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!

Cardio Exercises for Health and Fitness

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

What is a cardiovascular exercise and why do we need one?

A cardiovascular exercise is oftentimes referred to as aerobic exercises. It increases heart rate and improves oxygen system in all parts of our body. It is a popular form of weight loss and physical fitness activity that often takes a commercial form. Everyone must establish a workout regimen to make our heart work harder and pump more blood that will help our blood flow smoothly all throughout our body to maintain our good health; making us always feel energized, physically and mentally fit. Cardio exercise also combats depression by activating the neurotransmitters that is often associated to avoid depression putting us always in a better mental condition. It is essentially part of our lifestyle to stay well and healthy.

What are the benefits we can get from this?

A cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs as well as it strengthen the muscles all throughout the body. It improves blood circulation and efficiently reduces blood pressure.

It boosts the metabolism, burns calories, and helps lose weight as well as it improves mental health and lowering the incidence of depression. This form of exercise also reduces the risk for diabetes. It increases energy and helps reduce stress that promotes a restful sleep.

What are the types or forms of this exercise?

There are lots of types or forms of cardiovascular exercise. The lists below were among the popular and the best types of exercises. The number of calories burned opposite the type of exercise was based in a typical weight of 145 lbs body weight that performed the exercises in 30 minutes time.

  • Walking – 180 calories
  • Cycling – 250 to 500 calories
  • Running – 300 calories
  • Cross-Country Skiing – 330 calories
  • Rock Climbing – 380 calories
  • Swimming – 400 calories
  • Step Aerobics – 400 calories
  • Handball – 400 calories

Are there other ways to perform this exercise?

Yes. There are other ways to perform such exercise. Again, the most popular today and is always done by many who in one way or the other has had a limited time performing the natural ways is by doing the exercises with the use of cardio machines. There are lots of these machines today in the market to choose from. One must carefully choose the best machine to use in his daily exercises that will satisfy his needs. Some of the most popular and beneficial machines that are recommended by fitness experts are the water rowing machines, the high incline treadmills, the techno gym cardio wave, the precor adaptive motion trainer, and the versa climber. A good cardio machine will let you burn of up to 500 calories giving you the benefit of a full body and cardiovascular exercise.

Now that we know the benefits we can get in a cardiovascular exercise, its about time that we must start out a workout regimen that will suit to all our health and fitness needs. Stay Fit-Live Well.

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Use Acupuncture to Help Improve Your Health and Fitness

Posted on May 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

These days, many people are finding as many ways as they can to stay healthy for as long as they can. Health and fitness has been the focal point of a number of books, videos, and articles all over the world. Tons of money has been invested in trying to find the best methods possible to keep healthy and live a long life. Although many of these approaches to finding better health have failed miserably, there are a few out there that work surprisingly well and keep users on the right path to well-being.

One method that works great and is very simple to do is called acupuncture. Now, acupuncture is probably one of, if not the oldest techniques in the health and fitness world. It has been around for over 2,000 years, and is classified as a traditional medicine in many eastern countries such as Japan and China. Through the use of needles placed strategically throughout the body, users feel calm and relaxed and free from ailments.

Internal organs throughout the body are the prime target of these needles, and through stimulation of specific points, the body is encouraged improve its functions, promote natural healing, and provide an overall boost to your system. Your body is set up with different streams called Meridians that flow through every part of your frame. The needles are tactically inserted into these streams and cause them to open up so that blood can flow freely throughout your body.

Picture it like a large boulder in a small stream that blocks most of the water from flowing freely downstream. This is what happens when blockages occur in the channels throughout your body. Like someone moving the boulder from the path of the stream, when acupuncture needles are inserted, these blockages are removed and fluids flow easily where they need to.

Health and fitness plays a big role in today’s society, and acupuncture is just one method used by many people all over the world to provide stimulation and improve the overall quality of life. Not only is acupuncture available in eastern countries, it is available almost everywhere in the world and is a simple process that can show vast improvement with just one visit.

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