Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's a new year for wellness

2010 ended with snow and it looks like we are headed into more snow.  Snow can be disruptive.  It is more difficult getting around.  There are cancellations in business and school.  However, fresh snow can be exciting.  First, you may need to shovel the driveway. Be careful!!!  If you need to shovel, breath. Don't hold your breath while shoveling! When one holds their breath while lifting, it is called the Valsalva Maneuver.  This will increase your blood pressure, cause dizziness, fainting, decreased blood flow to the heart, and even stroke.  If you have heart disease, high blood pressue, had a stroke in the past, live a sedentary life, or smoke, hire someone to shovel for you. If you plan on shoveling as I did in December, dress warmly in layers, warm up your muscles beforehand, bend your knees to lift (not from your back), go slowly and take breaks.  If you feel any pain, stop. 

Once you can get out of your house or apartment, it is time to enjoy the snow. Go for a walk, cross country ski, go sledding. Enjoy the peacefulness of the fresh white powder.

A foot of snow is expected for tomorrow in New York City.  If that happens, I am ready to cross country ski in Central Park.  I hope to see you there.

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