||Welcome to the online version of the 2006 Lowcountry Physicians Directory.
Here you will find vital information to help you make decisions about the health-care providers best for you.
Listings are divided into 33 specialties and feature physicians' areas of practice, educational background, professional memberships and the types of insurance accepted. Addresses, telephone numbers and web sites are also provided.
|Staying Active Does a Body Good
Its important for people of all ages, especially seniors, to stay
active. According to the Centers for Disease Control, being physically
active can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease and decreases
the risk for colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Physical activity also helps control weight; contributes to healthy
bones, muscles and joints; relieves the pain of arthritis; reduces
symptoms of anxiety and depression; and can decrease the need for
hospitalizations, physician visits and medications.
Indeed, theres a lot riding on incorporating exercise into your lifestyle.
Theres no better time than the present to start exercising. Be sure to
check with your doctor before increasing your physical activity,
especially if you have a chronic disease or family history of chronic
disease, chest pain, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, asthma,
diabetes, blood clots, infections or fever, joint swelling, hip surgery
or a hernia.
Here are some tips to help seniors get started:
Dont just jump into a fitness routine. First, stretch your arms,
legs and back. Start off slowly, gradually increasing the pace of your
exercise. Dont do too much too soon or you will hurt yourself. For
example, start with 10 minutes of walking and go to 20 and then 30
minutes, the AARP suggests. For a strength-training program using
weights and machines, talk to a fitness instructor about how much
weight to lift and how to use the machines properly.
Exercise should make you feel better, not worse. A little soreness,
discomfort or fatigue is normal, but listen to your body if you feel
lightheaded, short of breath, develop a sudden, severe headache, are
sweating excessively, or have pains in the chest, stomach or anywhere
else, you should stop exercising. If symptoms persist, contact your
Be aware that medications can affect your heart rate. If you are on
medication or have a condition that alters your heart rate, dont use
your pulse as a judge of how fast your heart is or should be beating.
Wear the proper protective equipment for your activity. If youre
biking, wear a helmet. If youre in-line skating, wear a helmet and
knee and elbow pads. Protective gear should be of good quality and fit
properly. It may be expensive, but its an expense thats well worth it.
Watch out for the elements. If its hot, exercise in the early
morning or early evening when its cooler, or stay in the shade and
wear lightweight clothing. If its cold, dress in layers, and be
careful of ice.
Replenish lost fluids. Its especially important to stay hydrated
when youre engaging in exercise that makes you sweat. Drink before,
during and after exercise to prevent dehydration.
A cool-down is just as important as a warm-up. Stretch your arms,
legs and back to bring your heart rate back to its normal level.
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