During this time of year, we are all excited about our favorite football team’s journey to the Super Bowl. While we cheer our teams on, a lot of us may indulge in foods we don’t ordinarily eat. Our challenge to you is to join us as we continue our healthy lifestyle goals.
This challenge will be a fun way to watch the games with friends and burn some calories. Each play that happens on the field will require you to get up and move, rather than sit down, upset, if you lose.
*Play Off Challenge* Before the game starts, everyone has to commit to one team playing. Once each individual has committed to a team, that person has to remain with the selected team for the duration of the game.
Each time your team allows the opposing team to get a first down, you must do three jumping jacks at the same time with everyone that chose your team.
Each time your team allows the other team to score; you and everyone that chose your team must do five pushups.
If your team fumbles the ball, you and everyone that chose your team must run in place for five minutes together.
If your team looses the game, you and everyone that chose your team must run around the house together three times no matter how cold the weather is.
We want to wish you all the best of luck, and may the force be with your team.
At the start of every new year the gym is over capacity…..
Everybody is excited because they have a new year’s resolution to be better, fitter, healthier, and make 2017 their best year yet!
I am excited to share healthy habits, and encourage a fit lifestyle. Yet, what I hate to see happen, towards the end of January, the motivation slowly leaves. The excitement of going to the gym becomes an after thought, and excuses take over.
When speaking with students visiting my office, a common question I often hear is,
“How do I stay motivated”?
Tip 1: Stay Persistent
Find an exercise you enjoy. If you enjoy the activity, you will be more persistent in being successful. Some fun activities include aerobics, yoga, dance classes, biking, running.
Tip 2: Bring a Friend
Associate with people with similar goals. It is important to have an accountability partner in your circle. If you hang out with friends that suggest going to a pizza buffet over spin class, those bad habits will influence you. Find a friend that will become your 2017 accountability partner and motivate each other.
Tip 3: Be Realistic with your Goals
Remember you didn’t gain the Freshman 15 lbs in one week. Allow for slow progress over time. Just because you do not see results within 1 month, you still have 11 more months to come out on top. An estimated healthy weight loss is approximately 1 lb per week. We all have our bad days, just stay focused until next time.
2017 is going to be YOUR Year!!!
Dr. Timothy Quinn, Family Medicine
During this season of the year, there are less hours of sunlight, it is cold, semester grades are coming in, and expectations of family become extra! I know when I was a student at this point all I wanted to do was sleep.
If you are finding yourself having less energy, concentration, happy feelings, and interests in ordinary fun activities, you may have the holiday blues.
During the holidays, a lot of students feel stress and sadness, which is not uncommon.
Ways to fight these less than happy feelings include:
- Exercise- Working out improves your overall feelings of happiness by directing negative energy into something positive, plus you will feel 10x better and look better
- Socializing-Getting out of the house to hang with family or old friends will help you to connect and relive happy moments, *don’t turn down an invite
- Volunteering– Participating in community events such as holiday drives will make you feel better making a powerful contribution to those less fortunate
- Relax-Accepting that you are doing the best you can, and not allowing family expectations to bum you out (meditate)
If your mood is severe, I advise you to seek a medical evaluation by your healthcare provider. It is also important to not hesitate to seek emergency care if you or a love one develops thoughts of harming themselves or others. It is always comforting to have support during the holidays
Enjoy this holiday season, and let’s not forget the reason for the season!
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My Final Exams Are Next Week!
This was the response I got from a new patient after I explained that he would have to be properly evaluated before prescribing stimulants.
He then told me that he didn’t have a lot of time, and would get his medications another way.
On our college campuses, students have a lot of pressure to achieve academic success.
Unfortunately, an estimated 1 out of 6 students are trying to cope by using risky methods such as prescription stimulants. The most known drugs obtained from friends or dealers include Ritalin and Adderall.
Although some students report higher academic success when taking these medications, increased risks of improperly usage include malnutrition, feeling of hostility, paranoia, and cardiovascular complications to include strokes. These drugs must be monitored and prescribed by a medical physician.
I understand finals are stressful, but maintaining your health is important. Do not let an exam grade, force you to harm your body to the point you encounter long-term health issues.
Good luck to everyone taking finals! If you know anyone who is struggling with abusing prescription drugs do not hesitate to forward this link for them to get help.
Dr. Tim Quinn
By Tim Quinn
I have treated ladies in the past that complained of a malodorous discharge only temporarily resolved. In most cases, as I suspected, they admit that their partner was not treated.
While most men, do not show symptoms, they typically serve as carriers that reinfect their partners.
If you are diagnosed, and treated for this STD (Trichomonas vaginalis), it is important that your partner be treated even if he has no symptoms. This will help avoid reinfection if you choose to continue the relationship.
Check with your family physician and go over risks and treatment options.
Remember abstinence is the safest choice.
Dr. Quinn, Family Medicine