Easier Ways To Scan

Posted on May 12, 2015 under health | No Comment

Patients who need testing to determine if there is anything wrong in the body might be ordered to get an MRI. This is an easy way to get a better look at the body in the form of slides. Details can appear on the MRI slides that might not show up on an x-ray or other types of scans. Some patients might not be able to lay inside an ordinary MRI machine. This is when an open MRI is beneficial.

Those who don’t like to be in enclosed spaces will find that this is a better option as it’s not as confining. The sides are open instead of being enclosed, giving more room while the test is being done. It’s a solution for young children who might be afraid of the machine itself as there will likely be enough room for a parent to lay on the bed with the child. Older adults can also have someone with them so that they feel safer. This kind of MRI makes it easier to accomodate IV poles and other equipment that the patient might need to have instead of needing to maneuver it to the side of an ordinary machine. The open design is also beneficial if there needs to be images of an area of the body that might not be able to be centered in a traditional machine, such as the ankle or the wrist.

How to Feel Your Best

Posted on May 12, 2015 under health | No Comment

Between work, school, family and friends, everyone can feel low at times. The world is a stressful place, but there are some solutions to brighten the mood. A positive attitude with key lifestyle changes allows you to feel your best.

Move That Body

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to feel good about your body and mind. It’s well known that favorable hormones are released during exercise. Take a walk each day for 30 minutes to feel a change in mood. You’ll notice a surge of good feelings during and immediately after the workout. Try different activities to vary the exercise. You might find a new hobby with health as a beneficial side effect.

Concentrate on Internal Chemistry

Everyone has varying internal chemistry based on genetics and environment. You could take a supplement, such as TravaCor, to add beneficial vitamins and amino acids. When your body is deficient in certain vitamins, it responds with poor functioning. A happy mood and healthy body can be balanced with the addition of supplemental nutrition. You may want to confer with a doctor before starting a supplement regimen to verify that allergies or side effects won’t be an issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Drug Testing Employees

Posted on May 12, 2015 under Random | No Comment

Choosing whether to drug test your employees is an important step in any company, large or small. There are benefits and drawbacks to drug testing, both of which should be explored in depth. Understanding how a drug testing program will affect your business is key to making the right choice.

Why Drug Test?

Drug use in the workplace can have a number of repercussions and create an environment that is hazardous for everyone. If there are employees in your company who are using drugs, they can cause equipment malfunctions, slow down productivity and bring down staff morale. They may be more likely to steal company property in order to feed their drug habits. Having employees in your workplace who are addicted to drugs can cause liability issues that can derail your company’s operations.

Drug Test Considerations

If you are going to drug test, it is vital that you create a written policy for the program. Inform potential hires and existing staff that they will be subjected to a drug test as a condition of employment. Make sure that you drug test every employee to avoid the appearance of unfairness.

You can either drug test on site or hire an outside vendor to conduct the testing. You can easily test in the workplace using urine reagent strips that deliver instant results. Test during the hiring process and any time there is a serious safety incident in your company.

When it comes to instituting drug testing at your company, creating a plan that works is the best way to ensure the best results.

Ways That Companies Are Encouraging Employee Wellness

Posted on May 12, 2015 under health | No Comment

Today, a growing number of company owners are recognizing the value of corporate wellness programs. They realize that healthy employees are more productive and take fewer sick days which can boost a company’s overall productivity. Consider just a few of the ways that companies are getting their employees excited about improving their health.

Weight Loss Competitions

Some companies are setting up competitions that allow employees to compete for prizes as they lose weight and improve their health. For instance, a company may begin a competition that lasts for six months. Each employee who wants to participate creates a reasonable weight loss goal. Employees who accomplish their goal receive a prize. Some examples of prizes are a week of paid vacation, tickets to a popular sporting event or even a few hundred dollars cash. With this sort of competition, employees lose weight and get recognized for their efforts.

Counting Steps

Many companies are holding competitions that ask employees to keep track of the amount of steps they walk or jog per day. In some cases, these steps are recorded by a technological device. Employees may even be able to go online to see how well others are doing in the competition. This is something that employees can do at work or at home. For instance, an employee may decide to take the stairs to get to the office instead of riding on the elevator each morning. That helps to boost the amount of steps the person takes each day. This competition adds fun to the process of getting in better shape.

Trying New Exercise Classes

Another way that company owners are encouraging their employees to get in better shape is to host a competition that involves exercise classes. Employees may be invited to try a different exercise class each day at a fitness center chosen by the company. An employee who continually tries new classes for a certain period of time can earn prizes awarded by the company. Trying new exercise classes can help employees to find one that they really love. WCS is one example of a resource that companies can use to find a convenient fitness center as well as other things that can help with establishing a wellness program.

Finally, employees of a company may be more inclined to lose weight or try a new exercise regimen if they have others doing it with them. Employees can encourage one another in their efforts to gain more energy and get in better shape.

OC Half Marathon Race Report

Posted on May 03, 2015 under Race | No Comment

oc-marathon-logoThe OC Half Marathon reminds me a lot of the races I’ve ran here in San Diego. The course takes you around Newport Beach, which is almost as nice as the beaches in San Diego. The weather and flat course almost guarantees that you’ll run fast. I’m not exactly sure how many years this race has been going on, but from the website as well as number of participants, volunteers and spectators, it’s fair to say it’s not their inaugural. I’ve actually heard of this race before, I ran the Long Beach Half Marathon a few years ago, which is part of a 3-race series (again, similar to a series for 3 San Diego races..) I haven’t ran a half marathon since the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas half marathon in early November of last year. Since that race, I’ve done a few 5K’s and a 10-mile race. Because of that break, I dedicated the last 3 weeks or so dedicated to running, that meant waking up early to run before work. Because of that, I was able to run a pretty fast half. Results: 1:35:26, 7:17 min/mile, AG: 20/394, men: 144/3,603, overall: 170/9,069. It was a pretty tough race, but I am very happy with my performance. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Weird Celebrity Hair Hacks to Try at Your Own Risk

Posted on May 03, 2015 under health | No Comment

There are a lot of things people copy from celebrities, like taste in music and street fashion. These hair hacks may be too weird for even the most celeb-obsessed reader to copy, though. The good news is that they’re mostly all-natural. You already take an anti-aging supplement, make your own body scrubs, and buy organic foods. Why not give one or two of these tips a shot, too?

Sienna Miller: Ketchup

Sienna had a couple of mishaps when coloring her hair, including coming out with pink locks after trying to go red, then ending up with green hair when attempting to go brunette. She claims that the only thing that got her hair back to normal were regular ketchup applications, under heat.

Suki Waterhouse: Coca-Cola

Suki doesn’t particularly like her hair when it’s squeaky clean, because it gets too limp. She rinses with Coca-Cola to get a tousled look.

Fergie: Olive Oil

This tip doesn’t sound too far-fetched, since olive oil is often used in beauty regimes. On tour, Fergie would use olive oil to quickly pull her hair into a ponytail between songs. The next morning, she’d shampoo and find that her hair felt like silk.

Zoe Saldana: Mayonnaise

This is another hair hack that may have some legs. Zoe found out about the mayo trick after reading a book about natural beauty tips. The mayo is used to tame dry, wild hair. Just don’t forget to shampoo, or you’ll end up smelling like a sandwich.

Not sure if these tips are fact or fiction? Ask your stylist about them before trying anything too drastic.

First Long Run in the Nike Air Zoom Elite 7 Running Shoes

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 under Reviews | No Comment

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7 running shoesAfter coming in to my local Road Runner Sports for their free gait test analysis, I was able to find a running shoe that accommodated my running form, providing just the right amount of support I needed in a shoe. You can read about the entire Shoe Dog process here, I highly recommend both beginning and new runners to try it out. As I mentioned in the post, I was previously recommended stability shoes, but when I came in this time, was told I should run in neutral running shoes. Had I not gone in and taken the gait analysis, I would have just picked another pair of stability shoes! Read the rest of this entry »

Road Runner Sports Shoe Dog Experience

Posted on Apr 04, 2015 under running | 1 Comment

shoe dogI never understood the importance of wearing the right pair of running shoes back in high school when I first joined the cross country team. I would just buy the cheapest or coolest looking shoes available. I didn’t know that some were better fit for different types of runners! And that is probably why I was injured every year I ran in high school. It was not until just a few years ago that I was at a race expo and performed a gait analysis at the Brooks Running booth. At the time, they told me that I should be wearing stability shoes the help support my overpronation. And because of that recommendation, I had ran in 3 different versions of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS series shoes. Fortunately, I have not had any major injuries since high school (even from my 20+ mile runs, which I never did in high school). As a new member of the Running Buddies Team, I had the opportunity to perform this same test the other day at Road Runner Sports, using the Shoe Dog experience.

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IceSleeves Compression Sleeves Review

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 under Reviews | No Comment

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Although being part of the cross country team was one of my favorite things about high school, I did have more injuries while on the team compared to any other period in my life! Non-runners used to joke that cross country wasn’t a sport, that you ‘just run’. But there was so much more to it than what people saw on the surface. Although runners were running for personal improvements and PRs, it was still a team sport and if you were one of the top runners in your division, you had to work together as a team to defeat the opponents. I think I had my first running injury as early as one month into joining the team. Looking back now, I probably have my shoes to blame. But remember getting the early signs of shin splints in that summer. I would spend time everyday after practice icing my shins. The injury got so bad that I would have trouble putting pants on because it hurt so much to stand on the leg with shin splints! The thing is, I never rested like I probably should have (during practice or races). Since high school, I haven’t really had any major injuries, although I have gotten pretty beat up planing soccer in our adult league.

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Taking Care of your Body as you Age

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 under health | No Comment

It’s All About Taking Care of You
You can’t stop the march of time. You are going to get older as the years fly by. However, you can embrace your age and give your body your best. A coq10 supplement can give you a boost, helping you to feel your best. With the right anti-aging ingredients, you can feel like you are younger than your years. Put the right ingredients in your body and you can stave off illness and other debilitating conditions. You need to avoid the wear and tear that is inevitable if you don’t give yourself some TLC. Supplements can help.

Give Your Body What it Needs
With healthy bones, a strong immune system, and excellent circulation, you’ll feel a new vitality. Your body will seem renewed and the right combination of supplements can make a world of difference. Add a balanced diet and physical activity to have optimal results. With regular visits to your physician and the right kind of attitude, your body will be like a temple. Take care of it, nourish it with supplements that will enhance your health, and feel better than you have in years. Find the right formula and be amazed at what it can do for you. Fight off the damaging effects of free radicals to keep your cells in top form. When you work from the inside out, your efforts will pay off. Your body will thank you when you give it the fuel that it needs.

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