Health Matters

Body weight can be embarrassing, cumbersome and downright physically exhausting. Weight gain places pressure on the heart itself, decreasing oxygenated blood, making life activities — let alone exercising — physically limiting. The body is a complex, biological system, striving for constant survival. When this tightly knitted, scientific marvel starts to fail, we are at a loss of how to bring it back to balance. What do we do, and where do we start?

"I thought it would get better."

"It only hurts a little."

"I am just getting older."

"I have learned to live with it."

These are some of the comments I commonly will hear from patients describing chronic pain. Chronic pain is typically defined as pain for more than 12 weeks, regardless of severity or reason. Whether you suffer from knee or back pain, arthritis, headaches, or any other pain, there are resources to help you.

Most people I know are looking forward to signing up for Medicare just as soon as they can.

When you’re first eligible for Medicare, you have a seven-month initial enrollment Period to sign up for Medicare’s Part A and/or Part B benefits and services. Part A covers hospitalization and Part B covers doctor visits, outpatient care and other medical goods and services.

How many of you have dreamed of being a super hero? What special power would you want to have?

I had the opportunity to ask these questions of Debbie Meyer’s fourth-grade class at Franklin Elementary School. The answers varied from “flying” to “being invisible” to “having super strength.” The over-the-top enthusiasm was bubbling up as they took turns answering. I made them a promise that they would have at least one super power before we parted that day, and I am happy to say I delivered on the promise. But let me back up a little. 

Most competitive athletes are acutely aware of the importance of including variable-intensity workouts into their comprehensive training regimen. Although continuous or constant effort workouts are important, discontinuous or interval training allows athletes to preform a greater volume of higher-intesity work that is not possible with prolonged continuous efforts.

The good news is that interval training is not just for the elite athlete but also can benefit recreational athletes significantly, as well as people whose primary exercise focus is on improving their overall health. 

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