Archive for July 2010

Life-saving Made Simple

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the United States.


As you all know a healthy lifestyle that includes a well balanced diet, regular exercise, low levels of alcohol, strategies that lower or help deal with stress, and no tobacco among other factors can significantly lower your risk. Unfortunately, some of the people you spend time with and care about may not live such a healthy lifestyle. And even those that do know that there are no guarantees.


With over 1,200,000 heart attacks per year, it is likely that at some time in your lifetime you may witness an attack, and maybe to someone you care about.  Traditional CPR classes recommend both mouth to mouth breathing and chest compression to treat a heart attack victim with no pulse. Two recent studies suggest that the first aid for a heart attack victim may be simpler than once thought. Both studies published in the July 29th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that chest compressions alone, without mouth to mouth breathing, are actually more effective than with them. The effect wasn’t significant and if someone used mouth to mouth because that is how they have been taught, that’s ok too. But without question these studies along with some previous ones demonstrate the benefit of just doing chest compression.  


Dr. Thomas Rea, Medical Director of the Emergency Medical Services of Public Health for Seattle and King County in Washington, and lead author of one of the studies commented, “Chest compressions are paramount. You can make a life and death difference by providing chest compressions. You don’t have to be perfect; all you can provide is benefit. Your actions might save a life.” Some people may be reluctant to help a victim because they haven’t take a CPR course and don’t feel qualified. But according to Dr Dana Peres Edelson, Director of Clinical Research at the Emergency Resuscitation Center at the University of Chicago, “If you haven’t been trained in CPR, just start doing chest compression as fast as you possibly can”. 


To learn more about how you can become certified in CPR, visit the American Heart Association’s website.



Friday Fitness: The Big Five

Once again we welcome you to Friday Fitness! This week’s focus is going to be on the most common cardio injuries known as the “Big Five.” The Big Five is a phrase used to describe the five common injuries associated with aerobic activity: Achilles Tendonitis, Chondromalacia, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis and who can forget Shin Splints.


No matter who we are, at some point we will be faced with some degree of these injuries. Also, individual’s just beginning an exercise program become much more susceptible. Therefore, for each of the big five we’ll discuss the symptoms, causes, and the different steps to take for self-treatment and prevention. At the end our discussion, check out a quick How-to Video to self-treat two of the Big Five.  It will help get you back to your exercise program in no time!



Achilles Tendonitis


–   Dull or sharp pain close to the heel
–  Redness around Achilles
–  Nodule or cracking sound


–  Fatigued calf muscles
–  Increasing activity too quickly
–  Overpronation (foot strike)

Self-Treatment and Prevention:

– RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation – this will be a reoccurring theme)
– Aspirin or Ibuprofen
– Stretch calf muscles
– Avoid weight bearing exercises




– Pain beneath or the side of the knee cap


– Overpronation
– Weak quadriceps and tighter hamstrings
– Hills and inclines

Self-Treatment and Prevention:

–  Quadriceps strengthening exercises and stretches
–  Check footwear
–  Aspirin (block further breakdown of cartilage)


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Ask the Expert: Muscle Soreness

Q: Should I still exercise if I’m still a little sore from yesterday’s workout?


Jessica LynnA: Jessica Lynn, B.S., ACSM Health Fitness Specialist®: 

Soreness can be a barrier for many people in maintaining a consistent exercise program, especially when you are just starting out.  It is common to be sore after starting a new program or trying a new activity.  It’s important to plan in some low to moderate days of exercise so that you keep your body moving.  Taking several days off after a hard workout does not help you prevent the soreness from coming back – in fact, the soreness may linger for a longer period of time. But if you try some low impact activity (swimming, biking, or walking) at a lower intensity, the day after a moderate to high day of exercise, the movement of your body helps rid the lactic acid from your muscles and will help prevent (or lessen) the soreness from coming back the next time your perform your intense routine. 


If you’ve been to H3, consider the intensity level of your Thermal walks – a leisurely paced activity to promote blood flow through the muscles and rid them of the toxins that promote soreness.  Strength training recommendations already include 48hrs rest between training sessions – if your muscles are still very sore after 1 day of rest, then try reducing your weights and still performing the exercises at your next session.  Remember, the goal is to train your body to remember these new movements and adapt – and our bodies usually need a few practice runs to do that.  


Have a question?  The healthy lifestyle experts are here to help!  Email with your question and check back every Thursday for our feature column.



Who’s Who: Amber Shadwick

If you are a follower of the H3 Daily blog or have visited us here in Hilton Head, you are sure to have come across the very motivating and inspiring Amber Shadwick.  But do you know how she ended up here at H3?  Read more of her story below.


Amber ShadwickA graduate from the University of Kentucky, Amber earned a B.A. degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, as well as a M.S. degree in Health Promotion. Throughout her college career, Amber held numerous positions on campus ranging from Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer to Research Assistant. Because of her interest in the field of weight management, a co-worker and friend suggested she look into Hilton Head Health, and just two months later, Amber joined the H3 Team as Fitness Specialist.


As Fitness Specialist, Amber’s main responsibilities include health and fitness assessments, fitness classes and lectures, personal training sessions, Health Habit Review sessions and exercise prescriptions. Amber finds that without a question—the best part of her job is the interaction she has with each individual that comes through our doors. “Every day, I get to educate, support and witness our Guests’ journeys to better health and wellness … having the chance to see one accomplish something they never thought that they could is so gratifying for me both personally and professionally.” It must be said that the rewarding feeling between Amber and our Guests is mutual. One Guest recounts, “She wouldn’t take ‘I can’t’ for an answer—and her confidence in me gave me the motivation I needed to continue and succeed”. Whether it’s in a personal training session or a kayak adventure, Amber is sure to pull out the “I can” and “I will” attitude in all.


Amber’s passion and motivation are driven by her positive attitude. She wakes up every morning with the mentality that every day is a new day—and that every day we should try something new. “I challenge our Guests to step outside of their comfort zone, even if just for a minute—and admire what they can accomplish! I firmly believe that if we have faith in our ability and listen to our bodies rather than just our minds, then we can find new fitness activities that we enjoy. And many that we can stick with to become our healthiest and happiest self.”


When she’s not empowering the Guests at H3, you might find Amber walking her dog, practicing yoga, meditating, hiking, skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, gardening, cooking or reading. 



The Newest Craze: CrossFit

Maybe you have heard the talk on the street, or maybe you have seen Adam and Jeff’s training photos on their Facebook pages. Eitherway, CrossFit is the newest fitness trend.  All over the nation CrossFit gyms are exploding and helping athletes of every age and ability improve their overall fitness.


Here at H3, the fitness team is in talks of potentially adding a CrossFit training exucrsion to our weekly schedule. Hilton Head Island’s very own CrossFit Hilton Head just opened and we want to get involved.  Not only to immerse you in with local athletes, but to help broaden your experience in every type of fitness option available. We are excited and eager to share this opportunity with you, if and when it advances.  Until then, sit tight and read below as CrossFit Hilton Head helps to better your understanding of the basics of CrossFit.


CrossFit is…

Fun! CrossFit (CF) workouts are constantly varied.   Rarely will you do the same routine twice.  These workouts are conducted in a group environment and usually timed. 

Safe! Cross Fit is a personal and group training program concentrating on core strength and conditioning. Every CF session is conducted by a certified Coach or Trainer. Think of it like this: you have your own personal trainer all the time and you pay nothing extra.

Effective! Because our workouts are constantly varied and based in functional- i.e. “everyday”- movements, CF helps every one of its clients look better, feel better, be fit, be healthy, have less pain and have more energy!


What do you think?  Would you like to learn more about CrossFit with H3?


Also, check out this YouTube video from Cross Fit Cleveland:



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