life more bearable. A great example is journaling or making a list – putting pen to paper to get your responsibilities and anxiety out of your head can make it easier to prioritize and identify them, and eventually overcome them.

Whether you’ve spent the last few years focused on climbing the corporate ladder or have been too stressed to worry about sleep, now is the time to take back control of your sleep schedule. Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, which can affect the overall health of your body and can lead to serious health issues later in life? If you find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep, try keeping your cell phone and computer on do not disturb after a certain hour. The blue light that these devices give off can keep you awake for hours after logging off, and less screen time can also be good for your eyes and mental state.

Regular exercise is an essential step in being healthy at any age. Some good options for getting back into the work out state-of-mind, especially if you’ve been out of the game for a while, is to get up and walk for 30 minutes every morning, sign up for a yoga class, go spinning, or reach out to a personal trainer for weekly workouts until confident enough to exercise on your own. Whatever it is you choose to do, finding something you love will help you stick to a routine!

A great way to make working out a regular habit is to take the ‘cue and reward’ approach. For example, if you want to become a regular runner in the morning, you would first need to start running at the same time every day which creates a cue, and then rewarding yourself with an episode of your favorite show after the run. Doing this repeatedly will create a habit in your day-to-day life, and make it something to look forward too, rather than dread.

Weight management and nutrition goes hand-in-hand with regular workouts – often times, getting on track with one will lead to healthy adjustments for the other. A balanced diet complemented with vitamin supplements can give your body a kick-start for maintaining focus on your weight management and workout routine.

The downside of getting older is that our bodies cannot bounce back like they used to, but with age comes wisdom. With wisdom and some of our tips listed above, you have the complete power to make this stage of your life the best, most healthy one yet!

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17/Nov/2019

Time and time again, you have been told by advertisements, doctors, or other medical professionals that wearing sunscreen is essential, but it can be hard to understand the benefits of wearing it until it’s too late and you’ve got a bad sunburn! Wearing sunscreen daily, especially during the summer months, can make a huge difference in your skin’s health and appearance, especially later down the road. In fact, studies have shown that individuals under the age of 55 who use sunscreen regularly have a 24% less chance of developing early signs of aging, compared to their non-sunscreen/occasional sunscreen wearing counterparts.

Sunscreen 101 dictates that wearing it lowers the risk of getting sunburns, which if severe enough have the potential to escalate to skin cancer. People who have received repeated sunburns are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with melanoma (the most dangerous kind of skin cancer) later down the road. This type of skin cancer can be life threatening to all ages, even people in their twenties.

The first and most important thing to look for when shopping for sunscreen is the “broad spectrum” protection. This label means the protection offered covers both UVA and UVB rays and has gone through specific tests to receive this certification. UVB rays are what causes the standard sunburn, but UVA rays are what can cause skin cancer and signs of premature aging. It is also essential to understand that the SPF count is the percentage of protection the product offers against UVB rays. It’s recommended that you use at least SPF 30 or higher, as SPF 15 only filters out 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out 97%, SPF 50 filters 98%, and finally SPF 100 screens 99%. Unfortunately, there is not an SPF count that filters out 100% of protection. We should also note that the FDA requires any sunscreen with SPF below 15 to carry a warning that it only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging. When searching for a “water-resistant” option, you should know that no sunscreen is considered water or sweat-proof, which is why it is recommended to continuously re-apply every two hours, even more often if you are in the water or breaking a sweat.

When examining the ingredients list, specific ingredients are vital to making sure your sunscreen is effective, such as titanium oxide, for promoting healthy skin, octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), avobenzone (also parasol), zinc oxide, which all offer basic, everyday protection.

As far as sunscreen goes, another way to protect your skin from the blazing summer sun is by simply covering up. Be sure you are wearing clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin as much as possible. It’s also important to wear sunglasses, which can protect your eyes from 99% of UV light. Limiting direct exposure to the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when UV rays are most active, will also be beneficial to your skin.

We hope you find these tips helpful and beneficial with summer quickly approaching!

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17/Nov/2019

Diabetes is a huge concern that many of us are aware of. With 30.3 million individuals in the U.S. living with some form of diabetes, only about two-thirds of those are professionally diagnosed, meaning almost 7.2 million individuals go undiagnosed with this condition. Diabetes cases in our country on the rise, and it is vital that we stay as informed on this disease and it’s risks as possible, taking note of the lifestyle changes that can help you prevent it’s onset.

Although many Americans are able to continue living their life after being diagnosed with one of the four types of diabetes with minimal issues, there can be serious consequences if this condition goes untreated or mismanaged. Health problems such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, heart disease, stroke, dental disease, and nerve damage can arise if you are not taking steps to properly deal with your diagnosis.

While there are certain factors you can’t change — such as your genes, age, or past behaviors — there are many actions you can take to reduce the risk of developing this disease. The first and most important step is cutting sugars and refined carbs from your diet. These foods can put you on the fast track towards developing diabetes due to the body having to rapidly break these foods down into smaller sugars that getting absorbed into the bloodstream, causing continuous high blood pressure. Working out is also a huge lifestyle adjustment that you can make to combat developing diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can help reduce this risk.

Drinking water as your beverage of choice can be vital. Sugary drinks like sodas have been linked to an increased risk of developing both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Although water should be your primary drink, research suggests that including unsweetened coffee or tea in your diet may help you avoid this chronic condition because they contain antioxidants that help defend against diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels and increases insulin sensitivity.

Unfortunately, these preventive steps that you can take don’t result in overnight changes to your risk of developing diabetes, but these are changes that are meant to inspire and create a new, healthy lifestyle. Cases of diabetes are rising, but you do have control over several of the determining factors that will affect your chances of diagnoses.

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, instead of accepting it as a transitional process to the eventual diabetes diagnoses, motivate yourself to make these changes that reduce your risks. Eating the right foods and adopting other healthy, positive lifestyle behaviors promote healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, which will give you the best chance at preventing this disease.

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