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10 Common Mistakes You Might Be Making at the Gym

10 Common Mistakes You Might Be Making at the Gym

Written by Vince Sant
on Friday, 11 January 2019

Many people start their year off buying a gym membership and new gym attire. 

While the first step to transforming your body is, in fact, deciding to commit to restructuring your lifestyle at the gym and in the kitchen, it is common for people to make mistakes that jeopardize their progress. These mistakes can chip away at their enthusiasm to work out and ultimately result in people giving up on their goals.

“As a trainer, my job consists of helping clients assess where they are and where they want to be. Giving them a clear pathway helps avoid mistakes that often cause people to quit too soon and forfeit their goals,” says Vince Sant, the co-founder and lead trainer of V Shred, the online training platform that has taken the world by storm in recent years.

Vince says these are some of the most common mistakes people make when starting off their fitness journey.
Pharmacist's Go-To Advice for Winter Woes

Pharmacist's Go-To Advice for Winter Woes

Written by Sherry Torkos, BScPhm, RPh
on Monday, 07 January 2019

Last year’s flu season brought the highest number of deaths and health complications since the dawn of modern tracking, so much so, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is worried that this flu season could result in a pandemic. 

It’s hard to imagine that our medically advanced society would be under threat; however, unpredictable and changing bacteria and viruses can leave our immune systems susceptible to being unfairly compromised.

While flu vaccination has an important role, it’s not the only strategy we should employ when it comes to prevention. Being proactive with your health means eating a healthful diet, getting adequate sleep and regular exercise, managing stress levels and washing hands frequently. 

Beyond lifestyle approaches, consider these holistic remedies to address common winter woes such as cold, flu, stomach aches, and joint discomfort.
Your Most Embarrassing Fitness Questions Answered

Your Most Embarrassing Fitness Questions Answered

Written by Vince Sant
on Friday, 04 January 2019

If you follow fitness trainers or enthusiasts on Instagram, we are besieged by women at the gym who look supremely confident, airbrushed and without a bead of sweat. 

The reality is, most of us don’t look or smell our best after a tough workout. Not everyone is comfortable walking into a class of strangers in form-fitting gym clothes. And, what about the sounds our bodies make when we are working out? What about those of us who want to exercise but feel we are too heavy to even begin a program? 

Fortunately, we have Certified Fitness Trainer, Model Turned Fitness Expert, Instagram Fitness Guru and YouTube Sensation Vince Sant, co-founder of the online platform www.vshred.com to answer the questions you are too shy to ask.
"Health Foods" That Are Surprisingly Unhealthy

"Health Foods" That Are Surprisingly Unhealthy

Written by Niket Sonpal, MD
on Thursday, 03 January 2019

From Whole Foods to pricey health food stores, cafes, and coffee shops, certain foods and ingredients have become trendy among health and calorie counting foodies. Who has not heard of matcha, Acai, cold-pressed juice, and gluten-free baked goods? 

In a perfect world, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could find food and drinks that are delicious, healthy and not calorie laden? While certain Instagram accounts may have you convinced these “magic foods” exist, Dr. Niket Sonpal is a NYC gastroenterologist and assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine who cautions health enthusiasts to do a deeper dive into what they are eating and imbibing.
How to Introduce a Loved One to a New Nurse

How to Introduce a Loved One to a New Nurse

Written by Jess Walter
on Saturday, 15 December 2018

In the U.S., 26 percent of seniors receive a mixture of paid care and family care, and nine percent rely solely on paid help, such as nurses who come to their homes. 

While the elderly aren’t the only people who need to get used to new nurses, they often require nursing services in order to age in place. No matter the age of the patient, it’s important for that person to feel comfortable with a new nurse.
Putting My Dog to Work Helps Children Feel Better

Putting My Dog to Work Helps Children Feel Better

Written by Heidi Greene
on Monday, 10 December 2018

My dog Deuce is a shaggy black lab mix rescued from a kill shelter in the southern part of the United States. I took a leap of faith, adopted him and paid the fee to have him transported to New England without having ever met him. 

I have been a guardian companion to dogs my entire life but had never before encountered a puppy with his level of energy and extra-terrestrial enthusiasm for human companionship. It was if he were two puppies rolled into one. 

It didn’t take long for me to realize that this high energy and very social puppy was desperately in need of a task or mission. I decided that signing up for training and certification as a therapy dog might be just the career he needed.
3 Diet Plans that Contribute to Weight Loss AND Major Health Benefits

3 Diet Plans that Contribute to Weight Loss AND Major Health Benefits

Written by Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, FAND
on Monday, 03 December 2018

Approximately 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, but researchers at UCLA say 80 percent of dieters will gain back the weight within two years. 

Whether you are trying to detox after vacation, get back on track after a holiday or improve your health before the new year, many people focus solely on weight loss and turn to fad diets for a quick fix. Rather than fixating on the scale, it’s best to choose a diet that promotes long-term health benefits for lasting results.

Diets that do more than help you drop weight have the potential to increase your lifespan, improve brain function, or even aid in major disease prevention. I’m sharing three top diet plans recommended by registered dietitians and nutritionists that can help you reap some major health benefits alongside weight loss.
The Eyes Have It: Vision Protection in the Age of Technology

The Eyes Have It: Vision Protection in the Age of Technology

Written by Dixie Somers
on Thursday, 29 November 2018

Considering the ubiquity of electronic screens in the modern world, it should come as no surprise that problems with the eyes are becoming extremely common. 

Indeed, eye issues related to prolonged screen time has led the American Optometric Association to recognize Computer Vision Syndrome as a real medical disorder. 

Taking proactive steps to protect your visual health has never been more crucial. Let's go through three easy ways you can protect your eyes from the negative impacts of electronic screens both at work and at home.
Why Binge Holiday Drinking Is Anything But Merry

Why Binge Holiday Drinking Is Anything But Merry

Written by Carrie Carlton, LCSW
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018
’Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. Some of us, however, take those festive suggestions to dangerous lengths and end up binge drinking.

While one night of imbibing multiple drinks may only leave you with a hangover, using the holidays as an excuse to drink abusively from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve can lead to alcoholism and other negative brain/body effects.
How Art Therapy Helps Quell Anxiety

How Art Therapy Helps Quell Anxiety

Written by Jess Walter
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with around 40 million Americans (or 18% of the adult population) battling them. 

According to a recent poll undertaken by the American Psychiatric Association, this percentage is continually growing, with some of the biggest sources of anxiety being safety, health, and finances. 

If you are facing anxiety or panic attacks and you feel helpless, the good news is that there are so many ways in which you can attempt to limit or eliminate this problem, including controlled breathing, yoga, meditation, and, if you are creatively inclined, art therapy.
Swaddle with Care to Protect a Baby’s Tiny Hips

Swaddle with Care to Protect a Baby’s Tiny Hips

Written by Emily Dodwell, MD
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Infant swaddling is a common practice, as many parents and caregivers believe it can help soothe their baby and improve sleep. It entails wrapping an infant in a light cloth or blanket to provide a kind of cocoon.

Although swaddling has been shown to reduce crying and promote sleep, if not done properly, it could harm an infant’s tiny hips.
My Not-So-Short Life: Why Limb Lengthening Surgery Was Right for Me

My Not-So-Short Life: Why Limb Lengthening Surgery Was Right for Me

Written by Chandler Crews
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Like many with dwarfism, I surprised my parents when I was born. Only one in 15,000 to one in 40,000 live births results in a person with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.

Despite my genetic condition, I was a healthy baby and child. I attended a normal school and took dance lessons for 13 years. Like any other kid, I played outside, went to birthday parties and occasionally fought with my older brother and sister. In elementary school, I was shorter than my friends, but I always assumed I’d grow taller and be more independent despite my dwarfism.
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