Team USA enjoys Surf and Turf Gold Medals

by KB on August 10, 2012
in 2012 Olympics

Women’s water polo team finally comes up golden

Brenda Villa and Heather Petri both hung around long enough to experience the thrill of a lifetime.

Tournament MVP Maggie Steffens scored five goals, and the two four-time Olympians each scored once, to lift the U.S. women’s water polo team to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday at the London Games. It is the first Team USA gold medal in the sport since it debuted in 2000. Team USA had won silver in 2000 and 2008, adding a bronze medal in 2004.

And Villa and Petri were there for it all.

“They’ve been here so long,” said Jessica Steffens, a two-time Olympian. “They’ve gone through everything you can imagine. Obviously, we did this for our team. But we did this for them and for the history of USA water polo.”

Read the whole story on TeamUSA.org>>

Melissa Seidemann also scored for Team USA. Goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong made eight saves in the win, including a stop on a fourth-quarter penalty shot that may have saved the victory.

The last time Team USA won a gold medal in water polo was in 1904 when the men’s team won.

U.S. women’s soccer team continues its Olympic domination

Carli Lloyd scored the only two goals the Team USA women’s soccer team needed to take a thrilling 2-1 win over Japan and earn a third consecutive Olympic gold medal and fourth in the past five Games. The victory also avenged a U.S. loss to Japan in the World Cup final last year, which is widely considered to be the worst loss in program history. Read all about the impressive victory>>

In Other News from the Games

• Team USA’s Ashton Eaton is the “world’s greatest athlete” after holding off teammate Trey Hardee to win gold in the decathlon. Eaton accumulated 8,869 points over the two-day, 10-event competition, and Hardee took silver with a season best 8,671 points. It’s the first time in 56 years the U.S. has won decathlon gold and silver.

Christian Taylor of Team USA won gold in the men’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 17.81 meters (58 feet, 5¼ inches). Teammate Will Claye won silver after he finished a pretty distant second at 17.62 meters (57 feet, 9¾ inches). It was the first time since 1904 that the U.S. took first and second in this event.

Team USA is twice as nice on the track>>

Claressa Shields became the first American woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal when she beat Nadezda Torlopova of Russia, 19-12, in the 75kg final. Marlen Esparza added a bronze to Team USA’s medal haul, but the men were shut out in London. See how much gold means to the Flint, Mich. teen>>

• Team USA’s Haley Anderson took the silver medal with a time of 1:57:38.6 in the women’s 10km marathon swim on Thursday, finishing right behind the 1:57:38.2 posted by gold medal winner Eva Risztov of Hungary. It’s Team USA’s first medal in the event, which debuted in 2008. Read all about Anderson’s two-hour swim into history>>

• Despite losing to the eventual champion in his very first match Thursday, Terrence Jennings will take home a taekwondo bronze medal for Team USA after battling back to score three points in the final second to beat Diogo Silva of Brazil 8-5 in a -68kg bronze medal match

Jordan Burroughs Wrestling for Gold

by KB on August 10, 2012
in 2012 Olympics

Burroughs to wrestle for Gold Medal tonight at ExCeL North Arena 2 at 6:45 p.m.
American Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb.) will wrestle for the gold medal tonight at ExCeL Exhibition Centre’s North Arena 2 in men’s freestyle wrestling at 74 kg/163 lbs. Burroughs defeated two-time World Champion Denis Tsargush of Russia 3-1, 0-2, 2-1. The finals will begin at 6:45 p.m. Local Time.

Burroughs will face Iran’s Sadegh Goudarzi in the final. Burroughs defeated Goudarzi in last year’s World Championship finals and has a win over him earlier this year at the World Cup. Goudarzi was second at the last two World Championships, losing to Tsargush in 2010.

USA Archery Announce Sponsorship with TRU

by KB on August 9, 2012
in 2012 Olympics

Colorado Springs, CO – Tomorrow’s Resources Unlimited, Inc. – manufacturer of T.R.U. Ball Archery Releases and AXCEL Archery Sights and Scopes – has inked a deal to become a bronze-level sponsor of USA Archery. Located in Madison Heights, Va., T.R.U., Inc. began with the formation of S&S Machine, Inc. by machinist Greg Summers, who began producing archery products in 1995.

T.R.U., Inc. has designed T.R.U. Ball Archery Releases since 1995, and began manufacturing AXCEL Archery Sights and Scopes in 2005, which have found their way onto the bows of top archers such as Olympian Brady Ellison and top compound archer Reo Wilde. Top bowhunters also making use of T.R.U. products include the Bone Collector Team of Michael Waddell, Travis “T-Bone” Turner, and Nick Mundt.

High-performing archers will benefit directly from the new agreement, as AXCEL Archery Sights and Scopes will be offering product and discounts beginning in 2013 to the Para, Senior, Junior and Cadet United States Archery Teams (USAT). Most recently, AXCEL Archery Sights and Scopes outfitted members of the U.S. Olympic Team for Archery with custom-dipped red, white and blue sights, helping the team to have an all-American presence on the field at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Ben Summers, Director of Operations for T.R.U., Inc., commented: “For decades, USA Archery has coached athletes to be their best in the sport of archery and in their personal lives. The organization works hard from the grassroots JOAD level to the elite World Championship level to build champions in whom America can take pride. T.R.U., Inc. is proud to be a sponsor of this incredible organization.”

“We are very excited to announce this important partnership,” explained Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO. “High performance archers demand top-level equipment, and T.R.U. Inc. has produced a sight that will help our top archers to go further. We are very excited to have T.R.U., Inc.’s support of our teams and programs.”

Summers further noted: “We are especially proud to offer equipment made by some of America’s finest CNC machinists for use by America’s finest archery athletes. We realize the incredible effort that Coach KiSik Lee and his staff have taken to build world-class athletes of the caliber and character of this year’s team. It is an honor to offer a product that we have build entirely in our Virginia factory to USA Archery members at every level of competition.”

For more information about T.R.U., Inc., please visit http://www.truball.com and http://www.axcelsights.com. For more information on USA Archery, visit http://www.usarchery.org.

U.S. Entrants Fall in Men’s Sabre Quaterfinals

by KB on July 29, 2012
in 2012 Olympics

U.S. fencers Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.) and Timothy Morehouse (New York, N.Y.) both lost their quarterfinal bouts in the individual men’s sabre competition at the ExCeL.

Homer lost to Romania’s Rares Dumitrescu, 15-13, while Morehouse fell to Diego Occhiuzzi, 15-9.

The U.S. men’s sabre side will compete in the team competition on Friday, Aug. 3, when they meet Russia in a quarterfinal match at 11:30 a.m. BST.

US Women Blitz Colombia 3-0 – Lead Group Play

by KB on July 28, 2012
in 2012 Olympics

The U.S. women’s soccer team remained undefeated in group play at the London 2012 Olympic Games, going to 2-0 with a 3-0 victory over Colombia at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Team USA took a 1-0 lead into the halftime locker room on the strength of a goal in the 33rd minute by Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.). That margin held until the 74th minute, when Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.) found the netting, followed by a tally by Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.) three minutes later.

The win puts the United States in control of its destiny in Group G. It would be assured advancement to the knockout phase if France were to win or tie in its match with North Korea later this evening. Team USA concludes Group G play against North Korea on Tuesday, July 31, at 5:15 at the fabled Old Trafford, home of Manchester United Football Club.

US Men Take Archery Silver – Italy Gold

by KB on July 28, 2012
in 2012 Olympics

The trio of Brady Ellison (Globe, Ariz.), Jake Kaminski (Elma, N.Y.) and Jacob Wukie (Oak Harbor, Ohio) won the silver medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s archery team event after falling by the narrowest of margins to Italy, 219-218, in the the gold medal round at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

The fate of the gold medal hung on the last arrow. Behind by nine points, Italy needed a 10 to win, and their final shot landed on the 10 ring, giving the Italians the win by the slimmest of margins.

The medal is the first for the United States in the event since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where they won the bronze. It was the first silver medal for the U.S. since the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

The bronze medal was won by Korea, which bounced back from the loss to the United States in the semifinals to post a 224-219 win over Mexico.

US Women Win Bronze in 4x100m Freestyle

by KB on July 28, 2012
in 2012 Olympics

The United States women won the bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay Saturday evening at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park. The quartet of Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.), Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.), Lia Neal (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Allison Schmitt (Canton, MIch.) covered the course in an American record time of 3:34.24, which was 1.09 seconds off the Olympic record pace set by the team from Australia. The Netherlands took the silver medal in a time of 3:33.79.

Kettlebell Workouts – Introduction

by KB on June 16, 2011
in Fitness workouts

kettlebell

Kettlebells come in many weights to target your training.

Kettlebells are becoming one of the leading strength and cardio training regiments used by athletes, celebrities and even the military. Originated in Russia, the kettlebell is a cast iron weight which helps develop explosive power, endurance and burn calories at an astonishing rate.

 

Unlike traditional bodybuilding exercises that seek to isolate and sculpt one muscle, Kettlebell training involves compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and consequently develop strength and muscular endurance throughout the entire body. Additionally, this type of training integrates one’s breathing, movement and alignment along with the ability to control and balance the weight. This multidimensional approach helps develop a healthy body that is flexible, strong, lean and well coordinated.

There are a host of kettlebell exercises you can perform. Just as with other free weights, the combinations and variations are endless. However, athletes should remember the principle of specificity. Pick kettlebell exercises that most closely match the movement patterns of your sport.

Kettlebell exercises may not be as effective as more traditional free weights for developing maximal strength – an important phase in the athlete’s overall program. The movement patterns and loads they incorporate makes them better suited to converting maximal strength into explosive power and / or strength endurance.

One great way to use kettlebells for working out your core is to perform kettlebell snatches. First off, you want to get a good grip on the kettlebell. With your hand on the kettlebell, lock your arm, squat down, then use your whole body to lift the kettelbell over your head. At the end of the exercise you should be standing with the weight over your head. To add to the difficulty you can swing up, than once standing you can lower the weight down to shoulder height than back up over your head. This momentum building you use by using your body to swing the weight replicates what is required by most sports, making it an ideal exercise.

Here is an example of this exercise:

How does the Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera measure up?

by KB on June 1, 2011
in Products

The Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens – How Does It Compare?
Your normal point and shoot digital camera is not going to always meet all your photography demands. An SLR camera might be just what you’ll need. These specific digital cameras resemble the old manual film cameras earlier made use of by professional photographers. You may find it tough to choose the ideal SLR digital camera. So, let’s examine the particular Nikon D3100 and its particular lens. At the moment, this is the most popular SLR camera on Amazon.com.

One of the nicest factors about this particular camera is not that it comes with a stabilization lens or that it is 14.2 mega pixels. One of the nicest points about this camera is that it features a video shooting feature. The incorporated “full 1080p HD Cinematic Video” feature offers automatic focus along with the ability for you to record sound. Individuals who are proficient in videography can tell you that often a still camera can give you a much clearer visual picture than a standard video camera. So this SLR camera will work very well for still shots and also videography. So it is not surprising that this camera is a bestseller.

Yet another positive feature about this camera is the split second auto focus shooting that it can do. Therefore, it’s really a fantastic camera for taking pictures of sports events or some other scenes with lots of movement. A great many other digital cameras say they will offer quality shooting of high activity scenes then they don’t come through in the end. This digital camera runs at a high shutter speed helping to make perfect shots all to easy to do with the correct photography experience. Of course, the drawback of sports shooting is that it can use up memory cards quite quickly.

One unsatisfying feature of this camera is actually its lack of internal memory other than what it needs to store image shooting software. This means that your storage device is really an additional purchase and the memory cards you will need for this camera (the sort with large amounts of memory) aren’t cheap. These types of memory cards can wind up costing you plenty of cash. This is an additional cost that you are going to need to add to the fairly high price of the camera alone. Consequently, this isn’t the best camera for you personally in case you are on a tight budget.

You will find a tremendous quantity of good reviews for this product. Most are inside the five star range which is a good sign, especially when you consider that hundreds of reviews have been posted for this camera. People love the camera simply because, even though they are amateurs, the camera can make them feel professional. You need to be aware that you must buy additional equipment such as spare batteries, more memory cards, and special lenses if you wish to make the most of this camera, and this can be a considerable expense. On the other hand, even though this digital camera is expensive it will serve you well for quite some time thus making the cost worthwhile.

Is It Time To Give Hot Yoga a Try?

by KB on May 1, 2011
in Fitness workouts

If you’re interested in hot yoga, but are not exactly sure what it is, then you’re in the right place.  Hot yoga is pretty simple; the name is very descriptive.  It’s yoga done in a hot room – a room heated to 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit.  There you go!  The question is:  why?  Why do complicated yoga poses in a room designed to make you sweat bullets?  In short, it makes the body more pliable and flexible for posing.

Hot yoga is known as Bikram Yoga, a style innovated by master Bikram Choudhury.  Born in 1946 in Calcutta, India, he and his wife Rajashree were both champions of yoga in India, and brought their talents to the United States.  This famous yoga master founded the Yoga College of India located in Beverly Hills. He developed a series of 26 poses that are to be performed in hot rooms.

Anything trendy among the trendsetters in Beverly Hills is sure to spread, and Bikram Yoga was not exception.  In an effort to stop others from doing his poses in hot rooms and calling it Bikram Yoga, Choudhury has made efforts to copyright the Bikram Yoga experience.  According to Choudhury, there is but one correct way to practice Bikram Yoga, and he wants to certify all those purporting to teach it.

Some claim you can “sweat out toxins”  in their hot yoga class, and that is technically correct.  However, there is a little more to the story.  The body is a very sophisticated piece of machinery, and it has many avenues by which it rids the body of toxins.  When you sweat, you can excrete some materials –  alcohol is one substance that readily expels via sweat.

People who are not sweating profusely each day are still able to rid the body of toxic substances that pass through it.  Oftentimes, people feel cleansed when they combine profuse sweating with an invigorating workout.  This may be why some swear by “sweating out” toxins.

If you’re going to try hot yoga, you need to be sure you have a yoga mat.  This is an important courtesy to your fellow students.  Additionally, be sure you are properly hydrated before going to class, for obvious reasons.  Dress comfortably, as the room will be toasty.  Tight and small is probably better than loose and bulky!  If you are interested in doing true Bikram Yoga, be sure to check ahead of time that your studio has a Bikram-trained instructor.

Hot Yoga For Health and Vitality

If you’re interested in giving hot yoga a try, then there are few things you’ll want to know ahead of time.  Hot yoga is simply certain yoga poses done in a room heated to about 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Simple right?  Wait, why does anyone want to do this in the first place?!

The primary reasons people enjoy hot yoga is because it allows for greater flexibility for posing, and working out and sweating profusely gives a sense of invigoration.

The practice of hot yoga was originated by Bikram Choudhury, who came up with 26 specific yoga poses to be performed in a certain order in a hot room.  You may have heard of Bikram Yoga, originated at The Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills.  Choudhury is fiercely protective of his method, and has sued to ensure that those purporting to teach Bikram are trained in the Bikram method.

Whether you’re taking true Bikram Yoga or doing generic hot yoga, be sure you have a yoga mat (you’ll be sweating!) and light clothing.  You’ll love the feeling of invigoration and vitality when you’re done!

Hot Yoga:  Your Pathway to Better Health

Hot Yoga is exactly what it sounds like:  yoga poses done in a hot room, usually heated to about 95-100 degree Fahrenheit.  Those who do currently do yoga in a more standard form might be interested in taking part in this invigorating style of yoga.  Not only does it help make the yoga experience more intense and refreshing, it also is just something different to try and perk up a workout routine.

Bikram Choudhury, a yoga master from Calcutta, India, first popularized this type of yoga.  He made his way to Beverly Hills, where he founded The Yoga College of India.  Bikram Yoga is a specific set of 26 poses to be performed in a certain way at a certain temperature.  Choudhury is fiercely protective of his name and yoga style, and not all hot yoga is certified Bikram Yoga.

Whether or not you are taking a true Bikram class or not, you can still feel benefits from performing hot yoga.  If you are planning on attending a class, be sure to take with you a yoga mat and clothes that will be of comfort in a hot workout setting.  Once you’re done with the class, we’re sure you’ll be back for more!

Family friendly Coleman Instant 14 by 10 Foot 8 Person Two Room Tent

by KB on April 26, 2011
in Products

Setting up this tent is a breeze

Camping with 3 kids under the age of eight seems like a chore rather than fun especially when you consider all the sleeping bags,gear, clothes, and objects found during your nature hikes.  Weather can not be a factor; you’ve brought everybody this far, you need to feel secure you can stay the night (or the week) dry and comfortable.  You don’t want to be fighting your way through the tent set up; you want it done so the fun can begin!  The Coleman Instant 14- by 10- Foot 8- Person Two Room Tent is what you need.

Do I really need a tent this big?

Camping tents are rated by the number of people they can accommodate. But these ratings are like how many peanuts my six year old can eat at once because his older brother thought it would be cool… ridiculous.  When they say it’s a 4-person tent, they mean 4 people and nothing else, no gear, noting but 4 closely placed sleeping bags. If you’re not back packing with it, think bigger.

This tent "sleeps" 8 and can fit a couple of queen sized air mattresses

Consider going 1-2 sizes bigger than what you need for a smaller camping tent or divide the “person rating” by 2 so you’ll have a decent amount of room if you have to stay inside due to nasty weather. Dry people, dry gear means good times can still be had even if it rains. Plus, “kid stuff” always takes up more space even though it’s smaller than our stuff.

Space for it all

Yes Dad, you can actually stand up comfortably in this tent.  With a center height of 6 feet 5 inches and vertical walls, you can live in this tent, not crawl and slouch through your day.  The base measurement of 14 by 10 feet ensures room for everyone and everything (fits two queen airbeds easily– an important note for this city gal).  You have a choice of sleeping in one large room with enough space for eight, or dropping down the divider and turning the tent into two rooms. Two doors and seven windows means plenty of ventilation and  practically a 360-degree view.

Rain, rain, stay away – but if you come I’m not worried!

Wind and rain is everyone’s worry when planning a camping trip.  Mother Nature makes no guarantees you so need to be ready.  The Coleman Instant 14- by 10- Foot 8- Person Two Room Tent has Coleman’s exclusive WeatherTec system with thick waterproof walls and welded floor.  What does this mean?  The tent’s exterior is tough and long-lasting, with heavy-duty 150D construction that’s twice as thick as Coleman’s standard tent fabric. Coated polyester (weather resistant) fabric combined with anti-wicking thread, webbing and zippers all designed to keep you dry. Protected, leak-free seams plus hidden needle holes inside the tent on all floor seams to keep elements out and dramatically increase weather resistance.  When combined with the fully taped rain fly seams, the tent can even keep you dry without requiring a separate rain fly.   The use of welding technology rather than needle holes in the floor give it strength and worry-free water-proofing.  A strong, wind-responsive frame plus redesigned anchors increase it’s performance that Coleman exposes its WeatherTec tents to a rain room that simulates nasty downpours, and to a wind machine capable of blowing hurricane force gusts.

Quick set up so play can happen!

Tired of tents that promise a quick setup, but still have you cursing over ropes and poles while the kids are whining about wanting to hit the lake?  How about a 5 minute set up can a collapse time of a minute or less? The Coleman Instant 14- by 10- Foot 8- Person Two Room Tent is the answer for you.  The pole system is pre-attached to the tent for a seamless process.  Here’s how the assembly works: unfold the tent, spread it out, extend the poles, click them together and lock them in place.  Yes, that is it.  It will take you longer to settle the argument over who gets the first s’more that night.

This great tent becomes perfect with this…

You'll want to upgrade the stakes to handle blustery weather

If you read a lot of reviews for this tent,  one “minus” pops up frequently – the included tent pegs.  Do the included tent pegs work?  Yes.  However, if the weather gets super bad, you will feel more secure if the pegs are more substantial than metal ones provided.  Upgrade the pegs for anywhere from $3-$8 dollars (for a pack of 6) and you are good to go.  Consider COGHLANS Tent Stakes / Pegs 9″ ABS Tent Pegs Md: 9309. or Coghlan’s Ltd Tent Pegs 12In Abs 6Pk 9312

Where to get this tent?

You can buy the Coleman Instant 14- by 10- Foot 8- Person Two Room Tent on Amazon.  It is eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime and price compares favorably at the other sites I checked.  Click here to view it on Amazon.

How about other reviews?

Amazon has great reviews of this tent.  Click here to see them all.

Low-Carb Dieting: Passé dieting fad or path to weight loss?

by KB on April 20, 2011
in Nutrition

In the years since the low-carb dieting made a comeback in the late ‘90s, it’s popularity as the “it”  diet of choice has waned.  Other plans placing more emphasis on a balance of carbs, proteins, and fats have grown more popular, with their focus on controlling calorie intake.  Diets in general have a low incidence of success, and many of those who lose pounds regain them within one year.  Inquiring minds wonder, were we too quick to dismiss low-carb dieting?

Low-carb diets come in many forms.  Atkins, The Zone Diet, South Beach, Sugar Busters and other diets that rely on restricted carbohydrates make their claims based on the idea that too many carbs prevents the body from burning fat for energy.  This idea flies in the face of the typical low-fat, high-carb plans, which rely on a restricted calorie model for weight loss.

Hardcore low-carb dieting puts the body into a state of ketosis, where the body has exhausted its glycogen stores and burns fat exclusively.  Some doctors claim this is harmful, but the science is not settled.  Claims that those in extended ketosis will experience liver problems abound, but recent science indicates that periodic dietary ketosis is completely natural.

If you’ve struggled with traditional low-calorie diets and can’t seem to get your weight loss moving, then low-carb dieting is a viable option.  All diets (yes, including Atkins) do allow for some carbohydrates, usually after a 2-week period at the beginning of the diet meant to get the body into fat-burning gear.  Adding back carbohydrates is done by increasing vegetable intake and consuming exclusively whole-grain products.  Consuming sugars and products made from white flour can halt progress of a low-carb diet, so there is some willpower involved in low–carb dieting.  In fact, many low-carb dieters find they have to “detox” from the powerful cravings they experience from sugar and white flour “addictions.”

In 2003, a meta-analysis found that low-carb diets are at least as successful as typical low-fat, calorie-restricted diets for losing weight.  A 2007 JAMA study actually found women experienced greater success than women following the Zone, Ornish, or LEARN diets.  This isn’t to say that everyone who goes on Atkins will experience great success, but there is reason to believe that low-carb dieting has the potential to be successful.

When considering the low-carb lifestyle, learn as much as you can about the various options.  You don’t necessarily have to give up bread forever, but you will have to drastically cut back.  On the flip side, you may find that after a while, you feel satisfied and full, but you’re still losing the weight.  Now THAT is success.

Remember Low-Carb Dieting?  It Still Works!

If you’re trying to lose weight, you have probably considered the low-carb lifestyle.  Low-carb dieting is touted as the “easy” way to lose weight, because it allows for greater calorie consumption in addition to greater protein and meat consumption.  This indicates that people will feel fuller and more satisfied when eating low-carb.  In fact, this is one of the best reasons to try low-carb dieting.  You can eat to satisfaction, which helps keep willpower to lose high.

Low-carb diets come in different forms, with Atkins, The Zone Diet, and South Beach being quite popular.  A low-carb diet does not necessarily mean eschewing all breads and sugars, but typically the carbs in a low-carb diet come exclusively from whole grains and vegetables – emphasis on the vegetables.  It isn’t the case that low-carb dieting doesn’t take any willpower – in fact, many who go the low-carb route described struggles as they “detox” from sugar and white flours.

The low-carb way is a viable option for those who’ve failed with low-calorie and low-fat diets.

Low-Carb Dieting is No Worn-Out Fad!

Low-carb dieting has lost some of its cachet in recent years, after quite a run in the late 1990’s.  Despite its waning popularity in an industry famous for “the next big thing,” low-carb dieting has quietly helped many people lose weight effectively.

Low-carb dieting is a great option for those who’ve struggled with hunger when engaging in typical low-fat, calorie restricted diets.  The need for willpower to ignore hunger is a weak point in the low-fat diet ethos, a point that causes failure among many.  The statistics for losing weight and keeping it off are sobering; enough to cause people to throw up their hands and not try at all.  This doesn’t need to be – you should try low-carb before giving up.

Low-carb dieting does not mean you have to eschew carbs all together.  Carbs are usually included in all diet plans in the form of vegetables and whole grains.  This food is delicious and satisfying, and combined with healthy proteins, causes quick and relatively painless weight loss.

Is it Time to Hire a Personal Trainer?

by KB on April 18, 2011
in Fitness workouts

Deciding whether or not to hire a personal trainer is a question mainly of money. After all, they can be expensive relative to a regular gym membership.  Personal training, though, is a great way to jump-start your workout routine, and to learn proper technique if you haven’t worked out much in the past.

Personal trainers are typically certified by some variety of national fitness organization.  There are different organizations, and some are more reputable than others.  It is recommended that you do some research to make sure that the certifying organization meets your expectations for quality and reputation.

Personal training typically runs anywhere from $50/hour and up.  Upscale gyms tend to charge more for their services, and you may be able to find someone to work with you for less.

Personal trainers should provide a certain baseline of services for you, including outlining a training plan with specific goals and benchmarks, providing accountability, encouragement to reach your goals, and basics about strength training, cardio and nutrition.

Typically, personal training sessions last about an hour, and your first meeting will include a session of assessing your current fitness level.  You’ll probably get weighed, have your body fat measured, and run down your individual fitness goals.

When you’re evaluating prospective trainers, as we mentioned, you’ll want to check their certifications.  It isn’t necessary for your trainer to have a 4-year degree in exercise science or some related field, but it certainly can’t hurt.  However, it is important to stress that there are some great trainers out there without a degree.  Hopefully your trainer is up-to-date on his or her CPR and first aid certifications as well.

Depending on your goals, you may want to find a trainer that specializes in your particular need.  For example, bodybuilders have a different focus and set of needs than do those aiming for weight loss.  Still others are training for marathons and other athletic events, and require a different kind of training regimen.  Whatever the case may be, you’ll want to find a trainer who can meet your individual needs effectively, and has the experience to get results.

Don’t forget to find someone with a friendly personality who can also “crack the whip.”  One of the benefits of having a trainer is having someone keeping you on track.

Check out your local gym for a list of available trainers or check online for that perfect person to help you meet your fitness goals.

Is it Time to Hire a Personal Trainer to Get in Shape?

Most people would love to have a personal trainer by their side for every workout.  The main obstacle is, of course, the expense of doing so.  If you’re weighing whether or not it is time to hire a personal trainer, then it’s important to know the benefits you’ll realize by doing so.

The right personal trainer is accredited by a reputable fitness organization.  They provide guidance as you seek to make fitness goals, they educate you on the proper way to perform exercises, and they provide accountability as you progress toward your fitness goals.

Training typically runs about $50/hour and up, though that will vary widely depending on your locale.  The expense is a good motivator for some, as it is an investment in fitness.

Finding a trainer is not difficult, with plenty of options right at your local gym.  Give it a try, and you might surprise yourself with your progress!

Personal Training May Be The Right Choice For You

If you’ve been struggling to get in shape, then the idea of hiring a personal trainer has likely crossed your mind.  Hiring a personal trainer isn’t just for the wealthy; anyone can experience the great benefits of a trainer, even if it is for a short time.

Personal training is beneficial for many reasons, not least of which that they provide good education and support to individuals struggling with some aspect of fitness.  Trainers are there to help instruct people on an effective training regimen, proper form and technique, and to provide accountability.

Typically trainers are certified by some recognized fitness organization.  Researching your trainer’s education and experience can give you a good idea of whether or not they’re equipped to help you meet your goals.

Finding a trainer is as easy as stopping at your local gym, and interviewing some of the trainers on hand.  You can also check the Internet for local trainers with a particular specialty.

Aromatherapy Basics: Enhancing Your Life With Invigorating Aromas

by KB on April 13, 2011
in Uncategorized

If you’ve ever wondered what aromatherapy is, you’re not alone.  It sounds a little “woo woo” to those who don’t usually try alternative therapies, but chances are, you’ve already experienced a form of aromatherapy.  Do you enjoy a scented candle?  How about breathing in some fresh flower blooms at the store?  This is aromatherapy.  As natural lifestyles have become more and more popular, aromatherapy has also increased in acceptance.

Oils used in aromatherapy come from all over the world, including the US, South America, Europe, Africa, and more.  Spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health can all benefit from the use of aromatherapy.  It can influence your emotional outlook in profound ways, since the sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses we have.

Think back to a time when you smelled something that stopped you in your tracks.  Smell is extremely effective at conjuring up memories, which is why aromatherapy can be very useful in promoting good emotional well-being.

You don’t need any special tools to engage with aromatherapy, and you can take it with you wherever you happen to be going.  Keeping some of your favorite oils in your purse or at the office can help to keep you feeling fresh and alert while away from home.  Putting oils into your bath at home can give you that extra sense of relaxation.  You can also put car diffusers in your vehicle to get that feeling of calm no matter where you are going.

A great way to try out aromatherapy is to get a few basic oils for common problems.  Lavender is the perfect way to soothe yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed.  If you’re feeling draggy and need a pick-me-up, a spritz of peppermint might be the perfect way to feel back on track.

Essential oils are the foundation of aromatherapy.  Each essential oil has its own characteristics and use, so consulting with someone experienced with aromatherapy is recommended.  Along with lavender and peppermint, eucalyptus, tangerine, and sandalwood are some other popular essential oils.  There are hundreds of different options, so there is sure to be a scent that appeals to you.

If you want to rub the oils into your skin, you should mix a few drops of essential oil with ”carrier oil”  – usually sweet almond or rosehip seed oil.  At this point, you can just rub it in!

Aromatherapy is worth exploring if you’re looking for a natural way to enhance your lifestyle.  It takes very little effort to get started, and the gift to your senses is worth the investment!

Aromatherapy Basics for the Absolute Beginner

Aromatherapy is extremely beneficial, and it’s worth exploring if you haven’t made it part of your life.  Essential oils are useful for such things as awakening the senses, invigorating the mind, and promoting a sense of relaxation.  With thousands of options when it comes to essential oils, there is certainly an aroma that will appeal to practically anyone.

Smell is, arguably, the most powerful sense.  Smelling a familiar smell can cause instant recall, bringing the mind instantly to a specific point in time.  A sense this powerful can be used very effectively to promote any number of healthy states of mind.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, a whiff or two of lavender can calm the nerves.  For those feeling draggy, peppermint essential oil may be the ticket to feeling re-energized.

Aromatherapy is easy to get into; all you need to begin is some essential oil, and perhaps a spray bottle and some carrier oil.  From there, you can start making your own personal concoctions to enjoy the full benefits of aromatherapy.

Getting Started With Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a beneficial way to experience the great power of the senses.  One of the most potent of the senses is the sense of smell.  Think about it:  ever been out, smelled a familiar smell, and instantly been transported to a moment in your past?  While aromatherapy isn’t an avenue to remembering your past, it can be an avenue to almost instant emotional well-being – at least for a time.

Getting started in aromatherapy is incredibly easy.  There aren’t any special tools needed; most people just start with a few essential oils they like, a spray bottle or mixing bottle, and a “carrier oil” to aid in essential oil absorption.    Lavender is a great option if you’re looking for greater relaxation.  For those seeking a pick-me-up, consider peppermint oil for a try.

As you grow more experienced with aromatherapy, you can research recipes and experiment with your own oil mixtures.  Forget buying expensive name-brand fragrances; you can make your own!

Dealing with Tennis Elbow: Should you consider surgery?

by KB on March 1, 2011
in Uncategorized

A large percentage of tennis players suffer from tennis elbow which is actually a painful condition. Tenderness at the joints and weakening of the muscles are often felt by the person who experiences tennis elbow conditions. In most cases, doctors prescribe over the counter medicines such as NSAIDs to reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Temporary solutions include applying ice on the affected area can minimize swelling and pain. Rest is also advisable to prevent further complications from tennis elbow. Tennis elbow surgery is the last option when all other interventions have failed to address the condition.

When to consider the surgical option

Tennis elbow surgery is advisable when symptoms such as soreness and pain persists for at least 6 months and all other measures have been exhausted. Because of such situation, the individual is unproductive due to inability to perform simple tasks such as lifting or carrying objects. There are also instances where doctors have administered corticosteroid injections which resulted to failure. Tennis elbow surgery would then be the last option.

There are two types of tennis elbow surgery, namely, traditional open surgery or arthroscopic surgery that uses special instruments to repair the tendons. Usually, an overnight stay at the hospital is required for full recovery. Local or general anesthesia can be applied depending on the doctor’s evaluation. Arm movement should be minimized and patient needs to be very comfortable.

Cons of tennis elbow surgery

After tennis elbow surgery, you may feel certain loss of ability to straighten the arm. Sometimes, elbow pain can still be felt.Like any surgery, infection, blood loss or nerve damage is very possible. Anesthesia may also have some side effects after surgery. For certain, the muscle strength is decreased after tennis elbow surgery.

Recovery from tennis elbow surgery-

If one wants to enhance recover from tennis elbow surgery, then the following advice are useful:
1. Avoid smoking since this delays the healing process of the wound
2. Get into a physical rehabilitation program
3. Make some changes in activities or even avoid doing things that makes use of the arm.

Truly, tennis elbow surgery such be the last resort for a person with tennis elbow. It is a very invasive procedure with potential risks. Tennis elbow can be prevented by stretching and spacing break between practice days.

Make Room For HIIT Training In Your Schedule

by KB on February 15, 2011
in Fitness workouts

Do you find that you have trouble working in that workout?  One way to get better workout results in much less time is to give high-intensity interval training (HIIT) a try.  This exercise strategy aims to produce the best results in the absolute minimum amount of time and training sessions.   Considering the benefits of HIIT training, it is really surprising that more athletes don’t engage this type of training!

HIIT training is cardiovascular in nature, and one session can last between about 10 and 20 total minutes.    The techniques for HIIT training vary.   One example is a runner sprinting full out at maximum exertion for 15 seconds, and then lightly jogging for 15 seconds.   HIIT athletes will repeat these cycles anywhere from 6 to 10 times, depending on their personal training goals.

The trick behind HIIT is really to treat the high intensity portions of the workout as absolutely all-out effort expended.   In other words, get as close to the maximum exertion your body will allow for those time periods of high intensity movement.  Medium intensity portions go to about 50% of possible total effort.   If you are keeping true to the training methods that make up HIIT, then you are going to be amazed at the results.

A popular method of HIIT training is called the Tabata Method, which was devised based on a 1996 academic study.   This method calls for the exerciser to work out for 20 seconds at highest intensity, and then take a 10 second recovery period.  This process repeats continuously for 4 minutes, or 8 total cycles.  The study found that Tabata exercisers experienced increased “maximum oxygen consumption” and anaerobic capacity in less time than the control group exercising using conventional methods.  Professional or serious amateur athletes are ideal candidates for this method.

A newer method, based on a 2009 study prescribes 60 seconds of intensity followed by 75 seconds of rest.  The session lasts 8 to 12 cycles, completing the workout.  When using the Little Method, participants experienced similar gains in 3 days that conventional workout methods produced in 5.  This method is accessible for most exercisers, and can be done on an exercise bike or treadmill with relative ease.

The biggest benefit of HIIT training is effectiveness at burning fat while during a cardiovascular workout.   Perhaps even more importantly, this great benefit is occurring in much less time than typical workouts take.  Combined with well-documented training benefits for serious athletes, it is a good reason to give HIIT training a try.

Selecting The Perfect Athletic Shoe

by KB on February 7, 2011
in Fitness Equipment

ASICS Men's GEL-Kayano 16 Running Shoe

ASICS Men's GEL-Kayano 16 Running Shoe

Selecting and purchasing the perfect athletic shoe is a challenge, especially for serious athletes who need high performance. It’s always an option to head to a specialty store for experienced help, but having in mind a few simple essentials will help in finding the ideal shoe.

The first step is to figuring out what type of shoe works best for your primary sport. While the aesthetics of a running shoe, a walking shoe, a cross-trainer, and a basketball shoe are, on a surface level, somewhat similar, they are designed to perform quite differently. Once you’ve made your buying determination, don’t leave the section stocking that type of shoe. If you engage in several different sports, it is a wise choice to have an appropriate pair for each one, instead of relying on only one pair of shoes.

Feet should be measured. Most of us know our shoe size, but it never hurts to measure again if it has been a long while since your last measurement. While you won’t experience bone growth, it is possible for a foot to become longer and wider with age. Ligaments and muscles can experience small transformations over time, resulting in an increased foot size.

Wear the correct type of sock for the sport the day you try on shoes. Whether you require thick socks or thin anklets, be sure to have them handy for shopping.

Fully lace, tie, and be sure to put both shoes on your feet. You’re checking for comfort, snug fit, and room for toes. You don’t want to feel slipping of the heel when you’re moving about, and sliding should never happen. When you’re taking steps, move as you do when you’re active. Jog, leap, squat and move about right there in the store so you can really know you’re selecting the ideal shoe.

Don’t stop when you’ve found the first pair of shoes that feel good on your feet. There are lots of great brands of shoes, many with subtle differences you can only discern by trying many different pairs. Take your time, and enjoy the process.

Contrary to popular opinion, athletic shoes don’t need breaking in; if the shoe doesn’t feel good on your foot, just move on to the next pair.

By keeping true to some simple steps, you’ll be certain to choose a comfortable and attractive shoe that will be ideal for your athletic needs. While researchers have discovered no shoe can help prevent or reduce sport injuries, but a properly fitted shoe can increase your injury odds. Choose wisely!

Common Allergies And Symptoms For Allergy Sufferers

by KB on February 2, 2011
in Uncategorized

Are you typically bothered by a runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, tiredness, itchy throat, and similar signs and symptoms? Then you might be most likely struggling the effects of an allergy. There are several causes of allergies, ranging from food to insect bites. Oftentimes allergy symptoms may be misdiagnosed as the common cold. However, when these symptoms persist, it really is important to attempt to identify the allergen, or even the cause of the allergic reaction.

No one understands for certain why 1 person has an allergic response to a specific substance, while yet another individual doesn’t. However, it has long been found that youngsters, whose dad and mom have allergic reactions, tend to be predisposed to allergies. Of interest, is the fact that a child will not necessarily be affected by the same allergen that has an effect on their parent.

Allergens can enter the physique by various approaches, they can be breathed in, touched, eaten, or injected. However they enter, they are seen from the physique as becoming dangerous, and like a outcome, the immune program produces histamines and other chemicals, to overcome the invasion. These would be the early stages of an allergy. The response is going to be the same, every time you’re exposed towards the allergen within the long run.

Allergies can be triggered by breathing in particular irritants. Some on the extra typical ones are pollen, animal dander, mold, and dust mites. These airborne allergens are very tough to battle since they’re all about within the atmosphere. In the case of pollen, these are continually released to the air by trees, flowers, and grasses, and are especially prevalent during the summer, spring, and fall seasons.

In terms of touch, substances like latex can trigger allergic reactions. Latex is made of rubber, which contains substantial levels of protein. Latex products include rubber bands, gloves, and balloons. The allergic response is as a result of the response of the immune system, when an individual arrives in contact using the organic rubber latex. Symptoms of this type of allergy can include runny nose, sneezing, hives, and an itchy throat.

Certain meals can trigger allergic reactions. Some of the more popular ones are: eggs and milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, shellfish, and tree nuts. It is the proteins in food that is normally the cause of allergies. These are typically not broken down throughout cooking, or by digestive enzymes, and as being a outcome, they precipitate allergic reactions inside the physique. Common symptoms of food allergy include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

An allergic reaction to medication can also occur. One from the medicines that individuals have a tendency to be specifically allergic to is penicillin, or antibiotics which are penicillin primarily based. Painkillers such as codeine and morphine are also known to cause allergic reactions. Reactions can range from mild symptoms like rashes, to life threatening symptoms that can affect vital organ systems.

Insect stings can also cause an allergic response once the body overreacts towards the insect venom. The insects that typically cause this response are honeybees, ants, and wasps. These all have a venom sac on their tail, which they use to inject the venom into a victim.

In rare cases, a serious allergic reaction known as Anaphylactic shock can occur, this can lead to dizziness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing and sometimes death, and therefore requires immediate treatment. As we have now mentioned, the leads to of allergies are many. However, as soon as identified, every single energy should be made to possibly stay away from the allergen, or deal with the symptoms on the condition.

Looking for a heart rate monitor?

by KB on September 30, 2010
in Fitness workouts

If you purchase nothing else to support your new exercise regime, be sure to invest in a reliable heart rate monitor. We’re not talking about the top-of-the-line model with all of the bells and whistles; a basic model will work just fine.

How a Heart Monitor Works
A traditional unit has two parts: a chest strap and a wrist watch. The strap fits comfortably around your chest and registers your heart beats, sending this information (wirelessly) to a display on the watch. The watch will show your heart rate, exercise time, and average rate. You will be able to set the monitor to alert you when your rate goes below or above your desired range.

This simple device can act as your personal training by helping you:

Accurately Measure your Heart Rate
As you work out, it is critical to gradually increase your heart rate, maintain it at a steady and appropriate level, and decrease it slowly. The best way to make sure your heart is beating as it should during exercise is to view it on the watch display. The only other way to get this information is to manually take your pulse which can be difficult to get right; especially for beginners.

Moderate Exercise Intensity
It is important to not over-do it when you first begin exercising. A monitor will let you know if your training is too strenuous for your fitness level. On the flip side, it will also tell you if you are not training hard enough.

Get Motivated and Track your Progress
Having goals is one of the best ways to stay motivated with an exercise routine. The monitor will allow you to set straightforward goals such as maintaining a defined rate for a set amount of time. You will be able to judge your improvement over time by recording your heart rate data after each workout (some more advanced monitors will let you download this information to your computer). Your successes will motivate you to work harder and you will know when you need to reset your goals.

How to Interpret the Numbers
The changing number on the display represents your current heart rate, i.e. the number of times your heart will beat in one minute’s time. A beat is technically a contraction of the lower ventricles of the heart. You’ll want to learn what these numbers mean to you. To find your maximum heart rate take 220 and subtract your age. Your target zone is between 50% and 80% of this number. For example, if you are 36 years old, your maximum heart rate would be 184 (220-34). Your heart rate range will be between 92 (50%) and 147 (80%) as you are working out. As your fitness improves your heart will slow down while doing the same amount of exercise. This will encourage you to work harder to maintain the same rate.

Before you splurge for the latest and greatest running shoe or fashionable workout wear, pick up a heart rate monitor and start using it from day one of your new exercise routine.

Elizabeth Dennis has been writing health and beauty articles for three years. She regularly contributes to the hair removal surgery guide and the cough treatments guide.

The Seven Points of All Natural Weight Loss

by KB on October 6, 2009
in Uncategorized

 

The Seven Points of All Natural Weight Loss

Fad diets are everywhere!  It is easy to say, “I’m on a diet!” on any day you decide to try (again and again) losing some of that weight.  Getting yourself on another crash diet will only take you once again in a yo-yo cycle.  You are doing your body more harm than good.    

It is time that you give your one and only body a favor.  Embark on an all natural weight loss journey and you will be amazed at how your body will respond… naturally.

 

What is All Natural Weight Loss?

 

All natural weight loss is achieved by constructing your own calorie controlled diet from normal, natural foods. It’s simply knowing what your body needs to keep it healthy in terms of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and then supplying the right amount in a well balanced, measured way.

 

Natural weight loss is actually also the most effective weight loss program.  It is slow and controlled.  The main reason that crash diets don’t work is that you simply get so darned hungry.  As soon as you take the brakes off again, you’ll start wolfing down food, and before you know it, you’ll be back to where you started from. 

With an all natural weight loss program, you just let nature take its course. 

Here are seven points to guide you as you take your first step towards achieving successful natural weight loss:

 

1. Establish your real motivation.

Why do you want to lose weight and get thin?  Dig the reason from the bottom of your heart.  Your decision should be based upon your true desire and passion, and not by anyone else’s.

2. Stand firmly by your decision – no matter what.

To go on an all natural weight loss diet means adopting a strict set of regimen and requires a strong sense of commitment.  Allowing yourself to falter will only lead you to ultimately fail.

3. Set achievable natural weight loss goals.

Don’t try and shoot for the moon.  Set realistic goals.  A one pound a week target is achievable if you will include exercise in your program and cut down at least 500 calories per day. Slowly but surely, you will get enormous encouragement that will spur you to go on.

4. Write your weight loss goals.

Putting your goals on paper affirms your motivation.  Start with writing these seven points and focus on them briefly everyday and you’ll be surprised at how well this simple task can help you keep your resolve for natural weight loss, hard and firm.

5. Visualize your goals.

Go ahead, no one’s stopping you from picturing yourself – imagine a slimmer, healthier, more energetic YOU.  Envision yourself after you have achieved successful natural weight loss.  Visualization inspires you more to reach your goals.  So indulge yourself in this harmless and helpful fantasy.

6. Believe in yourself.

Have faith in yourself – in what you can do and what you can achieve.  Remember that you can do anything you set your mind to.  Believe that weight loss is within your reach. 

7. Stay focus and be positive.

Keeping your focus and staying positive on your weight loss goal strengthen your commitment to succeed.  Don’t lose sight of the target.  Your willpower will be put to the test along the way, but if you remain focus and positive, any feelings of doubt or negativity will ultimately fade and stay away from you.

Now is always the right time to start your natural weight loss plan.  Although we often find the need as we get a little older, when the kids have grown and you have more time to focus on yourself. 

So don’t wait for another day, get your figure back in shape, recharge your energy, and revitalize your life through effective natural weight loss. 

You have everything to gain and nothing to lose but pounds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nursing Shortage Helped by Recession

by KB on August 13, 2009
in Uncategorized

As America’s economy continues to falter, more and more workers are looking at the eventualities of layoffs, and are planning accordingly. Many of these workers are heading to one of the only industries that continue to grow: the healthcare sector.

While America has been laying off its workers, hospitals have been hiring them. Though there has always been a shortage of nurses in American hospitals, the current vacancy rate, 16.3% as noted by the American Health Care Association in 2008, is the worst reported since the sixties. This shortage, according to Health Affairs, a policy journal, started about a decade ago in 1998 and peaked in 2001 with an average vacancy rate of 13%. The same researchers have extrapolated that the shortage will grow to 260,000 registered nurses in the next fifteen years, as baby boomers grow older and need additional medical care.

The nursing shortage itself has been driving nurses out of the workforce. Dissatisfaction with long hours and understaffing has caused many nurses to look into alternate employment opportunities. This has exacerbated the problem even further, as the nurses that make it through crowded nursing schools don’t necessarily enter hospitals after graduation.

Lay offs and cut backs are sending these nurses back to hospitals. Because of the hazards of employment in other fields, many nurses are deciding to stay in hospitals, thankful to be working at all. Sadly, the recession may be responsible for the filling in of the nursing shortage in the short term, since nurses of retirement age are forced to continue working in order to provide income and health benefits for their families. Long term effects will doubtlessly show a shortage increase again when these nurses are finally able to resign.

Researchers are finding that the nursing shortage has decreased slightly, as nurses reenter the workforce, and current nurses work more hours to increase pay and work for years rather than retiring, due to spouse’s lost job and a lack of health insurance. This could actually conclude the nursing shortage in some parts of the United States, as small towns and rural areas are hardest hit by the shortage.

Almost 250,000 nurses entered hospitals and health care facilities last year, increasing the number of nurses in the workforce by more than any other year in the last two decades, according to Health Affairs. For example, Truman Medical Centers has seen a 13% drop in vacancy rates from 20% to 7% in the last year alone. By applying efficient recruitment, retention policies and acceptance of online nursing degree programs, other hospitals could experience similar results.

The recession favors older nurses over young nurses, which can be disappointing for new graduates. Though positions in hospitals are open, many administrators prefer experienced workers, and will wait to hire a nurse reentering the field, rather than a new nurse on his or her first assignment. These hires will eventually find placements, but the process may take longer than they had originally expected based on the economic climate.

This is only a temporary fix for the long-term nursing shortage, as about 125,000 of the nurses entering the workforce in the last year are over 50 years old, and only 30% between 21 and 34. Also adding to the short-term influx is the effect of advertisements in other countries. Almost twice as many nurses are foreign born today compared to the numbers from twenty years ago, and 10% of these foreign born nurses moved to the United States in the years since the shortage peaked.

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The Nurse Training and Retention Act

by KB on August 6, 2009
in Uncategorized

The nurse training and Retention Act of 2007 was a piece of legislation sponsored by Illinois Senator Richard Durbin designed to assist incumbent ancillary healthcare workers in becoming nurses and funding current nurses’ further training. The Act would allow nurses to become specialized or earn advanced degrees. These certifications would help nurses become nursing faculty.

Due to the age of the baby boomers, in the next ten years, there will be more need than ever for trained nurses. Additionally, there has been an 18% growth in population, adding an even greater number of patients to a hospital’s workload. Yet an ever-increasing number of qualified applicants to nursing schools are being denied as a result of the lack of faculty and resources.

Furthermore, nurses are dissatisfied with their work and environment, and more nurses are leaving the profession than entering. The average age of nurses is growing steadily, pushing the mean towards nurses on the verge of retirement. This causes an immediate deficit in addition to the gap already expected.

Within ten years, statisticians have calculated the nursing shortage may increase to over one million. The Nurse Training and Retention Act would counteract this shortage, providing a program that would help keep current nurses in the workforce while drawing in new nurses.

The Act would achieve funding by awarding Department of Labor grants to hospitals and programs that propose further training for healthcare workers. This would help lower healthcare workers gain the training to become nurses, and would help current nurses climb the corporate ladder to nursing faculty by allowing them the opportunity to finance higher education. This program would be even more effective with the increased acceptance of virtual training whereby prospective students could attend online nursing schools in their free time without having to leave their day job.

The nurse Training and Retention Act is effective because it targets those most likely to become nurses: those already working in healthcare. These workers are skilled in the area, have an interest in medicine, and many lack only the degree needed to perform nursing procedures. Healthcare workers necessitate lessened time in orientation due to experience; funding these workers will lessen the strain placed on nurses by adding to the workforce quickly and effectively. After becoming nurses, these workers are known to be better acquainted with a medical environment, and respond to patient needs more rapidly than nurses straight from school.

When nurses are better satisfied in their job, they are likely to work harder and more effectively. The benefits trickle down to the patients: a well-staffed and happy workforce is less apt to make avoidable mistakes in the treatment of patients. By providing scholarships and grants to help the next generation of nurses, hospitals and government can act against the nursing shortage. An attractive job environment compounded with satisfied employees in one of the only remaining American industries experiencing growth is one of the best advertisements for becoming a nurse.

However, the Nurse Training and Retention Act of 2007 ended in referral to a committee. Due to the time of introduction, the bill was cleared at the end of the Congress session. Senator Durbin has reintroduced the bill in 2009, and New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy has submitted a similar bill. Both are being discussed in committee.

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How To Look Younger In Two Weeks: Anti Aging Cream

by KB on July 30, 2009
in Uncategorized

Do you have a Big Event coming straight at you in the near future?  Are you dreading its arrival because you know that the other people attending will be staring at you and wondering if they are showing their age as much as you?  Would you jump at the chance to make a few lifestyle changes which can have you looking noticeably younger in only two weeks, so that you can turn heads at the Big Event for an entirely different reason?

Yes, there are some steps you can take beginning today which will have you looking years younger in only two weeks.  They include changes to your diet, and your exercise regimen, and most importantly, to the amount of water you drink each day.  Plus combine with an effective wrinkle cream for anti aging that gives best results and you will have totally impressive results that will surprise you.

See, you can really look younger in 2 weeks if you know what to do. As with anything, you just have to make some simple but important changes and you will see results fast. Here’s a review of the best firming cream for neck that works to have you look younger.

That’s right, the single fastest way for you to rejuvenate your skin is to begin drinking adequate amounts of water on a daily basis.  The Fountain of Youth may have been a myth, but it was a myth built on a powerful underlying truth: water both hydrates your skin from within so that it remains plumped up and smooth, and flushes away toxins and cellular debris which can rob your skin of its youthful glow. 

Drinking enough water is the underlying secret to healthy, youthful skin.  But you can maximize its benefits with the following suggestions:

Water flushes the toxins from system, and hydrates your skin so that it remains smooth and free of noticeable wrinkles. Adequate water consumption is the foundation of healthy skin, but there are a few other tips you can follow to maximize its benefits. This is how you look younger and do it naturally and easily with these lifestyle, diet and anti aging cream steps that anyone can follow.

Eat foods rich in antioxidants like Vitamins C, A, and E.  You’ll find the most antioxidants in deeply colored fruits and vegetables (citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, with purple fruits like grapes, plums, blueberries, and acai berries contain large concentrations of compounds called anthocyanins.)  Antioxidants are your single most powerful weapons against the free radical damage which accounts for so many of the signs of aging.

Also start eating foods rich in essential fatty acids at least twice a day.  Dr. Nicholas Perricone, the famed dermatologist, has created the 3-Day Face Lift Diet as an introduction to his 28-day Prescription Diet.  The diet calls for a minimum of two 4-6 ounce servings of wild salmon each day, but you can also get the Omega fatty acids in a variety of cold-water fish like sardines, mackerel, and cod.  Fatty acids will hydrate and thicken your skin, smoothing away those lines and wrinkles.

Whether you try Dr. Perricone’s way of eating, or decide to devise your own, you should start avoiding refined carbohydrates like white flour and sugar.  Refined carbs cause a metabolic process called glycation, weakening the collagen connective tissue which supports and elasticizes your skin. Eating low glycemic index foods will eliminate the refined carbs from your diet, and the foods on Dr. Perrricone’s diets are low glycemic index foods.  Antioxidants are also avialable in Lifecell cream for wrinkle reduction that provides D3PA as well as idebenol for real anti aging effect.

Of course, we realize that no everyone has the time to prepare meals with fresh fruits, veggies, and cold water fish every day.  Taking high quality antioxidant and Omega fatty acid supplements is a good alternative if you simply haven’t the time to cook as much as you’d like.  Just remember that getting your nutrients in whole foods is always preferable!  Spirulina and other green food supplements can go a long way toward making up for those missing veggies!

Finally, although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re putting together an anti aging program, regular exercise can make an enormous difference in the rate at which your skin ages.  Not only will total body exercise like strength training or a regular cardio routine strengthen and tone your muscles while boosting your heart and lung function; including a set of facial exercises in your workouts will tone and firm your face in ways you can’t imagine. 

Regular exercise will reduce your risk of serious diseases like diabetes, which accelerate the rate at which you age.  Perhaps the most overlooked benefit of regular exercise is that it is a tremendous stress reliever.  Stress, as you may know, creates serious hormonal imbalances which can age your skin almost overnight.

So why not try our suggested diet changes, using supplements and beginning body and facial exercises.  You might even try taking some photos before you begin, so when your two-week milestone arrives, you’ll have the visual proof you need of just how effective these anti-aging measures can be!

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Guide to Finding a Good Massage Chair

by KB on July 8, 2009
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There are many things in your life that contribute to your stress level. It may be work or your relationships, other things, or a combination of many things. If you can, it is best to try to eliminate or at least limit the amount of stressful situations you allow yourself to be in, or find ways of relieving this stress when possible. One great way to relieve stress is through massage therapy. By getting a regular massage, you will get a relaxed body and mind, ultimately reducing the damaging effects that stress can have on your body. However, you may need a massage quite often, or at odd hours during the day, and massage therapists may not be available when you need them. This is when a massage chair can come in very handy.

 

For first time buyers, buying a massage chair might seem a bit overwhelming. There are many different types to choose from, and you may be unsure which one will work for you the best. There are many things you need to consider before purchasing a massage chair, including your physical attributes. For example, if you are really tall, you will want to try chairs out before you buy them, because some might not accommodate your height. You will not only want to try out robotic massage chairs if you can, but another way to find out information about different brands and varieties is to talk to a store customer service representative or salesman. You can also research online to find out which different types of massage chairs are available and what benefits they have to offer. There are a few other things to consider or keep in mind when buying a massage chair:

 

There are many different kinds of robotic massage chairs available—each type of massage chair will offer a different type of massage or different add-ons. For example, some chairs are “zero gravity,” and give better vibrations during the massage. Massage chairs also can offer additional options, such as playing music while you receive your massage. Massage chairs are also made of many different materials, and some are made with leather. Keeping in mind that there are many different types of massage chairs available will help you focus on what you are looking for and find a chair that will fit all your needs and wants.

 

Price can be very expensive—some people are hesitant to buy a massage chair because they can cost quite a bit, but you can locate deals and do comparison shopping to find a good chair at an affordable price. Web sites will often offer the best price when compared to brick and mortar stores because there is so much more competition. You have all of their competitors at your fingertips, literally, and prices can be much more competitive, ultimately saving you money. Auction sites on the internet are a great place to find good deals on massage chairs, but you want to know whether the chair is new or used and what type of warranty, if any, it still has. Saving money on a chair won’t mean much if it doesn’t work properly.

 

Brand doesn’t necessarily denote quality—many stores are providing robotic massage chairs for their customers, just to get them in the door so they will purchase other products. This type of big electronic company may do well in stereos or computers, but their massage chairs might not be up to par. Instead, it is often best to go with a company that specializes in massage chairs, which may mean you have never heard of the brand before. Price also doesn’t necessarily mean a chair is worth more, either. It is important to do the research necessary to find out if a chair has an inflated price because it is one of the best, or if it is solely based on name brand stature. You can research customer opinions online to find out how good a chair is.

 

Once you have purchased your massage chair, be sure to follow all care instructions to make it last as long as possible. When you first get the chair, you will want to follow the directions for making sure it is in proper working order, so you can remedy any problems immediately. Then, you will want to maintain your chair by following care instructions included with the chair. Typically, this will include information such as how to keep them clean after each use. Smells and dirt can stay in a massage chair, and this is especially true with leather, so it is imperative that you follow all care guidelines for your chair.

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Lose Weight! Look Great! Strength Training Is The Key!

by KB on April 13, 2009
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When you want to lose weight you immediately decide that dieting would help. But the truth is that, though dieting would help you lose some weight in a short time,  this would have adverse effects on your health in the long run.
 
Just Dieting is Not Enough
When you are on a poor diet the insufficient nutrition results in an energy deficiency in your body. In this situation the energy you need for your daily activities and proper functioning of your physiological system is taken from your body fat. In fact the body retains its fat content for energy requirement when your diet is poor. Also energy is taken out of your lean muscle and you lose your lean muscle as well when you are on stringent diet. In the end your metabolism gets affected and you gain weight! Unbelievable? But it is true. You cannot count on just a dieting system if you want to lose weight the healthy way. Then what is the answer? strength training is the key.

 
You Need Strength Training To Lose Weight
Strength Training is an effective way to lose your weight the healthy way. Strength Training results in weight loss without affecting your general health and well being.

 

One misconception is that because of strength training women may get muscular and big. But ladies do not have to worry about this. The fact is ladies do not have testosterone. So females can take on strength training without the fear of becoming big.

 
Once A Week Is Enough
Generally workouts, if done for three to four times a week, produce good results, now a days it is enough if you do your workouts just once a week. Optimized strength training program designed for you produce amazing results even if done just once a week. It is advisable to consult a fitness professional to draft a Strength Training program best suited for you. Depending on your present health, body weight and energy requirement an expert can design Strength Training Schedule suitable to you. This specially designed Strength Training would surely produce amazing results. You can lose considerable weight this way without hindering your health.

 
Eat What You Like Without Fear
Strength Training helps you to eat what you like without gaining excess weight. Let me explain. If your metabolic rate is high you burn more calories and you lose weight. Strength Training makes your functional muscle get mass. As a result your resting metabolic rate gets increased. This has a desired result of burning more calories. You can eat some extra calories without gaining weight! If you have already started Strength Training, good for you. You can get amazing results with Strength Training.

 
Consult An Expert
There is no question that Strength Training is an essential part of your weight loss program.  People normally assume that real hard workouts that make you panting alone can result in weight loss. But that is not the case. When you push your workouts real hard calories get burn from your carbohydrate reserve and not from your fat cells. So for better results walk on your treadmill (or outdoors) until you get breathing heavily. And maintain that speed for a longer time for better results. It is always good to consult an expert to design your workouts. Optimal Strength Training would give you amazing results. You can lose more weight than you could imagine by adhering to a properly designed Strength Training routine.

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The Truth about Weight Training and Weight Loss

by KB on October 29, 2008
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Weight training has a vast array of benefits for the mind and body. Some of these include decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improvement of blood circulation, increase in bone density, increase in strength and agility, and prevention of diseases such as heart ailments, circulatory problems and muscular pains. 

On the psychological side, those who undertake weight lifting are perceived to have a more positive outlook in life. It can be because this activity is effective reducing stress and anxiety, or because it can give one a sense of fulfillment after accomplishing his or her goals.

Truly, lifting weights can do countless wonders for our physical and psychological health. But do you also know that this form of exercise is also a very effective way of losing or managing one’s weight?

This is why more and more people who suffer from weight problems turn to weight training as a solution. Not only because it is fun and worthwhile to do but more importantly, it is the safer route towards weight loss.

How Weight Training Aids in Weight Loss

    By speeding up metabolism
Through weight lifting, your body’s metabolic rate increases, which means that your body becomes more efficient in burning calories. Eating food high in calories add to our weight especially if we have a sedentary lifestyle.

Think couch potatothose who sit or lie down all day on the couch in front of the television, munching snacks endlessly are prone to become overweight. On the other hand, those who are active like those who go to gyms and lift up hex dumbbells have faster metabolism and can burn calories at a much faster rate.

    By building muscles mass
When we engage in a weight training program, we inevitably begin to build up muscle mass, which consume the calories from the food we eat for its own maintenance. Because of this there are less excess calories that can turn into fat and add to your weight.

    By increasing heart rate
In a way, weight lifting can be like an aerobic exercise because it increases heart rate and you get an aerobic effect in your circulatory system.

How to Lose Weight through Weight Lifting

Follow the expert
Whether you are working out in your home gym or at the local gym in town, it is always best that you follow strictly a guidebook on weightlifting for weight loss or the workout plan devised by a professional weight trainer. Remember, trying to lose weight through lifting weights is a serious matter and it takes a professional to be able to formulate an effective and safe workout plan that you should obey.

Drop calorie intake.
To maximize your weight loss program, it is a good idea to drop your daily calorie intake while you increase your daily cardio output. But do not rush into doing it, as the key for proper weight loss is slow reduction of calorie intake. For example, for the first week of the program, decrease your intake of oils and sweets.

In the second week, get rid of desserts and butters. Do this until you are able to reduce your calories by 150 to 200 calories. This way, you will not experience starvation mode wherein your body holds onto fat because it feels threatened that you are not eating anything.

Add other forms of exercise in your routine.
Weightlifting is not the only effective way to lose weight. In order for you to do this more easily, it is a good idea to incorporate other forms of exercises in your daily routine such as aerobics, jogging or swimming. You should also try using various body building machines such as Smith Machine, treadmill or weight benches. However, it is of utmost importance that before doing so you first consult your trainer if this is all right for you.

Do not forget to eat.
Just because you are trying to lose weight does not necessarily mean that you should starve yourself. Remember, working out and proper nutrition works hand in hand and to achieve excellent results, it is imperative that you are able to nourish yourself properly.

Keep track of your weight loss progress.
Measuring your weight is not the only way to monitor your progress. Sometimes, you would not see any difference in your weight because you have gained muscle mass that just weigh as much.

However, you can measure yourself and see if there is any difference in your body such as hips, waist, arms, calves, stomach, thighs and others. Measure yourself at least once every four weeks. You can also use a piece of clothing to monitor your improvement such as jeans or shirt and see if they have gotten a little looser than before.

More Workout Techniques

    Use light to medium weights and do many repetitions. This is a more effective way of losing weight rather than doing the other way around which is to lift heavy weight for few repetitions.

    Warm up and cool down before and after each workout session to prolong increased heart rate and the aerobic effect in your body. This also helps prepare muscles for intense workout as well as relax them after one.


    Do weightlifting sessions 20 to 30 minutes each day. Overdoing it can cause strain in your muscles or serious injuries.

    Practice proper breathing techniques. Not breathing properly can increaseblood pressure, which is very dangerous.


    Be consistent. You cannot expect to see some results if you keep on skipping your workout or procrastinating to do it the next day. Consistency is very essential.


After weeks of intense workout, you can now say “hello” to the new you. But just in case your weightlifting does not give you the exact body type that you want (like that from the fitness magazine), do not despair. Remember, that with the workout you have done you are much healthier you and that is way more important than achieving a Mister or Miss Muscle figure.

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Simple Ways to Reduce Back Pain

by KB on September 24, 2008
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Many Americans would say that they suffer from back pain. Whether its major or minor soreness, back pain is always a nuisance and coping with it becomes part of the person’s daily and weekly regimen. There are a number of reasons that back pain is caused by and even more ways to improve and treat back pain.

Some of the reasons for back pain include injury to the muscles, discs that support the spinal column, muscle strain, damage to the ligaments and overuse of the muscles. There are many consequences that one has to endure when they have to deal with daily back pain.

For one, this person will notice that their back feels at ease when they have better posture. For some Americans, their daily job involves sitting in front of a computer all day, or standing on their feet for long periods of timeresulting in much strain in their back and spinal alignment. Regular visits to the chiropractor are recommended to those with serious and chronic back pain, but this often times can become very expensive and time consuming.

Other lifestyle changes involve wearing a back brace during working hours or investing in a therapeutic mattress that will help the body relax and realign itself during sleeping hours. Choose a resting position that is comfortable while sleeping. Most people that suffer from severe back main recommend sleeping on their side with a pillow positioned between the knees for extra comfort and spinal alignment. At the same time, it is not recommended that the individual stay in bed for more than a day because it can sometimes make the back pain worse. More serious cases might also include the intake of muscle relaxers and pain killers prescribed by a doctor or caregiver.

One of the most effective ways to ease back pain is with a massage chair. These chairs can be completely tailored to work on specific areas of the back and the amount of pressure can also be specifically altered. There are many brands and styles out in the current market that specifically target those who suffer from severe back pain. Even those that don’t live with daily back strain also seek solitude with massage chairs because of their relaxing, soothing and comfortable after affects.

Walking is another exercise that can help ease lower pain, although some sufferers of back pain believe that exercise should be completely avoided while dealing with back soreness. Work with a specialized personal trainer or physical therapist and concentrate on adjoining muscles and areas that can improve the sensations in the back area. And after a “strenuous” hour of working muscles, take a few minutes to yourself in a massage chair to relax the body and focus some attention on problem areas.

Acupuncture is another alternative treatment that can assist in back pain. The technique is an ancient Asian technique that refers to the inserting and manipulation of fine needles into specific points of the body to relieve pain and for therapeutic purposes. Although, if you are a bit weary of voluntarily inserting needles into your body, you might want to stick with a coping strategy that doesn’t involve open wounds.

Dealing and treating back pain can be an exhausting even if you don’t have the right resources, or properly understand why you are experiencing severe back pain to begin with. Check with massage chair comparison chart to properly access the pain and find a way to cope that works best for you. Whether it is pain medication, a change of lifestyle, a new therapeutic massage, or even an investment in a luxurious massage chair, your back won’t have any complaints and hopefully you’ll be free of pain in the future.

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ADD/ADHD Medications: Handle With Care

by KB on June 17, 2008
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It’s not only people diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder who function better after taking ADD/ADHD drugs. These powerful stimulants will have the same effect on all of us, ADD/ADHD or not. So why shouldn’t all of us pop in a pill everyday to help us feel more cheerful and focused and energetic?
 
Because though ADD/ADHD drugs are effective for a variety of conditions, they have a history of abuse, addiction and deadly side effects.
 
Before you take these medicines or give them to your child, you need to know the benefits, and weigh them against the side-effects and the risks of abuse and addiction. Here are some things you should know:
 The benefits 
Amphetamines (the class of drugs to which most ADD/ADHD medications like Adderall and Vyvanse belong) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana) have been around since the end of the nineteenth century. In the 1930s they first began to be used medically – as decongestants and inhalers for people suffering from asthma and colds. Up to the 1950s, they were even available over the counter as ‘pep’ pills to help increase energy and concentration (one marketing slogan was that two pills were better than a month’s vacation), and to treat obesity, chronic fatigue, depression, and daytime sleepiness, and to counter overdoses of sleeping pills.
 
From the 1960s, they have been widely prescribed for overactive and distractible children who are not able to cope in normal classrooms – those with ‘minimal brain dysfunction’, as it was then called, or what is now known as Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The drug has a calming and ‘focusing’ effect on these children, and helps them sit in their place, listen and get better grades (at least a short while!).
 Dangerous side-effects 
But amphetamines (Adderall and Vyvanse) and the milder methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana) have always been problem drugs.
 
Some minor side-effects from these drugs are reduced appetite, nausea, increase in blood pressure and heartbeat and sometimes skin rashes. If you or your child is taking this medicine for ADD/ADHD or anything else, your doctor may help you to manage these side-effects.
 
There are more serious problems when the drug is taken over a long time. In animal studies, rats treated with Ritalin in the period corresponding to childhood in humans were more likely to be depressed as adults. Long-term abuse of this drug can lead to psychosis, malnutrition, slowing growth (for children), severe itching, dyskinesia (excessive repetition of movements and meaningless tasks), and heart trouble.
 A high risk of abuse  
You need to be especially careful with ADD/ADHD drugs because they are addictive. When taken in large doses, orally or through injection or smoking, they can produce a feeling of euphoria, and once you have this experience you are likely to go the same way as addicts with worse substances like cocaine – do anything to get high again.
 
It’s not so safe in smaller doses either. If you take them for over months or years for staying awake or for loosing weight, you might become dependent on the drug, and have withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop them. Those taking the drugs without a doctor’s prescription and supervision are more likely to get addicted, and this will not just be depraved losers looking for a ‘high’. Those likely to abuse Ritalin, Adderall, and other drugs for ADD/ADHD are likely to be people just like us – overburdened with family and work responsibilities, who feel they need just a little bit more energy and concentration to get by.
 
Even in the 1930s, when the drug first came into the market, it was abused by people who pulled out the strip containing the drug from the inhaler Benzedrine and either chewed it or put it into their coffee.
 
By the 1960s, all over the world, the problems with amphetamine and methylphenidate misuse became well-known. The police noticed an increase in crime due to drug abuse, and doctors noticed more people coming for emergency treatment for drug overdoses. There were also celebrity cases like the death of British cyclist Tim Simpson due to an overdose of amphetamines and the British Prime Minister Eden’s dependence on amphetamine during the Suez Crisis (which was said to have affected his judgment).
 
Most governments tried to increase control over the drug: in the United States, the drug was placed in Schedule 2 of Controlled Substances Act of 1971 – the category of drugs which have acknowledged medical uses but are addictive and likely to be abused. Sweden experimented with loose controls for a while during the late 1960s, on the ground that most people would be responsible enough not to abuse the drugs. But as the number of addicts and crimes and deaths connected with drug abuse increased, Sweden quickly returned to stricter controls.
 
Recently, what is new is that from 1990, prescriptions for methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana) and various forms of amphetamines (Adderall, Vyvanse) alone have risen more than five-fold – mainly for what is called Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While the abuse profile of amphetamines and methylphenidate is similar to other Schedule 2 drugs, what is different is that these drugs are now being prescribed mainly for children.
 
A few children will definitely benefit from these drugs, but these medicines have become so widely available, and there is so much ignorance about their potential for abuse and addiction, that there is danger of an epidemic of abuse. We need to make sure that medicines are given only to children who really need them – not use them as a shortcut to controlling children who are bored, or unhappy, or simply too playful for the modern classroom. We also need to make sure that there is awareness of the dangers of self-medicating with these drugs to study, party, lose weight, or get a high.

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The Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

by KB on June 16, 2008
in Fitness workouts

If you are one of those people who wants to live a longer and a better life, then what are you waiting for? Take up that so called old fashioned physical activity know as regular exercise. None of us can deny the benefits of a regular physical activity. Physical activity helps in preventing chronic diseases and boosts our self esteem and confidence. Physical activity can be undertaken irrespective of age, sex, or even physical capacity.

 

Following are the seven benefits of regular physical activity.

  • Exercise ameliorates your mood:


You may be back after a stressful day. You may need to come off the stress. You can blow off your stress by taking a half hour walk or by even visiting a gym. In my role as a West Hollywood Personal Trainer I tell my clients that exercise stimulates the different chemicals in the brain and this leaves us in a happier and relaxed mood. Your looks and feeling also change with regular physical activity. This will enhance your self confidence and self esteem. Physical activity helps to reduce depressed feelings and anxiety.

  • Helps in fighting inveterate maladies:


You can either manage your high blood pressure or even prevent it by taking up regular exercise. Your HDL cholesterol will increase and exercising will lower your LDL cholesterol. This helps your blood flow smoothly and you are free from plaques which build up in the arteries. Certain types of cancer can also be kept at bay by regular physical activity. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and osteoporosis can be avoided with the help of regular exercising.

  • Exercise keeps you slim and trim:


You can shed off some of those excess pounds by regular exercise. This is because when you exercise you burn some calories. This will help you keep yourself slim. As a Personal Trainer in Beverly Hills I teach that the more intensely you do your physical activities the more calories you burn. You need not spend a lot of time on exercising or work outs. Just do some simple work outs which will help you. For example instead of taking the elevator you can climb the stairs. Instead of watching TV and becoming a couch potato you can take a walk and keep yourself fresh and active. Dedicated workouts are the best but some activity through out the day also helps a lot.

  • Exercise tones up your heart and lungs.


Regular exercising helps you to breathe smoothly. Your blood circulation improves. All the tissues in your body are supplied with nutrients when you exercise. Actually exercise helps your entire cardiovascular system. Improved circulation keeps your heart and lungs active and you can do your activities more efficiently.

  • Exercise encourages better sleep.


A good night’s sleep can amend your engrossment, productiveness and mood.  Exercise is sometimes the key to a better deeper sleep. Once you exercise there will be a natural fall in your body temperature. Five to six hours after you exercise is the best time for you to go to bed. This will help you to fall asleep faster.

  • Doing exercise can be fun!


I’m a Personal Trainer in Los Angeles and I can tell you that exercise does not have to be boring. You can go to a ballroom dancing class. You can go for hiking or even do an exercise of climbing a wall. Take a family work out. You can go with your kids to swing or even climb with them on the jungle gym. You can plan for a football or kickball match with your neighbors’ on off days. You have to remember that you got to be on the move always. If you become bored of an activity try your hands at something new which will keep you going for some time.

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Acupuncture Treatment: An Increasingly Successful Treatment For Pain And Fatigue

by KB on June 3, 2008
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Acupuncture therapy is a form of traditional Chinese Medicine whose origins goes back for over thousands of years. Acupuncture therapy is based on Taoist spiritual philosophies, which believe that human body is comprised of a constant flow of spiritual energy called qi (chee), and that we can naturally heal ourselves by properly channeling this force. Acupuncture is accomplished by inserting specially created needles into specific meridian points of the body which unblock any negative qi. This results in the desired beneficial and healing effects. Acupuncture is increasingly used for pain management, an alternative therapy for chronic fatigue and is even used to combat drug addiction.

Acupuncture methodologies found their way to Europe and the United States in the early 1900s. They have been gaining acceptance over the years. Acupuncture first became mainstream in France and then spread through other European countries. Acupuncture became more acceptable in the United States during the 1970s after President Nixon’s visit to China.

One widespread use of this acupuncture treatment is for the alleviation of arthritic symptoms. Acupuncture is becoming more popular as a non-pharmaceutical treatment for arthritis. Acupuncture may provide a substitute for analgesic drugs, which may have addictive properties and may cause unwanted side effects. The philosophy behind using acupuncture to treat arthritis is that arthritis is caused by blockages of the qi energy, the life-force of the body. Precisely placed needles are used to release these blockages, thus giving relief to the painful symptoms.

Acupuncture has served as a extremely successful treatment for chronic fatigue. It accomplishes this by opening up the flow of qi energy. This creates a positive energy field that flows through and around the body. The body can then tap into this energy, revitalizing the body and bringing alertness to the mind.

Acupuncture has also been used as a successful treatment for addiction. It has been used to help smokers stop smoking, to help alcoholics quit drinking, and has even been successful for heroin users! This is because the change in qi energy can result in subtle changes the brain chemistry that control addictive behavior.

Acupuncture’s popularity will grow for years and years to come and with good reason I can offer from my personal experience! Acupuncture is such an incredible natural treatment for pain, fatigue and even addiction and it can offer little to no side effects.

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Meal Replacements for Vegans

by KB on December 20, 2007
in Nutrition

Whole food meal replacement is a new, up and coming nutritional contender in the vast market of dieting and natural foods. These supplements are based on the vegan lifestyle, everything is one hundred percent natural, and from plant-based whole foods. Though based on the vegan nutritional standards these supplements are packed with more nutrition than eating the common source food alone. They have more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, more fiber than oatmeal, and so on.

Clinical studies have shown that people who are ill and have started juicing are getting the right daily nutritional values and thus have started to become more healthy than before. The new whole food meal replacement supplements have more vitamins and nutrients than traditional juicing alone which leads to better nutrition and promotes a quicker, more remarkable recovery. The power of all natural remedies and supplements have been known for thousands of years and it is many of these organic compounds that are now found in both synthetic and all natural products around the world.

For someone who takes these supplements, the dietary pills help to stabilize probiotics, micro-organisms that in adequate dosages give a host more benefits for healthy digestive and intestinal function. The herbs in these supplements can also help enhance and strengthen major body systems. They promote an abundance of amino acids to optimize naturally occurring amino acid production in plants since they are plant-based. These pills are not genetically altered, have no pesticides in them, no wheat, dairy, sugar, or eggs in them. Also, they have no artificial flavoring or coloring, and absolutely no preservatives. In short you couldn’t get a more natural organic nutrient base if you reached into the earth and pulled out a wild plant with your bare hands.

Though these supplements give you an abundance of nutritional value that surpass ordinary vegan foods, they cannot replace eating an actual nutritious meal. If however, you are sickened and are forced to withdraw from eating, then this is a fantastic way get the nutritional value of the foods a healthy body needs. Also, since they are very beneficial for you they are perfect to help skyrocket your health back to one hundred percent faster and more effectively. These dietary supplements should be a part of most peoples everyday nutritional lifestyle. In this hectic and fast paced century people are not able to get the proper amount of nutrition needed in the everyday world. With the help of whole food meal replacements now they are able to!

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