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  • Don't Neglect Your Pillows for a Deep Spring-Cleaning

    Posted on May 11, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Spring-WebSpring has arrived, and its time to shake off the winter and embrace your inner neat freak. Spring-cleaning is the annual time to freshen up your yard, make your kitchen gleam, and vacuum up all the dust bunnies.

    But one home item that needs regular upkeep is often overlooked all year. We’re talking about your pillows: they can get absolutely filthy, even if it isn’t noticeable to the naked eye.

    This spring, don’t neglect your pillows - they’re one thing you’ll likely want as clean as possible.

    Why Should I Wash My Pillows?

    Your head and face come in direct contact with your pillows for hours at a time. Knowing that, it seems logical that most people would want to keep them spotless. But it’s a frequently neglected aspect of home cleaning.

    Over time, pillows collect all manners of unsavory materials, including dead skin cells, pet dander, and even fungi. What’s worse, these materials attract dust mites, for whom a pillow is simply one of the best environments in which to live. A 2011 study found that over one third of a two-year-old pillow’s weight is made up of dead dust mites and their feces, dead skin cells, and bacteria.

    Not only is this information gross, it could be affecting your health if you’re one of the 20 million Americans with a dust mite allergy.

    What Can I Do to Keep My Pillows Clean?

    Fortunately, keeping your pillows clean is fairly simple, as long as you can remember to perform regular upkeep.

    Replace Them

    Periodically, you should replace your old, dirty pillows with fresh, clean ones. Pillows should be replaced every year or two; this eliminates all the crud old pillows have been collecting and keeps you from sleeping on a flat, worn out pillow.

    Perform Regular Upkeep

    Regular maintenance can also help fight off pillow accumulation. You should fluff your pillows daily to help them maintain their proper shape and knock off the dust off. If you remove certain pillows when you sleep, don’t just toss them on the floor - find a clean place for them instead.

    You’ll also want to wash your pillowcases with the rest of your bedding, at least once every week or two.

    Wash Them Consistently

    Your pillows can stand a regular washing, at least once every few months. But before you toss your pillow in the washing machine, check the washing instructions. Many pillows require specific cleaning methods to maintain their shape and support.

    For instance, fiber pillows like the Tri-Core Cervical Pillow can be hand soaked and washed in warm water with laundry detergent, then air-dried. Foam pillows like the Core Memory Foam Cervical Pillow may need to be wiped with a damp cloth. Make sure to check the tags or instructions that come with your pillow, as washing it improperly could cause damage.

    When in doubt, you can check the Core Products page or give us a ring if you have questions on washing your Core Products pillow.

    Conclusion

    Spring-cleaning is the perfect time to replace your pillows or give them a deep clean, but this should be just one step in regular upkeep and maintenance. Your pillows won’t stop accumulating unwanted material the rest of the year, so regular cleaning is needed to keep them fresh, remove gross buildup and allergens, and keep your bedroom just as healthy and clean as the rest of your home after a cleaning binge.


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  • How to Handle a Medical Bill You Can’t Afford

    Posted on May 2, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    medicalbillsHealthcare costs can quickly spiral out of control for people who had the simple misfortune of being sick or injured. If you can’t afford a large medical bill, you may be worried about the consequences of non-payment, which could involve a damaged credit score, calls from collections agencies, and even court.

    Luckily, you can try to negotiate your medical bills or get assistance to reduce the cost of your health care. Here’s what to do if you receive a medical bill you can’t afford.

    Start Planning Immediately

    One of the worst things you can do is ignore the problem or postpone dealing with it. Any attempt to reduce your medical bill will have a better chance of success if you begin right away. Medical bills have a waiting period of 180 days past due before they can be reported to credit bureaus and land on your credit report.

    This means you have some time to deal with the bill, but you’ll likely want to get started now because the process can take a while.

    Collect and Review Your Documents

    Medical bills often contain errors that overcharge you for medical procedures and supplies; In fact, one recent review by insurance companies found errors in over 90 percent of the bills they examined.  Unfortunately, your insurance companies and medical providers won’t hunt for mistakes, and the burden to find them falls on you.

    You’ll need to collect every document related to your medical treatment – including the itemized bill, insurance statements, and any other relevant information. If you don’t have itemized bills, you should request them from your health care provider. Then, you can review your itemized bill to make sure you aren’t being overcharged. You can also check your bills against your insurance plan to make sure your insurance covered all the services it was supposed to.

    This can be a daunting, complicated task, so you may wish to contact a medical billing advocate for help.

    Negotiate with the Health Care Provider

    Health care providers will often negotiate with patients who are unable to afford their bill - after all, they’d rather receive some payment than nothing. To negotiate, you’ll need to speak with the health care provider’s billing staff.

    Negotiation may take some persistence. If you’re having no luck through phone or email, you can send a formal request for negotiation through the mail (make sure to send copies to the health care provider’s management). If you can find lower prices for the services you received, you may want to use that information for leverage.

    Find Assistance

    If you’re in certain income brackets or your medical bill is causing financial hardship, you may be able to receive assistance from different sources. Many doctors, hospitals, and specialists have assistance programs or can recommend other resources.

    If your healthcare provider doesn’t offer aid, there are many government programs and charities that can help. You’ll have to do some research on available local, state, and federal resources.

    Negotiate with Collections

    If your medical bill becomes 180 days past due, it may land on your credit report and be sent to collections. This scenario should be avoided, because your credit will be affected. However, if you find yourself in this situation, you still may be able to negotiate. Most collections agencies have bought your debt at pennies on the dollar, so you may be able to negotiate a lower payment amount. If you go this route, try to negotiate an agreement (in writing) that removes the debt from your credit report as a condition of your payment.


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  • Six Things That Can Sabotage Your Relaxation Time

    Posted on April 24, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    relaxRelaxation doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some people can begin to unwind as soon as they get off work, while others stay keyed up and stressed straight through bedtime. We also relax differently, and some may want to sit in silence while others would prefer going out for a group activity. But no matter how you approach relaxation, it’s important and has proven benefits for your physical and mental well-being.

    If relaxation frequently eludes you, you might be unwittingly engaging in behavior that’s sabotaging your attempts to relax. Here are six things that might be sabotaging your relaxation time.

    Mobile Devices

    Your phone, laptops and tablets are important devices you use to connect with others and get work done. But the very nature of their mobility makes it hard to put them down. Several studies of mobile phone and device usage have suggested that constantly checking our phone disrupts our sleep and makes us more anxious, stressed and unhappy during our supposed leisure time.

    Now we’re not suggesting you chuck out your smartphone and go live in a cave. Rather, you may want to take short breaks from your devices for short periods of time, especially when you want to relax. You can turn off your notifications and leave your phone in another room - it will still be there when you’re ready to pick it back up.

    Work Notifications

    Another side effect of mobile devices and work laptops is that you’re never truly away from work. Even if you aren’t working, email notifications on your device may be reminding you of that upcoming deadline or meeting when you’re at home trying to relax. Turning off work related notifications when you get home can help you unwind and forget about work for a while.

    Overloaded Schedules

    If your calendar is packed with obligations, deadlines and activities, you might be stressing yourself out and denying yourself much needed time to relax. Consider removing unnecessary items from that overloaded calendar. Reducing your commitments isn’t selfish if it helps keep you sane and happy, so you may want to try to avoid spreading yourself too thin.

    Caffeine

    Caffeine is extremely useful when you need to wake up and take charge of your day. But when it’s time to relax, caffeine can keep you wired and harm your ability to unwind. Now, some people swear by coffee as a way to relax, and we won’t necessarily argue. But if you’re feeling jittery and wired at the end of the day, it might be time to cut out that afternoon cup of coffee.

    Tense Muscles

    Even when you’re ready to relax, a tense body can prevent you from doing so. If your neck and shoulders are still tight from hunching over your computer screen or your body is still tense from a tough day, you may have difficulty relaxing. There are many ways to reduce muscle tension that include exercise, massage, stretching, and improving your posture. The right way to relax your body will vary, but loosening up physically can help you do the same mentally.

    Sedentary Lifestyle

    If you rarely exercise, your sedentary lifestyle may be preventing you from properly relieving stress. Exercise releases natural chemicals and endorphins in your body that fight stress and promote happiness. These effects last long after exercise is finished. Exercise can also tire you out, helping you relax and get a good night’s sleep.


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  • Five Beginner Digital Marketing Tips for Massage Therapists

    Posted on April 13, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    massageBut to bring in new clients and engage existing ones, massage therapists may need to expand their digital marketing efforts. If you’re looking to launch or increase your online marketing presence, you may feel lost on how to move forward. The trick is to start slow, without overwhelming yourself. Here are a few tips on how to get started.

    Create a Business Website

    If you don’t already have a website to promote your massage business, creating one should be your first priority. It doesn’t have to be complicated or have dozens of web pages. This is simply a space to introduce yourself and your business to the world. You’ll probably want to include a short bio detailing your professional experience, a description of your services and pricing, and standard business details like location and hours of operation.

    Your website can also be the central hub for other marketing activities: you can link to social media accounts, collect client information, and schedule online bookings.

    You can hire a web designer to help you or even build your website yourself. Several website building platforms like Wix and Squarespace provide drag-and-drop functionality you can use to build a website in a matter of hours.

    Start Basic Email Marketing

    When people visit you online or in person, you should be collecting their contact info through a signup form on your website or a client intake form at your place of business. Every email address you gather is a potential source of future business.
    Once you have a list of contacts, you can start promoting your business via email. You can start simple, with a monthly newsletter or sales promotion. Whatever your message, you can use email marketing to position yourself as an expert, stay on your client’s radar, and encourage repeat business.

    Begin Personalizing Your Messages

    Your contacts are far more likely to respond to personalized messages than generic ones. Once you’ve been using email marketing for a while, you should take a look at the data you have on your contacts and start creating segments to send personalized content (many basic email marketing tools provide this functionality). Offers can be personalized in many different ways:

    • Send a birthday email with a massage discount
    • Offer discounts on products your clients have purchased in the past
    • Send a thank you email with important information to new customers

    Of course, you’ll need data on your clients and contacts to effectively send them personalized messages. Make sure you’re collecting the information you need when you connect with your clients and contacts so you can better customize your communications.

    Set Up Online Bookings

    Clients are more likely to book massages if they can do so easily. You don’t want to lose appointments because your client was too busy to give you a call or they couldn’t figure out how to book online. By setting up online reservations, you can make booking easy for your clients and reduce the time you have to spend managing your calendar.
    You can set up a booking system on your website, or use popular online booking platforms like MassageBook (which has free and paid plans with a variety of features, including marketing tools).

    Set Up Social Media Pages

    Social media can help you connect with your audience and online influencers. Try not to spread yourself too thin by signing up for all the social media channels; instead, pick a few to start with and go from there. Try to choose the platforms that are right for your audience - for instance, your business might be more appropriate for Facebook and Instagram than LinkedIn.

    You can use your social media accounts to provide coupons or discounts, share news and content, and connect with other massage experts. You should try to include both visual (picture and video) content and text - the written word alone isn’t enough for social media.

    In Closing

    Digital marketing for small businesses doesn’t have to be complicated, and it’s important to start somewhere. The internet is an important tool that can help you find new clients, manage existing clients, and otherwise lend your business legitimacy.

     


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  • Six Exercise-Related Tips to Prevent Future Knee Problems

    Posted on April 5, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    kneeproblemsKnee problems are an ever-present reality for millions of Americans, especially for older people whose knees have seen a lifetime’s worth of wear and tear. But knee problems can occur in younger adults as well, especially among the overweight and very active.

    Strenuous exercise - like team sports - is often associated with knee problems. But there are many exercise-related strategies you can implement to reduce your risk of knee pain and knee problems as you get older.  Here are six exercise-related ways to prevent future knee problems.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Extra weight can lead to a variety of knee problems and increase your chances of developing osteoarthritis. The heavier you are, the more pressure you put on your knees every time you take a step. Shedding pounds or maintaining a healthy weight will put less stress on your knees and help them stay healthy.

    Build Leg Strength

    The muscles surrounding your knee can provide support and do take off some of the pressure as you run, jump, and climb stairs. But to provide support, your surrounding muscles must be sufficiently powerful. Strong quads, hamstrings and calves can make a huge difference in the amount of pressure put on your knees. Both aerobic exercises and weight training can strengthen leg muscles; if you need advice on how to best build up your leg strength, consult a physician and/or physical trainer.

    Warm Up Before Workouts

    If you’re committed to building leg strength and maintaining a healthy weight, you may be hitting the gym or the great outdoors to get in some workouts. Make sure you’re warming up, stretching and engaging in light exercise, before you go full throttle. Warming up properly will reduce your risk of injury.

    Gradually Increase Workout Intensity

    Don’t suddenly increase the intensity of your exercise without giving your body time to adjust. This is a common cause of injury. Instead, build up your workout intensity gradually to avoid knee pain and other injuries.

    Use Low Impact Exercise if Necessary

    It’s commonly said that high impact exercise like running puts a lot of wear and tear on your knees, leading to future knee issues.  This isn’t necessarily true, as some studies have found that frequent runners are no more likely to have arthritis than non-runners.

    However, if you are already overweight or have bad knees, you may wish to stick to low impact exercise. Swimming, rowing, and elliptical workouts are all fantastic options to break a sweat without affecting your knees.

    Wear Protection

    If you have a job that’s tough on your knees or play sports such as roller-skating or soccer, make sure to wear knee pads. Knee pads act as shock absorbers and cushion the impact that occurs when your knee comes into contact with a hard surface.

    In Closing

    Your knees may feel great today, but that doesn’t mean they’re invulnerable forever. There’s no guarantee that you’re safe from knee problems later in life. Done properly, exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and protect your knees, reducing your risk of knee problems as you get older.

     

    Sources:

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/knee-pain/why-knee-pain-worsens-with-age.aspx

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/167912-importance-of-knee-pads/


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  • Product Spotlight: Core® Pain Remedy™ Plus Wireless TENS

    Posted on March 9, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    pain-remedy-blogThe Core® Pain Remedy™ Plus Wireless TENS is one of our more unique pain relief products. With two models available, the Core Pain Remedy Plus Wireless TENS (which stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator) is an affordable and versatile technology that can help relieve pain.

    The product is an over-the-counter system that uses electrical pulses to soothe sore or aching muscles. Its versatility, wireless design and size allow it to be used discreetly just about anywhere on the body, and it can be stored anywhere in the home or taken on the go. Read on to find out how TENS can provide pain relief and why the Core Pain Remedy Plus is a great product for muscle soreness.

    Who Is It For?

    The Core Pain Remedy Plus is used to temporarily relieve muscle pain and soreness. This soreness could be the result of everyday work, exercise or injury. The unit can potentially help anyone who suffers from muscle soreness, and is suitable for around-the-house use or on the go.

    If you’re looking to ease pain and soreness, and unwind after a long, strenuous day, the Core Pain Remedy Plus can help.

    How Does Electrical Stimulation Help?

    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation works by delivering small pulses of electric current via electrodes to the nerves beneath the skin. These pulses activate the underlying nerves, and muscle pain or soreness is temporarily relieved. There is no definitive scientific consensus on why this method can be effective, but there are two general theories.

    The gate control theory proposes that there is a gate mechanism in the central nervous system through which pain signals must pass. If that gate is blocked, those signals are prevented from reaching your brain. According to the theory, electric pulses close the gate and block the pain signals from traveling to the brain.

    The other theory is that electrical pulses cause the body to release its own natural pain relievers - endorphins - that contribute to pain relief. Many studies have shown an increase in endorphin levels after the use of low-frequency electrical stimulation.

    How Does the Core Pain Remedy Plus Work?

    The Core Pain Remedy Plus combines rechargeable receivers with snap style electrodes that adhere to the body and deliver electrical pulses to stimulate the nerves and block pain signals. You simply apply the adhesive pads to the affected area - back, arms, legs, etc. - and then use a wireless control unit to run preprogrammed treatment modes and adjust intensity levels.

    The pre-programmed treatment time lasts 45 minutes. With the two included receivers and dual channel controller, you can simultaneously target two areas of the body and even run separate preprogrammed modes and intensity levels for each receiver. The unit comes with four different modes (each appropriate for different areas of the body) and 20 intensity levels, so you can experiment to find the program and intensity that’s appropriate for your pain.

    The rechargeable batteries eliminate the need to swap batteries. The unit is also small and very portable, so it’s easy to store or take on the road when needed. Finally, you have the option of selecting a 4-pack of 2” x 2” round electrodes or 1-pack of the 3”x5” body electrode to best target the area of pain.

    Why Choose Core Products?

    The Core Pain Remedy Plus provides fast, effective, drug free pain relief, and can be one part of an overall routine that may also include stretching and massage. Oftentimes, portable TENS require wires that run from the controller to the electrodes, but our product is wireless and can be discreetly worn under clothing. It’s exceedingly easy to use, and because we’re confident in its quality we back it up with a one-year warranty.

    Still wondering if the TENS can help with your specific muscle pain? Feel free to drop us a line and we can talk!


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  • Product Spotlight: The Tri-Core® Cervical Support Pillow

    Posted on March 2, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    tri-core-blogThe Tri-Core® Cervical Support Pillow is one of Core Products’ top selling pillows for good reason. Designed to promote a natural sleeping posture, the Tri-Core can help relieve neck pain, resulting in a comfortable night’s sleep. Its simple design and level of support make it a natural choice for customers looking to improve their sleeping posture.

    That’s why we’ve chosen the Tri-Core for our first product spotlight. Read on to learn more about what makes the Tri-Core special.

    Who Should Use a Tri-Core Pillow?

    The Tri-Core is primarily used by our customers to help relieve muscle soreness and neck pain resulting from improper sleeping positions, which often stem from injuries, medical conditions or simply bad sleeping techniques.

    The Tri-Core helps with these issues in two ways: it helps corrects sleeping posture and helps maintain proper posture by supporting the neck in its natural position. The Tri-Core can help with neck pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, arthritis, and even snoring in some cases.

    It’s also a great pillow for those who have never had problems with sleeping posture. If you just want a supportive pillow that helps avoid future neck problems, this pillow is a great option. There are several firmness levels and pillow sizes to accommodate the needs of every sleeper.

    Even if you frequently roll from your back to your side, the Tri-Core supports the neck. The sides of the pillow are recommended for side sleeping.

    How Does It Work?

    Traditional pillows often have the same thickness throughout the entire pillow. As a result, the neck is often improperly supported. The Tri-Core addresses this issue with its uniquely designed neck rolls and indented pillow center. The neck rolls on top and bottom provide a more customized fit for different sized necks.  These rolls support the neck rather than let it bend or slope at awkward angles. The indented center is crafted to comfortably cradle the head while sleeping..

    How Can It Help Me?

    For customers with symptoms resulting from injury or improper sleeping techniques, the Tri-Core helps provide proper support when sleeping. This can help people regain proper neck posture as injured tissue or muscles heal. At this initial stage, users might find the pillow uncomfortable; adjustment can take a few weeks of use.

    The Tri-Core also helps maintain proper cervical alignment by sustaining the neck in its natural posture. Many people discover that once the normal curvature of the neck is restored, they crave the comfort of maximum support.

    The Core Products Advantage

    Core Products isn’t the only manufacturer of therapeutic and cervical pillows, but there’s a reason the Tri-Core is so popular. Our pillows are a result of quality American manufacturing that uses top of the line supplies and American craftsmanship. That’s why we provide a full 90-day satisfaction guarantee.

    Still wondering what pillow is right for your support needs? Feel free to drop us a line and we can help you pick the product that’s right for you.


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  • How to Evaluate an Independent Living Community

    Posted on February 9, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    living-comunityMany older Americans reach a point where they’re ready to simplify. They may no longer need a big house or city home, and want to settle down in a community that can cater to their needs.

    One popular option is to move to an independent living community of retirees. Independent living communities offer housing with built-in social opportunities, recreation facilities and other services that cater to an older crowd.

    But finding the right community could take careful evaluation. If you’re considering an independent living community, there are a few specific questions you should be asking before you decide where to spend your golden years.

    Should You Choose a CCRC or Rental Community?

    You have two primary options when moving into an independent living community: a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or a rental community.

    CCRCs charge a substantial entrance fee and a monthly fee as well. They offer many housing choices, health and wellness centers, community activities and home maintenance. Most CCRCs have assisted living facilities to take in residents once they require additional care, so residents can spend the rest of their lives in the community. One downside: if you decide to move, you could forfeit some of your upfront entrance fee. Potential residents often must pass a medical and financial screening before they’re approved to move in.

    Rental communities offer many of the same amenities with a much smaller entrance fee. They may or may not have nearby assisted living facilities.

    How Much Will It Cost Me?

    One of the first things to evaluate at any community is the cost. Because of their entry fee, CCRCs can be quite expensive and they’re often funded by the sale of the resident’s prior home. Rental communities will usually have a higher monthly cost.

    Those aren’t the only costs to consider. Many communities come with meal plans, entertainment and transportation included. If the community doesn’t provide these services as part of the package, you’ll have to factor those expenditures into your total cost of living.

    What Perks Will I Get?

    You should carefully evaluate the “fun factor” of the community, meaning the events and services that provide recreation and an opportunity to make friends. These perks could include rec centers, movie nights or a community pool. You should look for activities and facilities you’ll actually enjoy, because otherwise you’ll be paying for services you likely won’t use.

    Independent living communities also can offer services you may not have considered, including housekeeping, utilities and onsite medical staff. When you’re touring a community, make sure to get a full picture of the available services.

    Is the Community Conveniently Located?

    Independent living communities offer the luxury of convenience, with many of your needs offered in one place. But you’ll probably want to go off reservation at times. If you don’t have your own car, you’ll need to know the available transportation options. You should also consider the community’s proximity to friends, family and your favorite places to visit or activities to participate in.

    Is the Community Right for Me?

    Finally, you’ll have to decide if the community is the right fit for you. That’s something you’ll have to get a feel for as you visit different locations. Outside of touring the homes and available facilities, you should investigate each community with a critical eye. Talk to different residents and staff members to get their perspectives. Take a look at the quality of the facilities you see. And if you’re moving in with your partner, you’ll want to consider their needs as well.

    You may even decide that retirement communities - at least for the time being - aren’t for you. Picking the right place to live in your golden years depends entirely on your priorities, so don’t make the decision lightly.


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  • Four Housework Tips for People With Back Pain

    Posted on February 3, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    housework-back-painConsistent or recurring back pain can make even the most simple, mundane household chores a hassle. Cleaning activities that include lifting, bending or crouching can cause pain flare-ups or injury. But your trash still needs to be taken to the curb, your corners still need to be dusted and your dishes still need washing. You don’t have the choice to ignore your household chores.

    Instead, you must find a way to make your housework bearable. Follow these tips to make your chores manageable, reduce the risk of injury and limit your back pain.

    Lift Correctly

    Whether you’re carrying boxes to storage or taking out the trash, lifting incorrectly can cause injury or pain. Using your back to lift heavy loads puts an unnecessary amount of strain and tension on your muscles. Instead, you should lift objects close to your body with your legs apart and a bend in your knees. Engage your leg muscles when lifting. When you’re walking with a heavy load, make sure to turn your entire body as your go instead of twisting to the side as you move around or set things down.

    This concept also applies to vacuuming, raking or shoveling snow. Avoid twisting your back or repeatedly bending at the waist when completing these motions. Instead, step forward with one foot with a slight bend in the knee.

    Choose the Right Equipment

    When shopping for equipment, keep an eye out for products that will lighten the load of your household chores.

    For instance, you may strain your back when reaching to dust hard-to-reach areas. But a high reach duster with an extendable handle can help you easily reach those areas without having to reach too far or lug around a stepstool.

    Hauling around a heavy vacuum is another task that can injure your back. You might want to invest in a lightweight, handheld vacuum that you can easily carry around the house or up and down stairs. If you’re really looking to cut back on vacuuming, a Roomba could even eliminate much of your vacuuming.

    The point is, the equipment you use to do housework can contribute to your back pain or help you to avoid it. Choose wisely.

    Take Breaks

    No matter what chore you’re doing - scrubbing dishes, cleaning toilets or folding laundry – staying in one position for too long can put a strain on your back. Make sure to change your position regularly, taking breaks to walk around or perform another task. You can break large tasks into smaller ones to avoid staying locked into one position or one repetitive motion over and over.

    Hire Someone

    Some chores are going to be extremely difficult for back pain no matter how many precautions you take. If your back simply can’t take shoveling snow or scrubbing your shower, help from the neighborhood kids or a maid service might be just what you need to save your back.

    In Closing

    You shouldn’t have to live in fear of the havoc your housework could wreak on your back. By staying conscious of your movements, wisely choosing your equipment, taking regular breaks and knowing when to rely on hired help, you can reduce the risk of back injury while keeping your house in awesome shape.


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  • Too Cold to Venture Outside? Try These Indoor Workout Tips

    Posted on January 24, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    cold-exerciseIf you tend to get your exercise outdoors, winter’s cold weather and slippery conditions may range from unpleasant to downright hazardous. Winter conditions can tempt you to skip your workout entirely and avoid snow, ice, wind-chill and freezing temperatures.

    Not so fast. There are plenty of ways you can work up a sweat indoors and avoid the cold. Here are a few ideas to keep you active while you await warmer days.

    Hit Workout Machines at Home or at the Gym

    If you have the space, a workout machine at home can help you burn calories without having to step out your front door. At home, you can watch TV or turn your choice of music as loud as you like. If you don’t have the space, of course, gyms have you covered. Here are a few great workout machines:

    • Rowing machine: rowing machines have increased in popularity in recent years, as they provide a low impact cardio workout that exercises the entire body.
    • Stationary bike: stationary bikes come in all shapes and sizes these days, including recumbent, upright and adjustable.
    • Treadmill: the cornerstone of the indoor cardio workout, treadmills can support simple runs and custom workout programming.

    You also don’t have to spend a lot on high-tech workout equipment or strap in to complicated machines at the gym. There are plenty of low-tech options as well, including:

    • Weights: whether you prefer free weights or lifting machines, there’s an option to target the muscle group you want. You can go as heavy or light as you need.
    • Medicine balls: medicine balls can be used in a number of workouts that target all body areas, especially your core.
    • Resistance bands: basically giant rubber bands, resistance bands come in different sizes and resistance levels and can be used on their own or to help scale the difficulty of common exercises.
    • Jump rope: jump ropes are fantastic workout options as they can get you into a rhythm and breaking a sweat very quickly.

    Go for a Swim

    If there’s a local indoor community center or member-based pool, it might be the right time to sign up and swim all winter long. Swimming is a fantastic low-impact exercise that helps you exercise without straining or hurting joints and muscles. And, that heated pool area is going to feel blissful when contrasted with the cold temperatures outside.

    Join an Exercise Class

    Belonging to a gym has many benefits during the winter months, including exercise classes. Cycling, kickboxing, and boot camp classes all offer opportunities to get an intense workout in a community setting. Working out with others also promotes a sense of accountability and can keep you coming back for the community support.

    If high intensity group workouts aren’t your thing, you can always find classes on yoga, Pilates, or even dance.

    Bring Personal Training Home

    There is a wide variety of indoor workout programs available now, from popular DVD programs like P90X to free programs available on TV or the Internet. Finding the right one for you might take some research, but usually you’ll just need a TV screen or computer monitor, some basic equipment and enough space to work out. That’s what we call a low barrier to entry.

    In Closing

    For outdoor enthusiasts, it can be difficult to stay active when it’s too cold to venture outside. But by finding the right indoor exercise opportunities, motivating yourself to start them and then maintaining a consistent schedule, you can stay healthy and active in the winter months. You may even find something you want to work into your routine year round.


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