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Fun Winter Activities to Stay Active as a Family

12/22/2014 | WellnessExercise

While the weather outside may be frightful, there are still plenty of ways to stay physically active as a family during the winter months. Don’t let cold weather or snow put a damper on your activity level. Try these fun outdoor and indoor winter activities: Enjoy a snow day. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, make snow angels and catch snowflakes on your tongue. Experiencing the joy of a snow day through your kids’ eyes is a great way to make memories as a family while sneaking…

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Hernias

12/18/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossExerciseMaternity

This holiday season one should be aware of the risk of hernias; they can be caused by lifting heavy items, like presents and present bags. Globally, 20 million hernia repairs are preformed in hospitals each year. What is a hernia? The most common hernia, inguinal hernia, occurs when soft tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The bulge can be painful especially when lifting or coughing. Nearly 75 percent of hernias are inguinal hernias. They are not life-threatening by themselves,…

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Stay Active at Home During the Cold Months

12/15/2014 | WellnessExercise

Staying physically active keeps your body healthy and boosts your immune system against seasonal illnesses like the flu and the common cold. For many people, physical activity is easy in the warmer months. Long walks, bike rides and other outdoor activities are fun -- and often free. Wintertime, however, can present more of a challenge. Joining a gym may not be an appealing or cost-effective option, and snow can put a damper on jogging or even walking outside. Fortunately, there are other ways to…

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Sports-Related Concussion

10/30/2014 | ExerciseSafety

Helmet to helmet contact; head to head contact; head to ground contact and head to ball contact are the leading causes of concussions in high school sports. While high school football leads the statistics in sports-related concussions, studies have shown that girls may be more prone to concussions. What is a concussion and how are they caused? A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a direct blow to the head or a whiplash effect to the head that disrupts the normal functioning…

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Quick Exercises to Help You Unwind After Work

08/13/2014 | WellnessExercise

Many types of exercise help ease stress and improve your mood. You may be surprised at how easy it is to fit in relaxing exercises between work and chores at home. Try these exercises after work to promote relaxation: Repetitive motion exercises like jogging or swimming get you into a rhythm and a mental state similar to meditation. Even a brisk 20-minute walk can have this benefit. These aerobic exercises also release chemicals in your brain that improve mood, ability to sleep and reduce stress.…

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Turning Family Time into Healthy Fun

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPrimary CareWellnessExercise

Engaging in fun activities is part of the joy of being a family. When the fun involves physical activity, the benefits of spending time together extend to improving your family’s health. As a parent, you play a powerful role in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. And when exercise is a regular part of your family’s routine, it’s more likely your children will grow up to be active adults.   For both adults and children, the benefits of physical activity are well documented. In…

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Five ways to avoid back injuries

07/31/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessExercise

Back injuries often result from weakness and instability while performing routine chores. In today’s post, Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sports Performance, shares five hints for protecting your body during daily tasks.  Keep a neutral spine when lifting. Whenever you lift, your spine should be as straight as if you were standing upright. Imagine yourself standing at attention as you bend over and reach for something below. Most people let their bellies go soft.…

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It’s Back to School Time, so what about School Physicals

07/31/2014 | WellnessExerciseSafety

Regardless of your child’s age, yearly physicals are an important part of your child’s healthcare.  The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the exam on your family’s schedule. Where can my child receive a school physical? Although school physicals can be done many places, the review of your child’s health and concerns should take place with your regular doctor who sees your child each year.  This complete checkup should address not only their physical…

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Three reasons to add strength training to your routine

07/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineExercise

Even the most devoted fitness fans have a tendency to overemphasize cardiovascular exercise. That practice can have adverse health effects when it excludes training for strength, according to Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sport Performance. “I wish I could get everyone to look at strength training as a legitimate means of staying healthy,” says Morrison. Whether you’re a young athlete playing basketball several nights a week or a middle-aged grandparent,…

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Avoid Overheating in the Summer Sun

07/19/2014 | WellnessExercise

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, but only if you do so wisely. Too much time in the sun can lead to heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause brain damage or even be deadly in some cases.  You are especially at risk for a heat related illness if your activities involve a lot of physical exertion. It’s important to pay attention to the weather forecast and decide if it’s too hot…

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