Archive for April, 2009

Eating Right and Still Being a Vegetarian

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The right kind of food is one of the most important factors in the promotion of health; and the wrong kind of food is one of the most important factors in the promotion of disease.” — Sir Robert McCarrison, a renowned nutritionist.

Eating for vitality
To have the necessary energy and strength to get through each day, it is important to eat right. Eating right means making right food choices in appropriate quantities.

Choosing to be a vegetarian is an individual choice, but it is a well established fact that you can be a vegetarian and still be brimming with energy, vitality and good health.

Your vitality depends upon a careful balance of at least fifty nutrients.
They include sources of energy or calories which may come from car.... Click to Read More

Detoxification

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Are you happy to be alive when you wake up in the mornings?

Do you feel well rested and relaxed?

Or do you stumble to the washroom, hoping that a shower will bring you back to life? Or rely on that morning mug of coffee to help you revive and get moving?

Why this listlessness?

Toxic build-up
We constantly expose our bodies to toxins. We eat processed foods, lead stressful lives, inhale cigarette smoke (whether passively or actively), live in polluted environments and focus so little on healthy eating and active living.

What does all this result in, then?
This result in accumulated toxins – and these factors contribute to their build-up.

Understanding signals
Many of us accept lethargy and ill health as a normal consequence of our fast paced,.... Click to Read More

Body Fat Percentage Categories

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Women

Essential fat 10-13%
Athletes 14-20%
Fitness 21-24%
Average 25-31%
Obese 32% and higher

Men

Essential fat 2-5%
Athletes 6-13%
Fitness 14-17%
Average 18-24%
Obese 25% and higher.... Click to Read More

14 Exercises to Strengthen and Stretch your Body

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The goal of this workout is to strengthen and stretch your body. You develop muscles that increase the body’s metabolic rate, the bones become strong and you look and feel better.

Myth: The best time to exercise is early in the morning.
Fact: The best time is the time that works for you and fits into your schedule. Make use of small available opportunities – before lunch, or while waiting for an appointment.

Myth: Stretching is not a fitness component.
Most postural problems are a result of poor alignment caused by tightness in the muscles. Stretching is one of the key components of a balanced fitness program. It prevents injury, increases the range of movement and improves posture.

Box
Progress gradually. As you get comfortable with the exercise.... Click to Read More

High Blood Pressure

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Do you get headaches often? Spells of dizziness at times? Bouts of anxiety?

If you’ve just said yes, then you may be suffering from hypertension.

Hypertension, referred to as the ‘silent killer’ is especially dangerous because it often has no specific warning signs or symptoms. Of those who have high blood pressure, almost 35 percent don’t even know they have it. Fortunately, it is easy to monitor blood pressure by having it regularly checked.

Blood pressure rises and falls throughout the day. When the pressure stays elevated over time, greater than 140/90mmHg, it is then termed high blood pressure.

Why should blood pressure be controlled?
High blood pressure causes the heart to work too hard. It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can damage the eyes, kidneys, liv.... Click to Read More

Heart Healthy

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Perhaps busier than the busiest executive is the heart.
Contracting 100,000 times a day and pumping 5 to 6 litres of blood each minute,
It is undoubtedly the most important organ in the body. What is more, it pumps 20 times the normal volume when you exercise.

The heart is a muscular organ located in the chest, or thoracic cavity, diagonally behind the chest or breastbone. Shaped and sized similar to that of a clenched fist, this small organ performs tremendous work to maintain life process.

Why exercise?
You could ask, why work the heart when it’s already working so hard?
The heart like any other muscle works better and more efficiently when it is in shape. And there’s no better way to keep it in shape than regular exercise.

As you exercise, your heart ra.... Click to Read More