Walking 101: cool-down stretches

Proper stretching helps you strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility. And post-workout stretching can help reduce the buildup of lactic acid, which can lead to muscle cramps and stiffness.            Hold each of the following stretches for 10 to 30 seconds and stretch evenly on both sides. There will be a mild discomfort with a good stretch, but it should never feel painful. Be sure … Continue reading Walking 101: cool-down stretches

Managing the quarantine 15

During these months of changes in our daily routines, in work settings, and even in the people we are spending time with – many of us have found it challenging to avoid unhealthy changes in eating habits and weight gain. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employer group wellness coordinator, Jane Shirley, shares some tips that might help you be more successful in avoiding … Continue reading Managing the quarantine 15

Keeping your cool when exercising in the summer

Keeping your body active and moving is important, no matter the season. Regular exercise can help decrease anxiety, help you sleep better, and assist in weight management. Exercising in the summer can be dangerous if you are not taking the correct precautions. Use these tips to avoid heat related illnesses such as heat strokes, heat cramps, and dehydration. 1. Drink plenty of fluids Dehydration can … Continue reading Keeping your cool when exercising in the summer

The Doctor’s Note: Exercise and Mental Health

The connection between physical activity and mental health has been extensively studied, and several theories have been developed about it. For example, during the aging process, physical exercise might represent a possible treatment for depression and dementia, helping delay the onset of normal aging processes. Continue reading “The Doctor’s Note: Exercise and Mental Health”

Excercise motivation in winter

Take the chill out of winter exercise

Maintaining a year-long physical fitness regime can be challenging enough – throw in chilly temperatures and snow and it can be down-right hard to stay motivated during the winter months. While you may not be able to maintain your warm-weather physical activities, there are lots of other ways to get your heart rate up during the winter. Continue reading “Take the chill out of winter exercise”