Coronaviruses

Davonna Willis Illness Leave a Comment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve heard the frightening tales coming out of China about the devastation caused by a new and highly contagious illness known as the Coronavirus.   Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and …

Volunteering Benefits Seniors Physically & Mentally

Davonna Willis Uncategorized Leave a Comment

For some, the Holiday Season can be a time of social isolation and loneliness. This can be especially true for older adults who live alone. Research shows social isolation can have adverse effects such as depression, reduced cognitive function, decreased activity, and many physical conditions. For instance, we tend to see more instances of issues like high blood pressure, heart …

Can Exercise Ward Off Cold and Flu Symptoms?

Davonna Willis Illness Leave a Comment

As cold and flu season approaches, so does the season of illness prevention. From getting flu shots to adding a little extra Vitamin C to our diets, prevention often becomes a focus for those concerned with getting sick, missing work and/or school, and optimizing the joy of their upcoming Holiday Seasons. It’s based on this mindset that medical professionals such …

Use RICE for First-Aid, ‘Active Recovery’ for Long-Term Healing

Davonna Willis Injury Leave a Comment

For decades, the standard and recommended response to an injured muscle, tendon or ligament was to “apply RICE,” an acronym that stands for a protocol of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Yet these days, the application of RICE as a treatment for these sports-type soft-tissue injuries isn’t 100 percent supported by science. Multiple studies have come out over the years …

To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Tips for Optimizing Flexibility

Davonna Willis Fitness 2 Comments

Many have grown up with the understanding that, whenever you’re about to work out, compete or otherwise push your body, it’s important to stretch immediately before the activity in order to prevent injury and perform your best. Yet, despite these long-held beliefs – and perhaps surprisingly – there’s little evidence to support this theory.  Today’s evidence suggests that there’s no …

6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

Davonna Willis Back Pain Leave a Comment

Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected. Such misconceptions can cause those suffering from back pain to seek solutions, potential treatment paths, and even lifestyle alterations that aren’t necessarily in their best interests. Back pain can …

7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

Davonna Willis Fitness Leave a Comment

It’s vacation season, and for many, that means visiting far away friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things off the old’ bucket list. Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent. But, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous …