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How to Measure The Progress of Your Health and Fitness Program

Posted on May 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

People tend to measure success in different ways. It can be wealth, family relationships or personal happiness. But when it comes to measuring the success of your health and fitness program what is successful and what is not. Certainly one measure is the lack of illness or long term medical issues. Another can be the number of healthy living habits you have acquired or the loss of weight that you set out to achieve. People may be commenting on how good you look. These are all ways to determine if your program is working or not.

Medium and short term changes can also be measured in your health and fitness program as well as long term changes mentioned above. Perhaps you were on medication or prescription drugs that you no longer need. Because you now exercise regularly you may feel more limber and able to easily perform physical tasks that were difficult for you in the past. Another measure can be in the diet you now eat. You find yourself eating fewer foods that are high in fat and more that are nutritious and high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

DIET IS VERY IMPORTANT

There are two important measures in the progress that you are making in your eating habits toward a healthier lifestyle. You may notice that you have become wiser in the way that you prepare foods. You may have substituted bad fats that you used in cooking with healthier fats such as olive oil or other oils that are derived from plants. You may be more aware and have a better understanding about food labeling. This is an area that we have made great progress in over recent years. We now have a better understanding about what is in the foods that we eat and what to is good and bad for us. You may have even substituted one brand to another healthier one.

Another way to determine the success of your health and fitness program is a physical measure of you waistline. Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease have been associated with abdominal fat. Any reduction can result in an improved body fat distribution.

BE AWARE OF BODY FAT

Another good measure of your progress would be your total body fat. There are several ways to measure this, the simplest and most accessible method would be skin fold calipers. While methods such as hydrostatic weighing or electrical impedance are much more accurate they are really not necessary. Skin fold calipers will give you a good staring point and way to measure your progress.

Regardless of how you choose to measure your progress you should never rely on total body weight and a scale. This is a mistake that many make as body weight may have been the factor that initiated them to start their health and fitness program from the start. Total weight is only a combination of total body fat and your lean body weight. The more important measure is the ratio between the two. Many times people can have the same weight and one will be in much better shape that the other.

If you rely on weight as a measure of progress you may become unnecessarily discouraged at your efforts and have the tendency to forego your program. You have to realize that weight is not a measure of body composition. You can look at the fact that you lost a few pounds but you do not know if that was a loss in muscle and water or a more meaningful loss in fat. Or you can weight the same and have made progress because you have actually lost fat and replaced it with muscle that will help to continue to burn more fat. So it is more effective to measure the success or failure of any health and fitness program by metrics other than weight.

Health And Fitness For Kids And More Tips

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Health And Fitness For Kids-Preserve Your Child’s Health

Kids today are to focused on watching tv and playing video games that they don’t take the time to workout. This has resulted in sharp rise in the number of kids with obesity. Kids fitness games not only maintain their bodies in shape, but also keeps their minds active. Parents as a result must make certain that their kids have enough time to exercise. Parents must find some basic games which each of your kids will love playing.

Rope skipping offers a fantastic way for a child to burn extra calories. Most young children are hyperactive and are going to love jumping about while their skipping rope. The kids can play alone or as a group on the play ground. In this game your kids will use their whole body and they can also attempt to compete and see how quick they can jump with no tripping. Alternatively, they are able to use more than 1 rope which increases the degree of activity.

Hokey is one more fitness for kids game. In this game the kids will put 1 leg in front and pull it back, then the other leg as well as the hands. The kid then shakes the whole body and turns about. This game is not only enjoyable, but additionally assists your kids to maintain the best weight.

Cycling is regarded as the single most successful and popular ways to keep your youngster active and in shape. Youngsters love cycling and it is possible to join your kids together in quality time and fun. The child gets to workout his leg muscles, some of the largest on our bodies, thus burning the most fat. However, it is advisable to supervise your child while cycling to prevent accidents. Be sure the child stays on the sidewalk and he or she wears helmet. Guess what? You are getting some good exercise too!

The best Health and Fitness For Kids games are those which involve racing and agility. Football is one such game and it also offers an chance for the kids to find out how to become a team player. Running around enables kids to enhance heart muscles along with their bodies. Also take time to encourage your children and to motivate him or her, appeal to their competitive nature. You are going to be amazed at how sweaty your kids will probably be during and at the finish from the football game.

Start Indoors with games including Sardines, excellent when the climate is cold and rainy. Teach them that one particular kid is the one who must find the others, hides like in hide and seek with a time limit. The other children are essential to join in hiding until only 1 child is remaining after which they’re able to come out if not found. It is also possible to also introduce your children to dancing as exercise and also to explore their talent. Take your kids to join a dancing class so he can grow to be a good dancer and partners.

Health And Fitness For Kids, It really is Time!!

How to Achieve Health and Fitness

Posted on May 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

Many people are in search for health and fitness, but what are really the essentials for health and fitness and how do you achieve good health and overall well being?

When you have a closer look at the concept, it all boils down to the following four components, which are crucial for healthy living.

They are:

*1 Good Nutrition

*2 Regular Exercise

*3 A Good Night Sleep

*4 High Quality Nutritional Supplementation

If we choose to make good nutrition – including supplementation – and an active lifestyle a daily habit, we could add 5 to 15 healthy years to our lives.

Healthy living means: keeping a balanced, healthy diet, avoiding smoking, excessive use of alcohol and toxic chemicals, taking regular exercise, a good night sleep and supplementing our diet with high quality nutritional supplements.

I will describe in more detail the above mentioned four components for healthy living.

First of all: Good Nutrition.

You probably heard it before: “You are what you eat.” Although I like a more accurate definition.it is better to say: “You are what you can get out of your food.”

Good nutrition is fundamental for good health.

The human body is a complex system that requires a full spectrum of nutrients for optimal health.

What do we mean by “good nutrition”?

Good nutrition means: eating the right food that contains all the right carbohydrates, protein, fat, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, based on your body type.

A second factor that determines good nutrition is our body’s ability to absorb the nutrients from the food that we eat. The nutrients have to be in a form that the cells can accept them, and the cells have to be in optimum condition to be able to absorb the nutrients. This is called bio-availability.

These are the keys to successful nutrition and two often overlooked facts. That is one of the reasons most nutritional supplements miss the mark, they don’t address the cellular condition of the body.

You may think that regular exercise, a positive mental attitude, while applying the golden rule: ‘everything in moderation’ the key is to good health. However, if you understand the damage caused by processed foods, it will motivate you to change your diet, if you are aiming for a high level of health and freedom of degenerative diseases.

Acid-alkaline balance. We should consume acid- and alkaline-forming foods in the right ratio’s. This is not hard to realize, when we know that, generally speaking, fruits and vegetables are alkaline-forming and the rest is mostly acid-forming, with a few exceptions. You can read more about acid- and alkaline-forming foods in my article.

The Australian diet contains nearly one-and-a-half times more acid-forming food as it does alkaline-forming food. This ratio should be the other way around. The problem with eating too much acid-forming food is that it builds up toxic waste products, and is the cause of most of our health problems. A diet that contains insufficient fruit and vegetables is missing vital antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins and minerals. They are most important to prevent oxidation, caused by free radicals, which are the main cause of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other diseases.

We also need a sufficient amount of antioxidants, to counteract the formation of free radicals, caused by our stressful lifestyle, pollution in air and water and malnutrition. Oxidative stress has shown to be the root cause of over 70 chronic degenerative diseases.

Every day, the DNA in each cell in your body faces about 10, 000 attacks from cell-damaging forces known as free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that have lost an electron. Free radicals are naturally produced as your body turns fuel to energy, but you also get them from pollution in air and water, stress, smoking and radiation from the sun.

These volatile molecules cruise around your body trying to stabilize themselves by stealing electrons from other molecules. When they succeed, they create still more free radicals, causing a sort of snowballing procession of damage.

Free radicals don’t just occasionally pop up here and there. Up to 5% of the oxygen that each cell uses is converted into free radicals.

Free radical damage is thought to play a role in the accumulation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and the lining of your artery walls. This can lead to a narrowing of the arteries called atherosclerosis, which contributes to heart disease. And when free radicals damage DNA inside the cells, the results can be cell mutations that lead to cancer.

It is not all about nutrition, neither is it all about exercise. A balanced lifestyle is the key. Exercise at least three times per week. Aerobics, jogging, swimming, cycling and also include weight lifting in your exercise routine, which is important for maintaining a healthy bone-structure.

The key is to do the right exercise. Aerobics are usually recommended in the weight loss industry, the more intense the better, which is all wrong!! The problem is that aerobics exercises that raise your heart rate above 120 beats per minute, which include running, rowing, swimming, cycling and many of those fancy aerobics classes in health clubs, all strip off muscle almost as much as they strip off fat.

And as you know, muscle loss reduces your ability to burn fat and sets you up to become even fatter. Remember, muscle is the engine in which body fat is burned. You should do everything you can to maintain it for the rest of your life.

Walking is good for many health reasons, it also burn some fat and will not burn muscle. But the best exercise for fat control is wide-variety high repetition resistance training, using weights or machines.

By exercising all the muscles of your body, you burn a lot of fat. Another advantage of resistance exercises is that it increase muscle and as a result provide more muscle cells to be able to burn fat. It’s a real health bargain.

Another important factor is proper pace. Don’t overdo it. You can’t force things to happen at once. The secret to good health is consistency and steadiness. The right amount of food and regular exercise.

The simple technique of ‘deep breathing’ can make a powerful contribution to feeling good and being fit and well. Our bodies need an abundance of physical and mental energy to be able to function at their best.

The energy source is food, but food is useless without oxygen, which is the key to our power. The more oxygen we deliver to our cells, the more energy we will have.

Breathing is the way we obtain oxygen and the benefits of periodic deep- breathing are enormous. However, if our breathing is shallow, we cripple the functioning of our systems. When the oxygen supply to our lungs is not sufficient, it can contribute to illnesses, both physical and mental. Posture is important for proper breathing.

The third factor of health and fitness is a good night sleep. There is nothing more beneficial than a good nights sleep and there is a great physiological need for it if the individual likes to feel refreshed and alert during the following day. Sleep is also important for your memory and learning capacity and possibly for maintaining a good immune system. But there are still many unanswered questions regarding the function of sleep.

This is possibly best explained with the fact that people suffering from insomnia also suffer from reduced concentration, reduced memory and decreased ability to accomplish daily tasks. They are also at greater risk for work related accidents and road accidents, many sick days, increased use of healthcare services and a lower perceived quality of life.

Insomnia is usually perceived as related to not getting enough sleep, which means that the person either has trouble falling or staying asleep. However, poor quality of sleep, whereby the sufferer wakes up not feeling refreshed, even after sufficient hours spent sleep, is a common complaint, especially by elderly people.

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in the brain, manufactured by the pineal gland and secreted at night. It is quickly degraded, but by being continuously secreted all through the night, it acts like a sleep regulator and ‘signal of darkness’ in humans. However the natural production of melatonin tends to decrease with age. specially in elderly suffering from insomnia, the production of melatonin is decreased compared to elderly with no sleep problems.

Research has proven that melatonin, when taken in small doses of 0.1 milligram, can decrease the effects of jetlag, like sleeping difficulties and tiredness.

The fourth component is: a high quality nutritional supplements. As I mentioned earlier, most supplements do not address the cellular condition of your body. Even worse, many are in a form that is unacceptable for the cells themselves and don’t contain biological available substances that are useful for the cells in your body.

People who are suffering from a chronic degenerative disease are under greater oxidative stress than normal. In this case, optimizers are important to use in order to support any existing nutritional program.

It’s been scientifically proven that there are substantial health benefits in taking nutritional supplements. The benefits of nutritional supplements are scientifically verified over the past two years. Hundreds of scientific studies have proved that nutritional supplements can significantly reduce the risk of degenerative diseases.

Apart from the future benefits, eating well and exercising regularly to achieve health and fitness, also enable us to enjoy life so much more right now!

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