Why You Should Take Care of Your Joints Now

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Your joint health is more important than you may think at any age. Joint health impacts your daily health. From exercising to sitting down, there are many parts of your body that can ache due to poor joint care.

Joints are the parts of your body where two bones attach and move. Cartilage and synovial fluid cushion the joints so bones don’t rub together. With increasing age or weight gain, the wear and tear on your cartilage increases. This can lead to arthritis.

5 Ways You Can Take Care Of Joints:

  1. Exercise- Work aerobic exercise into your daily workout routine. Aerobic exercises can help reduce swelling. Low impact exercising like swimming and biking are perfect for people who like to be outdoors while maintaining their health. Make sure you are getting off your couch for at least thirty minutes a day for better joint health!
  2. Muscle Support- Without the proper muscle support, your joints can easily take a beating. This is when weight training comes in to help build strong muscles and ligaments. Work with a personal trainer at your fitness center! They will teach you all the right and wrong ways to lift weights.
  3. Clinical Strength OxyJoint- Dr. Pergolizzi’s Clinical Strength OxyJoint is perfect for everyday aches, discomfort and stiffness. It may improve physical performance, increase mobility and can start working in as little as 14 days! Clinical Strength OxyJoint also focuses on two other areas often missed by other pain relievers: nerve health and everyday stress and anxiousness.
  4. Posture- Neither standing up or sitting down all day is good for your joints. Standing and sitting up straight are important in protecting your joints from your neck to your knees. Good posture also helps protect your hip joints and back muscles.
  5. Rest Your Wrists- To help prevent arthritis in your wrists, a common place for arthritis to occur, purchase a wrist rest for your desk so while you’re on the computer you can rest as needed!

What do you do to take care of your joints?

What’s the Deal With Aromatherapy?

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Have you ever wondered if there was a natural way to enhance your psychological and physical well-being? Aromatherapy might be right for you! Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant. The natural oils are called essential oils. 

Each essential oil is different and offers a different therapeutic property. Some common essential oil medicinal properties include antidepressant, relaxant, decongestant and stimulant. Essential oils do not cure or prevent issues, but aid in naturally helping the body heal itself! There are no side effects or addictions, just a natural way to care for your health.

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Healthy City of the Month: Minneapolis

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Minneapolis comes in first on Forbes America’s Top 20 Healthiest Cities. Minneapolis has fresh, clean air and supports exercise with a vast amount of bike and walking trails. Smoking is banned in public places, producing overall low rates for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. While Minnesota has long winters, Minneapolis finds a way to stay healthy and happy during all seasons. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota offers many scenic trails, bike paths and parks for all users.

Healthy Places to Eat:

  1. Seward Community Co-op- This co-op is owned by the community members to sustain the local economy. In a cooperative, the owners own the business and the profits belong to the whole community of owners. The co-op is focused on selling high-quality grocery food and wellness products. The neighborhood development of the co-op offers a homey feeling, which improves not only your physical health but your overall health when surrounded by a community. Location: 2823 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406 | (612) 338-2465 | Open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
  2. Common Roots Cafe- Their motto is “A modern twist on traditional delicatessen.” Common Roots Cafe makes hand-crafted food with local, organic ingredients. They have everything from breakfast to noshes to beer and wine. The core values are we are proud to support local and sustainable farmers, we are proud to support the local economy and we are proud to operate in an environmentally responsible way. All local products are grown or raised within 250 miles of Common Roots Cafe! Location: 2558 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55405 | (612) 871-2360 | Open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  3. People’s Organic- People’s Organic is a gathering table. They are big on celebrating the simplicity of nutritious and organic food, pure water and healthy beverages. It focuses on locally grown and organic raised crops. They offer a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options in all areas of the menu like breakfast, salad and farm-to-table. Best of all everything is 100% non-GMO and 50% oranic! Location: 80 S 8th St #156, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | (612) 208-0021 | Monday – Friday: 7am – 5pm

Bike and Walking Trails:

  1. Midtown Greenway- Nearly a six mile long route, the paths take you on a well-maintained, colorful trail. Its highlights include the Midtown Freewheel Bike Shop and acess to the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The route is three lanes for cyclists and walkers alike! It’s even plowed during the winter for those who enjoy a brisk ride in snow.
  2. Cannon Valley- This 19.7 mile long trail connects the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing. The snow doesn’t stop this trail either, it’s open year round for bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, hiking, walking and cross country skiing. The views are the main star here, highlighting the Cannon River.
  3. Brown’s Creek State Trail- Brown’s Creek is placed ontop of a former railroad grade, but has safe access for all types of trail users. The nearly six mile long trail highlights picturesque Brown Creek. Pedestrians can use the main trail but the back trails offer horseback riding, snowshoeing and environmental education. 

Parks and Dog Parks:

  1. Lake Harriet Park- This park offers a huge list of attractions like a beach, boat dock, bike path, picnic area, playground and fishing dock! This is a perfect summer park destination. They host a variety of events including the Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival.
  2. Gold Medal Park- Gold Medal Park is a newer park, opened in 2007 and it has 7.5 acres of beautiful landscape. There’s a 32′ tall mound with a lookout bench amidst a grove of trees with good views of the Mississippi River, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, Guthrie Theater and the historic milling district.
  3. Lake of the Isles Dog Park- Here your furry friends can enjoy a leash-free day at the park! The 1.8-acre park is completely fenced in to ensure safety for the dogs. The park hours are 6 a.m. to midnight and open all year round, your best friend will always keep you active here!

What You Need to Know About Group Fitness Centers

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At the beginning of the new year, people turn to different ways to stay in shape. Group fitness classes are a popular trend, with more and more health clubs becoming solely group class focused. Group classes can be great for beginners and veterans alike! It’s a great way to ease into working out, with friends or other beginners right by your side.

But you want to make sure you are getting a high-quality workout from a high-quality instructor. 

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Unboxing ChocoRite

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ChocoRite was founded by a group of health enthusiasts who have over 25 years in the health food industry.ChocoRite’s mission was born out of a need to fulfill people’s desire to consume delicious foods while still adhering to today’s strict diets and lifestyles. TheChocoRite Bars come in five amazing flavors: dark chocolate, milk chocolate crisp, dark chocolate almond, chocolate peanut butter and milk chocolate! TheChocoRite Protein Bars come in many flavors: cookies & cream. cookie dough, peanut butter, chocolate fudge and many more!

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Unboxing Hyperbiotics

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Have you thought about trying a probiotic, but you’re not quite sure what it does or which one is right for you? You’re not alone! Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Probiotics are good bacteria that help your gut. They are naturally in your body and found in some foods and supplements. 

There are two types of probiotics: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus is the most common of the two and found in yogurt and other fermented foods, this kind helps with diarrhea. Bifidobacterium can also be found in dairy food and comforts symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. To break it down, probiotics help move food through your gut. If there aren’t enough probiotics it can leave one with gas, bloating or constipation.  Continue reading