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For the second year in a row, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network are helping fans improve the total health in the communities in which we live, work and play. Take the first step toward your total health, whether you pledge to drink more water, swap your snack for a healthier alternative or commit to working out like the pros.
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BucksFit Challenge Event - Sold OutDate: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: Doors Open at 2pm, Event starts at 2:30pm, Event Ends at 5pm
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Participants in the BUCKSFit Challenge Can Win:
2 Club Seats to a Milwaukee Bucks Game
Player Autographed Jerseys and Basketballs
Bucks Fan Pack Filled with Bucks Gear
Duane Mueller, LAT, PES
Duane has over 11 years of experience as a licensed athletic trainer and performance enhancement specialist at the Froedtert & MCW Sports Medicine Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine performance enhancement specialist and certified speed and agility coach. Duane served as the sports medicine intern for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2004-2006. As a Milwaukee native, he enjoys sharing his passion for fitness and injury prevention with the community.
Becca Petro, MS, LAT, CSCS
Becca is a licensed athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist with a master’s degree in athletic training. Becca has helped athletes increase speed, strength and agility while decreasing their risk of injury. She works with athletes of all ages and abilities and is passionate about keeping people healthy.
Bryana Kudek, LAT, PES
Bryana is a licensed athletic trainer for the Froedtert & MCW health network. She serves as the athletic trainer at Hartford Union High School, where she provides coverage for the school’s athletic teams. She speaks to students in the school’s health and sports medicine classes and teaches injury prevention to student athletes. Outside of work, she enjoys hunting, spending time with family and teaching aerobics.
Healthy Tips from Duane Mueller, LAT, PES
Do Not Try Doing It All At Once
The key to adding exercise to your lifestyle is not to try drastically changing your routine. If exercise is not currently part of your weekly routine, start off by trying to add 2 to 3 days of exercise for 45 to 60 minutes. In order to get the most out of your workout, try performing a combination of resistance training and cardiovascular exercise. Once your body has become accustomed to this, gradually increase your volume. For those working on resistance training, try a 3-day total body split or a 4-day split of two days upper body and two days lower body, plus cardiovascular exercise. To ensure that you are not overtraining, always listen to your body. You will experience some muscle soreness with exercising but it is important to know the difference between delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and injury.
What Is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)?
DOMS is the pain and stiffness felt in the muscles several hours to days after strenuous exercise. This usually peaks between 24-72 hours after exercise and is often seen more in resistance training exercises with focus on the eccentric phase (contraction as muscle is lengthening). Light aerobic exercise and proper nutrition can help speed up muscle recovery. It is important to listen to your body when exercising because DOMS lasting longer than 3 days post exercise can deplete energy stores for up to 2 weeks. Some soreness is expected after exercise because of small scale damage in the muscle fibers as they adapt and become stronger. However, it's important to know the difference between muscle aches and joint pain. If you are experiencing pain that is deeper in the joint or not resolving, follow up with an orthopedic healthcare professional.
Do Not Become Fixated on A Scale
If you are working out for a healthier lifestyle or to become leaner, do not become fixated on your weight. One common reason why people discontinue working out "post new year's resolution," is that after the initial weight loss or gains they see in the first 6 to 8 weeks from initial adaptations of exercise, they don't feel like they are making as much progress towards their goals, so they assume it is not working. However, this is assumption is not accurate because if they took circumference measurements, they would see that they are still making improvements. Remember that lean mass weighs more than fat mass, so there will be times when you may weigh the same but have a much leaner appearance. Also, to ensure you maximize your potential to reach goals, don't forget about your nutrition. A great free site to help with information on this is www.choosemyplate.gov.
Know Your Heart Rate (HR) and What It Means When Exercising
Before exercising, make sure you are aware of any pre-existing health conditions and always consult a physician. To estimate your maximum HR, use the equation 220-age. Once you have an estimate of your maximum HR, you can then apply training zones.
Notice that light training (60-70% of your max HR) burns the highest percentage of calories from fat. However, the number of calories you burn at this zone is minimal. This is why high intensity interval training (HIIT) is popular - you can burn a lot of calories in a shorter amount of time. HIIT involves short durations of exercise spent in higher training zones so that even while you are resting you are burn calories. Also, notice the very light training zone is useful for recovery. This will help with DOMS from higher intensity workouts. This could be an easy walk, jog, bike or swim. Athletes and exercise science professionals typically refer to this as an active rest period.
My Most Important Key to Success
Have FUN and do it for yourself! If you are having fun at whatever form of exercise you choose, you will stick with it. Remember that in addition to the many benefits of exercise, it is also providing you with a better chance to live a longer and happier life for yourself and those you care about. Love Live Life.
Healthy Tips from Bryana Kudek, LAT, PES
Smartphones & Sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, "Ninety percent of people in the U.S. admit to using a technological device during the hour before turning in." If you are one of those in the 90%, here are a few reasons that might make you want to be in the other 10%. It has been shown that using electronic devices before bedtime can negatively affect your sleep by overstimulating your brain. But how? Electronic devices (TVs, tablets, smartphones, etc.) emit artificial blue light. This blue light suppresses the release of sleep hormones making it difficult to fall asleep. Everyone needs a good night's sleep, so remember to always put your devices away at least one hour before bed!
Proper Body Mechanics
While being physically active, you may notice how many beneficial movements and exercises there are that can be executed. Even though there are hundreds of different movements and exercises to perform, it is very important to be performing them in a safe way. Poor technique and uncontrolled movements can cause injury and pain in the joints or muscles. Here are some helpful tips to prevent injury:
- Do your research. If you are interested in trying a new exercise, check out multiple resources before executing it.
- Ask a professional. A Licensed Athletic Trainer or a professional who has knowledge in body movement is a reliable resource to have when trying new techniques.
- No pain, no gain. WRONG! This old saying is misleading and incorrect. If you are truly performing an exercise correctly, there should not be pain. Exercise should be difficult at times, but not painful.
According to the National Athletic Trainers Association Position Statement, "Fluid Replacement for the Physically Active," the benefits of proper hydration include "maintaining athletic performance, maximizing the transfer of metabolic heat, maintaining mood, and facilitating recovery from exercise." While all of these things are important, this knowledge can be easily overlooked. It is shown that a majority of athletes (professional, collegiate, high school and youth) arrive at workouts under-hydrated. Here are some helpful tips to help utilize the benefits listed above.
- Hydrate before, during, and after exercise.
- Be mindful of body cues. Thirst, urine color, and body weight before and after exercise are good things to pay attention to when trying to stay hydrated.
Healthy Tips from Becca Petro, MS, LAT, CSCS
Staying hydrated is very important in keeping our bodies healthy. Water makes up about 60% of our body weight and is needed for almost every function in our body. Drinking enough water can help you perform better in sports, improve your mood, prevent headaches, and protect our bodies from chronic diseases like asthma. Try to drink mostly water instead of juices, sports drinks, or soda to reduce the amount of sugar and calories you consume.
Get Your Rest!
Chronic sleep loss can contribute to weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decreased immune system. You should aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Having trouble sleeping? Use some of these sleep hygiene tips to help: cut out caffeine after lunch, get off electronics at least an hour before bedtime, establish a bedtime routine, and keep your room cool. Sleeping enough will help your body perform optimally.
Our bodies were not made to be sedentary! Chronic diseases and weight gain are consequences of not moving enough. Many of us find it difficult to fit exercise into our daily routine. Start with baby steps to get moving and exercise more. Take small breaks during the work day to stretch and walk around, park farther away from stores so you will walk more, find a friend to exercise with, or wear your workout clothes to bed to help you get up to exercise in the morning.
Although stress is a part of life, too much stress can wreak havoc on our bodies. Stress can lead to headaches, stomach issues, sleep disturbances, feeling overwhelmed or unmotivated. One easy way to combat stress is through deep breathing. Deep breathing slows your heart rate and can lower your blood pressure. Sit up straight and close your eyes. Place your hand on your belly. Begin to slowly inhale through your nose. As you inhale, feel your breath begin in belly and move up to your head. When you exhale through your mouth, reverse the process. Feel your hand move up and down on your belly as you breathe.