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Fun in the Sun! Summer activities for the whole family.

Summer is here! Take time to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. Here are some healthy activities to get outside and enjoy summer vacation!    Go for a swim When the weather heats up, that's the perfect time to hit the water. Not only is swimming a great way to cool down, it also offers a low impact workout!    Go for a hike Hiking is a great way to enjoy nature. Whether you go out on a short trail at the park or hike through the mountains, walking offers many benefits from improving heart health to strengthening your muscles. Just be sure to keep hydrated!   Go fishing Fishing is a great way to bond with family and friends,...

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Put the Pep Back in Your Step: Effective, At-Home Treatments for Aching Legs

Put the Pep Back in Your Step: Effective, At-Home Treatments for Aching Legs

At one point or another in your life, you’ve probably experienced aching legs. They can be uncomfortable, even painful, and can be caused by a variety of factors. In this post, we’ll break down the three major causes of aching legs — musculoskeletal, vascular, and neurological — and outline the different groups of people who are more likely to experience this issue. Then, we’ll describe eight at-home treatments for aching legs that you can try yourself today. Plus, we’ll briefly explain when you should seek out a doctor for professional help for leg pain if the home remedies don’t bring you relief. What Causes Aching Legs? Just as with pain located anywhere in the body, the potential causes of aching legs...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Flat Shoes For Vionic Shoes

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe the same old status quo isn’t working as well as it should? That was the idea that renowned podiatrist Philip Vasyli had when he invented Vionic shoes. These heat moldable orthotics are a low-cost option that can aid in the treatment of many foot and leg-related ailments, including plantar fasciitis and over-pronation. Providing essential stability to support natural alignment from the ground up, these shoes hug your arches like a natural footprint and provide a better, more practical alternative to flat shoes. Who needs supportive shoes? Well, to put it simply… everyone! Those who commute to work on foot, stand for prolonged periods of time each day, the elderly and those who...

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Baby on Board: 6 Benefits of Maternity Compression Therapy

Pregnancy changes your body in many ways. Carrying a baby for nine months often involves a host of not-so-pleasant side effects, especially when it comes to your legs: spider and varicose veins, achy muscles, blood pooling and lots of swelling. Luckily, maternity compression therapy can help prevent or reduce these effects and make your pregnancy more comfortable for both you and your baby. Read on to discover six reasons why maternity tights can help you remain healthy and happy during your pregnancy. Improved Circulation Pregnancy can negatively impact your circulation on several levels. Hormonal changes make the blood more likely to clot, increasing the chances of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or developing blood clots in the deep veins of the...

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Finding the Right Fit: 5 Reasons to Consider Thigh High Stockings

  Thigh-high compression stockings might seem like a serious commitment, but the taller the stocking, the greater the potential benefits. Your feet and calves aren’t the only parts of your legs that can benefit from compression therapy, and thigh-high stockings make sure your knees, quadriceps and hamstrings aren’t left out. We’ve outlined six reasons to consider wearing thigh-high compression socks, as well as some helpful tips for putting on these taller stockings. Covers the Whole Leg This may seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating; thigh-high compression stockings cover your entire leg. Benefits aren’t localized to just the feet or calves, but span the entire leg. If you have any issues above the knee, such as swelling, a regular compression sock...

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