Monthly Archives: September 2016

Health Fitness And Performance Skyrockets

Health fitness and performance is on the minds of anyone who invests their precious time exercising. Let’s face it, people want fitness results; and they want them right now! One of the most overlooked variables for improving fitness performance is proper hydration. How many times do you hear a fitness enthusiast say they need to hydrate themselves prior to, and during exercise to improve fitness performance? Not many!

The fact is studies show 46% of people beginning a workout session are not optimally hydrated. The fitness buffs who are not properly hydrated are more prone to have health fitness and performance difficulties. Another words, they simply can’t workout at the same efficiency level someone who is optimally hydrated can. What suffers most is intensity, and duration of exercise training.

Some researchers suggest those constantly out of hydration balance may show an increase risk of kidney stones, infections, cancer, and other diseases. Amongst all these possible results seen is also a decrease in athletic performance which leads to rather poor fitness results.

Are you drinking enough fluid to positively affect your health fitness and performance? The average sedentary human being drinks about 16 cups (men), and 11 cups (women) of fluid each day. Now the keyword here is sedentary. If you are a fitness workout warrior training at a high intensity, in a hot environment, you will most definitely need to improve your hydration. According to studies, sedentary people have a tendency to get enough fluid. It is the exercise participants who are at risk.

If you enter the gym not properly hydrated, and continue to dehydrate yourself by perspiring throughout the workout, there are many physiological ramifications. Your fitness performance and results will suffer due to a reduction in blood volume, thicker blood, an increased heart rate, and greater difficulty for you body to lose heat.

So how do you maintain optimal fluid balance during fitness training sessions? Below I have listed the top strategies to maintain optimal hydration, thus, improving your health fitness and performance.

1. Make sure you are properly hydrated before you begin your fitness workout. A good rule of thumb is to observe color of your urine. If your urine is dark like apple juice, you are not adequately hydrated. Very white like water is a sign of over hydration. However, if your urine is pale, not dark, you are most likely in water balance.

2. During exercise, pay close attention to the amount of fluid you lose. It is important to replace it during the exercise session. Yes, you can wait until after exercise, but your health fitness and performance will thank you if you consume fluids while training.

3. Don’t wait until you get thirsty. I recommend consuming a small amount of fluids prior to, during, and following intense physical exercise. Your bodyweight should be close to the same before, during, and after workouts.

4. The greater the exercise intensity, and duration, the more fluids are needed. Pay close attention to your perspiration rate, and the weather conditions.

What are the best fluids to consume for maintaining optimal water balance? The general rule of thumb is low intensity exercises like walking in mild weather calls for water. When exercise demand is increased to moderate levels, fitness water is recommended for peak health fitness and performance. When your exercise demands are very high, sports drinks such as Gatorade are the preferred fuel. Sports drinks are comprised of a small amount of carbohydrates, electrolytes, and flavor enhancers. Thus, the higher the exercise intensity, duration, environmental conditions, and sweat rate, the more concentrated fluid is needed for replenishment. Not all hydration products are created equal. So pick the ones for the proper exercise demands, and sweat loss. Your goals should be to only replace the fluid lost. Don’t over saturate yourself with fluids.

Just by following the advice in this article and maintaining proper water balance, your health fitness and performance will be positively improved. Think fluids, they are a fitness performance and results catalyst.

Health Fitness Equipment Doesn’t Really Focus On Health

“Health fitness equipment” is a tricky phrase. When you first see it, it probably makes a whole lot of sense. Health is derived from fitness and fitness is developed by using equipment, right? Well, not really… in fact, you could become really fit and never touch a piece of gym equipment for the rest of your life.

Another aspect to this phrase is the word “health.” On the whole, semantics and philosophies set aside – most people see fitness as health, and believe when they get fit – they are now healthy. As I have pointed out in previous articles, health always comes before fitness and fitness must be attained in order to maintain health. Sounds a little confusing, doesn’t it? In fact, sounds like a play on words, with a hint of nonsense thrown in for good measure I imagine. I admit there’s an air of silliness when explaining this principle, however, as silly as it may sound – it is 100% true.

Health is made up of several factors, with fitness playing its part as well. However, in order to maintain great health, you have to create health on the inside first, which will then flow outwards to your physical form. This is why the phrase “health fitness equipment” is so lop-sided. It only focuses on the equipment used in fitness workouts – that’s it. How about the phrase “health” equipment? Is there such a thing? Absolutely!

When I hear the phrase “health equipment” I think of juicers, blenders, food processors, skin brushes, Sisal gloves, etc. The only problem is when everyone else hears it – they don’t think of the same stuff! My brother used to be a telephone field technician for over 10 years, and he said he must’ve visited almost every single house and building in his area of the city where he worked. In his time there he noticed, almost every single home or apartment he stepped into had at least one piece of workout equipment in it. At the same time, he almost never saw a juicer and if he saw a blender, it either had a fine layer of dust on it or it was placed right next to the alcohol where drinks were made. That was literally the extent of the health equipment in peoples’ homes, and we wonder why disease is running rampant, as more and more of us succumb to heart disease, cancer and all rest.

Type in the phrase “health fitness equipment” into any search engine and you’ll get back a ton of sites dedicated to showing all the best stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and stair masters on the planet. Don’t get me wrong, all this stuff is cool and it has real value… but it isn’t necessary and it isn’t as important as what you put into your body first. You can put your money together and buy a great food processor or blender that you’ll use many times to create healthy, nutritious meals; instead of using a bunch of equipment at the gym you have to wait and fight for or buying a piece of equipment that ends up becoming a second closet.

It’s just as easy to go to a local park or building and climb the stairs there, rather than using a stair master in a gym with stale air. In fact, it’s probably better. You’re outside and breathing in the fresh air if you’re in the park. If you’re climbing up the stairs of a building you get to use the elevator on the way down after your workout – what can beat that?! Seriously, getting “Fit” in America has become synonymous with expensive, and it doesn’t have to be. In all honesty, the bulk of your “wellness budget” will probably go on your food – it shouldn’t be going towards the equipment you use to become and stay fit.

Legendary salesman Zig Ziglar was famous for saying, “Never settle for the ‘get-by’ when in the long run, the good costs less.” When you buy quality products, they work better and last longer and that’s the kind of value most of us look for when we’re considering a purchase. Why settle for a stationary bike in a gym, when you can buy a quality bike and go riding outside where you can see real people and real sites. Why go to a gym to walk on a treadmill when you can strap on your sneakers and walk around your neighborhood and go meet new people see great visuals in your own background.

Am I against gyms and fitness equipment? Hardly, I think everything has its place. But I also know that there are many more overweight people in America today than there are people who aren’t, and this is with an explosion in gyms, gym memberships and new fitness equipment. We’ve forgotten the reason we get fit is to be able to be more active. To be able to go do whatever activity we want to, including sexual activity as well. Too many men are falling prey to this belief that their male mojo withers away by the time they reach their 40’s… are you kidding me? If you’re eating correctly, staying active, and are physically and mentally fit – you should be ready to rock and roll whenever the moment presents itself. This goes for women as well.

If we are going to focus on phrases like “health fitness equipment,” than I believe we need to do with the proper perspective. Let’s get into “health” first, build that up and get fit in the process. There’s never been a time in history when so much has been available to us to be able to get into the best physical and mental shape, any generation before us has ever seen. Take advantage of it and get busy building up your health and fitness… in the proper order of course.

The Secret Behind Good Health

Maintaining good health is important for women as they have to do many activities in the daily life. Lots of women have been suffering from many types of Womens Health related problems due to the lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the body. Vitamins are very important and essential ingredients for the body because the help the body organs function properly and due to this reason they need to keep themselves in a good health. Good quality vitamins help the women in slowing ageing process, strengthen the immune system, improve the energy levels and also support the hormones. But before looking for vitamins, a medical consultation is very essential as the medical professional will be able too find out the most suitable vitamins as per the body formation and functionality of vital organs.

Physicians can provide better guidance when it comes to the Womens Health care as lots of studies in the medical field have proven that the body of women needs lots of anti ageing substances which are natural and provide specific benefits to their health. Fresh fruits and vegetables always help in supplementing for the vitamins and minerals required for the body. Apart from vitamins and minerals, women also require nutrients like amino acid, antioxidants and so on.

Nutrients are important for both the genders but some nutrients are specially required for Womens Health because they are much important in balancing their female hormones. It is a fact that the women who are between 25 and 45 years of age need extra bit of care for the maintenance of their good health. Osteoporosis is a significant situation in women which begins when they attain 30 years of age so a diet of calcium and magnesium supplements and other necessary nutrients regularly are specially recommended to those who attain the age of 40.

It’s important for the Womens to give proper care to their health and get the regular checkup done to keep them fit and disease free.

When Menstrual Cramps Get In The Way Of Your Women’s

For some women, the monthly visit of their menstrual cycle can cause cramps that are so severe that it hampers the ability to exercise. While every woman’s body is different, there are some common exercises that can actually relieve menstrual cramping.

One of the easiest and most common exercises–walking helps to lessen the pain and cramping associated with menstruation. Stepping up the pace from leisure to pre-aerobic speed, for at least 30 minutes may chase those nagging cramps away, relieve bloating and help you stay fit all month long.

There are some other exercises that help with menstrual cramps too. All you need is a mat, a towel, and some water to keep you hydrated. Lying on the mat, bring your knees up to your chest, wrap your arms around them and gently hug them to your body. Be careful not to pull too hard on your back. Then keeping your core engaged, move your knees back to the starting position. Repeat 8 to 10 times for best results.

The important thing is to continue to exercise throughout the month, even during your period in order to maintain your women’s fitness program. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, but both aerobic and strength training exercises will help to keep a woman in shape as well as help to alleviate painful cramps.

However, there may be some instances during your period that require sitting out for a day. You may even opt for bed rest as opposed to working out. But if that becomes a common occurrence, it is time to consult your health professional. Excruciating pain and discomfort could indicate some other problem and if these are accompanied by a heavy flow, it’s time to seek the advice of your doctor.

Finally, you may consult your health professional about whether or not you need something to relieve inflammation or even a pain reliever, if your pain becomes too uncomfortable. Be cautious exercising or performing any routines before you know how the medication may affect you.