Signs of a Stroke

This  next post is a little different from my usual ones however, I think it is imperative to share.

I am sure we all  know someone that has had a stroke and depending on the severity of it is either going through therapy/rehab or has had therapy/rehab in the past.  Below  are a few signs to note if some one is having a stroke and if so seek medical attention  immediately. This is what I remember from my CPR and First Aid course.

  1. Ask the person to smile. Is one side of their face drooping?
  2.  Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one arm start to lower?
  3. Ask the person to repeat a very simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
  4. Is there numbness or weakness  on one side of the body.
  5. Is he or she confused or having a difficult time understanding?
  6. Is he or she having a sudden painful headache?
  7. Is it difficult to walk?
  8. Is the person feeling dizzy, or is there a loss of balance?

For more information look  to The National Stroke Association website.







Keeping Your Brain Fit



We have all heard about the many benefits of having a regular exercise routine and yes as a fitness professional I “preach” about all the health benefits of exercise.  But we often neglect to mention how important it is to keep our minds active as well.  In fact, 2 new studies suggest that a habit of regular exercise and staying mentally active may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are a few ways to keep our brains healthy and functioning well:  1 Learning a foreign language, which stimulates the areas of the brain that process reading, speaking etc  2. Playing chess, and my personal favorite  Sudoku, ( I have 3 Sudoku books, I cannot get enough) crossword puzzles are also great. 3. Socializing with friends is also a great way to maintain out brain health. 4. Playing memory 5. Learn a new skill  and 6. there are countless books on brain teasers, in fact just walking through Barnes and Noble I saw 10 of these types of books.

These are a just a few ways to keep our brains healthy and if you would like to learn more about Brain Health here are a few online resources you can look into:

Pilates and the Mind Body Connection

10 Ways To Keep Your Mind Sharp

Using the Brain May Ward Off Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association


Stay healthy!!