Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful region with a lot to offer visitors in the summer. From hiking and camping in the mountains to swimming and boating in the ocean, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few ideas for summer activities in the Pacific Northwest: Hiking and camping The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country. Whether you're looking for a challenging hike with stunning views or a more leisurely stroll through the forest, you'll find it in the PNW. There are also plenty of campgrounds to choose from, so you can easily spend a weekend or even a week exploring the great outdoors. Swimming and sunbathing  We have a long coastline with plenty of beaches to choose from. Whether you're looking for a secluded spot to relax or a lively beach with plenty of amenities, you'll find it in the Pacific Northwest. And of course, no summer trip would be complete without a dip in the ocean. Fishing The Pacific Northwest is a great place to go fishing. From salmon and trout to halibut and crab, there are plenty of fish [...]

Springtime Fitness: Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

Springtime Fitness: Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest Ahhh, spring. That time of year when the sun starts to shine, the flowers begin to bloom, and the rain just won’t stop. Here in the Pacific Northwest, rainy days are a fact of life. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your fitness routine! With a bit of creativity and preparation, you can stay active and healthy even when the weather outside is less than ideal. Bring your workout indoors. There are plenty of exercises you can do inside your home. You can do yoga or Pilates in your living room, or use an exercise bike or treadmill. You can also try an online workout class or streaming video to get your heart rate up. There are some great (and free) workouts and tutorials on YouTube, and many don’t even require equipment! We also have a great lineup of gyms and wellness centers around our community that offer a plethora of machines and even group fitness classes to fit everyone’s needs.  Get creative with outdoor workouts. If you’re determined to get your workout outside, you can still find a way to make it [...]

Staying Safe On The Slopes

Staying Safe on the Slopes Living in the Pacific Northwest, many of us love being so close to multiple ski slopes. Skiing and snowboarding are the perfect winter activity for where we live! Whether you're a skier or a snowboarder, there are certain precautions you can take to stay safe during your time on the mountain. How to Prepare A significant way to prepare for an outing on the ski trails is to prepare your body and muscles beforehand. Hitting the gym can help you build the proper muscle strength necessary for your chosen snow sport. Some gyms may have workout programs that can help you prepare specifically for a ski or snowboarding season. Hiking and brisk cardio workouts are always great to help prepare your body for the season. Working out before the season starts can reduce the risk of injury, speed up recovery, and limit fatigue from being on the mountain. If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, or even if it’s been a few seasons since you last were last out, a lesson might help you get the hang of things. Many ski resorts have lessons available for multiple proficiency levels at varying times of the day, and sometimes [...]

Washington Orthopaedic Center Now Provides ActivArmorTM Sanitizable 3D Printed Casts

Washington Orthopaedic Center is the first clinic in the state to provide ActivArmorTM sanitizable 3D printed casts. January 25, 2022 – Biomedical technology company, ActivArmorTM, has partnered Washington Orthopaedic Center (WA Ortho) to introduce its next-Gen immobilization technology to Washington State. ActivArmor’s 3D printed casts are the only sanitizable cast on the market, allowing patients to wash their hands during the Covid-19 global pandemic.  The next-gen casts are completely custom – precisely fitting to each patient using a body scan, and designed per the doctor’s prescription, including the ability to expose post-surgical hardware or incisions, and adaptable for use with ultrasound and other advanced technologies. ActivArmor orthoses are being prescribed for injuries like breaks, sprains, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Charcot Foot, through their website and in top orthopedic clinics across the country. Washington Orthopaedic Center's mission to provide compassionate orthopedic care to every patient is a perfect match for ActivArmor’s next-gen 3D technology. ActivArmor’s sweat-proof, waterproof, breathable, sanitizable casting system is custom for each patient’s unique injury or lifestyle – allowing them to continue their daily activities, and improving their quality of life while healing. “It is our pleasure to partner with Washington Orthopaedic Center to bring our next-gen casting system [...]

How to Prevent a Water Related Injury

Summer is a period where more and more of us take to the water here in Western Washington. This presents many opportunities for fun and recreation, but it also has some unique risks. Drowning and near drowning (non-fatal submersion injury) is far more common than we think. The CDC states that on average there were 3,536 fatal unintentional drowning incidents per year that were not related to boating between 2005 and 2014. There were an average of 332 additional deaths per year from drowning related to boating during that same period. There are even more people who suffered non-fatal submersion injuries which can have debilitating, life altering effects. There are many aspects to staying safe in and around the water. A few good starting points are to have a buddy with you, make sure children are supervised, and have the ability to rescue those in need (e.g. skills and floatation devices). There are many safety considerations around natural water sources. At a minimum, have a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) available. In situations where someone cannot touch the bottom of the water they are in and keep their head reliably out of the water, where there are risks posed [...]

3 Winter Hikes in Washington You Don’t Want to Miss

Great Winter Hikes in WashingtonIf cabin fever has you feeling trapped this winter, there’s an easy solution - take up winter hiking! You may think that this sounds ridiculous, but it is a tried and true hobby in Washington, where snow can cover the landscape for months at a time. There are many trails that are open nearly year-round, and we’ve cherry picks the best ones for winter hikes for you!Snow Mountain RanchSnow Mountain Ranch is located in central Washington near Yakima. This 9.2 mile round-trip hike has great mountain views and a stunning variety of wildlife to meet while you hike. It’s also dog friendly, as long as they’re on a leash, and an easy enough hike for kids to come along with you if they’re so inclined.This 1800 acre property was formerly a cattle ranch owned by Elon and Joan Gilbert, and the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy is working to reinvigorate the native plants and animals in the park. You can see a variety of ducks, great horned owls, red tailed hawks and elk that you are able to feed at the top of the mountain. The trail doesn’t require snowshoes, but it could come in handy if the trails are [...]

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