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Get stronger, leaner and healthier with strength training

by Mehsel Hartwell

You know exercise is good for you. Ideally, you’re looking for ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. If your aerobic workouts aren’t balanced by a proper dose of strength training, though, you’re missing out on a key component of overall health and fitness. Despite its reputation as a “guy” or “jock” thing, strength training is important for everyone. With a regular strength training program, you can reduce your body fat, increase your lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently.

Use it or lose it

Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. “If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body,” says Edward Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. “But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass — at any age.”

Strength training also helps you:

  • Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Control your weight. As you gain muscle, your body gains a bigger “engine” to burn calories more efficiently — which can result in weight loss. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to control your weight.
  • Reduce your risk of injury. Building muscle helps protect your joints from injury. It also contributes to better balance, which can help you maintain independence as you age.
  • Boost your stamina. As you get stronger, you won’t fatigue as easily.
  • Manage chronic conditions. Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including arthritis, back pain, depression, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
  • Sharpen your focus. Some research suggests that regular strength training helps improve attention for older adults.

Consider the options

Strength training can be done at home or in the gym. Consider the options:

  • Body weight. You can do many exercises with little or no equipment. Try push-ups, pull-ups, abdominal crunches and leg squats.
  • Resistance tubing. Resistance tubing is inexpensive, lightweight tubing that provides resistance when stretched. You can choose from many types of resistance tubes in nearly any sporting goods store.
  • Free weights. Barbells and dumbbells are classic strength training tools.
  • Weight machines. Most fitness centers offer various resistance machines. You can also invest in weight machines for use at home.

Getting started

When you have your doctor’s OK to begin a strength training program, start slowly. Warm up with five to 10 minutes of stretching or gentle aerobic activity, such as brisk walking. Then choose a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 repetitions.

“On the 12th repetition, you should be just barely able to finish the motion,” Dr. Laskowski says. “When you’re using the proper weight or amount of resistance, you can build and tone muscle just as efficiently with a single set of 12 repetitions as you can with more sets of the same exercise.”

To give your muscles time to recover, rest one full day between exercising each specific muscle group. When you can easily do more than 15 repetitions of a certain exercise, gradually increase the weight or resistance. Remember to stop if you feel pain. Although mild muscle soreness is normal, sharp pain and sore or swollen joints are signs that you’ve overdone it.

When to expect results

You don’t need to spend hours a day lifting weights to benefit from strength training. Two to three strength training sessions a week lasting just 20 to 30 minutes are sufficient for most people. You may enjoy noticeable improvements in your strength and stamina in just a few weeks. With regular strength training, you’ll continue to increase your strength — even if you’re not in shape when you begin.

Strength training can do wonders for your physical and emotional well-being. Make it part of your quest for better health.

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8 Ways To Live A Longer And Healthier Life

With so many new things to do, so many people to see and dreams to chase, wouldn’t it be great to live a little longer? To have a little more time and squeeze out everything you can from life to achieve so much more. Researchers believe that the human body is made to live beyond todays life expectancy figures in any country. However it is the impurities and toxicity of daily life, hygiene and importantly diet that reduce and make the body fight harder than it should.

There are parts of the world like Japan where men and women enjoy very long and healthy lives whereas other parts of the world are plagued with certain prevalent conditions and shortened life expectancies. There are a few factors and good habits however that we can introduce into our lives, and these will have a positive impact on the length and quality of life we live.

So here are a few tips to living a longer and healthier life:

1. Sleep - I’ll put this first even though there isn’t a real order to these, but getting the right amount of sleep is so vital to our overall health. Scientists believe now that getting too much sleep can be dangerous in the long run, they advise we get around 8 hours and preferably not more than this. Some people manage to sleep 4-5 hours and feel fine but can be setting their bodies up for a fall later in life. So get out the lavender, have some warm milk and start looking after the way and amount you sleep.

2. Exercise
– Another massive factor in deciding what state our body will be in further down the timeline. Scientists recommened at least 25-30 minutes of good aerobic activity at least 3 times a week to keep our bodies in good overall health. Jogging and swimming are 2 of the best aerobic excercises we can do, swimming especially utlilizes the whole body. Your body will look after you if you keep it on its toes. Regular excercise can also help prevent premature death and cardio-vascular diseases.

3. Smoking – Smoking is a complete no no if you want to get the most out of your body now and in the future. The toxic chemicals inhaled into the lungs while smoking cause diseases such as lung cancer and throat cancer to name a few. They drastically reduce the lung capacity of even young people in a short amount of time. The good news is, if you are a smoker, you can stop, it’s not easy but you’ll know it was the best thing you’ve done for yourself once you do it. The sooner you stop, the sooner your body can begin the process of returning to a state similar to before you began.

4. Alcohol - Drinking alcohol within limits can be a healthy habit also, wine is believed to be beneficial to the body when taken in moderation. However with most things in life, consumption in excess generally leads to negative effects on the human body. Excess drinking leads to liver damage or even cancer. Try to watch the units you drink and pace yourself according to your size. Excessive drinking also ages the human face faster over time through the de-hydration it causes. Enjoy it, but just keep an eye on your weekly amounts.

5. Our Weight - People come in all different shapes and sizes, people may long underweight or over weight but the truth is people are just built differently. Being over-weight is known as a contributing factor to conditions such as heart disease, colon cancer and even breast cancer. I won’t give you figures but the point here is to look after your weight. Take time to visit a dietician, have your body fat levels measured and ascertain your optimal weight. Watch what you eat and get plenty of excercise. These little changes can add years to how you feel, and fill you with renewed energies and vigour.

6. Positive Attitude - Life is unpredictable and we can’t be over-joyed all the time. However we can learn to incorporate a positive attitude into our daily lives and change the way we look at things. Turning negatives into positives and trying to find the good in people is a start. Being happy and positive on the inside creates a good balance within us which in turn leads to good overall health in body and mind. So try and banish that pessimism and look for the positives!

7. Learn Learn Learn –
Learning new things sparks our minds into gear, gets those neurons firing and keeps our mind fresh and youthful. Sometimes we get used to life and routine that our brains don’t need to work so hard so it loses a little power. Giving your brain food for though with puzzles, brain teasers, new subjects to learn, instruments, projects… can really preserve your mental capacity well into old age.

8. Our Diet – This is a massively vital part of a live longer regime that should be giving plenty of attention. I placed it low down so even if you only remember a few from this list, hopefully this will be one. A good diet can prevent illnesses forming in your body, even if you are suffering from an illness, a good diet can help your body battle it. A healthy diet will help to control you levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. So briefly, a good diet consists of:

* Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables – Scientists believe 5 a day is a good start, but why stop there? Try and hit 7-8 a     day for maximum health benefits. These help lower the risk of many diseases, make you feel and even look great.

* Oily Fish – 2 to 3 portions of oily fish a week will give your body essential omega oils and offers protection against
heart disease also.

* Reduce Your Salt – A reduction in your salt intake will help to lower and keep in check your blood pressure.
Reduce it little by little and learn to enjoy the real tastes of the foods you eat.

* Fatty foods – Foods that contain saturated fat can lead to higher levels of cholesterol which in turn can lead to
heart disease. Try to cut out saturated fats and replace them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

To conclude, I’d say there are many more additions out there waiting to go onto this list, try to discover what they are. Research into what people eat in the countries where life expectancy is greatest, what are their family and social circles like?

Think about what other changes you can introduce in your life, or which habits to remove and leave behind. Each person is different and genes also play a big role in the way our bodies will treat us. However we can consciously make the decision to play a bigger role in our own life expectancy. You’ll love the health benefits and feel years younger in no time at all, they won’t be able to keep you of the tennis court!

Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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Which Sleep Position Is The Healthiest?

The various sleep positionsBy Mindy Berry Walker

Swear you don’t move at all at night? Think again. While you generally spend the most time in the position you fall asleep in, even those who barely have to make their beds in the morning move two to four times an hour, which may add up to 20 or more tosses and turns a night, says Eric Olson, MD, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. “That’s completely normal, and you’ll still go into deep REM sleep, the restorative kind,” he says.

Your preferred p.m. pose could be giving you back and neck pain, tummy troubles, even premature wrinkles. Discover the best positions for your body—plus the one you may want to avoid.

The best: Back position
Good for:
Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
Bad for:
Snoring
The scoop:
Sleeping on your back makes it easy for your head, neck, and spine to maintain a neutral position. You’re not forcing any extra curves into your back, says Steven Diamant, a chiropractor in New York City. It’s also ideal for fighting acid reflux, Dr. Olson says: “If the head is elevated, your stomach will be below your esophagus so acid or food can’t come back up.”

Back-sleeping also helps prevent wrinkles, because nothing is pushing against your face, notes Dee Anna Glaser, MD, a professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University. And the weight of your breasts is fully supported, reducing sagginess.

Consider this:”Snoring is usually most frequent and severe when sleeping on the back,” Dr. Olson says.

Perfect pillow:One puffy one. The goal is to keep your head and neck supported without propping your head up too much.

The Second Best Sleep Position - The Side Position

Next best: Side position
Good for:
Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, snoring less, sleeping during pregnancy
Bad for:
Your skin and your breasts
The scoop:
Side-sleeping is great for overall health—it reduces snoring and keeps your spine elongated. If you suffer from acid reflux, this is the next best thing to sleeping on your back. The downside: “Sleeping on your side can cause you to get wrinkles,” Dr. Glaser says. Blame all that smushing of one side of your face into the pillow.

This pose also contributes to breast sag, since your girls are dangling downward, stretching the ligaments, says Health’s Medical Editor Roshini Rajapaksa, MD.

Consider this:If you’re pregnant, sleep on your left side. It’s ideal for blood flow.

Perfect pillow:A thick one. “You need to fill the space above your shoulder so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position,” says Ken Shannon, a physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The Not So Good Sleeping Position - Fetal Position

Not ideal: Fetal position

Good for: Snoring less, sleeping during pregnancy
Bad for: Preventing neck and back pain, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
The scoop: When you snooze with your knees pulled up high and chin tucked into your chest, you may feel it in the morning, especially if you have an arthritic back or joints, Dr. Olson says.

“This curved position also restricts diaphragmatic breathing,” adds Dody Chang, a licensed acupuncturist with the Center for Integrative Medicine at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. And if you make this your nightly pose, you may bring on premature facial wrinkles and breast sag.

Consider this: Just straighten out a bit—try not to tuck your body into an extreme curl.

Perfect pillow:
One plump pillow—the same as side position, to give your head and neck support.

The Worst Sleeping Position - Sleeping On Your Stomach
The worst: Stomach position
Good for:
Easing snoring
Bad for: Avoiding neck and back pain, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
The scoop: “Stomach-sleeping makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position with your spine,” Shannon explains. It puts pressure on joints and muscles, which can irritate nerves and lead to pain, numbness, and tingling. “Think about the soreness you’d feel if you kept your neck turned to one side for 15 minutes during the day,” Dr. Diamant explains.

In this position you have your head to one side for hours at a time. You won’t necessarily feel it the next day, but you may soon start to ache.

Consider this: Do you snore? “Stomach-sleeping may even be good for you,” Dr. Olson says. Facedown keeps your upper airways more open. So if you snore and aren’t suffering from neck or back pain, it’s fine to try sleeping on your belly.

Perfect pillow: Just one (and make it a thin one) or none at all.

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Natural Tips for Better Aging

 With exciting, new medical advances, people are living longer than ever, but it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to make these extra years especially golden. Take advantage of the following natural tips for better aging.

 

Organice Fruits and VegetablesEat plenty of whole, organic fruits and vegetables. When waging war against the effects of time, there are anti-aging fruits and vegetables that actually work. They help to hydrate the body and provide fiber and important disease-fighting antioxidants. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, bananas are loaded with potassium and berries contain a host of vital anti-oxidants. Green, leafy vegetables like spinach, leaf lettuce and kale are loaded with nutrients, and broccoli, carrots and cucumbers provide fiber and a good, crunchy texture!

 

Discover the importance of water for healthy aging. Drink at least 64 ounces of pure, filtered or spring water throughout the day. When aging skin is not properly hydrated, it loses resilience and becomes more susceptible to wrinkling. Water fights wrinkles by keeping skin moist and supple and helps to deliver essential nutrients to skin cells.

 

Natural HGH Supplements for Anti-AgingLook into natural HGH supplement products. A 1990 medical study published by Dr. Daniel Rudman in the New England Journal of Medicine reported exciting results from the injection of synthetic human growth hormone (HGH ) in men over 60 years old. These included an increase in muscle mass, decreased body fat, elevated energy levels, improved sleep and enhanced skin and muscle tone. This synthetic, injection therapy is very expensive, but today there are several natural, non-prescription HGH supplement products on the market (called releasers) that stimulate release of the body’s own human growth hormone by the pituitary gland.

 

Essential Fatty Acids for Anti-AgingGet plenty of essential fatty acids. Among the nutrients that our bodies need for good health are essential fatty acids – alpha-linolenic acid (of the Omega 3 family) and linoleic acid of the Omega 6 family. These essential fats also help to promote youthful skin and can be obtained through supplementation or through diet. Alpha-linolenic acid can be found in flaxseed, canola oil, wheat germ and soybeans, and vegetable oils and grass-fed beef are good sources of linoleic acid.

 

The benefits of EFAs to the body are many, but they are of particular importance to body cells as they are a fundamental component of cell membranes. A steady supply of EFAs in the diet is necessary to maintain healthy-looking skin because skin cells are regularly reproduced.

 

Try glucosamine supplements to retain moisture in aging skin. Research by the Department of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School studied the effects of N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide on in-vitro human skin cultures and on women aged 35-60 in clinical trials with fine-to-moderate wrinkles. The research found that the two compounds accelerated the production of hyaluronic acid, a key ingredient in skin hydration and in the formation of collagen.

 

The tests also showed that in human subjects, improved hydration brought about by glucosamine and niacinamide led to a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles of tested subjects, particularly in the area around the eyes. The researchers concluded that together these compounds could be a highly effective  anti-aging treatment.

 

These tips are but a few of the many new, natural anti-aging practices coming to light! For many who are approaching the golden years, there is still a lot of living to do. Adopt a few of these natural habits to promote healthy and graceful aging!

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