10.14.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By Deanna Jefferson, CPT.
As fall creeps in and warmer temps creep out, it seems easier and easier to hang up those warm weather fitness habits in the closet with your swim suits and beach bags. Yes, going to the gym as it gets colder outside is not as easy as staying wrapped up in your warm bed---but you'll be glad you did. If drearier weather makes you lose motivation in the fall, here are some great tips to help avoid derailing months of healthy habits.
Buy new gear. Something about cute new clothes makes waking up and getting ... Read More
09.30.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
This #WellnessWednesday, break up your workout regimen with this trending workout- Tabata!
What is it?
Tabata is a high intensity interval training workout. The idea is that a shorter workout can be just as effective as long, drawn out exercises. Tabata calls for you to give 20 seconds of maximal effort in one exercise, followed by 10 seconds of recovery, to be repeated multiple times.
A common practice is to do a 20-minute Tabata workout, which consists of 4 rounds of Tabata (4 minutes each) with 1 full minute of rest between each round. There’s a wide range of ... Read More
09.23.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Amy Henning, DO, OrthoVirginia
As with many questions, the answer is, “it depends.” Osgood-Schlatter Disease is usually a temporary condition that causes swelling on an area of the upper tibia (shin bone) called the tibial tuberosity. During the rapid adolescent growth spurt this area is vulnerable to overuse as the kneecap tendon places continuous traction on the growing bone. Poor flexibility and activities involving jumping and stopping suddenly contribute to developing this condition. It is fine to be a part of activities as long as there is no limp. However, if limping occurs, rest from activity is recommended.
The good ... Read More
This #motivationalmonday spotlights Redskins FB Darrel Young and his commitment to one injured teammate.
During the 2015 preseason opener, TE Niles Paul suffered every player’s worst nightmare- a season-ending ankle injury. Paul being put on the injury reserve list was both a blow to the team’s offensive strategy and a saddening loss of a good friend on the field.
When Paul hit the turf and failed to get up, Young stayed by Paul’s side until he was carried away on a cart. The fullback has described his relationship with Paul as “more than football for me…Niles ... Read More
Robert M. Dombrowski, MD, WOW Correspondent
We see a number of young patients every year with Osgood-Schlatter syndrome because it is one of the most common causes of knee pain in children and teens, affecting 1 in 5 adolescents.
Osgood-Schlatter disease or syndrome (also known as tibial tubercle apophyseal traction injury) is a rupture of the growth plate at the tibial tuberosity. The syndrome may develop without trauma or other apparent cause, however, some studies report up to 50% of patients relate a history of precipitating trauma.
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With the season opener right around the corner, it’s time to start packing those tailgate coolers! It wouldn’t be a Redskins game day without a good tailgate, right? You’ve stocked up on the classics, with everything from hot dogs to coleslaw to potato chips. Not surprisingly, many of the tailgate meals we crave are loaded with salt and have a high fat content. Keep your fellow tailgaters happy and healthy by swapping out traditional recipes with a few of our suggestions. You’ll kick off the season with a healthy – and delicious! – twist.
Here’s a few ... Read More
Contributed by Dr. Robert S. Berger of Charles County Dermatology
Wrinkles and Sun Damage
Sun damage accelerates the formation of discoloration, lines and creases. Prevention is the best medicine. Sunscreens have not been as effective as they are today, so chances are someone over the age of 10-15 has had significant sun exposure. What to do if one gets a sunburn? First do not make things worse by getting more sun-stay out or cover up. For the first 24-48 hours use Alleve/Motrin or Tylenol around the clock(Alleve is easier since twice a day dosage) and use a mild ... Read More
08.19.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
When is the last time you’ve smiled?
It seems very miniscule but studies show that smiling often proves to be healthier for your body and lifestyle!
In an article from Inspiyr, they listed 9 reasons as to why you should truly never stop smiling.
1. Smiling is contagious
Because of complex brain activity that occurs when you see someone smiling, smiles are contagious. Studies report that just seeing one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, which leads to a grin.
Even in bad situations, if you smile, others are likely to mimic ... Read More
08.12.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
While it’s no myth that it takes some time to break a new pair of shoes in – it’s possible that the shoe could be breaking you in!
One of the best ways to test the effectiveness of your running shoes is after your run. How sore are your feet? Are there blisters? Do you feel knee and lower back pain? While there may be other factors at work here, one of the biggest factors is actually your shoes!
Here are a few steps to ensure that you have the best shoes possible for your workout:
1. Don’t ... Read More
08.05.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes
Who would have ever thought the best way to enhance your workout and health is by snacking? The key is to snacking on the proper treats at certain times. The body is constantly working to rebuild and strengthen muscles throughout the day and if you can balance your food intake properly, you can optimize the process!
The Greatist.com has provided some of the best foods for both pre- and post-workouts.
Pre-Workout: These will vary depending on the intensity and type of workout you're trying to achieve. Try muching these down 30-40 minutes before your workout!
1. Perfect yogurt ...
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