|December 19, 2013||Combating Cancer Through Creative Solutions||no comments|
|December 19, 2013||The Evolution of The Treadmill||no comments|
|December 19, 2013||Slowing Mental Deterioration is as Simple as Walking||no comments|
|December 19, 2013||Sitting and Standing Are Meant For Different Things||no comments|
|November 13, 2013||Wheelchair Lacrosse||1 comments|
Cancer is something that all people are touched by in one form or another. Whether it is through a friend or family member, or even oneself, cancer is the one thing every person hopes to avoid. Changing just a few things in the daily routine can slow the production of cancerous cells, and allow the body's natural defenses to fight.
Every person has cancer cells in their body at least once in a lifetime. Allowing those cells to multiply, under their ideal conditions, is what creates the desolating effects that we are all aware of. Avoiding the ideal conditions seems easy enough, especially when compared to living with a cancerous diagnosis.
Why don't more people do it? Simply stated, most of the time, it's because of the lack of information, or lack of access to information. There is a plethora of information about certain chemicals that are known to cause cancer.
Some are things found in the cleaning cabinet, and by changing out those chemicals, it can reduce everyone in the household's risk. Some cancer causers are found in places not accessed by most people, such as mines and chemical plants.
Some cancerous chemicals are found in the ingredient labels of our favorite foods. Finding new ways to enjoy your favorite meals with cancer causing chemicals can be a daunting task at first, but over time, it can lead to many creative hours in the kitchen.
Still, not all cancer causing agents are chemicals. Studies have shown that remaining sedentary for long periods of time increase the risk of breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and colon cancer. Taking even a short minute to walk around will help lower a person's risk, and boost productivity.
In the office, moving about, and taking breaks, is often not feasible. A creative way that many people overcome that obstacle is by using a different style of desk, called a standing desk. This allows the body to alternate between sitting on a high stool and standing without interrupting work.
Finding creative ways to incorporate the information learned is the key to keeping cancerous cells at bay. If even one small thing is done that reduces the risk, it is worth the outcome.
Treadmills have been around since the late 1800's. The evolution of this device has come a long way, from churning butter, to medical uses, to many different types of sports and fitness equipment.
The very first treadmills were found in the ancient Roman Empire. These devices, called "tread wheels," were part treadmill, part hamster wheel. They could use the power of leverage for lifting twice the weight for half the manpower.
Over time, they evolved into something that resembles what we use today for fitness. Around 1875, this machine was used by horses, creating "horse power," to accomplish tasks. Treadmills became smaller allowing smaller animals, such as goats or dogs, to power them. These machines were used in butter churns and fanning mills, as well as others.
During the Victorian Era, treadmills gave prison convicts a way to exert some energy, as well as be productive. The energy created was used for grinding corn, produce power, or pumping water.
In the 1950's, treadmills were first used in diagnosing and monitoring heart conditions. Dr. Robert Bruce developed the "Bruce Protocol," which is still used today in modern diagnostics.
In the 1960's and 70's, modern fitness enjoyed the use of the treadmill for exercise. The manual treadmill was the first style, and still the cheapest and lightest.
The electric, or motorized, treadmill is the kind with the bells and whistles. This piece of fitness equipment allows for customization and also allows for a more challenging workout.
A treadmill desk is a relatively new invention that is found in many offices that promote fitness during the workday. This contraption keeps the body busy at a slow pace while working at a computer. The hybrid treadmill is a combination of a standard electrical treadmill and an elliptical or stepper machine. These create a workout that challenges different muscles than each of these separately.
Slowing the process of mental deterioration is top priority for many senior citizens and their loved ones. Walking and light exercise has been proven to do just that. Over the last few years, numerous studies have been written about the relation between walking and mental illnesses.
Adults are using their own environment and creativity to keep the body moving. Visiting a gym, playing with kids and animals, or using a treadmill desk while at work, are ways that adults use their innovation to keep illness at bay.
As our grandparents and parents get older, they are more prone to many different kinds of illnesses. Since most of their time is spent sedentary because of lack of energy or painful joints, exercise is not the priority for senior citizens.
Alzheimer's, psychosis, dementia, Parkinson's, and strokes, are the most common mental diseases found in our senior loved ones. Being able to slow the process of mental deterioration or stop it all together will help with the overall quality of life of the senior generation. Even though it seems hard, it is possible, though, and it doesn't involve a million dollar magic pill.
Psychology Today wrote an article about the benefits of walking and memory. The article referenced a study done by Kirk Erickson from the University of Pittsburgh, that says senior citizens who spent a year walking 40 minutes a day, 3 days a week saw significant improvement in their short-term memory and spatial memory.
This same study also included a group of seniors who did yoga and light stretching. These people did not show improvement in their short term memory, but did show improvement in their spatial memory. The study mentioned that it was hard to prove that this group never walked for the whole year long period.
When taking into consideration that almost all cases of mental illness in seniors are centered around the memory, it could benefit our older generations if we encouraged them to walk. If we volunteered to walk with them, and encourage them to talk, it will boost their emotional health, as well.
Standing and sitting are two totally different activities for the body. There are plenty of reasons to choose standing over sitting for activities that require attention, and sitting over standing for activities that require a calm mind.
Standing engages muscles, while sitting lets them atrophy. Standing promotes good posture, while sitting allows for slouching. The studies are plenty in regards to the physical benefits of standing, but there are plenty of mental reasons to stand instead of sit.
Standing invokes an energy to "go," whereas sitting has a stagnant energy. Many people feel motivated while standing, and sitting promotes relaxation.
Sitting and standing each have a place in any given day. For example, you don't make it to the gym by sitting on the couch, and you might find it hard to sleep standing up. Something that most people don't realize, is this also pertains to the work place.
Using a standing desk can help to solve this problem. If an employee was to stand during part of the hours while at work, not only would it help with posture and performance, but it would also help with motivation and staying awake.
If someone who is encouraged to stand complains of foot problems, or pain during standing, then there are other options to help with that. Using a high stool to alternate between standing and leaning can ease the pressure off of achy knees and feet. Also adding a thick pad under the feet can help with the pain that is sometimes experienced in the bottoms of the feet.
Trying to relax after a stressful day at the office is hard to do if you spent the whole day sitting. Your body needs exercise after remaining sedentary for many hours, and your mind craves rest after many hours of work. Choosing to stand instead of sit while doing desk work can help you to use sitting as a relaxing activity, as it is meant to be.
For active people who become disabled, it can be hard to give up some favorite activities. When adjusting to life in a wheelchair, though, one thing that remains the same is there are always ways to stay active. Competitive sports is a way for many people to release stress and aggression, stay in shape, and have fun. What about wheelchair sports?
Wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby are already common sports, but in the winter of 2009, athletes Ryan Baker and Bill Lundstrom invented wheelchair lacrosse. With a few minor adjustments, such as the goals, and some rules, anyone in a wheelchair can enjoy the fun, fast, and aggressive sport of lacrosse.
After he straps on his lacrosse helmet and pads, grabs his stick, a player joins 6 others in a team to toss a ball with the net to the other side. Trying to maneuver around others and not losing the ball is no easy task, especially while pushing. It takes great strength, skill, and stamina to play lacrosse. Someone who plays wheelchair lacrosse needs these, as well as extreme coordination.