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Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
 Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey When the temperature flirt with triple digits and the humidity rises, the local pool is the obvious choice for summer fun. Take away the yelling kids and the splash-fests and you have a tremendous exercise opportunity. Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or still a beginner, swimming can be a great addition to your exercise regimen. Here are five major benefits of swimming that may be enough to get you in a lane this summer: Cardio - Water is 800 times denser than air, which means that your body is under constant tension to move while swimming. Constant motion translates to an ongoing cardio workout. Regular cardio exercisers benefit from improved heart health, weight loss, and more restful sleep patterns. Full-body exercise workout - Not only does swimming count as a cardio exercise, it’s also a strength exercise. Everything from your shoulders to your ankles is involved in swimming. Remember to stretch before beginning any exercise, including swimming. This allows ...

5 best hikes in St. Louis under 5 miles
5 best hikes in St. Louis under 5 miles
By:  Dr. Richard Hulsey It’s time to grab your Camelback, throw on your hiking boots, and hit the trail around St. Louis. Our town is home to some of the best hiking trails in all of Missouri. Five miles may seem like a massive distance, but you’d be surprised how much you can enjoy a good stretch of the legs along the river or across the bluffs. Here are five of the best hikes in St. Louis that are five miles or less: Lime Kiln Loop Trail - Rockwoods Reservation Rockwoods Reservation offers multiple trails to explore, but if you’re looking a more difficult challenge, do the three-mile stretch of the Lime Kiln Loop Trail. Rockwoods Reservation is off Highway 109 on Glencoe Road in West County. River Scene Trail - Castlewood State Park If you want to combine hiking with a small measure of climbing, take a hike on the River Scene Trail in Castlewood State Park. A short, steep climb leads up to a great scenic view from the top of the limestone bluffs along the Meramec River. Dogwood Trail - Babler Memorial ...

Staying mobile with osteoarthritis knee pain
Staying mobile with osteoarthritis knee pain
By: Richard Hulsey Arthritis affects over one in five adults in the U.S. (Everyday Health) Over 21 million U.S. adults suffer from osteoarthritis in their knees. (Source) The pain and discomfort of arthritic knees can be enough to keep anyone wary of additional movement. Staying mobile even with osteoarthritis is crucial to fighting off other health conditions that stem from a more sedentary lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you keep moving, reduce knee pain, and prevent more dangerous health risks: Maintain a healthy weight - Arthritic pain in the knees can be accentuated by carrying unnecessary body weight. Talk with your primary care physician to identify and target your ideal body weight for your body type, age, and health condition. Stay active - Yes, it may seem counter-intuitive to reduce osteoarthritic knee pain by moving even more, but staying mobile increases blood flow throughout your legs and adds other health benefits. (Harvard Medical School) Water-based exercises, especially in warmer ...

5 steps for maintaining a balanced life in 2016
5 steps for maintaining a balanced life in 2016
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey It’s 2016 and that means a new year, new you, right? At the top of the list for most popular New Year’s Resolutions is maintaining a healthy lifestyle or fitness goals. Also towards the top is reducing stress and living a fulfilling life. Did you know that only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions? If so many people fail at having a balanced life in the new year, what are the steps you need to take to be successful? Our Orthopedic Associates team compiled five simple steps to maintain a balanced lifestyle into 2016 and beyond. Write down S.M.A.R.T goals for 2016 Do you know what you want your life to look like in 2016? Did you write down your goals? Are they S.M.A.R.T. goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive? Saying you want to lose weight is a good start, but saying you want to lose four inches off your waist by April 1st is easier to target because it’s a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Reduce stress Mistakes happen at higher speeds: twisted knees from rushing to a meeting, ...

How to finally keep your New Year's fitness resolutions
How to finally keep your New Year's fitness resolutions
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey It’s the time of year for setting New Year’s Resolutions. Each year the goal of “losing weight” or “staying fit and healthy” climb to the top of most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Sadly, only eight percent of U.S. adults who make at least one New Year’s Resolution actually fulfill their commitments. (StatisticBrain) Don’t be despaired by those numbers though! Here are some great tips for making and keeping your weight-loss and fitness goals for the new year and beyond. Get a workout partner Strength in numbers is a great principle to follow when it comes to keeping your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Finding the right workout partner can help you stay motivated and accountable for those early mornings or long work days where the last thing you want is to hit the gym. A study by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Indiana found that married couples who joined a gym and worked out separately experienced a dropout rate of 43 percent over one year’s time. Married couples who worked out at the same time, even if ...

How long does it take a sprained ankle to heal?
How long does it take a sprained ankle to heal?
By: Dr. Hulsey “He’s to the 35, the 30, cuts back inside, to the 25, the 20, and he’s down! Thompson got caught from behind, rolled his ankle, and it doesn’t look pretty!” How many times have you seen a football player sprain their ankle and think, “That looks painful!” A sprained ankle doesn’t happen to just the giants of the gridiron in football. Approximately 25,000 people experience sprained ankles every day. (American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society) A sprained ankle can happen during an evening walk, exiting your vehicle, or stepping off a curb. What causes sprained ankles and how long does it take to recover from a sprained ankle? According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a sprained ankle is “a stretch injury of the ligaments that support the ankle.” (AOSSM) Your ligaments have some natural dexterity, but even ligaments have their limitations. There are three main types of ankle sprains: Inversion sprain - Occurs when the ankle is rolled inward. Inversion sprains are the most common type of ankle sprains ...

When should I see a doctor about my knee pain?
When should I see a doctor about my knee pain?
When should I see a doctor about my knee pain? By: Dr. Hulsey You’re walking up the stairs and pivot on the landing only to feel a sharp tweak in your knee. Ouch! That didn’t feel right. Unfortunately, that’s not the first pain you’ve felt in your knee since finishing your last softball game. Do you need to see a doctor? How do you know when it’s just a sore muscle and not something more serious, like a meniscal or cartilage tear? Sometimes knee aches and pains can come from arthritis. The best way to alleviate chronic knee pain from arthritis is to exercise the muscles surrounding the knee and lose weight, if needed. There are several good exercises for relieving knee pain from arthritis. If your knee is experiencing more of a sudden, short-term pain, you may have a knee injury. As a general rule of thumb, if you notice any significant swelling or deformity of your knee, you should check with your doctor. If you have limited mobility for more than a day or two, you need to meet with an ...