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Monthly Archives: August 2017

  • Six Ways to Exercise Your Dog When You Can’t Go for a Long Walk

    Posted on August 31, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    dogexerciseMost dogs need daily exercise to stay healthy and keep their weight under control. Regular exercise can also help avoid problem behaviors, as restless dogs may turn to digging, chewing or constant barking to release pent-up energy.

    Taking your furry friend for a walk is one of the best ways to give your pup a workout. But if injury or illness is keeping you from walking, you might have to find an alternative way to exercise your dog.

    Here are six ways to exercise your dog when you can’t go for a long walk.

    1. Play Fetch
    Fetch is an old standby. It can exercise your dog while you stay relatively still. Best of all, it can be played with anything your dog will chase, including a ball, stick, Frisbee, or chew toy. Fetch comes more naturally to some dogs, but most dogs can learn with a little bit of training.

    2. Dock Jumping and Swimming
    Not all dogs are great swimmers, but many breeds are perfect for aquatic exercise. Dock diving is essentially an aquatic version of fetch in which dogs chase a toy off the end of a dock to retrieve it. It’s best played with a dog that already loves to retrieve and is comfortable in the water. There are even dock diving competitions.

    If that’s not your thing, you can still take your dog for a swim if you live near a calm body of water. Just be sure to take precautions, especially if you’re not confident in your dog’s swimming abilities.

    3. Visit a Dog Park
    If you’ve got an easily accessible dog park, you can drive your dog over and let them loose. They can play with other neighborhood dogs in a safe, fenced-in environment while you relax. This is also a great way to meet other neighborhood dog owners. Of course, your dog will need to play well with others.

    4. Tug-of-War
    Tug-of-war is a simple game that can be played from a chair or the couch, but your dog will nevertheless be enthralled. All you need is a longer toy with a good grip on both ends. As a bonus, you’ll be giving your grip and arm a good workout.

    This activity is safer with a relaxed dog that isn’t too territorial with toys, and shouldn’t be done with a dog you don’t trust or know well.

    5. Puzzle Toys
    Puzzle toys come in many different varieties, from the simple to the elaborate. They all require your dog to use its brain and body to extract a treat. Puzzle toys can be filled with kibble, treats, peanut butter, and more, and they can keep a dog occupied and physically engaged for hours.

    6. Outsource
    If you really need a break, you can ask a friend or loved one for help walking your dog. You could also consider hiring a dog walker until you’re back on your feet. While it is an extra expense, your dog will benefit from the routine exercise.


    This post was posted in Education

  • Tips for Working Out During the Hottest Days of the Year

    Posted on August 22, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    hotdayIn many ways, the great outdoors is the perfect gym: it’s free, virtually unlimited, and offers better scenery than your neighborhood fitness center. But if you prefer to exercise outside, you may face a challenge when temperatures heat up. Hot weather can make outdoor workouts uncomfortable and even dangerous, as the heat puts extra strain on your body and can cause dehydration, overheating, and even serious injuries like heatstroke.

    It’s important to exercise correctly during the hottest days of the year. Here are eight tips for working out in the heat (or avoiding it altogether).

    1. Choose the Right Time of Day
    The hottest times of day generally range from late morning to late afternoon. You should try to avoid exercising during this time frame, as your body could be quickly overwhelmed by the intense heat. Try to work out in the early morning or late evening, when temperatures are cooler.

    2. Stay Hydrated
    High temperatures will make you sweat more intensely, so you’ll want to make sure you’re properly hydrated. You should consume plenty of water leading up to exercise and make sure to take a drink at least every ten to 20 minutes during your workout.

    3. Find the Shade
    Work out in shady areas if possible. Shaded pathways or trails will lessen the effect of the sun.

    4. Wear the Right Gear
    You should wear workout gear that is loose-fitting, light in color and lightweight. Try to find clothes that wick away sweat and encourage evaporation. Avoid dark-colored, thick cotton clothing, as it absorbs heat and can trap moisture against your skin, raising your body temperature.

    To prevent sunburn, you may even want to wear a ventilated hat and some lightweight sunglasses.

    5. Don’t Overdo It
    You may want to cut back on the intensity of your workout and avoid shooting for personal records on hot days. You can reduce the intensity, speed, or duration of your workout to make up for the rise in temperature. If you can, reserve tougher workouts for indoors.

    6. Hit the Pool
    If you have access to a pool, now is the best time to take advantage. While you should still make sure to stay hydrated and avoid overexertion, swimming is great for hot weather because water naturally cools your body. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

    7. Join a Gym
    If you have a local gym with a monthly membership plan, it might be worth it to sign up for the hotter months. You can cancel your membership and get back outdoors when it cools off.

    8. Get an Exercise Machine
    If a gym membership isn’t your style, you could spring for some home workout equipment. Treadmills, rowing machines, weights and more can all help you stay in shape in the sweet comfort of air conditioning.


    This post was posted in Education

  • How Massage Therapists Can Benefit from Board Certification with the NCBTMB

    Posted on August 14, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    massageMassage therapists who wish to boost their credentials, unlock new opportunities, or expand their knowledge and training can all stand to benefit from board certification with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). That’s because board certification is nationally recognized as the highest voluntary massage therapy credential, and gives massage therapists greater legitimacy and recognition, especially in the healthcare industry.

    What Is Board Certification?

    Board certification is a voluntary credential - provided through the NCBTMB - that massage therapists can pursue. Upon becoming board certified, therapists can include the credentials “BCTMB” following their name. They’ll also be nationally recognized by the NCBTMB and gain several other perks and benefits.

    The requirements for board certification are standardized across the country. Requirements include:

    • Completing 750 hours of education
    • Completing 250 hours of hands-on professional experience
    • Passing the BCETMB exam
    • Passing a criminal background check
    • Agreeing to uphold NCBTMB’s code of ethics and standards
    • Agreeing to oppose human trafficking

    Hours you’ve completed in an NCBTMB-approved school will count toward the education requirements, and you’ll have two years from the date you graduate to complete your work experience requirement. Once all requirements are met, you can become board certified.

    Board certification is not the same as state licensure, although many massage therapists will sit for their licensure and board certification exams around the same time. Board certification isn’t required to practice, but there are many tangible benefits to getting your certification.

    What are the Benefits?

    Board certification isn’t simply an arbitrary credential; it’s nationally recognized and has several benefits:

    1. Greater Legitimacy
    According to the NCBTMB, board certification demonstrates that therapists have gone above and beyond the entry-level requirements needed to operate as a massage therapist. Since board certification has such strict requirements, clients and employers can be confident that certified therapists are committed to lifelong learning and continued growth.

    2. Job Opportunities
    Board certification grants access to opportunities and career paths that may have previously been unavailable. Many employers, especially those in the health care industry, will require board certification for available job opportunities. Some spas and massage practices may also require board certification.

    Therapists can place the “BCTMB” credential, which stands for “Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,” after their name to indicate that they’re board certified.

    3. Greater Online Visibility
    Once a therapist becomes certified, they are listed on the NCBTMB’s directory of certified massage therapists. The public can search on the site, using criteria as simple as a zip code, to locate nearby board certified therapists. In this way, board certification can help you connect with new clients.

    4. Networking Opportunities
    Becoming part of the NCBTMB community unlocks online networking opportunities, including social media groups that can help therapists continue their career growth. For example, NCBTMB has a Facebook group for approved providers to post continuing education courses, helping connect board certified therapists with the industry’s top educators.

    5. Access to Online Marketplaces
    The NCBTMB runs an affiliate program with some of the massage industry’s top brands and services. Active members get access to exclusive deals and promotions on products and services that can help their business.

    There’s also a public online marketplace that reserves exclusive savings and discounts for board certified members.

    6. State Licensure Requirements
    States don’t require board certification for therapists to do business within their borders. However, many states do allow continuing education from NCBTMB approved providers to count toward meeting licensure renewal requirements.

    7. Continuing Education
    Therapists will get the opportunity to connect with continuing education classes, providers, and resources. Continuing education classes help therapists gain experience, encounter different issues in the field, and further their professional development.

    How to Get Started

    No matter your current standing as a massage therapist, you can apply your existing education and experience toward board certification with the NCBMTB. Board certification can open up access to new opportunities and resources to massage therapists at all levels. To learn how to get started, visit the NCBTMB website.

    This post was posted in Education

  • Eight Tips for Keeping Your Bedroom Cool in the Summer

    Posted on August 3, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    bedroom-blogWhen outdoor temperatures start to heat up, it can be difficult to keep your bedroom cool enough to get a good night’s sleep. This is especially true if you want to keep your air-conditioning costs down or you don’t have central AC at all.

    But a good night’s sleep is essential for a number of physical and psychological benefits, so you have a strong interest in keeping your bedroom comfortable, even if you can’t or won’t rely on air conditioning to get it done.

    Here are eight tips for keeping your bedroom cool in the hot summer months without cranking the AC.

    1. Place Fans Strategically

    Strategically placed fans can help dramatically cool a room. If you leave your windows open, window fans can lower the temperature in the room. Multiple fans placed correctly can increase the cooling effect. One method even involves placing a bowl of ice behind a fan, further cooling the air.

    Placing fans strategically in your bedroom can help keep you comfortable. The best fan placement will depend on your bedroom’s layout, whether you run the AC or leave the windows open, and other factors.

    2. Run Your Ceiling Fan the Right Way

    If you have a ceiling fan, you’re already enjoying the airflow benefits. But you might want to make sure your fan is spinning the right way. Many ceiling fans can be set to run clockwise or counterclockwise. In the hotter months, running celling fans counterclockwise can create a wind-chill effect in your bedroom.

    3. Get a Portable Evaporative Cooler

    Evaporative coolers are portable, don’t take up too much space, and can be used anywhere. They draw in the surrounding hot air, cool it down, and then circulate it back into your room. It’s important to note that evaporative coolers work best in hot, dry climates. Because they work by passing dry air through water, they aren’t as effective in humid, damp climates.

    4. Switch to Cooler Sheets

    If you’re still using flannel, satin, or polyester bedding, it’s time to switch to cooler sheets and pillowcases. Lightweight cotton and linen sheets tend to be the best bet, as they are breathable and aren’t heavy.

    5. Get a Cooler Pillow

    If you’re using a memory foam pillow, you may want to consider getting a cooler alternative. That’s because memory foam tends to retain heat. If you find yourself sweating into your memory foam pillow, a fiber alternative may be a better option for summer.

    6. Use Shades and Curtains

    The sun shining through your windows drives up the temperature of your home during the day. Keep your shades and curtains closed to maintain cooler temperatures, especially in your bedroom.

    7. Create Cross-Breezes

    Closed doors and windows block airflow. Where you can, leave doors to rooms open to let air circulate throughout your home. If you don’t run air conditioning, try to create drafts that run between open windows from room to room, keeping your bedroom cooler.

    8. Move to Lower Ground

    Heat rises to the highest areas of the home. If you have multiple levels in your home and you sleep upstairs, you may be sleeping in the hottest region of the house. If you have a spare bedroom downstairs and you’re really desperate for a cooler night’s sleep, you may want relocate for the summer.

    This post was posted in Education

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