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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays: The Ultimate Guide for Seniors

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays: The Ultimate Guide for Seniors

No matter how enjoyable the holidays are, there’s no denying that they aren’t great for your health. Between the indulgent food, increased alcohol consumption, lack of exercise and inclement weather, you’re probably inclined to give up on your diet and other healthy habits until January rolls around. But don’t stop fighting the good fight just yet! Seniors can stay healthy during the holidays and enjoy the occasional treat without significant setbacks. If you’re worried about staying healthy during the holidays this year, follow these 20 tips to maintain or start your good habits in between all the indulgences. Stay hydrated. Water helps you feel full faster, cushions your joints, hydrates your skin and offers tons of benefits for your body....

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Understanding Compression Sock Levels: Firm Compression Socks

We continue our deep dive into the five main levels of compression with this guide to firm compression socks. We’ll explain what firm compression does and who should consider wearing firm compression socks. Then, we’ll take a closer look at Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), one of the most common conditions that firm compression socks are used to manage. What does firm compression do? Firm compression falls into the 20-30 mmHg range. (mmHg stands for milligrams of mercury, which is a unit used to describe the range of pressure that different levels of compression provide.) Firm compression is the first compression level that can help to address existing conditions instead of merely preventing them or maintaining already healthy legs. Some conditions...

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Exercising with Lymphedema: Essential Tips, Lymphedema Products and More

Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when one limb or part of the body swells. It may occur spontaneously, but it’s usually triggered by damage to the lymph nodes, surgery, chemotherapy and other medical events. Lymphedema may be chronic or temporary, and it can be mild or severe. While lymphedema cannot be cured, there are many ways to manage the symptoms. Combined with the right lymphedema products and precautions, exercising can help manage lymphedema symptoms. Physical movement causes the muscles to contract, squeezing the lymph and encouraging it to keep circulating instead of pooling in one place. Exercise also strengthens your body, which makes it less vulnerable to injury, infection and other potential lymphedema triggers. However, exercise routines must be...

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Comfy, Cozy and Chic: 6 Stylish Orthopedic Shoes to Wear During the Holidays

Between the cold temperatures and inclement weather, winter is really tough on your feet. It may seem like an impossible quest to find shoes that keep your feet warm, offer the support you need and still look fashionable enough for holiday parties. But don’t give up yet because we’ve done the work for you and rounded up six of the most stylish orthopedic shoes on the market that are perfect for the winter months. 1. Vionic Women's Joy Jolene Ankle Boot Whether you’re shopping for Christmas presents, attending a work party or toasting in the new year with friends, short boots go with every winter occasion. These stylish Vionic ankle boots feature a water-resistant leather upper that comes in both brown...

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Functional Fashion: 6 Tips for Wearing Stylish Compression Socks

Many people don’t think of compression socks as being at the forefront of fashion. However, multiple cutting-edge brands are making stylish compression socks that combine performance with trendy designs. If you want to look fashionable while keeping your health in mind but aren’t sure how to accomplish that, follow these six tips for wearing stylish compression socks: 1. Select bright colors. Of course, plenty of compression socks and stockings come in versatile neutral colors such as black, white, grey and beige. But if you want a more stylish look, these nondescript colors are going to blend into your outfit rather than making a statement. Instead, look for compression garments in solid yet bold colors. For example, the fall collection of...

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