Are you bored by jogging and the gym scene? Do you want to try a Boxing or Kickboxing workout at home or with a friend? But which one is better to start with – Boxing or Kickboxing? This article will compare and contrast Boxing with Kickboxing workouts for home fitness.

Boxing vs Kickboxing – which should I start with?

If you are just starting out, and want a workout for fitness, Boxing is the best choice. Later on, if you want to, move to Kickboxing – but start with Boxing. Why? In a nutshell, Boxing for fitness is easier to learn than Kickboxing, so you will get results quicker.

Why is Boxing easier to learn than Kickboxing?

Boxing is easier to learn because you stay on two feet. With Kickboxing you have to lift one leg into the air. This is not a problem if you’re flexible, have good balance, plenty of space and good instructions on how to throw a kick – which is a more difficult, athletic move.

Which will get me fitter – Boxing or Kickboxing?

At a high level a Kickboxing workout burns more calories and works your legs more – so it may be a harder workout. However, the problem is getting to that high level. Many beginners, especially unfit ones, are going to struggle with learning the main kick – the roundhouse.

Which is more practical in a limited space at home?

The clear winner is Boxing. It takes up less space. With Kickboxing you need a wide berth. Also, because Kickboxing is harder to learn, safety becomes an issue in a small space. Sharp cornered coffee tables do not go well with a Kickboxing workout. With a partner Boxing workout you can work out in a much smaller space.

What about Equipment for Boxing and Kickboxing workouts?

There are many different types of equipment – some you can use with kicks and punches, some just with punches.

Punch mitts – are the most common for Boxing workouts. Punch mitts are two football sized targets your partner slips on to their hands – you’ve probably seen trainers using them with their boxers. Also called focus pads or focus mitts, these are good for punching, but are not so good for kicks.

Punching bag – which you hang up in your garage. These can work for both punches and kicks but are harder to use for kicks. They swing around more – and in my experience, are a difficult choice for complete beginners.

Kick shields – are large, soft shields usually about the size of a torso. Good for kicking or punching, but you need to train with someone who knows how to hold them.

Thai kick pads – A larger version of punch mitts. Each pad is about the length of your forearm. Good for kicking, punching, elbows and knees – but again you need a partner who knows how to hold them.

Conclusion: Start with Boxing, then move to Kickboxing

Boxing is simpler to learn, takes less space and is easier for your partner to do the mitt work. You will get fitness results quicker as you can learn the moves in less time. Boxing is still technical, but is more forgiving if partners are less experienced. Kicks, when you first learn them, can get wild and dangerous for both kicker and the pad holder. If you’ve got the time, technique and fitness to master kicks go right ahead. But if not, stick with Boxing.

In skateboarding, style is very important. You can learn all types of tricks but if you don’t have your own style, they won’t be as impressive. If you’re having trouble improving your style or just don’t know where to start, you’re in luck. The following tips can help you improve your skateboarding style so you can get the most from the sport.

The first step is to determine what style you want to use. If you’re not sure, watch some skating videos to learn a few different ones. Then, try them out until you find one you’re comfortable using. After choosing a style, you can begin implementing it to your own skating.

Be Comfortable Skating

Before you can improve your style, you need to feel comfortable skating. This means that you must be comfortable with your board. There are many different types of skateboards designed for different types of skaters. For example, the concave (how much the board curves in from the sides to the middle) will vary considerably in the boards.

You need to find the one that suits you the best. You also need to adjust the trucks to suit you. Some skaters like them tight and others prefer them loose. Adjust yours until you feel the most comfortable. You want to have proper control of your board.

Learn Control

Learn how to control your board. If you expect to maintain a style, you need to be able to control how your board moves even when you’re popping a high trick. If the board gets away from you, it’s going to leave you wobbling around trying to get it back under control and style will be last thing on your mind.

In order to have control, you need good balance. Good balance requires you to lean your body in different directions to prevent yourself from falling. For example, if you’re falling forward, lean backwards until you maintain balance. Bending your needs will help to absorb the shock of the board when you do tricks, which will also help you improve your balance.

Master Your Technique before Showing Off

Before performing a trick for others, learn how to do it correctly. You may still mess up occasionally but you should be able to do it right the majority of the time in order to do it with style. Now, the only thing that’s left to do is practice, practice and practice some more.

Skate boarding brings a certain image to it. The skate boarding videos display hard music. The riders take brutal falls and get right back up. When a rider performs a perfect trick – they just ride off out of site.

I am not a skate boarder. I tried a few times. It was just too hard for me to do. That is why I am writing this article.

A friend and I were having this deep conversation about what sport is the most difficult to master. He is a Doctor as well, and is one of the smartest guys I know. He brought up skate boarding. I laughed at first.

He continued to talk about the extreme coordination needed to do the tricks. We discussed a little of the neurology involved. And after thinking about it, I have to agree. Now I don’t claim to know everything about all sports, but this I do know skate boarding is very demanding on coordination, balance, and skill.

If you have ever sat and watched the kids at the skate park you may have noticed the difficulty in the tricks they perform.

Lets talk about a little about what is going on with these tricks. Balance comes through the ears, site, and the ability to know where we are in space. The brain gives us this ability and is done automatically.

Some people have better coordination than others. This is a natural gift to them. This gift of balance and coordination can be learned.

The average person can stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Trying this you will find that the older you are the harder this is. Closing the eyes lowers the time to 20 seconds.

I would like to know how long an experienced skate boarder could stand with his eyes closed? A sports physician for the Olympics told me the Chinese Gymnasts had a hard time standing for 20 seconds with their eyes closed.

One last comment, skate boarders are athletes. An athlete needs the ability to function correctly. This is directly related to how the brain, and neurology function. This is directly related to nutrition. It is rare to see an over weight kid skate boarding. It’s as unlikely as an older person picking up the sport.

On the same note, smoking, drugs, and alcohol directly affect the nervous system. They destroy brain cells, and affect the ability to coordinate all functions.

To seriously compete in this sport – you must maintain a superior healthy way of life. I would say even more than most sports, because like I mentioned – skate boarding is one of the hardest sports to master.

Sarcoidosis nutrition must be fashioned very carefully to address the peculiar nature of the disease.

Sarcoidosis in nature is an autoimmune disease and most people don’t truly understand what this means. By the end of this article, you will learn about the nature of the disease, what are the recommended changes in the diet for sarcoidosis and finally some exciting good news for all sarcoidosis sufferers.

Autoimmunity is any disease where body is somehow ‘convinced’ that it’s sick and it needs to react. It then activates the immune system and puts it in ‘combat formation’ to fight a non-existent enemy. The immune system gets its signals crossed and identifies non-threatening substances in our body as destructive agents

That is all there is to.

Sarcoidosis nutrition guidelines

Managing the inflammation in sarcoidosis through nutrition. When the average sarcoidosis sufferer tries to address the inflammation through what she/he eats it basically comes down to avoiding certain inflammation agents such as prostaglandin, leukotrienes and food additives such as nitrites.

So, the basic rule is to look the labels for these since they are hiding in places that you would not expect to find them. If you are sarcoidosis sufferer and you want to completely diligent about this chances are that you will have to re-stock your kitchen.

If you want a couple of general tips to make the task above simpler, here they are:

Tip 1. Eat natural anti-oxidant food

Tip 2. Look for artificial colors and additives on the labels diligently

Tip 3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

Tip 4. Use healthy oils

Tip 5. Inspect the labels for trans fatty acids and avoid them

Tip 6. Eat foods rich in magnesium and low in calcium

Essential oils in sarcoidosis nutrition

Evening primrose, flax seed and black currant oil, along with chamomile, licorice root, wild yam, and white willow, are just a few of an array of products that have been shown or are believed to help prevent or reduce inflammation.

Breakthrough in sarcoidosis research

The problem with sarcoidosis is the lack of knowledge in modern medicine on the causes of the disease. But, lately, some exciting news has been reported on the discoveries of underlying chemical imbalance and causes.

As a California Highway Patrol (CHP) cadet applicant, you must perform and pass the CHP Physical Ability Test (PAT) which is a straightforward physical strength and agility test. Preparation for this test is best done by pursuing a regular physical fitness training program that improves your cardio-respiratory endurance, core muscle strength, and overall flexibility.

The PAT consists of five (5) physical performance tests that include sprinting and running, upper body and trunk strength measurements, and coordination and balanceabilities.

Once notified that you are scheduled for the PAT, be advised that you will need to have a photo ID, plus your completed STD 678 and CHP 446F formats. If you are under a physician's care, you need to request their approval to participate.

The day before, and the day of, your PAT should be ruled by common sense. This means:

  • Get a good nights rest – 6 hours sleep minimum
  • No alcoholic beverages within 8 hours of your test time
  • No food within 3 hours of your test time
  • Avoid heavy physical or emotionally stressful work within 2 hours of your test time

Dress approably for strenuous physical activity – loose-fitting clothes and well-fitting athletic shoes. What you wear during your usual fitness training sessions is fine. Your PAT is not the time to try out new athletic shoes or clothing. Bring water and a light snack – again, these should be your acclaimed work-out refreshments.

The PAT is designed to measure if you can perform the minimum physical requirements demanded of a CHP officer. This is done through five separate tests:

  • 100 yard Sprint – 20 second time limit
  • 500 yard Run – 2 minute time limit
  • Side Step – 10 second agility – 13 point minimum
  • Upper Body Strength – 3 tests on shoulder, grip, & dynamic arm strength
  • Trunk Strength Flexion – 113 pounds of force minimum using abdominals

Each portion of the PAT is pass / fail and you must pass all five of the PAT tests. Your score is given after each test, so you know where you stand through the testing.

Keep in mind that the PAT measures the minimum physical requirements for a CHP officer. Common sense dictates that you will face this test with confidence if you engage in a regular fitness training program. You will know what your body can end, how it can perform under pressure, and how much you can demand it. None of the PAT performance exams are outside the physical capacity range of an applicable person who has pursued a regular fitness regimen.

Your main goal is to stay focused on the task at hand, the test you are immediately facing, and not the tasks and tests that are ahead of you. Approach each test as you would approach each element of your regular fitness routine – recognize when you need hydrating, stretch and warm up before each test – and smile! You're well-prepared and ready to blow right through your PAT and move on to your Qualifications Appraisal Panel (QAP) interview!

Vitamins are necessary for human life and health. They are required in minute amounts, and with the exception of Vitamin B12, cannot be manufactured in your bodies. These organic compounds need to be obtained from diet, and if deprived of a particular vitamin, you will suffer from disease specific to that vitamin. It is a matter of record that you are not getting enough vitamins. Though we Americans are living longer, our quality of life leaves much to be desired.

The thirteen different vitamins are classified into two main categories:

· Water Soluble Vitamins – They dissolve easily in water. They are Vitamin C and the eight types of Vitamins B, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-7, B-9, and B-12.

· Fat Soluble Vitamins – With the help of lipids, they are absorbed through the intestinal tract. These vitamins are Vitamins A. D, E, and K.

The term Vitamin does not mean to include essential nutrients, such as, dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, or essential amino acids; neither does it mean to include other nutrients that just promote health, and may not be essential.

The Different Grades of Vitamins

Vitamin supplements are taken by more than 75% of the world’s population. With the plethora of different brands, it becomes difficult to know what is what. Vitamins and other nutritional supplements are made from three different grades of raw materials:

· Pharmaceutical Grade – It meets pharmaceutical standards

· Food Grade – It meets standards for human consumption

· Feed Grade – It meets standards for animal consumption

The main difference is of quality and purity. Due to the addition of various other substances, no product is 100% pure. Pharmaceutical Grade Vitamins must be in excess of 99% purity containing no binders, fillers, excipients – substances used as diluents for a drug – dyes, or unknown substances. Regular Vitamins of the other two grades are available as Over The Counter (OTC) products, whereas pharmaceutical grade vitamins are only available through prescriptions.

Pharmaceutical grade vitamins are formulated to yield a higher degree of bioavailability – the degree at which the vitamin is absorbed into a living system. As these vitamins can be absorbed into your body quickly, they improve and enhance the quality of your life rapidly.

Of late, the American vitamin industry has gained a lot of bad reputation, and many feel it is rightly deserved. People walk into stores and pharmacies to buy regular vitamins. In some of the cases, the ingredients specified on the label are not in conformity with what they find inside the bottle. A variety of ingredients do not absorb into the body.

More and more people are opting for pharmaceutical grade vitamins, as they are available through prescriptions from doctors and licensed medical practitioners. Pharmaceutical grade vitamins, vis-à-vis regular vitamins, have been tested for their quality and ability to give results. They are tested by third parties to confirm that the bottles contain what they profess to contain.

If you start to research the causes of acne, you might ask yourself “Does Salt Cause Acne?”

Let’s first start out by asking the question “What is salt?”

There are many different types of salt. Some are natural and some are not.

Some salt is also Iodized, and so when we are looking for patterns to see which foods are causing the acne, your food journal and the foods you buy need to be carefully selected.

So if we suspect that we break out after eating a lot of salt, what type of salt did you overdose with. If the label of the food you are eating says that the ingredient is “Salt”, then the type of salt that you were eating is “Table Salt”

In my opinion too much table salt causes acne. This is the pattern I see.

That is why I try to only consume un-iodized sea salt. So does salt cause acne or is it the type of salt. I eat sea salt and Himalayan Pink Salt.

Also if you notice a breakout after eating a lot of salt, think if it was a salty bag of potato chips. The salt found in most snack foods is usually regular table salt. Even then if you break out after eating a bag of potato chips made with sea salt it could very well be the types of oil that is in the potato chip.

Anytime you heat an oil to high temperature it changes and damages the oil. It might be the oil that is breaking you out. So why don’t you do an experiment on yourself to see if you can eliminate acne by not eating foods that could possibly cause acne?

First, stop eating junk food because it is full of table salt. Go and buy some un-iodized sea salt. Any time you start craving something salty reach for you sea salt.

If you eat meat, cook it yourself and only put sea salt on it. If you buy a pre-cooked chicken in the grocery store, it probably has table salt and MSG in it.

MSG has many other names that they use to sneak it in without you knowing it. So you suspect that salt causes acne but the thing is, is that most salty foods probably have bad oils that are making you break out, or it is table salt. Or it could be the MSG that is breaking you out.

The causes of acne are easily corrected. You have to get rid of the foods and substances that your body perceives as toxic. Every person on the planet has unique genetics that partially determine which foods you will be allergic to.

Also if you can clean out your digestive tract by eating foods that cleanse and displace the rotting toxic food residues from inside your intestines, then toxic foods and residues will not be stuck in the body where they can be re-absorbed.

Constipation is a cause of acne. It is a very big factor. Foods like bread and cheese will indirectly cause acne because the bread and cheese mixture causes constipation. I used to eat a lot of pizza and that is when my acne was at its worst. This is what made me start researching the same things you are researching right now.

You see, milk and dairy is known to cause mucus and acne. Type in milk and acne into the search engine and you will find tons of people who say that milk and cheese make them break out in acne.

Also bread has gluten in it and gluten is known to cause autism and a huge long list of symptoms.

A pizza also probably has a lot of salty pepperoni on it. Most pepperoni contains lots of table salt, and saturated animal fat, nitrates, and msg.

So you are looking for the causes of acne. Does Salt cause acne? I say that eating too much table salt probably does. But also is it the salt, or the salty foods you are eating might contain bad types of oils and other ingredients that are causing acne even more than the salt was.

One final word. I totally quit eating all salt for a month about 7 years ago, and after about one week my skin quit being oily and then it felt like sandy bumps started falling of my skin, and then my skin was perfectly clear.

The Salt makes your skin retain water and it makes it harder for your body to eliminate toxins through the skin. Acne is toxins and bad oils being eliminated through the skin and getting stuck.

Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients playing an essential role in proper immune function; building healthy bones and teeth: protecting the body from harmful environmental agents; promoting good vision and preventing eye disease: and keeping the skin looking young and vibrant. In addition to its overall role in promoting good health, vitamin A also provides a number of important penis health benefits that most men are not aware of. Read on to find out more about how vitamin A influences penis health.

What is vitamin A?

Also known as retinol, vitamin A is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. Although vitamin A can only be consumed in animal products, the body can also convert carotenoids, substances found in many fruits and vegetables, into this essential nutrient. Vitamin A is crucial to overall health, and insufficient levels in the body can have life-threatening results.

What are overall health benefits of vitamin A?

Vitamin A has wide-ranging health benefits that affect nearly all of the systems of the body. Some of the important effects of vitamin A are as follows:

• Eyes: Vitamin A is needed to maintain a healthy retina and help to improve night vision by allowing the eyes to distinguish light from dark. Researchers also believe that vitamin A helps to protect against cataracts and macular degeneration, which can lead to complete vision loss in advanced stages.

• Bones and teeth: Retinol is important in the formation of dentin, the substance that keeps the teeth hard and strong; in addition, it is necessary for the repair of damaged or worn bone tissue.

• Immune system: Vitamin A helps to protect the mucus membranes of the eyes and nose; helping the body to fight off disease-causing viruses and bacteria. In addition, it is necessary in the manufacture of lymphocytes, components of the white blood cells which are necessary to healthy immune function.

• Urinary system: Vitamin A is needed to help prevent the formation of painful kidney stones.

• Skin: Retinol helps to retain moisture in the skin, protecting against wrinkling and drying as well as preventing cellular damage from free radicals, harmful chemicals in the environment that can cause premature aging and even cancer. Retinol is an ingredient in many skin care products, especially those designed to prevent and repair wrinkles and other age-related issues.

• Reproductive health: Vitamin A has been shown to have an important effect on reproductive health in both men and women.

What are the most important penis health benefits of vitamin A?

Vitamin A plays an important role in penis health, protecting the skin’s surface from drying and cracking which can allow uncomfortable bacterial infections to develop. In addition, retinol can help to prevent wrinkling and other signs of aging, as well as promoting sensitivity of the skin for greater sexual enjoyment.

What is the best way to use vitamin A to protect penis health?

Although numerous food sources provide the vitamin A needed by the body for overall health, retinol from these foods does not always benefit the penis, as it is first absorbed by other organs. Applying a specialized topical formula which contains vitamin A, as well as other penis-specific vitamins, minerals and enzymes such as vitamin D, vitamin E, acetyl L carnitine, and more, can help to improve the skin tone and elasticity of the penis and prevent a range of other common penis health disorders.

The benefits provided by these nutrients can be most easily obtained through use of a penis health crème (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil), which is topically applied in order to ensure that this delicate organ receives the maximum effects of these penis-specific ingredients.

It is extremely important to maintain the health and wellness of the entire body, and the penis is no exception. However, despite the fact that the penis is one of the favorite body parts of most men, guys tend to overlook it in the daily health care regimen. In addition to the hours at the gym, eating well, and managing stress effectively, integrating a penis vitamin cream as part of a daily penis care routine can show immediate and long-lasting results and contribute to lifelong penis health.

Optimum penis vitamin cream ingredients

When choosing a penis vitamin cream, it is of the utmost importance to ensure it is made from high-quality ingredients. Many health crèmes claim big results without the essential ingredients to support them. Below is a list of vital nutrients and the benefits they have on the penis.

Shea Butter: Shea butter is a luxurious moisturizer and emollient that heals dry cracked skin on the penis. It rejuvenates skin cells, helps the skin retain moisture, and soothes cracked, red or irritated skin.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is another well-known vitamin aimed at enriching skin moisture and protecting the skin from cracking and drying. It has calming properties that soothes itchy and chafed skin, leaving it smooth and supple.

Acetyl L Carnitine: Acetyl L Carnitine is a supplement which has neuroprotective properties that protect and prevent peripheral nerve damage. This is especially important in terms of the penis, which can be easily injured during aggressive sexual activity, leading to a painful condition known as Peyronie’s disease. Using Acetyl L Carnitine can actually enhance sensitivity of the penis, slow the aging process and promote healthy cell functioning; it is essential in a penis vitamin cream.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Often found in nutrient products as a compliment to Acetyl L Carnitine, it is a beneficial anti-oxidant that fights free radicals and keeps the penis healthy. Alpha lipoic acid slows the aging process in penis cells, which reduces premature aging of the penis skin, keeping it healthy and reducing an overly wrinkled appearance that commonly comes with age.

L-Arginine: L-Arginine is an important enzyme that targets penile blood vessels and capillaries, increasing oxygen flow to the penis cells. Oxygen is essential in maintaining the overall health of penis, and increased blood flow helps deliver other essential nutrients to the penis, as well.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A is touted for its anti-bacterial properties. When added to a penis vitamin cream, the purpose is to eliminate penile odor caused by bacteria found in the genital area. Thus, a formula with Vitamin A can help the user feel fresh and clean all day long.

Vitamin B5: Vitamin B5 is an essential vitamin that aids in penis cell metabolism and overall healthy maintenance of all penis cells. It has life sustaining properties that contribute to healthy functioning of the penis.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C contributes to collagen production and increases firmness of the penile tissue, making it an important ingredient to have in a penis vitamin cream. Vitamin C contributes to erectile functioning, as it is a structural component of the blood vessels, meaning it plays an important role in achieving healthy erections.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D has become known as a “miracle” vitamin due to its proven disease fighting properties and contribution to cell functionality. It is a key ingredient in a penis vitamin cream.

Benefits of using a penis vitamin cream

There are many reasons to use add a quality penis vitamin cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) as part of the daily grooming routine. A cream containing the 9 essential ingredients listed above can help increase penis sensation, lead to softer and healthier skin, decrease risk of infection, increase healthy circulation and prevent the formation of scar tissue.

While not the most exciting of subjects, the topic of eyeglass retainers is a curious one, especially since there is no correspondinging.

And yet, while there is no Wikipedia article concerning it, a quick search using Google produces an abundant amount of links to stores both online and offline selling said eyeglass retainers.

But the mystery deepens as the term "eyeglass retainer" seems to take on different meaning depending upon which store or shop you visit.

Therefore, the following article aims to take the reader through three different areas of relating eyeglass retention knowledge namely:

  1. The word "retainer" as it applies to eyeglasses
  2. The history and evolution of eyeglass retainers leading to the manifestation of the different objects sold online
  3. Popular brand names and the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of eyeglass retainer

The purpose of going into such detail regarding this non-spectral topic results from the absence of such knowledge on the Internet and the hopes that this article will serve as a reference source for a future is an in-depth read, which is in itself seen as A reference source.

The Word "Retainer" As It Applies To Eyeglasses

Currently, the most common usage of the word "retainer" as it applies to daily living is associated with Orthodontics of which an article in Wikipedia does exist although it is far from exhaustive. We are told that dental retainers are devices made of wires or plastic which are worn to realign the teeth. While there are no official statistics regarding the actual percentage of orthodontic retainer wearers globally, experientially, most of us at one time or another know of someone who has worn them.

And so we take a step back and consult the dictionary in search of a contextual meaning for "retainer" and Merriam-Webster obliges us with the following definition: a device or structure that holds something in place. And naturally, as an example it references dental retainers to illustrate its meaning.

So we (referring to those of us who actually wear glasses) slowly start to see how retainers come into play in regards to eyeglasses. Eyeglass retainers hold the glasses in place. Which begs the question: in what way way do eyeglasses have to be held in place?

The answer is that with extended wear, eyeglasses tend to slip down our noses and the result is that many of us spend a large proportion of our day pushing up our falling eyeglasses. So much so that it is not uncommon to be pushing up one's glasses at least once every two or three minutes, which easily works out to several hundred times per day if we subtract the sleeping hours.

Now before we proceed, let us allow, that relating to falling eyeglasses, we use the term eyeglass to refer to not only prescription lenses with frames, but to mean all such frames and lenses either common wear or sunglasses, prescription or otherwise.

So pertaining to our first of three discussions: eyeglass retainers are devices which prevent eyeglasses from slipping down your nose.

The History And Evolution Of Eyeglass Retainers Leading To The Manifestation Of Different Objects Sold Online

Any attempt at a relevant history of eyeglass retainers should begin with Cause. As mentioned in the previous section, the need for eyeglass retainers came about because eyeglass wearers found themselves in a very uncomfortable position: their eyeglasses continually folded down their faces. But why do glasses slip in the first place? Below we list and go briefly into the top twelve reasons:

  1. Ill-fitted or non-fitted eyeglasses
  2. Cheap quality glasses
  3. Deforted eyeglasses
  4. Abnormal head shape
  5. Asymmetrical ear to nose distance
  6. Flat noses
  7. Lack of nose pads
  8. Heavy prescriptions
  9. Paddle temples
  10. Temple tips
  11. Oily complexion
  12. Perspiration

Ill-fitted or non-fitted eyeglasses

For those who are able to spend upwards of a thousand dollars on a pair of quality frames, improperly-fitted glasses are not a problem. In these instances, a veteran optometrist or eye care professional carefully considers the shape of your head, the placement of left and right ear, and makes adjustments to the frames with special tools and heating apparatus to customize them for your personal comfort. The fitting process often takes about 10-15 minutes and as a result, your eyeglasses sit properly on your head. While such careful fitting does rule out slipping glasses in most situations, individual factors like perspiration and physical activity still cause eyeglasses to slip regardless of how expertly the glasses were fitted in the first place.

Cheap quality glasses

And then there's the rest of us. Most of us opt for inexpensive glasses, bought from low end stores or possibly online where fitting is either not done properly or not done at all. As a result, eyeglass slipping is prevalent.

Deforted eyeglasses

Daily wear and tear causes glasses to be deformed specifically for kids and teenagers with their rough and tumble modes of existence such as being stuck in the glasses with a ball or negligently sitting on one's glasses. As a result the child corrects any deformities with brute force causing the glasses to be out of shape, but still functional. Otherwise, a parent helps bend the glasses back into shape, either because the process of bringing the glasses to an eyecare professional is too inconvenient or not possible (as in the case with glasses bought online). Either way, the result is the same. Glasses that are deformed and guaranteed to slip.

Abnormal head shape

We're all like to think that we are perfect and that our skulls are perfectly egg-shaped but the fact is that no two skulls are alike. As a result, standard glasses fit better for some than others. These differences lead to different degrees of eyeglass slipping.

Asymmetrical ear to nose distance

Along the same lines of abnormal head shape, it's natural to think that the distance from our left ear to our nose is the same distance as our right ear to our nose, but this just is not the case. Just as one of arms is longer than the other, one of our eyes is bigger than the other, one of our legs is longer than the other, so it goes that the left ear nose distance and the right ear nose distance is not the Same. But eyeglass temples (the arms that go over your ears) were not built that way. Eyeglass frame manufacturers make glasses as if the world was symmetrical and the degree by which you are asymmetrical determines how much and how often your glasses slip down your face.

Flat noses

Depending on the style of eyeglass frame and type of lens, eyeglasses can be very heavy. This is particularly true of gold-tinted frames from high end brands like Cartier and heavy prescription glass lenses. Of the three areas by which eyeglasses make contact with our heads, both both ears and nose, it is the nose which bears the majority of eyeglass weight. People with flat noses are not able to support the full weight of their glasses and hence suffer from falling eyeglasses to a greater extreme.

Lack of nose pads

Many sports and plastic frames come with bridges which do not facilitate nose pads for comfort and custom support. Of the four bridge types: keyhole, saddle, double, and adjustable, only the last type offers nose pads for better protection against slipping glasses.

Heavy prescriptions

If you have really bad eyesight and you choose glass lenses, then your eyeglasses will be very front heavy. That causes the front to rear ratio to be very high and further leads to eyeglass slipping.

Paddle temples

Of the five types of sentences, which are the parts of the frames which go over the ears, namely: skull, comfort-cable, riding bow, spring-hinge, and library, those who choose the last exposition themselves to the greatest degree of Eyeglass slipping because library temple, also known as paddle temples, are straight so they can be put on and removed easily. The ease by which they can be removed is equaled the ease by which they slip out of your nose because they do not hook and so wrap around your answers for added stability ..

Temple tips

Temple tips are the plastic coating which goes over the temples. This plastic coating is smooth and naturally slippery, more so when oil and sweat come into play creating the foundation for excessively slipping eyeglasses.

Oily complexion

It's a natural fact about human physiology that some people are more glandular than others. Here, in the head of world of woman's beauty products there is a whole area of ​​skin care related to suppressing facial oil most commonly through the use bloting or astringent type products. While useful for the T-zone, slipping glasses result from oily skin in the skull area above and behind the ears.

Perspiration

Possibly the single largest reason for eyeglass slipping is from sweating. Sweating causes the area around your ears and nose to become slippery. In all three areas, points of contact are already marked by slippery surfaces. The plastic temple tips become more slippery when wet, as do the nose pads. Sweating happens to all of us at one time or another, but the problem of slipping glasses is even more substantial for Hyperhidrosis sufferers who sweat because they're nervous which makes them more nervous resulting in a vicious positive feedback loop.

Now that we've gotten the cause out of the way, let's look at the evolutionary development of strategies to deal with slipping eyeglasses from a historical standpoint.

Eyeglass Chains

During the 70s and 80s, we saw the rise of eyeglass chains as a preventive measure against eyeglass slipping. Although eyeglass chains have been around much longer than that, their purpose and as a result their usage was much different before this time. Prior to the last several decades, eyeglass chains were used by people to stay connected with their glasses. Older eyeglass wearers wore eyeglass chains so they would not forget where they put their glasses. The actual mechanism by which the chains attached to your temples was by means of loops at the end of the chain which fit over the temple tips. Imagine a lasso over a fencepost.

Eyeglass Cords

With the gradual increase of eyeglass wearers and the need for eyeglass chains, enterprising individuals bought to replace eyeglass chains made of metal with eyeglass cords made with cloth. The overriding reason was of course cost savings. Again, the actual mechanism by which the cords attached to your temples was the same as that used by eyeglass chains, through the use of loops, often made of plastic or cloth at the ends of the cords which fit over the temple tips. Imagine a lasso over a fencepost.

Eyeglass Straps

A decade later, saw the ushering in of a new eyeglass anti-slipping device: eyeglass straps. Where chains and cords were primarily available from optometrists and pharmacies, eyeglass straps were also sold in sporting goods stores too, opening up retainers to a larger audience. In time, eyeglass wearers were satisfied to know that they could enjoy leisure activities like canoeing, badminton, golfing without the need to buy special goggles or sports glasses. What's more, eyeglass straps were very cheap to produce given that there were made from rubber derivatives like neoprene. In contrast to the loop style of attachment as seen with chains and cords, both ends of the strap were furnished with drinking straw like enclosures which slipped onto your eyeglass frames.

It is interesting to note that the proliferation of early eyeglass retainers was a direct result of cost savings associated with being able to wear your daily glasses while enjoying recreational activities. Buying prescription sports goggles might cost several hundred dollars while the cost of an eyeglass strap, chain, or cord was in the range of five to ten dollars depending on style and composition.

Temple Attachments

In the last decade, we saw the development of eyeglass retainer attachments as an alternative to string type eyeglass retainers. Whereas straps, cords, and chains are single piece items, attachments are made of cloth, come in pairs, and slide over the temple tips. There is no intervening rope-like connection between the two temple ends.

Temple Grips

Incorporating a completely design philosophy over rope type retainers, temple grips in pairs and go over each temple. While similar to temple attachments, they differ in shape. Temple grips are basically rubber tubes which slide over the eyeglass temples.

Eyeglass Cables

Rope-type retainers saw a bit of comeback recently with the introduction of eyeglass retainer cables. Distinct from past styles, they do not fall on your neck, but stay suspended in the air due to their rigid material composition.

Eyeglass Retainer Hooks

The most current generation of eyeglass retainer, popularized in the last few years, are retained hooks which are a further development of temple grips utilizing innovation in shape, size, material composition, and discreetness. Whereas temple grips are long tubes, retainer hooks are boomerang or L-shaped. The unique shape helps them go on your eyeglasses easier. What's more, the hook part fits over your ears as an extra layer of anti-slip prevention. Finally because of design innovation they are compact and come in transparent materials to not draw attention to the wearer.

Popular Brand Names And The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each Kind Of Eyeglass Retainer

Eyeglass Chains

Popular Brands: Moonbabies

Advantages

Familiarity is the largest reason to choose an eyeglass chain to prevent glasses from slipping. They've literally been around forever and can be found at most eyeglass stores. What's more, you will never misplace your glasses as they are suspended around your neck by way of your eyeglass chain.

Disadvantages

Usually they are more expensive than eyeglass cords or straps. In addition because they are usually associated with an older demographic, young people may feel uncomfortable wearing them from a self-esteem perspective. Furthermore, as noted above, two "onboard" reasons why eyeglasses slip are because they are slippery at the temple tips partion and they are front heavy because of the lenses. While eyeglass chains hold the glasses in place and offer a counterbalance to front heavy balance, they do not really address the issue of slippery temple tips. As a result, eyeglass slipping is not effectively deal with. Furthermore, when glasses are worn, the chain falls on the back of the neck and creates a friction drag effect on clothes thereby rendering eyeglass chains somewhat uncomfortable. Some people stay away from these types of retainers for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Eyeglass Cords

Popular Brands: Chums

Advantages

Availability, being cheap and plentiful are some of the largest reasons to wear eyeglass cords. And just like with eyeglass chains, you will never lose your glasses since they're hanging around your neck when you're not wearing them.

Disadvantages

Eyeglass cords appeal to an older demographic and are usually out of favor by young people. What's more, working professionals tend to stay away from this type of eyeglass retainer because it draws attention to the wearer and looks out of place when worn with a business suit. Finally, as with eyeglass chains, the two "onboard" reasons why eyeglasses slip is because they are slippery at the temple tips section and they are front heavy. While eyeglass cords hold the glasses in place and offer a counterbalance to front heavy balance, they do not really address the issue of slippery temple tips. As a result, eyeglass slipping is not effectively avoided. Newer generation cords, slip over the entire temple so that the cord is worn over your ears but the cord ends do not adhere to the temple surface very well. This leads to your glass slipping out of the cord sockets. Again, slipping is not effectively avoided. Furthermore, when glasses are worn, the cord falls on the back of the neck and creates a drag friction effect on clothes thereby rendering them somewhat uncomfortable. Finally, because eyeglass cords are usually made of cloth, they pick up smells originating from human sweat and can quickly become unhygienic requiring frequent washings. Some people stay away from these types of retainers for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Eyeglass Straps

Popular Brands: Croakies, Chums

Advantages

Very inexpensive and light-weight. Easy to store, easy to use and remove. Made of neoprene or other "prene" type materials so they do not absorb smells like cloth does. What's more, since the strap ends go over the temple tips and over your ears they provide cushioning which is an added benefit when your eyeglasses are really heavy.

Disadvantages

Unlike eyeglass chains or cords, straps are not ideal for hanging your glasses on your neck. If you tried that chances are they'd fall out of the strap sockets. What's more, working professionals tend to stay away from this type of eyeglass retainer because it draws attention to the wearer and looks out of place when worn with a business suit. About material composition, neoprene on temple plastic does not create enough friction so despite the strap ends which are in contact with your ears do not slip, the difficulties might and usually do slip from within the sockets of the strap ends. Later generations have tried to deal with this problem using rubber strap ends. Finally, as the strap lies on your neck when your glasses are worn, a drag effect is created when the straps make contact with your shirt collar or clothes. This restrictions movement and can be irksome. Once again as with other string-type retainers, some people stay away from eyeglass straps for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Temple Attachments

Popular Brands: Wedgees

Advantages

Very affordable and easy to use. Temple attachment are made of cloth and match mini-oven mitts you slip over the temples of your glasses.

Disadvantages

Because they are made of cloth, they tend to absorb sweat and odors and require frequent washing (daily) which quickly frays the material causing deterioration.

Temple Grips

Popular Brands: Templegrips

Advantages

Very inexpensive. Good anti-slipping device as once in place they provide a non-slippery surface contact with your ears.

Disadvantages

Because temple grips are basically long rubber tubes, it is sometimes a little difficult to put them on. You basically have to run the entire rubber length over your temple ends and this becomes a problem because of the friction involved.

Eyeglass Cables

Popular Brands: Cablz, Croakies

Advantages

Newer generation technology based on rope type eyewear retainer designs, they look fashionable and futuristic. Has two socket ends which slide over temples for snugness. Does not sit on neck so there is no restriction of movement. High-durability since they are made of surgical steel.

Disadvantages

Prices are double compared to most other retainers. Also very noticeable so definitely not an option for business or formal occasions. Some people stay away from these types of retainers for fear of people coming from behind and pulling on them as a prank or joke.

Eyeglass Retainer Hooks

Popular Brands: Keepons

Advantages

Very inexpensive, eyeglass retainer hooks attach easily by sliding onto your eyeglass temples. They have a hollow aperture which is shorter in length compared to temple grips, making them much easier to attach. The top portion of the rubber hook makes contact with your ears and will not slip even when your head is sweaty. The bottom portion of the retainer wraps around your ears for better fit and hook functioning, a feature lacking on temple grips which tube tube shaped and not L-hook shaped. What's more, because most retainer hooks are compact and transparent, it is difficult for people to notice you're wearing them making them ideal for all occasions especially business or formal settings.

Disadvantages

Unlike eyeglass chains, cords, straps, and cables, eyeglass retainer hooks do not allow you the convenience of hanging your glasses off your neck.

Conclusion

While certainly not the stuff of page-turning thrillers, eyeglass retainers have a long and rich social and economic history as it relates to man's struggle against the discomfort of slipping glasses. Take it away, Wikipedia!