Sports Nutrition

If you have blood sugar concerns one particular eye health issue relates to a significant increase in pressure in the eyes that can lead to damage to the optic nerve. If this is left untreated it can result in the development of a serious eye disease that is the second leading cause of blindness in America called Glaucoma. Therefore, what are the various causes of this eye condition and what can you do to correct it from a nutritional point of view? One of the effective ways to correct this problem from a nutritional point of view is to identify the foods that are causing an unhealthy increase in eye pressure. Once you have identified such foods you can replace them with healthy eye foods that improve vision health and reduce eye pressure.

Poor diet is one of the causes of this particular eye condition. This is due to the fact that certain foods can contribute to this eye problem. High insulin levels in the body can contribute to an increase in eye pressure. There is a relationship between high insulin levels and an increase in your blood pressure levels. Due to the fact that the heart and the eyes are connected this increase in blood pressure can negatively affect pressure levels in the eyes. Here are some food groups that you can avoid: Whole grains, Trans fats and sugary foods. Whole grains should be avoided as carbohydrates are converted into sugars.

FOODS THAT INCREASE EYE PRESSURE YOU SHOULD AVOID

Some foods you can avoid to correct high eye pressure include breads, pasta, rice, cereal and potatoes. Also, you should avoid sugary foods such as pastries, cakes, pies and donuts. You can also avoid trans-fat foods and foods such as baked goods, processed foods, cookies, French fries and fried chicken and other junk foods.

FOODS TO REDUCE EYE PRESSURE YOU SHOULD INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET

In order to reduce eye pressure eat foods from various nutritional sources that include: foods rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Vitamin C, A, B and the mineral Zinc. Some foods that are rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin include collard greens, Spinach, Kale, Brussels sprouts and Broccoli. Consume foods rich in Vitamin C. These include citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruits. Other excellent sources of Vitamin C include Kiwis, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes and guava to name a few. Some vegetable sources of Vitamin C includes foods such as Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Kale and Red pepper to name a few. Consume foods rich in Zinc such as lobster, Oysters, pecans and fish. Consume foods sources rich in Vitamin A like milk, liver, sweet potatoes, mangoes, carrots, cantaloupes, Spinach and Broccoli. Consume foods rich in Vitamin B such as legumes, turkey, liver, tuna, brazil nuts and avocados. Research studies have also credited omega- 3 rich food sources with improving vision health and lowering eye pressure. Some Omega-3 Rich food sources include fish, walnuts, soybeans, cod liver oil and flaxseeds. By following this diet you can do the things you need to do to reduce eye pressure.

For those that love carbs, you’ve been taking a beating lately. Don’t eat carbs, they make you gain weight say the “experts”. Lately, there has been a complete war on carbs and as someone who loves their carbs… it’s time to start a war on the “war on carbs”

Carbs are essential, there’s just no getting around it. Whether your goal is to lose weight or increase sport performance, you’ll just do yourself a disservice if you abandon our friend the carb. For all high intensity, short duration activities, muscle glycogen is the source of energy and muscle glycogen comes from… carbs. Even endurance activities of moderate intensity use glycogen as 50% of your energy needs. In fact, the one limiting factor on your sport performance will be the lack of availability of carbohydrates. Even during low intensity exercise when your body uses a higher percentage of fat as its fuel source, it takes a good supply of carbohydrates to fuel that process. Ever play a sport or involve yourself in a high intensity workout program and you hit the proverbial “wall”… that’s because your body has a lowered supply of glycogen EVEN THOUGH your body has a great supply of fat. Want to perform better… eat your carbs.

What if you want to lose weight; surely you need to decrease your carb intake. After-all, carbs MAKE you fat right? Carbohydrates provide you with variety, necessary nutrients and volume to your diet.

Recommended ranges for carb intake is between 45-65% of your total intake. Weight loss occurs when there is a calorie deficit and not a particular macronutrient profile.

Weight loss occurring on low-carb diets is generally attributed to 2 things… a lower overall calorie intake and loss of body mass. Ever start a diet that restricts your carb intake and seen great results in the beginning weeks? Lower carbs mean lower muscle glycogen stores. For every gram of glucose lost through glycogen you also lose 2.7 grams of water with it. This loss of glycogen combined with water loss is the contributing factor in the initial big losses seen.

Some studies you will read (actually the newspaper headlines you will read… very few read the actual studies) will tell you that we are gaining weight faster than ever even though our fat intake is down. This is partially true. The PERCENTAGE of fat intake in our total diet is down but the actual grams of fat consumed is unchanged all while the total calories consumed in our diets has increased. As well, most studies rely on self-reporting and people generally report eating less than they actually do.

Consider in the 1900’s the typical diet had a higher intake of carbohydrates and a lower intake from fat. Even though our dreaded enemy the carb was consumed at a greater rate, we have only seen the rise of weight issues in the past few decades. In short, the increase in the rise of weight gain we see as a society is largely due to increased calorie and decreased activity.

So, here’s what is so good about carbs:

1. They provide nutrients that you can’t get from fat or protein

2. Adds bulk to your diet

3. Stabilizes blood sugar levels

4. An adequate supply of carbs in your diet spares your body from turning to protein as an energy source meaning that protein can do its job.

5. It’s the body’s preferred energy source

6. Your brain only uses carbs as its energy source

7. You need carbs in order to fuel the process of fat burning

All this doesn’t mean run out for a dozen donuts. Select good choices of veggies, fruit, whole grains… eat ’em up… yum!

I need more energy and I'm tired.

Does this sound like you?

If so, I bet when you feel like this, you normally grab a soda or a candy bar to give yourself a quick boost of energy. Hey, you're busy, I know. We all do it. That's why there's a vending machine in many office buildings and work break rooms. They know we are going to run out of energy and need a quick pick me up.

We know that we probably should not be picking that small bag of potato chips and a chocolate almond bar, but we tell ourselves we need something to tide us over until dinner. In fact, food does provide energy, it's just that junk food does not give us the best source of food energy.

What should I eat to have more energy?

Here's a list of natural foods that will provide your body with energy and stamina:

Grapes – Grapes have lots of magnesium, which converts into energy. Grapes are easy to carry around and make great snacks.

Oats – Oats are loaded with nutrients that aid in alertness and concentration. A bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a good start to the day.

Mung Beans – These crunchy sprouts are good on salads, in soups or eaten right out of the bag.

Yams / Squash – Yams are packed with vitamin C. They also help balance hormones and blood sugar levels. Squash Promotes healthy circulation and good digestion.

Grains – Grains like millet, buckwheat, rye, barley and wheat contain healthy b vitamins and contribute to a steady flow of energy.

Sprouts – Any type of sprout that has been germinated is good for revitalizing the body. They also contain antioxidants, protein, trace minerals and fiber.

Peaches – Peaches are great for a quick boost of energy, as well as, helping the body eliminate toxins and regulate bowel movements.

Vegetables – Fresh vegetables (especially green ones) contain a range of energizing B vitamins, iron and magnesium. The best of these are: broccoli, spinach, and asparagus.

Wheat Grass – Wheatgrass is chock full of nutrients, in fact, it contains 25 times the nutrients of vegetables. Many people drink shots of wheatgrass juice as a general health booster. You can also find it in powder form.

Sunflower Seeds – Crunchy, nutty and plentiful, sunflower seeds are rich in protein, iron, vitamin B, zinc and magnesium.

The purpose of consuming food is to ensure good health and wellness, and therefore, healthy eating is an essential aspect of eating every day. The requirement of food over the years changes over time, with respect to the stage of life that you are in. So while a child requires food to grow and develop, adults need it more for the energy required to function daily. In addition to that, food is also required so as to repair the various parts of the body that are worn away, or those that have had to be discarded due to wear and tear.

We tend to use various parts of our bodies with everything that we do, be it breathing, thinking, moving, playing or working on the computer. This means that we need to be able to continuously replenish our body with a variety of elements that are present in food and drink.

The various elements of food that exist, their characteristics, the manner in which they can be used, and the right way in which specific foods should be combined to obtain maximum benefits are given below:

The Food Elements

Healthy eating is possible only when you ensure that your body is getting the right food elements in the right quantity that it requires. Therefore, it is essential to know about the food nutrition to be able to make sure that you are consuming everything. Some of the food elements that you should be aware of include starch, sugar, albumen, fats, minerals, and indigestible ingredients.

These are often clubbed together to form the basic classes including carbonaceous, nitrogenous, and inorganic. While all the starches, fats and sugars fall under the carbonaceous category, the albumen is considered to be nitrogenous. All inorganic substances include all the minerals that we need for the body. It should be noted that all healthy recipes or menus should ensure that all the various categories of food are finely balanced in a meal.

Carbonaceous – All starches, sugars and fats are covered under this category. Starch can be found in grains, most vegetables, and also in some fruits. Sugars are available in the form of cane, grape, other fruit sugars, and milk sugar (a constituent of milk).There are also some sugars that are made in the laboratory.

Glucose, for example, is an artificial sugar that is similar to grape juice. It is made from potato or corn starch in a chemical process. However, it is not as sweet as the natural sweeteners that nature provides. Fats can be found in vegetables and animal food too. Butter and suet are examples of animal fat, but you can also find fat in plant sources like nuts, beans and some fruits like olives too.

While fat is commonly used as a free element (as in butter) and we use it in many not-so-healthy recipes in abundance, not only is free fat difficult to consume, but it also interferes with the digestion of other foods.

Nitrogenous – Albumen in its purest form can be found in the white of an egg. The entire white of an egg is nothing but pure albumen. You can also find albumen in other animals and vegetable foods as in the case of oatmeal. Gluten closely resembles albumen and is also a nitrogenous element. It is found in rye, barley and wheat. Casein is also a part of this class of food elements and can be found in peas and beans.

Inorganic – Almost all the foods we consume have a certain proportion of inorganic and mineral matter. Grains and milk have a large proportion of the minerals that we need on a daily basis.

Indigestible substances – These are foods that are not digestible by the body and are therefore only meant to provide bulk to the food that we eat. Bran and fibrous tissues in the body are examples of indigestible foods.

Food Element Uses

Most of the food that we eat is carbonaceous in nature. This is something that has been proven after studying the daily eating habits of various cultures. The carbonaceous food element allows our body to produce heat, and in conjunction with other food elements, allows us to be able to use force and strength. Carbonaceous food elements also help the body replace the fatty tissue that gets used up in the process of fat burning.

While fats produce the highest amount of heat among the carbonaceous food elements, it should be remembered that these are most difficult to digest and can therefore lead to various health issues. Healthy eating deems that only the recommended proportion of fat should be included in meals on a daily basis.

The nitrogenous nutritional elements help in keeping the brain, nerves, and muscles healthy and fit. These are the food elements that ensure that you remain healthy in all respects including mental health. All healthy recipes should include a decent proportion of nitrogenous food elements to ensure that the stimulus to tissue change is provided to the body at all times, thus keeping all tissues fighting fit.

The most commonly required inorganic elements are phosphates. These provide the building blocks for bones and nerves and are therefore critical for good bone health.

Combination of Food Elements

There is a saying that ‘too much of everything is bad’, and this applies to food as well. While all food elements are required by the body, it is necessary that each of the food elements be consumed in a specific proportion to ensure healthy eating and healthy living. If you want to learn how to cook healthy recipes, you need to know which of the food elements are required by the body and in what quantity.

For one, the daily intake of the body should ensure 6 carbonaceous food elements to 1 nitrogenous food element. It has also been noticed that this one-sixth of nitrogenous food elements can be used up to 3 ounces in a span of 24 hours.

So if you want to ensure that you are making healthy recipes for your family, you need to make use of this scientific knowledge about nutritional element to ensure that your family stays healthy and fit.

Numerous studies and surveys have consistently shown that a majority of adults frequently eat foods that contain too little vitamin B-6 and vitamin E. We consume far too many calories, and too much total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Women frequently eat too little folic acid, iron, calcium, and zinc. This is why it is so important to take a multi-vitamin daily.

The basic nutritional needs of men and women who smoke are similar to those who don’t use tobacco. However, conclusive evidence exists that smokers need much more antioxidant nutrients than non-smokers.

Essentially, smokers need antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), and vitamin E. It was once believed that beta-carotene was an attribute for non-smokers, but recent clinical studies have found that beta-carotene can actually be harmful to smokers’ health. Beta-carotene can be found in most multi-vitamins and an excess of beta-carotene is risky for good nutritional health. If you are a smoker and going to take a multi-vitamin, be sure it doesn’t list beta-carotene as one of the ingredients.

Too many smokers have inadequate intakes of antioxidants. Smokers are reported to consume lower quantities of antioxidant nutrients than nonsmokers. Antioxidant nutrients have protective roles with regard to cancer, heart disease, cataract formation, cognitive (mind) dysfunction, and other diseases. Researches believe there is a balance between antioxidant protectors and components that promote oxidation in the body. This balance seems to be related to health or disease. Some components of cigarette smoke promote oxidation that provides high levels of oxidant stress. Free radicals, which also promote oxidation, are derived from tobacco. Cigarette smoke has been estimated to contain 1,000,000,000,000,000 free radicals per inhalation. These free radicals can oxidize the fat components of the body and this is quite harmful.

For instance, cigarette smokers have lower vitamin C (natural antioxidant) intakes and plasma vitamin C levels than nonsmokers. The incidence of cancer, heart disease, and cataracts is lower in populations that have high intakes of fruits or leafy green vegetables, all replete with vitamin C. Smokers who ate foods containing more than 200 mg vitamin C daily had serum vitamin C levels equivalent to those of nonsmokers who consumed 60 mg or more of the vitamin, according to a recent national survey. The most recent edition of the Recommended Dietary Allowances recommends that regular cigarette smokers take in at least 100 mg of vitamin C daily. Smokers have been found to have higher levels of vitamin C in the lung tissues than nonsmokers. This clearly reflects a positive defense mechanism against the free radical species from cigarette smoke.

Studies have found that smokers have a 30 percent lower vitamin C level than nonsmokers. Researchers believe that nicotine may interfere with vitamin C absorption. Nicotine boosts metabolic rate, therefore increasing the rate that vitamin C is metabolized. Individuals who smoke need 100 milligrams of vitamin C (versus 60 milligrams for nonsmokers) every day.

The body’s most effective antioxidant is vitamin E. Smokers have been found to have lower levels of plasma vitamin E than nonsmokers.

Smokers seeking nutritional supplementation should look for a multi-vitamin that contains at least all of the following: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Niacin, Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Zinc Picolinate, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), and the antioxidant Co-Q10. Some supplements add Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Powder, Inositol, Rutin, Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex, Choline Bitartrate and PABA.

If you smoke, or live with someone who smokes, it is important that you make the right choices to safeguard you health against the risks associated with smoking. One of the most important decisions you can make is choosing the right multi-vitamin. It’s a fact that smoking depletes the body of important nutrients. It’s also a fact that one nutrient, beta-carotene, has been found in clinical studies to adversely effect smokers’ health. Beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A, can be found in most multi-vitamins.

The best most desirable diet for superior health should be made up primarily of three basic whole food groups. These foods are adaptable for everyone and will supply adequate amounts of all the nutrients required for the maintenance of optimum health, including high-quality proteins in sufficient amounts. It is important to eat healthy and create your daily menu from foods of these three key food groups that are indigenous to your area and grown locally (on organic farms whenever possible). Make sure that your diet is composed of a variety of fresh whole foods from these three food groups.

#1. Grains, Legumes, Beans, Seeds, and Nuts – This is the most important and potent health-building food group of all. The good nutrition of these foods is unsurpassed because they contain the secret of life itself – the germ! The germ is the reproductive power and spark of life in all seeds, and it is essential to life, health, and reproductive ability. This food group contains all of the essential nutrients for human growth and maintenance of health. Even though all grains and seeds are beneficial, it is best to predominantly eat those that your ancestors ate and those that are grown locally.

Contrary to what you may have heard, buckwheat, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and peanuts all contain complete proteins, which are comparable in biological quality value to animal proteins. This food group is also the best natural source of essential unsaturated fatty acids, which are necessary to maintain health. The vitamin content (especially vitamin E and the B-complex vitamins) of this food group is unsurpassed. Grains, nuts, and seeds are also a treasure chest of minerals and trace elements. Minerals also help balance the body chemistry, especially regarding alkalinity and acidity. This group also contains pacifarins, which increase the body’s natural resistance to physical ailments. And finally, whole grains, legumes, beans, and seeds provide the body with necessary fiber and roughage content. This is critical to avoiding all kinds of colon and intestinal tract problems that currently plague our nation as a result of refined and processed foods.

The best grains to eat are buckwheat, oats, millet, and brown rice. Most other grains are beneficial, but be careful with wheat because it is one of the most common allergens today. These grains can be eaten daily in the form of cereal, porridge, breads, pancakes, soups, etc. or sprouted. Cooking grains or sprouting them actually helps release the vital minerals by breaking down the mineral-phytin bond so that minerals can be assimilated in the intestinal tract. The best seeds are flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Beware of sunflower seeds because they are extremely vulnerable to rancidity. The best nuts are almonds and hazelnuts. Do NOT buy roasted nuts and seeds because the high heat makes them carcinogenic. Always and only eat fresh raw nuts and seeds, including raw almond butter and raw peanut butter.

#2. Vegetables – This is the next most important food group to incorporate into your daily diet. Vegetables are a rich source of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Most green leafy vegetables also contain the highest quality complete proteins. Some vegetables, such as green beans, squash, yams, and potatoes, should be steamed or baked. However, most vegetables should be eaten RAW in the form of a daily salad. A few exceptions would be spinach and chard, which contain too much toxic oxalic acid, and asparagus. Cabbage-family vegetables should be either cooked or prepared in lactic-acid-fermented form. Garlic and onions are powerful health-promoting vegetables and should be part of your diet. Other excellent vegetables are Jerusalem artichokes, horse radish, black radish, celery root, and parsley. Be sure to also include root vegetables in your diet such as carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, parsnips, and yams. Potatoes are extremely nutritious and are best baked or steamed. Keep in mind that potatoes must be kept in dark storage because a highly toxic chemical, solanine, develops when they are exposed to light. Also, be sure to remove the “eyes” (sprouts) of the potato before cooking.

#3. Fruits – Fruits are a powerful source of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, as well as easily digestible fruit sugars. In addition, they are an excellent cleansing food for breakfast, and they can be eaten between meals, but not with meals. It is best to eat fruits RAW, fresh, and in season, because they lose their vitamin content quickly. It is also beneficial to eat sun-dried fruits, but they must be not sulfured and preferably organically grown. Avoid all dried fruits with sulfur preservatives. The best sun-dried fruits to eat are raisins, figs, apricots, and currants. Now, two cautions about eating fruit: eat fruit in moderation and eat fruit on an empty stomach, by itself. Eating too much fruit will put too much sugar into your blood stream, and eating fruit with other foods will cause them to putrefy in your system and lead to poor digestion.

Daily Quote: “There is a great deal of truth in the saying that man becomes what he eats. Healthy foods = healthy body. Unhealthy foods = unhealthy body.” – Gandhi

While the worlds of sports and fitness are intertwined, it was not until the 1970s that popular culture was ready to accept fitness as eagerly as it had accepted sports. Fitness had not yet taken on its importance for improving health, and popular opinion likened fitness to work and manual labor. In the 1940s and 1950s, few participated in fitness willingly. Among those who did were Jack LaLanne, Victor Tanny, Joseph Gold, Joseph Weider, and Les and Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton. These fitness pioneers, among others, drew people to the beach in Santa Monica, California-the original Muscle Beach. Visitors came to watch their feats of strength and acrobatic displays. More and more viewers became participants, and these people, originally on the fringe, became a part of the cultural mainstream. Jack LaLanne, Vic Tanny, and Joe Gold all started gym chains with bodybuilding as their main focus. Due toPage 602 the influence of Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton, women were introduced to the muscularity and strength that came with bodybuilding. No longer reserved for just for “strongmen,” bodybuilding brought about a change in the mindsets of all those who visited Muscle Beach.

From the seeds planted at the Santa Monica came Venice Beach, the home to bodybuilding legends Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and many, many more. Venice Beach in the 1970s brought with it a fitness explosion across the globe. Not only did bodybuilding become mainstream, but the popular opinion of fitness changed dramatically. Americans in the 1970s would do anything to improve their health and fitness.

Sports and athletics grew in the 1970s as well. Women became increasingly more interest in participating in sports; however, very little funding was available for the development of woman’s athletics. A landmark law was passed in 1972. Part of a series of educational amendments, “Title IX,” legislated gender equity in athletics. Not only were women becoming more active and more physically fit, a law now existed that called for equal funding and equal opportunity for female athletes. On 21 September 1973, female tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the first-ever winner-take-all “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. The hoopla surrounding this event-and its outcome-provided even more incentive for women to become involved with sports and fitness. By 1977, a record 87.5 million U.S. adults over the age of eighteen claimed to be involved in some sort of athletic activity.

The fitness industry continued its growth into the 1980s. Gym owners tailored their facilities to attract customers and new gyms opened around the United States and around the world. A healthy lifestyle was becoming a part of popular culture. No longer was it unfashionable to be athletic, strong, or healthy. With the development of new technology, health and fitness were able to make their way into homes. Fitness tapes became available in the early 1980s and continue to encourage those to whom a gym or health facility may not be accessible. Innovators such as Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons were able to bring their exercise programs to a new population. Joe Weider became a significant force in bringing health, fitness, and bodybuilding as close as the mailbox through his magazines and pamphlets. Because of fitness pioneers such as Weider, Gold, Fonda, and Simmons, fitness continues to play a significant role in modern society. The importance of being in good health and physically fit has made and continues to have an impact.

Cues are simple, memorable and colorful words or expressions to help you teach proper technique for your boxing workouts. For example, Float Like a Butterfly. Cues are much better than technical jargon because they get the point across, on the fly. These cues will work for personal trainers and group trainers teaching boxing. They will also work for anyone holding punch mitts (focus pads) for their partner.

I – Float Like a Butterfly

What it means – For Ali, I think it meant to dance around the ring, which he did very well. However, for Fitness Boxing, it means to get up on the balls of the feet and move – whenever they are not punching.

When and Why to say it Float like a butterfly helps students get up on their toes, burn more calories and work their legs. Tell students to do this between punches and combinations – not at the same time.

2. Put Out the Cigarette

What it means – This cue means to twist the ball of the foot, so the toe points toward the target, resulting in more hip and leg drive, and more powerful punches.

When and Why to say it – A good punch uses the core. By twisting the foot, like you are putting out a cigarette on the ground, the boxer / student will engage the Abs and core muscles. This cue works very well for the right cross punch.

3. Over the Brick Wall

What it means – This cue helps students keep their elbow nice and high for the left or right hook punch. They imagine there is a chest-high brick wall in front of them. The hook goes over the brick wall.

When and Why to say it – Say the cue as just before or even as they throw the hook. A high elbow helps prevent a wild swinging on the hook punch.

4. Eye of the Tiger

What it means – We’ve all heard the song, but to me eye of the tiger means to focus. A tiger keeps her eye on her prey, never looking away.

When and Why to say this – Students will look away or flinch at the moment they punch. Also, in real boxing they will look away when under attack. That is not the time to look away!

5. Corkscrew the Fist

What it means – This means twisting the fist, so it faces the ground, enabling the student to strike with the front two knuckles.

When and Why to say it – This cue works very well for both the left jab and right cross (or right jab and left cross for left handers). Tell them to twist their fist just before the moment of impact, and right through the punch mitt.

Try these 5 cues as you teach your boxing sessions. They will help your students remember and perform the technique tips that result in great punching and great fitness.

The number of men and women over the age of 65 represents approximately 12.5% of the US population. This growing segment of the population faces multiple age related changes in body composition that can lead to reduced quality of life and ultimately severe injury. As the body ages muscular power, strength, mass, and endurance all decrease. While these changes are taking place the resting metabolic rate decreases, body fat levels increase, and bone mineral density decreases.

These changes can cause deterioration to the extent that daily functionality is impaired or impossible. In these cases taking part in everyday activities increases the risk injuries to the hips, spine, and or wrists. At this point the individual is caught in a vicious cycle, injury is extremely possible with movement, but without movement further deterioration will occur. Reaching this level can be avoided by maintaining a proper level of fitness and nutrition throughout life.

While the potential health risks associated with resistance training for the older adult, OK so you are not an Olympian, will need to be evaluated the rewards of resistance training are nearly endless. Resistance training has been shown to provide older persons significant improvements in muscular strength, power, mass, and endurance while reducing body fat levels. Possibly more importantly bone mineral density has been shown to increase in response to a properly designed resistance training program; the bones adaptation is a multifaceted reaction that requires proper hormonal and nutrition balance for maximum results.

Your life is based around a few basic movements, these movements when put together one after another or used at the same time result in the complex movements necessary for everyday life. An evaluation of your squat, bend and twist your body core, lunge, and walking gait will reveal a great amount of information that a fitness and wellness professional can use to compile a proper training program.

It is my opinion that the average training program for an aging adult should include elements of strength, endurance, and balance training. This combination will provide proper stimulation of the neuromuscular system resulting in the maximum quality of life gains. For the severely deteriorated a program may simply start with basic movement strength exercises, while for the silver Olympian a program may start with advanced balance and strength exercises.

Either level of participant should be able to get great results in or out of a gym, for those of you who do not want to go to a gym there are plenty of fitness tools and toys to provide you an excellent workout at your home, these include a multitude of bands, balls, strings, and balance toys. Proper training should be obtained from a fitness professional before using any of these toys.

Although you may reluctant to start a resistance training program one should realize that the potential benefits of resistance training include improvements to musculoskeletal health that cannot be obtained through other forms of exercise. Regular participation in a properly guided and designed resistance exercise program will reduce the risk of injury while improving self image and confidence. Get out today, find a proper fitness professional, start your resistance training program, you will not regret it!

Considering bettering your consideration, reminiscence, pondering talents, skill to control irritating scenarios? Just right information: “Latest analysis in neuroplasticity – the mind’s capacity to vary in accordance with knowledge and new actions – presentations that mind cells and new pathways proceed to advance all the way through lifestyles…”, say mainstream newspapers just like the New York Occasions, who’re rising their protection on the rising motion of “mind coaching” video games and applied sciences.

An editorial titled “Thoughts Over Subject, With a Desktop’s Assist” offers a super overview on the best way to mix cognitive remedy with fMRI (a complicated neuroimaging methodology that allows film-like visible comments on what areas of the mind are becoming activated). Some other article, titled “Calisthenics for the Older Thoughts, on the Dwelling Laptop”, opinions quite a few industrial device applications.

I’ve interviewed 10 neuroscientists and specialists in cognitive and emotional coaching to higher take into account the analysis in the back of this box and the implications for our lives. Let me share with you a few of my favourite charges:

1) “Finding out is bodily. Studying manner the change, increase, and pruning of our neurons, connections-known as synapses- and neuronal networks, via expertise…we’re cultivating our personal neuronal networks.”- Dr. James Zull, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western College.

2) “Exercising our brains systematically methods is as necessary as exercising our our bodies. In my expertise, “Use it or lose it” will have to truly be “Use it and get extra of it”.- Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, neuropsychologist, medical professor of neurology at New York College College of Drugs, and disciple of the good neuropsychologist Alexander Luria.

three) “Folks that lead mentally stimulating lives, thru training, occupation and entertainment actions, have diminished possibility of creating Alzheimer’s signs. Research counsel that they have got 35-forty% much less chance of manifesting the illness”- Dr. Yaakov Stern, Division Chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Sergievsky Heart on the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia College, New York.

four) “What analysis has proven is that cognition, or what we name considering and efficiency, is truly a collection of talents that we will teach systematically.” – Dr. Daniel Gopher, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Human Components Engineering at Technion Institute of Science.

5) “Elite performers are distinct by way of the structuring of their studying course of…You want to give protection to and optimize that follow, studying time… It is very important keep in mind the function of feelings: they don’t seem to be “dangerous”. They’re very helpful indicators. You will need to turn into privy to them to keep away from being engulfed by means of them, and learn to take care of them.” – Dr. Brett Steenbarger, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SUNY Scientific College, and creator of Bettering Dealer Efficiency.

6) “We have now proven that working reminiscence will also be superior with the aid of coaching” – Dr. Torkel Klingberg, Professor at Karolinska Institute, and Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, a part of the Stockholm Mind Institute.

7) “I do not see that colleges are making use of the most effective data of how minds work. Faculties must be one of the best position for utilized neuroscience, taking the newest advances in cognitive analysis and making use of it to the job of teaching minds.” – Dr. Arthur Lavin, Affiliate Medical Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western College of Medication, pediatrician in personal observe.

If you’re concerned about studying extra about this thrilling container of “mind health” and “mind train”, please maintain tuned. Over the subsequent weeks we will be able to put up new interviews with:

– Dr. Judith S. Beck, Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Treatment and Analysis, and writer of The Beck Food plan Resolution: Teach Your Mind to Suppose Like a Skinny Individual.

– Dr. Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Schooling on the College of Oregon. His most contemporary e book is The Adolescent Mind: Accomplishing for Autonomy. The Schooling Press Affiliation of The united states has given him two Exotic Fulfillment Awards for his syntheses of cognitive science analysis.

Now you realize: Diet, Bodily Train and Stress Administration are essential to your mind well being and health, however you could additionally train and reinforce your “Psychological Muscle groups”!