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4 Health Tips To Recover From Your First Car Accident

4 Health Tips To Recover From Your First Car Accident

Whether you’re involved in a fender bender or a major car crash, your body goes through a lot of stress. Both your mind and body will need to recover from any accident, and you’ll probably require a doctor’s care. After your first car crash, think about these health tips so that you can recover as quickly as possible.

1. It’s normal to go through shock

After an accident, you might emerge from the vehicle with wide eyes and shaking limbs. This reaction to the situation is perfectly normal. Your body has just released a lot of adrenaline into your bloodstream, which will help you deal with the immediate situation.

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The entire scene may seem dreamlike at first. Ideally, sit down and allow yourself to recover from this initial shock. You may still be in shock hours or days later, it really just depends on the person and situation. Whatever you experience, know that it’s completely normal to experience shock and you will be okay. Reach out to family members and get the proper medical help that you need.

2. Visit the hospital and secure documentation

From bruises to broken bones, your injuries will need to be evaluated by professionals. Go to the hospital, and allow the doctors to give you a complete evaluation. Request a copy of the information so that you know exactly what you are dealing with as therapy and recovery continue.

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Contact your loved ones as the situation calms down at the hospital. You’ll need the emotional support from your loved ones after an accident. If you need any prescriptions to heal, make sure you have plans to get them filled as soon as possible so that you have all the necessary medications. Don’t forget to tell your doctor any prescriptions  you’re currently taking and make sure they won’t need to be altered for the new medications or healing process.

3. Pay attention to emerging medical problems

You may be thrilled to have few medical issues immediately after the crash, but there might be more issues that develop with time. The body will often cover up certain effects, such as pain, because of the adrenaline rush mentioned above.

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When you return home and recover, pay careful attention to any pains that seem to suddenly appear. Whiplash and other ailments are notorious for showing up days or weeks after a car crash. It might be helpful to keep a journal of your injuries so you can track how the healing process is going. This could come in handy if you have to return to the hospital or a doctor with future developed injuries or to report or injuries that were supposed to be healing.

4. Report every detail to the insurance or a lawyer

Your auto and medical insurance policies will need every detail of your crash written out for documentation purposes. At this point, you may want to hire a personal-injury lawyer, who can help you with accident rights. A first-time accident is a confusing situation, but an attorney can simplify the process. You want to be fully covered for all of your injuries and vehicle damages. By securing documentation, you will do your part to ensure that the legal process goes as smoothly as possible.

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If your car crash is a significant one, try to remain as still and calm as possible. Call emergency responders, and allow them to evaluate you. Don’t try to move until professionals say you’re clear to do so. Back injuries can be quickly complicated if you move immediately after a major crash. Treat your health as a priority, and you’ll recover nicely from the trauma.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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