• Eisenhower Auxiliary’s...
    Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual fund-raising dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    Meet the residents and celebrate Eisenhower’s commitment to elevating medical diagnostics to the digital era. Proceeds will be directed to the acquisition of state-of-the-art hand-held ultrasound devices and other diagnostic equipment for Eisenhower’s inaugural class of residents and faculty in the School of Graduate Medical Education. click for more

  • Oak Glen Ripe for the ...
    Sometimes it seems like summer never wants to leave the desert. On those dog days of fall, while heat still clings to the Coachella Valley, the mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides the perfect backdrop for autumn family fun.

    An easy, hour-long drive from Palm Springs, Oak Glen is a 15 square-mile hamlet of soft hills, orchards and farms. Because Oak Glen is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the desert, the air is as crisp and cool as a green apple, often laced with the scent of a cozy fire. This is where trees try on the new fall fashions, displaying brilliant leaves of blazing orange, crimson and gold. click for more

  • 5 THINGS
    1 . Get a Massage - Treat your body to a relaxing or therapeutic massage. Invite your spouse or a friend to join you at the spa.

    2 . Read a New Author - Peruse The New York Times Book Review and find some authors you’ve never read.

    3. Skip Dessert All Week - Muster your willpower and ignore your sweet tooth until Sunday — then savor every bite of a special dessert.

    4. Watch a Documentary - Scan your movie provider and choose an interesting documentary. You might learn something new!

    5. Write a Sweet Note - Write a short, kind note and leave it for a loved one to find. You’ll probably “make their day.”

  • Eisenhower Named Most ...
    For the second consecutive year, Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care facilities, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Eisenhower is the first and only hospital in the Coachella Valley to receive the recognition. click for more
  • Eisenhower Named Leade...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Joins Ameri...
    Eisenhower Medical Center is joining the American Cancer Society for their landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is a grassroots effort where local communities can... click for more
  • Figue - Savoring Medit...
    New Mediterranean eatery Figue (rhymes with league), located in La Quinta, is the vision of a passionate owner and an equally enthralled chef who was completely taken by the enthusiasm of his future employer. “The mission statement Lee Morcus posted when advertising for a chef was unlike any mission statement I’d ever read,” says Executive Chef Francois de Mélogue. “I was like the secretary in the Tom Cruise movie Jerry McGuire, who grabbed the goldfish and went with him. I was responding to what his energy was, and I knew what my experience could bring to the table.” click for more

Strength Training

Incredible Benefits for the Body, Mind and Soul

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What if someone told you about a pill you could take to make you feel better, laugh more and enjoy life with renewed vigor? And what if that pill could lessen the symptoms of your arthritis, diabetes or depression? Better yet, what if that pill were free? Such a pill does exist — it’s called exercise. Exercise and staying active can do more for us than we ever imagined, especially if we already have limitations due to disease.

Strength Training
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tufts University recently completed a strength-training program comprised of older men and women with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. The results of their 16-week program showed that strength training decreased pain by 43 percent, increased muscle strength and general physical performance, improved the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease, and decreased disability. The effectiveness of strength training to ease the pain of osteoarthritis was just as potent, if not more potent, as medications. Similar effects of strength training have been seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Strength training can also be effective in reducing the signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression.

“The stronger your body, the better quality of life you’ll have,” says Joe Hockensmith, Certified Personal Trainer, Eisenhower Renker Wellness Center. “People who are sedentary struggle with basic activities like getting up from a chair, walking and lifting.”

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Strength Training Options
Free weights, resistance bands, yoga, circuit machines and medicine balls are all good strength training options. Any type of resistance training gives the muscles something to work against, resulting in stronger muscles. Strengthening the muscles with resistance greater than what they’re used to makes them able to do more in everyday activities.

Whenever possible, vary routines to keep them interesting and to engage more muscles throughout the body. At the end of a workout, allow plenty of time for slow stretching.

“The more lean mass you have in the body, the more calories are burned at rest,” reminds Hockensmith. “You’ll also burn more calories during exercise. And strength training keeps bones, ligaments and tendons stronger.”

Classes, Trainers and Home Workouts
For those without experience in using free weights or weight circuit machines, gyms are a good place to get instruction. Hiring a certified personal trainer for even one or two sessions can provide instruction on how to properly use weights. Before starting any new exercise regimen, check with your physician, especially if you have any health issues or restrictions.

Many gyms offer classes that incorporate strength training. Or, if you prefer to exercise at home, using smaller weights with more repetitions can be more effective than using heavier weights for a shorter number of repetitions. Be mindful of maintaining correct posture and engage your core muscles throughout your exercise routine.