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Here’s a hopeful fact about the world’s best marathon runners. They tend to peak in their mid to late 30s, which tells us something about endurance as we get older. The message? It’s loud and clear that running, walking, swimming, bicycling and using any of the various cardio machines at the gym are good ways to build and maintain endurance well into our older ages. It’s a sure-fire route to staying younger longer. You will feel stronger and less fatigued than, say, your formerly sedentary self.
Tai Chi (pronounced tie-chee) is a physical and mental technique that integrates body, mind and spirit, and has been practiced for centuries in China. It began as a martial art, but these days it is most frequently practiced for its health benefits and meditative properties. What exactly is Tai Chi? What are some of its health benefits? And where can you get started with it? Keep reading for answers to all of those questions and more.
Stress is an inevitable part of modern life but all efforts should be made to manage stress and prevent it from taking control of your life. Chronic stress can cause you life-threatening illnesses. Take stress relief treatment if you find it tough to cope with stress in your life.
A traditional western practice that has become a popular form of exercise in America, yoga is designed to enhance awareness, create a mind-body-spiritual balance, and cleanse, heal and strengthen the body. The most obvious benefits relate to stress reduction, flexibility and relaxation, but as more studies are conducted, there is evidence of other tangible health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at some of these benefits . . .
Obesity is a serious medical condition that may cause you several life threatening complications. Learn to identify the causes and symptoms of obesity so that you can treat obesity in time. You can treat obesity by making simple lifestyle changes and by taking the help of weight-loss medications.
While smoking is one of the most harmful habits a person may inculcate, quit smoking is one of the best decisions a person can take in life. This article discusses reasons why you should quit smoking, benefits of smoking cessation and smoking cessation treatment options available today.
Stress management will keep you grounded . . .
Stress is the way the human body responds to external demands. Stress, originating from both good and bad experiences, causes the human body to react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals help people gain added energy and strength to fight when any kind of physical danger is imminent; this is a positive stress reaction. However, if there is emotional stress, this added energy and strength does not find a positive release; this can be a negative stress reaction.
Overtraining is a serious issue that is now getting a lot of attention. Failure to monitor your bodily responses during heavy exercise programs can diminish the quality of its ultimate return. Overtraining, training too hard for too long, can provide the groundwork for depression, lack of energy, staleness, and eventual burnout, which will hinder you from reaching your goals. Failure to pace your training, by having intervening rest phase, can lead to a flat and stale performance. Keep reading to find out about the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) and why you should take seriously the negative effects of reaching your peak too soon before a sports competition.
Picture this: You have finally committed to an exercise program, you are running down the sidewalk or around the track, you are “feeling the burn,” and you are feeling great. Suddenly, you aren’t feeling that great anymore, your leg muscles start to burn a little too much, you try to keep going, but can’t. It hurts. If you have ever exercised vigorously, you know about the burning sensation that occurs in your muscles. But do you know why this happens? Keep reading to find out why your muscles begin to burn and what you can do about it!
What this life-changing exercise did for me . . . and can do for you as well.
Get ready for summer with YogaFit Spot Toning Series!
Glutamine or L-Glutamine is an important amino acid produced naturally in your body. The most important function of glutamine is providing energy to your immune cells. In the absence of glutamine or when its levels drop, your immune system is the first to take a hit. Since it is important for your immune system, it plays an important role in recovery from stress, trauma and injury. Certain functions of glutamine make it especially important for athletes and body builders. Glutamine is essential for protein synthesis and fat loss. In the former case, it promotes anabolism (muscle building) and in the later it reduces the fat content of your body thus promoting lean muscle growth. Keep reading to find out the scientific benefits of glutamine.
There seems to be an on-going trend amongst athletes to play their sport year-round. The ever present mantra in the US of "more is better" has not eluded the sports world. In the case of sports, more is leading to injury and burnout. Perhaps it's the appeal of excelling at the next level that drives some to constantly compete. Maybe it's pressure from parents, coaches, or other athletes. The sport culture has become such that if you are not currently involved in the sport than you will get left behind.
Read the following article for 9 specific yoga techniques to improve your body's purification.
Donut chains nationwide will be giving away free donuts today because of a national holdiay known simply as "Free Donut Day".
Are you looking for a way to lose weight without having to go on a starvation diet? You can lose weight easily and sensible if you just follow these 7 ways to outsmart your stomach and lose weight:
Want to lose those stubborn pounds and inches that just wont seem to come off? Check out the diet advice below and follow it for three days - THREE days and you will see the result. Start now and see results by the weekend! Enjoy...
Who is Helen Phillips? The story behind her incredible success on The Biggest Loser
Powerbocks are an innovative technology that allows fitness enthusiasts to jump higher than ever before.
Is your exercise doing enough for your health? That is an essential question that you will want to ask yourself as you are working out. Just because you spend an hour at the gym, it doesn’t mean that you’re getting the benefits of a good workout. In order to get the full benefits of exercise, you should aim for cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, burn fat, and result in weight-loss or weight maintenance. Keep reading to find out if you’re getting the most out of your exercise.