Tagged: health

Gypped At The Gym?

Don’t get gypped at the gym! More and more of us are interested in maintaining our health, our weight and our strength and we are choosing the local gym as the first step towards that goal. Problem is (and I found out the hard way) that gyms open and close faster than we can lose weight.
I joined a local gym in 2013 that had a good reputation and had been in business about 2 years. I signed an 18 month agreement. Six months later the gym closed and my membership was transferred to another local gym a little further away but still close to home. Seven months later this gym closed and another gym moved into the same building and accepted the old gym’s members. This gym closed nine months later and did not arrange for their members to transfer to any other gym.
Because I had the option of deferring my membership when I was traveling, I had only actually used nine months of the 18 original months I had paid for. That money is gone except for the value of the lesson learned.
Unless there is something so special at a particular gym that justifies a contract, stick to the gyms that charge monthly. There are several gyms within a few miles of my house that charge $10 or $20 a month. They usually have at least one month a year where the joining fee is waived or dramatically reduced. Each one has its own personality and programs to choose from.The gym that I chose has gyms all over the country and allows me to switch my membership for three months or more as often as I like. When I had to cancel my membership for a year, they refunded my yearly fee based on a prorated schedule.
Stay healthy, stay slim and stay strong…. And stay in control of your money.

10 things you didn’t know about your microwave

1. Remove a Stamp
If you’ve ever pre-stamped a letter and made a mistake with your written address, you can save that stamp with just a sprinkle of water and 20 seconds in the microwave. You’ll be able to peel off the stamp and stick it on a new letter.
2. Cook Crispy Bacon
If your bacon craving just does not allow you the patience to wait for the traditional cooking time, you can actually get your bacon on faster in the microwave. Laying the slices over an upside-down bowl will ensure that the grease drips off, giving you crispy bacon goodness.
3. Make Quick Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob takes just three minutes in the microwave if you remove all the husks and wrap it in a piece of damp paper towel.
4. Sterilize Your Cutting Board
Cutting boards are breeding grounds for bacteria, so if you don’t have time to wash it properly in between chopping or cutting, wet it under the faucet, scrub it with some liquid dish soap and pop it in the microwave.
5. Fresh-ify Donuts
Having donuts in your home that are too stale to enjoy properly is just like some sort of cruel punishment. But you don’t have to throw them out! Stick them in the microwave for about 10 seconds and they’ll come out nice and soft again.
6. Sanitize Itself
If your microwave looks like a food murder scene, you can easily clean it by placing a bowl of water with lemon in it, and microwaving for about five minutes. Afterwards you’ll be able to easily wipe off all the dirt and grime.
7. Chop Onions without Crying
Cut the ends off your onion and microwave it for 30 seconds. Most of the tea-causing gas will be released, allowing you to chop away without the waterworks.
8. Make Your Own Chips
This might just be my favorite one of all! Slice thin slices of potato, arrange them individually on a plate, microwave for three minutes, flip them over and cook them again for the same amount of time. Add some salt and enjoy homemade, crispy chips without all the unhealthy flavoring.
9. DIY Heating Pad
Treat back or neck pain by pouring uncooked rice in a sock, tying it closed, and heating it up in the microwave for a few minutes. Easy as pie!
10. Clean Your Sponge
That sponge you use to wash all your dishes can get pretty nasty, but if you don’t have a new one to replace it with, you can use this trick. Make the sponge a little wet, sprinkle on some liquid dish soap and microwave it for a minute. Any bacteria will be killed off.
Collection by HouseholdHacker/diyncrafts.com

laugh of the day

Why is great to be old
1Kidnappers are not very
Interested in you.
In a hostage situation,
You are likely to be released first.
No one expects you to run —
People call at 9 PM (or 9 AM) and ask,
‘Did I wake you?’
People no longer view you as a
There is nothing left
To learn the hard way.
Things you buy now
Won’t wear out.
You can eat
Supper at 4 PM.
You can live without sex
But not your glasses.
You get into heated arguments
About pension plans.
You no longer think of speed limits
As a challenge..
You quit trying to hold
Your stomach in no matter who walks
Into the room.
You sing along
With elevator music.
Your eyes won’t get
Much worse.
Your investment in health insurance
Is finally beginning to pay off.
Your joints are more accurate meteorologists
Than the national weather service.
Your secrets are safe with your friends
Because they can’t remember them either.
Your supply of brain cells is finally down to
A manageable size.
You can’t remember
Who sent you this list.

Water and Heart Attacks

Heart Attacks and Water

Why do people need to urinate so much at night time. A cardiologist explains that –
gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This explains the need to urinate at night
You need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body.
Correct time to drink water… From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body: 2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

Water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up. Also, to ease leg cramps, pull your toes toward your body. Do not extend outward.

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Medicare Alert

MEDICARE ALERT: OBSERVATION CARE is costing Medicare patients thousands of dollars. Patients who require rehabilitation after an accident or surgery must spend three consecutive days in the hospital as a medical patient in order to receive Medicare coverage for nursing home care during rehab.

Hospitals are keeping patients for three days after treatment for the injury but not as medical care. Instead, it is observation care. Observation care is not considered medical care but outpatient care; therefore, rehabilitation costs in a nursing home or rehab facility become private pay. Patients are often required to meet these payments before the patient is admitted.

An argument will be heard in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut for a lawsuit seeking to have the observation clause removed from the Medicare requirements. This lawsuit is based on the experiences of Lois Frarie who required surgery after she broke her elbow and pelvis. After spending four days in the hospital following surgery she went into a nursing facility for rehabilitation.

Mrs. Frarie was required to pay over $19,000 for rehab care because two of the four days she was hospitalized after her surgery were considered observation care, not medical treatment, making her Medicare ineligible for nursing home rehabilitation.

Kaiser Health News reports that seniors often find it difficult to get information from the hospital regarding the type of care they are receiving and there is little that Medicare billing personnel can do to help. For more information on this issue go to Kaiserhealthnews.org.

Reported by: Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News

There is currently a bill in the house to remove the 3 day medical care requirement for inpatient rehabilitation (see blog post on Medicare lawsuit). Please contact your representative and let them know you support the bill. You can review the bill by going to the US.gov site and look for current house bills.