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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Effects Of Exercise On Body Temperature

A regular exercise routine prevents your body’s temperature rhythm from remaining relatively level throughout the day. With an appropriate body temperature rhythm, you will find that you can get a deep sleep even if you’ve had a stressful day or can’t perform your regular exercise on a certain day. Exercise also delays the drop in the body’s temperature in the evening, and this delay lets you remain awake and alert for a longer time without feeling drowsy or tired. And, as everyone knows, exercise is a great stress reliever, and stress is one of the main reasons for the development of sleep disorders.

If you don’t already have an exercise program, you really should consider starting one right away. The best time to perform exercise is in the morning because it encourages a quick rise in temperature. You should avoid exercise for three hours before you go to sleep, since your body’s temperature will likely still be rising, and you could find falling asleep or sleeping deeply to be more difficult.

You don’t have to run right out and join a gym in order to get regular exercise. It is possible to obtain the benefits that exercise brings through its effects on your body temperature by taking less dramatic actions. Research shows that even moderate exercise during the day has many healthful benefits. If you can’t seem to get motivated to exercise on a regular basis, you should find a less intense, but physical, activity you enjoy several times per week. The activity could include such things as taking a brisk walk, going for a bike ride, or going rollerblading. All of these activities will have a significant effect on your body temperature and encourage its rhythm to function at beneficial levels.

Protecting from Gym Scams

Ridiculously Low Rates – It’s becoming increasingly crowded out there. With so many gyms fighting each other over customers, membership fees are plummeting. However, you should remember that operating a gym is a very expensive endeavor. In order to provide customers with the best experience, the gym or health club must have plenty of operating capital. Low-end gyms, while having much cheaper rates, mean bad exercise equipment, crowded areas, less sanitary facilities and less customer focus. When choosing a gym or health club, it may be best to go to the more expensive places.

Beware of False Advertising – There are many gyms that advertise low-rates, zero-membership fees, or some other way that you can save when joining. However, most of these gyms get the money out of the customer, one way or the other. Be sure to read the contract for any hidden charges that they may impose. Others advertise huge discounts, only to cripple or limit much or their services until the member pays in full. Others, on the other hand, flat-out lie about their services and member benefits. Be sure to ask a lot of questions and inspect the service agreement fully.

Dubious Accreditations – There are so many certificate-giving bodies out there from state and community organizations that few are worth more than the paper it’s written on. Be sure to double-check on what accreditations the gym claims to have and see if they come from a truly prestigious or note-worthy organization. The same goes for the so-called certified-instructors many gyms have. Be wary and be sure to research these claims.

Poor Equipment and Facilities – This is what you pay for the most, the ability to use large, specialized equipment. Always inspect the entire gym and its facilities before you commit to signing up. The place should also be spacious – it should not be crowded. Many gyms sign up more customers than they can actually handle. The result is that many customers have to wait in line to use the gym equipment they want. This also means that their equipment is constantly being used and prone to more damage.

Sleazy Contracts – Always read what’s printed on the service contract. Three year memberships, high deposit fees, extra charges – these can be all hidden inside the contract and its existence conveniently not mentioned by the sales team. Always turn on the alarm when you encounter provisions requiring you to shell out more money or penalize you for cutting your membership short.

Dark Side of Fitness

The consequences of this new “disease” can be very serious, often requiring many months of expensive rehabilitation or even surgery. Some young athletes are left facing a lifetime of pain and physical restrictions.

The article emphasizes the role played by pressure from coaches and parents and by a culture in many sports that places so much emphasis on performance, and on winning, that players often ignore the pain signals coming from their bodies.

I was struck by the parallels between this teenage phenomenon and the wave of injuries reported during the early stages of the fitness boom of the 1980s. At that time, there were a great many newspaper and magazine reports of everything from severe shin splints caused by prolonged running on concrete to serious back and neck pain due to improper methods of weight lifting.

I can well remember the sudden influx of students during that period who came for Alexander Technique lessons after giving up on demanding exercise regimes because of pain or injury. They just wanted to learn how they could get back to where they were before and sadly that was not always possible. It seems that when a new fitness or sports trend begins, there is a heavy price to be paid by some participants.

What strikes me about both the current spate of injuries and the one that took place two decades ago is that in both cases, a huge emphasis on QUANTITY of exercise almost completely obliterated any concern with the QUALITY with which the exercise was performed. All too often fitness programs tend to be about things like how many miles you run, how many pitches you pitch, or how many hours you swim rather that how well you’re using your body as you run, pitch or swim.

It’s a bit like driving a car as fast as you can, for a long distance, without bothering to learn how to drive it well!

I am convinced that the current over-emphasis on quantity is one of the main reasons there are still so many sports and fitness related injuries. Sometimes it comes from the athlete him or herself – perhaps reflecting a common cultural idea that more is better. Sometimes it comes from outside. That certainly seems to be a large part of what’s going on with some young athletes today.

Anyone who studies the basic ideas of the Alexander Technique will very quickly see just how important the quality of one’s posture and movement is to the effectiveness and safety of any activity. This is true whether it’s a vigorous activity or something as mundane as using a computer or even watching TV. And if they decide to take up a new sport or fitness program, they have the knowledge and ability to approach it with skill, and with an appropriate level of body awareness and care.

Maintain Healthy Bones While Working Out

Calcium

The most abundant mineral in the human body, Calcium helps the body primarily by regulating metabolic and hormone processes, muscle contraction, wound healing, blood clotting, blood pressure maintenance, and nerve transmission. The most important attribute of calcium, however, is its ability to build strong bones and teeth.

Calcium is one of the most important minerals needed by the body, but which is typically lacking in the diet. Also, only an estimated 20-30{de3710366abd2362f85f6791752ff510b3623b6acfebf984ac93ec68338c0f3f} of calcium in the diet is absorbed by the body. Because of the fact that almost everybody is not able to obtain enough calcium, this happens to be where calcium supplements are extremely beneficial.

Calcium is also said to be able to help with reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and colon cancer, in addition to preventing osteoporosis.

However, Calcium has to be present alongside other essential minerals in order for it to be effective and absorbed by the body. These other minerals are Magnesium, Potassium, Boron, Vitamin D, Silicon, Zinc, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a very important mineral because of its role in bodily processes involving muscle and nerve functions. In addition to that, Magnesium plays a vital part in regulating body temperature, sugar level, blood pressure, metabolism, and protein synthesis.

Magnesium also enables calcium to be absorbed better by the body, which is why severe magnesium deficiency can eventually result in low levels of calcium in the blood. Primarily located in the bones, Magnesium is important especially for bone growth and in maintaining bone density.

Studies are still ongoing as to whether magnesium can help with a person’s energy levels, as well as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Potassium

Potassium is needed by the body in order to regulate bodily processes in the nervous system, skeletal system, the cardiac muscle, as well as for metabolism. Potassium is also known to be able to aid people in reducing hypertension.

People basically get enough potassium from their diets, but there are some who become potassium deficient (hypokalemia) due to taking diuretic drugs or water pills, prolonged vomiting, kidney disease, diarrhea or laxative abuse. Symptoms of potassium deficiency include muscle weakness, intestinal paralysis, fatigue, and cramps, which can then lead to constipation, bloating, and abdominal pain.

Potassium’s role with bone support involves the preservation of bone mass and bone mineral density.

Enjoy Exercise

Never start exercise with too much stress, do it in a relaxed mood and environment. Exercise outdoors if you can and enjoy the nature. Listen to your favorite music, and enjoy while you exercise. While exercising outdoors use earphones and also be careful about what’s going around you. By listening to music or even listening to interesting books on tape will make your exercise more enjoyable. You can even exercise in front of the television by watching your favorite song or favorite programme.

Ask your friends to join your exercise program. Join a gym or a health club for a sport or recreational activity. When you join a gym or a social club you get to meet new people who could give you company and this makes your exercise more social and enjoyable.

After finishing a vigorous session reward yourself with a massage, sit in a whirlpool or sauna. Go out with your partner after the exercise session. Set goals and when you reach them, reward yourself.