People tend to be skeptical whenever a new product or routine claims to add longevity to someone’s life. It is natural to be wary of false claims or innovative products that haven’t had many studies. 

However, it is a bit more believable that certain routines and body movements will add longevity to your life when it comes to exercises. Even if you remain a little skeptical, there is no doubt that the exercises will positively affect your health. 

While there are all sorts of workouts proven to increase your lifespan or help you live a healthier life well into your old age, one that is less talked about is arm strength training. According to the British Medical Journal, having a higher grip strength reduces mortality in the elderly and combats other harmful illnesses like respiratory disease and cancer. 

It is a known fact that muscles get weaker as you increase in age. However, regularly doing exercises that work your arm strength will help you maintain healthy muscles well into your elderly years. Not only does arm strength help prevent certain diseases you become more vulnerable to in your old age, but having controlled use of these muscles will also make mundane tasks easier for you as you continue to age. Rather than eventually having to rely on others to open a jar for you or carry a box up the stairs, if you’ve been working on your arm strength, there is no need to ask others for assistance. You will find you can live an independent life longer.

If you’ve been neglecting your arm workouts and are now worrying whether it will have detrimental effects on your life, don’t panic. You can begin building up your arm strength and soon be positioned to have healthy muscles for years to come, as long as you maintain their durability.

Some effective forms of arm exercise, to begin with, are deadlifts, dumbbell rows, and pull-ups. If these prove to be too difficult for you in the beginning stages, you can choose to begin with five-pound weights on each arm, completing circuits on each side. Once you start improving your arm strength, you can branch out into some heavier lifting to improve your grip strength.

Thankfully, arm strength is not some fad that will quickly go out of style. This form of exercise has proven effects on increasing your lifespan and giving you a better chance of living an independent lifestyle for longer.


Squats are an essential part of many individuals’ workouts. Whether looking to attain rock-hard glutes or achieve better core strength, the benefits of squats are undeniable. So what do you do if you’ve been experiencing knee pain during this drill?

Most individuals try to push through the pesky pain, not realizing it could eventually result in an injury. To protect yourself while still earning maximum results from your workout, continue reading for ways to stop knee pain during squats.

Warm-Up Properly

As with any exercise routine, it is important to warm-up before beginning your workout. It is natural to want to hurry up your warmup regime and dive straight into your drills. However, a properly executed warm-up is a crucial step in preventing knee pain. 

If you’ll be engaging your body in lots of squats during your workout, you should consider doing a prolonged lower-body warm-up that will prepare your knees for any strenuous activity ahead.

Consider Using Knee Sleeves

You may be well-versed in workout gear, but if you are not aware of what knee sleeves are, you may want to consider investing in some if you’re susceptible to knee pain. Knee sleeves are helpful for removing pain and pressure from the affected area. While these should only be used as a last resort, they can undoubtedly protect you from injuring yourself worse and will provide you with the support you need. But it is important first to try to solve your knee pain during squats through other methods. 

Spread Your Knees Outward

Even the most experienced athletes still have tendencies to do some workouts incorrectly at times. Believe it or not, your squat form may be incorrect, leading to much of the knee pain you’ve been experiencing. Especially if you do any heavy lifting, your knees may have a tendency to buckle inward. If you turn your focus to your knees more often, you will be one step closer to avoiding this pain.

The trick is to squat with your toes and knees facing outward. If you’re having trouble identifying the proper squatting form, there are many resources available that physically show you what position your entire body should be in.

If you have more severe knee issues and they are not anything that can be solved by one of the quick fixes listed above, consult your doctor or physical therapist before trying to push yourself too hard. The key is to allow yourself to make adjustments to achieve the best possible results from your workout, not to injure yourself even more severely.

Where to Donate Old Medical Supplies

Do you have medical equipment you no longer use? This can range from crutches from when you broke your leg to a wheelchair that you no longer have any use for. Returning this equipment isn’t an option, and throwing it out is a wasteful end for something that someone else can otherwise use. Fortunately, several nonprofit organizations will take this equipment and distribute it to those who need it all around the world.


In addition to the following organizations, contact your local nonprofits as well—like Goodwill or homeless shelters—to see if they will accept this equipment and make it available to your community.



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Benefits of Hiking With Your Children

These days it can seem as though you’re fighting against digital technology for your kids attention. With so many distractions it’s becoming increasingly difficult for everyone (not just children) to focus. One great way to unplug and slow down a bit is by exploring the outdoors. Science shows that hiking and exercise release body chemicals, such as serotonin that can result in positive thinking.


If you’re already an active person or nature lover don’t let fears of being a first time parent stop your adventurer spirit. Strap your new baby on your chest and take a hike! When a child’s neck is strong enough to support their head, usually around 15 pounds, it is safe to let them ride in a backpack while you trapese the outdoors. Getting kids outside and exploring early in life may begin a love affair with the wilderness that can last a lifetime.


There are a multitude of benefits from hiking with your children. Not only is it a great way to unplug together, but it’s also good for everyone’s health. A light hike isn’t only beneficial for cardiovascular reasons. Climbing over roots, fallen trees, and rocks can help to build balance and agility. Furthermore, spending time in remote hiking areas helps to raise children’s problem solving skills and boosts their confidence.


Trail hiking can also provide wonderful opportunities to come in contact with wildlife. It is in a child’s nature to be curious. Exposure to animals, such as birds and insects, is a great way to give your kids insight into the wonders of nature. When your child is old enough to say, “bird!”, take the time to stop and allow them to engage. Bringing along a magnifying glass is a fantastic idea for parents looking to help their children get interested in the outdoors. Allow your kids to stop as you hike and touch, smell, and watch whatever they’d like. 


Within reason you can allow your child to lead your hike, always being mindful of anything dangerous. Point out different rocks and trees, but try to avoid giving speeches or preaching. Many parents know that when a child thinks they’re learning , they often tune out or stop being as interested. Hiking is a wonderful way to allow your kids to absorb everything around them and build connections to nature.


Hiking can also provide an opportunity to teach a few life skills. Children of all ages can learn how to use a compass, predict a storm, and read a map. If a bug bite or a scraped knee occur, use the occasion to teach basic first aid skills. 


 Let them be involved in as much or as little as they’d like to. Encourage older kids to bring along a friend and allow your younger children to help you pick out which snacks to pack. Safety should always be the number one priority. Make sure that you’re protecting your children with sunblock and bug repellent, and alway check for ticks after a hike.


This blog was originally published on Michelin’s website.

Wearable Healthcare Tech

There is an increase in the number of people that want to monitor their own health. Due to these new consumer demands wearable technology is becoming an enormous market. While the trend may have started as people wearing fitness technology there are many wearable health tech products that companies and insurers are supplying.

Wearable technology in healthcare are electronic devices that are designed to collect data of users’ health and exercise information. These products include things such as smartwatches and Fitbits. More and more people want to take control of their own health and their desire to do so has greatly influenced the medical industry. Now, things such as wearable monitors are being developed so that consumers can track their personal health activity.

Blood Pressure Monitors
The first wearable blood pressure monitor was launched in 2019 by Omron Healthcare. The “HeartGuide” looks like a normal smartwatch, however it measures blood pressure and keeps track of daily activity. Data about the steps the user takes that day, the amount of calories being burned, and the distances traveled are all measured.

HeartGuide can  store up to 100 readings in it’s memory and the device allows the data to be transferred to a mobile app. By allowing users to store, track, and then share their health data with physicians, these blood pressure monitors are allowing people to gain insights into how their habits are affecting their blood pressure.
ECG Monitors
What sets the ECG monitors apart from smartwatches is the devices ability to measure electrocardiograms. The ECG then sends the readings to the doctor and can detect atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, the ECG monitors keep track of the users elevation, pace, and distance. It also collects and tracks data about walking, running, biking, and even swimming.

Biosensors are very different from other wearable technology because instead of a smartwatch, the sensors are a self-adhesive patch. The patch allows the user to move around normally, while it collects data on their heart and respiratory rates, body temperature, and movement. These biosensor patches can actually help to prevent respiratory or cardiac arrest. By helping  reduce a patient’s health deterioration this piece of wearable health tech can improve the outcomes for many patients and even reduce the amount of work that medical staff usually performs.

Overall, the introduction of new wearable health technology will have lasting effects on the lives of everyone. As these devices track users health data the amount of hospital visits will be greatly reduced, as will readmissions due to mismanaged health problems. Allowing people to engage in their own health can offer healthcare professionals a plethora of benefits as well. The trend is already influencing insurance companies and other providers to begin using the wearable health monitoring devices to their advantage.

Since consumers are being projected to increase the amount of wearable technology they use, it is fair to say that the device connectivity industry will continue to expand at increasingly rapid rates. The technology will, inevitably, become more conventional, and in turn, more popular. As the door opens for everyone to become proactive in their health management, healthy lifestyles will be on the rise.


This blog was originally published on Michelin’s website.


Montreal is known for its terrific city life. There are festivals and events every season, great food all the time, and a fantastic art culture. However, something that most people overlook when visiting this lively city is that there are some truly splendid hiking trails very close by.

Here is a list of six great hikes to take the next time you visit Montreal.

Parc du Mount-Royal
To get to the trailhead from downtown just head west and start your ascent up! There are many jumping on points as this trail offers amazing views of the city, from inside the city. There are loops to walk, cycle, or even cross-country ski throughout the park.

Les Lacs in Mont-Saint-Bruno National Park
This is a short drive from Montreal and a very leisurely hike. The trail will lead you by all five of the parks lakes and the park itself offers trails that range from easy to intermediate.

Le Haut-Lieu Trail
This is a great choice any season! There are multiple trails for cross-country skiers and many viewpoints. Along the hike you’ll find picnic tables, welcoming a deserved break to snack and relax.

Dieppe Trail
This hike can take a total of three hours, making it a fairly short hike for the beautiful views you’ll be rewarded with. There are several trails that take you through the high points of Mont Ste. Hilair. The reserve is home to an estimated 800 species of butterflies and includes great views of the hills and the Richelieu valley and river. To get there locate the trailhead at the Gault Nature Reserve’s Nature Centre.

Mont Brassard Trail
In total the trail takes about three hours. There are seven fantastic viewpoints that will provide you with views of Lake Remi, Saint-Zenon, and the Black River Valley. There are rocky outcrops and a 60-meter high waterfall; the Voile de la Mariee. This all makes for an interesting afternoon. The trail begins at the welcome center in Sept Chutes Regional Park.

The Gorge Canyon Trail
This is the most popular hike in all of Parc de la Gorge, and for good reason! This trail offers the longest suspended footbridge in all of North America. Once you cross the bridge you’ll be able to visit the observation tower, which offers a wonderful view of the Gorge.  The formation of the canyon actually began during the ice age! The trailhead is located at the reception building, just off of Michaud Road.

Advice on Keeping Aging Parents at Home

Everyone knows that a part of getting older includes losing the ability to do things that used to be a part of your everyday routine. Every situation is different. It’s possible that this means your aging parents are having difficulty walking upstairs or perhaps they are beginning to forget to eat lunch or take medication.

A common issue for older people is the strong desire to stay in their home. As children who want the best for their parents, it can be difficult to navigate this time, as there are a lot of decisions that go into figuring out the best option. For a lot of people, they’ve been told and reminded that their parents do not want to live in a home. However, it’s inevitable that the thought of supportive living is taken into consideration.

It is entirely plausible for older people to continue living independently. Depending on the individual, there are a number of initiatives to take so that this new stage of life can go as smoothly as possible.

The first thing to do is learn what type of support will most contribute to safety and peace of mind for everyone. There are many services in place that have information on full or part time home care. Visit a local Agency of Aging or any senior center to talk with someone who can help you to determine the level of care necessary.

It is critical to consult with a doctor and plan ahead, especially if your loved one has any illnesses such as diabetes. They will be able to explain any problems or setbacks that health problems could create and help you to plan accordingly. The most important thing is to ensure that it is safe for your aging family member to continue living at home.

Some people may need help with personal care routines. Things such as bathing, dressing, or washing their hair could be proving more difficult. Others may need someone to help with household chores. This could involve laundry, yard work, grocery shopping or preparing meals.

Once a conclusion is reached on the type of help your parents need, you can decide whether an at-home caregiver would be beneficial. Some families find that having someone arrive in the morning to help assist with getting ready and then preparing a few meals is all that is needed to keep their loved on a healthy schedule. There are even meal delivery programs that will actually provide hot food for free or a very low cost.

If your loved one has recently been released from the hospital, they may only need short term help while they recover. The hospital discharge planner can assist you in making arrangements so that a home health aid can be available to do things such as remind the client of medicine doses or assist with ambulating safely after surgery.

Lastly, money management can be overwhelming. Especially when you’re taking on the responsibilities of someone else’s finances. Check your resources and find financial counselors or geiratic care managers that can give you advice. Some people find that setting up bill pay online helps to keep everything straight. Most utilities can be paid automatically through a checking account.

The most important thing is safety. Everyone wants the people they love to be safe and taken care of. Make sure that yourself or someone whom you trust has permission to discuss any health care concerns and make necessary decisions if the time comes. Talk to a doctor about whether or not a medical alert bracelet may be a good idea.

Remember that there are professionals who are specially trained to help provide people in these situations to find the resources necessary to make daily life easier.


Dementia is a brain disorder that affects a person’s memory and speech, along with a variety of motor skills. It also affects a person’s ability to regulate emotions and interact with other people. There are a variety of different types of dementia, as well as various underlying causes. In addition, there are some forms of dementia that are treatable and others that aren’t. For the most part, doctors agree that people have a genetic predisposition to most types of dementia, excluding the ones that are caused by a traumatic brain injury. In recent years, however, there have been many studies that show how certain lifestyle tendencies can have a profound effect on whether a person will develop this disease. The four factors examined by researchers were people’s smoking status, levels of physical activity, alcohol consumption, and diet.

The two most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia. Both of these disorders are tied to problems with the vascular system, meaning associated with the heart and blood vessels. Smoking is tied to dementia because it increases the chances of developing vascular problems. It can also lead to bleeding in the brain or having a stroke. Both of these issues are proven as potential gateways to developing dementia.

There are many reasons for staying active, but now people can add to that list a reduced chance of becoming senile. The white matter of our brains is comprised of millions of bundles of nerve fibers. These are the pathways connecting various parts of the brain that aid in decision-making, memory, and cognition. Studies involving the brains of older adults have shown a decreased amount of white matter in those who don’t maintain an active lifestyle. People with increased physical activity were able to slow down white matter degradation.

Doctors have known for years that drugs and alcohol kill brain cells. They also know it happens faster than the aging process. Studies have now found a correlation between excessive drug and alcohol use and signs of dementia. When alcohol is consumed in large quantities, neurons that are normally supposed to regenerate are prevented from doing so and instead, die.

Diet plays an important role, too. The Meditteranean approach towards eating has long been touted as the healthiest easting style. Evidence shows that a diet that is abundant in fruit, vegetables, cereals, while also being low in red meat and sugar could help reduce the likelihood of dementia.


Fathers who are over 40 years old have a lot of changes happening in their lives. A lot of these changes are medical-based. After 39, you are no longer considered a spring chicken. There is a reason for this. Apart from the obvious lack of sleep and free time, there are other differences you will begin to notice that take you further away from your childless, youthful, carefree days. If fitness used to be a major element of your lifestyle, it will soon become apparent that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to maintain the same way of life while still being a father, especially as you advance in years. As difficult as it may be, it might time to accept that what was once the norm for physical fitness, is no longer possible.

One rule of thumb that is easy to overlook is not taking the time to stretch, either before or after a workout. This could be because of time constraints or the belief that the workout sessions of your younger days still apply. There are two types of stretches – dynamic and static. It matters a lot which one you perform on cold muscles versus after being warmed up. Dynamic stretches are meant to prepare your body for a vigorous workout – they are repetitive and entail a lot of motion, though not necessarily strenuous. The idea is to warm up the muscles for the workout ahead. Static stretching is performed after a workout in order to increase flexibility and to avoid cramping. Static stretching should never be done to cold muscles because it increases the risk of injury.

Comparing yourself to others or to your much younger self is another mistake that fathers over 40 tend to make. The only person you should be competing with is the person you were yesterday, and even then it should be done in the spirit of friendly competition. You should be your number one supporter, making every day as productive as possible, but also cutting yourself slack if you don’t make all the right choices.

What you put into your body is just as important as how much you exercise. The expression you are what you eat is true. If you eat whole grains, vegetables, and protein you will have more energy and feel better. If you choose processed foods, you will feel sluggish and fatigued. You are no doubt less likely to maintain a fitness regimen if you are too tired to make it through the day.

Technology and Innovation: The Pacemaker

When medical pacemakers were first developed in the 1950s, they revolutionized treatment for cardiovascular disorders. This tiny device sends small electrical pulses to the heart to help it beat in a regular rhythm. Ever since implantable pacemakers were first developed, the design has stayed mostly the same. However, some medical researchers are starting to experiment with this standardized product once again.

In the past decade, the Electrophysiology Clinical Research & Innovations Team at the Texas Heart Institute has been working to improve the design of pacemakers. Along with innovative partners at the University of California and Rice University, the team has been trying to see how new technology could potentially better pacemakers. According to professor Aydin Babakhani, the type of pacemaker most people still use is essentially on the same level of technology as a wired telephone.

The typical pacemaker still requires doctors to run wires through blood vessels and implant a battery inside of a person. However, the new pacemaker that the Texas Heart Institute researchers have designed is meant to be a batteryless pacemaker with less wires. This style of pacemaker will get energy wirelessly from an external battery pack situated outside of the patient’s heart. It can change the frequency of the signals it sends out by adjusting the amount of power received wirelessly by a small antenna.

In addition to eliminating the need for more bulky and invasive medical devices, the researchers also hope their pacemaker will be more comfortable to wear. Since it is so much smaller, the pacemaker can be placed directly in the heart. At just 4 millimeters in width including the receiving antenna and pacing signal, the chip fits comfortably against the heart itself.This delivers pacing signals right to the necessary muscles instead of requiring complicated wiring arrangements that can be painful.

Right now, the researchers have not been able to test their devices with human subjects. They have tried it in pigs, which have a weight and organ arrangement similar to humans, and they found that the pacemaker was able to successfully manage heart rates ranging from 100 to 172 beats per minute. The next step in developing the new pacemakers will be refining it for human use. Hopefully, with the right funding and development, this pacemaker will revolutionize the way humans treat heart rhythm disorders.


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