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Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Playing Through the Pain: Not Always the Best Tactic

    Posted on July 29, 2014 by Core Products

    We see it when we watch professional athletes performing at the highest level. In the eyes of society, playing through pain is honorable. This pro-athlete glorification drives home the idea of playing through pain so much that we sometimes chastise athletes if they sit on the sideline without any visible injuries.

    Despite this, playing through pain is not always in a player’s best interest – nor is it for the average, active person. The greatest risk is doing more (sometimes serious) harm beyond the initial discomfort. A tweak, pull, or strain can quickly expand into a tear, break, or fracture.

    Professional hockey players regularly play through losing their teeth mid-game amidst a multitude of other pains. Basketball and football players are often seen getting taped on the sidelines with ankle sprains and broken fingers. Many of these athletes typically take the “grin and bear it” approach to cope with the blunt force that comes with the territory. Whether this is some machismo thing or simply giving one’s all for the benefit of the team is debatable. The example set by star athletes moves on down the ranks to the college and high school levels and even filters out to healthy, active adults.

    That’s the real trick though: they’re professional athletes with some of the best medical teams at their fingertips. It’s also reported that athletes have a higher pain tolerance than the rest of us.

    Active adults, on the other hand, need to pay close attention to any pain. Some may say it comes down to one question: are you hurt or injured? The difference can be huge and difficult to decipher.

    This Health & Fitness Magazine article lists four signs a person experiencing pain should stop the activity they’re doing.

    1. A hot or swelling joint
    2. Chronic pain that lingers for weeks or months at a time
    3. If a degenerative disease is revealed by X-rays
    4. If the pain makes it impossible to continue

    Staying physically active is important for those who want to healthy lifestyle. Oftentimes, tolerating aches and pains is just fine so long as we don’t overcompensate and injure another body part or heed larger warning signs that something might be seriously wrong. If we’re coming back from injury and experience pain, it’s a good idea to shut it down, cut back, and start some more rehabilitation.


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  • Getting Back to Exercise After an Injury

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Core Products

    Whether you’re an extremely athletic person who is in tip-top shape, or someone who just works out to keep from packing on the pounds, chances are you could at some point experience an injury that keeps you from your regular workout routine. Unfortunately, this can put a damper on your fitness and make it harder to get back to your routine after your injury is treated and healed.

    If you’d rather keep working out as you recover, there are a few things you can do to keep from hurting yourself all over again, and putting yourself out of commission even longer. One caveat: you should talk to your doctor about your specific case before getting back to the gym – their knowledge of your injury and their answers to your questions will be tailored for your situation, and you should heed that advice first and foremost.

    That being said, here are a few tips for staying in shape during your recovery.

    1.     Baby Steps

    You know that saying, “hit the ground running?” DON’T do that this time around. Whether you’re lifting weights, getting some aerobic exercise, or stretching, don’t assume that you can perform at the level you were before you had your injury. This is a good recipe for injuring yourself again, or exacerbating your current injury. Start at a much lower level to see what you can handle. Lower weights, lower reps, and lower intensity will be your mantra at first.

    2.     Talk to an Expert

    At this point, you should have already talked to your doctor, but there are other experts who can give you advice on getting back to the gym. Physical therapists and physical trainers have expertise in these areas. Consider talking to one of these professionals to determine a workout program that will keep you in shape without landing you back in the hospital.

    3.     Pay Special Attention to Your Body

    Pre-injury, you may have tended to push yourself hard at the gym, trusting that pain, soreness, or fatigue is the sign that you’re doing something right and getting stronger. However, there’s a reason pain exists – it’s a signal to our brains that something is wrong. Post-injury, pay attention to the pains you feel during or after a workout – if something you could do before doesn’t feel right, you should stop for the time being. Your body may need some time before it can get ready for that particular exercise again.

    4.     Don’t Skimp on Rest and Nutrition

    Part of the key to recovery is giving your body the recuperation it needs. Make sure you’re getting enough rest, eating right, and taking it easy on the affected area.

    Not all injuries are created equal – obviously, a broken leg will hinder you more than a sprained ankle – but many injuries will not prevent you from getting regular exercise. The key is paying attention to your body, going a little easier on yourself, starting off slow, and giving your body its needed recuperation time. Keep these in mind, and talk to your doctor, before getting back to your usual workout.


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  • Low Impact Games to Play with the Grandkids

    Posted on July 6, 2014 by Core Products

    Becoming a grandparent is one of the greatest, and simplest, joys in life. You get all the benefits of children without being responsible for them! Of course, you’re not as young as you used to be, and keeping up with the young ones isn’t as easy as when you were doing the parenting yourself.

    With that in mind, here are a few low-impact games you can play with the grandkids to stay active without throwing your back out.

    1. Bocce – This classic “toss a ball” game isn’t too strenuous. All you need is a Bocce set and (preferably) a big yard. One person tosses the smaller ball, and then each player tries to get their set of larger Bocce balls the closest. Other variations on the same concept include Frisbee Golf and Lawn Darts.
    2. Dog Walking/Hiking – Nature hikes are great low-impact activities that have a number of benefits: getting outdoors, fueling your grandchild’s interest in nature, and good exercise as well. If you’re not within a convenient distance of any trails, you can always take walks around the neighborhood – double points if you have some canine friends to take with you.
    3. Swimming – Swimming is an excellent activity that can be as strenuous, or as relaxing, as you like. Kids love it, too. There are plenty of excellent water-related games, too – just no running by the pool!
    4. Tabletop Games – table tennis, billiards, foosball, and other table top games are fun, give you a little bit of a workout, and are valuable games for kids to learn – as it’s likely they’ll be encountering them a lot throughout life!
    5. Yard Work – Okay, so this one doesn’t sound as fun as the prior activities. However, kids need chores (even with their grandparents) to stay productive and responsible.  Raking leaves, trimming bushes, and other yard maintenance tasks can be done together with your grandkids. If you have a garden, it’s a great opportunity to find out if your grandchild has a green thumb (and put them to work!).

    Use these activities to spend wholesome, active time for your grandkids. You don’t have to be able to run a marathon or lift a car to perform any of these feats – just be prepared to have fun!


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