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Prevention 101: Soothe Your Sunburn1

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Let's face it, no matter how lathered up you are or how cautious you are this summer, at some point you may slip up and end up with a pretty nasty (and painful) sunburn.  Here are some easy ways for you to soothe the painful effects of sunburn:

Sunburn treatments

  • Take some aspirin to reduce redness and ease some pain.
  • Cortisone creams, if applied within 6 hours of the burn, provide some relief.
  • Pure aloe Vera gel can help cool down your skin and relieve discomfort.
  • Avoid additional sun exposure while your skin heals.
  • Chill and blend cucumber slices to create a cucumber paste to apply to your burned skin.
  • Apply an ice compress, but not directly to the burned area to help constrict your skin's capillaries.

Healthy Living: Manic Monday? What Successful People Do on Mondays

Written by Lisa Jillanza

You have seen all the memes on social media that wage war on a “case of the Mondays” and declare that it is the worst day of the week.  But, did you know that Monday is the most critical day of the entire work week?

Experts say that because you took a two-day break from the trials and tribulations of your work week, Monday is your chance to make the entire week a memorable one.

Not everyone hates Mondays, though.  Many of the world's most influential and successful people welcome Monday's with open arms and look forward to starting their week anew.

If you are looking to make your work week a more profitable one, starting with Monday, then follow what many successful leaders do:

  • Wake up early.
  • Exercise.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Arrive at work early.
  • Clear your desk and desktop.
  • Carve out time for unexpected projects and tasks.
  • Greet your team and boss.
  • Update your to-do list and weekly goals.
  • Visualize the success of the week.
  • Screen emails for urgent requests.
  • Tackle the tough challenges first.
  • Make an extra effort to smile.
  • Add a “blanket of humanity” to your emails. (Reread them for friendliness and clarity before you send them.)
  • Be able and learn to say “No”.
  • Stay focused.
  • Remember that there is “Tuesday”.

America's Least Fit (and the Fittest) Cities

Written by Lisa Jillanza

And, the Fittest cities are,

#1:  Arlington, Virginia

#2:  Seattle, Washington

#3:  Minneapolis, Minnesota

#4:  San Francisco, California

#5:  Madison, Wisconsin

#6:  Washington, D.C.

#7:  St. Paul, Minnesota

#8:  Irvine, California

#9:  Denver, Colorado

#10:  Portland, Oregon

In the recently released American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) 2019 American Fitness Index data report, 10 cities ranked lowest in overall health and fitness.  Each city received a ranking and areas that needed “worked on” for the city.

#10:  Bakersfield, California and San Antonio, Texas (tied)

#9:  New Orleans, Louisiana

#8:  Tampa, Florida

#7:  Orlando, Florida

#6:  Jacksonville, Florida

#5:  Atlanta, Georgia

#4:  Corpus Christie, Texas

#3:  St. Petersburg, Florida

#2:  Albuquerque, New Mexico

#1:  St. Louis, Missouri

To view the full report and see the full results of these cities and other major metropolitan cities included in the ACSM's research, visit www.americanfitnessindex.org.

Healthy Living: Healthy Pain Management

Written by Lisa Jillanza

If your most recent workout has left you with a case of aches and pains, you may find yourself reaching for the closest pain medicine.  But if you are looking to manage your pain without taking pills, fortunately there are plenty of other ways that you can do so.

Healthy pain management

Here are some ways to treat post-workout aches and pains without popping pills:

Go see your chiropractor : Chronic and nagging pain can be alleviated oftentimes by a trip to your chiropractor.  There are many different pain patterns and chiropractors are trained to handle these pain patterns.  They can best determine how to handle your pain from the most invasive to the least invasive way.

Ice bath : An ice bath is perfect for reducing inflammation in your joints and muscles.  The ice bath helps to constrict your blood vessels, pushing your blood to your core and then that blood returns to your muscles after you get out of the ice bath.

Contrast therapy : Another popular “anti-pill” method of pain management is contrast therapy, or “3,3,3.”  This method consists of three minutes of heat and 30 seconds of cold, three times in a row.  The heat dilates all of the blood vessels, relaxes the muscle and lets in nutrients and oxygen.  The cold does the exact opposite and pushes the fluid back out.  The combination of heat and cold creates an “artificial pump” through the muscle : bringing in nutrients and pushing out the waste that causes the pain.

Anti-inflammatory diet : Inflammation causes much of the pain that people feel, so by eating an anti-inflammatory diet, with plenty of whole foods, this will help cut down on your discomfort.  Choose lean foods like chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Foam roller :Pain can be caused by adhesions, scar tissue or even repetitive use, and the body needs collagen to heal.  Foam rollers help to smooth out and realign fibers that are damaged in your tissue and promote healthy collagen growth.

Summer 101: Naturally Heal Your Sunburn

Written by Lisa Jillanza

We have all been there before : a long day at the beach or outdoors turns our skin into a pretty bad case of sunburn!  Instead of dealing with the affects for a few days or even a week after the burn, we offer these natural ways to help your skin heal and to help you feel better in no time.

Naturally heal sunburn

Of course, there are plenty of sunburn treatment lotions out on the market, but anything that contains a high amount of vitamin E or contains aloe vera will help to alleviate the pain of sunburn.  The vitamin E and aloe vera add nutrients to the skin that UV rays have unbalanced.  The aloe vera also cools your skin, helping to reduce the pain.

You may also find some good sunburn treatments right in your kitchen cabinet.  Vinegar, mustard, yogurt, tomatoes and avocado all contain that extra vitamin E that will help to cool your skin.