Living a healthy lifestyle means staying active. Getting a little bit of exercise every day is important to help keep your heart healthy as well as keep your muscles strong. But in the heat and humidity of summer in the South, it can be hard to keep up your workout routine, especially if you are accustomed to working out in the outdoors, running on a trail or walking around a track.
Luckily, even in our area well-known for its winter sports, there are plenty of great places to swim and enjoy water sports, both excellent ways to stay active while keeping cool.
- There’s no impact on the ground, which makes it easy on the joints. It reduces the risk of injury and stress on your body.
- It’s a good cardiovascular activity, getting your heart rate up without all the sweat of running on a treadmill.
- Swimming burns calories.
- On hot days, it’s cool and refreshing.
Just make sure when you’re swimming outside or enjoying any outdoor sports in the summer to apply sunscreen. Use at least SPF 30 or higher, and make sure to reapply after you’ve been in the water or every couple of hours. Learn about the Top 10 Swimming Holes around Boone.
If you’re looking for a great place to swim indoors or if you don’t know how to swim, check out the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center. It’s never too late to learn how to swim. The Wellness Center offers aquatic programs ranging from low impact to high intensity and welcome all levels to participate. Programs include aquatic personal training, arthritis aquatic program, family swim times, H20 fitness, low impact aquatic aerobics, prenatal aquatic aerobics, swim clinics, swim lessons and more. For more information, call (828) 266-1060.
Sleep. For many of us, haggard from busy days rushing from work to the gym to after school activities such as soccer, dance class or karate, only to finally make it home and have mountains of laundry to tackle, and a sink full of dishes, sleep is a magic word. It might seem like an unreachable goal to get the recommended amount of sleep. Even though it is hard to do, it is very important to get a good night’s sleep. Being well-rested helps us stay more alert, have more energy and keeps our bodies healthier.
The trick is to figure out what the right amount of sleep is for you. Some people might be perfectly fine with five hours of sleep, while others need 10 to be fully rested.
The National Sleep Foundation recently conducted new research on how much sleep we need, and revised the standards from previous years. They have added a young adult and older adult category, and expanded the hour-range of how much sleep each age segment needs.
For some people, this chart might be a relief. If you’re 70 years old and were worried because you weren’t sleeping eight hours a night, now you know that as little as five hours might be all you need.
The amount of sleep a person needs varies from person to person, and also changes depending on your age. But no matter how much sleep you need, it’s important that when you do go to bed you can get to sleep and sleep well during the night.
Here are a few tips for a good night’s sleep.
- Create a sleep routine. Bedtime routines aren’t just for babies. Doing things right before going to bed that help you relax and release the stress of the day can help you go to sleep. It might be dimming the lights and brushing your teeth, but whatever it is, you’re getting ready for bed.
- Take the TV out of your room. Studies have shown that turning off electronics — the TV, our phones, even tablets — helps people get a better night’s sleep.
- Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillow. You should change your pillow periodically anyway, because they can collect dust mites, but having a pillow and mattress of the correct firmness helps you relax and keeps you from tossing and turning during the night.
- Keep to a sleep schedule. It’s tempting to want to sleep in late on the weekends, but it’s better if you try to go to bed and get up at about the same time every day.
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For some of us, no matter how careful we are with our sleep hygiene, a good night’s sleep still escapes us. Luckily, there are some great resources at The Sleep Center.
We are lucky to live in an area that is the perfect setting for enjoying winter sports. Not only are there great ski slopes and tubing opportunities around, at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain, Hawksnest and Sugar Mountain ski resorts, but there are also plenty of days perfect for sledding, hiking through the snowy woods and even cross-country skiing.
Staying active, especially in the fresh air and sunshine of the outdoors, is a great way to stay healthy and improve your mood. Winter sports are fun, but like any activity, accidents can happen at any time. There’s a reason why January is designated as Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month by the Johnny O. Foundation. Skiing and sledding at high speeds can lead to dangerous falls. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Here are a few tips to help keep you safe while you’re out enjoying the beauty our winter has to offer.
- Dress in layers. A moisture wicking material against your skin will help keep you dry, while you want to have wind and water-resistant coats or jackets for your outer layer.
- Wear sunscreen. It’s not only in the summer that you can get a sunburn, those rays are bright when reflected off the white snow!
- Wear a helmet. Some ski resorts have made it a rule, but it’s a good precaution whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or even sledding.
- Skate only on approved ice.
- When sledding, make sure you’re sledding on packed snow, not ice. And only use sleds that were meant to be sleds, no garbage pail lids!
- In addition to a helmet, make sure you have the right equipment for your sport, and that it fits properly.
- Always go with a buddy. That way if something does happen, you have someone who can go for help.
The Rehabilitation Center, with locations in Boone and Linville, have specially trained physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists that can evaluate and treat injuries resulting from winter sports including concussions, sprains, strains, poor balance and coordination, fractures, speech impairments, memory loss and other problems. For more information, call (828) 268-9043 or (828) 737-7530 or visit www.apprhs.org/trc.
December 29, 2014 – Appalachian Regional Healthcare System asks that anyone sick with the flu or flu-like symptoms voluntarily refrain from visiting hospitalized family and friends, as well as those persons at the hospital for an outpatient procedure. It is also important that during this time of increased flu and flu-like illness in our area, visitors 12 and under should refrain from visiting hospitalized family and friends.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu activity is on the rise in the U.S. with all 50 states reporting sporadic to widespread illness. North Carolina is reporting widespread illness.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s hospital emergency rooms, along with the physician offices and AppUrgent Care, have seen an increase in the number of people presenting with influenza-like illness.
“Patients are very vulnerable while in the hospital, so we are appealing to those community members who may be ill with the flu, or exposed to the flu, to refrain from visiting hospitalized family and friends in order to help us protect the patients in our facilities,” stated Dr. Herman Godwin, Chief Medical Officer for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. “Our top priority is to take every appropriate precaution to keep our patients safe.”
Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes an individual may catch flu by touching an object infected with the virus and then touching the eyes, mouth, or nose. There are several things you can do to prevent catching or spreading the flu: Protect yourself, your family and your community
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not into your hands.
- If you get sick with flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from making them sick.
- Get the recommended seasonal flu vaccine.
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Runny or stuffy nose
Most people recover from flu after about a week without lasting effects.
Seek emergency medical care if you or a family member has any of these symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worsening cough
- In babies, bluish or gray skin color, lack of responsiveness or extreme irritation
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is working diligently to prevent the spread of flu and appreciates any assistance the public can provide. For more information about the flu, visit www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov/flu.
AppUrgent Care Center Receives Certified Urgent Care Designation from the Urgent Care Association of America
AppUrgent Care Center has received the Certified Urgent Care – Category I designation, which distinguishes it as a true urgent care center staffed by board certified licensed physicians. The clinic provides patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with licensed providers for a large scope of medical conditions and has met all of the Urgent Care Association of America’s established criteria.
“With the ever changing healthcare environment, it is extremely important for patients to understand their treatment options,” said LaRaye Rudicile, RN, Operations Manager for AppUrgent Care. “Urgent care is a convenient and viable option for medical conditions that cannot wait for a scheduled appointment with a primary care physician.
AppUrgent Care Center, part of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, provides convenient, walk-in care to patients with non-life threatening illness or injury such as sore throats, strains, sprains, fever, flu, cuts and other conditions that do not require a visit to the emergency room. Staffed by board certified physicians, AppUrgent Care fills the gap between primary care and emergency room care, offering increased convenience and cost savings. The facility also offers visitors the opportunity to seek care while remaining close to their leisure activities.
AppUrgent Care, located at 2146 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, NC, is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.
For more information, visit www.apprhs.org/appurgent-care-center or call (828) 265-5505.