Should I Exercise In The Extreme Heat?

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The summer of 2021 has been a unique one with temps soaring into the 90s, but also at times barely getting out of the 60s. It’s been strange, and it’s not over yet. Here we are at the end of July and we will undoubtedly have a few more heat waves before the cool, crisp, fall air arrives. With that in mind, we get the question all the time about exercising in the extreme heat. When the mercury rises over 90 degrees it can be challenging to find the motivation to exercise, let alone once you understand the dangers of exercising in extreme heat. The question then becomes, is it dangerous to workout in the extreme heat? The short answer is, yes. That being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout in on a hot day. Here are some tips and tricks to get a good workout in…continue reading

How To Prevent Overheating When Temps Rise

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We are not yet out of the month of July and we have had one of the hottest summers on record here in Connecticut. The rising temperatures will only continue to increase as the years pass by and it is important to understand how you can avoid overheating while still being productive. Applying some of the following steps to your day to day life during the summer will help keep you, your house, and your car cool. Wear the appropriate clothing. If you can wear shorts during the summer months, do that. Avoid any heavy clothing that will keep the hot air in and will not allow your body to breath. Spend some time finding clothes that are lightweight and breathable. This will have a cooling affect on your body all summer long. Keep your windows and doors closed during the hottest times of the day. If you do not…continue reading

New Restrictions Cast A Shadow Over The Tokyo Olympic Games

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With just under two weeks from the Opening Ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Japanese government has added new COVID-19 restrictions on most of the venues for the athletic competitions. As concerns continue over the spread of COVID-19, Japanese officials have announced that spectators will no longer be able to be present during the competitions. Nearly two months ago Japanese officials announced that no spectators from abroad would be allowed to enter Japan and view the games in person. The new restrictions apply to Japanese residents who were going to be allowed inside venues. That is no longer the case. Getting the Olympics to happen in the first place during a global pandemic has been a monumental task. These games were already postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now these greater restrictions and growing concerns for athlete safety are casting a longer shadow on the games.…continue reading

The Facts You Need To Know About Marijuana

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Now that the state of Connecticut has legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes it is important to know the health facts that surround the drug. While it is legal to possess and smoke small quantities of marijuana for personal use in the state there are some risks that come with smoking. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are some medical things you should know. Nearly 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted to the drug. Nearly 1 in 6 marijuana users who are under the age of 18 will become addicted. Use of marijuana can have an adverse affect on the brain including memory loss, problems with attention, emotional variations, and coordination. There is no link between the use of marijuana and other “hard drugs.” Marijuana use leads to a faster heart rate and may also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Even though…continue reading

It’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day

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Every year on June 18th we celebrate National Eat Your Vegetables Day.  Of course, we believe that every day should be eat your vegetables day, so here are some ideas on how to get more veggies into your diet.  It’s not that hard to do and it is really good for you.   Mix them up into your smoothies.  If you’re a smoothie drinker don’t miss this golden opportunity to put some extra vegetables into your day.  Mixing kale or other green vegetables in with your tasty morning smoothie can help you get more vegetables into your diet. Have a salad.  This may seem like an obvious way to get vegetables into your diet, but this is one of those things that you can easily do and do it so the veggies you are eating are exactly what you want.  You can have a salad in any configuration you want and…continue reading

3 Things You Can Do To Ease Back Into Pre-Pandemic Life

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Are you among the over 70% of all Connecticut residents who have been vaccinated against COVID-19?  That’s great news!  Now you can start to return to your life as it was before the pandemic began. What’s that you say?  It’s easier to say that then to do that?   It’s true, getting back to “normal” is going to require a transition period for all of us and especially those who have been following all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to the letter of the law from the start of COVID-19 back in March.  The good news is that there is no hurry to completely get back to normal and there are some small steps you can take to start feeling better about a post-pandemic life. Start small.  Yes, you can attend gatherings with other people who have been vaccinated, but large gatherings may be a step too far at first. …continue reading