Health Tips

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Chronic Pain

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Talking to your healthcare provider about chronic pain can be difficult, but it is a conversation worth having, says Paul Arnstein, PhD, a Massachusetts General Hospital nurse and educator who has 35 years of experience in pain management.

Doctors can’t apply a pain monitor, like they can to check your blood pressure. “Healthcare providers will not know the location, timing or intensity of your pain, unless you tell them,” he says.

Cold Weather Workout: Challenging and Quick

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When the weather turns cold and snowy and you’re cooped up indoors, you can still get some exercise, even if you don’t have gym equipment at home. All you need for a cold weather workout is a little space and 10 to 15 minutes.

Try these exercises for a full body workout that works major muscles, core stability and raises your heart rate. Do all four exercises in this series. Rest for a minute and repeat three times.

Sticking to New Years Resolutions to Lose Weight

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

After months of holiday indulgence and celebration, the New Year often marks a turning point, as we try to shift back to healthier habits. A quick web search of “New Years Resolutions” leads to countless articles about how to lose weight and how to stick with diet and exercise plans. 

Fitness: Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Specific

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I'm not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because they generally don’t work. Each January, people promise themselves that they will do something really positive in the new year — like lose 20 pounds in 2017. That seems simple, but it encompasses many potential challenges that can become unmanageable.

Instead of big resolutions, build on smaller goals.