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When her five-day-a-week weightlifting routine at the gym got derailed circa 2020 (been there, felt that…), physical therapist Kristi Barker headed to her living room like the rest of us. Here’s the twist: She wanted an exercise alternative that made her feel as good mentally as it did physically. So Barker turned to high-impact moves that gave her a serious endorphin rush in addition to checking the boxes of being doable in a small space, fun, mostly equipment-free, and not super time-consuming. Fast-forward three years (how?!), and experts are still urging you to make force-focused workouts a staple of your routine.

If you’re picturing dreaded burpees after reading “high-impact exercise,” you wouldn’t be incorrect, but you would be narrow-minded (no offense!). “The term ‘impact’ implies two forces coming into contact with each other, so technically, any exercise that involves such an interaction would be considered high-impact,” says Brad Shoenfeld, PhD, a professor in exercise science at Lehman College, City University of New York. That includes activities like jump squats and jumping rope, but also jogging or high-energy dancing. And despite what many everyday athletes have been led to believe, it’s an *amazing* thing for the body and brain.

Unfortunately, “there’s a stigma around high-impact training,” says Barker—one that paints it as harmful for your joints and beyond. The solve here is education around its gains as well as insights into how to incorporate it into your routine, Barker says. We’re here to help.

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How These Workouts Got A Questionable Rep

FYI: There is no bottom-line scientific study that revealed high-impact exercise is bad for joints and a recipe for pain. But exercise that feels uncomfortable or even painful at times when performed incorrectly or by beginners can create an anecdotal narrative over time.

The unavoidable truth is, “when forces collide, there’s conceivably the potential for injury,” Shoenfeld says. Human error can occur with high-impact bouts, especially when people go at it unsupervised (like solo at the gym or in a crowded group class). If you don’t take the necessary precautions, like perfecting form before adding explosive effort, and wearing proper sneakers, “you can get hurt,” says Barker. That said, “the majority of people who come in for physical therapy are in pain from not moving enough,” she adds—not because of high-impact exercise.

Ultimately, if you’re cleared for this movement (see “Know Your Limits,” coming up) and informed on how to integrate it, you don’t have to fear it. In fact, you should embrace it.

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High Impact, High Reward

The number one benefit: High-impact exercise ups bone mineral density and reduces fracture risk, says Chris Hartley, PhD, a lecturer in biomedical sciences at Birmingham City University in the U.K. Jumping and hopping has been shown to increase bone strength at the hip, in particular, “which is a common fracture point, particularly in older women,” he says. “Bone adapts to the stresses and strains placed on it,” Hartley says, “and the more we load the bone, the stronger

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It is virtually hard to keep in mind a time ahead of people could turn to “Dr. Google” for health care suggestions. Some of the information was completely wrong. Considerably of it was terrifying. But it assisted empower individuals who could, for the very first time, analysis their have indications and understand much more about their situations.

Now, ChatGPT and similar language processing resources promise to upend health-related treatment yet again, providing patients with much more data than a simple on-line search and explaining disorders and treatments in language nonexperts can comprehend. 

For clinicians, these chatbots may possibly supply a brainstorming software, guard towards mistakes and relieve some of the stress of filling out paperwork, which could reduce burnout and allow more facetime with people. 

But – and it truly is a large “but” – the info these electronic assistants provide might be extra inaccurate and misleading than essential web searches.

“I see no possible for it in medicine,” stated Emily Bender, a linguistics professor at the University of Washington. By their extremely layout, these substantial-language systems are inappropriate resources of professional medical facts, she mentioned. 

Other folks argue that big language designs could health supplement, although not change, most important treatment. 

“A human in the loop is however incredibly a lot wanted,” said Katie Link, a device finding out engineer at Hugging Encounter, a company that develops collaborative machine discovering resources.

Link, who specializes in health and fitness care and biomedicine, thinks chatbots will be useful in medicine someday, but it isn’t nonetheless all set. 

And regardless of whether this technology should be out there to patients, as very well as health professionals and researchers, and how substantially it really should be regulated stay open up thoughts.

Regardless of the discussion, you can find minor question this kind of technologies are coming – and rapidly. ChatGPT launched its investigate preview on a Monday in December. By that Wednesday, it reportedly now had 1 million buyers. In February, both Microsoft and Google declared ideas to incorporate AI packages very similar to ChatGPT in their research engines.

“The notion that we would explain to individuals they should not use these tools seems implausible. They’re heading to use these resources,” mentioned Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, a professor of health treatment plan at Harvard Clinical University and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare Center in Boston.

“The finest detail we can do for sufferers and the standard community is (say), ‘hey, this might be a helpful useful resource, it has a ton of practical info – but it typically will make a mistake and never act on this info only in your choice-creating system,'” he said.

How ChatGPT it works     

ChatGPT – the GPT stands for Generative Pre-qualified Transformer – is an artificial intelligence platform from San Francisco-primarily based startup OpenAI. The free on the web software, educated on thousands and thousands of web pages of details from across the internet, generates responses to questions in a conversational tone. 

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If you’ve needed to get tested for COVID in the last month or so, you may have found yourself searching for a bit.

The state and country have seen a surge in the demand for testing.

The spread of the Delta variant is a large part of that.

But it’s also workplaces and schools requiring negative tests for people to return. Or unvaccinated people needing to show a negative test result before then can get into a concert or travel some place.

On top of that high demand, supplies are getting held up in busy ports with large backlogs.

“What we’re seeing is a lot more stress placed upon the supply chain on a wide variety of products. We’re seeing a lot of areas there are raw material shortages. There are longer lead times on products. And a lot of those are now products that are dedicated to either testing of COVID patients or either treatment of COVID patients,” said Gary Rakes, Aspirus Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Rakes said there are five factors that put the supply chain in the positions it’s in now.

They include shutting down the economy at the beginning of the pandemic, unprecedented demand, and congestion at ports due to a labor shortage, container shortage, and truck driver shortage once supplies actually get off the ships.

“A chain is only as strong as the weakest link. I think during this whole pandemic event, we’ve seen a lot of weaknesses in the supply chain. I think if we’ve learned any lessons, I think that we’ve learned that we need to do better as a supply chain industry and be able to solve for these things in the future so that they don’t repeat,” said Rakes.

Rake said Aspirus has been moving forward with little disruptions.

He credits that to planning and safeguards in place to protect health care systems from people who may be panic buying.

Aspirus keeps a high inventory of supply for things like this, though Rakes warns we’ve still got a long way to go before the supply chain is fixed.

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“I think this is really the perfect storm that we’re seeing in our industry. I don’t believe, I think most experts believe that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I think what we do see is that it will last for another six months or so,” he said.

Another factor putting stress on supplies is the high number of hospitalized COVID patients.

Aspirus hospitals in Wisconsin and the U.P. are averaging more than 90 patients a day.

It recently had to expand its ICU capacity because of the high number of severely ill COVID patients.

In the North Central Region of Wisconsin, daily COVID hospitalizations have been higher than 100 patients since early September.

Aspirus urges everyone to get vaccinated against COVID to prevent severe illness or death from the virus.

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