Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you miserable.
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.
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?
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.