6 Fun Family Fitness Activities for Summer

Posted by Len Matty on Jul 12, 2016 11:06:32 AM

Physical activity is as important for kids as it is for adults. Here are a few fun activities that the entire family can enjoy together this summer.

1. No Pool Necessary - When the weather heats up, a dip in the pool is a great way to cool down, but if you don't have access to one, don't worry, try out one of these fun games involving water. Play the classic Hot Potato game but this time use a water balloon. Someone is going to get wet! Another one we enjoy only requires a hose and some imagination. Spray the water straight out and play a little Water Hose Limbo. Add some fun music and the whole group will keep moving. 

2. Play Ball - Sure, Baseball is often thought of as a classic summer sport, but if your team wants to get active in a different way, grab any round ball you have and play a family game of Kickball. Even the big kids will get into it. After you've run the bases for awhile, toss a frisbee around and see who has the best backhand, or for the experts among us, maybe even a hammer throw.   

3. Outdoor Gym - Have fun taking turns playing the role of a personal trainer. Get the group outside and try out a few exercises, no equipment needed. When it's your turn, you have one minute to callout the next exercise everyone has to do. Think the group can handle 10 jumping jacks, followed by a set of mountain climbers? Find out.

4. The Classics - Find a spot and rotate through a couple of classic schoolyard games such as Simon Says, What Time Is It Mr. Fox, or setup your finish line and teach the little ones Red Light, Green Light. 

5. Nature Scavenger Hunt - Create a list of easy (or maybe not so easy) items that can be found outside in your yard, or at the park, and see who collects the items first. Maybe it's 2 kinds of leaves, or something round, or an acorn. By mixing it up, everyone has a chance to complete the list in a different way. 

6. Walk, Run, Bike - Exercise comes in many different forms, so think about finding the nearest trail and enjoy a nice walk, or grab your bikes and head out on an adventure. 

We're looking forward to hearing about the ways you are having a healthy, active summer. Tag us on Instagram @EinstenHealth, or find us on  http://www.facebook.com/EinsteinHealth/ 
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Topics: Wellness

Weightlifting: Build Lean Muscle Mass to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 15, 2016 1:35:18 PM

Lifting weights does more than build strong bones. Strength training can also contribute to heart health by building lean muscle mass, which helps to burn extra calories, keep blood sugar in check and improve cholesterol levels.

Strength training, especially for older adults, can also make it easier to perform everyday activities such as lifting a bag of groceries. Resistance exercises are also important for bone health and can help prevent osteoporosis.

Many fitness centers offer low impact strength-training classes. But if you cannot get to a gym and feel uncomfortable working with weights at home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests trying some of the following activities for strength training:

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Topics: Wellness, Fitness

When Hospital Inpatients Can’t Be Home for the Holidays, Einstein Employees Band Together to Bring Them a Bit of Warmth

Posted by Jeff Meade on Dec 15, 2015 11:17:16 AM

So it isn’t brain surgery, as the saying goes, but in its own special way it is incredibly therapeutic.

It’s Adopt-a-Patient, an effort supported by Einstein employees to bring a bit of warmth to inpatients throughout the system—during a  time of year when they’re spending their days in hospital beds instead of spending time at home celebrating the holidays.

And by warmth, we don’t mean just an act of kindness—we mean the real thing.

Every year for the past six years, Adopt-a-Patient, managed by Einstein’s Office of Development, has raised funds to provide inpatients with a special gift. Last year, it was a blanket. In this, the seventh year, patients will receive a variation on that theme—a “Hug-Me” blanket, which is a kind of wraparound blanket with sleeves.

 (Ric G. Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, CNOR, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, shows one off.)

“It’s not just useful inside and outside the hospital,” says Development Associate Fran Gress. “It’s a metaphor for how we want patients to feel inside and out.”

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Topics: Wellness

Here's How Happy Pets Make Healthy People

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 11, 2015 10:00:00 AM

With holiday season upon us, many people are thinking about getting that first family pet. After all, what lights up a child’s eyes more than their first puppy or kitten?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently launched a revised Healthy Pets Healthy People website, caring for a companion animal has many proven health benefits, including reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness. Pets can also increase opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities.

“The bond between animals and humans is part of our evolution, and it’s very powerful,” says Ann Berger, MD, MSN, a physician and researcher at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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Topics: Wellness, Mental Health

Start Some Healthy Holiday Traditions

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Nov 24, 2015 2:15:30 PM

December can be stressful. It often brings extra social and financial obligations. It can cause a breakdown of healthy eating and exercise habits. It can also leave you feeling lonely or depressed. But you and your family can adopt some new traditions that may help ease the season's stress and make your holidays healthy and happy.

Your Physical Health

When the holidays become more than you bargained for, your health can be compromised. And stress can put extra demands on your body. Here are some tips on keeping up your health during the holiday season:

  • Don't do too much. Give yourself some time to relax.
  • Share the workload. Let everyone play an active role. Make the holidays a family affair so you're not burdened with all the work.
  • Set priorities. You can't do everything. Say no to some of the demands on your time.
  • Simplify your life. Be less elaborate this year. Relax your housekeeping and holiday preparations.
  • Continue to exercise. Don't let your regular routine lapse.
  • Eat healthy foods. Limit your consumption of high-fat holiday treats. Serve healthy fare at your family's holiday party.
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Topics: Wellness, Nutrition, Mental Health

Four Reasons Overweight Women Don’t Exercise

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Nov 10, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Being overweight is often an obstacle to starting an exercise program. But it's also a risk factor for heart disease. It's time to overcome your fears and get moving!

Starting an exercise program can be difficult for anyone. But if you are one of the 78 million obese people in the United States, the challenge can be even greater.

In widely cited research, 278 women were enrolled in a yearlong physical activity study. The group included both obese women and those considered normal weight.

The obese women in the study reported greater challenges to being active. And the more barriers they identified at the beginning of the study, the less likely they were to be exercising 12 months later.

Some common reasons overweight women aren’t working out:

  • Fear of failure and injury
  • Self-consciousness
  • Feeling too overweight to exercise or otherwise unhealthy
  • Experiencing minor aches and pains from exercise
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Topics: Wellness, Women's Health

Eat These Six Foods to Boost Your Sports Performance

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jun 18, 2015 12:32:37 PM

Diet can make or break your sports performance. Here's how to start eating like a top athlete today.

Think of your body as a high-end luxury car and your food as the gasoline. Your body is a complex of many moving parts, and your body needs premium “gas” to run most efficiently and effectively.

These six amazing foods will keep your engine running:

Quinoa: Quinoa is a gluten-free grain loaded with complex carbohydrates and protein. This special combination of macronutrients makes it perfect for eating both before and after workouts. In one serving (1/2 cup) of quinoa, you’ll also get about half of your daily magnesium intake, which can help support bone and heart health, making it perfect for athletes.

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Topics: Wellness, Sports Medicine

Tick Tips: Here's How to Safeguard Yourself Against the Tiny Lyme Disease Carriers

Posted by Jill Porter on Jun 17, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Lyme disease is a particular threat in Pennsylvania this year, because disease-bearing ticks have been found in all of the state’s 67 counties. The State Health Department began an awareness campaign last month, called “Don’t Let a Tick Make You Sick.” Robert Fischer, MD, is doubly qualified to talk about Lyme disease: he’s an infectious disease doc at Einstein Healthcare Network and he once had Lyme disease and didn’t know it.

Dr. Fischer woke up one day years ago “feeling like death warmed over,” he said. He had a severe headache, a fever of 102 and ached all over. Dr. Fischer thought he had the flu or a wicked sinus infection, and he missed several days of work at Einstein.

“After five days, I started feeling better so I went to take a shower,” he said. “As I’m toweling off, I see I have bright red blotches all over my body. At that point, I realized I have Lyme disease.”

And no, he didn’t have a red bulls-eye rash, the symptom that’s been cited as evidence of Lyme. “Typically, it’s a big red blotch,” he said, and only one third of the time does the rash appear to be a bulls-eye.

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Topics: Wellness

Choose the Right Shoes for Your Workout

Posted by Jeff Meade on Apr 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

In the market for a new pair of running shoes, tennis shoes, cross trainers or just plain old sneakers?

The right footwear is essential to an active lifestyle and can help to prevent blisters, calluses and foot, ankle or leg injuries.

These tips can keep you a step ahead:

Shop at Specialty Shoe Stores

There are a host of athletic shoes on the market, with special shoes made for walking, aerobics and running, just to name a few.

In each category, there are shoes made for support, control and pronation needs (if your foot rolls inward or outward).

Finding a comfortable shoe that meets your requirements can be tricky, so it’s best to consult an expert at a specialty athletic shoe store.

The shop’s knowledgeable staff can measure your feet, analyze your gait and recommend certain shoes for your needs.

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Topics: Broad Street Run, Wellness

Did You Know 11% of Philadelphians are Affected by Diabetes?

Posted by Peter Crowell on Apr 10, 2015 2:08:26 PM

Einstein Expert Dispels Myths about Diabetes

The National Institutes of Health estimate that diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages — represent ing 8.3% of the U.S. population. Seven million within this group are undiagnosed. In Philadelphia, the number of people with diabetes rises to nearly 11%.

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Topics: Wellness

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