Category: fitness

With the unofficial start of summer at the end of this month, many begin to think about starting to exercise before putting on a bathing suit and hitting the beach or pool. Exercise is of course helpful for weight management and building muscles and can improve physical appearance. What is not as well known are the other physical, mental and emotional benefits of incorporating exercise into your daily routine.

In addition to weight management, other physical benefits of exercise include improvement in our cardiovascular system functions. Aerobic exercise can help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and stokes. Other forms of exercise can help prevent arthritis, osteoporosis and can help improve balance to prevent falls.

What is equally as impressive are the benefits to mental and emotional health when exercising on a regular basis. Exercise improves not only focus and concentration but also enhances mood as well. In fact, studies have shown that 15 minutes of aerobic exercise was equally as effective as an antidepressant for some forms of depression. Walking around the block often shifts perspective and helps reduce stress.

Joh Ratey MD, who studies the benefits of exercise has suggested that if the positive effects of exercise could come in a pill form, it would be the most widely prescribed medication. Since that is not possible, how do you incorporate exercise into your busy life when you already feel pressed for time?

Ten Tips to Sneak Exercise into your Day

Don’t like or feel like you have time to go to the gym? The good news is exercise does not have to involve getting on a treadmill or pumping iron at the gym to be effective. It can be relatively low cost and not a huge time investment. However, before you start, check with your doctor if you have not exercised in awhile or if you are pregnant. Also, make sure you are wearing proper footwear for your activity. Many joint or back injuries are caused by wearing old or worn-out shoes. Here are ten ways to get moving:

  1. Park away from your office, trip to the store or school and walk. These small walks add up through the day. In fact, studies have shown that small bursts of exercise throughout the day are more effective than one long burst.
  2. Take the steps instead of the elevator. If you are going between floors, walk up the steps. Need a quick break in the afternoon – walk up and down a few times. Exercise will revive you much more than a trip to the coffee machine.
  3. Wear a fitness tracker and measure your steps. There are many inexpensive trackers as well as more sophisticated and pricey devices but even the inexpensive will give you data on steps. Set a goal and stick to it. For the first few days, wear it without changing your activity. Once you create a baseline, add 500 to 1000 steps per day to it each week.
  4. Use apps to get inspired. Studies have shown that like fitness trackers, individuals who utilize apps are more successful at sticking with an exercise program. There are apps like 5K that inspire and lead you from couch to 5K. My Fitness Pal and ActivX are a few other popular fitness apps.
  5. Sign up for a charity walk or run and use it to inspire you to get moving. Whether it is 1mile, a 5 or 10K, it gives you a goal and a deadline to work toward.
  6. Grab a buddy or two. People are far more likely to stick to a routine if they have another person who is going to do it with them and hold them accountable. Making fitness social gives the extra benefit of connecting with others.
  7. Have a family or office challenge. It does not have to be a competition, but it can be a way to cheer each other on and keep everyone involved in a common goal.
  8. Try a new activity like dancing, hiking, swimming or a fun group exercise class you have always been curious about.
  9. Make fitness a weekly family activity. Go on a hike, bike ride or walk around the neighborhood.
  10. Household activities like gardening, cleaning or

Just think about things for a moment. Would people advocate going to the local gym more, or eating less if there weren’t obvious benefits. In fact most people will congratulate you if you said “I’m going to find a gym near me” or “I’m going to lose weight”. But why are they praising and what are the real benefits of being a healthy weight/ weight loss? Here we look at the benefits of losing weight in order to achieve a healthier weight. Some you’ll nod your head knowingly in recognition, and some will come straight out of left field and shock you. So read on…

Sleep

If you lose weight you can expect to enjoy a better night’s sleep, and given that so many of us complain of always being tired, then this is a great first reason to make that decision.

Hormonal Balance

It will improve, as will your sex drive and furthermore your sexual performance, now that’s got to be a good thing for everyone right?

Mood

Perhaps it is no coincidence putting this one next, but people have found that their overall mood improves with a loss of weight.

Joint Pain

Excess weight puts an added workload on the body and the joints. So a little weight loss will ease any pain that you may feel in the knees or feet and can help reduce the risk of arthritis in later life, as your joints will of course be working less hard in the first place.

Glow

You skin will improve when you shed the pounds, which will help your mood also.

Stress

Many people suffer stress directly related to their perceived body image. By improving fitness and losing weight and by going to the local gym, these are all factors in reducing your levels of stress. Stress is never a positive.

Money

You’ll probably spend money at the local gym, but you will be saving it as your shopping bill reduces through sheer volume alone, let alone the cost of unhealthy foods and treats etc. There will be a positive upside in your wallet.

Memory

Improved fitness associated with a healthier weight can in fact impact positively on your memory.

Food

You’ll love food more, that’s right, as you get to know it better it is likely that you’ll improve as a cook, try new and adventurous things, get a better taste for ingredients and have a healthier relationship with the fuel you feed your body.

Health

This will in turn help reduce the onset of mild ailments like colds etc. and will likely need to visit your GP less. Plus, psychologically, a healthy body, the right food and use of the local gym and exercise will help improve your mental wellbeing too. Many people feel bad when they are overweight and feel better having lost it. You’ll probably develop new levels of self-respect and will in all likelihood live longer too.

Organised

People who lose weight, need to be organised, in terms of diet, food, shopping, training, exercise etc. They need to combat old habits and establish new and better ones, and losing weight can therefore spill over into your daily life, making you a sharper, better organised and more fulfilled individual.

Some of these benefits may seem old hat, but you have to admit, you didn’t guess them all. Whatever the reason, losing weight is going to be better for you, and now you know many of the reasons why, so what’s stopping you from getting started?

Source by Carolina Guerra

The thing about traveling is finding some decent hotels with great fitness centers. While it doesn’t matter much to me because I can exercise anywhere, having a nice place to work out may be important for many others. I’m going to list some to the best places in the United States where you can get a great workout in facilities that even offer state of the art equipment.

1. The Houstonian Hotel has one of the best fitness facilities anywhere. Known as The Club it boasts 125,000 square feet of training space. That includes an indoor track, rock climbing wall, and a boxing ring. You can even get facials and massages afterwards at their spa. There is so much more going than I mentioned here. Did I forget to mention the indoor pool?

2. The Venetian in Las Vegas has a 12,000 sq. ft. facility known as the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. It has nutritionists, personal trainers and a rock climbing wall that’s 40 feet high. Check it out when you visit Las Vegas.

3. The Four Seasons in San Francisco has a Sports Club/LA fitness center which is 127,000 sq. ft. in size. Some of that includes a Jr. Olympic Pool, life coaches, nutritionists, and a boxing ring. It is located in downtown San Francisco.

4. Sheraton Hotels has something for the busy traveler who loves to exercise – Core Performance fitness centers. Located at various locations wherever you find a Sheraton, Core Performance is what the name implies – focused on core and total body training. It’s quick and effective (the way I like it). They will even get you started with a “Gym-in-a-Bag” room service.

5. The Embassy Suites in Chicago offers a top notch fitness facility that includes an indoor pool. You also get a view since the hotel is located on the waterfront.

There are many hotels that have great places for fitness. Again, you don’t need a fitness center to exercise in. For many people it is convenient and offers many amenities that you don’t get when you train alone. Check them out as well as others okay? I hope offer hotels that have many outdoors activities where you can get some great exercise. That’s my cup of tea anyway. If you don’t have the money for the above hotels, then it’s okay to do training in your room. You might even want to run the stairs. It all counts.

Have fun, stay fit and healthy.

Source by Robert Choat

Fitness trackers have quickly become a fixture on the American wrist over the last two years, taking the lion's share of the wearable gadget gift market. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and a dozen other such gizmos can track not only steps taken, but also blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality, and more. Fitbit's, in particular, have become increasingly popular because they can help most keep track of their fitness goals and achievements, allowing you to reach those goals easier. When you know how many steps you take through the day and how you are sleeping at night, it becomes a bit easier to lose weight, for example.

Consider:
• One out of six consumers own some type of wearable technology.
• Nearly half of all wearable tech users – 48 percent – are between 18 and 34. While more than two-thirds of 16-to-24-year-olds want wearable tech.
• More men are into the trend than women: 69 percent vs. 56 percent.
• On the financial side, analysts expect the market to grow by 35 percent by 2019.

These fitness trackers are now being used with increasing frequency to support or dispute information used in court cases, including personal injury lawsuits. In 2014, a Canadian judge used information gleaned from a Fitbit to assess the change in lifestyle of an accident victim. Information stored in the accident victim's Fitbit provided evidence that she'd become far less active than she had been before the accident. The data comparison shown:

• The victim took fewer steps per day than before the accident;
• The victim slept less soundly and for fewer hours;
• The victim's overall fitness had declined.

The judge in this case used the Fitbit data to assess the damage the accident inflicted. Experts then fed the data through a larger program called Vivametrica, which compared the plaintiff's information to that of the general population. The judge could then see that the plaintiff was functioning below the average for women in her age group. The fitness tracker offered a tool that provided facts that supported the victim's subjective perception that she had suffered, and the judge was able to evaluate her suffering and award compensation based on objective data.

This sort of information taken from a fitness tracker can potentially help you win a car accident court case if you are severely injured by a driver performing at less than normal for your average driver. As this case demonstrates, the use of fitness tracker technology may affect the outcome of certain personal injury cases depending on the circumstances.

Source by Tara Streff

Silicosis is a fibro-nodular lung disease caused by inhalation of dust containing crystalline silica, which is present in granite, slate and sandstone. Silicosis can be either acute or chronic. Common symptoms include cough, breathlessness, wheezing, digital clubbing, cyanosis, and other symptoms of cor pulmonale. This condition is an occupational hazard for people involved with mining, quarrying, sand blasting, cement and glass manufacturing, masonry, blast furnaces, coal mining and construction work.

The Ayurvedic treatment of silicosis is aimed at treating symptoms and preventing long term complications like chronic bronchitis, cor pulmonale, respiratory failure and lung cancer. Medicines like Shwas-Kuthar-Ras, Sitopaladi-Churna, Talisadi-Churna, Kantakari-Avaleha, Vasa-Avaleha, Ras-Sindur, Malla-Sindur, Sameer-Pannag-Ras and Shrung-Bhasma can be used to reduce inflammation in the lungs, and symptoms like cough, breathlessness and wheezing. Herbal medicines which can be used for this purpose include Pippali (Piper longum), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum), Bruhat-Kantakari (Solanum indicum), Som (Ephedra vulgaris), Karkatashrungi (Pistichia integerima), Kulingan (Alpimia galangal), Dhatura (Dhatura fastuosa), Vasa (Adhatoda vasaka), Kushtha (Saussurea lappa) and Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa).

Medicines like Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Suvarna-Bhasma, Abhrak-Bhasma, Maha-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras and Suvarna-Sameer-Pannag-Ras can be used to prevent permanent damage to the lungs and chronic complications like cor pulmonale and lung cancer. Medicines like Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba), Bala (Sida cordifolia) and Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta) can be used to boost the immune status of the body. Yashtimadhuk and Pippali, boiled in milk, are given in progressively increasing doses, followed by gradually tapering doses. Repeated such courses are very useful in preventing recurrent infections in the lungs, and help in repairing the damage done to the lungs.

The prognosis of silicosis depends upon the chronicity and severity of lung damage caused by this condition. Prevention is a very important aspect of the management of this condition. Occupational safety standards need to be implemented rigorously in order to prevent this condition and reduce morbidity and mortality.

Source by Abdulmubeen Mundewadi

Green smoothies, while consumed by thousands of individuals daily, are not in the mainstream of conversation these days. Of course, if you are part of the exploding health and fitness culture that has a world wide audience, you are most likely already familiar with the movement that embraces green smoothies and their legendary benefits.

The basic information is that green smoothies, like most smoothies, are beverages that are blended to combine fresh or frozen fruit and leafy greens like collard greens, spinach, mustard, and several other lesser known leafy edible greens. One must also add more common vegetables such as carrots and broccoli and even mushrooms, although not necessarily a green or a vegetable.

The idea of green smoothies is that they are filled to the brim with nutrients that work best when they are combined in the raw state. And when blended with other nutritional goodies, these smoothies are nothing less than habit forming. Any parent who has to beg or bribe their kids to eat their spinach and kale, will begin to understand how much of a difference a tasty mouthful of green smoothie can make.

Green smoothies have been found to be very economical and easy to make. Plus since they are fast and tasty and have a rather cool appearance, the challenge of making your family green smoothie fans is definitely simple, after the first blender full of the stuff green smoothies are made of.

Here’s a quick recipe:

1. Start by making sure you have a heavy duty or commercial grade blender. This is not mandatory at first as any blender will do to get started. However, once you realize that everyone will want green smoothies every day, the wear and tear on a non-commercial blender will definitely shorten its life span.

2. Add kale, collard, mustard, turnip and spinach greens. Top these off with bananas or peaches or strawberries or cherries, or feel free to blend all of them into your smoothie. You won’t want to, or need to add sugar or any sweetener so be sure to find your choice of naturally sweet fruits to add to the mix for the best tasting results.

3. Add enough fresh water up to the half way point in your blender. add ice cubes up to the top. Then close the lid and spin until the mix is completely blended. Check during the cycle for the smoothie consistency you prefer. Lots of us like them smooth and thick, however, others prefer thinner mixtures. Just be sure to check for your desired level of thickness.

4. Pour and enjoy and try not to smack your lips.

Many of us are not on diets nor do we plan to be, however, if you are interested in being both healthy and thinner, a green smoothie, that takes less than 5 minutes to blend, can help you drop weight and bad habits. Most individuals will drink a smoothie 2 or 3 times a day, which seems to be the optimum way to start.

The bottom line for potential green smoothie addicts is to jump into the habit at whatever level your interest. These are not only great looking drinks but they are loaded with the type of leafy greens that nature fills with antioxidants and vitamins. What a novel idea, enjoy a delicious drink and get a full feeling in the process because of the fiber. And you can end up 10 or so pounds lighter every 30 days.

Source by Antoinette Beppu

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is a diet, while being called a fad diet, has existed since well into the early part of the 19th century, when Lord Byron popularized the use of the ‘diet miracle’. Even Hippocrates was known to use it as a health tonic, and American soldiers used it to beat indigestion, pneumonia and scurvy.

The concept of the diet is essentially based on the premise of ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’; however, rather than an apple, it is Apple Cider Vinegar, which is also called cider vinegar and acetic acid.

Apple cider vinegar is made from the vinegar that is a byproduct of the fermentation of apple cider. During the process, apple cider is broken down into alcohol and vinegar. The vinegar contains acetic acid, some lactic acid, as well as citric acid.

Apple cider vinegar is light yellow-brown in color and is usually sold without being filtered or pasteurized. Typically, it is sold online or in health food stores. While other types of vinegar are used for cooking, apple cider vinegar is only used for health.

The process of drinking the acid has many claims attached to it, including ways to ward off diabetes and cancer, however much of that has not been proven conclusively, so it is best to learn as much as you can about it before hand. Either way, it can’t hurt to have something that comes directly from nature, only doing you good.

We are talking about something here that has shown itself to be popular for thousands of years, from Hippocrates to Lord Byron, and even to the 1970s when it proved to be popular again thanks to many books that suggested it can be way to lose weight when it is used with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin.

Source by Boone Swann

You ever heard of muscle and fitness gurus? They for the most part today are coming to believe in mindfulness and mental health leading the way. It’s the benefits of mindfulness meditation.

You may be like many who say, I just don’t have time in my life to master mindfulness training. My gosh, “meditation” techniques!

You may think it literally takes HOURS, and Weeks and months and YEARS to master this skill!

Not any longer!

Now, I got to be honest with you… that both surprised me… but also ticked me off.

In some long interviews, I discovered through some muscle and fitness gurus found ONE practice that just about every single one of these top athletes shared.

It makes it stupid easy.

Because the ego- based mind is insanely difficult to intentionally re-program!

Doubting Thomas aspect in us all that the Course in Miracles helps us to undo the ego– that fearful side to us.

The Course in Miracles teaches that, “The ego may see some good, but never only good.”

One guy I spoke to at my local gym has one of the most popular fitness-oriented ideas and mindsets around.

What’s this ONE foundational practice that even fuels the world’s TOP performing muscle and fitness athletes?

It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Much of muscle and fitness peak performance is “mental,”?

One pro recently wrote a few things he learned after interviewing many other muscle and fitness performers… athletes who DOMINATE their sport.

A brand new technology in mindfulness and mental health muscle and fitness is REVOLUTIONIZING the connection between fitness and mindfulness.

In a previous discussion involving details on being a better leader with a richer life through yoga and mindfulness meditation techniques, it was discovered how many people rich peak performance.

It’s called it a meta-skill that’s a “force multiplier” for every other skill you might master.

It’s revolutionized my own workouts!

Others as well are manifesting success like I never thought possible.

You’ve GOT to look deeper into mindfulness training and/or other mind, body, spirit techniques, if you do nothing else for muscle and fitness in this coming year, at least do THIS.

Seriously, it’ll help take your performance to the next level.

Remember, if you’ve spent ANY money at all on your fitness: gym memberships, trainers, fitness programs, supplements, equipment, competitions, etc., meditation multiplies the effectiveness of every single one of them.

I’ve NEVER experienced gains like this… because in my routine, a simple pair of headphones, and a few minutes, and it’s taken my performance to a whole new level.

I’m finding it gives us more self-confidence in reaching within for our full potential.

(As always be sure to investigate and research the web on how many may come to improve life in an instant by your power of choice.)

To peak performance!

Source by James Nussbaumer

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