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10/1/18 6:37 A

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Yes it does...thank you so much. I was stupidly looking at my Start Up page! Thanks again!

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10/1/18 6:32 A

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No worries. Under your name at the top of your SparkPage are a series of tabs going across: Info, Photos, Feed, Blogs, Awards and More.

Does that help?

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Thank you....I am sorry if I am being a bit dim but I can't locate a 'more' button'...

Carole, Cornwall, UK
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Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.
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"Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little."
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10/1/18 6:21 A

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On your SparkPage,click the "More" tab at the top right and it's one of the items in the dropdown menu.

Hope that helps,

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"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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10/1/18 6:11 A

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I don't know of this is the correct place to post but...

Yesterday (30/9) on my start page I noticed an article with exercise advice for hip flexibility. After reading it I had the option to add it to my 'favorites'. Could someone tell me please how to locate my favorites? Thanks in advance....

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Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.
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9/23/18 1:11 A

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Hi, emoticon

I am a retired pediatric rehabilitation specialist. Here are some of my ideas and some advise.

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There are specific exercises for core thighs, arms, lower back, upper back, shoulders, upper and lower arms, essentially, every muscle, tendon and ligament of your body. I would do some research on not just one exercise, but a range of exercises you rotate throughout the week. I would avoid twisting and bend from your hips, not the mid back, just like the previous member suggested. Does the person you are lifting have a transfer board you can use and is it practical to use getting him in and out of the vehicle. I would definitely buy a medical back lumbar and upper body brace with shoulder straps. The kind you find at a medical supply store. You can easily get repetitive stress injuries and not know it until the damage is done and you need to take days or even weeks off. At that point you will need to see a doctor, perhaps take muscle relaxants and rest. . I recommend getting Epsom Salts by the bag with no perfume at the Pharmacy or if you like Amazon.com or the like. Hopefully you have a bath tub and can soak in very warm water as high as you can fill it for 20 minutes every night and on weekends, too. If you have a wrist injury don't ignore it, get a wrist support. You definitely need to eat healthy and make up for the calories your burning. Track your calories as best as you can, if you have a tracker giving you an idea of how many calories your burning it will help, too. Take multivitamins with minerals and iron every day. Nothing special, Something like Centrum or a generic Centrum will do. Stay away from artificial energy such as coffee, caffeinated tea, energy drinks. They can definitely deceive you into thinking you have more strength and stamina that you do. You will want to be aware of your strength and limitations. Becoming stronger and more agile also requires stretching exercises and proper breathing techniques. You can go on You Tube to learn when and how to breath properly when lifting. The basic concept is whenever you are lifting you should be exhaling. Never hold your breath. It will put pressure on the inside of your body. That is how hernias are created by the way. Always take a slow deep breath before you lift via your nose and slowly let it out when you are no longer lifting. There is so much to learn about proper body mechanics, strengthening your body in general, becoming flexible and proper breath control. It is a science unto itself. If you can see a physical therapist to get an evaluation and home program for your job. I assume it is a job, maybe it's not.

Take it slow, take your time. You cannot become Atlas in a month. Building your body up is a gradual process. It is mind and body practice and control.

Many prayers and good luck to you!

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9/19/18 9:12 P

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Thanks so much for all the info. I tried to lift a little lower and after today's work, I didn't feel any significant back pain. After picking him up 10-12 times the last 24 hours, I ended the day with pretty heavy right wrist pain. My wrist is still a bit stiff now but I'm assuming it's from that overload of pressure.

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9/19/18 9:08 P

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Thanks so much. I'll be sure to try these out.

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9/18/18 12:09 P

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Hello Zack, I would suggest working on dead-lifts while keeping mind of a your mechanics. Keeping your back straight while preforming the exercise will strengthen your back and relieve some of your back pain. If your back is curved while lifting someone it can definitely cause some back pain. I hope this helps!

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9/18/18 12:07 P

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Hi, Zach

It's hard to say what might help, without knowing more about what kind of pain you're having and when you're having it. There are quite a few different exercises that can help strengthen the muscles involved in lifting and turning, and strengthening them could help, if the problem is simply that your muscles aren't used to lifting that much weight in that particular way. For example, leg squats and and core exercises involving rotation might work.There are different types of muscle pain, though, and they usually have different symptoms and need different types of solutions. Some problems need rest or even treatment, and without it, you may be risking more damage.

It's normal, of course, for muscles to get fatigued and sore when you push them to their limits. That kind of soreness will usually go away in a few minutes, once you stop doing the activity. Another kind of "normal" soreness may not show up until a day or two after you've worked a muscle harder than usual, like when you do a new exercise for the first time, or add more weight to some exercise you've been doing. That's called "delayed onset muscle soreness" and it may last for a few days, gradually getting better. Doing some light and/or normal activity with those muscles is usually OK, and may even help speed up recovery, which will usually go pretty quickly. And once you recover, you'll be able to do whatever caused the soreness without getting so sore.

But if you're having sharp or shooting pains during the movement, or have sharp pain with movement even when you're not lifting anything or when you're doing normal activities, that could indicate some kind of injury or problem involving the nerves, or an injured muscle that needs some rest. The safest thing to do in that situation is to avoid doing things that cause those symptoms and talk to your doctor about the pain, to find out what's going on.

I can't tell exactly where you fit into this picture, so it's hard to know what will work well for you and what might make things worse. Here's an article with more info about different types of muscle pain/soreness that might help you figure out what's going on:

https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1568

But if you're not sure what's going on, talk this over with your doctor.

Hope this helps.



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9/18/18 12:55 A

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Hello. This is a little different but I wasn’t sure where to go with this situation. It’s not about losing weight, however, learning the best way to do a certain task. I work with a quadriplegic and I must lift him from his chair into the passenger-side seat a few times a day. I have tried to keep the load in my legs getting as low as I can, however, have struggled with back pain after having to extend upward while turning to put him in the car.
I’d like to know if there’s any specific type of exercises I could do that would better prepare my body for this type of task. Feel free to ask if you have other questions.

Thanks
Zach

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