Health Guide (Page 114)

How to Set Up A Home Gym?

You can enjoy all the benefits of gym membership - a wide variety of equipment and facilities, good advice from staff and other members and the incentive to work out by making the gym a destination. But, you can also enjoy having the ease of access and the absence of a commute by purchasing home gym equipment. But what to buy? If you're just getting into, or back into, a fitness routine, you... ❯❯❯

Fitness and Fluids

Body fluid level is an important component of keeping it in top condition for best performance. As a person exercises, the internal body temperature rises. That triggers the body to release internal fluid to the outside through millions of sweat glands and via heightened respiration. As the high temperature sweat evaporates off the skin, it takes heat with it, cooling the body down again. That... ❯❯❯

What Is Flexibility Training?

Flexibility training involves performing a series of exercises that help maximize range of motion and muscle stability. The benefits are improved blood flow in the muscles and lower risk of injury. There are three basic types of stretching exercises that help accomplish these goals: static, dynamic and Isometric/PNF. Static stretches are the most traditional type, encompassing the more or less... ❯❯❯

Should I Exercise During Pregnancy?

Exercise throughout the entire nine months is healthy for most women - provided they exercise (pun intended) the proper caution. Mild exercise, of types appropriate to the various stages, will help keep the circulatory system healthy, increase pelvic muscle tone and strength, and help to smooth out mood swings. Done right, you can lessen the severity of backaches, keep joints flexible and firm,... ❯❯❯

How to Control Diabetes with Exercise

Many factors contribute to the onset of diabetes, including genetic predisposition and diet. But exercise can help reduce the odds of getting and the severity of this disease. Diabetes comes in two types, Type I and Type II. In either case, the body has difficulty regulating the level of blood glucose. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's activities. One basic reason is the... ❯❯❯

Why You Should Exercise When You Are Young

Individuals under 20 are naturally more flexible, have higher metabolic rates and more energy than those older. But they, too, need to exercise (in appropriate ways) to avoid injury and build strength and endurance, avoid obesity and stay fit. Particularly today, when there are so many electronic alternatives, young people may exercise less than they should. It's during the formative years that... ❯❯❯

The Relationship between Exercise and Your Immune System

Few subjects in health or diet ever get put to a final rest. Present studies often contradict earlier ones, until no one knows what to think. One of the few areas that almost all serious studies seem to agree on is the relationship between exercise and the immune system. No reputable researcher will claim that exercise will repair a weakened or diseased immune system. Nonetheless, a broad... ❯❯❯

Women's Excercise After Surgery

Exercise after surgery can be part of recommended physical therapy, or a return to pre-operative routines. In either case, done properly, exercise will help create flexibility, improve balance - by strengthening muscles that help stabilize joints - and keep the cardiovascular and other systems functioning well. When and how you can begin exercise routines after major surgery will vary with the... ❯❯❯

Strength Exercises and Back Flexibility

Anyone who has ever suffered from a major backache knows how central the back is, even in times you might think it isn't important. Even something like squeezing a tennis ball, an action that involves a focus on the fingers, forearm and bicep will involve the latissimus dorsi and other back muscles. The lats are the large 'side' muscles that make a man triangle-shaped. To demonstrate how they... ❯❯❯

Workout Injuries: How to Avoid?

From some trainers 'No pain, no gain' really means 'you should feel some pain'. While mild discomfort is to be expected, especially for those just beginning a new fitness routine, pain is a natural warning sign. Pay attention to it. A good workout routine will test you, but shouldn't damage you. As muscles get used, especially somewhat beyond their usual range, lactic acid, micro-tears and other... ❯❯❯