As 75 Hard fitness program trends on TikTok, experts raise red flags

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and quarantine orders are being extended, people have turned to new places to get workout inspiration at home.

Fitness videos on TikTok have grown exponentially since the pandemic began, as many looked for new ways to stay in shape. Fitness challenges like #DragonFlag, #OneMinuteFitness and #PlankChallenge have gone viral in recent months, and celebrities like Carrie Underwood have even joined in.

Experts urge those just starting out to take it slow before jumping into some of the advanced moves seen in popular TikTok videos, and the intense program called 75 Hard that’s trending on the platform is no exception.

The 75 Hard program, created by entrepreneur and podcaster Andy Frisella and described as a “mental toughness” program, outlines rules users must follow for 75 days. They are:

  • Do two 45-minute workouts a day, one of which must be outside
  • Follow a healthy diet with zero alcohol or cheat days
  • Take a progress picture every day
  • Drink one gallon of water daily
  • Read 10 pages a day of a nonfiction book
  • If you fail, you must start over again at Day One
  • 75 Hard found life on TikTok during the pandemic after 22-year-old Rylee Ollearis documented her journey doing the program from May to July. Her first video about it has racked up more than 4 million views.

    “I decided to post on TikTok for my five followers at the time… ‘Hey guys, I’m doing this crazy challenge, this crazy program,’ and the video started to blow up,” Ollearis told “GMA.”

    “I’ve almost given up myself a few too many times in the past,” she explained about what drew her to the intense program. “I wanted to prove to myself for this time that I could be tough enough to complete something that I set my mind to.”

    Ollearis’ audio from her Day One video is now used in more than 500 TikTok videos of other users trying out the program for themselves. The hashtag #75Hard itself has over 126 million views on the platform.

    The recent college graduate is now a wellness coach and said many people have reached out to her about the program since finding her videos. While she recognized that the program is a major commitment, she said she chose to do it the middle of quarantine because she could put the majority of her daily focus on making sure she was being mindful with her workouts and recovery.

    “Understanding that two 45-minute workouts every single day is a lot. You’re pushing your body, but you also have to ensure that you’re getting the right recovery, that you’re including active rest into those days to make sure that you’re not hurting yourself in any way,” she said.

    Experts raise ‘red flags’ about 75 Hard

    One of the concerns about 75 Hard, according to many experts, is many may opt to ignore the 75 Hard recommendations and begin the workout plan without seeking advice from a physician first, and this can be

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    Viral load may predict ventilator need, death risk; coronavirus damages red blood cells

    By Nancy Lapid

    (Reuters) – The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

    Viral load predicts need for ventilator, death risk

    When COVID-19 patients are admitted to the hospital because of pneumonia, doctors can estimate their risk of needing mechanical breathing support or dying based on their “viral load” – the amount of virus genetic material obtained by swabbing the back of the nose and throat, a new study suggests.

    “This risk can be predicted regardless of how sick they are when they are admitted, what other comorbidities they may have, their age or how many days they had symptoms,” coauthor Dr. Ioannis Zacharioudakis of NYU School of Medicine told Reuters. His team studied 314 patients, dividing them into three groups according to viral load upon hospital admission.

    The group with highest viral levels had 59% higher odds of becoming critically ill or dying than the lowest viral load group. The data, published on Friday in Annals of the American Thoracic Society, “will have practical implications in our ability to judge which patients will benefit the most from early escalation of care, treatment with antivirals and/or inclusion in trials of new therapeutics,” Zacharioudakis said. (

    Coronavirus damages red blood cell membranes

    The new coronavirus damages the membranes of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, contributing to the hypoxemia, or low blood concentrations of oxygen, common in COVID-19, researchers have found. Signs of hypoxemia can range from shortness of breath to organ and tissue damage. Studying blood samples from COVID-19 patients and healthy individuals, researchers found the virus did not appear to affect red cells’ ability to pick up oxygen and deliver it throughout the body.

    But patients had “clear damage” to red cell membranes, in particular to a membrane protein responsible for helping the cell survive injuries. As a result, patients’ red cells might be more vulnerable to so-called oxidative stress and other injury, coauthor Angelo D’Alessandro of the University of Colorado Denver said in an email.

    Red cells circulate for up to 120 days before the body replaces them with new ones, and they cannot synthesize new components to replace the damaged parts. This might help explain why some COVID-19 symptoms can last for months, D’Alessandro said. (

    Pandemic exacts toll on ER doctors’ mental health

    COVID-19 is taking a toll on emergency physicians’ mental health and many are reluctant to seek help, according to poll results reported at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) annual meeting. Among a nationally representative group of 862 U.S. emergency physicians, 87% reported feeling more stressed since the pandemic began and 72% reported more burnout.

    More than 80% cited concern for their own health and safety, and the safety of their family and friends, around contracting COVID-19. Nearly half said they are uncomfortable seeking mental health services, 73% said there was at least some stigma to seeking these services

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    Tonawanda’s Aquatic and Fitness Center swims in red ink; members fear for its future | Local News

    Many have newer equipment and offer cheaper rates, particularly for people who don’t want to swim, he said.

    In response, the town in the last year or two began offering patrons the chance to pay separately for the use of the pool or the gym .

    The facility’s financial problems predate the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Revenues from membership fees, pool rentals and other sources have slipped slightly since 2016, to $1 million in the town’s 2020 adopted budget, while expenses to run the facility have risen to more than $1.4 million in the current year’s budget.

    But that figure doesn’t include benefits paid to Aquatic and Fitness Center employees. Taking into account this and other costs such as pool chemicals, town officials said, the annual deficit approaches $600,000.

    “The losses are just getting too high for us to sustain,” Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger said.

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the facility had six full-time and 186 part-time workers. Today, while the gym remains closed, the venue has two full-time and 91 part-time workers.

    The town, following state public health guidelines, closed the facility in March. The town reopened the pool on Oct. 1 – without the whirlpool, steam room and sauna – but opted to keep the gym closed.

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    New research at MGH reveals rarity of Red Sox’ LHP Eduardo Rodriguez’s COVID-19 complications

    When Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was diagnosed with myocarditis as a result of his contracting COVID-19, there was a brief moment of fear among some in professional sports.

    That the heart disease was becoming associated with the coronavirus was terrifying for a couple of reasons, mainly because these are otherwise young and healthy individuals and myocarditis requires a three-month period of complete rest, at minimum, before the athlete can try to exercise again.

    But new research out of Massachusetts General Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine shows that myocarditis is much more rare than originally expected among athletes.

    There were single-digit cases of myocarditis at MGH amongst thousands of athletes who tested positive for COVID-19, said Dr. Aaron Baggish, director of the cardiovascular performance program at MGH and author of the new findings.

    “We’re seeing very little of it,” Baggish told the Herald. “Nobody is going to say it doesn’t exist, and nobody is going to say there won’t be rare isolated cases. But our recommendations really have to be catered to more of a public health approach.”

    The purpose of the study was to alert doctors across the country that they can probably save resources on athletes who test positive for the coronavirus. Those with symptoms should be tested thoroughly, the study revealed.

    But as long as they don’t have symptoms, they’re highly unlikely to develop any heart affects and hospitals should be saving resources for those who could be more likely to benefit.

    “There are basically four principal tests we try to think about when we think of the evaluation of COVID heart injuries,” Baggish said. “It’s a standard ECG, which is not particularly costly. There’s a blood test for a heart protein called troponin, which is not particularly costly. Then there’s an echocardiogram which is an ultrasound test that does cost money and takes time and is hard to get en masse. And then of course there’s the MRI, which is most costly and is being used by a lot of places without a lot of data to support its use.

    “But this is like every conversation about health care utilization. We don’t live in a world where health care resources are infinite. So we have to think about how to responsibly use what we have because every time we use something for one purpose, we take it away from another purpose.”

    Rodriguez came down with the coronavirus just before the Red Sox were to begin their summer camp in July. An MRI revealed myocarditis, which requires three months of absolute rest to reduce inflammation in the heart.

    But at the time, he was told only to rest for one week, a potentially dangerous instruction.

    “The doctor told me just take a week, just rest, don’t get your heart rate up too much,” Rodriguez said on July 26. “Just rest for a week and we wait to see the next MRI what it says. If it goes out, if it goes away, just go back

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    Canadian Red Cross kickstarts recruitment campaign to build teams for its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Recruitment campaign launches to build additional capacity, initial focus on Ottawa

    OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Canadian Red Cross has launched a nationwide recruitment campaign seeking Canadians who want to make a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. The Red Cross anticipates the need for assistance to increase across sectors as the pandemic persists and communities across the country are experiencing second waves of the virus. The Red Cross continues to work in support of the federal and provincial governments, and is coordinating with local authorities, public health officials, and others as needed to address emerging needs.

    The Canadian Red Cross is hiring for a variety of roles as it continues to build care teams to work in many areas across the country. The immediate focus is to build teams to support in long-term care (LTC) homes in Ontario where personnel will work alongside existing staff in the homes to provide assistance to seniors. Red Cross personnel is currently providing essential personal care services and assisting with daily living activities of seniors residing in LTC.

    In building effective and strong care teams, Red Cross will:

    • Seek to recruit and train people to join already existing Red Cross personnel in supporting the care of seniors in LTC;

    • Train newly recruited and existing personnel on preventing disease transmission, including the proper use of personal protective equipment; and,

    • Provide emergency equipment supplies, including mobile health clinics, to help augment public health efforts.

    “With many communities across the country experiencing a second wave of the pandemic, the Red Cross is well positioned to provide assistance in long-term care homes and beyond. The Red Cross has been supporting efforts across the country since the initial onset of COVID-19. Our recent work of providing comfort and care to seniors in long-term care facilities in Quebec, along with training to prevent disease transmission, will be foundational to this role in Ontario. The Red Cross is ready to further-build its capacity across the country and provide this vital assistance as needs emerge. We encourage Canadians who wish to make a difference to apply.”
    Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO, Canadian Red Cross

    The Canadian Red Cross has played a significant role in Canada’s response to the global pandemic and has been there from the beginning when it provided support to returning travellers under quarantine in Trenton and Cornwall. The Canadian Red Cross is well-positioned to provide assistance in LTC with expertise led by its Global Health Unit, a team of medical experts who have experience responding to emergencies around the world. In addition, the Red Cross continues to support LTC homes in Quebec where teams have been organizing and delivering personal protective equipment and prevention of disease transmission training, offering technical advice on epidemic prevention and control, as well as providing components of its field hospital to use.

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    Coronavirus Red Zone Cases Declining In Orange, Rockland

    Coronavirus cases in Orange and Rockland county red-zone micro-clusters are dropping, according to New York state data.

    However, Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman extended her order closing schools in Kiryas Joel, one of New York’s six red-zone micro-clusters due to high coronavirus cases. She told the Times Herald-Record that religious schools in the ultra-Orthodox enclave were operating despite being ordered to close, that they were not reporting cases of coronavirus to the state as required, and that school officials were ignoring the mandate to wear masks and practice social distancing.

    There were 36 new confirmed cases in Rockland County Sunday, and Orange County reported 13 new cases, state officials said.

    Coronavirust tests in Rockland County Oct. 18, 2020 (Source: New York State Health Department)
    Coronavirust tests in Rockland County Oct. 18, 2020 (Source: New York State Health Department)
    (Source: New York State Health Department)
    (Source: New York State Health Department)

    One person died in Rockland County on Sunday, out of a total of 14 New Yorkers who died due to COVID-19. The total since the outbreak started was 25,659 as of Sunday.

    Over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a refined version of the red-zone initiative, calling it a new “micro-cluster” strategy to tackle coronavirus hot spots that may come with the fall and winter weather. The strategy is predicated on three principles: refined detection, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement, he said during a news briefing Saturday.

    It’s much the same as the red-zone initiative now in place in Orange, Rockland, Brooklyn and Queens.

    State officials plan to implement rules and restrictions directly targeted to areas with the highest concentration of cases, known as red zones, and put in place less severe restrictions in surrounding communities, known as orange and yellow zones that serve as a buffer to ensure the virus does not spread beyond the central focus area. Enhanced focused testing and enforcement will follow, he said.

    The current red zones are more than halfway through their 14 days of restrictions on mass gatherings, businesses and schools. Orange and Rockland show a steep decline in positive cases since the end of September.

    The red zone restrictions are scheduled to end Friday. Cuomo has not said whether they will be.

    Red zones show a decline in new coronavirus cases. (source: New York Department of Health) <br>
    Red zones show a decline in new coronavirus cases. (source: New York Department of Health)

    This article originally appeared on the Nyack-Piermont Patch

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