3 Surprising Benefits Of Exercise

Why do you exercise? To lose weight? Protect your health? Tone your body from head to toe?* Maybe you want to build strength and stamina to play with your kids or grandkids or to continue to enjoy your favourite physical activity, whether that’s hiking, kayaking or golf. Maybe you work out to improve your memory.

Improve memory? Yep. Research shows that exercise strengthens not only your body but your brain. And if that doesn’t blow your mind, we have a few more scientific findings that might.

1. Exercise can help you achieve life balance.
How many times have you heard someone say, I just don’t have time to exercise? Sure, life is busy. Especially now that we have mobile devices that allow anyone and everyone—the office, the kids, the spouse–to contact us anywhere, anytime, day or night. Work intrudes on home life and home interferes with work. So…taking time out of your busy day to exercise is going to help, you ask? The answer is, yes.

Research surveyed 476 working adults and found that those who worked out regularly felt they were more capable of creating balance between home and office. The researchers speculate that because exercise takes you out of those environments, it allows you to psychologically detach from those places and their demands. It gives you some space to refresh and achieve a little mind-body balance. The scientists also point out that working out makes us feel good about ourselves. And when we feel good about ourselves we’re much better at untangling any conundrum.

2. Exercise can slow arthritis and reduces pain.
Don’t let painful joints keep you from your Curves workout. Regular exercise will not only slow the progression of arthritis, it will help ease the pain. Hard to believe, right? If your joints are damaged, why would you subject them to the pressures of exercise? Because you’ll be happier if you do.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in America recommends exercise as “one of the best treatments for osteoarthritis.” By strengthening the muscles that support your joints you’re transferring workload from your joints to your muscles, which not only slows damage but relieves pain. Regular exercise, also helps you manage your weight—fewer pounds less pressure. Finally, daily stretching keeps muscles flexible and maintains good range of motion in you joints.

Talk with your doctor about your plan to work out so that she and you can track your progression and tweak your weekly routine for the best result.

3. Exercise can help improve and restore memory.
Remember this benefit from the beginning of this piece? If not, you might want to go work out. Research has previously shown that aerobic exercise, like running, boosts memory, but a recent study at Georgia Tech found that resistance training, like the Curves circuit, also sharpens recall. Participants in the study were given 90 images to look at and then were divided into two groups: one that performed 50 reps on a leg extension machine and a control group that went through the motions but didn’t exert any effort. Forty-eight hours later, both groups were given 180 images to look at—a mix of 90 new images and the 90 previously viewed photos. The nonexercisers remembered 50 percent of the photos and the exercisers scored 60 percent.

More news about the brain-building power of exercise comes out of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, where, in 2012 researchers put 41 stroke patients on a six-month exercise program that included walking and resistance workouts. At the end of the program, the patients showed improvements in memory, language, thinking, and judgment by almost 50 percent.

Add these rewards to the many reasons that you exercise regularly and post them on your fridge. We guess you won’t miss too many workouts.

5 Tips For Picking The Best Urgent Care Center In Maui

Every year over 2 million visitors from all over the world travel to the beautiful island of Maui for a variety of reasons, from romantic honeymoons to enjoying adventure sports on the land and in the water, to sampling Pacific Rim cuisine and Polynesian culture. Whatever brings you to Maui, visitors do sometimes wind up with minor injuries such as a jellyfish sting, coral scrape, strains and sprains, sunburn, rashes, or an allergic reaction to unfamiliar foods, like mangos. In fact, the Hawaii Health Association noted that between 2008-2012, 30% of all of all injury-related hospitalizations were from visitors to the state. With the average visitor stay in Maui being eight nights, picking the right urgent care center should you become ill or injured can not only help you get the care you need, it can also help you save your vacation. Here are five tips on picking the best urgent care center on Maui.

1. Finding The Right Match

Finding the right place for your medical needs is much like finding the right primary care doctor. Feeling comfortable with your physician is a critical step in choosing the right Maui Urgent Care Center. Before you walk in the door, call and ask if you can speak to an available physician. Ask him or her questions about how they handle medical conditions such as, do they take a more traditional approach, or do they recommend alternative treatment options? Once you feel comfortable with their style of care, you’ll feel more confident that you’re choosing the right medical provider. In addition to the style of care, you should also ask how long your physician has lived in Hawaii. The islands are home to very unique organisms that visitors can find themselves allergic to, including flowers like protea, foods such as poi, and marine life like Potters Angel fish and sea fan coral. These rare flora and fauna only exist here or in just a few remote areas in the world, so visitors are unlikely to have had any previous contact with them. That’s why a local physician who understands what to look for and the right questions to ask is crucial to making the right diagnosis so you can get better faster, and back to enjoying your vacation.

2. Accessibility

Maui, and in particular the east side of the island, has many remote areas that are popular visitor destinations but far from the commercial hubs where most urgent care centers are located. For instance, if you were staying at the Travaasa Hotel in Hana, Maui, and needed to visit your nearest urgent care clinic, you’d have drive 4-5 hours to get there, which would result in you missing an entire day of your vacation in paradise. In many cases finding a Maui-based urgent care center that offers telemedicine visits is the best option for accessing medical care. Having the ability to see your Hawai’i-licensed physician from your computer, tablet, or mobile device can save you time and help you quickly decide whether you need to make a trip into the nearest urgent care center or hospital. In most instances, your doctor can fax or call in a prescription to the nearest pharmacy saving you hours of travel time.

3. Affordability

When searching for the right urgent care center in Maui it’s important to ask about payment and coverage options. Many urgent care centers offer only local insurance including HMA, UHA, HMMA or Kaiser Your Choice coverage that can result in a higher out-of-pocket cost for visitors. Calling and asking about coverage before you show up can save you time and money. No insurance? Don’t worry, most walk-in clinics offer a rate for people without insurance — but you’ll want to know up front what those costs are so you can make the most informed healthcare decision.

4. Ask The Experts

Your hotel or timeshare concierge provides a great place to start your urgent care search. They deal with hundreds of visitors and are very familiar the activities that can result in injuries for the under or unprepared, like ocean dives, surf schools, and day hikes in more rugged areas. Consequently, they have relationships with the closest urgent care centers. As soon as you determine that you need care, make your concierge the first stop on your journey to feeling better.

5. Dig Deeper

Once you have a few walk-in care locations in mind, go online and read about experiences other visitors have had. Check sites like Yelp, Google Places, Facebook and the urgent care centers’ websites for customer testimonials and star ratings. Picking a location that has good reviews and clinic pictures will help reduce your anxiety, make a more informed healthcare decision, and result in a better overall medical care experience.