Exercise

Beat the Midwinter Blues

The inspiration for this post came on Saturday morning, when my boyfriend suggested we should start being active again. I looked out the window, then back at him, and channeled the familiar christmas melody- “but baby it’s cold outside”. He rolled his eyes as I turned my attention to my phone. A Pack Health member had just posted in our community face [...]


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Pack Health / February, 08th 2016

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Move More, Feel Better

If you’re living in a walkable city, it’s pretty easy to get 10,000 steps a day, but for those of us driving our cars around, staying active can require some creativity! We tend to be busy, too tired, too “out of shape,” or even just too sore, at the end of the day to add in that extra bit of exercise, and honestly, it’s always easier to plop ourse [...]


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Pack Health / February, 01st 2016

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Exercises for Hand Strength

A number of our members, in particular members with rheumatoid arthritis, have expressed concern about how to maintain and improve hand strength. Here are a few exercises we recommend: 1. Bend wrists up and down.  2. Slowly curl fingers closed, one knuckle at a time. 3. Place palm on a flat surface and spread fingers wide. 4. Squeeze a stress ball [...]


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Pack Health / March, 28th 2016

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Goalsetting

Easy first steps to exercise

Are you trying to move more in your daily life? Research suggests you've got the right idea - and not just because it helps you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise has wide-ranging benefits from better heart health, to lower blood pressure or cholesterol levels, to improving your mood, and more. The American Heart Association recommends about 30 minutes [...]


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Pack Health / March, 21st 2016

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Exercise with hepatitis C

Exercise isn’t going to cure your hepatitis C, but there are a lot of ways in which it will help you feel better and improve your overall health. Here are a few of our best reasons and recommendations for exercising with hepatitis: 1. Keep up your strength. This is especially important if you’ve been diagnosed with hepatitis C, as hepatitis C affects t [...]


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Pack Health / March, 14th 2016

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Top 5 Tips for Exercising with an Overactive Bladder

Exercising with an Overactive Bladder can be stressful! Being physically active at least 30 minutes a day is especially important for your overall health but did you know that exercise also improves bladder health? Exercise can help reduce excess abdominal fat, relieving some of the weight pressure on your bladder and possibly reducing your number or volume [...]


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Pack Health / April, 28th 2016

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Walk your way to better health

One of the simplest ways to begin to get active is to go on walks. The best part about walking is how doable it can be. Walking is low impact for your joints, it’s free, you can do it anywhere, and it can serve as a great time to talk to a friend or walk your dog.   You also get a lot of bang for your buck with a simple walk in the park. According to the [...]


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Pack Health / May, 18th 2017

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Seniors still got it!

So we hit 65, and we start getting discounts. We might occasionally forget where we put things; we might not see as well without our glasses on; we might have to go to the doctors office a bit more often than we used to. We're all still vibrant individuals with a range of needs and abilities: some of us are athletes, some of us like to dance. It might [...]


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Pack Health / May, 30th 2017

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Warm up and cool down

You've probably heard to stretch before you exercise. We actually have a great "Get Moving with Beth" event featuring physical therapist Kendall Jno-Finn PT, DPT and stretches specifically for your lower back (view it here), as well as one about how to stretch for success (find it here).  Equally important, especially as you begin to push harder and i [...]


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Pack Health / June, 13th 2017

Member Story

Exercise

Getting Unstuck Through Exercise

If there’s one thing that being in an RA support group has shown me, it’s that rheumatoid arthritis affects each one of us differently. The range of people I know with RA runs the gamut from the wheelchair-bound to marathon runners. One person is hanging on by a thread, holding onto the phrase “easy does it,” while another pushes past the pain to do [...]


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Pack Health / June, 20th 2017

Healthy Living

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5 times exercise can help

I have a friend who can go on for hours about her “runner’s high.” She drives me nuts. I do enjoy swimming. I feel great after a long walk. I practically burst with joy whenever I dance. But running? Not for me. I share this to clarify: it’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy. The benefits of being physically active are universal, but you have to fig [...]


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Pack Health / June, 22nd 2017

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6 Tips for Low Impact Exercise

Living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis can make regular exercise daunting, but exercise is the most important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Regular low-mid impact exercise will reduce the stiffness in your joints and keep them limber and strong for longer. Here are a few tips to help get your body moving and your blood flowing! Consult your do [...]


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Pack Health / July, 11th 2017

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Good Day / Bad Day Exercise Plans

We’ve all been there... that moment where you’re tired or in pain and you just think -- no way, not right now, getting up and exercising is not something I’m going to be able to do today. The thing about a chronic pain and chronic fatigue is that moment can become recurring, and we can end up stuck in a rut that’s that much more difficult to get out [...]


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Pack Health / August, 02nd 2017

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Stretch Band Basics

Resistance bands are a useful tool for stretching and strengthening routines you can do in the comfort of your own home. They come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and strengths. They’re easily stored, and easy to bring with you when you’re traveling or tight on space at the gym. Just like free weights, exercise bands come in a range of resistance levels [...]


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Pack Health / August, 07th 2017

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5 ways to find free fitness classes

I have good news and bad news, which do you want to hear first? Bad news is that the cost of a gym membership is no longer an excuse for not exercising. Good news is that we are going to help you find free group exercise classes that you can take advantage of! Let's start by looking locally in our search for free fitness. This means your local community c [...]


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Pack Health / August, 28th 2017

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Exercise and MS

Studies have shown a variety of benefits to exercising with MS, including improved strength, reduced fatigue and depression, improved cognitive function, enhanced mood, and better cardiovascular fitness. Here’s the rub: unpredictable symptoms, exacerbations, and the sheer amount of effort it takes to manage MS can get in the way. If exercise seems impossi [...]


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Pack Health / August, 29th 2017

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Yoga for Pain Management

Battling chronic pain can be challenging and can prove to be quite frustrating, especially if your efforts are unsuccessful. None of us want to be dependent on pain meds, much less have to up our dose, so finding natural ways to alleviate pain is kind of a big deal. According to Psychology Today, research indicates that “the effects of chronic pain can be [...]


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Pack Health / September, 19th 2017