Have a Fibula Stress Fracture? Take a Load Off!

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It can start as tolerable pain that only comes after physical activity. Over time, the pain increases, invades your exercise routine, and may even reach a point where walking is painful, the injury site sore to touch.

Ahhh, the fibula stress fracture—that creeping stress injury that runners especially know and “love.” Read More »

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How Your Lifestyle Can Help Prevent and Defeat Cancer

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The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, over 400,000 people will have died from the four major cancer types (lung, breast, colon/rectum, prostate) in the United States alone.  It’s a sobering statistic, to say the least, enough to give any person pause—no matter their walk of life.

Whether you’ve had personal or indirect experience with this wretched and challenging disease, you likely share a sentiment common to most people: cancer is a terrible trial to be avoided at all costs. So, what can are some simple things we do on a daily basis to help prevent cancer? And in the unfortunate cases where cancer does enter our lives, what can we do to help beat the disease and move on with our lives?

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How to Get Healthy for Valentine’s Day

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There are a lot of ways to express your love on February 14. But let’s face it: getting six-pack abs for Valentine’s Day probably isn’t going to happen. And that’s okay! Because V-day is about more than looking good—it’s about spending quality time with the one you love. That’s what they really want! So, instead of six-pack abs, think long-term health. Staying healthy is the best way to guarantee that you and your boo continue to spend quality time together for a long time to come.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to run five miles a day or sign up for boxing classes (though those things would certainly help). Just focus on the four tips below and you’ll be well on your way. Read More »

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Unloading to Treat the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

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There’s no question that exercise has a positive impact on patients living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It’s been shown to slow the progress of tremors, improve balance and mobility, and allow for the continuation of daily activities. Beyond PD-specific symptom management, though, lies the significant impact exercise can have on the more intangible—but very real—aspects of living with PD, things like depression, memory loss, and low self-esteem.

The good news is that nearly any exercise that doesn’t increase injury risk is open to people living with PD. This can mean anything from walking to Tai Chi, cycling to swimming, or even yoga. Recently, there’s even several boxing gyms just for patients with PD cropping up across the country.

So, no matter the patient’s preferences, the options are there. Read More »

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How Nutrition Affects Everyday Life

 

A woman eating healthy foodIt’s the beginning of a new year, and everyone is talking about healthy resolutions. We see it in blog posts, Instagram stories, lengthy Facebook rants—this is the year I’m going to eat better. And what a fine resolution to make! The merits of making resolutions (or the decision to publicize them on social media!) aside, we’d like to help our readers achieve better nutrition by understanding some of the ways nutrition affects everyday life. Read More »

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How to Make Health a Family Discussion

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Sometimes the topic of health can feel like the elephant in the room, especially around the family. Reminders to go to the dentist every six months, or to always get a yearly check-up at the physician—it all tends to feel like nagging after a while. And talking about sensitive topics like reproductive health, caregiving, and how to handle death can be downright uncomfortable. So, what do we do instead?

Avoid these topics completely, of course!

But sharing knowledge, establishing expectations, and having a plan can be crucial to properly managing all the health issues that might crop up in a family along the way. Though it won’t always be easy or comfortable, there are certain topics that every family should discuss, and there are some good strategies that can help any family discuss these matters in a productive way. Read More »

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How to Get Heart Healthy (and Stay That Way)

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The statistics are in, and they’re staggering: according to the American College of Cardiology, heart disease causes one out of every three deaths in the United States. That’s approximately 800,000 lives claimed by coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure every year. It’s also a sobering reminder that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is something that every person needs to pay attention to, no matter their walk of life.

The good news is that there are several simple habits and activities that have been proven by modern medical science to decrease the risk of CVD, both in the short term and long term.

Here’s a few that we recommend: Read More »

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How Does Sleep Affect Speed?

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No matter their sport, athletes are constantly looking for an edge. To shave a second or two here or there. To jump a millimeter higher. And they’ll do anything to achieve their goals: try new supplements, hire expensive trainers with avant-garde workout method, you name it.

Most athletes, though, overlook a fundamental thing that costs nothing and can improve performance far faster, and far more effectively than any newfangled diets and training methods:

Sleep.

It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? The body needs energy move. It follows then that running faster and longer requires more energy. And a good night’s sleep can do wonders for our energy levels. Several recent studies have examined the effect of sleep patterns on the performance of athletes in various sports. The overwhelming majority of evidence shows that consistent, plentiful sleep has a positive effect on things like coordination, motor skills, reaction time, form, and speed.

So, as you look for ways to gain an edge and increase your speed, take a look at these six ways you can improve your sleep patterns and wake up stronger, faster, and speedier in the morning. Read More »

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Don’t Let Your New Year’s Resolutions Harm You

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If you read our post on four common New Year’s resolutions (and some tips for achieving them), you know that the struggle is real. Waking up on the first day of 2018 and swearing to eat better, exercise more, and lose weight?

Easy-peasy.

Making these things a reality— and sustaining your New Year’s resolutions throughout the year—is far more difficult. At times, the hill will seem too steep to climb. The path will be blocked by a felled tree. Lightning will strike at the summit.

It’s in these moments it’s important to push on. We believe in you! But it’s equally as important to keep things in perspective: a resolution is a goal to be achieved through earnest hard work and discipline. And pursuing these resolutions at the expense of your health, or in counterproductive ways, defeats the purpose.

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Common New Year’s Resolutions and How to Make Them a Reality

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It’s December. The New Year is fast approaching, and with it comes the typical, predictable, inevitable resolutions that we make the morning after the ball drops in Times Square.

This year, we say, things are going to change.

Most people who read that chuckle to themselves at least a little bit. I mean, come on: nobody actually keeps their New Year’s resolutions, right? They’re meant to be broken.

But we here at AlterG disagree.

This is the year.

So, in the spirit of a fresh new year soon to come and keeping our resolutions well into 2018 and beyond, here are four common resolutions and a few ways that AlterG can help you achieve them. Read More »

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