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WELLNESS
Howard Head
Sports Medicine
inpatient therapy
manager Ashley
Dentler is a physical
therapist and
certified strength and
conditioning coach.
JOINTS
"Joint health is so important,
because mobility and activity
are two of the secret ingredi-
ents to longevity and quality
of life," says Dr. Peter Millett,
director of shoulder surgery
and a shoulder, knee, elbow
and sports medicine special-
ist at The Steadman Clinic.
"Without good joint health, it
becomes difficult to remain
active and independent."
Millett says a sedentary life-
style, versus one of movement,
can lead to many disease pro-
cesses, such as arthritis, obesity,
diabetes or heart disease.
A healthy lifestyle that
promotes both aerobic and
anaerobic activity is key, Millet
explains. He recommends
thirty to sixty minutes of
daily activity, with appropriate
warmup and stretching to help
prevent injury. Activities such
as yoga or tai chi can help with
one's balance and may prevent
falls later in life, he adds.
"Extra pounds at the waist-
line translate into extra loads at
the hip, knee and ankle joints,
which over time can contribute
to osteoarthritis and other
degenerative conditions."
SKIN
Dr. Karen Nern, board-certified
physician and owner of Vail
Dermatology, says studies
have shown that nutrition
really does affect your skin.
"People who increase
their intake of fruits and
vegetables are proven to
have more red and yellow
in their skin," Nern says. "This
makes their skin look better."
Exposure and tanning beds
will increase aging in skin
and the risk of skin cancer.
Nern recommends moistur-
izing skin with a cream while
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SKIN
Wear sunscreen
and stay
moisturized.
Eat your fruits
(2 cups daily),
veggies
(3 cups daily)
and omega-3
fatty acids
(2 grams daily).
HEART
Exercise relieves
stress, which is
one of the risk
factors people
can control. So do
meditation and
restorative yoga.
MOOD AND
CONCENTRATION
A wide variety of
physical activity reduces
anxiety, depression and
stress, while increasing
self esteem and the
ability to sleep.
SKIN, VISION,
BRAIN
Eat antioxidants, which
attack the molecules that
cause widespread cell
damage and are linked
to most chronic diseases
such as Alzheimer's, heart
disease, cancer
and diabetes.
EYES
Cataracts are
more common
at high elevations,
so always opt for
eyewear that offers
UV protection.
JOINTS
Engage in 30-60
minutes of daily aerobic
and anaerobic activity,
and avoid injury with
warming up as well
as stretching.
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