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Can ask your insurer: There are thousands of different insurance plans. A patient can call his plan to ask about coverage and reimbursement of expenses for HealthTap's premium services. For 2015, the answer is probably NO. In future years, the answer will likely become YES. HealthTap is at the forefront of virtual medicine, and the insurers are just beginning to think about paying for virtual medicine. ...Read more
Increase in cardio: If you have adipose tissue that you'd like to lose then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Core exercises may build muscle, but to burn fat you need to burn more than you consume and cardio is key! ...Read more
You are kidding,???:
I smiled at this question. That sounds like an ideal world. And american medicine is a mess not an ideal anything.
I know that in past years microsoft had a plan like this for some of their employees but I do not know of any ongoing way to have your boss pay for your gym membership. ...Read more
I can't afford weights or a gym membership. What kind of exercises can I do to gain more strength?
Push-ups: U can always do push-ups which work both your chest and your arm. Sit-ups can be done anywhere to strengthen and tone abdominal muscles. A 10$$ chin-up bar can be placed in a door- way and is an excellent conditioner for arms and lats if u widen grip... Planks, straight leg raises, hip abduction exercises, etc. Get started! Gl! ...Read more
Running!: Running is the perfect exercise in many ways; it is an excellent cardiovascular activity, and also has wonderful mental benefits. Many other activities can also be done without a gym membership: cycling (if you could buy a bike) and swimming (if you live near a warm ocean or have a pool in your backyard or school). Even regular, brisk walking is an excellent and easy way to boost health ; fitness. ...Read more
Please tell me what ways can one improve health and fitness without signing up for gym membership?
Remember: Exercise doesn't mean you have to do it in a gym. It can be a simple as walking and doing any number of thousands of bodyweight exercises, which can be done at home. You can jog, run, cycle outside. You can use a treadmill or stationary cycle or "rowing" machine at home. You can utilize dumbbells or kettlebells at home. You can just do any number of video programs like P90X. .. ...Read more
Just got a gym membership and its open 24hrs when is the best time to workout I heard nights is when u lose more calories?
Does not matter: Generally when it comes to exercise what is the most important is to keep a regular workout schedule. Time of the day does not influence the amount of calories you burn which depends on activity type and intensity of the work out. If you are a night owl you will find gym less crowded in night. But start your routine when ever you can good luck. ...Read more
I'm 16 and haven't worked out in a couple months. What exercises should I do to keep healthy? Cardio or weight lifting? I have a gym membership.
Your history: Breathing, pain, and heart pounding issues. Better get cleared by your doc before you work out. Cross training is best, some cardio ; some aerobic after being cleared. Your medications suggest that you are a bit anxious. Stretching, yoga, and my favorite qigong, can make for a balanced program. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Not this one: This is the HT public information site. We don't offer any diagnosis or treatment services from this site. There is a HT concierge site where some private services are offered. Many state medical boards require physicians have a direct relationship, vital signs, an exam and records to prescribe anything to anybody. That includes antibiotics for self diagnosed conditions. ...Read more
Do I have to join a health club to get in shape? I have wasted so much money on memberships when I didn't use them
Exactly.: If you walk a mile to a health club, wave at it, and walk back, you'll get more out of it than if you buy a membership. ...Read more
If I join the PRIME membership at $99 month can I get just one PCP, that will be able to take care of me, Consults Rx's? I cant seem to get 1 good MD!
Cannot choose a Dr.: HealthTap PRIME began this summer (2014), and is a Primary Care service. A patient is connected with the first available doctor, and different doctors are online at various times. Patients do NOT select a particular doctor. A patient using PRIME has a one-on-one visit with the doctor via smartphone, a tablet, or a computer, and he can show the doctor pictures or test results. ...Read more
Chubby arms: Spot fat loss does not occur naturally. ...Read more
I'm a 39 yo female. I'm not close to nor can I afford a gym membership. How do I lose weight after a prednisone regimen?
How much do I have to pay for someone to get back on my meds for bipolar disorder and ptsd. Do I need the prime membership? Are there extra fees?
What to do if I have pretty muscular legs. Any tips without spending a load of money on a gym membership?
What is goal: If you already have muscular legs you might be part way there. What is the goal? Do you seek muscular legs. Gym employees can be helpful in exercise advice but of course they must be paid. However you can find a ton of information on the internet and any public library will have books about exercise. If you have a friend with a membership, you might get a trip or two on guest passes. ...Read more
No. Of course not.: Not a good thing to do. The intentional habit of inhaling burning organic material, combined with various chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of that material (regardless of whether it is tobacco, marijuana, or any other plant) is bad for the body. Just think about it. Who would intentionally start something burning and inhale the stuff over and over and over? ...Read more
Not if inside us...: Lead is naturally occurring on earth. Outside of our bodies, lead is not a problem. If we eat or drink too much of it, it becomes a toxic contaminant inside our bodies. Lead is everywhere in our industrialized world, which means one shouldn't worry too much about it, but be sure our families are not eating or drinking things containing lead, nor using lead-contaminated containers or toys. ...Read more
See below: First of all, I don't suggest getting "fat" as it brings about many hazards. But if you are underweight and want to gain weight, do so by increasing your calorie intake. You need to consume more calories than you burn. Don't do this by eating a lot of junk food. Make sure you're getting all your essential nutrients. Also, you can gain muscle mass by weight lifting or other activities like that. ...Read more
Basic questions: If you did not ask for premium, paid services, then this basic HealthTap public forum is free. Post a question with good grammar and spelling, and one or more of the thousands of volunteer doctors can answer it. They might skip repetitive questions, or ones that have too many abbreviations, or are otherwise hard to understand. (HealthTap's premium services provide private, virtual consultations.) ...Read more