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Blue Hills Sports & Spine's Monthly Newsletter
January 2016                                                                                           Issue # 59
Be More Flexible in 2016!

It's resolution time. This is the time to start new good habits, get rid of some old bad habits and start the year off on a high note. We see lots of patients every year that have problems related to the flexibility of their muscles. Although issues can arise from having strength deficits too, most people just don't do enough stretching. The biggest reason people don't stretch (other than they don't like too) is that they don't have enough time to do it. To help with this, we have put together a quick 8 minute stretching program to help hit all the major areas. You have 8 minutes, don't you? Click here for the program. Give this a try 2-3 days per week and after a few weeks you should start seeing gains in your flexibility. In the beginning you might even be a little sore, so go easy. Good luck on getting to be more flexible in 2016!
It's All About The Core

Plan on doing more "core" work this year? If you are like many of our patients that come in for hip or back pain, you probably aren't doing much at all and just need a little guidance. Sometimes starting something new can be a little scary. Are you using the correct equipment? Are you doing the exercises correctly? To help you start doing some more "core" work this year, we have put together a series of short videos to show you some basic moves to get you going in the right direction. To get to our YouTube channel, click the picture. Start easy and build up gradually and you will have a stronger "core" in no time at all!
Are You A Distracted Walker?

Yes, that is a "thing" now...distracted walking! You have heard of distracted driving and all the dangers associated with it, but distracted walking is leading to a growing number of injuries every year. As people become more involved in texting and walking, they are spending less time paying attention and end up walking into street signs, off curbs, into other people and in a few famous YouTube videos, into fountains in malls! Chances are you aren't going to stop your behavior, but you should at least be a little bit more aware of the consequences. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has actually launched a public campaign to make people more aware. To learn more about distracted walking, click here...but only after you are done walking and texting!

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