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Does putting on your compression stockings feel like World War 3?
I often get feedback from our customers telling us their compression stockings/socks are too tight…. When the reality is in order to do its job and keep you healthy a compression garment needs to be tight.
Once we understand that, we really start to realize that the garment itself may not be to tight, but the garment may be very difficult to put on, which would give you the perception that its too tight, here are a few tips to lessen the “workout” factor of putting on your stockings:
Tip# 1- When you are putting on your stockings or socks, don’t bunch them up like you would a regular sock, compression garments are elastic, when you bunch them up it’s the same thing as doubling a rubber band up, the more bunched up they are the higher the compression becomes = the harder they become to put on.
Tip# 2- Make sure your legs are dry, slipping compression garments can be very difficult if the leg or foot is wet or if lotion was recently applied.
Tip# 3- Take the garment and put your hand down into it, grab on to the heel and turn the garment inside out without letting go of the heel, then place your foot in the garment using the heel as a guide, once your foot is in all the way simply pull the garment towards the knee.
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Tip#4- Use a stocking donner, yes that wire device the doctors office has is available for you to have at home, this is the easiest way to get your compression legwear on daily, check out this wire frame Stocking Donner by Jobst, need an easier way to get them on and off, do you have arthritis in the hand? If so check out the Sigvaris Doff & Donner, trust me you will be glad you did!
Looking for a tasty, low fat and low sodium.....but never low flavor recipe? Check out this amazing recipe for a Sausage Corn Chowder, by our friends over at health.com! You wont want to miss it!
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook 2 1/2 minutes or until soft. Stir in potato and next 5 ingredients (through corn); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until potato is soft. Remove 2 cups, purée, and return to pan.
2. Stir in sausage and milk over low heat; cook until thick (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Garnish with cheese and parsley.
Prepare and enjoy.... and if you must stop by our El Paso location with a hot bowl for yours truly!
Exercise… lets be honest, that is not a word that we “practice” often enough, but as we grow older the positive effects of maintaining an active lifestyle increase greatly. Maintaining a regular exercise routine can render many benefits, particularly as we grow older. Keeping a steady workout program can reduce illness, pain and risk of injury, in addition to those benefits, people with an active lifestyle tend to have more energy and maintain a higher level of independence.
Whether you have always been an active person or are in the process of improving your health by adding in a basic workout routine, its important to find a routine that works well for you, here are a few tips in determining an appropriate workout...
Tip #1- Start Slow, there are many risks associated with jumping fully into a very demanding exercise program, remember to always remain aware of your limitations, extended periods of exercise or over exertion can prove to be more harmful than helpful. When starting a new routine, make sure you are taking time to both warm up prior to the workout and cool down after, as always make sure you are keeping plenty of water close at hand to avoid dehydration. A good idea to begin with is to start a workout approximately 15 minutes in length, every week add an additional 5 minutes and continue to work towards a 30- minute workout, one this is achieved maintain it for 30 days then begin increasing again working up to a full hour.
Tip#2- Keep a watchful eye, nobody knows any better how or what you feel, so its important to keep in mind how your new exercise routine is effecting you, we always recommend getting medical clearance from your doctor before starting any new diet or workout routine. Pay attention to how you feel while exercising, if you feel any discomfort, unusual shortness of breath, palpitations or sharp pains, we recommend scaling back your activity and seeking medical attention should symptoms persist.
Tip#3- Stay committed, remember that an active lifestyle takes work, but work quickly becomes habit, once you are past the initial soreness adding an active exercise routine to your day will become more and more fun, not sure where to start, look into senior wellness programs at local community centers, the YMCA and YWCA often have programs such as these as well, not into traditional exercise sign up for Zumba class! The most important thing is to find something that interests you, so you can stick with it!
Here at BEK we are continuously on the lookout for ways to help our customers maintain a healthy, active and ultimatly independent lifestyle. Aside from maintaining a healthy level of activity, the most important aspect in staying health and independent is our nutritional intak, after all, you are what you eat! Check out this healthy alternative, did I mention its safe for diabetics?!
Its inevitable, groceries…grandkids…walkers…wheelchairs, the list goes un, but unless your piloting a 15 passenger van, the trunk space does not. The reality is that we progress throughout life and so does the “utility” level of our vehicle. Thinking back to when my son was first born...