The cold weather has arrived and winter about to set in! Getting out from under the warm, cozy doona is a serious task. So we have a couple of items to help motivate you. One to warm up your body and one will warm your heart.
We are very excited & humbled to share a wonderful story with you. Collectively we saved the life of a young African mother-to-be and her unborn baby.
Have a great winter, stay warm, safe and active.
David Parker and Paola Perin
Tips for Exercising in Cold Weather
· Stay safe
· Dress in layers
· Drink plenty of fluids
· Wear sunscreen
· Wear the right gear
· Be aware
Almost everyone can exercise safely in the cold weather however if you have certain conditions such as asthma, heart problems or Raynaud’s disease you should check with your doctor first. Some simple recommendations or precautions may be all that is needed.
Dress in Layers
Even in the cold, exercise generates heat in the body which then produces sweat to cool the temperature down. Take off a layer when you start to sweat and put on a layer as you cool down to prevent getting chilly.
Don’t forget your hands, feet, ears, noses & lungs. In cold weather the blood flow is concentrated in our core tissues making these areas vulnerable. Use gloves, warm socks, beanies/hat & even a scarf over your mouth to warm up the incoming air. Remove them when you start to sweat.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
You still need to keep up the fluid intake pre, during & post exercise. It’s harder to notice dehydration in cooler weather.
Wear the Right Gear
It’s dark ! Wear reflective or light coloured clothing that can be seen by others. Also make sure your footwear is adequate for slippery, wet conditions.
Keep tabs on your body. It will tell you how it's feeling - but you need to listen. Pain is the way the body tells us that something is wrong! Don’t ignore it & don’t let it sabotage your health goals. Often little things can be quickly & effectively resolved. Seek advice.
And don't forget to keep your eyes and ears open. Joggers can easily surprise drivers. And a jogger listening to Maroon 5 may not hear cars. So maintain your awareness, and stay safe.
Volunteer Trip to Africa
In January 2012 Jemimah Nicholson and Jenny Love, our two osteopathic students and reception staff, travelled to Africa on an Osteopathic Internship. In a hospital in Kenya, they applied their skills to help patients in ways they never would have imagined.
Halima, a 19 year old pregnant Kenyan woman had an obstructive labour. Basically the baby was stuck in the birth canal. Her family had no means of paying for any form of medical treatment. In this situation Halima and her baby would be left alone to pass away.
Fortunately Jenny and Jem were there and used your donations to pay for life saving emergency caesarian section surgery.
Not only was Halima’s life spared but she delivered a beautiful, healthy baby boy named Mustafa.
This was a true gift in the giving.
Thanks again to all of you that donated and a big thank you to Jenny and Jem who made it happen!
Kew Osteopathic Clinic would like to thank all of our patients whose generous donations were able to support the Medics to Africa Foundation.
Total contribution of your funds came to $350.