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Four tips to help you enjoy outdoor hikes this summer

Posted by Rachael Harter, DO on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Summer is around the corner and with the pleasant weather, comes plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. I recently joined the Ridgeview family as an Internist after training and serving in the U.S. Navy for nearly eight years. One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking. I first got the hiking bug while stationed at the Naval Hospital in Guam where I enjoyed “boonie stomping,” (the term for hiking in Guam) in my free time. While I was ill-prepared for my first off-road adventure measured by several abrasions, dehydration, and arthritis from an infection, the same does not have to happen to you.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Prevent unhealthy snacking in the evening by eating a protein-rich breakfast

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jun 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but did you know up to 60 percent of American young people, ages 18-20, consistently skip it? Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, which could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the U.S., according to a study from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Six frequently asked questions about strength training

Posted by Sandra Hanson, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Jun 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As part of a well-rounded exercise program, cardiovascular exercise, strength training and flexibility are necessary components. In my experience, most questions stem from strength training, as most people can easily accomplish their cardio regimen but struggle to have a comprehensive strength program Below are the answers to six frequently asked questions regarding strength training.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Quality, not quantity, counts most in exercise and diet

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 31, 2016 8:37:21 AM


Current recommendations for exercise and diet can be complex, contradictory and confusing. If your goal is to lose weight and maintain optimal health and fitness, the quality of your exercise and diet regimen matters more than the quantity, according to the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Can yoga improve your mindful well-being?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 24, 2016 2:51:36 PM


I first heard the term mindfulness only about five years ago. I was listening to MPR on the car radio while they reviewed a book about mindfulness. Ironically, I don't remember the name of the book because I wasn't paying attention. The concept was fantastic in its simplicity.

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Topics: Wellness

Can yoga reduce lower back pain?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 17, 2016 10:00:20 AM

Back pain is tricky. It's frustrating for both patient and physician. It's no wonder we, as primary care providers, end up referring back pain to physical therapists, chiropractors, pain management specialists, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. We'll take help wherever we can get it, in the hope of making our patients feel better.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 10, 2016 1:09:10 PM


So many of my recent conversations with friends and family have started with "When I turned 40." Here's another one: When I turned 40, I decided to try some new exercises that could potentially take me through my elder years.

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Topics: Wellness

Outdoor running: How to transition from the treadmill to the road

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, ATC. on May 3, 2016 4:36:37 PM

AdobeStock_78720615.jpegHave you spent most of the winter months running on a treadmill at the gym? Now the weather is getting warmer and you may be ready to transition to running outdoors; however, this transition may be harder than you think. Here are some helpful tips to prevent injury and keep you moving.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Learning to run again after taking time off

Posted by Adam Gifford, MS, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties Athletic Trainer on Apr 26, 2016 1:40:19 PM

run-750466_1920.jpgThe winter season hits and we tend to put running on hold. Now that spring has sprung, you may feel the urge to start running again. However, getting back into the swing of things can be a little difficult if you haven't run for the past four to five months. Here are a few tips to get back in to training for those 5k, 10k, half and full marathon races.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Creating a wellness plan you'll follow

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, ATC. on Apr 19, 2016 9:13:21 AM

Whether it's to improve your fitness or reduce your health risk, creating goals and choosing good health is tough. You will run into obstacles along the way. How you set your goals and how you cope with setbacks will help determine your success. Remember, change takes time. Strive for progression, not perfection.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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