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Anti-Burst Exercise Balls

By | February 11, 2015

Anti-Burst Exercise Balls by Althea Medical Group.

The most durable exercise balls on the market.

65cm Exercise Ball KitAlthea Medical Group, a medical supply company based in Atlanta, Georgia, supplies a variety of high-quality medical products to the healthcare and sports medicine industry.  As of December 2014, Costco.com became a distributor of Althea’s Anti-Burst Exercise Balls.   These exercise balls are great for strength training, improving balance and posture and decreasing pain when used daily.   Althea’s Exercise Balls are unique because of the weight they can withstand.  Each ball is tested to hold up to 1,100 pounds, which makes Althea’s Exercise Balls one of the best on the market.  You can find the 65cm kit at Costco.com and all the other sizes we offer at our website.

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New Year Resolutions, New Everything?

By | January 28, 2015

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsWe are 28 days into the new year and how are those New Year resolutions holding up?  Each year we set resolutions for ourselves as a way to improve upon the year before, and if you’re like most people, those resolutions have a way off falling off the radar.

So in order to help keep those resolutions going strong here is what Althea Medical Group suggestions:

1. Are your resolutions realistic? Ask yourself that question and if your New Year resolutions aren’t make adjustments to where they realistically will be attainable.  For instance, if you want to lose 50 pounds in 1 month that sounds great and Althea has exercise balls that will help you get there, but we all know you’d have to starve yourself in order to make that happen.  Being realistic and honest with yourself is the first step.

2. Have a game plan.  Ok, so your New Year resolutions are realistic, now what?  How are you going to get there?  The “how” of any resolution is the hardest part, because it requires effort and commitment.  For example, if financial freedom is what you’re after, research financial coaches in your area and set up an appointment with them.  After you’ve met with a couple of coaches and you’ve listen to how they are going to help you get there, make that commitment to go for it.

3. Evaluate regularly. You’ve made your commitment and you’re now on your way of losing weight and financial freedom, right?  If you don’t take the time to evaluate your New Year resolutions on a daily/weekly/biweekly/monthly basis, how will you measure your success?  Set a day each week on when you are going to evaluate your progress.  By doing so, it holds you accountable and let’s you evaluate what you did great that week and what you need to improve upon.

4. Reward yourself.  Who doesn’t like rewards?  You’ve made the commitment and you’re doing the work to achieve your New Year resolutions and rewarding yourself along the way is positive reinforcement.  Rewarding yourself after every 5 pounds lost, after every $1000 put towards retirement, after every credit card you’ve paid off will help complete your goals and help you move on to bigger and better!

We hope these steps help you achieve your 2015 New Year resolutions and if you are in the market for being physically fit or cutting cost, make sure you visit our exercise and rehab products or our sales & deals page to help you achieve those goals this year!

Happy New Year and Happy New You!

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Kinesiology: What is it?

By | December 31, 2013

The scientific discipline of Kinesiology studies the processes affecting human movement. Experts and professionals involved in the field seek to analyze the psychological, physiological, and mechanical features of physical activity in an effort to understand how the body’s muscles adapt and change. These findings are then applied to various methods of therapy meant to test and treat different conditions of functional distress.

Where Kinesiology Works

Although the field of Kinesiology lacks a definitive professional specification, those generally referred to as “kinesiologists” commonly work in the sphere of physical fitness and athletic health. This may include, but is not limited to, involvement in:

  • Injury rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • General sports medicine
  • Personal fitness counseling
  • Advisement of proper exercise technique and performance
  • Analyses of optimal environmental conditions required for safe and healthy activity

As a health profession, Kinesiology functions in numerous contexts with the intent of encouraging proper somatic operation. “Kinesiologists” can work everywhere from clinics and fitness centers to schools and business offices.

A Practical Example

An innovation credited to Kinesiology currently undergoing a meteoric rise in popularity is kinesiotaping. Kinesiotaping was first developed in 1979 by a Japanese chiropractor named Kenzo Kase. Dr. Kase called his treatment the Kinesio Taping Method and created the first kind of kinesiology tape. Also referred to amongst athletes as kinetic tape, or kt tape for short, its purpose is to support joints and muscles, as well as aid in rehabilitating injuries.

Unlike common athletic tape, which implements compression to reinforce muscles and prevent injury, kt tape provides tension to pull back skin and tissue to facilitate the motion of muscles and tendons.  The tape is generally worn continuously for up to five days, as opposed to only during exercise. Rather than a preventative that limits motion, kinesiotaping serves to relieve overburdened muscles and joints, allowing them time to recuperate.

Even as the practice Kinesiology isn’t overtly identifiable in any single occupation, its influence permeates every profession oriented towards general physical fitness. It is continuously responsible for breakthroughs in the way the body’s strength, athleticism, and coordination can be managed and maintained.

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Winter Fitness: Blogs to Follow for Winter Fitness Tips

By | December 24, 2013

Winter is in full-swing and that means holiday meals with family and friends. Often the holiday season can wreak havoc on your fitness plans. However, with the help of Greatist.com, we’d like to point you towards some fitness blogs that can give you helpful witness fitness tips.

iRunner

Athletes, physical therapists, and nutritionists write powerful articles to advise and inspire runners. Founded by Scott, iRunner provides great down-to-earth advice on long distance running, training, physical therapy and orthopedics. Whether you’re dealing with existing upper or lower body pain or some pain on a run-up to a long distance run, iRunner can help.

LIVESTRONG

If you’re looking to create a healthy lifestyle this fall, you need to plug into LIVESTRONG.com. The writers on this blog have a passion to help you live a stronger, healthier, and happier life. On LIVESTRONG, you’ll discover healthy food ideas, fitness tips, advice about treating sprains and other injuries. You’ll even find advice on properly using athletic tape. Medical experts often provide insightful articles, so you know it’s trustworthy information.

Roman Fitness Systems

John Romaniello, the founder of Roman Fitness Systems is a highly sought after physical trainer in New York City. His blog brings fun and excitement to nutrition and workout efficiency. Romaniello brings humility to fitness as he describes himself as a cross between Will Ferrell and Conan O’Brian. However, underneath the humble veneer is a trainer who has helped thousands of people reach their fitness goals and stay fit in traditional and untraditional ways.

Fitnessista

Gina, a personal trainer and nutritionist, offers quick workouts and healthy recipes for busy people. Fitnessista is another blog that creates a playful attitude towards staying fit. Gina likes to post photos of her baby girl, furry-friend, and the everyday adventures of an ordinary fitnessista. On her blog, you’ll find daily recipes and new workout ideas.

Don’t let winter or the holiday season knock you off your fitness path. Use these fitness blogs to stay focused and motivated.

Whether you need athletic tape, or equipment for physical therapy or orthopedics, the Althea Medical Group is here to help.

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Stability Balls in the Workplace

By | December 18, 2013

The use of stability balls in the workplace is growing increasingly popular. Employers have learned that happy, healthy employees are more productive and efficient. Companies are always looking for new ways to improve the mood and climate of the workplace and replacing a desk chair with a stability ball is one way.

Advantages of sitting on a stability ball

Sitting on a stability ball improves your stability and balance because you are constantly engaging your core to maintain your position. Stronger core abdominal muscles protect and strengthen the lower back. Their lack of armrests makes it nearly impossible to slouch or slump as your sitting, which improves posture. If you are someone who experiences lower back pain, sitting on a stability ball can reduce your discomfort. Stability balls put less stress on the spine than hard chair cushions.

Challenges of using a stability ball

Many people feel less than secure and stable when they first sit on a stability ball in place of an office chair. This is natural and it is a good idea to use the ball in short increment until you become used to having to balance. The lack of armrests and back support can mean that the upper body is not thoroughly and adequately supported. This issue is remedied by using the newer stability ball chairs that include back support, armrests and a base. Using these types of chairs is still easier on your spine but does not require that you engage your core and balance as intensely.

Importance of movement

When sitting on a stability ball it is hard to resist the urge to bounce a little. As long as you don’t get carried away, this is a great way to lighten your day and engage different muscles than sitting alone. It can wake you up and provide a short break that enables you to return to work with better focus. No matter what type of chair you sit on, studies show that sitting for long periods is not good for your spine so get up for short stretches and walks whenever your schedule allows.

Share your stories about using a stability ball exercises at work. We’d love to hear from you.

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