Health Guide (Page 72)

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 are... ❯❯❯

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... ❯❯❯

The New Meaning of Age

In generations past, exercise was believed to be mostly for the younger set. It was even believed that older people couldn't increase muscle mass or strength if they wanted to. Studies at Harvard and elsewhere have now firmly put that myth to rest. Exercise for the over-50 crowd is decidedly healthy. As people age, several changes occur that exercise can help slow or reverse. Metabolism slows,... ❯❯❯

Benefits and Limitations of Abdominal Exercises

Anyone interested in fitness wants to have great looking abs - firm, rippled and well-toned, along with a trim waist. All those are achievable, but beware accepting any myths about flat stomachs and spot reduction around the waist. As you exercise, you consume energy measured in calories. When you consume enough to deplete the available energy, and enough to reduce the sugars that convert easily,... ❯❯❯