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What Are The Most Common Causes Of Stomach Pain?

People experience pain or discomfort in the stomach or abdomen from time to time. Occasional indigestion that goes away when you empty the stomach is not the problem.

When the pain becomes frequent, weekly or even daily it is necessary to find the cause.
Some of the most commonplace causes of stomach pain. Constipation Infrequent or problematic bowel movements.

From WebMD.
You are considered constipated if you have two or more of the following for at least 3 months:
Straining during a bowel movement more than 25% of the timeHard stools more than 25% of the timeIncomplete evacuation more than 25% of the timeTwo or fewer bowel movements in a week  Constipation causes 
Inadequate water intake Inadequate fiber in the diet A disruption of regular diet or routine; traveling Inadequate activity or exercise or immobility Eating large amounts of dairy products Stress Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, which is sometimes the result of pain from hemorrhoids Overuse of laxatives (stimulan…

Does A Successful Fitness Program Need Mental Toughness?

You have achieved some of the fitness goals you have set during your life. 
But you may have failed to reach certain levels of physical fitness as well. 
You are the same person, so why did you succeed in one physical action and fail in another?

Was it because you were not "mentally tough" when you needed to be?

Was your mind-set to blame?

If it was, how can you amend that?

Dr. Jim Loehr is a well recognized performance psychologist. He wrote a wonderful book titled Mental Toughness Training for Sports: Achieving Athletic Excellence. In it, he discusses and defines mental toughness, revealing that it has 7 components:

• Self-confidence
• Attention control
• Minimizing negative energy
• Increasing positive energy
• Maintaining motivation levels
• Attitude control
• Visual and imagery control

He uses the word energy twice and the word control 3 times in defining the 7 dimensions of mental toughness in physical endeavors. The meaning of mental toughness may vary from …

What Is Functional Fitness And Why Is It Important?

Functional training is any workout that adapts or develops exercises that allow individuals to perform activities of everyday life easier and lower risk of injury.

So, you can lift heavy at the gym and do 20 minutes of HIIT every other day. That does not mean that the next time you lift your 65 pound suitcase on your way to the airport that you will not throw your back out.

Functional fitness focuses on training the body in such a way that it can handle day to day real life activities, like lugging groceries, picking up kids and others.

So, instead of focusing on lifting a certain amount of weight, or the proper form of a particular exercise, functional fitness trains us to become better at real life positions and to perform every day activities that we are all tasked with.

Muscles And Fitness Working Together
Your typical weight training or strength training workout isolates specific muscles, but, neglects to train the body to use multiple muscle groups together, but, functional exer…

The Truth About Strength And Aging

Aging is more than living a long time.

Your body experiences many changes.

Some changes are not so bad.

Others down right suck.

We may have to follow the path to old age.

But, we are not required to go without a fight.

Biomarkers of Strength As We Age By Rich Carroll

Strength training is not just the youthful person's exercise. Unless we do something about it by the time we reach our 70s strength and muscle tone will have declined as much as 25% from our 30s. That increases to 50% by the time we reach our 90s, again if we do not anything about it. As we age, we might think that since we can not increase muscle mass to a great degree, then what is the purpose.

The thing is there are plenty of reasons why we should keep our strength up as we age. More muscle mass provides a higher resting metabolic rate. This enables us to keep the pounds off. This is because after strength exercise we can continue burning calories as much as three days later. This is not the case with tradition…

Weight Loss: Does Sugar Make You Fat?

Sugar, oh it tastes so sweet, but do we really need it?

Besides, is that spare tire around your waist, your neck jawlines and upper arm flab caused by eating too much sugar?

Research in recent years has shown that your sugar intake can have a definite effect on your body weight, over time. 
So how much is too much and exactly how does sugar make you fat?
Let us take that second question first. Sugar, as well as high fructose corn syrup, is made up of glucose and fructose. You need glucose to live. Your body produces it naturally, and it is used to give your cells energy. However, fructose is unnatural, and your body does not produce it. Of all the cells in your body, only your liver cells can process fructose.

When you eat a lot of sugar, the majority of fructose is metabolized by your liver. It is processed and turned into fat, which is in pushed out into your blood. Fructose also changes the way you react to a hormone called leptin. Every time you eat, some of your food is stored in…
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