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Australian Obesity Management Algorithm ANZOS

Mar, 26th 2019 7:44 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Obesity is a complex and multi-factorial chronic disease with genetic, environmental, physiological and behavioural determinants that requires long-term care. In 2014-15, 63.4% of Australians aged 18 years and over were above normal weight, with 27.9% being obese [1]. Obesity is associated with a broad range of complications including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dyslipidaemia, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancers, which significantly impair quality of life. Obesity and its related complications place a considerable financial burden on Australia. In 2014-15, the direct and indirect costs of obesity were estimated at $ 8.65 billion [2].

This statement has been developed by a working group with representatives from the Australian Diabetes Society, the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and the Obesity Surgery Society of Australian and New Zealand. Membership of the working group is shown in Appendix 1.

The aims of the document are to:1) Assist general practitioners (GPs) in treatment decisions for non-pregnant adults with obesity2) Provide a practical clinical tool to guide the implementation of existing guidelines for the treatment of obesity in the primary care setting in Australia [3, 4]

Although the focus of this document is on weight loss interventions for the management of obesity, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing weight gain in healthy weight or overweight individuals is an important and essential strategy to prevent a worsening of the current obesity epidemic in Australia………

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MyFitnessPal on the App Store

Mar, 26th 2019 7:43 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, change your habits, or start a new diet, youll love MyFitnessPal.

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Chart Your Progress — Stay motivated with a graph of how youre improving over time. Progress Photos — Add photos to your weight entries to see and celebrate your progress. Nutrition Reports — View a history of your calories, macros, and nutrient intake. Share Your Progress — Help inspire friends and family members on their own health journey. Download MyFitnessPal and start living a happier and healthier life today!


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exercise | Definition, Types, Principles, & Health Effects …

Mar, 26th 2019 7:43 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Exercise, the training of the body to improve its function and enhance its fitness.

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human respiratory system: Exercise

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The terms exercise and physical activity are often used interchangeably, but this article will distinguish between them. Physical activity is an inclusive term that refers to any expenditure of energy brought about by bodily movement via the skeletal muscles; as such, it includes the complete spectrum of activity from very low resting levels to maximal exertion. Exercise is a component of physical activity. The distinguishing characteristic of exercise is that it is a structured activity specifically planned to develop and maintain physical fitness. Physical conditioning refers to the development of physical fitness through the adaptation of the body and its various systems to an exercise program.

Hominidshuman beings and their immediate ancestorshave existed on Earth for at least two million years. For more than 99 percent of that time, hominids lived a nomadic existence and survived by hunting and gathering food. It is obvious that this way of life was enormously different from the way people live today in developed countries. Thus, evolutionary history has prepared humankind for one kind of life, but modern people lead another. This fact has profound implications for patterns of disease and for the association between living habits and health. Observation of the few remaining nomadic groups in the world indicates that they are relatively free of chronic diseases and that, in comparison to the populations in developed countries, they are leaner, have a higher level of physical fitness, eat a very different diet, and have different physical activity patterns. Data from the distant past are not available, but it is reasonable to speculate that early humans had considerably higher caloric expenditures per unit of body weight than do modern individuals.

As civilization developed, nomadic hunting and gathering societies gave way to agricultural ones in which people grew their own food and domesticated animals. This development occurred relatively recently, approximately 10,000 years ago. Although many aspects of life changed during the agricultural period, it is likely that energy demands remained high, with much of the work still done by human power. Even in citieswhich had evolved by about midway through the agricultural periodindividuals expended more calories than do most people today.

The industrial period began during the mid-18th century, with the development of an efficient steam engine, and lasted to the end of World War II (1945). This relatively brief time span was characterized by a major shift in population from farms to cities, with attendant changes in many areas of lifestyle. Even though the internal-combustion engine and electrical power were increasingly used to perform work, the great majority of individuals in industrialized societies still faced significant energy demands. In the cities relatively more individuals walked to work, climbed stairs, and had more physically demanding jobs than do most people today.

The post-World War II period has been a technological age, a period characterized by rapid growth in energy-saving devices, both in the home and at the workplace. As an example, longshoremen in the late 1940s worked hard loading and unloading ships; by contrast, most longshoremen in the late 20th century had much lower energy demands from the job, because of the containerization of cargo and the mechanization of the loading and unloading process. Also during this period, the use of labour-saving devices in the home and in yard and garden work became much more widespread. Physical activity became less and less common in industrialized countries, especially among the urban population. Although the level of general physical activity has declined, most observers feel that there have been increases in exercise participation in many countries since the late 1960s. Jogging, racket sports, cycling, and other active recreational pursuits have become much more common. In a sense this is simply humankinds returning to the more active lifestyle of its distant ancestors.

Physical fitness is a general concept and is defined in many ways by different scientists. Physical fitness is discussed here in two major categories: health-related physical fitness and motor-performance physical fitness. Despite some overlap between these classifications, there are major differences, as described below.

Health-related physical fitness is defined as fitness related to some aspect of health. This type of physical fitness is primarily influenced by an individuals exercise habits; thus, it is a dynamic state and may change. Physical characteristics that constitute health-related physical fitness include strength and endurance of skeletal muscles, joint flexibility, body composition, and cardiorespiratory endurance. All these attributes change in response to appropriate physical conditioning programs, and all are related to health.

Strength and endurance of skeletal muscles of the trunk help maintain correct posture and prevent such problems as low back pain. Minimal levels of muscular strength and endurance are needed for routine tasks of living, such as carrying bags of groceries or picking up a young child. Individuals with very low levels of muscular strength and endurance are limited in the performance of routine tasks and have to lead a restricted life. Such limitations are perhaps only indirectly related to health, but individuals who cannot pick up and hug a grandchild or must struggle to get up from a soft chair surely have a lower quality of life than that enjoyed by their fitter peers.

Flexibility, or range of motion around the joints, also ranks as an important component of health-related fitness. Lack of flexibility in the lower back and posterior thigh is thought to contribute to low back pain. Extreme lack of flexibility also has a deleterious effect on the quality of life by limiting performance.

Body composition refers to the ratio between fat and lean tissue in the body. Excess body fat is clearly related to several health problems, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes mellitus, and certain forms of cancer. Body composition is affected by diet, but exercise habits play a crucial role in preventing obesity and maintaining acceptable levels of body fat.

Cardiorespiratory endurance, or aerobic fitness, is probably what most people identify as physical fitness. Aerobic fitness refers to the integrated functional capacity of the heart, lungs, vascular system, and skeletal muscles to expend energy. The basic activity that underlies this type of fitness is aerobic metabolism in the muscle cell, a process in which oxygen is combined with a fuel source (fats or carbohydrates) to release energy and produce carbon dioxide and water. The energy is used by the muscle to contract, thereby exerting force that can be used for movement. For the aerobic reaction to take place, the cardiorespiratory system (i.e., the circulatory and pulmonary systems) must constantly supply oxygen and fuel to the muscle cell and remove carbon dioxide from it. The maximal rate at which aerobic metabolism can occur is thus determined by the functional capacity of the cardiorespiratory system and is measured in the laboratory as maximal oxygen intake. As will be discussed in detail below, aerobic fitness is inversely related to the incidence of coronary heart disease and hypertension.

Motor-performance fitness is defined as the ability of the neuromuscular system to perform specific tasks. Test items used to assess motor-performance fitness include chin-ups, sit-ups, the 50-yard dash, the standing long jump, and the shuttle run (a timed run in which the participant dashes back and forth between two points). The primary physical characteristics measured by these tests are the strength and endurance of the skeletal muscles and the speed or power of the legs. These traits are important for success in many types of athletics. Muscular strength and endurance are also related to some aspects of health, as stated above.

There is disagreement among experts about the relative importance of health-related and motor-performance physical fitness. While both types of fitness are obviously desirable, their relative values should be determined by an individuals personal fitness objectives. If success in athletic events is of primary importance, motor-performance fitness should be emphasized. If concern about health is paramount, health-related fitness should be the focus. Different types of fitness may be important not only to different individuals but also to the same individual at different times. The 16-year-old competing on a school athletic team is likely to focus on motor performance. The typical middle-aged individual is not as likely to be concerned about athletic success, emphasizing instead health and appearance. One further point should be made: to a great extent, motor-performance physical fitness is determined by genetic potential. The person who can run fast at 10 years of age will be fast at age 17; although training may enhance racing performance, it will not appreciably change the individuals genetically determined running speed. On the other hand, characteristics of health-related physical fitness, while also partly determined by inheritance, are much more profoundly influenced by exercise habits.

Research in exercise training has led to the recognition of a number of general principles of conditioning. These principles must be applied to the development of a successful exercise program.

The principle of specificity derives from the observation that the adaptation of the body or change in physical fitness is specific to the type of training undertaken. Quite simply this means that if a fitness objective is to increase flexibility, then flexibility training must be used. If one desires to develop strength, resistance or strengthening exercises must be employed. This principle is indeed simple; however, it is frequently ignored. Many fraudulent claims for an exercise product or system promise overall physical fitness from one simple training technique. A person should be suspicious of such claims and should consider whether or not the exercise training recommended is the type that will produce the specific changes desired.

Overload, the second important principle, means that to improve any aspect of physical fitness the individual must continually increase the demands placed on the appropriate body systems. For example, to develop strength, progressively heavier objects must be lifted. Overload in running programs is achieved by running longer distances or by increasing the speed.

Individuals frequently make the mistake of attempting too rapid a fitness change. A classic example is that of the middle-aged man or woman who has done no exercise for 20 years and suddenly begins a vigorous training program. The result of such activity is frequently an injury or, at the least, stiffness and soreness. There are no hard-and-fast rules on how rapidly one should progress to a higher level of activity. The individuals subjective impression of whether or not the body seems to be able to tolerate increased training serves as a good guide. In general it might be reasonable not to progress to higher levels of activity more often than every one or two weeks.

Another important practice to follow in an exercise program is to gradually start the exercise session and gradually taper off at the end. The warm-up allows various body systems to adjust to increased metabolic demands. The heart rate increases, blood flow increases, and muscle temperatures rise. Warming up is certainly a more comfortable way to begin an exercise session and is probably safer. Progressively more vigorous exercises or a gradual increase in walking speed are good ways to warm up. It is equally important to cool downthat is, to gradually reduce exercise intensityat the end of each session. The abrupt cessation of vigorous exercise may cause blood to pool in the legs, which can cause fainting or, more seriously, can sometimes precipitate cardiac complications. Slow walking and stretching for five minutes at the end of an exercise session is therefore a good practice. The heart rate should gradually decline during the cool down, and by the end of the five minutes it should be less than 120 beats per minute for individuals under 50 years of age and less than 100 beats per minute for those over 50.

To provide guidance on how much exercise an individual should do, exercise physiologists have developed equations based on research. It is generally agreed that to develop and maintain physical fitness, the exercise must be performed on a regular basis. A frequency of about every other day or three days per week appears minimally sufficient. Many individuals exercise more frequently than this, and, of course, such additional exercise is acceptable provided that one does not become overtrained and suffer illness or injury.

The intensity of exercise required to produce benefits has been the subject of much study. Many people have the impression that exercise is not doing any good unless it hurts. This is simply not true. Regular exercise at 45 to 50 percent of ones maximal capacity is adequate to improve ones physiological functioning and overall health. This level of intensity is generally comfortable for most individuals. A reliable way to gauge exercise intensity is to measure the heart rate during exercise. An exercise heart rate that is 65 percent of a persons maximal heart rate corresponds to approximately 50 percent of his maximal capacity. Maximal heart rate can be estimated by subtracting ones age in years from 220 (or, in the case of active males, by subtracting half of ones age from 205). Thus, a sedentary 40-year-old man has an estimated maximal heart rate of 180 beats per minute. Sixty-five percent of this maximal rate is 117 beats per minute; thus by exercising at 117 beats per minute, this individual is working at about 50 percent of his maximal capacity. To determine exercising heart rate, a person should exercise for several minutes, to allow the heart rate to adjust. The exerciser should then stop exercising, quickly find the pulse, and count the number of beats for 15 seconds. Multiplying this by four gives the rate in beats per minute. The pulse must be taken immediately after stopping exercise, since the heart rate rapidly begins to return to the resting level after work has been stopped. As noted above, exercising at the 50 percent level of intensity will improve physiologic functioning and provide health benefits. This level of exercise will not produce the maximum fitness needed for competitive athletics.

Much emphasis has been given in the foregoing discussion to aerobic fitness, because this form of conditioning is extremely important. It should be noted, however, that other types of conditioning also have benefits. A total exercise program should include strengthening exercises, to maintain body mass and appropriate levels of strength for daily functioning, and stretching exercises to maintain joint mobility and flexibility. The specificity principle described above indicates that no one exercise is likely to produce the overall conditioning effect. In general an exercise plan should consist of aerobics, exercises that increase the strength and endurance of various skeletal muscle groups, and flexibility exercises to maintain good joint function.

The principles of exercise training discussed above should be viewed as general guidelines. Individuals differ in both physiological and psychological adaptations to exercise. Two people who are similar in many respects and who start the same exercise program may have entirely different impressions of it. One person may feel that the exercise is too easy, while the other may believe that it is much too hard. It is certainly appropriate that the exercise plan be adjusted to account for preferences. Likewise some individuals will progress to more intense training levels far more rapidly than others do. As mentioned earlier, exercise progress should be adjusted according to the exercisers own assessment.

Individuals also differ in the type of exercise they like or can tolerate. Jogging, for instance, is not for everyone. Many people who dislike jogging, or who suffer running injuries, can find other satisfactory exercise activities, such as cycling, walking, swimming, or participating in a sport. Many kinds of exercise activities are appropriate and can provide physiological and health benefits to the participant. There is no one best exercise. The important thing is to be regular in exercise participation and to follow the general guidelines outlined in this section.

Appropriate exercise increases the strength and endurance of skeletal muscles. Increases in muscular strength are associated with increases in muscle mass; increases in muscular endurance are associated with improved blood flow to the working muscles. These results are achieved by resistance training. Any exercise that causes the muscle to increase its tension, whether or not the muscle actually shortens during contraction, provides an appropriate strength-training stimulus. Resistance can be applied to a muscle group by attempting to move an immovable object, by working one muscle group against another, by lifting heavy weights, or by using special strength-training machines and devices. There is a wide selection of strength-training equipment that, when used properly, can increase muscular strength and endurance. It is possible that some of the equipment is more efficient in developing maximal performance, which is important for competitive athletes. But for the average individual, who is training to maintain an acceptable level of muscular fitness, any one device or program is probably about as good as another.

Strength and endurance training is done by performing several reps (repetitions) of a given exercise, then moving on to another exercise for a different muscle group. Experts generally recommend that exercisers select a resistance that is approximately 65 percent of the maximum they can lift for that particular exercise. This load should allow the completion of 12 reps of that exercise in 24 to 30 seconds. Each group of eight to 12 reps is called a set, and two or three sets of a given exercise are recommended for each training session. The average individual should perform strength and endurance training two to three days per week. Super circuit weight training refers to a program in which running or other aerobic exercises are performed between sets; this training produces aerobic as well as strength benefits.

Muscles and tendons can be stretched to improve flexibility (the range of motion at a joint). Flexibility training follows a few, simple principles. To improve range of motion, the muscles and other connective tissue around a joint must be stretched. The preferred stretching technique is a slow increase in the range of motion. The exerciser should feel the muscle stretch, but not to the point of pain. The stretch should be performed gradually, and the body should be held for 10 to 20 seconds in the stretched position and then gradually returned to a relaxed posture. By stretching each muscle group in this fashion as a part of the strengthening and conditioning program, the participant will maintain good flexibility. Bouncing or explosive stretching movements should be avoided, as they can result in muscle or tendon tears.

Regular aerobic exercise training has a direct effect on the heart muscle. The muscle mass of the left ventricle, which is the pumping chamber that circulates blood throughout the body, increases with exercise training. This change means that the heart can pump more blood with each beat. In short, the heart becomes a bigger, stronger, and more efficient pump capable of doing more work with less effort.

Regular exercise also produces changes in the circulation. As previously discussed, muscle endurance training serves to increase blood flow to the working muscles. This increased blood flow means that more oxygen and fuel can be delivered to the muscle cells. The number of red blood cells, which carry oxygen in the blood, also increases with training, as does blood volume. Taken together, these changes indicate a greater capacity to transport oxygen to the working muscles.

The basic function of the lungs is to facilitate the transfer (1) of oxygen from the atmosphere into the blood and (2) of carbon dioxide from the blood into the atmosphere. To accomplish this, air must pass into and out of the lungs, and the respiratory gases must diffuse through the lungs into the circulation and vice versa. Although exercise has not been shown to affect this diffusing ability, exercise training does strengthen the muscles of respiration. This means that a trained individual can move more air through the lungs per time unit, and forced vital capacity (i.e., the maximum volume of air that can be exhaled after a full inspiration) may be increased.

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Work-Out Equipment: Commercial & Home Gym Exercise …

Mar, 26th 2019 7:43 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

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Top 1,605 Reviews and Complaints about LA fitness

Mar, 26th 2019 7:43 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

So I’ve been looking into getting myself into better shape and needed someone to hold me accountable. I happened to “win” one personal training session at LA Fitness and liked the people I worked with. In a moment of weakness maybe, or perhaps I should have asked to read the contract more, I signed up the same day. However, I’ve learned not to be too naive either, so I decided to look into what other people were saying about the program and what their results were.

To my surprise, I saw a lot more negative in regards to how the gym itself handled its business and sometimes how the people at LA treated their customers as well. Feeling uncomfortable being bound in a contract to a gym that does not handle their business well, I immediately looked over the contract and found out I had until midnight on the third business day from when I signed the contract to cancel. Immediately I gathered up all of my evidence and, not only sent a contract to the PO Box in CA, but I also went to the gym I originally signed up at.

Let me give you the good in my experience: I told the gym manager how I felt, totally honest, that I did not feel comfortable being bound by a contract with a company that does not seem to be too fair. I told her it was NOTHING against her, or the trainer, or even the specific gym I signed up at, but rather it was LA themselves and how they decided to handle business. The manager WAS TOTALLY understanding about it! She gave me no issue at all, didn’t hassle me into sticking to it, nothing like that.

The trainer when he did sign me up was also pretty transparent in how if I decided to cancel before the 12 months was up, I would be charged half of what I already owed. He also didn’t try to BS me with “It’s free for the first 30 days.” So to that, I had no surprises. Also, fast forward to the end of this saga, another good experience I had was that I immediately got notice that I canceled my services with them via email and just this morning I got the notice that I will be refunded the $300 I put down to start up.

The bad: While I was talking to the manager about all of this, the trainer that happened to sign me up walked by. The manager pulled him in and gave him the breakdown of what was going on. While the manager was in the room with us, the trainer seemed to be totally understanding and cool about the whole situation. However, as soon as the manager left, he started giving me crap about how “he misjudged my character” and that “it was his fault that he misjudged me.” In short, this guy started portraying me as a bad person because I changed my mind and didn’t feel comfortable with it. He felt the need to go on about how successful he is and how great the program works and “it’s just a bummer when someone does this because it looks bad on the program.”

It was in that instance that I knew I made the right choice – this guy didn’t care about me, he just cared about how many people he could sign up in his program. I even insisted that if he made money on the $300 I paid upfront, that he could just keep it, but I did not want to go forward with the training sessions. Even still he gave me the same crap and tried to guilt trip me into thinking I was the one at fault.

So the plus side, this experience I had was good in that they honored my request to cancel the services. They didn’t double charge me (so far that I’ve seen), nor did they lack in giving me documentation when I canceled. They also were pretty good in being open about the cost had I decided to cancel later in the sessions. However, the way I was treated after I was totally honest with them, and couldn’t stress enough that it was nothing against the trainer himself, I am one of the many that is disappointed with this gym. There is absolutely no need to be so rude and condescending when someone does not feel comfortable with something.

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The most interesting fitness and workout tech from CES …

Mar, 26th 2019 7:43 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

You can build muscle with almost no equipment. All you really need is something heavy to pick updumbbells, barbells, a rock, or even just comically oversized buckets of protein powder with vaguely sciencey sounding nameswith regularity. But while technological gadgets arent totally necessary for getting stronger, they can make the process simpler, more efficient, and maybe even more enjoyable. While we spent a lot of our time at last weeks Consumer Electronics Show checking out TVs and other typical gadgets, we also noticed a large assortment of fitness tech ready to get your butt off the couch and into the shape of the peach emoji.

This adjustable kettlebell has weight options from 12 to 42 pounds, which is handy in and of itself since itll spare you from keeping a whole rack of bells in your home. Beyond the space saving, however, the kettlebell itself has sensors inside to help track the content, intensity, and duration of your workout.

The hardware is part of a $30 monthly subscription program that provides live workouts via the web kind of like what Peloton does for stationary bike training.

Personally, I think the kettlebell is one of the best training tools you can have in your house. At $350, youre paying a hefty premium for the connectivity in the hardware, but it may be worth it if the tracking helps keep it from taking residence as a doorstop in your house once youre bored of the regular workouts.

If youre used to tracking your training sessions with a fitness watch, its a real bummer when the battery dies. After all, if you dont track your workout and share the results online, did you even really do it? The Matrix Powerwatch 2, however, draws the power it needs to run from your body heat and ambient light. The $395 watch ($249 if youre one of the early bird backers on Indiegogo) has built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, a calorie counting function, and integration with third party platforms like Apples HealthKit and Google Fit.

We dont typically cover Indiegogo products, but the first version of the watch was well-received and the campaign has already reached more than 1,100 percent of its goal with lots of time left. I also got to see the watch itself on the CES show floor and it looks promising.

It looks like an unholy hybrid of noise-cancelling headphones and a medieval torture device, but this spiky headset claims to increase your brains natural plasticity to help strengthen motor pathways faster. It does so by applying a small electric current to specific parts of your brain.

The company claims the tech is backed up by copious amounts of data, but its hard to really know on an individual level whether or not its actually doing anything. Maybe well test one and if I become a tremendous ballet dancer, well know its effective.

Like with the Jaxjox, this connected punching bag gets in on the do group fitness, but from your house trend thats currently thriving. This $995 package includes a pair of boxing gloves, a freestanding punching bag, mats to put on your floor, and a pair of hand wraps that go under your gloves to protect your surprisingly brittle knuckles. The technological bit, however, is a pair of punch trackers that keep tabs on the number, speed, and power of your hooks, jabs, and uppercuts. The monthly membership costs $39, but gets you access to live training that you can do from your house.

If you already have a heavy bag that you can hit and a solid pair of gloves (seriously, dont cheap out on boxing gloves if you like your hands, wrists, and elbows to continue working as they should), the company will sell you the trackers and the wraps for $399.

Personally, I think its worth paying the extra money per month for real instructions, but if the thought of going to a boxing or martial arts gym seems out of the question, then this seems like a goodif pricyway to punch out some aggression and calories.

The Apple Watch introduced LTE last generation, letting the device itself work without the need for a companion smartphone all the time to make calls and access data. Now, however, Garmin has introduced its first LTE fitness watch in conjunction with Verizon. It can play music and send messages all on its own since it has its own built-in connection. Thats in addition to its typical fitness tracking abilities.

Like the Apple Watch 4, it also has fall detection built in, so it knows if you take a tumble and can alert your emergency contacts to come pick you up and bring an ice pack.

Since the Apple Watch 4 added a dedicated ECG function, other manufacturers have been starting to offer similar features. The Withings Move ECG has an analog faceits not a screenwhich gives it a battery life of up to a full year depending on your usage. When you place your fingers on specific points, however, it takes a full-on ECG and reports it to your phone, which can alert you if you need to reach out to your specialist. It also tracks normal fitness stuff like steps, speed, and even swim performance, which is cool for such an unassuming piece of wrist wear.

Fitness can be difficult when youre traveling. This is a fact of which Im painfully aware, having just arrived back from Las Vegasmy pants feel like theyre small enough to have come from the American Girl store. Flexit, however, is an app that lets you find a specific type of gym in your chosen location and then workout there for a per-minute fee. So, if youre looking for a Crossfit gym near your hotel, the app will help you find one and then help arrange your workout.

Its a more expensive option than heading down to the hotel workout room, but sometimes you want to move a barbell around instead of hopping on the rickety hotel elliptical machine and hoping it doesnt chop your feet off or catapult you into the wall.

Specific sports require different types of training and these connected ski boots are tuned to pick up on variables unique to the mountain. Using internal sensors, the boots track things like G-forces, turns, speed, balance, and even things like pressure control. The app analyzes info about those variables to let you compete with your friends, but also to provide helpful technique feedback that can help you carve sick pow with maximum efficiency.

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Getting Started – Mercola Fitness Plan

Mar, 26th 2019 7:43 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Fitness Plan Menu Getting Started Pillars of Fitness Pre-Workout Intermittent Fasting Flexibility / Injury Prevention Post Workout / Recovery Introduction Peak Interval Training Strength Training Functional Training Plan Your Workout Introduction Peak Interval Training Strength Training Functional Training Plan Your Workout Introduction Peak Interval Training Strength Training Functional Training Plan Your Workout Goal Setting Exercise Examples Lifestyle Nutrition Fitness Supplements & Tools Fitness Products

Welcome to the Mercola Fitness Plan! Congratulations on making the commitment for achieving optimal health. I believe that exercise is a powerful tool that greatly influences your ability to be fully healthy.

Combine it with the other pillars of health proper nutrition, sufficient high-quality sleep, stress management, and holistic living and you’ve got the perfect formula to help you move up the ladder to good health.

Many people think that exercise is all about shedding excess pounds and getting toned abs and glutes. But these are actually just a fraction of what exercise does. Being physically active, even when initiated later in life, can provide you with profound health benefits. Exercise helps you:

The key to obtaining the benefits of exercise is to find an optimal exercise program and to stick to it. Look no further, because my fitness plan will help you implement the fundamental elements of a comprehensive workout, whether you’re in the beginner, intermediate, or advanced stage. You will also get useful pointers to help you maximize every workout session.

“It’s too tiring.” “It’s too costly.” “It takes a huge chunk of my time.”

These are just some of the excuses that people use to avoid adopting an exercise routine and sticking to it. They resent the idea of adding another “exhausting” activity to an already stressful day.

But exercise doesn’t have to be stressful, expensive, or time-consuming. What you need to do is to figure out what type of exercise you actually ENJOY doing. This will help you get into a regular exercise routine. I also advise you to try these simple tips to help you enjoy your exercise routine:

Timing your exercise routine is very important. My best advice to make sure that you stick to your exercise routine is to do it first thing in the morning. Keep in mind that there are a number of things that can happen in the afternoon and evening that will take up all of your time. The result? You skip doing your exercise!

So for best results, I suggest exercising in the morning, preferably before you eat breakfast we will discuss more about the benefits of this in the latter part of the fitness plan.

A lot of people like having an exercise partner. Having a workout buddy allows them to socialize, have fun, and feel motivated. But if your workout partner is not fully committed to the workout, he or she may hinder your fitness goals.

I’m not saying that having a workout partner is bad I’m just reminding you to choose one who shares your enthusiasm and determination toward achieving peak fitness. So, how do you know if your workout partner is getting in the way of your workout? Here are some red flags to watch out for:

In this case, you will be better off doing your workout routine alone. Another good idea is to hire a personal trainer. Not only will a trainer be able to teach you how to perform each exercise safely and effectively, but knowing that you have an actual appointment with a professional may also motivate you to go to the gym on a regular basis.4

This is a reminder that I cannot emphasize enough when it comes to incorporating new diet and lifestyle strategies to achieve optimal health. Be extra careful when doing any exercise routine, because it may worsen your health if done improperly or excessively.

If you feel that your health issues are worsening with exercise, you should either stop or modify your program. Remember, if you violate your current limitations, your health may only take a turn for the worse. To slowly let your body adjust to exercise, start with as little as one or two minutes a day, and then work your way up from there. As your energy and health improve, tolerating larger amounts of exercise will be easier.

Testosterone, the hormone thats most associated with manhood (although women also produce it at smaller quantities), plays a great role in male sexuality and reproduction, although it has other equally important yet lesser known roles, such as maintaining bone density and red blood cell levels and giving you a sense of well-being.

But when you reach age 30, your testosterone levels begin to decline, and continue to do so as you age. When this happens, symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, depression and reduced cognitive function, such as difficulty in concentration and poor memory, may arise.

However, there are effective ways to boost your testosterone levels naturally, and one of the simplest strategies you can implement is exercising.

A well-balanced workout routine that includes high-intensity exercises and strength training can actually have a significant impact on your testosterone levels. But remember that you need to incorporate other healthy lifestyle choices consuming a wholesome diet thats low in fructose and high in healthy saturated fats and optimizing your vitamin D levels are two strategies you must practice to see positive effects on your testosterone production.

Your utmost commitment is necessary if you want to reap all the wonderful, long-term benefits of exercise. If you’re ready to embark on this journey to physical and overall fitness, please download and fill out this Commitment Sheet.

I recommend that you print it out and bring it with you every time you work out. You can also post it on a wall in your exercise area. Nothing motivates you better than seeing your fitness goals printed out on paper! Please don’t think of my fitness plan as a fad 90-day plan. This is a lifestyle change one that holds radically positive effects on your health status. This is the first step toward a better, leaner, and healthier YOU.

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Join The Best Gym and Fitness Club in Dubai | Fitness …

Mar, 26th 2019 7:43 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

The Best Gym and Fitness Club

When you become a member of Fitness First, you don’t just become a member of the best gym in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, Fujairah or Ras Al Khaimah, you become a member of the best gym in the region – as you gain access to all our fitness clubs, with passport memberships with reciprocal access, and communities dedicated to health in the Middle East.

Our personal trainers are always on hand to guide you through every step of your journey towards good health and fitness, providing the support, motivation and the tools you need to succeed. If you are searching for a qualified and dedicated personal trainer in Dubai or any other city in the Middle East – Fitness First is the place to be.

With nutrition and exercise plans developed and tailored specifically for the goals of the individual, and with classes every day in every city, you will find the most captivating selection of activities anywhere in the Middle East at Fitness First. Popular group exercise training such as boxing classes in Dubai, Yoga and Zumba are now also available throughout the region, as well as hundreds of fun, challenging and high energy classes that help you to burn fat, have fun, get fitter, stronger and feel great!

There are a number of health clubs in Dubai, Riyadh, Doha and other cities across the Middle East, but Fitness First has a passion for health and fitness unrivalled in the region. It’s a passion that’s infectious, and matched by a warm and welcoming environment unlike any other fitness club.

Are you looking for a ladies only gym in Dubai? We have dedicated clubs reserved only for ladies across cities in the Middle East.

We’re committed to innovation, engagement and benefits to ensure you get the most out of your membership and most importantly, results.

Exclusive to Fitness First Members, we have designed a VIP and VVIP Member Program to reward your loyalty and on-going support and all our members enjoy special discounts and privileges with our partner merchants.

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Take The Cake: Diets Don’t Work (But They Do Give People …

Mar, 26th 2019 7:40 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Its news to literally no one that diets dont work.

We know that food restriction is correlated with a panoply of negative outcomes: anxiety, body dissatisfaction, inability to focus, and, yes, chronic hunger. I would argue that anyone who has been on a diet could tell you that they dont work, but weve long willfully ignored the results (both as individuals and as a culture) because why exactly? There are a few answers to this question, but Id like to focus on the fact that diets serve other purposes less tangible than a radically different body, and more emotional and social. Id like to share four roles that dieting serves for people who are dieting, with a focus on how it interacts with feminine gender socialization:

Dieting is very good at getting our every waking thought/breath/impulse to focus completely on it. When youre restricting you are deep in the mindset that every bite, every step, every decision you make is either making or breaking you. A cookie or carrot is what stands between you and having a terrible day. When your fate is tied up in every single bite of food, how can you not become utterly consumed? You are being utterly consumed, girl!

Disassociation is something women have learned how to do really well as weve spent hundreds of years navigating our systematic dehumanization. I grew up watching the women in my family disassociate like pros from their dissatisfying marriages, from disrespectful children, from the fact that they had maybe never had an orgasm. Dieting is a socially sanctioned method of mentally high-tailing out of whatever is going on and keeping you entirely in your head, laser-focused on your next bite, your scale, your plate.

Women have been taught that we can talk about how much we hate our body as a way of bonding with other women. Think of that scene in Mean Girls where the popular girls come home from school, stand in front of a mirror and begin a chorus of criticism. Not to be that feminist, but its pretty clearly an example of patriarchal sabotage.

Women are socialized into communicating in a very limited way with other women. Were allowed to talk about a few safe topics that keep us stuck in a sense that we are alone (not the real topics that women face and that unite us like: sexual assault, sadness, sexual frustration, trauma, abortion). In recollecting what women-strangers talk to me about, I would say it boils down to the following: the weather, children (if she has some), maybe housework or our favorite new coffee beverage, maybe where we got our outfit, and dieting. Of all that is available, talking about dieting is actually quite intimate in comparison to, say, discussing the weather. I do honestly believe that when women start talking to me about how food is evil or how bad they look, theyre trying to communicate to me that they want to be friends. Of course, undercutting yourself is not the best basis for intimacy building, but we work with what were socialized to work with unless were introduced to different methods!

Dieting is pretty much universally socially acceptable in our culture. Dieting is considered part of self-improvement and discipline, two of the most important things in our culture. Our culture loves it when we take complete ownership of our fate and pretend that all problems are individual problems that can be solved by individual efforts (not collective change). Dieting is an individual behavior that is supposed to solve a cultural problem – fatphobia. It is hard to stand out – some people dont get to choose whether they stand out or not (like Im a fat brown lady who lives in an affluent white coastal city. I dont get to choose if I stand out.), but some people undertake dieting as a way to fit in.

There are plenty of social rewards to be had by just jumping on the restriction bandwagon. Others verbally encourage people on diets, offering compliments for skipped meals or salad consumption. If youre a fat person, you get accolades for trying to fix your body. These rewards are also internal and psychological. There can be both the negative emotions that come with dieting as well as the positive emotions that come with being able to separate oneself from non-compliant fat people (e.g. Well, yes, Im fat but at least Im trying!). This is a manifestation of internalized self-loathing that is then projected outward.

Its important to understand the multiple dimensions of why people adopt dieting behavior. Its also important to keep talking about and enacting fat activist and fat positive methods as an intervention. Keep feministing!

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