6 Apps That Can Help Keep You Active and Healthy

We know how busy and exhausting life can get sometimes, making it hard to keep one of the most important aspects of life [your health] on track. This is why we have decided to pull together the 6 best apps to help you keep an active and healthy lifestyle.

  1. My Fitness Pal [FREE] – This is one of the most common and widely used health and fitness apps on the market. The app allows you to quickly and accurately track your intake of calories, the number of calories burned through exercise and also delivers progress updates to and from your network of friends. Have a Fitbit you are using to track your steps and calories burned? Sync the Fitbit app (which comes in ranking no. 2 in Apple’s “Top Free Apps –Health and Fitness” genre) and My Fitness Pal app for FREE and take your health and fitness to a whole new level!
  2. Fooducate [FREE] – With 20,082 iOS downloads in June, Fooducate is also another food tracker, yet this tracking goes far beyond just calories. Not only does the app allow you to scan barcodes on food and see a “nutrition grade,” but it will also suggest a healthier alternative to the food you are planning to eat if your item gets a bad grade! Likewise, the app provides daily tips on how to choose healthier food items, navigate through holiday meals and much, much more. With an app like this, who needs a nutritionist!?
  3. Lose It! [FREE] – The results of LoseIt! users speak for themselves. Altogether, users of this app have lost just shy of 39 million (yes, MILLION) pounds, and it appears that number is continuously increasing. Stop the fad diets and “magic pills” and start losing weight the healthy, sustainable way with the Lose It! Fitness app.
  4. Fitness Buddy [$1.00] – Do you find yourself getting tired of doing the same workout routine over and over again? The Fitness Buddy app can solve that problem! With over 1000 workouts to choose from, you never have to repeat an exercise unless you really love it!. Trying to get stronger back muscles? No problem! With the Fitness Buddy app you are able to choose specific areas of your body that you would like to target, and the app will provide a tailored workout for you.
  5. Noom Weight [FREE] – “Noom’s scientifically based software helps people live healthier lives.” And that is exactly what the Noom Weight app does with its online coaching regimen. The app’s technology helps to break bad habits and instill better ones by leading its users down a path toward improved nutrition and increased exercise through the use of coaching as you log your diet, as well as allowing access to a group of users for more support.
  6. Fitnet [FREE] – Do you want to be one of the thousands of people worldwide who are realizing and achieving their fitness goals with Fitnet? The Fitnet app is said to be perfect for people lacking time, experience or motivation to workout. Its intuitive and addictive design will keep you constantly coming back for more workouts! The app offers intelligent, real-time feedback so that you are able to get the most out of your workout by analyzing your synchronicity with the trainer you are working with for the day. Not only are the trainers they provide you certified, but they are FREE! Fitnet is a great option for users who want to either want to get started with fitness or get back on track.

Whatever your activity level –advanced, moderate or beginner—each of these apps are able to adjust to YOUR level of experience. It is time to focus on YOU. Start today!

We hope these tips help you get started on the path of creating a healthier and more active lifestyle for a better YOU! If you shy away from exercise because you experience pain when doing so, visit our pain management products page and give us a call at 419.678.4979 today. We would be happy to help you find the best product to relieve your pain.

 

Resources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/13-best-health-and-fitness-apps-2014-7?op=1

http://www.businessinsider.com/13-best-health-and-fitness-apps-2014-7?op=1

https://play.google.com/store/apps/category/HEALTH_AND_FITNESS/collection/topselling_free

5 Heart-Pumping Alternatives to Your Normal Exercise Routine!

Loving Couple Dancing At HomeEver dread working out? I don’t know about you, but this time of year it seems really hard to get motivated to exercise. Sure, we all know the benefits. We know why we should do it, but have you ever taken a closer look at the unique ways we can get our heart pumping on a daily basis?

With the busy lifestyles we are faced with today, it might be a good idea for you to take a break from the normal fitness routines you are used to and give these new ideas a shot. Who knows…you might have a little fun, too!

5 Heart Pumping Alternatives to Your Normal Exercise Routine

1. Hula Hoop: This playground staple is not just for kids! Not only is it inexpensive to purchase, but incorporating a weighted hula hoop into your routine will burn about 200 calories in 30 minutes. In addition, it tones your hips, waist and glutes. Not to mention, it can be a lot of fun to do with your kids, friends or even your senior parents as it is very low impact on the joints!

2. Indoor Surfing Classes. Here in Coldwater, Ohio, we are no where near the beach, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the physical benefits of hanging ten! This exercise works by balancing a surfboard on a base while using your core muscles to mimic real surfing movements. You’ll improve your balance, strengthen your core and define muscles without the need for sunblock!

3. Kangaroo Jump Shoes. If you don’t mind looking a little silly while you break some serious sweat, give kangaroo jump shoes a try! They work by adding gravitational pull to your body, which doubles the resistance of your exercise while wearing them. This means you will get a greater workout in half the time! Looking for even more reasons to give this unique option a try? They were originally designed as a way of relieving joint stress for professional athletes!

4. Mini Trampolines. You might have a large trampoline in your backyard. It’s fun to watch the kids bounce around on it, but did you ever think about how that fun activity is actually a great workout? Mini trampolines are taking the fitness world by storm – and for good reason! Aside from the fact that they take up much less space than the traditional trampoline and they can be used in the winter months, keeping your balance while jumping around will improve leg strength and tighten your abs. No gym membership or warm sunny days required!

5. Dancing. Are you a fan of those dance competition shows on TV? I don’t know about you, but I’m always impressed by how amazing those dancers look in their outfits. It’s no surprise that dancing offers amazing weight loss and toning options that can be a lot of fun! Running out of ideas for fun date nights with the hubby? Sign up for dance class! Not only will you both get a good workout, you will have fun and strengthen your relationship. Hard to find time to get away? Crank up the music at home and start your own dance party. The kids will love it and you will get a great workout – it’s a win-win for everyone!

All these awesome new exercise methods might leave you feeling a little sore in places you didn’t know you had muscles. Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to try our line of pain relief products that can benefit you. We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now. Come in and try it out!

4 Ways to Keep You and Your Kids Active in the Winter

Happy excited little boy and his young father learning ice-skatiWhen the weather turns bitterly cold (like it has been lately) it’s easy to let your kids stop exercising, pull up the covers and hibernate with them until the temperature rises. Unfortunately, we all know that’s not the best way for our kids to stay healthy and keep their weight in check. If you live where the snow is a common sight during the winter months, it can be a lot of fun to exercise outside with your kids without it actually feeling like exercising.

Make sure you and your kids are dressed appropriately and it’s not too cold. Avoid really windy days too, as the air feels much colder to your skin than the actual temperature. Here are some tips for exercising during the winter months so you are ahead of the game come summertime!

4 Best Ways to Exercise in the Winter

1. Go skiing. Skiing is a lot of fun for people of all ages. It’s relatively low impact on the joints and you can adjust your skill and ability level by finding the right course. If you don’t live near a course, you can also enjoy cross-country skiing across a flat terrain. Be sure to stick to areas suitable for the activity such as your local snow filled park.

2. Go ice skating. Whipping around the rink or gently gliding with kids is a great way to spend a wintery day. It’s social, keeps your heartrate up and is sure to generate lots of laughs with the occasional fall! Just make sure you keep this activity to designated rinks as embarking on frozen ponds and lakes can be hazardous.

3. Walk, jog or run with a game. Cold weather is no reason to stop playing outdoor games and having fun. Gather a few kids and friends to play tag or have a relay race across the snowy yard. This way you and your kids stay active and healthy and still have fun! In addition, bundle up, but don’t over layer as that can lead to overheating.

4. Just play in the snow! Who says only school kids can enjoy snow days? Playing with children or grandchildren in the snow is an excellent calorie burner! It takes more effort to move your body around in the snow so you will be surprised at how quickly you get winded. Having fun with kids in the snow is a great bonding experience as well.

 

Not sure if outside exercise is still right for you and your kids? There are many inside options you can consider when planning your winter exercise. Malls can become a great place to walk and have a scavenger hunt. Gyms and local YMCAs are also great resources to keep your winter workout warm and on track.

Winter weather can provide so many great ways for your kids and yourself to get your daily exercise in! Should you find yourself a little sore from all that snowy fun, stop by New Visions in Coldwater to our line of pain relief products that can benefit you! We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now! Come in and try it out!

3 Tips for Avoiding Winter Exercise Injury

People running in winter park, motion blurWinter may seem like a great time to take a break from your normal exercise routine and relax, but lack of activity is never good for our waistline. Allowing for 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3-4 times a week will keep your weight in check and your mood elevated, as exercise is shown to combat the winter blues we often feel from lack of sunlight. So whether you are planning to shovel snow, ski cross country or take a winter day walk, here are some tips for preventing injury.

3 Tips for Avoiding Winter Exercise Injury

Stay Hydrated. While this may seem like common sense, it’s important for us not to forget to hydrate. Reaching for that cool glass of water definitely seems more appealing on a hot summer day, but drinking plenty of water is just as important during winter activities. If you tend to lose track of how much water you have consumed during the day, try keeping a journal or filling a large container in the morning in efforts to finish by bedtime.

Layer Adequately. Over-layering can be a concern in the winter months. It’s important to keep the body warm but not to allow it to get overheated once you begin exercising. Try using an inner layer of moisture wicking material, a middle layer of fleece and wind/waterproof material on the exterior. This will help protect you from the elements while regulating your body temperature. Be sure to also cover your head and hands, as there is where most of our heat loss occurs. This will also protect you from dangerous frostbite. Finally, wear goggles to protect your eyes from corneal freezing.

Condition for the Cold. Our body is a machine that responds best to repetitive training. Therefore, when it comes to exercising in the cold, it’s best to set small goals in order to achieve certain activities. For example, if you enjoy running but typically use a treadmill during the winter months, jumping right into your daily run in the winter may be dangerous. Instead, warm up inside and complete the majority of your run on the treadmill, then add in a few minutes outside. Add on more time each day and it will definitely become easier.

Staying active in the winter months is a great way to be proactive with your health! There are so many fun activities to do outside, just be sure to be safe and follow these tips for a happy and healthy season!

Don’t let a winter injury dampen your spirit! Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to our line of pain relief products that can benefit you!

4 Solutions to Control Fibromyalgia

Girl with neck and shoulder painSo why do you have pain everywhere? Your joints hurt and feel miserable just walking! Chances are if you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia you are hurting all the time.

I am often asked by people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, what they can do to maintain their functionality and minimize their pain. Here are three things you can do to help ease the pain of Fibromyalgia and get healthy too!

1.  Exercise:

Yes I know your body hurts, and the last thing you want to do is exercise. Well studies show even with starting with 5 minutes a day, you can alleviate the pain and make your life easier. Try some new exercises like Yoga, Pilates, or swimming. They are all easier on the joints and still promote healthier lifestyle.

2.  Get your Diet in Check:

Get rid of food with additives; then add Vitamin D, Fish, and Veggies. These are all typical things you should do to keep healthy anyway. So do it. A good rule of thumb is to remove anything “white” from your diet. Typically, if it is white it is processed. Additives in processed food can act as triggers to inflammation in the joints.

3.  Add Supplements:

There are several supplements that can really help ease the pain and promote joint health. For example, magnesium helps alleviate muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue. It also helps with irritability, anxiety, sleep disorders, dizziness and nausea. There are others that can assist in eliminating or easing the pain.

4.  Use Laser for Quick Flare Ups:

LaserTouchOne is portable and easy to access and use on muscles when pain flares up. For example, a woman who suffers with Fibromyalgia came in one day with pain in her back. I showed her the LaserTouchOne and gave her a treatment. She said that it seemed to help a lot, but she wanted to think about it.

A few days later she called me from her workplace. She had another flare up of her Fibromyalgia and wanted to know if she could run over quick during her lunch break at work to get a treatment, so that she could make it through her day. She came right over, and we gave her a treatment with the LTO, and she left feeling much better and a happy owner of a LaserTouchOne!

Visit New Visions in Coldwater, OH to get a free treatment and see how it can alleviate pain quickly and effectively! We are offering 10% off the LaserTouchOne for the month of April! Stop in today!