Showing posts from February, 2014

16 Simple Ways To Make A Workout Fly By

Your overall goal to get in shape might keep you feeling inspired, but going through one workout after another can become tedious. For some people, the thought of doing yet another workout is about as appealing as toenail fungus
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways for you to make your workouts seem faster and more rewarding.

1. Boost the intensity level. Get the same amount of exercise in half as much time by doing a more intense workout.

2. Blast music. Make energetic workout playlists, and turn the volume up when you are working out.

3. Prioritize. Start and end routines with easier exercises, and put the harder ones in the middle of your workout.

4. Challenge yourself or others. Set a personal best for your routine, or engage in a friendly fitness competition with a friend.

5. Don’t work out alone. Have a friend exercise with you, or join a local fitness group for company.

6. Hire a trainer. Working with a personal trainer can help keep you motivated and decrease your desi…

What Is The Source Of Chest Pain?

Ribs, Upper Back & Stress PainChest pain often comes with much anxiety and even panic, which in turn can be a cause of chest pain in itself.

The reason chest pain causes anxiety and panic is many vital organs such as the lungs, stomach, esophagus and diaphragm are tucked away behind the ribs. As well of course, the heart is in that mix and heart disease being the number cause of death in the world, one would naturally think of a heart attack.

There are other causes of chest pain and it is important to know what they are.

Chest Wall Syndrome
Pain in the chest wall may develop because of athletic or other acute or chronic muscular strain, such as new exercise, or occupational causes. Generalized painfulness in chest due to motion of the upper body, shoulders, or arms, are indications to diagnosis. Chest wall pain can also be from a contusion, infection or a condition called costochondritis, an inflammation of chest cartilage. Chest wall pain can even be brought on by excessive cou…

Chest pain the Right Side Cause for Alarm?

When you suffer pain in the chest, the first thing you may wonder about is a heart attack.

Chest pain on the right side can affect people of all ages. It can be abrupt, intermittent or recurrent. 
However, right chest pain may not be caused by a cardiovascular problem, as there are several other issues can cause this type of pain.
Some potential causes of pain in the right chest area are:Physical over exertion –pulled muscle Digestive tract problems such as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Liver Inflammation (hepatitis) may cause pain in right shoulder and right side of back Pleura Inflammation (pleurisy) chest and lung lining inflammation and irritation Gallbladder Diseases- pain in the upper right abdomen or sternum with a feeling of fullness Pancreas dysfunction- worsens when while lying down and improves leaning forward Rib subluxation- (rib displacement or fracture) Stress can cause chest pain Food Blockage- problems with the esophagus Inflammation of the cartilage and the…

Pain In Chest? Heart Attack Or Acid Reflux

Pain in the chest can be agonizing physically and stressful.

Trying to determine is it GERD, regular heartburn or angina especially if have had a heart attack can be worrisome and frustrating.

Heart attack symptoms and GERD symptoms are very similar. Even trained personnel in the hospital emergency room have trouble diagnosing the symptoms.

They often administer the “GI cocktail” to try to eliminate digestive chest pain.

The following article deals with recognizing GERD symptoms.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease By A. K. Nath

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disease where the mucosal lining of the esophagus is irritated and damaged due to back flow of acid from the stomach. This condition may be caused due to improper functioning of the esophageal sphincter. Improper expulsion of gastric fluids may be another causative factor. A disease known as hiatal hernia may also result in GERD.

GERD is a common disease that affects peopl…

Strength Training Safety Tips For Baby Boomers

Proper form is a key part of injury prevention, especially with strength training. 
If you are new to strength training or it has been a while since you have done noteworthy exercises, talk with your health care professional to make sure that exercise is applicable.
If you have had hip or back surgery, discuss exercises that would be beneficial and safe to use.

Safety tips for strength exercises:
1. Breathe when you exercise! Breathe out as you lift or push, and breathe in as you relax.

If you are doing leg lifts, for instance, breathe out as you lift your leg, and breathe in as you lower it.

2. Use smooth, steady movements to lift weights into position. Do not jerk or thrust weights.

3. Keep arm and leg joints slightly bent. Avoid “locking” your arm and leg joints in a tightly straight position.

4. Take 3 seconds to lift or push weight into place, hold the position for 1 second, and then take another 3 seconds to return to your starting position. Control the movement, and do not l…

Why Are Women Going Red For Heart Health?

It is encouraging to see more is being said and done about women and heart disease.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Go Red for Good Health
By Michelle J Stewart

The month of February is about love and there is no better way to say ‘I love you’ than to share heart healthy insight with friends, family and loved ones. For so many years when the topic was heart health most of the info was based on what the medical profession knew about men and their heart health. Fortunately, health professionals have revised their outlook and there is now research and data available on women. We have learned that it is important for women to know the risk factors.

Now I wish I could say it was all about the medical info, but as you know, you can often get the attention of women when you pair the subject with fashion. We have all heard about Go Red for Women, the designated day each February when folks are encouraged to wear red to spotlight the importance of women having healthy hearts. This mo…

Reasons To Expand Your Comfort Zone

It is easy to understand why you want to remain within your comfort zone – after all that is the most comfortable place to manage! 

It is where you feel safe, it is where you do not open yourself up to criticism and hurt, and it removes tough decisions from your life.

Despite these so-called “benefits” of staying inside your comfort zone, you are really doing yourself a disservice by not putting yourself out there!

Here are four reasons why continuing in your comfort zone is ultimately hurting you:
1) It Takes Action to Create Change
If your life is not where you desire it to be then you can blame other people all you like, but you are the only one really responsible for your circumstances. If you cling to your comfort zone, to what you know, without ever changing, how can you expect your life to get any better?

2) You Cannot Grow Unless You Stretch
Without stretching outside of your comfort zone, you will never develop as an individual. Think about people who are true master…

Heart Disease: The Leading Cause Of Death In The World

Having had a heart attack myself,  I have an understanding of the dangers of heart disease
In retrospect, I wish that I had more knowledge of heart disease beforehand. Prevention is the key to dealing with heart disease including a healthy diet and exercise. 
Take care and be well.  Tommy Douglas
Please read the following heart issues article and check the resources.

Three Kinds of Cardiovascular or Heart Disease
By Larry L. Taylor

Cardiovascular disease is the largest cause of death in the United States and in the World. In fact, heart disease causes 40% of deaths in the U.S. This is more than all the types of cancer combined. You may be able to avoid this disturbing statistic by knowing more about this disease, dangers, and prevention. It all begins by learning the different types of cardiovascular disease.

1. Ischemic Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease covers a broad scope оf tissues аnd organs. Anуthing involved with thе heart valves, arteries, veins, thе smaller capillari…

Fiber Can Be A Life Saver For Diabetics

According to the Mayo Clinic, fiber is a necessary nutrient for health by slowing down the absorption of sugar. 
By slowing sugar absorption this stabilizes blood sugar which is vital to diabetics.

Fiber also maintains bowel health, helps with weight loss, and lowers cholesterol.

The following article by Beverleigh Piepers explains that the fiber in vegetables helps diabetics.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Type 2 Diabetes - Eat Vegetables before Carbohydrates to Help Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
By Beverleigh H Piepers

According to investigators at Osaka Prefecture University and other research centers in Japan, eating vegetables before high carbohydrate foods could be helpful in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. That was the conclusion they reported in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition in January 2014.

Participants diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes as well as healthy controls were compared when they:
Ate vegetables before carbohydrates. Ate carbohy…

Weight Loss:11 Criticisms Of The Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet and other “low carb” weight loss plans have become popular nevertheless there is criticism.
Health professionals, doctors and diet specialists have varied opinions about the Atkins diet and other low carb diets.

While more doctors are coming out for the low carb diet plans some still stick to their objections.

The Common Criticisms of Low Carb Diets.
1. The initial weight loss is only water weight.
Any dietary change for weight loss that is sudden including low fat or low carb the initial weight loss is water weight. This is the old adage of you point a finger three are pointing back.

2. Diets that eliminate certain foods do not work.
The Atkins diet plan and other low carb diets do not eliminate carbs but limit them. Limiting certain types of foods or the amounts of food is a basis of all diets.

3. There are no long-term studies on the effectiveness of low carb diets.
The first question is why not, Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution came out in 1972 and he got the ide…

Weight Loss:The Atkins Diet And Diabetes

The Atkins diet can be described as a healthier and more balanced diet for most people as compared to the Standard American Diet. 
It has placed importance on eating healthier complex (good) carbohydrates in balance with sufficient proteins and dietary fats.

Often referred to as a “low carb diet”, the Atkins diet plan eliminates low quality carbohydrates found in highly processed foods.

Typically, highly processed foods are comprised of large amounts of simple (bad) carbs, hidden sugars, salt and chemicals that contribute to diabetes, weight gain and heart disease.

A key factor in determining the difference from a complex (good) carbohydrate and simple (bad) carbohydrates is the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a scorecard rating carbohydrates by how much insulin reaction they produce. The higher the glycemic index the harder the pancreas has to work producing insulin to break down glucose produced by digesting carbohydrates. If the overworking of the pancreas continues eventua…
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