Category: Fitness

Sports Supplements The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! Part 3

Based on the current research, it would seem that DHEA should be approached with caution. It is too early to tell the real benefits and dangers of using DHEA. In the future, we may have more information on which to make an informed decision. However, those wishing to take DHEA should have their own DHEA levels checked before taking this supplement. In addition, this supplement should only be utilized by those over 50 years of age.

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Sports Supplements The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! Part 2

Chromium was popularized after studies revealed that exercise increased chromium loss, which raised the idea that many athletes may be chromium deficient. The theory is that chromium enhances the action of insulin, especially in relation to protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. However, promoters (manufacturers) of chromium supplements claim that it reduces body fat, increases muscle tone and increases energy. Although some early studies seemed to indicate that chromium helped subjects reduce body fat and increase lean body tissue (muscle), recent studies refute these claims.

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Sports Supplements The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! Part 1

In the old days, to succeed at sports and athletic endeavors all you needed to do was train hard and eat heartily. Athletes involved in sports such as football, basketball, and weightlifting are prime examples of this kind of thinking.

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Points to Remember

The next issue is that exercise must become a routine in your life. It must be like brushing your teeth or ironing your clothes; it is not your most favorite thing to do, but it is part of your lifestyle. Do you see this strategy? Most people do not decide daily if they are going to brush their teeth or not. They just do it, because at some point in their life they made the choice that they need to brush their teeth daily, and now they do. No criteria to meet, no mental struggle, they just do it with no questions asked. This is the key to changing your lifestyle; make exercise a daily routine, no different than taking a bath.

Step Five
The last issue in starting and maintaining an exercise program is boredom. You need variety. It is ok to change exercises, routines, health clubs, etc. Try the treadmill, swim laps, do an aerobics class, anything that keeps you from feeling bored or tired of the routine. Remember, the ONLY thing that needs to be routine is exercising your body. How you do that is up to you and your creativity.

To recap, here are some points to remember when making exercise a permanent part of your lifestyle:

Believe that regular exercise is required to have a long and health life.
Understand that it is going to be mentally difficult or challenging for the first few months, but it will get easier.
Do not set up criteria that need to be met in order for you to work out.
Make the choice (only once) that you are committed to exercising, and just do it!
Make exercise a part of your normal routine.
Do not give exercise more thought than brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc.
Change your routine frequently to prevent boredom.

You can play the odds and pretend that nothing will happen to you as a result of inactivity. But, chances are you’ll lose!

If you don’t believe this, just look again at the millions of people above who played the odds and lost. Feel lucky? If not, follow these steps and make a commitment to exercise. Remember, you are the only person responsible for your health. So make the choice to live a happier and healthier life. Don’t make me have to tell you, “I told you so!”

Quadriceps Stretches

Prone One Leg Quadricep Stretches: Lay belly down (prone) on a pad on the ground. Grasp the left foot at the instep or front of the toes with the hand of the same side. Put the knee of the left leg next to the knee of the right leg. Pull on the foot to bend the left knee. Maintain this position for 20 seconds, then switch legs and repeat. Do each leg at least twice.

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Stumbling Blocks

For waste elimination to work properly, club operations have to be carefully scrutinized. The risk with budgeting is that it becomes an insular affair, with managers locking themselves in their offices to progressively tweak columns of figures until the chief accountant gives an all clear.

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The Female Athlete Triad, Part 2

Anorexia is characterized by extreme weight loss due to a desire to be thin. The hallmark of anorexia is a distorted body image, whereby an individual feels fat despite being underweight.

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The Female Athlete Triad, Part 1

The female triad is one of the biggest medical concerns for all female athletes, no matter what their sport. Some of the consequences may not be completely reversible. As a result, early recognition, treatment and prevention are of paramount importance.

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Can you Recommend a Treadmill?

My wife and I walk on a treadmill at least three times each week. She never exceeds 3.5 mph. I will run occasionally but never above 6.5 mph. The maximum incline is 10 degrees. The only thing we do not like is that there are only five walking and five running programs. I would buy a new treadmill if there were a model that had a variable program setting. Do you know of one?

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T’ai Chi — A New Approach to Water Fitness

Studies abound documenting the health benefits of t’ai chi chuan; it can lead to improvements in strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and posture. According to the National Institute on Aging, the practice of t’ai chi may reduce older adults’ risk of falling and breaking bones, and The Arthritic Foundation states that t’ai chi may be the ideal exercise for arthritis sufferers.

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