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13/Dec/2018

The holiday season is near, and no one wants to feel bad during the happiest time of the year. The cold and flu season always seems to start earlier and more aggressively than the year before, which is why it is important to stay ahead of the virus by taking precautions to avoid the cold and flu. While there is no 100% guarantee that you can prevent the cold and flu, we have a few tips you can use to help strengthen your immune system and avoid catching the cold and flu this season!

  • Wash your hands frequently: One of the best ways to prevent the common cold and flu is to wash your hands. As we touch public doors, buttons, bathroom door handles, and come into close contact with a sick co-worker or a significant other, we then touch our face transferring bacteria and viruses causing germs to easily enter the body. Biotherm states that on average you touch your face 2000 to 3000 times per day – which is 2 to 5 times a minute! LER recommends washing your hands shortly after interaction with public objects. The proper way to wash your hands is to use soap and warm water. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse well with water and finally dry with a towel. Another way to prevent the cold and flu is to utilize hand sanitizer. Apply throughout the day to stay germ-free.

 

  • Drink plenty of water: By staying hydrated, you can flush out bad toxins in your body, which will allow you to recover faster and stay hydrated. Although water is best, hot tea is also a doctor’s recommendation because it has antioxidants. Drinking hot tea can deliver instant and constant relief from a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness, and tiredness. Whether it’s water or tea, keep hydrated with plenty of fluids to strengthen your immune system.

 

  • Flu vaccinations: Staying up to date with yearly vaccinations is important. If you’re waiting for your symptoms to worsen, it’s too late. Every year, the flu causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu shot is available to help protect people from the virus. We encourage you to visit your primary care physician, or your closest CVS or Walgreens, to receive this year’s vaccination. According to CDC, by getting the flu shot you are reducing the risk of having to visit the doctor due to the flu by 30 percent to 60 percent. Get the flu shot today, before it’s too late!

 

Though cold and flu season is here, following these health tips can help you maintain a strong immune system and recover faster should you get sick. If you have any questions or concerns about your personal health or if the flu shot is right for you, contact your doctor to discuss other possible safe solutions for you and your family.

 

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13/Dec/2018

Across the nation, sport related injuries are on the rise—and they can contribute to many factors. The physical stress is often too much for the growing bodies of young athletes and wearing the proper safety gear isn’t always enforced. And this just scratches the surface.

Studies have now connected concussions to prolonged participation in football. The condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, has led to life-altering physical and mental conditions for many prominent professional athletes. Although sports leagues and schools have sparked nationwide campaigns to help encourage safety in sports at all ages. And though sport related injuries are now on high alert, dangers of suffering injuries are no less alarming. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported the following:

1.) Football accounted for 1, 0240,022 doctor office, emergency room, and hospital visits

2.) Soccer accounted for 368,726 injuries

3.) Cheerleading caused 75,307 injuries

4.) Gymnastics contributed to 67,542 injuries

This is why parents must get involved to keep young athletes safe, in addition to efforts from programs such as Heads Up Football and our very own, here at Laredo Emergency Room. The following are some simple ways you can help protect your child from injuries:

  • 1.) Heart Screenings – Unfortunately, a life of sports is not meant for everyone, especially those of us with heart conditions. It’s never easy to take away something they love, but sometimes that’s the best way to protect our loved ones.
  • 2.) Stretching and Warming Up – To help prepare their body for exercise, make sure they loosen their joints and increase their blood flow by stretching. Encourage them to gently prepare for physical activity by warming up.
  • 3.) Playing with Kids Their Age – Your child can be as large as an older kid and still not as physically mature. Letting them play with them may be too big of a risk and literal hit to take.
  • 4.) Avoiding Excessive Fatigue – Some schools of thought have suggested fatigue contributes to sports-related injuries. Until the cause and correlation are clear, we should not let our children over-extend themselves.
  • 5.) Buying the Right Shoes – Running routes on wet grass in sneakers is an injury waiting to happen. Investing in the right shoes can help keep them out of our ER and on the playing field!
  • 6.) Staying Hydrated – Losing just 1% of their body’s water content can increase the likelihood of injury.
  • 7.) Avoiding Playing while Injured – When not under profession sports contract, playing injured should be out of the question. Let them heel before they get back on the field.
  • 8.) Watching Their Temperature – Combining sports with temperatures in the upper 90’s too 100’s can equal a heat stroke. In the summer, at its hottest, young athletes face the most significant risk.
  • 9.) Consuming Nutritious Foods – Sports injuries can often be a sign of nutritional imbalances. Help avoid the problem by preparing pre-workout-foods that have a healthy balance of proteins, carbs, and calories.
  • 10.) Joining a Team Sport – Youth sports participation can not only help improve your child’s health and physical fitness, but can also boost their self-esteem, and improve their leadership skills!

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13/Dec/2018

We all know it – being a parent is exhausting! And with a million things already a part of your daily routine, we can see how family fitness could be at the bottom of your list. But all things considered, working exercise into your family’s schedule is just too important to neglect. Enhanced health, extra energy, and improved physical condition are some of the main attributes of regular exercise. Studies have also shown children who exercise more, may do better academically and learn how to reduce stress.

Regular exercise can also help you balance work and family. Studies have also shown there to be a strong relationship between planned, structured, repetitive, and purposive physical activity with one’s ability to balance work and home.

Experts suggest adults engage in at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity each week at a moderate level, or 1 hour and 15 at high intensity. They also recommend children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity—per day!

Now that we know the importance of regular workouts, the level of intensity and how long, let’s put our personal trainer hats on and show our kids how it’s done. Here are some helpful tips on how to make physical fitness a family affair:

  1. 1. Set Goals – After deciding to make physical activity a family routine, it’s best to determine how you will define success. Make sure your goals are both specific and realistic. Walking 30 minutes every day for a week is an excellent example of an achievable and concrete objective.
  2. 2. Make It a Habit – Schedule exercise time and try your best to stick to it. A sneaky way to help form the habit is to start a 30-day, participation challenge. Even if it’s a competition, when the whole family’s exercising, everybody wins.
  3. 3. Buy Sports Equipment – If you want your child to work out like a champ, buy some sporting goods, play the coach, and encourage them to train like their favorite stars. Baseballs, footballs, frisbees, jump ropes are just a few options that are great for getting in shape.
  4. 4. Make It a Chore – Working out can be fun. It can also be a responsibility. Raking leaves, cleaning the garage, and cutting the grass all build muscles and raise heart rates.
  5. 5. Incorporate Technology – In today’s world, there’s an app for everything and plenty of options when it comes to exercise. Apps add excitement and track progress. A few fun and free fitness apps for families include Zombies, Run!, FitQuest Lite, and NFL Play 60.
  6. 6. Limit Screen Time – On the other hand taking away technology encourages kids to seek outside sources of entertainment. Take away phones, tablets, and turn off the tv after a predetermined period. Then, suggest they play with family and friends outdoors.
  7. 7. Have an Active Outing – Whether it be hiking, biking, kickball, or canoeing, exercise is more exhilarating when disguised as a trip. Even walking has been proven to be an excellent source of excerise.

 

 

For more information on how to make physical activity a part of your family’s routine, check out this family-based focus group study by the US National Library of Medicine.

 

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13/Dec/2018

Each August, as we transition from summer to a new academic year, a shift in our daily routines is just one of the significant changes we undertake. One of these changes is that of our sleep schedules. During the summer months, sleep cycles for many people become distofdfdrted, causing us to go to bed later, wake up earlier, and get less rest than what can ideally sustain our bodies in the coming seasons. By getting less than the recommended amount of sleep, we are wreaking havoc on our internal clocks at a pivoted point in the year!

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep as we adjust to a new routine is really important – and not just to prevent us from dozing off in class or other activities. Not getting enough sleep may also lead to a number of serious health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, depression, substance abuse, and even heart problems such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and stroke. Inadequate sleep is also a factor in what the Centers for Disease Control estimates as 6,000 fatalities are caused by drowsiness each year.

In addition to helping us avoid all these pitfalls, getting adequate sleep actually helps us become better learners – improving attention, alertness, and even our problem-solving skills. Plus, getting the proper amount of sleep can lower our stress levels, improve mood, and enhance physical coordination.

All this means that taking a few simple steps to get our sleep schedules back on track for the start of the school year is totally worth it, especially since most students in middle school and high school don’t get enough sleep on school nights. While adults can thrive on 7-8 hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, elementary and middle school students need 9-12 hours per night, and teens need 8-10 hours each night. Here are a few pointers that can help:

– Start gradually. About a week or two before a major change in schedule is expected, begin to adjust bedtimes and wake times by about 15-30 minutes a day toward your optimum weekday schedule.

– Be diligent. While it might feel good to hit the snooze button a few times each morning, sticking with your plan to adjust your sleep cycle will be worth it in the end.

– Do it together. Have the entire household participate, not only to keep each other accountable, but also to let everyone reap the benefits of better sleep.

– Observe. As you begin to adjust your sleep schedule, take note of how you feel throughout the days and whether it gets easier each day to wake up.

– Use technology. Fitness gadgets and apps can help track your sleep duration and quality.

One more extra step you can take is to join the campaign for sleep. School districts across the country are beginning to see the value in later start times for school, especially at the high school level. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine actually recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., arguing that the later start time helps kids get the sleep they need to perform well in school and stay healthy. So, if your school district gets an early start each day and you feel your kids could benefit from a later start time, share your concerns with the district.

 

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13/Dec/2018

Vacation may be one of the most exciting aspects of summer breaks. We enjoy extended time off of work or school, traveling to new or favorite familiar places, eating good food and enjoying time with friends. We certainly look forward to it and we know you do too! But catching the travel bug can also lead to catching foreign illnesses if we aren’t prepared for the health concerns we might face at our destination.

In order to know-before-you-go, let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to ensure you and your family stays healthy before, during and after your trip.

Pre-trip

– Investigate health concerns at your destination – Many destinations in the US and abroad pose unknown health risks. Zika, measles outbreaks and damage caused by hurricanes are some of the most common issues that travelers will face this summer. Research the potential risks for your destination by checking the CDC’s destination list.

– Create a travel health kit – Prescription and over the counter medicines are easy to remember to throw in your toiletries bag, but a great way to prepare for small, unexpected issues is to put together a travel health kit. The kit should include not only your medicines, but also first aid supplies, sunscreen, bug spray, and your health insurance card.

– Expect the unexpected – Have copies of your passport, credit cards, health insurance cards and contact information to leave for a trusted family member or friend in case they get lost during your travels. If you’re traveling to another country, find out if your insurance plan covers medical costs abroad.

 

During Your Stay

– Be conscious of what you’re eating and drinking – There’s nothing worse than having a full day of activities planned canceled because you came down with food poisoning. Pay close attention to the freshness of seafood and meats. If you’re venturing to Latin America, be sure to drink bottled water instead of water from a tap.

– Protect yourself from extreme temperatures – Hot or cold, the elements can do damage to your body. Always wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher in the sun, and wear protective gear that covers your head, hands, and feet in colder climates.

– Always wear your seatbelt – Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries? Some general guidelines for choosing transportation in a foreign country are to only ride in marked taxis, be alert when crossing the street (especially in countries where drivers are on the left), and avoid over-crowded or top heavy modes of transportation.

 

Post-Trip

– Pay attention to how you feel – Travel-related illnesses may not present themselves until after you are home. Even if you felt fine when you got back, if you start feeling sick over the next few days, it may be time to see a doctor. Post trip symptoms that warrant a doctor’s visit can be fever, persistent diarrhea, or skin issues such as rashes, boils, or bug bites.

– Boost your vitamin C intake – Give your immune system some help in recovery by eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. Broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and strawberries are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Health supplements like Airborne and Emergen-C have also shown to improve immune system function.

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13/Dec/2018

Being healthy does not only mean taking care of yourself physically, it also means taking care of yourself mentally. Do you ever get the feeling that you’re stressed out ALL of the time? You work 8+ hours a day, the kids need taking care of, the ins and outs of everyday life are dragging you down faster than you realize and trying to be healthy can take a back seat to managing the hassles.

 

It’s time to start thinking of the big picture of your health including mental health! When life starts to slow down over the summer and school break is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to start taking care of YOU. Here are 7 simple things you can do to give yourself the boost you deserve:

 

– Switching up your workouts – With the days getting brighter earlier, add walking or biking first thing in the morning to your daily routine! Either with a friend or by yourself, the combination of a fresh experience with physical activity is sure to give your mood a boost.

– Cleaning the house – Focus 5 to 10 minutes of your day cleaning or reorganizing the part of the house that you spend the most time in. Even just small amount of cleaning can help you feel like your life is less cluttered, helping lower the opportunity for anxiety and depression to creep in.

– Freshen up your summer wardrobe – New sunglasses? New beach bag or bathing suit? Go for it! Treating yourself with summer themed items will help you get in the carefree attitude. They don’t call it retail therapy for nothing!

– Plan a vacation – Summer is all about rest and relaxation, and the best way to do that is to get out of town (or just out of the house). Whether you’re taking a trip abroad or having a night at a hotel downtown, vacations can help you hit the reset button. See a new show, try some new food, get out and discover new places! New experiences equal new knowledge, and expanding your mind is an important aspect of maintaining mental health.

– Get some sun – Hey sunshine, it’s time to open up those blinds! When you wake up in the morning, walk over and pull the curtains open. It sounds like a no-brainer, but studies have shown that more sunlight can boost your happiness and energy levels!

– Do some summer reading – Whatever your preferred genre is – biographies, murder mystery, sci-fi or romance – indulging in a good read can be a much-needed daily escape! On the beach, on a park bench, in the backyard or just on the sofa, pick a few interesting titles and lose yourself.

– Make time for naps or meditation – Nothing restores your state of mind quite like a power nap. Take 20 minutes every day to lay down, or just be still and breathe. Sleep or focus on positive things in your life or the goals you’re trying to accomplish that day/week. A little daily time of being centered can manifest health benefits over longer periods of time!

 

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13/Dec/2018

We all know that the month of July is a time for fun in the sun! Many of us are flocking to vacations, pool parties, camping trips and sporting events that will occupy a large part of our time during the warmer months. These activities can be exciting, but they can often take a dangerous turn if we are not thinking about our exposure to the elements – Heat Exhaustion can strike without notice or warning, and quickly turn to the more deadly Heatstroke without treatment.

The CDC tells us that heat-related illness kills up to 600 people every year in the US alone, but we can easily avoided it if we can recognize the risk. Obvious risk factors like time of day and activity level do play a major role in the onset of heat-related illnesses, but there are other contributors that may not be as easily noticeable. Some important factors to recognize are:

1.)Using prescription medication – The elderly are especially susceptible to heat-related illness due in large part to the use of medications that are used to treat heart conditions, blood pressure or urinary problems. If you are out and about on a hot day with your grandparents or other older friends, be sure that they are properly hydrated, shaded and have frequent breaks from activity.

2.)Alcohol use – It’s safe to say that people who are on vacation or at a backyard party are usually not thinking about the risk of sun exposure as their first concern, especially once someone has had a few drinks, protection from the sun may be an afterthought. For those times this summer when the only thing on your mind is having a good time, be sure that sunscreen, shade, and hydration come first!

3.)Being overweight or obese – anyone carrying more weight can be prone to overheating quickly. As the body is expending more energy to move, it also cannot process the heat it’s taking on through thicker bodily layers. This combination can be a fast track to heat-induced issues for people who are overweight.

We know that recognizing risk factors is half the battle when it comes to fighting heat-related illness, but the other half is being able to identify heat exhaustion and heatstroke in time to avoid permanent physical consequences.

 

Heat Exhaustion

 

Heat Exhaustion can be thought of as the precursor to Heatstroke, and though it is less serious, treatment should be rendered immediately if you see someone displaying symptoms.  Identifiable symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

  • Muscle cramping
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Headache

 

The best treatment for Heat Exhaustion is to help that person to cool themselves and lower their body temperature. A person suffering from mild Heat Exhaustion can recover if they take the steps rest and thoroughly rehydrate – move into the shade, remove excess clothing, drink water or a sports drink, and run cold water over the skin if it’s available. If the symptoms do not improve within an hour, it’s time to call a doctor.

 

Heatstroke

 

After the stages of Heat Exhaustion progress, we are now dealing with the most dangerous heat-related illness: Heatstroke, and it can be deadly. Heatstroke can cause damage to nearly every major bodily system if not treated immediately. Recognizable symptoms of Heatstroke include:

  • Hot, dry skin (this person is no longer sweating)
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

 

It is vitally important that anyone who is suffering from Heatstroke seek emergency medical attention immediately because as we mentioned before, permanent damage to the body and its functions can occur very quickly.

 

The bottom line for fun in the sun: if you’re going to be out in it, be prepared! Pack sunscreen, shady hats, and plenty of fluids. The risk of Heat-related illnesses can definitely be scary, but with awareness and knowledge, you can enjoy your summer fun knowing that you’re ready to handle the heat!

 

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13/Dec/2018

Studies have found that people have the potential to be their happiest in their 50s. If you are in your 50s with many of life’s challenges well behind you, you may agree. Perhaps you have a little more free time – more time to focus on what fulfills you. More time to find new interests. More freedom and flexibility.

 

However, your 50s can also be a time of some physical decline for those not staying vigilant about their health. A slower pace of life can also induce boredom and even depression. Physical aches and other medical conditions can begin to show up, seemingly out of nowhere, leaving you with a feeling of hopeless.

 

On the other hand, there is good news! In your 50s, you are still young enough to stay fit – or even to get fit if you aren’t already. And you are also young enough to learn new habits, adopt new ways of thinking, and adapt to new lifestyle changes that will leave you happier than ever – like these:

 

  • Eating smarter – Including more healthy fats, like those found in salmon, almonds, and avocados, has been shown to improve heart health. Eating more fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals, and other sources of whole grains, are great choices for bodies with slower metabolisms. Be sure to drink your milk, too – or find calcium in other foods like low-fat cheeses.
  • Exercise – It’s never too late to start the latest exercise craze – or to return to a sport you loved in your youth. Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of memory problems later in life, keep your joints strong and flexible, and lower your risk of heart problems and cancer. Whether you enjoy a brisk walk, a jog in the park, yoga, or even weight lifting, exercise is great at any age – and using technology to track your progress is a great way to stay on track and accountable to yourself. Smartphone apps and wearable gadgets abound and can help you improve your health one step at a time.
  • Continue to learn – This phase of life is the perfect time to learn something new – like a musical instrument, a foreign language, a craft or technical skill, or even a new vocation that can turn you into a budding entrepreneur. Science shows us that learning actually keeps our brains healthy, in addition to making us happier people.
  • Socialize – In our 50s, many of us are starting to find ourselves with empty nests. That makes it a great time to build our social circles. Host a book or dinner club. Organize a block party. Make new friends. Even a new friend with four legs can be a great addition to your life – and pet owners have been found to have lower cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Go figure, and go adopt today!
  • Take care – Even if you aren’t the type to dutifully visit your physician’s office once every year, make it a habit in your 50s. Staying on top of your health with regular well checks in your 50s can help you identify early signs of manageable, treatable conditions – before they become debilitating.  In other words, visiting the doctor now while you are still healthy can help keep you that way for decades more to come.

 

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13/Dec/2018

When we contemplate eating healthfully, we usually think about the types of foods to avoid – things like saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, sodium, added sugars, etc. As part of Nationals Men’s Health Month, we are excited to celebrate all the amazing foods and beverages that are both delicious and healthy – and are especially good for your heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, and one way to help lower your risk is by eating well daily. Making changes in your diet to consume more heart-healthy foods and fewer unhealthy foods can be easier when you enjoy these tasty options:

Salmon and other fish rich in omega-3 fats – Try to eat at least eight ounces of salmon and other fish like tuna and trout each week.  These types of fish contain high amounts of omega-3s, which have an anti-clotting benefit to keep your blood flowing and can lower your triglycerides.

Other examples of heart-healthy foods include:

1.) Walnuts – like salmon, walnuts, along with other nuts like almonds and cashews, are high in omega-3 fats and can improve your cholesterol levels. Eat five ounces each week for a heart-heathy snack or use as a salad topping

2.) Berries – Raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries are all high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, which can help lower your risk of stroke.

3.) Oatmeal – Start your day with a hearty bowl of oatmeal, which is loaded with soluble fiber that can help reduce heart disease and improve cholesterol.

4.) Fruits and vegetables – You can’t go wrong with a diet high in fruits and vegetables, but choosing spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, avocados, and broccoli will deliver nutrients that are great for your heart health.  Fruits like oranges and cantaloupes are also high in fiber and nutrient rich.

5.) Coffee and green tea – Even that cup of joe you look forward to every morning can help decrease your risk of developing heart failure and stroke, when consumed in moderation. Green tea has been shown to help reduce high blood pressure, too.

6.) Red wine – When consumed in moderation, red wine, with its antioxidants, is a better choice for your heart than other alcoholic beverages and can improve good (HDL) cholesterol levels.

7.) Dark chocolate – Perhaps we’ve saved the best for last – and it’s the perfect dessert to end a heart-healthy meal. Dark chocolate, in moderation, has been shown to protect against atherosclerosis – a build-up of plaque inside the arteries.

We think these heart-healthy foods are winners for their taste and for their health value – and with all of these heart-healthy choices, it will be easy to observe National Men’s Health Month with great eating. For more ideas on how to incorporate heart-healthy choices into your diet, check out the American Heart Association’s “Healthy for Good” recipes at https://recipes.heart.org/.

Here’s to your health – and to great, heart-healthy food!

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13/Dec/2018

Exercise can improve your mood and attitude. What you might not know is that the reverse is also true: a positive attitude can improve your workouts. It’s pretty easy to see, then, that a positive attitude/powerful workout can be a great back and forth cycle that can really get you healthy, fit, and strong.

 

But how do you accomplish this in the first place? How can you overcome a lack of confidence that may be hindering your performance in the gym? It turns out that turning your mindset around isn’t as hard as you might think, as long as you take it one step at a time:

 

  • Set attainable goals – You are more likely to feel like a winner when you set realistic workout goals for yourself each day, based on how you feel that day. If you’re steadily building up repetitions and staying healthy – great! Keep going! But if you find yourself injured, don’t be discouraged. Adjust your goals based on what you can accomplish – and do as much as you can to stay on track.
  • See yourself winning – Whatever your ultimate goal is – competing in a triathlon, bench pressing a certain weight – picture yourself doing exactly that. Doing so can help you get in a mindset that will get you ready to work toward your goals.
  • Encourage yourself – No matter how you are feeling – whether inadequate, confused, or discouraged – you can always remind yourself that you can achieve your goals. When faced with real obstacles, like injuries, it’s important to stay positive but also be as compassionate with yourself as you would be with a workout buddy. Adjust your routine as needed but remind yourself of your successes to stay on track. Even just giving yourself a pep talk, like you would with a workout partner, can help elevate your mood, improve your attitude, and lead to better performance.
  • Disconnect – The headlines in the news from around the world can get us feeling down, so make sure you head into every workout with a clear head. Disconnect from news media or other sources of discouraging news and focus on just you. Listen to music and warm up. Or listen to complete silence as you meditate. Free yourself from the worries of the world, even if only for a short time, so that you can focus on a proper mindset for a killer workout.
  • Find support – Building a support network – even if it’s just one person cheering you on – can also help you stay motivated and ready to succeed. Supportive people can also help keep you accountable, positive, and moving toward your goals.
  • Give yourself a break – Give yourself permission to take a breather from your workouts when you really need it. Sometimes our bodies just need some recuperation time, and that’s OK. Use that time to continue to chart your path toward achieving your goals.
  • Then keep going – When you’re ready to work out again, give it all you’ve got – and remember the successes that have gotten you to where you are. Keep your goals in your sights and believe – really believe – you’ll reach them. And you will.

 

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