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Use Nutrition and Exercise to Manage a Healthy Cholesterol

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Good nutrition and exercise are the best ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol and overall heart health.

Good nutrition and exercise are the best ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol and overall heart health.

Having high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and strokes. Throughout this month, LA Medical wants to give you some more information about keeping your heart healthy.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood that builds up on the walls of your arteries. This narrows the passageways through the artery, preventing blood from flowing freely to the heart. Since blood carries oxygen to the heart, a clogged up artery keeps oxygen from the heart. This increases your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack.

So what can you do to about it? Diet and exercise are the best ways you can manage your cholesterol.

Nutrition

  • Eat plant-based foods like vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains at every meal.
  • Enjoy healthy fats found in olive oil, avocadoes, fish, and nuts. These fats boost your good cholesterol levels while decreasing your bad ones.
  • Get your fiber from whole grains, fruit, beans and vegetables. Fiber will lower your risk of heart disease.

Activity

  • Take a brisk 30 minute walk 5 days a week to lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • Find an exercise partner! Peer pressure from a friend keeps you accountable for daily workouts.
  • Jog or walk at inclines on the stairs or treadmills to boost good cholesterol levels.

If you have high cholesterol already, don’t give up! You can lower your cholesterol over time by maintaining healthy diet and exercise habits. If you don’t have high cholesterol, make healthy choices now to keep your risk low. Prevention is often easier than treatment.

LA Medical is celebrating American Heart Month by offering information about ways you can keep your heart healthy. Check out our previous post about how you can Show Your Heart Some Love.

Stretching Your Way To Wellness

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Creating a stretch routine can provide health benefits for your entire body

 

If you are dealing with chronic back or joint pain from different medical conditions or an injury, you have probably tried various methods in an effort to ease your pain. Prescription painkillers, localized shots, topical creams and other medicinal solutions may temporarily dull the pain, but they can be expensive and only serve as a short term solution. LA Medical has other options available that can be done from the comfort of your own home.

 

Simple stretching exercises can help to decrease the pain in your joints or back by increasing the blood flow to those areas. It also helps increase your range of motion, making movements of all kind easier. Like all exercise, flexibility movements can help to release the muscle tension caused by stress. Speak with your physicians to make sure that you are using stretches that are effective for the location of your pain, as well as to make sure you are doing them correctly to prevent injury.

 

Stretching and even yoga are great ways to naturally alleviate chronic pain from conditions like arthritis. Simple hip flexor, shoulder, and hamstring stretches have been shown to greatly alleviate back pain. It is best to make stretching part of your daily routine. If you find that you need a little extra boost of pain management, but do not wish to resort to medication, try the Therma Moist Heating Pad from LA Medical. The pad draws in humidity from the air and uses it to more effectively treat pain in your legs, back, neck or anywhere else on your body.

 

You do not have to live with high levels of pain in your life, so consult a doctor about trying some stretching exercises or yoga in combination with a Therma Moist Heating Pad from LA Medical Retail to ease your pain.

Bike Through May

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Save some money and take your bike today!

Park the car, LA Medical suggests taking the bike to work or out for a cruise.

LA Medical encourages bike enthusiasts to get out and ride to celebrate Bike Week, May 12-16, and take time to enjoy family and the great outdoors.

More than half of the United States population lives within five miles of their workplace, which makes biking a practical way to get around. As people continue to take an interest in their health and fitness, it is no wonder that biking commuters grew by 47 percent from 2000 to 2011.

Communities across the country have planned their own biking events to commemorate National Bike to Work day which takes place on May 16 this year. But remember, Bike Month is more than just one day!

So if you’re still questioning about what to do for Bike Month or if you’re just unsure about getting on a bike, LA Medical wants you to consider these options:

  1. Stay Fit

A 30-minute bike ride can burn up to 300 calories and increase your strength and heart rate. Soon, pedaling up that big hill or racing your kids will take less effort and have you feeling better about yourself and your health!

  1. Money Saving

The price of fuel climbs higher each and every day. Add on car payments, registration, and insurance and your monthly budget for transportation is quickly maxed out. Biking is free after you purchase your bicycle, and who doesn’t like saving money?

  1. Parking

Bikers don’t have to worry about finding a place to park or paying for parking, they simply just have to look for a bike rack. If there is not one available, trees, benches, lampposts, or fences can also be used to harness your bike. Reduce your worries with bicycles!

  1. Enjoy the Ride

Turn ordinary activities, such as the commute to work, into entertainment when you ride a bike. Find enjoyment in getting around and meeting people who are also interested in biking along the way.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or beginner biker, LA Medical encourages you to take some time out of your busy life and get on a bike and enjoy the outdoors!

Geriatric Active Exercise

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Getting older may change some of your daily routines.  However, there is one routine most older people should consider doing every day and that is a little exercise. Every day, senior citizens go to the gym to feel better and have an improved quality of life. LA Medical isn’t pushing you to go to the weight room and start curling dumbbells, but to look into smaller exercises that keep you active and keep your muscles and body moving too.

Doing some form of geriatric active exercise or activity keeps your physical and mental health stable and helps maintain your independence. Not participating in exercise can be more harmful than you think.  The U.S. Surgeon General states that inactive people are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active.  Lack of exercise could cause more visits to your doctor and more medications.

Do you count physical act

Pick an exercise that you enjoy! There are many to chose from!

Pick an exercise that you enjoy! There are many to chose from!

ivity as exercise?  What’s the real difference between physical activity and exercise? Physical activity can range from gardening or walking outside to getting the mail or doing the laundry.  Regular exercise could be weight lifting, water aerobics or yoga.

LA Medical recommends keeping regular exercise and physical activity separate, making sure to fit actual exercise into your schedule.  Make sure before any strenuous exercise to stretch.  Stretching helps you engage in exercise by feeling loose and not to cause more harm after the exercise. Always remember to be relaxed while stretching and exercising. If you are uncomfortable with an exercise, consider finding another one that fits you and causes less pain.  You may want to check with your doctor to know what limits you may have before exercising.

Many older individuals look forward to exercising whether it’s daily or weekly. Take a look at your local gyms like the YMCA or YWCA, and see what programs they offer. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that regular use of Medicare-sponsored health club benefits was associated with lower long-term health care costs.

LA Medical Retail promotes a healthy lifestyle of staying active and exercising regularly.  Take a look at our online catalog for all of our products or contact us.