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Monthly Archives: October 2017

  • Seven Things Not To Do When You Wake Up

    Posted on October 26, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    wakeupGetting up to start your day can be difficult enough, especially when you aren’t a morning person. But some common habits and coping mechanisms can actually make things worse, negatively affecting your ability to wake up and the quality of your entire day.

    Here are seven things to avoid doing if you want to make the most of your morning.

    1. Hitting the Snooze Button

    You might be sabotaging your sleep every time you hit the snooze button to get a few extra minutes of shuteye. That’s because a consistent schedule - in which you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day - regulates your body’s internal clock, helping you fall asleep in the evening and get quality sleep all night long. The snooze button disrupts your ability to maintain that consistency.

    1. Checking Social Media

    Social media can be a powerful temptation in the morning, but there are a few reasons you should try to avoid it right when you wake up. First, social media can be time consuming, and it leaves less time to prepare for the rest of your day. Second, you can’t fully control what you see on Facebook or Twitter, and negative or worrisome content can start causing you stress before you even get out of bed.

    1. Checking Your Work Email

    Checking your work email when you wake up leaves you vulnerable to stress. The emails that came in overnight (or are left over from yesterday) can cause that stress to start piling on too early. If you must get some work done, try concentrating on a solitary task instead of responding to emails.

    1. Taking a Hot Shower

    A hot shower feels very pleasurable in the morning. But cold showers can do more to wake you up, shocking you into a state of wakefulness. They also provide a number of other benefits, including muscle recovery, better circulation, and even mental benefits.

    1. Drinking Coffee 

    Coffee doesn’t always produce the intended effect when you drink it too early. When you’re just getting up, coffee can interfere with your body’s production of cortisol, which wakes you up naturally. This means your body will produce less cortisol and rely more heavily on caffeine. It also could lead to a higher caffeine tolerance. The best time to drink coffee, according to studies on the subject, is actually between 10 AM and noon.

    1. Skipping Breakfast

    Skipping breakfast can buy you some extra sleep. But breakfast is an important step in starting your day. When you skip breakfast, your blood sugar may drop, your metabolism may slow (making it harder to lose or keep off weight), and your stress levels may rise.

    1. Hiding From Daylight

    You might like to wake up gradually, avoiding the harsh light of day and keeping the curtains closed. But daylight helps your body know it’s time to wake up naturally. Open the curtains and let the sun shine in.



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  • Five Things You Can Do in Fall to Avoid Winter Injuries

    Posted on October 18, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    winterinjuriesFall is a popular season for many reasons: it brings cooler weather, beautiful foliage, and includes some of the best holidays. But winter is around the corner, and with it comes an increased likelihood of injury resulting from cold temperatures and inclement weather. But if you start preparing now, you can reduce the risk of injury once winter arrives.

    Here are five things you can do in fall to avoid injuries in winter.

    1. Prepare for Slippery Walkways

    If your home has a driveway, walking paths, a sidewalk, or other areas that tend to get icy, you should stock up on supplies that will keep those areas walkable. At minimum, you should keep a quality snow shovel and a method to treat or cover ice. Salt can aid in melting ice, but isn’t exactly friendly to cars, concrete, or the environment. As an alternative, you can put down kitty litter or gravel - they won’t melt ice, but they will add traction.

    1. Stock Flashlights

    Snow and ice storms can cause power outages. If you’re caught stumbling through your home in the dark, you risk a fall. Make sure you have flashlights with fresh batteries stashed around strategic areas of your home so you can get to them easily in the event of a power outage.

    1. Prepare Your Vehicle

    It’s important to prepare your vehicle for slippery conditions and breakdowns.

    To prepare for slippery roads, you may want to consider snow tires or at least ensure that your current tires have a sufficient tread depth to manage snow and ice. Rear wheel drive vehicles may handle poorly in the snow, but you can use sandbags, cinderblocks or other heavy items to add extra weight to the rear of your vehicle and cut down on sliding.

    You should also prepare your vehicle for a roadside breakdown, which can be life threatening in certain conditions. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. This kit should include extra warm clothes, gloves, bottled water, some canned food, a flashlight, and emergency flares. In addition, storing a bag of road salt and a shovel in your trunk can help in a pinch if you ever need to dig yourself out of deep snow.

    1. Get the Right Clothing

    Warm clothing keeps you protected from the elements when you’re outside. Check your existing wardrobe now to make sure you have everything you need. You’ll want a warm clothing option for every part of the body, from head to foot. Choose clothes that fit well and have interior. Make sure you have options for inner layers such as socks and long johns.

    Finally, shoes or boots with a good tread can help prevent slips and falls.

    1. Trim Back Trees

    If you have trees on your property, you should trim back branches that extend over your roof, power lines, and any walkways. You don’t want branches felled by ice to cause property damage or injury to anyone walking below.

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  • Seven Home Methods to Treat or Relieve Plantar Fasciitis

    Posted on October 12, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    plantarPlantar fasciitis is a condition in which your plantar fascia, the band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes and supports your arches, becomes inflamed. The resulting pain in your heel or the bottom of your foot can make it difficult to stand or walk.

    While it’s common among middle aged and older people, plantar fasciitis can also occur in young athletes and anyone who is frequently on their feet. While unusual cases of plantar fasciitis may require surgery, doctors will usually recommend at-home remedies to start, as most people will recover in three to twelve months without aggressive treatment.

    Here are seven home methods your doctor may recommend to treat or relieve your plantar fasciitis.

    1. Rest

    While it might be unrealistic to completely eliminate walking from your routine, resting your foot is necessary. You should limit any activities, such as running or walking on solid surfaces like concrete, that can exacerbate your plantar fasciitis.

    If your sport of choice involves a lot of running or high impact activity, try substituting a low impact sport like bicycling or swimming.

    1. Cold Therapy

    Cold therapy helps treat injuries like plantar fasciitis that involve pain, swelling, or inflammation. Applying ice or cold packs to your foot can temporarily reduce those symptoms.

    1. Over-the-Counter Medication

    Over the counter anti-inflammatory aids like ibuprofen or naproxen can help you manage your pain and reduce inflammation.

    1. Supportive Footwear

    Avoid flats, high heels, sandals, and any footwear that doesn’t provide adequate support. Instead, wear shoes with a well-cushioned sole that absorbs shock and provides arch support. Many running shoes will provide plenty of cushioning to the bottom of your feet.

    Alternatively, shoe inserts like heel lifts can add support and cushioning to your unsupportive footwear.

    1. Foot Stretches

    Toe stretches and calf stretches can help your foot stay limber, and are especially beneficial early in the morning. Stretches help your ligaments become flexible and strengthen the muscles that support your arch.

    1. Night Splints

    Night splints can provide relief from plantar fasciitis pain overnight. These splints hold the foot with the toes pointed up, applying a consistent 90° angle stretch to your plantar fascia. This helps reduce pain and keeps your foot limber.

    1. Wear Supports

    Supports like the Swede-O® Thermal Heel-Rite™ can fit in your shoe and provide daytime relief for your foot. They provide ample arch support and compress the plantar fascia to protect your foot from further pain and injury. The support’s compression and heat retention can also help reduce swelling and aid recovery.

    In Closing

    Most cases of plantar fasciitis are easily treatable with simple remedies or over-the-counter products, and only in rare instances will they last over one year. However, some cases are more extreme. If you suspect you may have plantar fasciitis, see your doctor. Your doctor can recommend the best combination of treatments and remedies to get you back on your feet.



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  • Seven Ways Hobbies Can Improve Your Life and Wellbeing

    Posted on October 6, 2017 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    hobbyHobbies come in many different forms. They demand different levels of physical or mental exertion, they may be solitary or social, and some are easier to pick up than others. But all great hobbies give you more than just a way to pass the time and can provide a wide range of benefits to you.

    Here are seven ways hobbies can improve your life.

    1. Physical Fitness

    Hobbies that require physical activity can contribute to your overall physical fitness and improve your strength, endurance, and overall health. But you don’t have to lift heavy weights or train for a marathon to boost your fitness. Any hobby that requires physical activity - such as gardening, hiking, or shooting pool - can convey health benefits, especially if the alternative is sitting on the couch.

    1. Stress Reduction

    Hobbies are a great outlet for stress relief. They allow you to lose yourself in an activity and recover from a stressful day. They also give you something to look forward to during times of stress. Having an outlet for stress relief can help you avoid burnout, boost your mood, and promote psychological wellbeing.

    1. Social Connections

    Some hobbies, like group sports, are naturally social and require you to interact with others. They can help you meet new friends that share similar interests. But even solitary hobbies like stamp collecting can help you make social connections if you seek out in-person or online communities dedicated to your hobby of choice.

    Many studies show the positive impact of an active social life on physical and psychological health. The connections you make with your fellow hobbyists can lead to lifelong friendships and boost your overall wellbeing.

    1. New Challenges

    Learning a hobby often requires you to develop new skills. You may have to break with routine and challenge yourself in new ways that are entirely different from work or family challenges. These new challenges can help you make mental connections, think about problems differently, or get outside your comfort zone. No matter the scenario, new challenges can help you grow as a person.

    1. Enhanced Self-Esteem

    Simply put, it feels empowering to master a new skill (or even become proficient at one). While learning a new hobby takes time, it can pay off with increased confidence and self esteem.

    1. Improved Work Performance

    The new skills you’re learning could also help you get better at your job. While confidence and low stress can certainly help your job performance, learning a new skill could also help you identify a new approach to a work problem or apply your newfound skills to a work task. You may even find a hobby you want to turn into a career.

    1. Fun

    If you spend all your time working and running from errand to errand, you may end up overly stressed or burned out. Hobbies provide a break from tedious obligations, giving you a chance to have fun and enjoy yourself.




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