You may have seen the Shake Weight on TV. It seems to be the newest craze...or at least the most controversial. The media has picked up on it and shows like Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, and even Southpark are talking about it.
The controversy is not just over how well it may or may not work, but the possible sexual innuendo that can be perceived when you're using the Shake Weight. (you'd have to see it in action)
Well, WebMD has just published an Expert Review of the Shake Weight that will give you the skinny on how it works and if it's worth adding to your workout. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Have you tried the Shake Weight? Would you be embarrassed to use it in public? Share your thoughts.
I would really encourage you to pay the $40 for the exam with your doctor. Your symptoms could be something as simple as a diet or iron fix, but they could also be signaling a bigger underlying problem.
Trying to diagnose over the internet without knowing much medical history is nearly impossible, but you might try at least researching a few possibilities so you are better prepared for your doctor visit.
Try our Symptom Checker, then check out a few of these resources from WebMD to see if any of them fit:
According to WebMD's information on Essential Tremors, "The true cause of essential tremor is still not understood, but it is thought that the abnormal brain activity that causes tremor is processed through the thalamus. The thalamus is a structure deep in the brain that coordinates and controls muscle activity."
As part of your exam, your health care provider may have considered other causes of tremor besides genetics, such as thyroid disease, excess caffeine intake, or medication side effects. You might ask your doctor what their findings were.
The WebMD article, Living With Essential Tremors, suggests avoiding foods that contain caffeine like sodas, coffee, tea, and chocolate. There are also some other tips in there that you might find helpful.
Good luck and please let us know what you find out.View Thread
Oh boy, I'm with you on the hating exercise since school years! I was a good kid in school, but when it came time to head over to PE to run the mile..I ran the other way. I did the same thing when it was time to give my speech at the front of the class (any class) because of my insecurity from being picked on at school.
Exercise doesn't have to be something we hate, though. We just need to find the right way of looking at it. Do you like sports...and I mean fun stuff like badminton, volleyball or basketball? How about nature? Nature walks & playing ball are fun with a friend... and free at your local park.
I decided about a year ago to find other women like me, that were uncomfortable exercising in front of people and didn't want to compete with others way out of our fitness range. I put a little blurb up on an online group site about what I was looking for and within in a month I had over 100 ladies signed up!
Kids can be cruel and school grounds can bring back terrible memories of abuse and ridicule for me. But, strength comes in numbers, and you can bet there are others that feel the same nearby. When you're having fun and talking to friends as you walk or exercise, you forget all about what others are thinking of you!View Thread
There are LOTS of free exercise ideas and if you don't have room in your home, you can either take your fitness ideas outdoors or buddy up with someone who has more room.
I started my walking group when I was unemployed and had been for several months, so I know all about tight budgets. You're not alone in your quest for free fitness ideas. Try searching online groups in your area on websites like Craigslist or Meetup.com.
Even SparkPeople.com, which is an online nutrition & fitness journal, has micro-groups in local areas that you might join in. It's also FREE.
Where there is a will, there is a way. How willing are you to find something that works? Get creative, start searching, and once you set your mind that you WILL find something, it'll come to you.View Thread
Do you ever get tired or bored with your workout routine? Can't bear to walk the same loop on your walking routine one more time?
You don't just have to endure exercise, you can start enjoying it! I've never liked the "work" part out of working out, so I say let's come up with some fun fitness ideas to take our minds of the work and focus on having fun while we get our exercise in!
This Friday's Fitness Fun Idea:
Try a totally new type of fitness class! Have you seen all the new sorts of classes they have? This is no longer your mom's jazzercizing to Donna Summer tunes. Check out some of the classes I found in my area:
Bollywood Babes - Inspired by the Indian film tradition of infectiously expressive music comes a flirty & saucy full-body workout. The moves are simple but the results are big! Boogie to the bhangra beat.
Glee with Me - Ever wanted to sing and dance like the characters on Glee? Sweat it off as you use music and dance moves from the hit TV show, incorporate floor combinations and center excercises, and learn choreographed numbers!
Zumba - Try the fitness craze that has swept the nation… this intense class will move you through several sexy Latin body rhythms as you melt away the pounds. Aerobics has NEVER been so much fun
Or, there's always Tai Chi, Water Aerobics, Yoga, or Pilates. Check out your local gym or city's recreational centers to see what classes are offered near you.
What other fun fitness classes have you seen? What class do you wish someone would come up with?View Thread
I'd also encourage you to participate on our Knee & Hip Replacement Community. The community might have some experience with the machines you mentioned and be able to offer support. It would also be great if you might share some of your wisdom with the community, since you're already in recovery.
Good luck, and please keep us posted on how you're doing.
It always amazes me when I come across people in that age group that are still showing the youngin's how to do it!
When I walked in the Irongirl 5k a few months ago there was an 87 yr old lady that walked the entire 5k on her own, and using her walker! It was such an inspiration and was so cute because she had even decorated her walker with faux Thanksgiving vines for the holiday.
Now that my kids are getting older (22, 18, 17, & 14), I can't help but think of what I'll be like at 87. While it makes me sad to think that will be me one day, it also makes me see that I never have to give up because of age.View Thread