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More than just annoying: The link between snoring and heart disease

  • Written by BPT

Snoring isn’t pleasant for anyone - not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. But did you know that loud, excessive snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that - if left untreated - can cause you to be five times more likely to die from heart disease?

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3 tips to help anyone with their fitness goals

  • Written by by Jimmy McCurry Jr, CSCS Progressive Performance

1. Drink more water!
Most people do not drink enough water to perform well in the gym. Did you know that dehydration can account for up to a 10 percent decrease in strength? That is pretty significant. Remember all fluids count toward your daily total. So if you are a habitual coffee drinker that all counts as hydration. When you consume caffeine at a higher rate than what is normal for you, that is when you run into diuretic properties. The Mayo Clinic recommends that men drink 13 cups or 3 liters of water a day while women drink 9 cups or 1.9 liters a day. While exercising for short bouts, like your 60-90 minutes at the gym, drink about 2.5 cups of water or 600 milliliters in addition to our daily recommended total. Being properly hydrated help you perform better, recover faster and might even help you stave off those unwanted extra calories.

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Annual event provides free wheelchair ramps to people in need

  • Written by Emily Hamann

For people with limited mobility, just getting around can present a daily struggle. This is especially true if their home has steps leading up to the doors.

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties does an event each year called Rampathon, when builders volunteer their time to build wheelchair ramps for people in need.

The one-day event will happen on May 16 this year. Each team captain is assigned one house, and they show up with their team to build the ramp in one day. At the end of the day, the captains and their teams leave, and people throughout King and Snohomish counties have an easier time getting in and out of their homes.

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Measles: Disneyland case traveled through Sea-Tac Airport to Puget Sound

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

A person with measles traveled to Sea-Tac Airport and visited several public areas in King and Snohomish counties while contagious. Most people in our state are immune to measles, so public risk is low except for people who are not vaccinated. People who haven’t been vaccinated or aren’t sure if they’re immune should ask a health care professional for advice.

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Am I allowed to exercise while pregnant?

  • Written by By Jimmy McCurry, CSCS Progressive Performance

There is a lot of talk about how pregnant women should take it easy before after and during pregnancy. Some professionals even advocate bed rest and very minimal levels of activity. I want to start off by saying that I am not a medical professional but I am a strength coach. That being said, I have changed many clients’ workout programs around their pregnancy to allow for them to continue to train hard, make gains and get results. Clients have experienced a quicker recovery time post pregnancy and were able to get back to pre-pregnancy weight faster because they kept exercising throughout their pregnancy. This is not to say you can just go wild. There are some stipulations during the second and third trimester that should be considered and some specific exercises that will help you along the way.
Your body goes through certain hormonal changes while pregnant. One of these changes is the release of extra relaxin and oxytocin. The increase in joint laxity from these hormones is something to consider during the the second trimester. The modifications that should be made to your program are to change to positions of more stability, namely the squat to the lunge. The lunge or split leg squat provides the body with more stability so the expectant mother is less likely to end up sustaining lower body injury; keep in mind stability of the pelvis and core musculature is paramount for this exercise to be effective.

The next stipulation is eliminating supine exercises from the program. Supine exercises (on your back) can cause blood pressure changes. Decreases in blood pressure can make the mother become lightheaded and faint. Overhead movements can also cause blood pressure to get too high; however, overhead movements should be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Load stipulations should be considered starting in the middle of the second trimester; these considerations are also for blood pressure control. It has also been shown that vigorous exercise can cause growth restriction of the uterus. Switching to a higher rep scheme sticking more to the 8-12 rep range and rarely working to failure, if at all, is advised starting in the second trimester.

Control of the abdominal musculature is important during this process. A few core exercises should be included in your program to help keep everything in check and avoid back pain during the process. The birddog, the shelf lift and some prone breathing strategies, as well as planking and single-sided carries, are great ways to train while expecting. For an extended article describing each exercise in depth visit Progressiveperformance.com and check out our blog.