KPFA 94.1 – Remedying Functional Limitations with Functional Fitness

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 6.55.27 AMDo you know what it means to be functionally fit? One in 3 people – and 60% of those over 65 – suffer from a functional limitation limiting their ability to carry out daily activities – like climbing stairs, bending over to tie their shoes, picking something up off the floor, or carrying groceries.

If you’d like to hear my radio interview on Remedying Functional Limitations with Functional Fitness on About Health, here it is!

About Health is a live weekly call-in radio show and hosted this week by Dr. Will Courtenay on KPFA 94.1. For more information: http://HealthStyleRx.org.

Sports Gear Shopping Party!

Colorful balloonsWhat Guests Get  As a guest of our Kick-Off Shopping Party!, you’ll receive 20% off your purchases (including already marked down items!) and a FREE lifetime ‘Basementeer’ membership fee (regularly $25). Basementeers receive 10% off every purchase every time they shop and 10% of the profits go to a charity of their choice.

The Sports Basement is a sporting-goods retailer with 7 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and are known for selling the “best brands at basement prices”.

* Get Sized!  The Sports Basement offers gait analysis and will help you select the proper and correct fitting shoes. Great thing to do at the shopping party!

* Get Psyched!  Sports Basement San Ramon hosts weekly fun runs on Thursdays. Meet Coach Mike at the party to inspire you. 

* Get Started!  Karen Owoc, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, will be there to answer your health, fitness, and nutrition questions.

* Get Geared Up!  The Sports Basement has everything from camping gear to training gear — even equipment rentals.

Medical fitness practice, HealthStyleRx, and the Sports Basement have joined as partners. To celebrate this partnership and to welcome you, we’re hosting this Kick-Off Shopping Party! Stop in for some refreshments and an evening of shopping for your sports and fitness gear. Friends and family welcome!

See you there!

We’re here to support your fitness goals and cultivate fun in moving. 

HealthStyleRx is a medical fitness practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.       Sports Basement is a sporting-goods retailer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contact: Karen Owoc  925.413.6207  |  karen.owoc@HealthStyleRx.org

New! Anti-Aging Exercise Class

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I started a new class from 10:30-12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays (HealthStyleRx2) and it is already gaining popularity. Here’s why…

The Goal:  To increase metabolism and improve functionality because you have to move, lift, balance, and support your body in this class. Intensive flexibility training improves and maintains mobility.

Rx2 is an ‘advanced’ class and therefore, not for beginning exercisers. It is more challenging, but is still inclusive with plenty of modifications.

How It Is Different

The main difference with the Rx2 class compared to Rx1:

  • Semi-private and limited to 4 people maximum per session
  • More time spent on strength training routines
  • Pilates floor work instead of the Pilates reformer

Specific exercise sequences focus on:

  • Strengthening and lengthening muscles (upper/lower extremities)
  • Targeting postural muscles
  • Improving bone health and cardiorespiratory function
  • Protecting the spine

These sequences incorporate bodyweight, stability, and resistance training techniques plus circuit and metabolic training.

Building muscle and bone mass are the keys to longevity and weight loss. 

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Pre- and post-blood pressure readings are taken and recorded just like other Rx classes.

Who Can Benefit from Rx2

Rx2 is for the ‘experienced’ exerciser, but that does not mean you must be able to perform at a high level. Rx2 participants have engaged regularly in some type of fundamental exercise training and are highly motivated.

Cost

You can add the Tue/Thu Rx2 workout to your current weekly routine or substitute when you miss a M-W-F session. The price is the same as Rx1, so you can choose whether you want to attend the Rx1 class on M-W-F or the Rx2 class on T-Th or both.

I’m excited to offer this new class! Feel free to contact me with any questions: (925) 413.6207.

Location: IMX Pilates and Fitness, 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite 112 | San Ramon, CA

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Quick Fix for Life’s Embarrassing Health Conditions

Itchy Man Cartoon_AdobeStock_85546839If you’ve ever had an annoying bout of athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, or a vaginal yeast infection, blame it on fungus. Fungus, you say? Wait a minute… you had mushrooms on your salad last night. Aren’t they a form of fungus? Yep. A fungus is actually a primitive vegetable, just like mushrooms.

Fungi (pronounced fuhn-jahy), the plural for fungus, live and reproduce in the air, in soil and water, on plants… and on YOU. Those embarrassing health conditions mentioned above are caused by an excessive amount of fungus growing on the surface of your skin. Think of that fuzzy green mold that grows on decaying old fruit hiding in the back of your frig or the mildew that grows on shower walls. Same idea.

Please Don’t Pass the Fungi

Fungi reproduce through tiny spores in the air. That means, you can inhale the spores or they can land on you! As a result, fungal infections often begin in your lungs or on your skin. That means they’re easy to get and PASS AROUND.

Only half of them are harmful, but they can be annoying, itchy and difficult to kill. If you have a circulation problem, weakened immune system, diabetes, or take antibiotics, you may be more likely to get a fungal infection. (Antibiotics may disrupt the balance of natural microflora in your system which causes fungi to overpopulate.) It’s important to get treatment at the first sign of a problem.

Where They Thrive

Fungi will grow on anything and can multiple in enormous mass. They grow best in areas that are warm, dark and damp, such as:

  • Locker rooms
  • Exercise machines that haven’t been disinfected after use
  • Boxing gloves
  • Shared towels, clothing or footwear (e.g., rental bowling shoes, ski boots, ice skates, or roller skates)
  • Tanning beds
  • Skin folds
  • Toenails and fingernails
  • Plastic gloves

Treatment

In healthy people, fungi don’t spread beyond the skin’s surface, so they’re easy to treat with a topical ointment. But for a serious and more persistent infection, you may have to take an oral antifungal medication.

Get Out of Gross Gear

Since I’m always encouraging you to exercise which involves some degree of sweat, be aware that fungi grow in sweaty gear. Here are a few antifungal fitness tips:    Continue reading “Quick Fix for Life’s Embarrassing Health Conditions”

How “Old” Do You Sound?

Woman talking with alphabet letters coming out of her mouthSigns of aging include more than receding hairlines and gums, wrinkles, painful joints, and clogged arteries. As with everything else, your voice ages too, and most people don’t think about taking care of their “voice muscles” like they do their biceps. Have you ever talked to someone on the phone and determined the person is old just by the sound of his/her voice? You’ve likely heard an older person speak with that classic gravely, weak. raspy, wavering, hoarse, and/or breathless voice. With that said, how old do YOU sound?

Why Your Voice Makes You Sound Old

Over 30% of people over age 65 have voice problems. As you age, your larynx (a.k.a. voice box) changes. The following 12 reasons may be causing your voice to become hoarse and weak and thus, sound old:

  1. Your vocal cords are less elastic (just like aging skin and muscles) and are unable to work in the same way as when you were young. Your vocal cords move and vibrate to make sounds. When the surrounding muscles move, your vocal cords either tighten or loosen. To make higher sounds, your cords tighten.
  2. Your vocal cords and muscles in the larynx wear out and become more thin. As a result, your voice may sound higher.
  3. Thickened mucous increases the amount of mass that needs to vibrate and results in a lower pitched voice. This increase is thought to be due to a decrease in hormones that affect the mucous membranes of your vocal cords.
  4. Acid reflux can cause harshness, sore throat, cough.
  5. Weak abdominals – In order to form a sound, your abs and rib cage squeeze your lungs which make you exhale air.
  6. Decreased lung capacity – By the time you’re 80, you may have 50% less volume compared to when you were 20.Dr and Pt_Dollarphotoclub_59591195
  7. Rheumatoid arthritis – This condition can lead to hoarseness because your vocal cords cannot move well. The inflammation limits the ability of the joint near your windpipe (cricoarytenoid joint) to move.
  8. Messages from your brain to the voice box become inefficient and nerve endings die.
  9. Decrease in blood supply and number of lubricating glands which cause the vocal cords to dry out.
  10. Change in your tongue, lips and teeth making it more difficult to form words. As a result, your voice becomes thinner and wavers.
  11. Parkinson’s disease
  12. Diabetes

How to Keep Your Voice Younger Longer   

Here are some quick fixes to slow and minimize the aging of your voice.    Continue reading “How “Old” Do You Sound?”