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Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in MTN Life, Wellness & Yoga | 0 comments

Float Therapy – Perfect After A Mountain Escapade

Float Therapy – Perfect After A Mountain Escapade

Floating, a mind and body therapy, has come to Colorado’s mountain town communities and should be considered as a part of your health and wellness repertoire. Once a fad in the 70’s restricted environmental stimulation technique, aka Sensory Deprivation, seems like an archaic term of what I found to be an extremely relaxing experience. Floating is in the midst of a revival and it is being embraced by people of all demographics. Stress – it is today’s reality. We are all overworked and overstimulated, it is a rare moment that we can sit quietly and decompress. Floating is one therapy that allows you to completely relax and literally take a load off both your mind and body.   During the float experience people are not submerged in these spas; instead, they float. This is done with a solution of Epsom Salt that increases the water density, allowing the human body to float. Users oat face-up in a relaxed position, with the face above the water and the ear’s submerged....

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Wellness & Yoga | 0 comments

Know Your Numbers – 5 Health Numbers You Should Know

Know Your Numbers – 5 Health Numbers You Should Know

A lot of numbers are thrown at you during a medical checkup. If you’ve ever wondered what a healthy range really means, I want you to be aware of five numbers that matter. Blood Pressure According to the American Heart Association, 80 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Healthy blood pressure can help protect you from heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. These blood pressure goals are recommended for adults who aren’t pregnant and don’t have heart failure.  If you are:  Your target blood pressure is: 18-59 years old; or over 60 and have diabetes or certain types of kidney problems Below 140/90. High blood pressure may be diagnosed following two readings higher than this rate Over 60 and don’t have diabetes or certain types of kidney problems  Below 150/90 Lifestyle decisions can help you achieve healthy blood pressure. These include: Staying at a healthy weight or losing extra weight. Eating heart healthy foods like fish, almonds or walnuts, berries, flaxseed, dark beans, spinach and tomatoes. Limiting sodium. This means more...

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Wellness & Yoga | 0 comments

Tips for Staying Healthy and Hydrated During the Last Few Weeks of Winter

Tips for Staying Healthy and Hydrated During the Last Few Weeks of Winter

Colorado’s mountains have experienced some pretty spectacular snowfall over the past few months. According to the National Resources Conservation Service, from November 17, 2016 through January 1st, snowpack in the mountains grew at the fastest rate since 1986. If you’re like me, you’ve been taking advantage of this fresh powder by spending more time on the slopes or snowshoeing in the foothills. This increase in daily physical activity is great for your overall health. But it could impact your appetite and thirst levels. If you suddenly find yourself ravenous throughout the day, consider these nutrition tips to remain in top shape as we head into the last few weeks of winter. Maintain a consistent eating schedule Eat three meals a day and do not go more than three to four hours without eating. If you’re left with only an hour to eat before heading outside, eat something small that’s easy to digest. Carbohydrates are essential nutrients for pre-workout meals because our muscles run on carbs during exercise. Try a...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Wellness & Yoga | 0 comments

Five Steps for a SMART 2017

Five Steps for a SMART 2017

Welcome to a new year! For many people, January is a time of renewal. A time to think about the possibilities of a new year and create resolutions for change. New Year’s resolutions may involve losing weight, dating or changing jobs. And while more than 40 percent of Americans say they make New Year’s resolutions each year, University of Scranton reports that just 8 percent of people achieve the goals they make.  We are heading to the end of the month and wonder if you are sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions Why do most resolutions lose steam after a few weeks? Often it’s because they are made on a whim without a deliberate plan to change behavior.   To help avoid New Year’s resolution failures, consider the SMART method. S: Set a measurable, achievable goal. Be realistic about what you can fit into your current lifestyle. M: Monitor your progress. Keep track of your efforts, even on the days when you don’t hit the mark. A: Arrange your...

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Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Wellness & Yoga | 0 comments

Ask the Ortho: What causes the majority of injuries on the hill?

Ask the Ortho: What causes the majority of injuries on the hill?

  What causes the majority of injuries on the hill? We asked Dr. Terrell Joseph at Vail Summit Orthopedics this question. Dr. Joseph often presents to the Beaver Creek ski patrol as part of the group’s pre-season training to discuss what to look for when they come upon an injury to help make a correct diagnosis.   The majority of accidents take place at the end of the day when protective muscles are tired and less quick to respond. “Faulty equipment is still a periodic problem but less and less common as the predictability and quality of the gear improves,” says Dr. Terrell Joseph. “The phenomenon of the ‘weekend warrior’, who gets more easily fatigued versus the well-conditioned athlete, is a common factor. We regularly see injuries in patients who ski or snowboard beyond their ability. And above all else, most of our surgeries are the result of one party or another being out of control.”   Dr. Joseph says staying reasonably fit, having an awareness of others around...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Wellness & Yoga | 0 comments

Cold & Flu Season – Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Cold & Flu Season – Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Winter is accompanied by many fun activities from skiing and snowman building to ice-skating and hot chocolate. A not so fun aspect of winter is cold and flu season. Unfortunately, that season has arrived in Colorado. Cold and flu season typically peaks December – March of each year. Colds and the flu are viruses that do not respond to antibiotics. But, the flu can be much more serious than a cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications each year. How can you tell cold and flu symptoms apart? Cold symptoms often include a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, mild fatigue, headache and a cough. Flu symptoms tend to be more severe and can occur suddenly. They can include fever, significant fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, chills, sore throat, cough and a stuffy or runny nose. Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children than adults. People who...

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