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Voice Aerobics: Is Your Voice Out Of Shape?

Mary Spremulli is making her voice heard loud and clear. Her Voice Aerobics™ system is putting a literal amplifier into the voice boxes of a variety of individuals using an easy, cheap, and effective technique: good old fashioned exercise.

A published medical speech-language pathologist, and licensed nurse with over 28 years of experience lecturing throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, Mary started off on her quest for verbal volume and control working with patients who had suffered changes to their voices because of from Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s plus syndromes, stroke, multiple sclerosis, vocal cord paralysis, or any other neurological condition which affects talking and/or swallowing. Her expertise culminated in 2008 when she formed Voice Aerobics™, a patient-driven, home-based voice strengthening company.

How Does It Work Exactly?

A healthy voice requires functioning vocal folds, healthy and well-hydrated (moist) tissue, and a good breath support. The Voice Aerobics™ program started off originally as a 50-minute program which combined elements of traditional voice therapy with that of exercise physiology. By simply working out the body parts responsible, one strengthens their usage, enabling a better range of motion which in turns applies to the sound produced by these muscles.

My Voice Volume Is Fine, But I Have Trouble Swallowing.

The act of swallowing, like speech, is a complicated, well-timed, and multi-faceted event, and trouble swallowing can develop in the same manner of disease in which voice ailments do. Failure to swallow food properly can lead to pneumonia and other serious respiratory issues—fortunately Voice Aerobics™ is also formulated to help improve with issues related to swallowing.

Voice Aerobics™ In 2011

Mary now offers a full line of products and services aimed at combining vocal function exercises with a general workout. In addition to Voice Aerobics™, the flagship, 3-part, 50-minute voice and exercise program, Mary has for sale the following:

  • The Voice Aerobics™ DVD gives anyone the opportunity to gain the benefits offered in the Voice Aerobics™ program from the comfort and convenience of their home or office.
  • Voice Aerobics™ Songbirds is a 22-minuted audio CD containing resonant voice exercises set to music. It is a fun, portable way to practice strengthening your vocal cords on the go.
  • Voice Aerobics™ Grand Slam is a deck of playing cards which illustrate several exercises from the voice aerobics DVD.
  • Voice Aerobics™ Digital Voice Amplifier is a voice amplification device that com delivers 15 watts of booming, sound-magnifying power.
  • Check out Mary's Website for her products and more information on how Voice Aerobics can get that those flabby vocals in shape.

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    Keeping Active In the Cold: Suggestions for Winter Exercise

    It can be difficult to find the time and energy to keep active during the winter season. Combine the fewer hours of daylight, the cold, the rain and snow, and all the parties, shopping, concerts and baking to get through, it can be nearly impossible to drum up the motivation to be involved in winter exercise activities. Doing so can be fun, include the whole family, and it will help you feel great and stay healthy over the holidays.

    There is a whole new world of winter exercise awaiting you out there, both indoors and outdoors. Who knows? You may find your next favorite hobby!

    Here are some winter exercise ideas:

    Outdoors

    1. Skating (indoors or outdoors) is a great form of low-impact exercise. It improves balance and muscle tone. Many skating rinks have special events for the holiday season, so you can make this a fun part of your celebration in itself.

    2. Both cross-country and downhill skiing are excellent forms of aerobic exercise. Cross-country skiing is a full body workout, using muscles in the chest, shoulders, abdomen, legs, back, and even the gluts! Downhill skiing requires endurance, flexibility, balance, and especially works the quadriceps and hamstrings in the legs.

    3. Snowshoeing! This is an excellent cardiovascular workout which tones your muscles and strengthens your legs and heart.

    4. Dragging a sled (and riders?) back up a hill can get the heart pumping and a fun winter exercise activity.

    5. Many people continue running during the winter months. It simply requires layering up a little bit more than you normally would. A toque and gloves can work wonders, and you will be surprised at how warm you will become when you get moving!

    Indoors

    6. Swimming is still possible in the winter! It is freeing to shed those extra layers of clothing and have an invigorating swim. Swimming uses all your muscles, improves general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.

    7. You should be able to find free exercise videos at your local library. You can use these in the comfort, (and warmth) of your own home, and at any time of the day or night.

    8. Exercise classes at your local gym or community centre are another option for staying fit in winter. Having an instructor to help you and the commitment of a class every week can really help to motivate you! Exercise classes can also be a great opportunity to meet new friends.

    Getting outdoors at all during the holiday season will help increase your energy levels, get your necessary Vitamin D, and keep you feeling great. Why not bundle the family and go for a walk around the neighborhood ? Winter fitness doesn't have to be a chore. It just requires a little creativity!

    What a Headache! 5 Natural Remedies for Common Maladies

    You know what it's like , the feeling that your head is being squeezed in a powerful vice; the sense that someone is prodding your eye from inside your brain; a throbbing in your sinuses. We have all experienced headaches at some point in our lives, whether they are the result of tension, sinus infection or congestion, or are migraines.

    Headache treatment can come in various forms. Although Tylenol or Aspirin are always options for relieving headache symptoms, some want to avoid taking too much medication. Here are 5 natural headache remedies that should help relieve headache pain:

    1. Applying heat or cold, or alternating between the two. You can use an ice pack, a heating pad or hot water bottle, or take a refreshing shower. Many people suggest that the back of the neck is a good place to apply heat or cold.

    2. Making a ginger or peppermint tea. To make your own ginger tea, simply grate and squeeze a piece of gingerroot to extract its juice, and add about 1 teaspoon of the mixture to hot water. Peppermint tea can be made by simply pouring boiling water over some dried peppermint leaves, (about 2 tablespoons should do the trick) and letting it steep for about ten minutes. You can also add fresh leaves to your tea near the end, and sweeten according to taste.

    3. Give yourself a massage, or better yet, get someone else to give you one! Gently massage your temples, your neck muscles, and your shoulder muscles.

    4. Add some lavender or rosemary oil to your bath, and breathe deeply! These essential oils will help you relax.

    5. Get some gentle exercise, such as a half hour walk. This will help to relax you and release endorphins into your body, which are the body's natural painkillers.

    These simple tips should help resolve your headache pain and get you back to normal in no time!