Wellness is a difficult word to define. Traditionally wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently wellness has come to describe something that you have personal control over. Wellness is now a word used to describe living the best possible life you can regardless of whether you have a disease or disability. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, but is a combination of things including spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Wellness is seen as a combination of mind, body and spirit. Different people may have different ideas about wellness. There is no single set standard for wellness and wellness is a difficult thing to quantify.
1 AnswerHeidi Skolnik, MS, Sports Medicine, answered
1 AnswerMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
1 AnswerHealthyWomen answeredIf you're middle aged and want to try a new sport, you'll find clubs or classes in many sports through local groups, gyms and specialty facilities such as skating rinks, tennis centers or indoor rock-climbing facilities. While you're taking lessons in your new sport, you also should be working on building your overall flexibility, strength and endurance. You can then incorporate these new skills into the activity.
Choose a new activity that's kind to your body while giving you a good workout. Sports involving jumping, twisting or pounding can be tough on your joints. Consider gentler (but no less satisfying) choices, such as the following:
- deep-water running
- cross-country skiing
- in-line skating
- karate, tai chi, soo bahk do (a Korean martial art)
People with arthritis are encouraged to participate in low-impact activities, such as water aerobics, cycling, yoga or Pilates.
1 AnswerHealthyWomen answeredIf you're middle-aged, it's not too late to try a new sport, whether it's one that was a childhood dream or something that caught your fancy as an adult. People try new sports for a variety of reasons, including finding new ways to be physically active, to challenge themselves or to keep in shape. There may be work-sponsored leagues or activities that employees join for camaraderie or to expand their social circles.
However, doctors stress the importance of wearing sports-appropriate protective gear -- helmets, as well as padded guards for your wrists, knees and elbows. Remember that it takes time to get good at a new sport and that while you're excited, it's crucial to pace yourself and gradually increase your activity to avoid injury. Middle-aged people who are thinking about getting involved in a new sport might consider working with a fitness professional or seeking consultation from a medical professional.
1 AnswerDarria Long Gillespie, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredThere is no evidence that detoxes are necessary at all, and in my cases, they can actually cause harm.
When it comes to your lungs, your body has an amazing system for keeping them clean, including immune cells and tiny protective cells that serve to push toxins back out of your lungs and out of your body.
Of course, that’s assuming you don’t smoke. If you smoke or use any sort of inhaled tobacco, then the #1 way you can detox is to STOP. If you live around anyone who smokes, you absolutely need to reduce your exposure, as breathing secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking yourself.
As far as your liver, again, your body is amazing at doing its own detox -- and the great news is that you don’t need to do anything to help it! Instead of a detox, take 2 weeks and only put healthy things into your body. That means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables -- you can choose organic if you’d like -- and avoiding alcohol, high-fat foods and sodium. Instead of doing anything to get rid of toxins, focus on only putting the good in your body, and your lungs and liver will thank you for it!
1 AnswerCres P. Miranda, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered on behalf of MountainView Hospital
1 AnswerWhile you’re young, you can avoid chronic problems years down the road. Adopting a healthy lifestyle as early as possible includes healthy eating, regular exercise and preventive physicals. It’s important to stay ahead of the game with preventive physical exams and health screenings, depending on your age group.
1 AnswerWorkplaces are starting to understand the negative impact of sitting for too long on workers’ health and are making some changes. For example, some companies are:
- Incorporating stand-up desks
- Expanding areas for walking or exercising
- Allowing more breaks from sitting at workstations
- Consulting ergonomics experts to help employees sit at their computers properly