Be safe on ladders while taking down your holiday lighting.
If you’re working anywhere near powerlines, use a wooden or fiberglass ladder. Touching a metal ladder to a powerline or having one arc over onto a ladder you are standing on may send you to the emergency
As tempting as it may be to end your holidays next to a warm, inviting fire, don’t assume that your chimney is clean because it hasn’t been used since last Christmas.
Make sure the flu opens and shuts properly. A closed flu or one that slips closed will fill your house with smoke. Even small amount of chimney buildup can allow carbon monoxide to enter the house.
Keep a good carbon monoxide detector close to the fireplace. Better an obnoxious alarm sounds than not if there is carbon monoxide in the air.
If everyone feels sleepy suddenly, or gets a headache get everyone out of doors immediately and call 911.
It may not be the best idea to act as your own chimney sweep. Hire someone who is comfortable around roofs, ladders and chimneys.
Get Some Fresh Air. Research indicates that a boost in Vitamin D from the sunlight may increase your levels of seratonin, giving you a more relaxed feeling. And deep breathing increases oxygen in your tissues which is always helpful.
Try Not to Alter Your Sleep Schedule. Even if you have to cook, and clean and shop, get to bed on time. A lack of sleep can increase your stress levels.
Get Some Exercise. Exercise will help you maintain your energy and your sleep cycle. This isn’t the time for an entirely new exercise regime, just do something fun 20-30 minutes per day.
Come In for a Good Neuromuscular Massage. Nothing can relieve muscle tension and stress the way good body work can.
There’s nothing worse than spoiling your holiday season with a trip to the emergency room. Here are a few tips for staying safe during the holidays.
Most of all, have a happy holiday season with family and friends. The ER won’t mind, if you don’t need them.
With the stress of the holidays coming up, do something nice for yourself and come in for a neuromuscular massage.
There are some people who are profoundly affected by the lack of sunlight in the winter months and those people need to talk to their physicians about using light therapy to help with the symptoms of SAD. Most of us, however, just get a bit of the winter blues that sound in our heads a little like, “it’s too cold to get out and exercise, so I just won’t.” Challenge your own thinking to get in some fun indoor exercise which will help beat back the winter blues. #MarktheSpotMassage
1. Get Outside. It’s hard not to do something physical once you’re out of doors.
2. Set a challenge. Even if you can’t get to your regular workout every day while traveling and visiting, can you do something each and every day?
3. Use Feet-First Sightseeing. If you’re traveling, get to know a neighborhood by walking around and exploring it.
4. Partner up. Partner up with someone you’re traveling with to make sure you both get in a workout.
5. Sign up for a race. Sign up for a race sometime after the holidays so you’re motivated to stay in shape during the holidays.
6. If the weather is terrible, look for a workout station, YouTube video or DVD.Try something entirely new, you may enjoy it.
7. Treat yourself to something new. Give yourself a new piece of workout clothing or workout gear, then use it during the holidays.
8. Start a family tradition. Establish some type of activity that the whole family can participate in and make it an annual event.
9. Do something you enjoyed doing in your childhood–sledding, a snowball fight, or ice skating. All of these can get your muscles moving and your heart pumping.
10. Find a great deal. Many gyms offer special deals during the holidays. Join up or take advantage of a free personal consultation about your fitness goals.
11. Dance! If a holiday party has good music, get up and dance!
12. Cruise the mall. Before you begin shopping in earnest, take a full lap of the mall.
About one third of all skiing and snowboarding injuries involve the ligaments in the knee with the ACL being the most common ligament affected. Fortunately, improvements to boots and bindings are cutting down on the number of fractures, but any sudden twist while you’re in a binding can result in a knee ligament injury.
The best thing you can do to prevent knee injuries is to be cautious of sharp turns, to build up your quad muscles to handle the stress, and wear a knee brace while skiing or snowboarding.
Massage can greatly reduce the time to recovery in a knee injury, and can help you regain mobility quickly.