January’s Fitness Tip: Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands are an easy on-the-go alternative to working out at the gym. These bands are cheaper than most regular gym equipment and are easy to travel with. Resistance bands increase flexibility and decrease risk of injury due to the ability to control finer movements.

A set of 5 resistance bands can be purchased on Amazon for a low as $10! This set here includes varying strengths to optimize your workout needs. This single piece of equipment is all you need to create a remarkable range of exercises for the entire body.

  • Efficient Workout: Loop Resistance Bands increase the effectiveness of your exercises. Ability to use for a range of workouts, from glute and hip activation, strength techniques to integrate seamlessly with every workout program such as Yoga and Pilates. 
  • Multifunctional: The resistance band can be used to exercise all parts of muscles such as arms, chest, abdomen, glutes and legs, also good for Physical Therapy, Recovery or to increase Mobility.
  • Gym-in-your-pocket: The exercise bands take up little space so that you can use them at home or carry on the way, such as in office, on a vacation, even can utilize while watching TV at home.
  • Constant Resistance: Whereas free weights create a gravitational force, resistance bands work on creating a constant full range of motion for each exercise. This improves your coordination and balance as you build strength.

Click here for a more in depth look into practicing these exercises!

January’s Featured Recipe: Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium sliced onion
  • 1 can peeled tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Several pickled jalapenos (if desired)
  • 1 packet of chili seasoning
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning

Directions

  1. Saute ground turkey, onions, garlic and taco seasoning
  2. Transfer ground turkey mixture to a large pot with remaining ingredients – stir to combine
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste
  4. Bring chili to a boil and simmer for 3-4 hours (if wanting to slow cook) or serve immediately
  5. Garnish with preferred toppings

Garnishes: Avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheese

RSVP for our Dermatology Information Session Next Week!

Join us for our January Information Session on Dermatology.

Dermatology and Aesthetics was one of our most requested topics in our annual member survey. I am happy to announce that I am partnering with Dr. Tyler Hollmig, who is one of the top dermatological specialists in Austin. Dr. Hollmig will be guest lecturing to our practice on the importance of routine skin checks in order to maintain proper skin health and appearance. Dr. Hollmig will be offering free skin checks to my concierge members as a special, added value service. 

Dr. Hollmig trained at Stanford University and is currently the Director of Dermatology Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology for UT Dell Austin. He offers advanced, highly aesthetic and surgical reconstructions, along with Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, including treatment of wrinkles, sun damage, red and brown spots, scars, unwanted skin lesions, birthmarks, unwanted hair and other aesthetic therapies. Dr. Hollmig will be providing information on utilizing laser treatments that are both safe and effective for everyone in treating various skin conditions. 

To learn more, either give us a call or email, or attend our information session January 23. Wine and snacks will be provided. 

Thursday, January 23rd 5:30 – 7:00 PM

To RSVP for this event, please click here.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Dermatology Partnership – Info Session Jan 23

Join us for our January Information Session on Dermatology.

Dermatology and Aesthetics was one of our most requested topics in our annual member survey. I am happy to announce that I am partnering with Dr. Tyler Hollmig, who is one of the top dermatological specialists in Austin. Dr. Hollmig will be guest lecturing to our practice on the importance of routine skin checks in order to maintain proper skin health and appearance. Dr. Hollmig will be offering free skin checks to my concierge members as a special, added value service. 

Dr. Hollmig trained at Stanford University and is currently the Director of Dermatology Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology for UT Dell Austin. He offers advanced, highly aesthetic and surgical reconstructions, along with Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, including treatment of wrinkles, sun damage, red and brown spots, scars, unwanted skin lesions, birthmarks, unwanted hair and other aesthetic therapies. Dr. Hollmig will be providing information on utilizing laser treatments that are both safe and effective for everyone in treating various skin conditions. 

To learn more, either give us a call or email, or attend our information session January 23. Wine and snacks will be provided. 

Thursday, January 23rd 5:30 – 7:00 PM

To RSVP for this event, please click here.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Ceder Fever is Here – Practical Advice

You may have had the same experience – you look outside at the lovely hills around Austin, and are very alarmed to see clouds of “smoke” rising from many of the trees. After some closer inspection, it is apparent this is not a wildfire – it is just clouds of pollen rising from our local Juniper or “Mountain Cedar” trees. For many of us, this can be a very disturbing sight as we have developed a significant allergic reaction, locally known as the Cedar Fever. If you are new to these symptoms or to life in Austin, here is a short guide on what to do.

Symptoms

Cedar Fever affects each of us differently, and tend to get worse with time. Symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, headache and sinus congestion. Cedar Fever can easily be confused with the flu or a cold, and can persist over many days.

Treatment

There are a number of ways to treat this condition.  Over the the counter antihistamines, decongestants, or nasal sprays can help ease some symptoms. If your symptoms are severe, contact our office for more aggressive treatment options like steroids. Chronic suffers may benefit from a referral to an allergy specialist, which I can can help with.

Prevention

Here are some tips on minimizing the symptoms.

  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Make use of your heating/cooling system and it’s filtration system, and change the filter frequently using HEPA grade filters
  • Dust frequently and use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
  • Bathe pets frequently to avoid spreading pollen from their fur
  • Drive with car windows closed
  • When outside, cover over your nose and mouth with an allergy mask
  • After being outdoors, be sure to shower and change clothes. Changing bed sheets frequently can also help.

This condition is not any fun. If you are suffering, please get in touch with me – you don’t have to suffer needlessly.

Roxana Rhodes MD

A Virtual Tour of Our Offices

If you have never been to our location before, you can now see a 360-degree tour of our offices. Click below and click your way through our spacious and comfortable offices to get a feel for our location and personalized brand of medicine.

Dermatological Information Session: January 23rd

Join us for our January Information Session on Dermatology!

Dr. Tyler Hollmig will be guest lecturing on how important skin checks are in regards to maintaining proper skin health. 

Dr. Hollmig trained at Stanford University and is currently the Director of Dermatology Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology for UT Dell Austin. He offers advanced, highly aesthetic and surgical reconstructions, along with Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, including treatment of wrinkles, sun damage, red and brown spots, scars, unwanted skin lesions, birthmarks, unwanted hair and other aesthetic therapies. Dr. Hollmig will be providing information on utilizing laser treatments that are both safe and effective for everyone in treating various skin conditions. 

Wine and snacks will be provided for you to savor throughout the evening. 

Thursday, January 23rd 5:30 – 7:00 PM

To RSVP for this event, please click here.

In the upcoming new year, Dr. Hollmig will be offering free skin checks to our concierge members. Can’t wait to see you there!

Thank you for all your Donations!

Santa’s Workshop Drive was a success!

We greatly appreciate the many generous donations we received this year in support of giving families a Christmas to remember.

Last Friday our office elves drove all the toys to the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Central Texas in preparation to deliver them to families next week. Dr. Roxana Rhodes and her staff will be volunteering next Saturday in wrapping and distributing these presents.

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Safe Holiday!

Holiday Party!

Please join us for an afternoon filled with holiday cheer. All children and grandchildren are welcome!

Our office will be providing sugar cookies and decorating supplies. We are ready to see your greatest Picasso masterpiece! Stop by for a quick bite and wine to jump start your holidays.

Everyone that stops by will have an opportunity to vote on the best decorated cookie to win a grand prize! Everyone that participates will get a door prize.

Please RSVP for this event here

Final Days of our Holiday Toy Drive!

It is not too late to donate!  A few of our patients have generously donated some very special toys for our RMHC Santa’s Workshop Toy and Gift Drive, but we still need your help!

Please bring in a new, unwrapped toy or adult gift anytime before Friday, December 13 (see here for suggestions). On December 15, we will be delivering the toys to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas.

For every toy that is donated:

  • We are giving you a practice insulated steel drink bottle or wine glass, as a small thank you.
  • The practice will also donate a matching amount in cash to RMHC

I hope you will consider donating a toy on your next visit, or whenever you are in the area. Also, if you are looking for a charity to support, my understanding is that the local central Texas chapter is still looking for volunteers. Please check out this link for details.

Happy Holidays,