Shed Winter Blues and Pounds with Tips from Providence

April 04, 2012
Soon temperatures will be more inviting for outdoor activities, which will help reboot New Year’s commitments to losing weight. Experts say even a 10-minute brisk walk is great for your health. Start slowly and create a routine that works for your fitness level and schedule. Imagine the rewards you’ll feel when summer rolls around!

Lawn care? Beware of the dangers\Gardening is a great way to get physical activity; it can burn as many as 250 to 350 calories an hour! But without the proper safety steps, it can also result in injuries. Each year, according to ConsumerWatch.com, more than 80,000 gardeners nationwide go to emergency rooms because of injuries relating to lawn mowers. Providence doctors offer the following safety tips: dress appropriately for the task; make sure that safety devices on the equipment are in place and functioning properly before starting work; and never let a child ride or operate a garden tractor or riding mower, even if the child is supervised. B

Be prepaired for allergy season
Seasonal allergies can spoil spring days. Stay ahead of the symptoms by making sure you have the appropriate medication on-hand. Good news this year is that more allergy medications have been approved for over-the-counter usage. Be sure to check with your doctor about which medications are best for your symptoms.

Change your pillows
Do you know that after five years up to 10 percent of a pillow’s weight is allergy- or asthma-provoking bacteria, pollen, mold and dust mites? Take precautions by using protective covers that seal out allergens and wash pillowcases weekly in hot water. Experts recommend replacing pillows every three to five years.