Elder Care: The Challenge Of Managing Medications

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This article is provided by PRWeb and Elizabeth Landsverk, MD.

Elizabeth Landsverk, MD, with ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine Provides, Tips to Ensure Safety and Effectiveness.

pillsAbout half of Americans age 65 and older take five or more medications daily and many mix prescription and over-the-counter medications with vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements. “With each additional medication or supplement, the risk of an adverse reaction increases,” says Elizabeth Landsverk, MD, founder of ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine. “Even simple foods can interact with medication and cause the body to respond in unexpected ways. Medication-related issues are complicated by how medications are taken, when they are taken, how they interact with each other, and the general health of the patient. As a result, adverse drug reactions are an all-too-common cause of hospitalization among elders.”

According to U.S. government estimates, more than 125,000 people die every year from failure to take medication properly. And almost 60% of elders make medication errors, about 26% of them with potentially serious consequences.

The most common and dangerous medication errors among the elder population are:

* Taking too much: Overdoses are the most common cause of drug fatalities. While painkillers, especially opioids, are most often abused, anti-anxiety medications and stimulants are also frequent culprits and any drug, including over-the-counter medications, can cause a life-threatening overdose.

* Taking too little (or “noncompliance”): There are many reasons people deliberately reduce their dosage or stop taking prescribed medication. Some feel better and think they no longer need it; some feel it isn’t doing any good; some are bothered by side effects; some are trying to reduce their costs by taking it less often.

* Confusing medications or administering them incorrectly: Many prescription medications have similar names, making them easy to confuse, or a facility may give the same medication under the brand name and a second dose as the generic name (i.e. Tylenol 650 twice a day and acetaminophen 650 mg twice a day given erroneously to the same patient).

* Medication interactions: With most elders taking multiple medications often prescribed by multiple physicians, the risk of dangerous interactions increases. Common complications result from side effects from one medication treated with another medication (i.e. Reglan, for nausea, leading to Parkinson’s like symptoms and treated with Parkinson’s medications).

* Patient error: Families and caregivers must be alert to elders’ ability to reliably manage their medications, particularly when even mild cognitive impairment is an issue.

Dr. Landsverk provides practical advice for patients, families and caregivers to help them reduce the risks of medication-related problems.

* Ensure that your doctor explains precisely what each medication is for, why the dosage has been chosen, and why it is important to take it as directed. Most important is that the doctor reviews the medication list and removes the medications no longer needed (i.e. decrease blood pressure medication when the systolic blood pressure has dropped to 120 from weight loss). Make sure each package is properly labeled and includes dosage instructions.

* Make a list of every medication you are taking, including over-the-counter, vitamins, minerals, and supplements, including dosage and purpose. Have it with you every time you talk to a physician or a pharmacist. Update the list when there is a change. Over the counter medications are NOT necessarily safer. No one should take the PM medications, such as TylenolPM (i.e. with Benedryl) since the Benedryl is anticholinergic and can lead to confusion, constipation, dry mouth and agitation.

seniorwoman2* Make taking medication part of the daily routine: morning meds with breakfast, bedtime meds with tooth-brushing, etc. If it’s difficult to remember, consider a reminder system like a pill sorter or an alert on an alarm clock or mobile device.

* Keep the number of providers who care for you to a minimum. More importantly, the primary care provider MUST communicate with the specialists. Make sure each doctor knows which others you see and what they have prescribed. If possible, use only one pharmacy. Consider using an online tool that can help you identify possible medication conflicts.

* Tell your doctor about prior experiences with medications.

* Ask questions! Ask your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects, proper storage and anything else that will increase your confidence that the medication is right for you and ensure that you take it properly. Seek a second opinion if you have concerns.

“Failure to take medication properly – whether by accident or intentionally – has serious consequences for elders’ health and for their ability to maintain their independence,” says Dr. Landsverk. “If confusion or cognitive impairment makes it impossible for the patient to manage medications properly, even with a reminder system, arrangements must be made for a family member or caregiver to intervene.”

Elizabeth Landsverk, MD, is founder of ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine, a house calls practice in the San Francisco Bay Area that addresses the challenging medical and behavioral issues often facing older patients and their families. Dr. Landsverk is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and palliative care and is an adjunct clinical professor at Stanford University Medical School.

How To Avoid Irritating Shaving Rash

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mansmileFor most people, shaving leaves their skin soft, smooth and hair-free. However, many others out there are not so lucky, and the simple act of removing hair from their body means days or even weeks with skin which is sensitive to the touch, and breaking out quite visibly. For guys whose facial hair grows quite quickly, there seems to be two options in this scenario – either sport a lifetime beard, or present to the world a rash on their face, chin and neck every time they shave. However, for many guys, the option for just growing a beard simply isn’t there. For example, men in the military are expected to be clean-shaven and many other industries, for example the hospitality industry, expect the same. So, what can you do to best prevent shaving rash and other problems?

Use an Electric Razor

If up until now you have been shaving with a cheap or even disposable manual razor, this could well be one of the root causes of your problem. By investing in the best beard trimmer or electric razor out there, there’s a high chance that shaving rash will become a thing of the past as you’ll get a gentler shave as electric razors don’t often cut as close to the skin as regular disposable ones. If you don’t want to use an electric razor, using a single-blade razor is the best option for those who suffer from shaving rash.

Shaving Techniques

Failing to use proper shaving techniques is one of the biggest reasons why shaving rash occurs. When shaving your face – or any other part of your body – it’s vital to shave in the general direction that the hairs are growing, and not against them. If you need to take a second pass over the skin with your razor or beard trimmer, it is important to do so gently, without pushing down on the skin. Getting a super-close shave can also cause problems with shaving rash later on, so avoid pulling your skin taut when shaving, too.

Use Fresh Razor Blades

Using and re-using your razor blades is not an option for those who suffer from shaving rash. If you get shaving rash, it’s understandable to think that your skin irritation is caused by using a sharp blade. However, it’s actually more likely that you’ll cut yourself with a dull blade rather than a sharp one, and the same is true for razors. When you run a dulled razor over your skin, it will snag on some hairs whilst passing over others. Not only does this make shaving more of a difficult task for you, it also means that you’re more likely to end up suffering from shaving rash and ingrown hairs. Not only will any missed hairs stick out on your skin, snagged hairs are going to be the ones that cause you problems.

Shaving rash can be an irritating and painful problem, especially if you are required to be clean-shaven for work. But, by using the right products and techniques, you can avoid it.

– Written by Veselina Dzhingarova

Type 1 Diabetes New Staging System Promotes Early Detection

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diabeteswordThis article was submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your comments below…..

For most people with type 1 diabetes, the disease seems to occur suddenly, often resulting in a trip to the emergency room with life-threatening complications. But a new recommendation calls for a diabetes staging classification that could mean earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for patients in the long run.

The recommendation was made by the JDRF, the American Diabetes Association and the Endocrine Society in the January issue of the journal Diabetes Care and is based on research from TrialNet, an NIH-funded international network of research centers, including Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

The research indicates that type 1 diabetes can now be most accurately understood as a disease that progresses in three distinct stages.

Stage 1 is the start of type 1 diabetes. Individuals test positive for two or more diabetes-related autoantibodies. The immune system has already begun attacking the insulin-producing beta cells, although there are no symptoms and blood sugar remains normal.

Stage 2, like stage 1, includes individuals who have two or more diabetes-related autoantibodies, but now, blood sugar levels have become abnormal due to increasing loss of beta cells. There are still no symptoms.

For both stages 1 and 2, lifetime risk of developing type 1 diabetes approaches 100 percent.

Stage 3 is when clinical diagnosis has typically taken place. By this time, there is significant beta cell loss and individuals generally show common symptoms of type 1 diabetes, which include frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss and fatigue.

“Clinical research supports the usefulness of diagnosing type 1 diabetes early – before beta cell loss advances to stage 3. The earlier diagnosis is made in the disease process, the sooner intervention can take place, and the more beta cells are likely to remain. More beta cells may lead to better outcomes regarding blood sugar control and reduction of long-term complications,” said. Dr. Maria Redondo, director of the Texas Children’s/Baylor TrialNet Clinical Center and associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor and in the diabetes and endocrinology section at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The Texas Children’s/Baylor TrialNet Program serves as one of the 14 TrialNet Clinical Centers throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. TrialNet was founded in 2001 and since then has screened approximately 150,000 participants for type 1 diabetes markers.

Screening is recommended for people who have relatives with type 1 diabetes. Family members have a 15 times greater risk of being diagnosed than a person with no family history. TrialNet screening is available at no charge to:

* Anyone between the ages of 1 and 45 with a sibling, child or parent with type 1 diabetes.

* Anyone between the ages of 1 and 20 with a sibling, child, parent, cousin, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, grandparent or half-sibling with type 1 diabetes.

“TrialNet’s goal is to identify the disease at its earliest stage, delay progression and ultimately prevent it. We offer screening and clinical trials for every stage of type 1 diabetes and close monitoring for disease progression,” Redondo said.

For people who participate in type 1 diabetes prevention research like TrialNet, the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at diagnosis decreases to less than 4 percent from 30 percent. DKA is a serious complication of diabetes than can lead to coma or even death.

For more information or to participate, call 832-824-1207 or email TrialNet@texaschildrens.org.

Must Have Foods To Get Your Body Ready For Summer Vacation

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By Connor Christopher

fruitswhiteNow is the time where everyone is jetting off with summer plans, and that means squeezing into bikinis and swimsuits. If you have booked a city break in Berlin or even a lovely warm summer holidays in Greece as well as getting into shape you will need a valid passport and to renew your E111 card. If getting into that bikini sounds worrying then get your body ready by eating the foods that will help you to stay healthy and fit. Choosing fat-blasting foods is only one part of staying fit and healthy, you will need regular exercise routines to stay in fighting shape as well.

Apples

Apples are great as they are filled with fiber and rich in pectin, a substance that stops cells from absorbing fat, this super-food is one of the easiest health foods that you can fit into your day too. It can be a part of your breakfast in the morning or just a snack on its own or even blend it into a smoothie.

Salmon

Wild-caught fresh salmon spurs the body’s production of leptin which naturally suppresses the appetite so you will be less likely to indulge. It is naturally low in calories, saturated fat, and sodium as well as being a great source of protein. Salmon with wilted spinach and olives is an incredibly healthy dinner dish as well as being delicious and packed with nutrition.

Leafy Greens

By simply swapping out iceberg lettuce to spinach in your salads will add volume and nutrients into your diet. Leafy greens are naturally filling and include vitamins A, C, K , folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. Add mustard greens, collards, or even a side of sautéed kale to ensure you are full at dinner times.

Avocados

Fresh avocados sliced are not only one of the tastiest foods but fat-burning too. They deliver hunger-busting fiber and a serving of monounsaturated fatty acids, which contribute to belly fat burn.

Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and all berries are loaded with nutrition. All berries are packed with antioxidants and fiber which will help you stay fuller for longer. The antioxidants will also help with your workouts by improving blood flow to your muscles. Especially raspberries as they offer ketones, compounds that help the body break up fat more effectively. Berries taste delicious and can give you that fix if you fancy something sweet.

Lentils& Quinoa

Pulses, beans and lentils are low in calorie, but incredibly high in protein. They are also very filling which makes them the ideal for food when you want to stay in shape. Quinoa also offers the perfect healthy replacement to rice and pasts, it’s a super-food packed with protein.

Raw Nuts

Steer clear from the flavored and salted kind as they are high in salt and fat. However raw nuts are high in healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating raw almonds, walnuts, and Brazil nuts regularly has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and possibly prevent breast cancer.

American College Of Sports Medicine Installs New Officers

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Thank you to ACSM for supplying this article…..

womanweightsThe American College of Sports Medicine installed its officers for 2016-17 at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston, Mass. Lawrence A. Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM, 2015-16 president, passed the gavel to Elizabeth A. Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM as the 59th president of ACSM. Dr. Joy is a physician practicing at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

In addition to serving as medical director for Community Health and Clinical Nutrition at Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Joy practices family medicine and sports medicine at the Salt Lake LiVe Well Center, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She has previously served as vice president, and on the Board of Trustees of ACSM, and was on the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is on the editorial board for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and is an associate editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports.

Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, of Georgia State University was installed as president-elect. Holly Benjamin, M.D., FACSM, of University of Chicago and William Kraus, M.D., FACSM of Duke University’s School of Medicine were installed as vice presidents. A complete list of ACSM’s new officers and trustees can be viewed here.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

How To Create An Essay Outline

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WriterGetting started is the hardest

We all know the saying that a journey of a 1000 miles starts with the first step. It is amazing how many people never take that first step. The moment you start to put thoughts onto paper those major barriers seem to slip away and suddenly one thought leads to another and before you know it you have covered the entire page and you still have so much that you want to say. According to the professionals the essential part is planning, all you will need is a basic outline of what exactly it is that you will need to provide content that complies with the instructions which had been provided by your teacher. Even though a basic outline is significantly simpler than a whole essay it is surprising how many students still find it almost impossible to take that important first step. There is very important reasons for why an outline is the logical starting point and that is simply because it allows the writer to organize all of the most important ideas which has to be incorporated into that essay in a logical and perfectly structured way.

Formulating the outline

Anyone who has tried this before will know that an outline is simply a way to get your basic ideas onto paper in a way with which works best for you in your circumstances. At this point in time there is simply no need to be overly concerned with spelling rules or grammar in fact you could even use shorthand or whatever else works for you as long as you get the outline done. Every essay which you will be required to write will have a main thesis. Many people get confused with this step but obtaining the thesis is really very simple because you simply need to ask yourself, what is the most important point, which has to be communicated in your essay. You simply need to produce a few sentences, simply something that will provide you with a direction which you could follow. A thesis should start with a basic idea which deals with the central issue at hand and this should be supported by additional sentences which should support the central thesis basically describing why the original statement is legitimate and correct.

You have come half way

Now that you have determined what your thesis is you can proceed to the next step and that will be the writing of the basic outline and you could place it under the word, introduction. At this stage it will be necessary to write down a few opening statements, these could be changed and adapted until they are just perfect and if done correctly there is no reason why it should not knock your professor for a six. The next step in the writing of your perfect essay you should continue to stay in a few sentences why you believe that your thesis is correct. If you were to present that thesis to someone else, what in your opinion will be the major objections which will be voiced? Now you can proceed to debunk that criticism a by providing proof why you feel that they are wrong and you are right. The next step that you should consider will be the conclusion to your essay and this is just very basic and a short repetition of your introduction with which you have started. It is used to provide an orderly closure to your argument and to once more voice your ideas so that whoever will be reading your essay will have a very clear picture of what you were trying to communicate. To get your academic paper written hire a professional essay writer here.

This is about it

Following this very simple and basic steps could help anyone to write an extraordinary essay but for those who still struggle to accomplish this feat you could visit WriteMyEssays and obtain the services of a professional writer. However for those who have paid close attention to these above steps you are now in the possession of a very effective outline and all that remains to be done is to expand on that basic concept by adding sentences here and there that will contribute to turn your essay into amazing content. With a little persistence and discipline you will soon learn to produce dozens of quality essays that will certainly earn you high grades with your teachers. Although it’s true that not everyone has been born to be extraordinary writer, there is still a lot which could be done to develop those talents which you do have.

– Thank you to Amber McKinney for submitting this article…..

How To Build A Healthy House

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homeThe much overuse of health related phrases such as “you are what you eat” and “healthy body-healthy mind” are just that- they’re simply overused phrases. With that being said, everything central to an individual’s existence is dependent on a healthy state of being and body. However more than just a healthy body, the effects of sugar and other toxins have proven to influence thought processes and the overall state of mind adversely.

So where does the journey of a healthy diet and exercise being? And more so, how does one influence their loved ones to walk that key journey of good dietary habits and healthy lifestyle choices? To my mind, as soon as possible! Inception of healthy dietary choices and lifestyle practices like exercise is better received when earliest introduced. In the instance of families, it begins with parents living exemplary well balanced and health conscious lifestyles. Where grocery purchase decision making reflects a balance of necessary buys to ensure intake results in optimal physicality.

It’s in this approach, homes are seen to advocate healthy diet and children become what they are exposed to. Taking it a step further, organic and free range products as well as home gardens translates into the discernment of product intake. In essence, a child is educated from early in their lives, for example, that a vegetable commercially grown is not the same as a vegetable organically grown. Education on healthy living need not be mundane but can form the basis of fun filled activities like gardening together or planting a seed and watching it grow into something with the right care and knowledge.

Exercise together with the right diet is a winning formulae and children exposed to the benefit from earlier on are seen to make healthier lifestyle choices inclusive of diet and exercise in their adult lives. Exercise can take the form of mountain biking, yoga in the garden, swimming in fresh water lakes to name a few. All in all, the message lies in how parents approach the matters of healthy diet and living. This being said, there is a world outside of your home walls so it’s equally important to give your children access to treats from time to time. In doing this, they won’t be “overwhelming” in how they respond to treats perhaps at a fellow kid’s birthday party. The main thing is the education that food is information to the body so what messages are you sending when you ingest good food verses not so good food.

If the household reflects and resonates the of benefits in eating well, resting well, pro- exercise and a balanced lifestyle from early on then choices later reflect the same or similar. That education is tasked to adults who make key choices like what to stock in the fridge, what to grab when on the go and what fun yet stay fit activities to fill the weekend with. Healthy parents equals healthy kids and a healthy home.

– This article was provided by Apex Window Werks, a company that offers window repair and replacement services. This is a Better Business Bureau A+ company and also a company that is accepted at Angie’s List. Visit their website for more details about the offerings.

Everlast Climbing Partners With Creator Of Dyslexie Font To Expand Literacy Opportunities on Climbing Walls

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newsSpecially-designed magnets offer a new way for educators to work with children to develop literacy skills through cross-curricular programming while rock climbing.

According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, dyslexia affects 1 out of 5 people, impacting genders equally and crossing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. It is the most common reading disability. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to a lifetime of problems beginning with learning to read in school.

Unlike what many people think, dyslexia is not as simple as mixing up letters. People with dyslexia see letters as 3D objects and the letter swapping occurs because so many letters of the alphabet look similar in form and design. With this insight in mind, Christian Boer, a graphic designer with dyslexia, developed a font to help people differentiate between the letters and read more effectively.

In his Dyslexie font, each letterform is designed so that it is more easily distinguished as unique, making it less likely that similar letters, such as “b” and “d,” will be confused by readers. The nine characteristics of the Dyslexie font include a heavy bottom, slanted parts, bigger openings, slanted letters, longer ascender and descender, bold capitals, different heights, higher x axis and better spacing. You can learn more about the font and the research behind it at dyxlexiefont.com.

Everlast Climbing is always looking for new ways to make its climbing and active-learning products more accessible. After learning about the Dyslexie font, Everlast Climbing partnered with Christian Boer to license the font for use on magnets for its Magna® Traverse Wall®, Discovery® Dry-Erase Traverse Wall and Adaptive Traverse Wall. Currently, children use magnets on the magnet-accepting surfaces of these climbing walls to combine learning with movement in countless ways. For example, young children can identify, climb to and touch the letters in their name. Older children can climb to and move letter magnets to spell words or even combine magnetic words to create sentences.

The addition of the Dyslexie Font Magnet Set expands these kinesthetic literacy opportunities to students with dyslexia, who may have previously struggled with these types of activities. “We are excited to be able to offer a way to make active learning more accessible and enjoyable for children with learning disabilities,” stated Tim Sudeith, General Manager of Everlast Climbing.

About Everlast Climbing

Everlast Climbing is committed to improving youth fitness with dynamic and innovative products that engage children and inspire physical activity. The company is headquartered in Mendota Heights, MN, and is a PlayCore company. More information is available about Everlast Climbing at http://www.everlastclimbing.com.

Health Club Attendance Is Increasing In 2016

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Zoom Active Lifestyle Marketing reports a 32 percent increase in its health club audience in Q1 compared to last year’s first-quarter.

exerciseballDespite the emergence of micro-gyms, and a stunning rise in obscure fitness trends, the traditional health club space is witnessing a boom in 2016, according to Nielsen-measured first-quarter data.

Zoom Active Lifestyle Marketing (“Zoom”), the exclusive ad, entertainment, and fitness content provider for 7 of the leading 11 U.S. health clubs, reports a 32 percent increase in its health club audience in Q1 compared to last year’s first-quarter.

The growth of Zoom’s audience reflects the overall prosperity of the health club industry. A Nielsen study conducted in February showed that monthly visits to participating health clubs increased by 2.5 million compared to last year.

This uptick in attendance has helped spur the growth of Zoom’s TV network, which registered 123 million impressions in February, according to a Nielsen-verified study. The Super Bowl, meanwhile, had a peak viewership of 116 million Americans, according to Nielsen ratings.

Beyond the spike in health club attendance, Zoom has been able to broaden its network by entering 579 new venues since the first-quarter of last year. With over 3,000 health clubs in 170 U.S. markets, the Zoom Network is a powerful platform displayed in America’s biggest health clubs, including 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, Town Sports International, and Gold’s Gym.

The Zoom Network engages high-value influencers through Nielsen-measured TV, digital, mobile, and custom promotions. “Nielsen confirms that Zoom’s footprint in the health club space is deep and far-reaching. No other health club marketer reaches the active lifestyle consumer at this scale,” said Tom Link, senior executive vice president of sales and marketing at Zoom.

About Zoom Active Lifestyle Marketing

ZOOM Active Lifestyle Marketing is an international media and marketing company
with more than 4,400 digital media locations across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Zoom’s digital media networks are measured by The Nielsen Company in North America and reach over 25 million unique consumers. Zoom has offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, London, and Manchester.

Stop Letting Bad Excuses Destroy Your Health

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By Katherine Smith

healthywordsThere are all kinds of reasons we give for why we settle for an unhealthy lifestyle. Here’s the thing: They’re all bad. Granted, healthy living is not as easy for some as it is for others. But it is absolutely essential for all.

Consider some of the reasons we give for not sticking to a healthy diet:

• Healthy food is more expensive

• Healthy choices are harder to find

• Healthy eating requires a lot of cooking

These all seem like excellent reasons until we end up with some kind of life-threatening disease which requires a drastic dietary change. Suddenly, the budget opens up for healthy eating. We discover where to find those healthier choices. And cooking becomes much less of a chore than it once was.

The same kind of thing is at play when it comes to proper exercise. We are convinced that our bad excuses are actually good reasons. Here are three of the most popular excuses, why they’re bad, and how you can overcome them:

I Can’t Afford It

Who said you need money to get fit? You can strap on the pair of running shoes you already have in your closet and hit the road to physical fitness before you are done reading this paragraph.

Spending money to achieve higher levels of fitness is always optional. But if you select one of the many options, such as a Fitness 19 gym, you will find plenty of affordable plans that cater to entire families.

You can spend as much or as little as you want. You can choose to take classes from professional instructors, or enjoy a more free-form use of facilities.

We tend to spend money on the things we consider important. If your life depended on a gym membership, you would find the money. It is just a matter of convincing yourself that your health is a budgetary priority. If a loved one were in your condition, you would find a way to pay for their treatment. You only need to love yourself equally as much.

Pain Is Holding Me Back

Regardless of your level of health, good exercise causes a certain amount of discomfort. This is especially true for muscle building. But not all exercise is about muscle building. No pain, no gain may be motivational to a certain type of Neanderthal. But it is scientific nonsense. Exercise doesn’t have to hurt.

Lifehacker points out…..

“This myth has been debunked by doctors, physical therapists, and researchers of all stripes, but it still persists because most people conflate the idea of pushing themselves to work out harder with pain.”

The desire to, and enjoyment of hurting one’s self is called masochism. It is a mental illness, not a useful, athletic trait. If exercise moves from challenging to painful, see your doctor. And get better exercises to do.

Exercise need not be at the level of a professional athlete to be useful. Expecting pain from exercise is the product of bad high-school coaching. Take your favorite NSAID such as Advil, and do the level of exercise you can achieve that does not include pain.

I Don’t Have Time

This is always the trump card that is supposed to end the discussion. It is also the worst of the bunch. You may think that a good exercise regimen takes a lot of time. But the Mayo Clinic begs to differ.

They say it takes about 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise. That is less than 11 minutes a day. Strength training will cost you two sessions a week with no specific time limit. Whatever you can spare is fine.

How do you find the time? Set your alarm to go off eleven minutes earlier. Take one less detour to Starbucks. Split it up with two minutes here, three there, and so on.

At the end of the day, finding eleven minutes, or eleven dollars, or eleven pain-free exercises is not the problem, and never has been. It is always ever about prioritizing your health. It is either important to you, or it isn’t. Don’t let past failures stand in the way. One saying we all learned as children applies doubly as adults: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.