Thursday, September 19, 2019

Health and Fitness

Home Health and Fitness

Immersion Pulmonary Edema – What You Need to Know

As the number of divers in their retirement years increases, immersion pulmonary edema (IPE) has begun to move into the focus of dive safety researchers. Also called swimming induced pulmonary edema (SIPE), the condition may occur in young and health swimmers, but the risk increases with age and age-related health changes. While IPE may be fatal, divers who are able to recognize symptoms early and exit the water often have good outcomes, and spontaneous improvements are common. Here’s what you need to know about IPE.

How Cold is Too Cold?

Divers Alert Network Tips Whether you’re using the latest heated undergarments, or warm thoughts and your favorite wetsuit to get in the water this winter, it’s important you understand exactly how cold is too cold. Pushing the limits of yourself and your exposure protection on a blistery winter morning can easily lead to near hypothermic conditions which will affect your...

Depression: More Common and More Manageable Than You Might Think

The WHO estimates that depression affects over 300 million people worldwide, many of whom never seek medical treatment. It probably affects you or someone you know, whether you realize it or not.

Better Diving Through Exercise: Part One

Physical fitness gives you more choices in life. It allows you to enjoy yourself in a wider variety of activities and to perform better in all of them. It improves the diving experience by making it easier to deal with heavy gear, potentially difficult entries or exits, unexpected currents, and the occasional need to assist a fellow diver. If...

Gaining Weight While Losing Meaning over the Holidays

Article by Elizabeth Babcock, LCSW; Photos from Unsplash.com This article is excerpted from the book, “Why We Overeat and How to Stop.” Whether or not you have food issues in general, the holidays are a challenging time of the year. The special foods of holiday celebrations are visually appealing and absolutely...

Skills for Life Reaches out to Pirates to Offer Scuba Experience

Two years into her career as an occupational therapist, Shawn Johnson attended a Skills for Life meeting that changed her life, and she has been changing others ever since. The meeting was sponsored by a prosthetics manufacturer and hosted a doctor and occupational therapist. The focus; people who have lost both hands or arms.

What’s the best sun protection for scuba divers?

Article & Photos By Samantha Whitcraft,Director of Conservation & Outreach, Sea of Change Foundation Shark and Ray Photos courtesy of Aggressor Liveaboards As divers, we often spend hours in the strong tropical sun. And, as such, we want to protect ourselves from any damage that exposure could cause. So, what is the best way...

Balanced Living: Your Life as a Table

It would be wonderful to feel great all the time, but the reality is that we all have bad days. The way to have the fewest of them is to live a balanced lifestyle. Consider a table as a metaphor for your life: The structure is supported by the legs beneath which—in the case of your life—can vary greatly in number and type

Better Diving Through Exercise: Part One

Physical fitness gives you more choices in life. It allows you to enjoy yourself in a wider variety of activities and to perform better in all of them. It improves the diving experience by making it easier to deal with heavy gear, potentially difficult entries or exits, unexpected currents, and the occasional need to assist a fellow diver. If you have the fitness to rise to these demands when they occur, you’ll be safer as well as feeling happier and more confident.

The Surprising Hazards of Sitting Too Much

By now, you’ve certainly heard that most of us don’t exercise enough. There is a specific element of exercising too little, though, which deserves special mention, and that’s the issue of sitting too much. Lack of exercise increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, andvarious cancers, but if you regularly sit for many uninterrupted hours at a time, that risk is increased even further.

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