3 For Thursday – Health and Fitness Training Reads

Cardiovascular exercise is popular and certainly an important part of staying healthy. But are you getting the most out of your workouts on cardiovascular machines like the treadmill, elliptical or bike? This article provides good tips of form and strategies to efficiently burn more calories.

Recently, there has been much interest in nutrition and sports performance. And while there will always be questions about this topic, this article presents evidence and makes a good argument for the use of protein based drinks during and after exercise.

As a parent, how do you know when to take a child’s complaints seriously. We all know that kids can be dramatic, but you are better safe than sorry. Trust your instinct. When in doubt get it checked out. Here is a list of the signs and symptoms of a broken bone from the Mayo clinic:

  • Severe pain, which may increase with movement
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Obvious deformity, such as a bent arm or wrist
  • Stiffness or inability to move your arm, wrist or elbow
  • Inability to turn your arm from palm up to palm down or vice versa

When to see a doctor
If you have enough pain in your arm that you can’t use it normally, see a doctor right away. And do the same for your child. Delays in diagnosis and treatment of a broken arm can lead to poor healing.

And that concludes this week’s edition of Three for Thursday.  As always, I’d love to hear what you think about it, ways to make it more valuable to you or maybe just your thoughts on today’s posts.

– Rich Baudry, PT, DPT, OCS

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