Monthly Archives: December 2012

Get More out of Your Weight Training

Post by Chris Stephens. Chris is a Project Manager for the Information Technology department at Rex Healthcare. He received his undergraduate degree from UNC in Exercise and Sport Science Dept.

Want to get more out of your weight training? Use less weight. Slow down. Stop the extra movement.

While working out it is important to take each muscle through a full range of motion from flexion to extension. For example, the bicep is fully extended when your arm is long and flexed when your wrist is near the shoulder. Take time to learn the appropriate range of motion for each muscle group you are working to get the most out of your strength training program. Read more…

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Hand Hygiene and Preventing the Spread of Germs this Flu Season

Post by Marty Cooney. Marty is the Manager for Infection Prevention at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another throughout your home, workplace, and entire community. It is especially important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. Organisms require a specific portal of entry in order to cause infection. Washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub is a key step you can take in your daily life to help protect yourself and others from getting sick.

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The Power of Protein

Post by Shelly Wegman, MS, RD, LDN. Shelly Wegman is a registered dietitian with Rex Wellness Centers of Raleigh and Garner.

As a dietitian with Rex Wellness, I spend time working with clients to help them determine their specific nutrition needs and how to best meet those needs. For some, it’s about training for marathons or other events. For others, it’s about preventing heart disease or diabetes or treating diseases like these. Some are trying to lose weight, some are trying to gain weight, and some just want to maintain. Read more…

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Children’s Fever Guide

Your child looks flushed and is warm to the touch. You suspect he or she has a fever but, to know for sure, you’ll need a thermometer. Your drugstore is filled with a dizzying array of thermometer options. But which will give you the most accurate reading and how do you use it? Find out with the following fever facts and temperature-taking tips. Read more…

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Aging: What’s Normal?

Just how should you expect to feel as you age? The answer differs for everyone, and genetics, lifestyle and outlook all contribute to your overall health.

The good news is people are not only living longer—with a life expectancy of 78.5 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—they are also feeling better and suffering fewer injuries in their senior years.

Still, at about middle age, the body begins to wear from daily use. You may need to crank up the television to hear better or squint to read the newspaper. Read more…

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Post by Logan Johnson, CSCS. M. Logan is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coordinator at Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh.

So, you’ve got all that shiny new Hoist “Roc-it” equipment in your facility, you’ve gone through an update with an instructor, and you can really tell a difference! Your shoulders are sore, your back and core feel tight, and your legs may feel more fatigued than they did before the switch. I fielded several comments and questions from members in the days following our new equipment delivery, many of which had to do with the differences and benefits of using the Roc-it line. Several members could feel a difference (i.e. increase in muscle soreness, fatigue, etc), but few could understand why it felt so different. Of course, the movement of the seat feels a little unorthodox for most who are used to the traditional selectorized equipment of the past, but there is also something inherently different about the way our bodies move on and react to the new equipment. Read more…

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