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.
- Ask the person to smile. Is one side of their face drooping?
- Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one arm start to lower?
- Ask the person to repeat a very simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
- Is there numbness or weakness on one side of the body.
- Is he or she confused or having a difficult time understanding?
- Is he or she having a sudden painful headache?
- Is it difficult to walk?
- Is the person feeling dizzy, or is there a loss of balance?
For more information look to The National Stroke Association website.
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