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Hand over the chocolate and Use these 9 Tips from Dr. Pamela Peeke

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Hand over the Chocolate and No One gets Hurts was the second of two lectures presented by Dr. Pamela Peeke, our Indigo Spa‘s April InSPArational Speaker, during her recent stay at Hilton Head Health. Because of how much our Guests enjoyed Dr. Peeke’s visit, we wanted to share some of her nuggets of inspiration.

Take on a mindset of gratitude and take time to recreate a new normal for yourself:

1. Be careful when you use the word just, know that it means a justification will follow. Don’t fall into the trap. (I won’t work out just for tonight. I’ll eat un-healthfully just this one time.)

2. Beware of what people say about you, that’s their story for you NOT your story for you. When you own your story, you can control your story and not be controlled by what others say about you.

3. There’s nothing wrong with a little obsessiveness. Use your obsessiveness to stay accountable to yourself. But don’t go overboard. Sometimes, you will need to give yourself some slack.

4. Every lifestyle choice you make matters. Always be crystal-clear with yourself as to why you’re doing what you’re doing.  Your ‘why’ should be powerful and personal to you.

Use Dr. Pam’s version of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sublimely Simply) when dealing with how much you eat and what you eat:

5. Think about what works for you. You need to know what does work for you, in order to know what doesn’t. A trick to help you figure out what works is to ask yourself two questions before you eat. Honestly answering these questions will help you identify your binge-ables and encourage clear-minded, conscious decisions towards your food choices.

  • Will I feel a loss of control when I eat this?
  • Will I feel shame, blame or guilt after I eat this?

6. The older you are the less food you need to eat. If you’re older, eat strategically with low fat and high fiber. Now, it does mean you need to plan this but it will make things so much easier. (Easy meal planning tips right here.)

7. Eat more mindfully. Go slower and take time to savor your food. Enjoy every bite.

Remember these basic building blocks to harness your own success:

8. To be a success, you must have a good sense of humor. Period.

9. Release any feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and defeat. Instead remind yourself of these iconic words: “Believe. Acheive. Succeed.” – Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo Jo), Olympic track and field champion.

What is your biggest barrier to acheiving your new happier, healthier lifestyle?

 

8 Healthy Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is May 10!  It’s the perfect day to honor all the women in your life – whether it’s your mom, grandmother, wife, aunt, sister, or a friend. What better way to show your appreciation and gratitude than one of these creative, healthy gifts? Many have conservative price points, so you don’t have to break the bank to find a great health-conscious gift. You might even want to treat yourself to one!

  1. Babycakes:  Erin McKenna is the chef and owner of Babycakes, NYC. She specializes in vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and food sensitivity treats .  Her bakery items are magical and her cookbooks are beautifully designed to help you make substitutions and health-conscious improvements that take traditional recipes to a healthy level.  (List Price: $24.00)
  2. Fabletics Active WearFabletics is a line of active wear and accessories co-founded by actress Kate Hudson.  You can find high quality choices for Yoga, running, gym and cycling clothing. (Complete outfits starting as low as $24.99.)
  3. Personalize a Home-Cooked MealNothing says love like spending time together!  Select some of our H3 Healthy Kitchen healthy recipes to prepare a nutritious, home cooked meal for mom and the entire family.  Make sure you get a shopping list together and have all the right ingredients so all mom has to do is sit, relax and enjoy!
  4. Ninja Kitchen Systems Pulse Blender:  This small kitchen appliance goes beyond smoothies and protein drinks.  With 550-watts of power you can crush ice, puree fruits and vegetables and knead bread dough.  Single serve blending cups, processing bowl and attachments are included. (List Price: $79.99)
  5. Under Armour “Gotta Have It” ToteThe perfect bag to meet all your gym needs.  Interior and exterior pockets, large main compartment, padded laptop divider and removable laundry bag are just a few it’s many features.  Available in a variety of awesome colors!  (List price: $69.99)
  6.  Mio Workout Wonder Muscle Gel:  This invigorating muscle cream is great for pre or post workout and really helps to speed up the recovery of your muscles.  It contains arnica, magnesium, horse chestnut, murumuru butter and fresh spearmint.  (List price: $33.00)
  7. Vosges Haut Super Dark Chocolate Bars:  Dark chocolate is a super food in its own right with a whole list of health benefits.  For those moments that call for a sweet, but healthy, indulgence check out this gourmet line of products that combine other super foods with dark chocolate.  Coconut Ash and Banana, Acai and Golden Berry, Guajillo and Chipotle, Matcha Green Tea and Spirulina, Reishi Mushroom and Walnut are a few of your options.  (List price: $7.50)
  8. For an extra special treat, pamper her with a relaxing and transformative trip to The Indigo Spa at Hilton Head Health with our Special Spa Day Package.  She can rejuvenate with a 50-minute Coneflower Facial and a 50-minute Custom Massage.

Give her the gift of wellness this Mother’s Day!

 

 

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Diet

For those who read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, came a better understanding that the absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and the inattention to results are five separate issues that potentially lead to dangerous pitfalls inside a company. Working on these particular dysfunctions can create a successful group of people cohesively working together towards a vision. For example, if trust isn’t present within a group then individuals will only look out for themselves versus what’s best for the team.  (If you haven’t read the book then I would highly recommend it.)  Anyways, I’m going to take this same concept but apply it to the diet world of today.  I’m sure there could be more than five essential pieces to the diet puzzle; but without these five components, expect a part of your diet to be slightly dysfunctional:

 

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  1. ABSENCE OF PLANTS.  I’m not saying for everyone to turn towards a vegan lifestyle, but without enough vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds then one will likely miss out on essential micronutrients, antioxidants, hydration and fiber.  According to a 2009 Position Paper by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, those that are more vegetarian tend to have a lower BMI, lower risk of cardiovascular disease, lower rates of cancer, and better prevention of Type II Diabetes.  Of course, one still needs to consume enough protein and essential fatty acids; but if plants aren’t a focal point, accept feeling sluggish, gastrointestinal irregularity, poor fitness recovery and higher susceptibility for catching an illness.
  2. LACK OF VARIETY.  Want to eat the same thing every day because it works?  More and more research supports that consuming large amounts of added sugar, on a consistent basis, can be addictive.  Our dopamine – a feel good hormone – tends to level off and one will need more sugar in order to get the same “feel good” response.  Studies show this same response happens if we eat the same foods day after day.  This explains the boredom we get from grilled chicken or steamed broccoli.  Time to jazz things up!  Incorporate different textures, spices, herbs and new foods into your weekly meal plan.  In order to keep the cooking motivation at a high, try to get as much variety into  your day without feeling overwhelmed.
  3. MISPERCEPTION OF PORTIONS.  I could have used the word quantity, instead I chose portion control because there are some foods (e.g., spinach) that we can use in large amounts while others can give us what we need in smaller portions (e.g., eggs).  To put this into perspective, one doesn’t need to drown their sauté pan with olive oil, but I’d highly recommend throwing in as many bell peppers as you wish.  It makes sense to load up on salad greens, but use cheese as a flavor enhancer—not the star of the show.  Of course some things must be individualized so consider that when thinking of what works for you and your personal needs (e.g., someone receiving chemotherapy treatment will need more protein compared to someone that isn’t experiencing as much stress on their system).
  4. AVOIDANCE OF WATER, COFFEE AND TEA.  Keep it simple.  Lots of water.  Unsweetened coffee—I would avoid going over three cups of coffee per day.  Unsweetened tea.
  5. INATTENTION TO QUALITY.  Quality foods make a difference.  I’m sure some of you can tell the difference when produce is purchased from a local farmer’s market.  It smells better, tastes better and is better for you.  A few ways to keep quality as high as possible:  choose more local (within 100 miles), aim for seasonal foods and do your research—just because something is labeled “Organic” doesn’t mean it is a wise decision.

When these dysfunctions are changed or modified in a positive direction, one will notice their healthy goals become healthy realities.  It is all about behavior change.  Perhaps the fitness becomes easier and the motivation to move is greater.  Perhaps the scale moves in a downward direction because portion control was improved.  Whatever changes need to happen, take a helicopter view of your eating habits; ask yourself if there is a dysfunction within your diet.  If I had to pick one dysfunction to start changing, I would choose “Misperception of Portions.”   Most of us could choose at a food that needs a little adjustment.  Start there and have fun with the process!

What nutrition topics would you like to read about next from Hilton Head Health?

 

The “Spring into Your Step” Workout by Chris Varano

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it’s time to take your workout outdoors! Join Fitness Coach, Chris Varano for a fun workout that will definitely put some spring back into your step and get you out of those winter blues.

Lower Body Moves:

1. Stair Step Ups

2. Calf Raises

3. Side Squats

Upper Body Move:

4. Push Ups

Check out the video to see each move in motion!

 

The Secret to Everyday Happiness

The Secret to Happiness

In honor of the International Day of Happiness, I thought I would share my much coveted secret to happiness. You see, I am undoubtedly one of the happiest people I know. The only possible exception is my Hilton Head Health trainer, David Chesworth. He may match my happiness but his propensity to exceed it is just dysfunctional if you ask me.

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It may sound rather braggadocios in declaring my superior happiness but the great thing about being happy is that you don’t let naysayers steal your happiness with jealousy or judgments. Happiness is a gift that should be protected with fierce conviction. It is a virtual force-field that shields you from the dark-side – the happiness thieves.

A much dismissed fact about happiness is that it’s a choice. Hearing that syrupy saying, “See the glass as half full instead of half empty” can cause an involuntary twitch. However, the deeper meaning behind that trite adage is that happiness is almost always an option. Most moments and life events give us an opportunity to choose a perspective that leads to happiness and optimism. Let’s test this theory. When you wake up this Friday make the decision to BE happy. Set your sights on happiness. Later that day take a moment to reflect on your success. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that at day’s end you will still be happy.

Inherent in most decisions we make is the end-goal of more happiness. We choose a certain job because we think it will make us happy. We choose a home or hometown because we think living there will make us happy. We choose a companion because we believe being with them will make us happy. We exercise and eat nutritiously because we believe doing so will lead to being healthier, and well, happier. In other words, we put a great deal of work into securing our happiness. We invest a lot of our time, money and effort in the pursuit of happiness. Want to know a secret? I’ve discovered a great short cut.

I’ve discovered a back-road, or alleyway, that gets you to happiness lickety-split. It takes hardly any time, costs nothing, and is super easy. My secret to cost-effective, effortless happiness is gratitude. Not just normal, run-of-the-mill gratitude but rather purposeful, decisive cultivation of gratitude. Gratitude is the force behind the happiness force field.

Some might say that happiness and gratitude are inseparable. Although there is truth in that conclusion, there are times when happiness feels illusive. Gratitude, on the other hand, is always available to you. All we have to do is look inward, recalling some of our most joyful memories. Acknowledging the people that have brought great love and learning to our life. All we have to do is take a single moment to reflect on some of our many blessings, most of which we take for granted.

Happiness doesn’t really have to be achieved. It just needs to be relived and we do that by counting our blessings. Our blessings are abundant…fresh fruit, clean drinking water, community, a puppy kiss, fragrant breezes, belly laughs, a helpful friend, a good night sleep and the list goes on and on.

The secret to my happiness can be summarized in one sentence: Happiness is a choice that begins by cultivating gratitude. When we experience gratitude happiness rises to the surface of our hearts and in that moment we are abundant.

 

What Does it Take to Make Your Skin Fit & Firm?

by Celeste Hilling, Health & Beauty Expert and CEO of Skin Authority 
 

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With the amazing programming at Hilton Head Health encouraging you to live well and lose well, the theme of  “transformation continues” in The Indigo spa where the Skin Authority team has designed the Fit & Firm facial series to focus on helping you achieve your full skin health potential. Most importantly, it is about designing a simple daily product routine which fits your unique needs and home lifestyle. Just as a commitment to a daily workout routine and nutrition choices can transform your body, a commitment to the daily skin health product routine can transform your skin. Each Fit and Firm facial incorporates three key areas of focus: skin cardio, strength training and topical nutrition.

  • Skin Cardio speeds up cell turnover so dry, damaged or discolored cells are revolving off while plump, moist, new cells are being brought to the surface for a clear, healthy glow.
  • Strength training combines the power of specialized proteins and Vitamin D to build a stronger support structure for the skin. This step encourages the development of collagen and elastin which are nature’s fillers for a lifted, firm appearance and line reduction.
  • Finally, your daily dose of topical nutrition is applied. Just as balanced nutrition is important to boosting your immune health, topical antioxidants are important to protect and nurture the new, fit cells we are producing daily. Less than 1% of the nutrition we ingest ever makes it way to the skin, so it is critical to give the skin its daily dose topically!

The transformation is visible immediately as your skin feels tighter, firmer and smooth to the touch. Your coach will assemble an easy-to-follow home product routine which will keep the results going between treatments. Some fun facts to keep in mind for a healthy skin lifestyle:

  1. Simplify – Having a problem sticking to a routine? Consistency is key. Simplify to no more than three to four steps in the morning and at night. In the morning, you need a mild gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C and a sunscreen moisturizer. Before going to bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols in addition to restorative peptides.
  2. Shop smarter – Shop for skin care the way you shop for food, by looking at the cost per ounce. Cheaper is not always what it appears. A product may be priced at $19.99, but it is .2 of an ounce, so the actual cost is $100 per ounce. For $100, you should be receiving professional grade results! Instead, invest in complimentary consultations with licensed experts, like those found at The Indigo Spa to select products ideal for your concerns with professional-grade ingredients.
  3. Concentrate on Concentrations – Take a look at the active ingredients and ensure that any treatment product has a pH below four. The human skin ranges from 4.5-5.5 pH. A product should be below the pH level of the skin for maximum penetration. Otherwise, you might as well be using water!

 

6 Benefits of Strength Training

If you’ve never thought about adding strength training to your fitness regimen before, these 6 benefits might make you change your mind. No matter what age you are, male or female, we recommend strength training along with cardio exercises to help get you the best results from your weekly workouts.

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Why Should I Strength Train?

1)     Increases metabolism

Unlike cardiovascular training, weight training allows you to burn calories even after you’ve finished your workout.  Many studies show that the metabolism can stay elevated up to 39 hours post-workout.  Additionally, it has been discovered that each pound of muscle burns 6 calories at rest, as compared to only 2 calories at rest burned by each pound of fat.  Therefore, as you continue to strength train regularly and begin gaining muscle mass, your caloric burn at rest will also increase, thus fueling your weight loss goals even more!

2)     Increases bone density

As our bodies age, our bone density levels begin to decrease, making us more susceptible to osteoporosis, arthritis, posture problems, or even just injuries through everyday activities.  However, weight bearing exercises can counter these aging effects by helping to increase our bone density – making our bodies stronger and more resilient.

3)     Improves balance and stability

As you increase the strength that your body has, particularly in terms of core strength, your sense of balance and stability will improve greatly.  This will not only allow you to expand the variety of exercises you can perform in a gym setting, but it will also allows you to move more efficiently and safely in everyday activities that require these skills, therefore making you less likely to get injured.

4)     Improves the longevity of vital organs

The lungs are greatly benefited by strength training, as this activity helps us improve our lung capacity and the efficiency of which we take in and expel air.  Let’s not forget the most important muscle in the body beyond the ones we train in the gym – our heart!  As the muscles in our arms, legs, and abdomen get stronger with strength training, so does our heart.  As you get more fit through strength training, your resting heart rate will begin to decrease to a much slower rate.  This is a direct reflection of the heart beginning to pump blood more efficiently by conserving its energy since it does not need to work as hard to maintain a fit individual’s body functions.  The other benefit to a healthier, more efficient heart is decreased blood pressure.  This means that opting to strength train is especially beneficial for people who suffer from hypertension, or who are simply prone to high blood pressure, or who have a family history of high blood pressure and are more at risk.

5)     Turns back the clock 

Well, ok, maybe not entirely.  But strength training is absolutely vital at any age to keep us as young in both body and mind as possible.  For instance, individuals in their teens, 20’s, and even early 30’s can use strength training as an early defense against the onset of various physical conditions, such as: arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease.  They also can use strength training at an early age to supercharge their metabolism to keep their body in the state of maintaining fitness as they age.  For individuals in their late 30’s and early to mid 40’s, strength training serves as a preventative measure against loss of muscle mass and bone density.

In fact, it is said that the average person will lose about 1/3 of a pound of muscle per year after age 30, and will gain the equivalent amount in fat. 

Therefore, at this age people can keep their bodies younger longer by incorporating strength training, which will reduce the transfer of muscle to fat.  Finally, after the age of 50, strength training can help you turn back the clock by giving you better posture, making you more limber, more agile, and look leaner.  Strength training at any age helps to protect against injury, but at an older age strength training becomes more critical to keep an individual safe in their everyday activities. This allows them to stay independent longer and enjoy a more active lifestyle until a much later age than an inactive individual would.

6)     Improves your quality of life

This is perhaps the most important reason of all to consider adding strength training to your routine.  When we have muscular strength and endurance, our bodies become stronger, leaner, and healthier; our movements become more efficient, and our posture/body awareness improve vastly.  With all of this, it becomes much easier to perform basic everyday movements like: getting in and out of our cars, climbing stairs, carrying heavy groceries, lifting objects overhead, and turning around without sustaining injury!  Simply stated, strength training regularly can result in a much longer, more active and enjoyable life.

 

Colon Cancer Awareness Workout by John Lippett

Dress in Blue Day

Today, we’re working out in blue to promote Colon Cancer Awareness. Colon cancer is cancer of the large instestine or colon, located in the lower region of your digestive system. Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., according to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Ninety percent of new cases happen in people age 50 or older. But older age is only one of the risk factors for colon cancer.

What are other colon cancer risk factors?

Most of the factors we’ve listed are preventable, especially a sedentary lifestyle. If you’ve been to Hilton Head Health, you know we encourage our Guests and staff to get up and get moving. So to help you decrease your risk for colon cancer, we want to get you moving with this awesome workout. Check it out:

Workout recap:

  • Man makers
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Jack-Knives
  • Bridge

Perform 30 seconds each exercise with 2 minutes of cardio after the 1st round. In total, complete 3-5 rounds for a rewarding workout.

Stay happy and healthy!

 

How to Pack Your Own Lunch, Like a Champ

At 5 am my alarm goes off. Up and at it I go. Goal one: Put in my contacts. Goal two: Grab all of my belongings for the day and head to my 6 am workout. I have definitely forgotten my fair share of essential items for the day (e.g., you can ask a few of Hilton Head Health’s employees, ha); but one thing I will never forget is my packed lunch. I always bring my lunch box/cooler filled with breakfast, lunch and a few ice packs. After my workout, I have my breakfast within the hour post-training. I wish I could do a hot breakfast every now and then, but I save those for weekends. My two typical breakfast options:

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  • ¾ cup 1-2% cottage cheese or Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup fresh berries (whatever is on sale)
  • ¼ cup nuts (cashews, pecans, or almonds)
  • 2-3 T. toasted oats or low sugar granola
  • 1 cup cooked cereal (oats or buckwheat) or ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup mango + ¼ cup blueberries
  • 2 T. homemade nut butter (almond or cashew)

Meal Planning Tip:  I portion out 3-4 breakfasts on Sunday.  Grab & Go daily.

 

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My work day begins and soon enough it is 12 or 12:30 pm and I am ready for some lunch. I typically take a thermal walk after lunch or get in a walk before I eat to clear my head. Chef Karla Williams and Chef Carrie know the drill…I take my cooler to the Healthy Kitchen and I typically sit in one of my favorite H3 rooms while they are prepping for an event.  It is like my own personal demo while I reheat my lunch. I am thankful I prepared most of my lunches on Sunday, just like breakfast. I can’t imagine hitting the 12:00 hour five days a week and not knowing what I was doing for my food.  It is too important for me to forget.  No one “forgets” to eat…it simply isn’t a priority in that person’s life at the moment. Below are a few lunches that are easy to meal prep on Sunday while tasting delicious a few days later. I usually repeat these lunch items a few days in a row for meal prepping purposes and will most likely switch things up once or twice during my Monday through Friday.

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  • ½ cup cooked whole grain (rice, farro, etc.)
  • ¾ cup cooked roasted eggplant and onions
  • 4-5 oz. coconut slow cooker pulled chicken
  • ¾ cup roasted sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts
  • 4-5 oz. herb grilled pork tenderloin
  • ½ cooked cilantro brown rice
  • 1 cup stir-fried peppers and onions (seasoned)
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • 3 oz. grilled chicken
  • 3-5 cups spinach
  • ¼ cup blueberries, cherry tomatoes, avocado
  • 2 T. sunflower seeds
  • 4 oz. Salmon (from night before)
  • 2 T. homemade dressing

To some, these lunches may appear more like traditional dinners; however, it is essential to have a balanced and satisfying mid-day meal. These meals carry me through most of my afternoon and I know I have done everything possible to set myself up for success. Put in the effort to create a lunch that you enjoy and I promise everyone will start coming to you for daily lunch inspiration. icon wink How to Pack Your Own Lunch, Like a Champ

 

The Beginners Guide to Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy – What is it?

Hydrotherapy involves the use of various properties of water to promote physical and mental therapeutic effects.  Done primarily in warmer water (ideally in temperatures ranging from 93-98 degrees), the temperature combined with water properties is intended to allow neural and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, as well as enhanced flexibility, balance, and coordination, which can easily be transferred to land-based exercise.

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Benefits of Hydrotherapy:

  1. Increase in efficiency of total body circulation and decreases in swelling, particularly of distal joints (less issues with extremities, such as in osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis)
  2. Softens and relaxes the body, which promotes pain relief
  3. Reduces tendency for muscle spasms
  4. Increases range of motion through the joints (allows them to work through fluid movements, as opposed to jerky or abrupt and uncontrolled movements as tend to happen on land)
  5. Muscular strength and endurance
  6. Improved balance and coordination, particularly beneficial for the active older adult (as falls lead to so many serious or even potentially fatal injuries)
  7. Re-education of damaged or paralyzed muscles (as in after surgeries and/or joint replacements)
  8. Found to improve conditions such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological afflictions

Properties of Water that Promote Safety/Effectiveness:

  • Buoyancy: lessened effects of gravity means less impact on the joints, particularly the knees, hips, and spine (axial load) which makes many land-based exercises doable for those who can only exercise in water. Buoyancy also allows for more reaction time so that some exercises which are difficult to do on land because they require fast actions are more doable in the water (i.e. jumping motions, lifting the legs, or even performing some stretches where it can be difficult to maintain the balance and coordination)
  • Viscosity: provides natural resistance through gentle friction against the body (about 15x more in water than on land) which conditions and strengthens the body and repairs injuries
  • Hydrostatic Pressure:  keep heart rate slightly lower than it would be on land proportionate to the work output, which means you can exert more effort without feeling as winded as quickly – this property also lends itself to improve heart and lung function.

Contraindications:

  • Prominent inflammation (clearly visible, redness and heat are present)
  • Fever (previously heightened core temperature is not advised for hydrotherapy)
  • Heart disease/hypertension/vascular conditions (increased blood flow and/or circulation is not advised for these populations)
  • Cancer
  • Hemorrhages/infections/open wounds
  • Osteoporosis – This population is not necessarily a contraindication as they DO benefit from hydrotherapy, however they also do need true weight-bearing training in order to improve bone density and reduce risk of fracturing or breaking a bone.

Customization of Intensity:

  • Hydrotherapy can be approached as simplistically as floating in the water to benefit from increased temperature and relaxation properties.
  • Intensify your experience with some static and dynamic stretching in the water.
  • Intensify further with some dynamic movement including squats, lunges, kicks from the wall, water walking or even light jogging and other aerobics movements.
  • Increase speed, duration and range of motion as other methods of intensifying the work or increase turbulence in the water to challenge balance and stability.
  • Add objects such as floatation devices or water weights to enhance resistance and increase surface area.

Hydrotherapy Exercises:

  1. Standing lunge stretch (shallower water if possible)
  2. Standing calf stretch
  3. Standing hip flexor stretch
  4. Quad stretch (one hand against wall)
  5. “Floating” full body stretch (both hands on wall, outstretched and core musculature engaged)
  6. Knee-to-chest exercise (one hand on wall, leg outstretched to front, draw knee in and extend)
  7. Leg raise exercise (one hand on wall, leg outstretched to front, pulse leg up and down)
  8. Reverse leg raise exercise (one hand on wall, leg outstretched behind, pulse leg up and down)
  9. Pool walking exercise (versions include arms out, arms to front, feet directly in front of one another, calf raise, backwards walking, arm circles, forward kicks, hamstring curls, breaststroke arms, etc.)
  10. Quadruped floating exercise (lying supine with engaged core, paddle arms and feet simultaneously)
  11. Floating char exercise (seated in chair position with levitated legs, use arms to keep balance)
  12. Any other low impact aerobic move you enjoy!

 

 

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