Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Start a Healthy Lifestyle!

January 28, 2011

Some people have trouble getting started on working out or eating right.  It is hard to break old habits, such as eating midnight snacks or sitting around watching television.  Keep in mind that you have control of the choices you make about your health.  For example, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and take some time for you to clear your mind.  There are many ways to begin a work out and eat healthy.  If you have trouble getting up to take a quick walk or have trouble picking out the right foods to eat, here are a few tips for you.  All you need is a little motivation.

Making changes in your life for the better does not mean making abrupt changes.  You can make little changes in your daily routine that, over time, add up to a healthier lifestyle.It’s very easy to be lazy after a long day at work or school.  Instead of turning on the TV, try taking a nice walk with a neighbor or family member.  If you take someone else with you, the walk will seem to go by smoother, especially when engaged in a pleasant conversation.  Also, when you get ready in the mornings, you can squeeze in a few jumping jacks and sit-ups to get your energy flowing before you leave the house.  Add more vegetables to your meals so that you can eat healthier.  Be sure to cook them right so all the nutrients don’t go away.  When you start to crave a snack, try eating some fruits.  You can also add fruit to your cereal, salad and even dinner.  For added motivation, get your family to eat healthier and take walks with you, too.  It would be easier to lead a healthy lifestyle if your family did it together.

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Taylor P.

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 1: Tennis

March 1, 2010

Nintendo launched the Wii across much of the globe in 2006, starting with the United States and slowly making its way to different countries.  Prepackaged with the Wii was a copy of Wii Sports.  Within the first few weeks of the Wii’s launch, however, doctors and physicians began seeing a rise in Wii-related injuries and sprains (nevermind the “injuries” inflicted on television screens due to poorly secured Wii Remotes or Nunchuks).  The medical field found that, unlike the strains resulting from repetitive activities such as typing or excessive video game playing on a traditional controller, the injuries were alarmingly similar to sports injuries suffered by athletes in their respective sport.

Regular Wii Tennis players risk suffering similar injuries as do tennis players in real life, so warming up the target muscle groups used most often by real-life tennis players will help lessen the risk.The following series of blogs focuses on how to warm up for Wii Sports, beginning with Wii Tennis.  Undoubtedly, the transfer of knowledge that makes one a great Wii Tennis player does not necessarily transfer into real-life tennis.  However, regular Wii Tennis players still risk suffering similar injuries as tennis players do in real life, so warming up the target muscle groups used most often by real-life tennis players will help lessen the risk.

Clicking on a muscle group or stretch method below will lead you to a YouTube video demonstrating how to warm up and stretch that particular muscle.

Target muscle groups

Quadriceps

Hamstrings

Pectoralis Major

Latissimus Dorsi

Deltoids

Biceps and triceps

Rectus Abdominis

Neck Flexors

Neck Extendors

Whether you are playing a virtual game of tennis in Wii Sports or a real-life game, you should do the warm-ups and exercises presented in the videos above in order to prevent short- and long-term injuries that could sideline you from the game for weeks or even months.

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Francis M. Unson