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Remain Efficiently Mobile While Using Crutches

That fractured portion of the leg is reset to the normal position by a orthopedic surgeon. Some injuries require the bone to be reset multiple times because the structure heals improperly. After surgery, the area where the bone was inured will be wrapped in a cast and allowed to harden.

The cast helps to immobilize the leg from moving so that the reset bone heals properly. The average amount of time it takes for the bone to heal may take between sixteen to eighteen weeks. This time varies and may be extended because of several factors or interruptions in the healing process including: existing health of the patient, nutrition levels in the body, pre-existing diseases like diabetes and frequency of activity of the surgery site. While the bone is healing, it also takes approximately twelve to eighteen months for the bone to remodel into a stronger bone.

The crutches help to assist these patients in moving around while keeping the fractured bone immobile. Many patients consider walking on crutches a hassle because they do not have a free hand to hold other items. They may need the assistance of another person to carry their books, food, paperwork, laptops and other items if both hands are operating the crutches. To help these patients become more efficient, crutch bags help to aide in the process of the patient becoming more independent.

The crutch bags are designed to attach onto a crutch easily. The bag has several deep pockets that may hold important items the patient carries around and utilizes throughout the day. All of their personal items can be easily toted in the bags without having to burden another person to bring the item to them or follow them around until they get to their next destination. The bag may be attached at the underarm or handgrip. It comes in many colors to match the personality of the patient as well as their outfit of the day.

The pockets of the bag allow the patient to reach all of the components easily and without overly stretching to dig around to finally locate what he is looking for. The size of the top pocket is ideal for holding eyeglasses, remote controls, medicine, sanitary items, small notebooks, phones, books and water bottles. The bottom pocket can hold car keys for easy accessibility, garage door openers, identification, credit cards and cash. All of the bags are also durable so that they may be washed in a washing machine. The bags also are adjustable to be a “one size fits all” capacity so that it may be used with: children, toddler, adult and geriatric crutches support apparatuses. The bags are also easily interchangeable amongst walkers, wheel chairs and hospital beds.

What Are Fitness Activity Trackers?

Getting physically fit can be hard and tough, especially for individuals who are not physically active.
However, thanks to the profusion of health gadgets in the market today, many individuals find themselves motivated to improve their well-being. One of these gadgets is the so-called “fitness activity trackers”.

These trackers are popular among health buffs as they document the person’s activities and provide feedbacks which might be helpful, especially if the person engaged in the exercise has ailments or wants to monitor their activities.

For those who are interested in purchasing a fitness activity tracker, there are some things that must be considered. There are several types in the market; however each one is different and figuring out exactly what one needs will help save time and maximizes the gadget’s potential.

Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers come in various shapes and sizes. Some are manufactured as wrist bands, sports watches or as clip-ons. Depending on the person, clip-ons are perfect for those who want to discreetly monitor their activities. Trackers that have features of sports watches help fitness enthusiasts monitor their activities and provide the user with details such as heart rate, calories burn as well as distance and steps made.

What to Look For in a Tracker

Before purchasing a tracker, it is necessary that one identifies what type of tracker would most benefit them which they can maximize in the long run. One of the things that one should consider is the features included in the tracker. Some have heart rate monitoring capability while others don’t. Some devices that don’t have the heart rate monitoring feature may have other special features such as blood pressure monitoring or calorie consumption which one might need. Other trackers also have GPS tracking enabled on them, sleep monitoring as well as other features. Do note though that the more features a device has, the more expensive it will cost. As a sports watch can be expensive, a fitness tracker designed as one can have the same features of a sport watch without the extra cost.

Another thing that one should also check is the battery life of the device. Some devices can last for three days, some up to a week while those with batteries included can last for a year. Device compatibility with smartphone apps is also another thing to consider as some devices can be synced with the person’s smartphone and help make the data collection easier.

Treadmill Desk Options

You have several different options in this area, depending on what you already have at home, your budget and circumstances. Here are 3 suggestions to get a walking workstation in your home:

#1 If You Don’t Have a Treadmill:

One of the best options here is to buy a treadmill with a built-in desk option, instead of buying a treadmill and desk separately (which can be a lot more expensive).

There are a number of great desk treadmills that will do double duty as both a treadmill (where you can walk on an incline, run or try a built-in workout) and as a desk (where you can slow down and walk while you work on a computer). Both Nordictrack and Proform make some great models here.

If you don’t care about “working out” and just want to walk, then you may want more of a walking workstation (Lifespan makes some good ones in this category).

The speeds are limited so you can’t run. And there are no incline options. But you still get a solid, well-cushioned treadmill decks with large workspace.

#2 If You Already Have A Treadmill:

You can buy an add-on desk that will hold your laptop, phone, pens papers etc. A popular desk option here is the Trekdesk. It fits over most treadmills and – while a bit bulky – does give you a very large working area.

The only downside is that these can be a bit expensive (around $500) and they do take up a lot of space. There are other desks on the market similar to the Trekdesk and new ones are coming out every year.

Also, depending on your treadmill layout, be aware that these desks can sometimes block your console – or part of the console – and the handrests. So it creates a bit of a tradeoff between watching your workout stats vs having a desk space.

#3 If You’re Handy and Have A Treadmill:

This is the trickiest and most time-consuming option. But if you’re handy you may want to try building your own desk and placing it over your treadmill.

You can find plans all over the Internet that show you how to do this, but as I’ve never tried this option, I can’t vouch for how safe this is.

Still, if you’re up for a challenge and have the time, it might be the most budget-friendly option.

So those are 3 of the best ways to get a walking workstation for your home or office.

Regardless of what you decide to do, just remember that when you’re walking and using the treadmill desk, you’re only meant to walk at very slow speeds – 0.5 – 1.5 MPH.

A Powerful Health Assessment Technique

A more mellow situation such as lazing around on a sleepy Sunday morning may be associated with a slower and weaker heartbeat, till you get a call from the one you are in love with! Tracking the heart’s activity through non-invasive assessments such as heart rate variability analysis can indeed help us know more about not just our moods but also about our overall well-being and physiological resilience.

Autonomic nervous system and the heart

Our heart is one of the various organs whose activity is influenced by the autonomic nervous system or ANS. The autonomic nervous system is a division of the peripheral nervous system responsible for regulating the optimum functioning of various organs and systems. The ANS also helps maintain the body’s homeostasis in the face of changing external and internal conditions.

Autonomic failure can cause the body’s synchronized systems to break down. Autonomic failure may result from primary autonomic disorders of which autonomic nervous system degeneration is the characteristic symptom or from other ‘secondary’ reasons such as cardiovascular disorders, metabolic disorders and chronic stress. As the smooth functioning of the ANS is critical to good health, high immunity and a positive prognosis of future health, it becomes imperative to assess the state and functioning of the ANS on a regular basis.

Heart rate variability analysis

The heart does not beat at regular intervals. Rather, successive heartbeats are separated by slightly varying time intervals. This variability, referred to as heart rate variability, is caused by the interplay of the activities of the two branches of the ANS. The two branches, known as the parasympathetic nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system, have opposing effects on the beating of the heart.

Heart rate variability analysis serves as a non-invasive tool to give a quantitative evaluation of autonomic nervous system function, the activities of the PNS and the SNS and the balance between these two branches.

Measuring and analyzing heart rate variability
To record, measure and analyze heart rate variability, two common means are employed:

• Electrocardiograph

Electrocardiograph or ECG involves recording the electrical activity of the heart by using electrodes placed on the patient’s body. The electrodes detect the tiny electrical changes in the skin that occur due to the electrical changes in the heart muscle caused during each heartbeat. As ECG is a direct reflection of the electrophysiological activity of the heart, it is considered to be the most reliable way to measure and analyze heart rate variability.

• Photoplethysmogram

Photoplethysmogram or PPG is a modality that reflects pulsatile blood transport through peripheral blood vessels. It is an indirect reflection of the heart’s activity but is known to provide a fairly accurate measurement of the variation in the time intervals between successive heartbeats.