Health and Wellness Blog
Active throughout his life, Gary Wojton found a new passion as soon as he moved to Arizona: Hiking. Retiring from the Chicago Public School System and relocating to Scottsdale in 2008, Wojton started hiking as a hobby. The hobby went from a slow start to a passion as Wojton averaged 4-8 miles a day.
Even the hot July sun over southern Utah couldn’t spoil a hike for Gregg Fiehler. The joy of walking has a new meaning for Fiehler. He hiked 7 miles in Zion National Park during a particularly hot and humid week this summer. The miles amounted to more than a long trek. They represented a breakthrough.
For nearly all his life, running was central to Brian Katz’s daily activities. “I was born to run,” Katz, 47, said. Athletic efforts included triathlons, marathons, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. In late 2013, though, an annoying lower back pain didn’t go away. It stayed through most of 2014. At first, he thought the soreness was a natural reaction to strenuous runs and workouts and endured it. Eventually, an intense training run produced an excruciating groin pain. After that, a 50-yard walk across the parking lot at work each day was a painful journey.
Rob Hoedel has worked on some of the world’s most treacherous seas and even survived a few ships sinking. A third-generation fisherman out of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Hoedel made a success of his commercial fishing operation and survived more than 50 years at sea without a major physical setback, until last summer.
The image of an old cowboy riding the range for the last time, galloping off into the sunset might seem romantic, but it isn’t what Bob Ashcraft has in mind. At an age when his peers are plotting days of leisure and rest, Ashcraft has a different plan.
The guy on water skis has a story to tell. He glides through the water with grace and ease now, but just a few months ago he wondered if he’d ever be able to move again without pain. And after nearly 20 years as a firefighter, Chris McCorkle was no stranger to pain.
Common in weight lifting as well as endurance sports, overtraining affects runners and all athletes. The workout that seemed to energize you now just makes you more fatigued. The soreness that faded the day after training now persists from one session to the next. Find out how to avoid overtraining and prevent injuries.
As much pleasure as gardening and landscaping offer, tilling dirt and pruning plants also can cause injuries, some of them significant. Tens of thousands of people across the U.S. are hurt in garden and yard accidents each year. Add power tools to the mix and the number climbs into the hundreds of thousands.
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Time for a little run around the neighborhood, maybe a jog on the treadmill? Left, right, left, right . . . Pain! Familiar with the pattern? If you’ve ever enjoyed the benefits of running, you’ve also likely felt that accompanying pain in the shin. Shin splints can be a precursor for stress fractures or lead to the fascia separating from the tibia. The best treatment is to first decrease risk of injury.