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Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Getting Back Into Golf Shape

    Posted on January 30, 2015 by Core Products

    If you live above the Mason-Dixon Line chances are you have not played much golf lately. Moreover, you are likely in hibernation mode and are not getting the recommended amount of exercise. While it may be tempting to think you can pick up your bag and walk 18 holes on your first day on the links, you should prepare for your first round like an athlete.  If you properly prepare your body in the months leading up to golf season you will have a more enjoyable and pain-free season.

    Start Slow – Many golfers think the key to returning to form is buying two large buckets at the local range and swinging for hours. While you may have finished off September at this level, your body needs time to condition. Start slow and allow your body to catch up to peak performance.

    Walk it off – The average golfer (in cart) takes between 6,000 – 7,000 steps during an 18-hole round of golf. That equals roughly 3.5 miles. This number is based on course length and average stride length, oh and skill level (so stay out of the bunker). The last thing you want to be concerned with while golfing is how sore your legs will be tomorrow, invest in some quality golf or walking shoes, and commit to walking at least 8,000 steps a day.

    Full body – Golf is a game of rotation and requires a combination of strength and flexibility. Avoid heavy lifting at the gym with any exercise; instead focus on bodyweight exercises. For example – avoid heavy weight squats or dead lifts and try bodyweight-only lunges and stretching.

    Tip: Try to resist the urge to rear back and smack the ball your first time out. Give yourself a little more club during your first few rounds until you regain your strength and feel for the club - think 75% effort.

    Recovery – Stretching, while often overlooked, is an important part of muscle recovery. After hitting the greens or the gym be sure to work in static stretching exercises.

    According to the University of Pittsburgh Neuromuscular Research Lab, “More than 30% of golfers have experienced issues related to low-back pain or injury that have affected their ability to continue enjoying the game of golf.” This is why proper preparation is so important. If you do develop pains that you cannot shake, try the WiTouch Wireless Unit from CoreProducts. This pain relief device is nearly undetectable under clothing and designed specifically to relieve back pain.

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  • Thinking about a Back Support this Winter?

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by Core Products

    Could you benefit from a back support? If you’re lifting heavy objects or hunched over for long periods of time, a back support can act as a reminder for proper posture and lifting technique. Even if you’re not frequently experiencing back pain, Core Products has a back support for everyone.

    Have you considered using a back support when shoveling snow this winter? You’re not alone. Many people (us included) find ourselves with sore backs after the first few snowfalls of the year. Most of the time we find it’s either because we’re not used to those movements and lifting that amount of weight or we’re trying to rush and get the job done throwing caution and proper technique to the wind.

    A back support can help alleviate these minor pains as well as keep us from improperly lifting a heavy shovel full of snow.

    Here are a few simple tips to follow when heading out to shovel this winter:

    -        Stay active. If your body is already in shape you have less chance of injury.

    -        Warm up inside. Stretch and do some core-strengthening exercises. Going from zero to full-force hero when shoveling snow is bad news.

    -        Use proper form. Lift with your legs, not your back. Push don’t your shovel don’t lift it. If you do lift, use your legs not your back. Don’t bend from the waist – it’s more of a squat from the knees. Also, walk with the snow and dump it. Don’t lean and/or twist to toss.

    -        Do it in small doses. Only shovel away small amounts of snow instead of trying to do as much as possible each time the shovel touches snow. If you’ve had back problems in the past consider only shoveling for 5-10 minutes at a time before taking a break.

    -        Choose proper tools. Ergonomic shovels help take stress away from your back and give you a better angle of attack when scooping away snow.

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  • Tips for Drinking Enough Water

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Core Products

    Eight Glasses of water a day. We’ve all heard it but what’s the easiest way to do it? Water is arguably the most important aspect of everyone’s diet. Our bodies are comprised of mostly water and our organs need enough of it to properly function.

    Below are a few ways to assist you in your hydration quest.

    Eat foods containing water. Watermelon (it’s in the name), oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, and grapefruit are a few fruits with a high amount of water. Cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, and celery are a few vegetables with high water content. There’s also soup and other water-based dishes you can make to assist you in staying hydrated.

    Drink at specific points. Drink a glass of water when you wake up (you have been fasting for a few hours, after all) and also in the evening before you go to bed.

    Add flavor to your water. If drinking plain water is too boring for you, adding a bit of flavor can help liven up this necessary beverage.

    Keep water bottles handy. Keep reusable water bottles in your office, in your car, and your gym bag. Make it easy on yourself to regularly consume water no matter where you are.

    Sip instead of snacking. When craving food, instead of grabbing a snack snag a glass of water when craving food. Water can not only help quench the hunger it will also add to your daily hydration quota.

    There’s an app for that. Seriously. If you use your phone all day, consider downloading a water-tracking app. They help keep tabs on your water consumption.

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  • Using Hot and Cold Therapy

    Posted on January 12, 2015 by Core Products

    Different injuries and ailments call for different methods of relief. Hot and cold therapy is a great alternative to pain medication.

    Both of these therapies are fantastic for joint pain, typical muscle aches and pains, and pain caused by arthritis.

    If you’re using words like stiff, tense, and sore to describe muscles or joints heat therapy is your best bet. Heat therapy opens up your blood vessels increasing blood flow and supplies of oxygen and nutrients to injured areas. Heat relaxes muscles and that blood flow stimulation improves circulation, range of motion, and reduces stiffness.

    When your arthritis is causing a burning sensation cold therapy can help numb the affected joint/area. Cold therapy also reduces inflammation and can reduce pain in other parts of your body. Bumps, bruises, sprains and strains can all be treated with cold therapy. Be careful not to apply a cold compress for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

    Core Products offers a variety of hot and cold therapy items for differing needs and ailments.

    People looking for a two-in-one solution should check out the CorPak Soft Comfort Hot & Cold Pack. After chilling in the freezer the frost-free pack does not require a towel and is gentle on the skin. To use the pack for heat therapy simply warm it in the microwave. The dual comfort series also comes in various sizes and shapes including a cervical pack and tri-sectional pack.

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  • The Importance of Regular Doctor Visits

    Posted on January 7, 2015 by Core Products

    When was the last time you visited a doctor? The best way to monitor one’s health is regularly reporting to a physician.

    Regular health screenings vary from person to person depending on one’s age, sex, and family medical history. The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on your health and fitness levels and make the moves to do something about it.

    If it’s been months or even years since your last doctor visit, that is a problem. Serious health problems are easier to treat when found early. Waiting until they’re full-blown issues may require more serious treatment or even surgery. Planning annual exams and check-ups is an easy way to stay on top of your health. If you’re not doing regular doctor visits for yourself, at least consider it for loved ones who care about you and your well-being.

    This goes beyond older adults and the elderly, too. Young adults should not take their health for granted. Regularly seeing a doctor helps maintain good health and may help prevent future problems.

    It’s important to not only take an active role in your own health and well-being through diet and regular exercise but also by preparing for these regular check-ups. Make sure to review or update your family medical history before going to see your doctor. The CDC has a checklist of things to do before your next check-up.

    Additionally, if you have a list of questions regarding particular health concerns make sure to ask them! Don’t be shy when it comes to medical questions and your doctor. It’s their job to answer them and your job to ask.

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  • Setting Health Goals for 2015

    Posted on January 4, 2015 by Core Products

    January is a fresh start for everyone. Make the most of the New Year by setting up some goals for yourself. Even if you didn’t start off 2015 with some resolutions on January 1 committing yourself to a goal can begin on any day of the year! Below are some helpful tips on making healthy resolutions for 2015.

    Limit your goals. Multiple resolutions can be harder to follow through on. Focus on a few or only one and go from there.

    Write it down. There are studies floating around suggesting those who write down their goals are far more successful. Think of it as a personal contract.

    Be specific. Don’t let the goal be generic. What exactly do you want to accomplish? How will you do it? What’s the game plan or strategy?

    Many people follow the SMART method when it comes to goal-setting.

    S-pecific: What do you want to accomplish?

    M-easurable: What is the metric with which you will measure your success and track your accomplishment?

    A-ction oriented: The end goal should include an action you can take to achieve it.

    R-easonable/R-elevant: Your resolution should be reasonable meaning that it’s within reach or isn’t within your standard day-to-day (that’d be too easy). Resolutions are a challenge to yourself that aren’t easy but shouldn’t be impossible.

    T-ime oriented: What’s the goal completion date?

    Know where you are now before deciding where you want to go. Where do you currently stand on overall health? If your goal is to do 1,000 pull-ups a week and you can barely do one without the assistance of a chair it’s probably a good idea to temper expectations.

    Whether your goal is to quit smoking, exercise regularly (which is too ambiguous – remember to be specific with this type), lose weight (again, set a number!), or eat healthier we wish you nothing but the best in 2015!

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