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Understanding how to train your cardiovascular system

 You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know.All exercise modalities fall under what is known as aerobic or anaerobic.  To put it simply, aerobic exercise uses oxygen for fueling muscle fibers, while anaerobic muscle contractions is fueled by energy sources stored in the body and is not dependent on the oxygen we breathe.  Aerobic exercise is of a …

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Isometrics for Strength and Injury Prevention

What Are Isometric Exercises?      Isometric exercise involved sustained contraction against an immovable load or resistance with no or minimal change in length of the involved muscle group” (Carlson et al. 2014). In other words, isometric exercise is holding a steady position by activating your muscles without moving from the position. For example, imaging …

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Mousing with Non-Dominant Hand: Anti-Aging at Your Fingertips

Doing the same things, the same way, every day can be harmful to our mental and physical health. Being comfortable as creatures of habit doesn’t do much to keep our brains healthy. Memory recall, problem solving, and even motor-memory skills can dwindle by abiding in our comfort zone. Here’s a computer ergonomic tip that has …

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Understanding the Four Most Common Workplace Injuries

Workplace strain injuries are among the costliest for maritime employers. In 2017 alone, overexertion injuries cost employers $13.8 billion1. Understanding how the body gets injured provides insight on prevention strategies to minimize the cost of these injuries and improve the efficiency of operations.  Injury occurs when the tissue (e.g., muscle, tendon, or ligament) experiences an …

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Key to reducing ergonomic injuries is designing tasks so that the internal loads are minimized.

There are two types of forces can impose loads on a tissue during work. External loads refer to those forces that are imposed on the body as a direct result of gravity acting on an object being lifted or manipulated by a person. However, in order to maintain equilibrium, this external force must be counteracted …

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