Category Archive: Fitness Equipment

Jul
09

Hit the trails and beat the heat

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” -Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such as those …

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Oct
09

Compression socks for runners are important for recovery

Congratulations to the dedicated runners and organizers of yesterdays 22nd Annual Steamtown Marathon. The 26.2 mile event, beginning in Forest City and ending in downtown Scranton, is a spectacular event. By my view, the event represents everything that makes NEPA special: hardworking, unselfish organizers, appreciative and enthusiastic supporters, beautiful landscape and fall foliage. Many runners …

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Apr
10

Trekking poles aren’t just for serious hikers

Walking with Trekking Poles

  Several years ago, while hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my family, my wife Esther developed “canyon knee,” also known as “hiker’s knee” or in medical terms, “patellar tendonitis.” Regardless of the term, the end result was that she had severe pain in the tendon below her knee cap and was …

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Nov
07

Jump Training Program

Basketball season is coming soon and preseason conditioning has begun. Every kid who has ever donned a pair of basketball shoes has dreamed about the thrill of jumping high into the sky toward the hoop to dunk a basketball. Yes, even those of us at 5 feet 8 inches and below can dream. While it …

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Oct
10

Compression Socks for Runners may prevent post-race blood clots

Compression Socks for Runners – Wear After The Race! Jury Out on Value for Running Performance, But New Research Suggests Socks May Prevent Post Race Blood Clots Congratulations to the participants of the 21st Annual Steamtown Marathon! Completing the long and arduous 26.2 mile journey is not an easy task. In fact, the mechanical and physiological toll …

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Aug
29

Concussions in Football: Part 2 of 2

Photo E - Isometric Rotation

Concussions in Football: Part 2 of 2 Guest Contributor: Victoria Wrightson, SPT There is a heightened awareness of concussions in football due to the recent discovery of a degenerative brain disease found during the autopsies of professional football players now known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The Mayo Clinic defines CTE as brain degeneration …

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Jul
04

Rediscover Your Inner Child: Hit The Trails

  “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”  Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such …

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Apr
11

Cycling: The Proper Fit Can Prevent Injury

Hamstring Stretch

Guest columnist: Sarah Singer, BFA, PTA Spring has sprung and so too has Tour de Scranton, considered the “kick off” to biking season in NEPA. So, dust off your bikes and warm up for the event by riding the many beautiful and well-maintained trails are available at the Countryside Conservancy at Lackawanna State Park, other …

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Dec
14

Finding The Best Exercise Gifts For Christmas: Cardio Equipment

Last week, “Health & Exercise Forum” presented “The Top Ten Fitness Gifts for Christmas.” This week, I will offer more detail on the three most popular, but expensive, pieces of aerobic (cardio) exercise equipment; treadmills, bikes and elliptical. Every year, well intended family members purchase expensive exercise equipment as Christmas gifts for loved ones with …

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Dec
07

Merry Fitness! Top Ten Fitness Gifts for Christmas

Every December, as we finish the last of the leftover turkey, patients begin to talk about the holiday season and gift shopping. This conversation invariably leads to suggestions for gift ideas related to health, exercise and fitness. The suggestions below offer a wide variety of fitness related gifts, some expensive and frivolous and others reasonably …

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Nov
02

Elevation Training Masks – Risk Not Worth Benefit!

Everyone knows a competitive athlete, not only Olympic or professional, but high school, college, or weekend warrior, who seems to enjoy taking their bodies to the maximum level in order to improve performance. Billions of dollars are spent each year to buy the best equipment, travel to the best facility, eat the best food and …

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Aug
05

The 10 Best Home Exercises Using Resistance Bands

Frequently, patients ask for a home exercise program that is quick and easy. For some, they want to do some exercises before or after work to gain or maintain muscle tone, but don’t have time to join a gym. For others who are retired, they want to do some simple exercises to help them maintain independence …

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Jul
16

Try Some New Fitness Activities for Summer

Sunset Kayaking

The summer is a great time to be outdoors in NEPA as so many activities are available such as: biking, hiking, running, walking, swimming, boating, golfing, and playing tennis to name a few. It is also a wonderful opportunity to discover your inner child, mix it up and try something new! Below are four new …

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May
21

Backward Walking is Forward Thinking!

Backwards Treadmill

Recently, a patient, Pat McKenna, editor of The Times-Tribune, came to my office with a partial tear and strain to one of his hamstring muscles. He stated that he has always had hamstring tightness and has walked backward as a warm-up exercise to prevent injury. I found the concept of backward walking, (also called retrowalking) …

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Jan
09

This Winter, Try Something New!

Winter in NEPA can be the perfect opportunity to try something new. For example, for those who enjoy running or walking you can continue to do so in the winter, with a few adjustments. Equipment, such as treaded sneakers, allows you to run or walk in the snow. Snow shoes are a great way to …

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Dec
05

Top Exercise Gifts for Christmas

Every year, well-intended family members purchase expensive exercise equipment as Christmas gifts for loved ones with the hope of encouraging exercise and fitness for the New Year. I applaud the attempt to encourage wellness because the value of regular exercise is well known. However, a high percentage of these products serve as clothes hangers and …

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Aug
29

The Naked Truth About Barefoot Running

Last year’s Steamtown Marathon saw the influence of the new “barefoot running” fad, with R. J. Stiltenpole of Scranton Running Co. as one runner who sported the barefoot look and plans to do so again in October 2011. He, like many other “barefoot runners,” sported minimalist shoes to prevent cuts and blisters from the pavement. …

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Jun
13

Mountain Biking

Dr. Mackarey's Health & Exercise Forum

On June 18, the Second Annual Lackawanna River Heritage Association’s Explorer Bike Tour and Festival will take place at Mellow Park in Peckville, PA. Good luck to all of the riders from our area. Biking is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of NEPA. It offers many health benefits and can serve as …

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Apr
18

Compression Socks and the Boston Marathon

In 2009, compression socks burst onto the running scene when people witnessed Paula Radcliffe, one of the top female marathon runners, wearing what appeared to be knee-high socks as she ran the Boston Marathon and other major events. In fact, so many people took notice that the sock she wore, 2XU Compression Racing Socks, became the 2009 Product of the Year! Today, the company offers two socks: one worn while running to improve performance, and the other worn after prolonged activities to reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.

Jan
24

Walk or Run Safely This Winter: Part 1 of 2

Many people living in Northeastern Pennsylvania attempt to exercise outdoors year round. The psychological benefits are many: each season brings its own unique beauty, and winter is no different. Most will not have to abandon outdoor activities, but some adjustments in equipment, clothing, and food are necessary for each season and the temperature changes that it brings.

Dec
13

Top Exercise Gifts For Christmas

Every year, well intended family members purchase expensive exercise equipment as Christmas gifts for loved ones with the hope of encouraging exercise and fitness for the New Year.

Selecting the right product for the specific needs of the person using the equipment may lead to better compliance and success.

Dec
06

Toning Sneakers: Fitness Gift Review For Christmas

No matter what fitness goal you have set–trimming down, building strength, or enhancing endurance–most people would like to achieve it with as little effort as possible. This desire for a shortcut explains why so many people have laced up the newest “instability” sneakers from brands like ReebokR and SkechersR, which promise to increase muscle tone while you walk