By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness
Brace yourself. According to Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Fitness Laboratory at the University of Georgia, nearly 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within the first 6 months. The question is, “Why”? What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people abandon it?
The answer? Motivation.
They don’t want health and fitness badly enough. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.
Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.
Unlocking your motivation
When Bryan Reece was told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back. Even though he had not been in a gym for 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition. You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.
You do not have to be part of that 50 percent who quit.
You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what motivates you personally. Here are some possible motivators for you:
It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Don’t worry about “bribing” yourself, do what it takes to get yourself moving. Find out what makes working hard worth it. Find out what you want more than that brownie. Your health is at stake; in fact, your very life is at stake. It’s time to transform yourself.
At MaxStrength Fitness we are in the life transformation business! Request your FREE initial consultation and demo workout at www.maxstrengthfitness.com. After all, you deserve it!
Jeff Tomaszewski, owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Jeff is also a personal trainer and professional body-builder committed to helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Visit www.maxstrengthfitness.com or call 440.835.9090.
By Debbie Kacic, LMT
Here at Nature’s Touch, we advise our clients to make New Year’s Resolutions with extreme caution. Why, you may ask? Th e reason isn’t because we don’t have faith in our clients, but rather we know what the implications may be if those resolutions don’t come to fruition.
To help you start this journey of self-love, I have put together three tips that I practice as daily reminders to love the body I was blessed with. When you love yourself, you’ll start doing things to care for your health and wellbeing.
• RECITE DAILY AFFIRMATIONS. It may feel silly at first, but tell yourself how much you love YOU! Feeling pressure that your house isn’t always clean? Tell yourself how wonderful you are for providing a roof over your family’s head. This change in mind set can have a huge impact on your overall outlook on life.
• PRACTICE MEDITATION. Taking 15 minutes out of the day to sit quietly and peacefully can calm the mind and can help you refocus, recharge, and reconnect with yourself.
• FIND YOUR PASSION. One of the reasons why New Year’s Resolutions crumble to quickly is because we commit to something unrealistic. Consider something your heart has been yearning to do but still fi ts in your life. An activity such as taking a dance class, trying yoga, or working with a massage therapist to understand your body on a deeper level. Whatever it may be, find something that you can be passionate about that really focuses on YOU.
Promoting self-love is the first step in becoming the best version of you. While massage therapy is our main service offering, we also do our best to guide you as you make this new commitment. We spend time talking to our clients when they come in to make them feel comfortable. No matter what shape or size you may be, there is no judgement.
If you are ready to commit to becoming the healthiest and happiest version of you and making this year your best year yet, call our office at 330-721-9357 or make an appointment using our online booking system. We wish you a healthy, joyful 2019!
Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General can help to enhance the body’s
natural healing process and eliminate the need for surgery.
This sponsored post about regenerative medicine is brought to you by Southwest General Health Center.
The human body is remarkable for its ability to heal itself. However, it’s not perfect—and healing can sometimes take a long time. When it comes to tissue repair, regenerative medicine is a new option that enhances the body’s natural healing process and can eliminate the need for surgery.
“Regenerative medicine is a way to get back to normal function and to feel better without going through surgery,” explains Aaron Wolkoff, DO, a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. “The ‘regenerative’ part means it helps the patient’s body to stimulate healing and heal itself with healthy tissue.”
Regenerative medicine works by injecting medicine, sometimes made of the patient’s own cells, into damaged areas to stimulate cell growth to rebuild tissue that has been damaged by injury or conditions such as arthritis.
Compared to anti-inflammatory medicines, which only relieve pain temporarily, regenerative
medicine actually helps to repair and strengthen injured and painful joints and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments. In general, regenerative medicine is less invasive and involves less risk than surgery and is successful for many patients.
“There are a lot of things regenerative medicine can be used for,” says Dr. Wolkoff. “It’s really talked about a lot in the sports world, as it can heal partially torn tendons and muscles and work on healing tendonitis, as well.”
“It’s a great option for non-athletes as well. Arthritis can be greatly improved with regenerative
To learn more about the Sports Medicine Program at Southwest General as well as regenerative medicine, call 440-816- 5050, or visit http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine.
Types of Regenerative Medicine. http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine
Most people associate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with soldiers returning from war who struggle with adjustment to civilian life back home. While that is the population that led to the creation of this diagnosis, it has expanded to include survivors of other traumas, including natural disasters and cancer. Most people who go through a cancer journey, in themselves or someone they love, are able to adjust to life after cancer without experiencing PTSD. But they may feel similar symptoms and emotional issues that can impair their ability to fully enjoy life. The Gathering Place (TGP) exists so that anyone, with any type of cancer experience can find relief and comfort through a range of programs and services, all at no charge.
In November, Joel Marcus, PsyD, Taussig Cancer Center and Isabel Schuermeyer, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, both at the Cleveland Clinic, will be speaking at TGP on PTSD. Dr. Marcus and Dr. Schuermeyer work with patients who are trying to cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Schuermeyer states, “One of the most important things to do is acknowledge your fears and anxiety. There is no need to hide or ‘protect’ your loved ones when help is out there.” Like hospitals all over the country, the Cleveland Clinic is working to reduce the stigma of asking for help by housing psychologists and psychiatrists in the cancer center. Dr. Schuermeyer noted that fear might cause a patient to delay seeking help for signs and symptoms that could possibly indicate the cancer has returned. She indicated that many of the chemotherapies being used today can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause changes to our biochemistry. People who have always been able to cope in the past, may find themselves feeling depressed or worried after cancer and not know that the treatment itself may be causing some of their struggles.
Another local expert on PTSD, Belleruth Naparstek, is also coming to speak at TGP this quarter. Her topic is Guided Imagery: Latest Updates and Techniques, but she has published a book and a CD to help those suffering from PTSD. In her book, she tells the story of a woman who received a “surprise blessing” through surviving a trauma like cancer. The woman “was no longer worried about the everyday concerns and irritations that used to occupy her mind. She was instead flooded by the joy of being alive.”
There are many activities that can help reduce the normal fears and expected anxieties of cancer treatment and its long term side effects. Whether it is yoga or tai chi, massage or reiki, art therapy or support groups, choosing to take care of yourself is important in a world where we feel we have so little control.
By Leah Kline PA-C
Fatigue and low energy are some of the most common health complaints we experience in the medical field today. Many women come to our office with an understanding or self-diagnosis that they are suffering from “adrenal fatigue.” This is a term used to suggest that the adrenal glands are working insufficiently to regulate hormones due to chronic stress. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include excessive tiredness, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, brain fog, and inability to lose weight. Sufferers are often told that they are not dealing with their stress well and need to “relax” more. The truth is, our bodies have a fine-tuned mechanism in dealing with stress. The adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body’s stress and production of hormones.
Stress is commonly misconstrued as only being “emotional stress” that you feel, like when you are mad at your spouse, dealing with financial struggles, or overwhelmed at work. Stress also includes “chemical stress,” like eating foods that your body is sensitive to, processed foods, exposure to molds or heavy metals. Then there is “physical stress,” possibly from injury to the spinal cord from slips, falls, car accidents; stress on the nervous system, like sitting at a desk for several hours per day; and infection or illness.
The autonomic nervous system is made up of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for activating the adrenal glands when the body is under stress, initiating the “fight or flight” response; it acts like a gas pedal in a car. In the state, the heart rate increases, muscles contract, the digestion process slows, and blood sugar is released from storage sites. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for restoring the body to a balance and allowing for rest and repair; it acts like a brake pedal. In this state, the heart rate drops, digestive enzymes are released, and muscles relax. The body will innately begin to compensate in the attempt to fix the stressor to ensure survival. If the stressor is present for too long or becomes too overwhelming to the system, the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the demand of the body, and they become fatigued. Although the term “adrenal fatigue” is accurate and can produce the symptoms listed above, it isn’t the whole story.
When the body is under chronic stress, whether is be physical, emotional, or chemical; the sympathetic nervous system takes over, and the body is unable to come up with enough energy on its own to restore the balance, that is called Sympathetic Dominance. This is a serious problem, as the sympathetic dominant state creates long-term health concerns and leads to the onset of serious illness and disease. Treating the adrenal glands alone is not helping to supply the Wellness Center we have better answers! Call for an appointment today to learn more about sympathetic dominance and its effects on your long-term health.
Imagine a life free from headaches!
All too frequently we talk with patients suffering from headaches that have no answers, no solutions and no place to turn and that is simply not ok.
Let me see into a crystal ball and tell a story similar to yours or someone you know with headaches. The headaches began years ago, multiple tests, scans, blood work, etc. have been completed and there is “no cause” that explains where these headaches are coming from. You take “preventative” medication although it is really not preventing but more like it minimizes the intensity sometimes. e headaches are worse with stress or certain triggers and may be worse during specific times of the month at which you take another medication to minimize the effects. Hopefully, it doesn’t last too long, but pretty much the headaches stop the day in its tracks! Sometimes these headaches last for a few days or even longer. You basically are just hoping and praying that a headache does not happen because when it does, it’s miserable. Oh, and that’s not to mention the regular, throbbing headaches that still happen on a daily basis but you can manage those kinds of headaches!
I want you to know that there is another outcome that is possible! The truth is there are many possible causes of migraines, but these causes do not always show up on an MRI or CT scan or other advanced imaging.
It is very important to test things such as food sensitivities, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, in inflammation markers in blood work, and possibly even toxicity testing may be necessary. But one of the most common causes of headaches and migraines is tension and stress on neurologic and soft tissue structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck caused by poor alignment and function in the spine, called cervicogenic headaches. Loss of optimal position in the spine and vertebral joints can occur due to slips, falls, sports injuries, and car accidents but most commonly loss of normal position and alignment is caused by bad posture because we spend so much time sitting, looking down, or working in a forward flexed position. This loss of position causes tension on the very sensitive, neurologic structures in the spine. That means damage or misalignment of the spine can create tension on these delicate, neurological structures. Irritation to these neurologic structures causes inflammation which creates dysfunction and pain.
We analyze this scenario through examination, digital x-ray, and computerized nerve scans. It is then that we devise a treatment plan that aims to correct the cause of the problem based on what is found through testing. It’s really that simple. Of course, there can be other causes that require advanced testing, but honestly, most of our patients have already had that testing done.
The important idea here is, find the true cause of the problem and then find a care plan that aims to correct the cause rather than simply managing the symptoms of the problem. If this is what you are looking for, please call our office for a free evaluation to determine if we can help.
We have blended the best medical, wellness and fitness services to offer a variety of solutions to enhance your health.
There is a lot of talk about the use of Ozone for natural healing. I’m usually somewhat skeptical, but open minded when I hear about many forms of treatment and healing therapies. Sometimes it seems like everyday there is something new that is the “miracle cure.” I like to do my due diligence in researching these things, finding out if these different modalities have real efficacy and value in helping people, or are just some scam to make our wallets a little lighter. After much research, personally using ozone myself, and using it in my practice, I can tell you that it really works.
Ozone is simply an oxygen molecule with extra oxygen attached. So instead of two atoms of oxygen, there are three. But the simple addition of one atom gives it a whole other purpose – fighting disease. Ozone is a negatively charged particle while bacteria, viruses, fungi (mold), and other pathologic cells usually carry a positive charge. There is a natural affinity to go after these disease causing pathogens. It has an overall positive effect on the immune system, activating and boosting it. Ozone therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other dental treatments and therapies. When used, it enhances results and healing and provides a better prognosis. I have seen diseased tissues heal without antibiotics, deep decay not turn into root canals, and help to treat sensitive teeth. The best part is that ozone therapy is safe with no side effects.
Ozone can be used to help treat the following:
Let us help you enhance your health with Ozone today.
To learn more about Good Health Dental check out www.goodhealth.dental
or call 440.542.1200.
Being married to a homeopathic student, I have gained great insight into the world of homeopathy. Growing up being exposed to only Western medicine, the journey of practicing more holistically and naturally has been eye opening, enlightening, and very satisfying. This professional journey started over 30 years ago.
Dr. Christian Freiderich Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, quit his medical practice after becoming discouraged at the thought that even medicine in his time had noxious effects in patients. This led him to the creation of homeopathy in 1796. It is based on the principle of “like cures like.” What this means is that a substance that can cause illness or disease in a healthy person, can be used to cure that disease in a sick person. But it gets much more complicated than that. Classic Hahnemannian homeopathy is not just about curing diseases, but rather bringing energetic balance back to the body; so homeopathic remedies can be used not only for acute problems, but more importantly for helping a person overall in their physical and psychological life. The homeopathic remedies do not work like medicine. In fact, in a true and pure remedy, there should be no molecules of the original substance left. What is left is the energetic imprint of that substance. After all, there is a lot more to healing and health than some chemical reaction.
For Dentistry, we use acute remedies – those that are well known for specific purposes. Those people who are interested in using homeopathy as a means to achieve better health (both physically and psychologically) should consult with a classically trained homeopath for a constitutional remedy.
Remedies are safe to take. Constitutional remedies need to be under the supervision of a trained homeopath, as there is so much that goes into finding the correct remedy that is a match specifically for you. Acute remedies for specific problems can be taken under the supervision of the dentist.
There are many things in our world that we don’t understand how they work. Our lack of understanding doesn’t mean it does not exist or work; it is purely something beyond our present knowledge. Reference to this principle of healing dates back to Biblical times. Rabbi Shlomo ben Avraham wrote of this concept in the 1200’s. It is also mentioned in the Midrash, a compilation of Rabbinic commentaries on the Oral and Written Torah (Old Testament). While science is great, it is not the panacea of healing.
The world is fully of mysteries and things we don’t understand. But that only makes our lives richer and our daily challenges more meaningful.
To learn more about Good Health Dental check out www.goodhealth.dental
or call 440.542.1200.
According to AARP’s recently released survey of more than 1,100 Americans over age 40, those who participate in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) self-report improved cognitive functioning, health, and well-being than those who don’t participate in CSAs.
CSAs examined in the survey include musical and creative activities, educational activities, physical exercise, socializing, and playing games and puzzles. Adults over age 40 engage in an average of eight CSAs per week. Those who rate their cognitive abilities as being “excellent” engage in a greater than average number of CSAs than those who rate their status as “poor.”
“Put simply, this survey is telling us that, if you work your brain, your brain will work for you,” said Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “Working your brain is easy and involves simple activities like taking a walk, spending time with friends or reading a book. AARP’s Staying Sharp and other great resources can help inform you on how to keep your brain active and sharp.”
Key findings from AARP’s 2017 Cognitive Activity and Brain Health Survey:
Staying Sharp is a subscription-based brain health platform from AARP featuring science-based activities, challenges, recipes and articles to help promote brain health. Some of the key takeaways from the survey can be addressed by the content and features of the platform, including:
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