A Case of the Measles Reported in Rockport

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Did you know?  A case of the measles was reported in Rockport – According to the Public Health Department, a visitor in Rockport turned out to have a case of the measles. They were said to have visited various places in Boston and Cambridge May 1st and on May 3rd, they visited The Pewter Shop and Sea Star Gift Shop, and Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop. The Boston Globe reported, “On May 4, the tourist was back in Boston, at the Star Market in Copley Square and shopping along Newbury Street. By May 5 through Sunday, the visitor was at Massachusetts General Hospital. Health officials said patients and visitors at the hospital who may have been exposed will be notified by hospital administrators. Nespresso’s cafe on Newbury Street was closed yesterday by the public health department, scheduled to reopen today.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) the symptoms of measles generally occur 7 – 14 days after exposure. Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC,) in 2000, measles was declared eliminated from the U.S., “the annual number of cases has ranged from a low of 37 in 2004 to a high of 667 in 2014. The majority of cases have been among people who are not vaccinated against measles. Measles cases in the United States occur as a result of importations by people who were infected while in other countries and from transmission that may occur from those importations. Measles is more likely to spread and cause outbreaks in U.S. communities where groups of people are unvaccinated.”
 See the ‘Fact sheet’ on Measles from the MA Public Health.
Symptoms of MeaslesSymptoms generally appear 7 – 14 days after exposure.
  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny Nose
  • Watery Eyes

Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth as an early sign of measles infection.

Image of Koplik spots

Koplik spots

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out.

Image of measles infection

Measles Rash

Question? Call your primary care physician. Talk to your primary care physician about measles, and about vaccinations to help prevent the measles. If you think you may have been exposed, call your doctor.

Sources and More Information  –

GMG’s Kim Smith did a report on measles last year, including a survey asking people their opinion about vaccinating for measles prevention.  Here are the results – Out of 158 votes, 149 people (94.3%) chose this response – “All children should be vaccinated against the measles, regardless of their parent’s religious or political viewpoint (the only allowable exemptions are for health reasons).”

~ Wishing You the Best in Health,   Karen

 

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC.  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Introducing Cape Ann Power Yoga!

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Cape Ann Power Yoga is now open in Brown’s Mall in Downtown Gloucester. We teach Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga in a clean and heated (90-95 degrees) room with a view to the sky and out to the harbor. When you come to class you can expect to breathe, move, sweat, work, stretch, and let go of things that you have been holding on to. You can expect to be challenged – and that means that you’re getting stronger and actually improving yourself, not just thinking or talking about it. You’ll be practicing next to construction workers, secretaries, veterans, yoga teachers, mountain bikers, surfers, runners, weightlifters, teenagers, octogenarians, and a guy named Dirt.

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That’s Dirt on the right. He loves power yoga.

Our teachers are all well trained to give inspiration to experienced yoga practitioners and guidance to beginners. Power yoga is safe, fun, and challenging. If you practice a lot it will change your life – which is why every class is only $10. We want you to come and practice, a lot. In just over a month of being open we can see bodies transforming, minds opening, and lives changing. Imagine what this practice can do for you.

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Paddling on the Annisquam River – exercise, meditation, or social outlet? All of the above!

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Exercise and Meditation in Nature on Beautiful Cape Ann.

Paddling the Annisquam – Yesterday I headed out “for a quick paddle before the storm.” Once on the water, my senses were engulfed by the beauty and peacefulness of my surroundings. I began to paddle slower. Getting into a natural rhythm. ‘Meditation in motion’ with each stroke; reflective and introspective. Then, occasionally sprinting for aerobic exercise and interval training, interspersed with moments of meditation. Inhaling deeply, exhaling completely. Fresh salt air filling my lungs felt healing. Gliding alongside the salt marsh I was accompanied by swooping swallows, soaring elegant egrets, and stately cormorants perched on rocks and buoys to dry their wings.

Cormorant Drying Its Wings

Cormorant Drying Its Wings

Did you know that in some areas of Japan, Cormorant (umiu) are used for fishing (ukai?) I wonder if any Gloucester fisherman have tried this?

Keisai Elsen's print of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River, Japan

Keisai Elsen’s print of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River, Japan

Ever-present sea gulls were there looking to steal a meal. Sandpipers piping, ran along transient beaches formed by low tide. Auntie Vi, God rest her soul loved ‘the peeps,’ as she called them. I was reminded me of Florida. The sand so white in some parts of the Annisquam, that I am ‘transported’ to Siesta Key. The water so clear I can see large quahaug shells, the kind used for clam chowdah, empty, littering the sand beneath.

Quahaug

Quapaw

Memories flash through my mind, triggered by all of my senses – Auntie Vi and Uncle Roger had the “BEST Clam Bakes Evah!!” Rogah would haul lobsta pots from his Novi boat. My husband and his brothers”‘baited the traps’ with old, smelly fish, left out in the sun.” Imagine that!  

Novi boat

Novi boat

I was distantly aware of the sound of boat engines as they navigated through the twists and turns of the channel. I kept an ear on the boats and an ‘eye on the sky.’ The weather channel predicted storms around 2 p.m. The Claudia and Marie lobster boat heads in. I wondered if I should too? Maybe they know the storm is coming closer. But the river’s tantalizing charm and beauty keep me entwined in its web of waterways.

Summer Sunset on the Annisquam

Annisquam River and Pearce Island

The slower I paddled the more I noticed, around me and within. Internally and externally I became more aware of areas where I was holding tension. With greater awareness, more tension can be released and let go. As if the clean, clear water washed over and cleansed me, my body healthier. My mind is clear. My heart filled with joy. Puffy white clouds reflected in the water. Storm clouds loomed in the distance.

Cumulonimbus Clouds

Cumulonimbus Clouds

Cumulonimbus clouds – These puffy white clouds are the ones to pay attention to. Beautiful to look at, but indicate potential thunderstorms. Remember – Any port in a storm! 

Letting Go of the ‘To Do List’ is Easier on the Annisquam – I switched my goal from exercise to simply enjoying a beautiful day on the water. Summer goes by too fast not to enjoy it!  Across the river I notice two men in bright blue, single outriggers. Did you know that Wikipedia lists 57 different shades of blue on their chart, from A-Z? Including Azure, Baby blue, Celeste, Colbolt, Cornflower, Cyan, Denim, Indigo, Iris, Maya blue, Persian blue, Prussian blue, Royal blue, Sapphire, Sky Blue, Teal, Turquoise, Ultramarine and Zaffre…to name but a few. A client recently described the ‘blue’ in their visualization as ‘Bahama Blue.’ Lovely description! What color blue were those outrigger? 

Azure Blue

Azure Blue

I guess ‘azure blue.’ Drawn by the beautiful color and thinking they are here for the BBC, I paddle over to say ‘hi.’ Oscar and Jeff are here from Washington D.C., paddling single outriggers in the Blackburn Challenge, out on a practice run to familiarize themselves with the course. They tell me the marine forecast was changed –  storms aren’t expected until 5 pm. Yes!! I have more time to spend on the Annisquam. The ‘to do list’ completely floats out of my conscious mind, and I head to Lobster Cove in Annisquam. From the water I admired the beautiful homes with manicured lawns and gardens, and more blue, as hydrangea seemed to be everywhere.

More paddlers came by. One was my Reiki Student Nancy, a nurse. She was with her friend Gay who owns I.C. Treats.

I.C. Treats Ice Cream Boat

I.C. Treats Ice Cream Boat

(Photo © Courtesy Donna Ardizzoni at https://ardizzoniphotography.wordpress.com)

Look for this ice cream boat at Wingaersheek Beach on weekends.  What a treat! These lovely ladies invited me to join them paddling, and guided me to to an area on the river where I had never been. Here, hidden behind small salt marsh islands are still waters, free of motor boats, at least for now at mid tide. Just us and a few sea gulls. A returning tide carries us effortlessly up the river.  A beautiful day on the Annisquam exercising, meditating, socializing; peaceful, relaxing and energizing.

Storm on the Horizon

Storm on the Horizon

After my paddle, my husband and I head to Lobsta Land for his traditional ‘pre-Blackburn carb-loading meal’ – shrimp provencal and an Allagash White beer. At Lobsta Land, the food is consistently good, the wait and bar staff friendly, the views of the marsh lovely, the atmosphere fun; a lot like Cheers. We watched this storm moving east, down the Annisquam to the ocean; great views of the storm  over the salt marsh. I just missed a photo of an impressive lightening bolt. Wonder if any FOB were able to capture the lightening flashes?

Waiting for the Storm to Pass

Waiting for the Storm to Pass

At Lobsta Land Restaurant​ we met 2 men from Ottawa Canada, Chris and Bruce, in town for the Blackburn. Chris told us he was so focused while training in the harbor, he “almost hit one of the tall ships.” From his description, “black and about 100 feet long,” I think it might have been the Schooner Adventure or Thomas E. Lannon. Whichever tall ship she was, the captain had to blow his horn to prevent a collision. Amazing focus Chris, not to see that! 🙂 The couple dining next to us live on Pavilion beach with a front row seat for the finish of the BBC.

Schooner Adventure

Schooner Adventure

(Photo © Courtesy Joey Ciaramitaro)

The Blackburn Challenge is Today! Come on down to the Gloucester High for the start (7 a.m.) or stop by vantage points along the way – Corliss Landing, Lighthouse Beach, Andrew’s Point, Eastern Point, or the finish at Pavilion Beach, by the infamous greasy pole. This fleet of human-powered boats is a sight to be seen. Participants are challenged by skill, courage, endurance and perseverance, just like its namesake – Howard Blackburn who, while fishing in an open dory at sea was separated from the mother ship by a blizzard. With his hands frozen to the oars, he rowed five days without food or water until he reached land in Newfoundland. He went on to set a record for swiftest solo sailing voyage across the Atlantic that stood for decades. For more on Howard Blackburn, read Joe Garland’s Lone Voyager.

Today’s Marine forecast – “71 degrees, partly cloudy, north east winds, 5-10 knots, seas 2-3 feet.”  www.weather.noaa.gov.

“Perfect paddling conditions” according to my husband, who is competing in his 8th BBC this year. Be sure to check the marine forecast before you head out onto the water.

Good luck to All that are paddling and rowing today’s  Blackburn Challenge! Be Safe and Have Fun!   ~ Karen Pischke

See you at the Blackburn!  ~ Karen Pischke BSN, RN

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

 

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat … the Blackburn Challenge is Saturday, July 25th.

blackburn challenge

Row, Row, Row Your Boat …  The Blackburn Challenge is Saturday, July 25th. 

A Marathon for Rowers and Paddlers – the Blackburn Challenge, a ‘marathon’ for rowers is named after famed adventurer Howard Blackburn who demonstrated courage, endurance and perseverance against the odds. Originally from Nova Scotia, Howard Blackburn was fishing out of Gloucester for halibut from the schooner Grace L. Fears. A winter storm came up suddenly, stranding Blackburn and another fisherman in their dory. Blackburn lost his heavy fisherman’s mittens overboard. Knowing that his hands would freeze, he held them in a curved position that would allow him to slip his frozen hands back over the oars. Five days later-days virtually without food, water or sleep, Blackburn had rowed back to shore. His dorymate died en route. Blackburn lost all of his fingers, thumbs, and toe due to frostbite.

howardblackburn

The Blackburn Challenge is a 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann. For experienced boaters with a boat that can be paddled or rowed. Not for the faint of heart or ‘day boaters!’ The waters around Cape Ann can be very rough, with strong winds, strong currents and high waves. 

Registration Ends at Midnight Tonight!  

To Register – http://www.blackburnchallenge.com/BBC_Race_Info.html

Caution – This event is for paddlers/rowers with solid experience in difficult ocean conditions.

Things to Consider Before You Enter –

  • You must be able to complete the course within 6 hours.
  • Take into account your personal health and conditioning.
  • Take appropriate food and fluids for the race.
  • Wear a pfd (personal flotation device.)
  • Know the course; tides, currents, wind, weather all need to be factored in
  • Train for the event; practice and prepare as you would for any marathon or endurance race.
  • Study a chart of Cape Ann and familiarize yourself with rocks, tides, currents, wind, and weather.
  • Follow boat safety and navigation rules!

US Coast Guard Boat Safety Tips – http://www.uscgboating.org

What Boats Can Enter – The Blackburn Challenge is open to seaworthy oar or paddle powered craft.

The difference between paddling and rowing? Rowing requires oars to have a mechanical connection with the boat, while paddles are hand-held and have no mechanical connection.

Boats you might see in the water that day – paddle boards, dories, rowing skulls, outriggers, kayaks and surf skis. Some powered by a single person, others by teams.

Circumnavigating Cape Ann. – Rowers launch at Gloucester High School, head down the Annisquam River to Ipswich Bay and clockwise around Cape Ann past Rockport, with the race ending at Pavillion Beach, near Gloucester’s infamous Greasy Pole.

Blackburn Challenge GoogleEarth_Image

Blackburn Challenge

To see more about the course  – http://www.blackburnchallenge.com/BBC_Race_Course.html

For a nautical chart of the course – http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/13279.shtml

Wear You Can Watch the Race/Vantage Points Along the Route –

  • Corliss Landing (Gloucester)
  • Light House Beach (Gloucester; Private beach for Annisquam residents and guests.)
  • Halibut State Park (Rockport)
  • Andrew’s Point (Rockport)
  • Emerson Point (Rockport)
  • Eastern Point (Gloucester)

YouTube Video from GMG’s own Marty Luster – Blackburn Challenge 2014 

Photos From 2013 Blackburn Challenge  – https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/michael-chamness-wings-and-wavest-blackburn-challenge-photos/

 Those interested in volunteering for this epic race – Contact Cape Ann Rowing Club President, Suzanne Sweeney- SuzanneSweeney05@gmail.com.

Note – The Cape Ann Rowing Club is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. Excess registration funds to deserving non-profit organizations.

For more on the story about the legend behind Blackburn Challenge http://www.blackburnchallenge.com/BBC_Race_History.html. You can also read about the life and adventures of Howard Blackburn in The Extraordinary Adventures of Howard Blackburn; Hero Fisherman of Gloucester, by Joseph E. Garland.

Lone Voyager

Please, Boat Safely! Motor Boats, Please Beware of Paddlers and Rowers During the Race.

See you at the Blackburn!  ~ Karen Pischke BSN, RN

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

‘Get Fit’ – Cape Ann Health Clubs and Personal Fitness Trainers

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Don’t know about you, but I LOVE exercising outdoors amid the natural beauty of Cape Ann. Generally Cape Ann seems to have ‘blue skies and sunshine,’ (at least in my mind, 🙂  but cooler, rainy days lead me to exercise indoors with a walk on the treadmill.

Sunset over the Annisquam 5.22.15 IMG_1864 FB

You’ve Heard the Excuses – “To0 cold.” “Too snowy.” “Too rainy.” “Too Windy.” “Too Tired.” “Too Little Time….” Too Many Excuses… But with Exercise Being the #1 Prescription for Good Health, there’s NO Good Excuse, Except for ‘TOO Sick.’  When weather conditions are not the best for outdoor activities and if you don’t have home equipment, there are many health clubs right here on Cape Ann to choose from. Some may offer ‘drop in rates’ and ‘special discounts.’ Regular exercise can help reduce stress, boost immunity, improve mood, and keep you healthier!  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001941.htm

Three beautiful girls in fitness center

Here is a Sample of Health Clubs on Cape Ann – 

Group of Healthy People in the Fitness

Healthier at Any Age

Need Help Designing a Safe Fitness Routine? Want to take your fitness to the next level?  
Ask an Expert! Physical therapists, exercise physiologist, and professional fitness trainer can assist and guide you for a ‘safe and healthy’ exercise routine. (*Note: If you have not been exercising or have health issues, check with your physician prior to beginning an exercise routine.)
*Please Note: Some ‘confusion’ recently came to my attention about what these initials, acronyms, credentials mean – Personal Trainer (PT) or Certified Personal Trainer (‘CPT’) and Physical Therapist (P.T.) have very different backgrounds and training. Personal Trainers typically hold a certification from one of the below-mentioned fitness certification programs. A Physical Therapist on the other hand has advanced college and post-graduate studies, with a doctorate, ‘DPT’ now as the entry-level into this profession. An exercise physiologist (EP) also generally requires college study. An Exercise Physiologist is a person who generally has an academic degree in exercise physiology, or who is certified by practice exercise physiology (via the Exercise Physiologist Certified exam (EPC)), or who has a doctorate degree with an academic degree or emphasis in exercise physiology from an accredited college or university.  Be sure to check it out beforehand and know what those ‘letters’ mean!
Personal training

Personal Training

Personal Fitness Trainer – Here are the Top 5 National Fitness Certification Programs –

1. American Council on Exercise (ACE)
2. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
3. International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
4. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
5. National Strength and Conditional Associations (NSCA)

Top 10 Fitness Training Certifications Listed on the Live Strong Website – http://www.livestrong.com/article/436098-top-10-best-personal-trainer-certifications/

Indoors or Outdoors, the Key to Optimal Health is to Get Moving and ‘Get Fit!’ 

Exercise Makes Me Smile

Exercise Makes Me Smile

Enjoy these Personal Mantras/Positive Affirmations from Our ‘Motivation to Exercise’ Hypnosis Program –

” Exercise Energize.” “Exercise Makes Me Smile!” “Exercise Makes Me Feel Good!”   

* Note: If you have not been exercising or have health issues, check with your doctor first for safe exercise guidelines (an ‘exercise prescription’) before beginning a new exercise program.

Exercise safely, get fit, and enjoy greater levels of health and wellbeing.     ~ Karen Pischke, BSN, RN

 

~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

 

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Get Fit – Walk, Run, Hike Cape Ann’s Beaches and Trails

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Get Your Sneakers and Hiking Boots On! Warmer weather is here to stay. Spring is a great time to get moving and get fit! Ralph Waldo Emerson said –  The First Wealth is Health! No time like the present to begin focusing on Your Good Health! 

Dogtown Hiking GMG

Plenty of Exercise Opportunities on Cape Ann, indoors and outdoors!

If you haven’t been exercising all along or took the winter off, begin with a discussion with your physician and ask for safe exercise guidelines. Start where you are. Set goals. Gradually increase either intensity, frequency, or duration. (One at a time!) See safety guidelines for exercise below.

Best Cape Ann Beaches for Walking – Good Harbor, Long Beach, Wingaersheek (Gloucester) Singing Beach (Manchester-by-the-Sea,) and Cape Hedge Beach (Rockport/Residents Only Parking.)

* Cape Ann Residents Get Your Beach Stickers! Visitors – Prepare to Pay for Parking; Car pool, ‘park and ride’ or take the C.A.T.A. bus.

Good Harbor Beach

Walk or Run. Enjoy Cape Ann’s fresh air while you move your body to a healthier you! On your own or with friends. Goals Can Inspire and Motivate you. Train and Prepare for a 5 K (3.1 miles.)

Get Fit At Any Age

Get Fit At Any Age

Spring/Summer Local Walking/Running Events (5 – 8 Kilometers.)
  • May 8th – Back Shore Gloucester 8K  (5 miles)
  • June 20th – Father’s Day 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K (6.2 mile) Rockport
  • June 25th – Fiesta 5K (3.1 mile) Gloucester
  • Sept 7th – Run the Goose*  7K (4.3 miles)  (*Love Goose Cove!)

Goose Cove Reservoir

Information About Trail Hiking – 

My Favorite Hikes on Cape Ann – Dogtown, Halibut Point State Park, Ravenswood, Coolidge Reservation, and Many More! Fun for the Whole Family!

Family walking in the woods

Family walking in the woods

Remember to Exercise Safely! Check with your doctor before you begin an exercise program, especially if you haven’t been exercising or have a medical condition (disease.) Begin ‘where you are,’ and go from there.  Always exercise within safe guidelines as prescribed by your doctor and any personal limitations you might have. *If you experience dizziness, shortness of breath or chest pain with exercise, stop and rest. If chest pain and/or shortness of breath continues – call 911! And even if it goes away with rest, follow-up with your physician to report and have it checked out.

For information on Safe Exercise

Check With Your Physician. Ask a Fitness Expert for Advice!

Exercise Safely, Make it Fun and Enjoy the Health Benefits for Mind, Body & Spirit!

~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

 

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Celebrate ‘Earth Day’ on Cape Ann – Tomorrow, April 22

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‘Earth Day’ is Tomorrow – April 22nd! Celebrate on Cape Ann!

Tomorrow is the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, what many consider to be the beginning of the environmental movement.

http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

Spend the Day in a Healthy Way ~ Celebrate and Enjoy Nature on Beautiful Cape Ann!

Sun Setting on the Annisquam River

Sun Setting on the Annisquam River

  • Walk, mediate, dance, or sing as you enjoy one of the many beautiful beaches – Wingaersheek, Good Harbor, Long Beach (Gloucester,) Cape Hedge, (Rockport), Singing Beach (Manchester)
  • Sit and meditate or gather shells at one of the smaller beaches – Plum Cove (Gloucester,) Niles Pond, Black and White Beaches (Manchester) Front and Back Beach (Rockport) or along the salt marsh (Essex.) Enjoy diverse nature, animal and bird life.
  • Kayak or canoe the Essex or Annisquam Rivers. (*Be prepared for cold water temperatures!)
  • Bike along Route 127 or Bass Rocks, a favorite place for artists, and enjoy waves crashing on the rocks. (Be sure to wear a helmet!)
  • Hike or mountain bike thorough undeveloped woods in Dogtown and be transported back in time. Explore the Babson Boulders, inscribed with virtues such as – ‘Help Mother,’ ‘Study.’
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Ann from Pole’s Hill (Gloucester.)
  • Enjoy leisurely strolls at Coolidge Reservation (Manchester,) Halibut Point State Park (Rockport)  Ravenswood (Gloucester) and Cox Reservation (Essex.)
  • Make time for a picnic lunch at Stage Fort Park or Manchester Harbor
  • Enjoy digging in the warm earth and plant a tree, some flowers, start a vegetable garden.
  • Take a pair of gloves and a plastic bag and clean up litter wherever you go. Every little bit helps!

If you can’t make it to Cape Ann tomorrow, spend some time in the outdoors wherever you can – enjoy the sun on your face, a cool breeze, rivers, ponds and oceans, smell the fresh air, the scents of spring and renewal wherever you are! Enjoy a ‘daily attitude of gratitude’ of all that we reap from the earth, and be sure to ‘give back’ in return.

If you can’t get out, enjoy the meditative sights and sounds of ‘Spring Thaw 2015’ –

~ Happy Healthy Earth Day!     ~ Karen 

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

 

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Getting Fit on Cape Ann Waterways

Getting Fit on Cape Ann Waterways

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Start your paddles!! Nothing like a meditative paddle on the beautiful waterways of Cape Ann! 

Sun Setting on the Annisquam River

Sun Setting on the Annisquam River

A sure sign of spring! Last Sunday I saw the first surf-ski on the Annisquam River. A stealth looking Epic V10 Sport, like the one in this photo from Gloucester’s Wings and Waves Photo Art –  https://www.flickr.com/photos/wingsandwaves/9348952657/in/album-72157634766231655/   Maybe they were practicing for one of the upcoming rowing races! A Fitness Challenge!

Andrew's Point

Andrew’s Point

Whether on the Essex River, Ipswich Bay, Manchester and Rockport Harbors, Gloucester’s inner and outer harbor, or one of the many quiet coves, there are plenty of beautiful waterways to choose from. And a boat or board for someone of all ages and skill levels to paddle around Cape Ann! Continue reading