Taking Personal Inventory

Can you believe it is already the Autumn season?

 

September is almost gone and we will head into the final three months of the year 2020!

 

This has certainly been a year like no other I can remember. Do you feel the same way?

 

In my business, I like to take inventory as each quarter ends and a new quarter begins.

 

I ask myself questions like:

What did I learn this past quarter?

What went really well?

What could have gone better?

What do I need to keep doing?

What do I need to stop doing and start doing instead?

 

These aren’t just great questions to ask for business. They also are great questions to ask personally.

 

Here’s a couple of examples that I have learned over the past quarter:

 

First, when I ask What went really well? I can say that for my family, making the decision to homeschool and enroll our daughters in an online academy went really well. Why did it go well? It went well for us because my husband and I had the peace...

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How To Stay On Track With Healthy Habits

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, stop smoking, sleep more, reduce clutter, or do better at something, then you know how challenging it can be to stay on track with your goals.

 

It’s one thing to say I’m going to lose 10 pounds this month, It’s quite another thing to actually do it.

 

There are so many distractions that derail our best plans.

 

The birthday party where I’ll just have one small slice of birthday cake.

The office co-worker who was supposed to hold you accountable so you both stop smoking decides she can’t take another minute without her smoke break and pulls your right along with her. Well, I’ll just smoke one so she doesn’t feel bad about herself. I can stop anytime but I don’t want to lose my friend and our daily chats.

 

The long work day and your favorite movie just happens to be on so I’ll just watch for a few minutes. The laundry you were going to do doesn’t get done or the...

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Creating A Healthy Back 2 School Virtual Workstation

It’s that time of year again for kids to go back to school!

 

Since this year looks a lot different from previous years with more kids being homeschooled or learning virtually due to COVID-19, the school supply shopping list is also expected to be a bit different.

 

Pencils

Pens

Paper

Laptop

Mouse

Blue light-filtering eye glasses

Sit-to-Stand Desk

 

In this brief video, I share more insight into how to create a virtual workstation that allows your student to sit, stand, fidget, and learn in a small space at an affordable price.

 

https://www.facebook.com/ApexNetworkMtPleasantWI/videos/357184195299205/

 

If you would like to learn more about how to reduce stress and strain on the body during a work day or school day OR if you or your son/daughter are currently experiencing stress and strain across the neck, shoulders, and back, please do not hesitate to reach out for a FREE Movement Screen. Contact Dr. Jeanette at [email protected] or...

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Protecting Kids’ Spines With Backpack Safety

I know this year looks a little different with kids returning to school. Some kids are physically going to school in-person, some are staying home to learn virtually, and some have a hybrid approach with a mixture of both in-person and virtual experiences.

 

If your child is physically going back to school, they will probably be wearing a backpack. Although a backpack is a necessity for carrying books, papers, school supplies, and even a laptop, it can also be one of the most common causes of spine or back problems for a child. 

 

Have you seen a teenager exiting the school building leaning forward under the weight of a backpack while also carrying their sports bag and musical instrument?

 

They look like they are coming from a weekend camping excursion instead of a 7-8 hour school day!

 

Have you seen a 1st grader wearing a cute glittery backpack or a mighty superhero backpack that looks bigger than the child wearing it?

 

They look like they are...

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It’s Hot! How To Keep Your Student-Athlete Cool!

The dog days of August are here. 

 

Are you ready?

 

With temperatures fluctuating between cooler night temps in the 60’s and higher day temps in the 80’s/90’s, it can be difficult to predict how to beat the heat. For student-athletes, morning practices might feel cool while afternoon practices might feel exhaustingly hot.

 

Two of the best ways to counteract the heat is staying properly hydrated and knowing the initial signs of minor heat illness so it doesn’t lead to exertional heat stroke.

 

One of the best resources available is the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Infographic on “Beat The Heat” at https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/hydration_heat_illness_handout.pdf

 

If you are a coach, parent, or student-athlete, I highly recommend becoming familiar with the first signs of minor heat illness so that you can work with your Certified Athletic Trainer and take action quickly. 

 

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Preparing For Back To School During A Pandemic

  1. This will be a year no one forgets. No one could have even imagined this year when they celebrated on New Year’s Eve and set goals for 2020.

 

Parents and families wouldn’t have dreamt that schools and businesses would shut down in March. They would never have thought that schools wouldn’t reopen in August or September either.

 

Regardless of your position of whether schools should be open or closed, the reality is that most kids will return to school this Fall virtually.

 

So, how do you prepare for a school year that begins from home, may stay at home, may return partially to in-person education, or may at some point return to full-time in-person school?

 

Here are a few tips to help you navigate through the uncertainty:

 

Know Your Options. Yes, you have options. You can stay enrolled in your current school and follow their guidelines. You can choose a free public online school. You can choose to pay for private online school. You can...

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How To Stay Cool And Beat The Summer Heat!

We are in the hot and humid heat of summer and staying cool can be a challenge as well as a safety issue. Add wearing a face mask to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19 and it can be down right hot just walking from your car into the grocery store.

 

Here’s a few tips to stay safe and cool in this unpredictable season:

 

1. Drink plenty of fluids - Staying hydrated helps your body thermoregulate itself to keep you cool

 

2. Hang out by the water - Relaxing by pool or at the beach gives you the opportunity to cool off in water when you get hot; you can still maintain 6 feet of social distance between your family and the next while having fun too!

 

3. Seek shade - If you can’t go inside for a break from the heat, then do the next best thing and find a shady area where you might feel 10-15 degrees cooler simply because you aren’t in direct sunlight

 

4. Eat high-water content foods - Choose fruits and vegetables as snacks because...

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Why Your Hips Might Be The Answer To Your Back Pain

Did you know that 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain at some time in their life?

 

While there are numerous reasons a person can have back pain, an often overlooked cause is poor hip mobility.

 

That’s right, if you have tight hips that lack rotation, your back can start hurting because it is trying to compensate for lack of mobility in your hips.

 

For 2 quick exercises to help increase hip mobility, I invite you to check out a recent Facebook video I did: https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.brandtdewitt/videos/2110294555774770

 

The 2 exercises I share in the video help with hip internal and external rotation. When the hips internally rotate, it’s like when you cross your legs. When your hips externally rotate, it’s like resting your ankle on your opposite knee to tie your shoe. If your hips can’t rotate well in either direction, then you can strain your back.



Take home message: Happy hips = a happy back!



To Your Best Health,

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How To Decrease Heel Pain And Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

The mid-to-late summer months are typically ripe with feet issues. By this time, people have ventured more outdoors, increased their walking and activity, and are trying to enjoy the warmer weather before Fall and Winter rush in too soon.

 

It’s great to see people trying to be more active. The only problem is that many people are wearing the wrong types of shoes, do not have the endurance to physically increase their activity, or aren’t strong enough.

 

Recently, I did a quick video on 3 Quick Tips About Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis. https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.brandtdewitt/videos/2102821819855377/

 

I’d like to expand on these tips a bit.

 

    1. Shoe wear - Flip flops are not supportive shoes. Sometimes they are as flimsy as soft foam or thin cardboard. Although flip flops serve a purpose in preventing your feet from burning as you walk from your chair to the pool or in preventing foot fungus in a public locker room, they were never...
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Best Exercises For Weight Loss

I recently received a question asking about the best exercises for weight loss. 

 

This is a fantastic question! 

 

I am so glad this gentleman asked it because he, along with many people, think there must be a very specific exercise or collection of exercises that will drop the most pounds.

 

This belief is false. There is no single exercise or exercise program that will immediately cause the most dramatic weight loss.

 

What? Are you serious? What about all those claims from fitness gurus that their programs are the best, will cause the most extreme weight loss, or work the fastest?

 

Are they lying?

 

Absolutely NOT!

 

They are NOT lying because these programs work. These programs do help people lose weight but it is almost impossible to say which program works the best and the fastest because exercise alone will not help decrease weight unless it is combined with other healthy habits.

 

What?

 

The answer to weight loss is...

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