• Getting To The Heart o...
    In this issue of Healthy Living, the focus is on Eisenhower’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence — a fitting topic to start the New Year as many of us make resolutions to improve our fitness. The... click for more
  • Majid Torabi, MD
    In the world of yoga and deep breathing, there is a common saying: a healthy mind has an easy breath. If that is true, the patients of Majid Torabi, MD have him to thank. Board Certified in... click for more
  • White House Briefing O...
    In 2012, Eisenhower Cardiologist Charlie Shaeffer, Jr, MD met with senior White House officials as part of a discussion with community leaders who are actively involved in the prevention, treatment... click for more
  • Eisenhower Medical Cen...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has again received full accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Originally accredited in 2006 and then in 2009,... click for more
  • Luke Magnotto, MD
    The similarities between Luke Magnotto, MD, Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, and his great-greatgreat… grandfather Leonardo Di Capua, who lived at the end of the Renaissance period (b. 1617 in... click for more
  • It’s Berry Good For Yo...
    One of the best weapons in fighting cancer could be your fork.
    “Whether you want to prevent cancer or are currently fighting it, it’s important to provide your body with the proper fuel,” says Carolyn Katzin, MSPH, CNS, MNT, a nutritionist who works with Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center. “My goal here is to help people make small changes that can have a profound effect on overall health.”

    If you’ve already begun treatment for cancer, Katzin recommends focusing on two critical areas of your diet. “Getting enough protein is incredibly important,” she says. “For most people, that means adding one more serving per day. Also, sufficient hydration is essential, and in some cases, that means electrolytes as well.” click for more

  • Five Things You Can Do...
    1. Plan a Homemade Pizza Party
    Invite some friends and ask everyone to bring a favorite topping and drink to share. Give awards for most creative and best tasting pizzas.

    2. Stretch Your Face
    Prop yourself in front of a mirror and open your mouth wide, raise your eyebrows, wink, and wiggle your nose and ears, if you can. Laughing is permitted and highly encouraged.

    3. Walk Your Neighborhood
    As Katherine Hepburn once stated, “Exercise each day, in all kinds of weather.” Early mornings are quite pleasant even in the hottest months. click for more

  • What’s In A Label?
    Have you ever considered the notion that the fewer the ingredients, the less likely you are to ingest a long list of additives? Although it may seem daunting to wend your way through the supermarket reading food labels, knowing exactly what you’re eating is an important step to good health.

    The American Heart Association® and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention™ (CDC) list the recommended adequate amount of daily sodium as 1,500 milligrams or less. click for more

  • Celebrity Golf Invitat...
    The 25th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, benefiting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center for abused children, tees off February 21-23, 2013. Eagle Falls Golf Course and Fantasy Springs... click for more
  • Discover Art!
    The posh boutiques, upscale restaurants and glitzy galleries of El Paseo in Palm Desert couldn’t have asked for a better new neighbor. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, located at the... click for more
  • The Picture of Health
    Tom and Michael Rice, big dude and little dude, about to get totally tubular in a gnarly surf sesh at Seaside, dude. TRANSLATION:Tom and Michael Rice, father and son, enjoy an early November surf... click for more

Everyday Fitness Regimen

Includes everyday Chores

Before we had gyms, Zumba®, spin classes and pedestrian boot camp, we had chores — unadorned, everyday basic chores. We trimmed trees and pushed lawnmowers, scrubbed tubs and floors, worked on our cars and painted our homes, and more often than not, walked where we needed to go.

Most likely, our waists were smaller back then, our biceps larger and our lungs more expansive. We moved with a sense of purpose and pride, and our bodies got what they deserved — fit. We worked and moved and balanced and stretched and felt confident knowing that our bodies could perform the tasks we needed them to do.

But with the progression of convenience and technology, more options and busy lives, we began to hand off our chores to anyone who would take them. Somewhere along the way, we stopped moving.

Walking, walking, walking
In this sedentary age of television, computers and smart phones, it may be wise to rethink daily activities and chores, and to incorporate movement whenever and wherever possible. Walking is a great place to start. It’s good for the heart, bones and overall health and requires nothing more than a good pair of walking or tennis shoes (plus some sunscreen and a hat). Begin your new exercise regimen by walking to the grocery store if it’s less than a mile away (bring your own small hand cart and sturdy box to tote groceries), and find a walking partner for daily or weekly jaunts in your neighborhood or nearby park. Think of ways to incorporate walking in everything you do — instead of using an elevator, take the stairs, and park at the far end of parking lot, just to add a few more steps.

When you have the opportunity to do something physical, do it. Spend time in your yard or garden, pulling weeds or planting seasonal flowers. Sweep your sidewalk with gusto, wash dishes like a Zen master and feel your body, and your mind, gaining strength and clarity.

Volunteering can be good for your health
Volunteering is an excellent way to keep moving and to stay active. If you enjoy physical activities, check with your church or a local charity to see if they need help with a remodeling project, painting or other handyman-type chores. Some charities need help making or serving meals, or with cleanup. Organizations like The Living Desert™ have programs with training to become a docent or for general volunteer work, providing excellent opportunities to work outside, to be physically active and to get to know other volunteers with similar interests.

Put yourself on restriction
Watching too much television? Hooked on news or programs showing other people being active? If so, make a change and restrict yourself to one hour of television per night, or be revolutionary and skip the T.V. altogether. Instead, take an evening stroll, dance in your living room or practice a little deep breathing and yoga stretches before curling up with a good book. You’ll not only feel better but you may even sleep better.

You never know — everyday chores and simple lifestyle adjustments really could change your life.