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3 Most Common Public Health Issues And Their Solutions

First, I would like to remind you that this is the time of year that colds and flu are in the air! We can all help minimize the infectious spread by keeping our hands, and the equipment we use, clean.

Public Health Problems

If you sneeze or cough into your hands, or have just blown your nose, please make sure that you wash them immediately or utilize one of the hand sanitizer dispensers that we have in various spots throughout the club.

Also, spray and wipe down the machines in the equipment room after you use them. This, again, will help minimize the spread.

Next, I would like to remind you to continue to take care of "you" this time of year!

We all know with the approach of the holidays, we get busier and more stressed, so regular exercise and good eating habits start to go by the wayside.

Just remember, that taking care of "you" is just as important as making it to the store before all of that item that you want is gone! Try not to give into too many holiday indulgences, but a little is always OK.

And, don’t beat yourself up if you have more than you should have then get moving! Burn as much off as you can!

It’s OK if you cannot get to all of the classes you would normally attend, or to the workout room every day after work, but it’s not OK to just stop exercising until after the holidays! Find ways to keep moving.

If you are going shopping at the mall, briskly walk through the entire mall before you start your shopping! Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

Park further away from the door so you have to walk a little more. Get to the gym as often as you can this may be a good time to try a different class!

Lastly, I would like to talk about stress.

Tension can go straight to your head your back, your belly, and more! The American Psychological Association reports that "42 percent of Americans say their stress levels have shot up in the last five years."

Left untreated, stress can lead to serious issues, including heart disease, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Research suggests that it could even speed up the spread of breast and ovarian cancers.

Stress has also been shown to impact aging at the cellular level. Stress can also pop up with aches and ills(symptoms) that affect us daily. How laughing is helpful to reduce stress.

One of the good things about the way we are put together those "symptoms" are warning signs! They are how your body communicates with you, nudging you to take better care of yourself.

Okay, so how? Well, most importantly, talk with your doctor. In addition, EXERCISE! And, not just for the endorphin rush! Studies show that 30-45 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity over three days, can reduce the effects of stress. Mind-body formats have also been shown to have a positive effect on stress levels.

Try one of the different Yoga, Pilates, Yin Yoga, Barre Method, or more meditative (although, I would classify this yoga style as "meditation in motion" It calms nerves with deep breathing and improves flexibility).

A recent Carnegie Mellon study found that just three 25 minutes sessions of meditation alleviate stress. A balanced diet and adequate sleep are also essential.

The bottom line is no matter how you help yourself manage stress, just manage it! Don’t ignore it.

Symptoms; the body and brain are not subtle about telling you when you are stressed.

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