Wind Burn Treatments
Getting a wind burn after an activity such as skiing can irritate your skin almost as much as a sun burn. To reduce inflammation and prevent blistering, try this:
Mix 3 ounces of Mennen’s aftershave lotion with a 1-ounce tube of hydrocortisone cream. Rub the mixture on the reddened areas every 30 minutes, or as needed.
Saturate a washcloth in a solution of 1 quart of water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda and apply to the affected area.
Source: The Athletic Advisor
10,000 Steps Per Day
Did you know the Surgeon General recommends walking 10,000 steps per day? Do you have any idea how many steps you take on daily basis?
A pedometer can clear it up for you. Pedometers are about the size of a pager. You clip them on and that’s it—your steps are being measured. Simple pedometers calculate only the number of steps. More complex and expensive ones can tell you how far you’ve walked, how fast and how many calories you’ve burned.
The thing about pedometers is that they can give you the motivation to get up and get walking. They get you more in tune with how much exercise you already do, and how much you need to add.
Sledding: More than Fun
The next time the kids go out for an afternoon of sledding, consider joining them. Riding down the hill is lots of fun, and pulling that sled back up the hill is lots of exercise.
About 35,000 children are injured in sledding accidents each year. A quarter of those accidents are serious. Here are some safety tips:
- Parents should check out the sledding site to make sure it’s safe.
- Keep the bulky jackets on the whole time. They can act as a kind of protection.
- Make sure the sledding path doesn’t end in a street, a steep drop-off, a parking lot or a pond.
- Use sleds with runners and a steering mechanism instead of saucers and plastic sheets, which are hard to steer.
- To prevent head injury, riders should wear helmets and should never go down the hill head-first.
Source: AAA World, January/February 2003
Joining a Sports League
If you’re the kind of person who has trouble forcing yourself off the couch and into the cold for a solitary run or walk, think about joining a sports league. Exercising with a league can
- Help you to stay motivated.
- Provide a warm, dry place to work out when the weather’s bad.
- Create a sense of camaraderie.
- Give you a chance to meet other people who enjoy the same sport you do.
Girls, Women and Sports
If you have a daughter, you’re doing her a big favor if you encourage her to be involved in regular physical activity. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation
- Girls who participate in sports have higher self-esteem and pride in themselves.
- Regular physical activity in adolescence can reduce girls’ risk for obesity.
- Physical activity appears to decrease the initiation of cigarette smoking in adolescent girls.
- Sports help girls develop leadership skills.
Benefits extend into adulthood too:
- Women who exercise report being happier than those who do not exercise.
- Women who exercise miss fewer days of work.
- Regular exercise can reduce high levels of fat in the blood.
- Women who exercise weigh less than non-exercising women.
Source: Women’s Sports Foundation.org, the #1 resource for information on girls
and women in sports and fitness.