4 Essentials For Your Next Summer Road Trip

driving car

Summer is the perfect time to pack the car up and take off to a new destination–be it cross-country or just to grandma’s house. While road trips can be a relaxing, and often less expensive, way to travel, they can take much more time than flying somewhere. Whether you’re traveling solo or have the whole family with you, there are some things that you should definitely add to your road trip must-have list to make your trip more enjoyable.

Small Cooler

If you’re planning to be in the car for a long time, there’s a good chance you’ll get hungry at some point. Be sure to bring a variety of snacks that you can easily reach for when the snack attack hits you. A small, insulated cooler is perfect for drinks and perishables. Good-for-you snacks like almonds and fruit are a great alternative to typical gas station snacks like chips and candy.

Good Playlist

Music is key when it comes to road trips. Spend some time before you take off putting a playlist together so you have something to listen to when you drive. Not only will this help make your trip more enjoyable, but singing along is also a great way to wake up when you start to feel tired.

Emergency Kit

Before you head out, make sure you have your AAA card and an emergency kit in case you get stranded for any reason. An emergency kit should include comfortable shoes, bottles of water, a flashlight, flares and a blanket.

Chargers

Most people rely heavily on electronic devices. Whether you plan to use your phone or other electronic device for directions, music or simply as a way of entertaining a young child, it’s important to keep everything charged during your trip. Make a list of chargers you will need before you leave and check each one off the list before you go.

For more helpful tips this summer, check back in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

4 Exercises You Can Do At Home

Young Woman Doing Stretching ExercisesSome days it’s just not feasible to work out at a gym. By the time you get home at the end of the day, it’s often easiest to knock out a workout in the comfort of your living room. Or perhaps you’re a morning person and prefer to get your workout out of the way before your day begins. No matter what your workout of choice, there are multiple options for you to perform at home.

Yoga

Practicing yoga on a daily basis is not only great for you physically, but mentally as well. If possible, try to practice in the morning so your energy levels are high throughout the day. To begin your practice, simply find a comfortable space, spread out your yoga mat and get started. There are many yoga classes available online that you can use for your practice.

Jumping Jacks

Because they are an effective cardio workout, doing jumping jacks on a regular basis is a great way to burn fat. The speed at which you perform jumping jacks, your weight and a few additional factors all contribute to how many calories you burn doing this exercise, but on average, a 150-pound person will burn an estimated 5.1 calories each minute he or she is performing jumping jacks.

Arm Workouts

With just a few simple items, you can get in an intense arm workout that will have your arms toned in no time. Simply purchase some dumbbells (5-10 pounds is ideal), a 15-20 pound kettlebell and a yoga mat or towel to stand on and you’re ready to go. This arm routine includes push-ups, kettlebell swings, triceps kickbacks, shoulder presses and bench presses… all from your home.

Jump Rope

It’s something most of us did as a kid without much thought, but jumping rope can burn some serious calories. In only 10 minutes, you will burn an average of 135 calories. That’s some serious burn! And don’t be afraid to try out different jumps to work different muscles in your body.

If you’re planning to begin a workout routine for the first time in a while, it’s a good idea to get a medical examination before you start. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for convenient hours and online check-in that provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

3 Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

Cardiogram and heart

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that by 2030, more than 23.6 million people globally will die each year from cardiovascular disease. With nearly 69% of adults in the U.S. overweight or obese, it’s unlikely we will see reprieve from this disease in the near future. However, there are signs and symptoms that you can watch for so you’ll know if you or someone you love may be suffering from heart disease.

There are several different types of heart problems – including coronary artery disease, heart attack and atrial fibrillation – with different treatments, but very similar symptoms.

Coronary Artery Disease

Angina, or chest pain, is the most common symptom of coronary artery disease. This symptom involves discomfort, pressure on the chest, burning and aching in the chest. Shortness of breath, palpitations, a quickened heartbeat and nausea or dizziness may also associated with coronary artery disease.

Heart Attack

Although some people may have a heart attack with no symptoms, typically symptoms will last 30 minutes or longer during a heart attack. These symptoms include discomfort and heaviness in the chest, chest pain radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm. Other symptoms associated can be sweating, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is found in an estimated 2.2 million Americans. For someone who has AF, electrical impulses do not travel in order through the atria; rather, they spread through the atria. Symptoms of AF include heart palpitations, fatigue, dizziness, chest discomfort and shortness of breath.

If you or a loved one experiences any of the symptoms above, it’s crucial that medical attention is sought immediately. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for convenient hours and online check-in that provide you a quick and easy experience. If you or someone you know may be having a heart attack, you should dial 911 immediately.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.