Sports Nutrition

In its most general meaning, physical fitness is a general state of good physical health. Obtaining and maintaining physical fitness is a result of physical activity, proper diet and nutrition and of course proper rest for physical recovery. In its simplest terms, physical fitness is to the human body what fine-tuning is to an engine. It enables people to perform up to their potential. Regardless of age, fitness can be described as a condition that helps individuals look, feel and do their best. Thus, physical fitness trainers, describe it as the ability to perform daily tasks vigorously and alertly, with left over energy to enjoy leisure-time activities and meet emergency demands. Specifically true for senior citizens, physical fitness is the ability to endure, bear up, withstand stress and carry on in circumstances where an unfit person could not continue.

In order for one to be considered physically fit, the heart, lungs, and muscles have to perform at a certain level for the individual to continue feeling capable of performing an activity. At the same time, since what humans do with their bodies directly affects the state of mind, fitness influences to some degree qualities such as mental alertness and emotional expression.

Physical fitness is often divided into the following categories in order for people to be able examine its components or parts. Particularly, physical fitness is judged by:

1. Cardiovascular endurance: This is the ability of the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and to remove wastes over sustained periods of time.

2. Muscular strength & endurance: Strength deals with the ability of the muscle to exert force for a brief time period, while endurance is the ability of a muscle, or group of muscles, to sustain repeated contractions or to continue to apply force against an inert object.

3. Flexibility: This denotes the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full range of motion.

4. Body composition: Considered as one of the components of fitness, composition refers to the body in terms of lean mass (muscle, bone, vital tissue, and organs) and fat mass. Actually, the optimal ratio of fat to lean mass is an indication of fitness. Performing the right set of exercises can help people get rid off body fat and increase or maintain muscle mass.

The 12 benefits of adequate Vitamin D3 (CHOLECALCIFEROL) are easily identified from the medical literature. These benefits appear in enough different places that it can be assumed the studies are valid.

  1. Adequate levels of Vitamin D3 protect against Breast Cancer. One problem with cancer cells is that they don’t destruct when they are supposed to. They keep dividing and reproducing. Vit. D receptors are present on most cells in our body and help to trigger appropriate cell death, and identify to the immune system the correct cells it should eliminate.
  2. Ditto for Cancer of the Colon (large bowel). Both colon cancer and breast cancer are increased in people of color. The same people most likely to have lower levels of Vitamin D3 in their blood. People who have more pigment in their skin need 30% more sun exposure to produce enough cholecalciferol. Anyone and especially dark skinned individuals need to supplement if they live in northern latitudes that have more months of reduced sunshine per year.
  3. Vitamin D regulates absorption of calcium and phosphorus which are needed for healthy bones. Low levels of D3 are associated with poor bone development in children and bone softening in adults called osteopenia if mild or osteoporosis if advanced.
  4. Vitamin D3 is associated with proper immune function. It is no coincidence that the “cold season” is during winter months when there is less sunshine.
  5. The Brain’s health is dependent upon a number of factors and one of them is adequate levels of Vitamin D3.
  6. Keeping adequate levels of Vitamin D3 in our blood and tissues is associated with decreased aging changes in our body. Want to keep your vitality longer? Make sure you get enough Vitamin D in your diet or enough sunshine in your life.
  7. Certain female gynecologic infections are associated with inadequate blood levels of Vitamin D3. Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common of these and hardest to control. If you have vaginitis and it won’t clear, check your 25OH Vitamin D blood levels.
  8. Insulin is a very important hormone but it can be over or under secreted. Vitamin D helps regulate insulin secretion.
  9. Many patients, especially women complain of joint pain and fatigue. Some of them have been given the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Inadequate blood levels of D3 are associated with these aches, pains and fatigue. Get your 25OH vit D levels checked or take a therapeutic trial of 1000IU/day and keep a journal of your symptoms.
  10. Auto-immune disorders wreak havoc with tissues in our body. Common diseases that are caused by auto immune dysfunction are diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypo-thyroidism. Adequate levels of Vit. D3 in the blood and tissues decreases the risk and severity of such diseases.
  11. Hypertension is associated with inadequate blood and tissue levels of several minerals and vital substances like potassium, calcium, selenium, and you guessed it Vit. D3.
  12. Vitamin D3 if kept at adequate levels in the blood is associated with a decreased risk of death from any cause. It isn’t a panacea, but it obviously plays a more important role in our health than was realized for any years.

In the age which we live there is an unprecedented focus on getting and staying healthy. As more and more research points to the effect of fitness and nutrition on our overall health, the findings become more difficult to ignore. There is no doubt that the food that we eat and the physical activity that we perform significantly impact our weight and our body’s overall health and longevity.

When you look at fitness and nutrition and the consequences of ignoring their importance, it is not difficult to see how large a role they play in our health. First and foremost, it is important to understand how powerfully diet can affect us. Natural, whole foods – such as fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins – give our bodies the vitamins that it needs to function effectively. We have energy when we eat right. And when we have energy we burn fat. Eating properly allows us to maintain a healthy weight and keep undue stress off of our hearts; it also allows us to keep our blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the healthy range. Most importantly, good nutrition keeps our bodies stocked with antioxidants that fight off a range of illnesses including cancer.

But nutrition does go it alone; fitness and nutrition go hand in hand for achieving good health. When we keep our bodies active through a consistent exercise program, we are adding to our body’s ability to metabolize food and keep weight down. Further, good fitness means strong and limber muscles and a strong cardiovascular system. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels.

Learning how to pair fitness and nutrition for optimum health means a commitment to a particular lifestyle. It is essential that you revamp your diet to eliminate fatty, high-sodium, and processed food and replace it with fresh, natural – and even organic – choices. But remember, fitness and nutrition work best as a team. Implement a consistent regime of physical activity into your daily schedule including cardiovascular work, stretching, weight training, and even yoga or Pilates.

When you truly understand the importance of fitness and nutrition in your life, you will understand how crucial these lifestyle changes are in order to live a long and healthy life.

B vitamins were once thought of as a single vitamin called Vitamin B. After much research, we discovered there are actually 8 distinct vitamins. Further research has also concluded that B vitamins are water soluble, which means that they are easily excreted out of the body and therefore must be consistently consumed through our diet. B Vitamins have often been the talk of supplementation over the years because of the essential role it plays in the metabolic process. B Vitamins are essential in functions such as increasing the rate of metabolism, maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone, enhancing immune and nervous system functions and promoting cell growth and division. Each B Vitamin has a specific function within the metabolic process.  

Vitamin B1 –  Vitamin B1 is also known as Thiamine. Thiamine is essential in healthy brain function and as well as metabolism of carbohydrates. Thiamine deficiencies can cause a disease called Beriberi, which is a disease of the nerve and heart. Symptoms of this disease is weight loss, emotionally unstable, weakness, pain in the arms and legs, impaired sensory perception, irregular heartbeat and in sever conditions death can occur. Thiamine can be found in a variety of foods, in low concentrations. Yeast and pork have the highest concentration of Thiamine but you can also find it in foods like whole grain cereals, wheat flour, oatmeal, flax, sunflower seeds, brown rice, kale, potatoes, oranges, liver and eggs.

Vitamin B2 – Vitamin B2 is also known as Riboflavin. Riboflavin is required for many cellular processes within the body including the metabolism of energy, fats, carbohydrates, proteins and ketone bodies. Riboflavin deficiencies can cause Ariboflavinosis, which is protein- energy malnutrition. Symptoms may include cracks in the hips, sensitivity to sunlight, and inflammation of the tongue.   Riboflavin can be found in a variety of foods like milk, cheese, leafy green vegetables, liver, kidneys, legumes, yeast, mushrooms, and almonds.    

Vitamin B3  – Vitamin B3 is also known as Niacin. Niacin is an essential nutrient that plays an role in metabolic process. Niacin is involved in both DNA repair, and the production of steroid hormones in the adrenal gland. Niacin deficiencies along with deficiencies in tryptophan are called Pellagra. Symptoms of Pellagra include aggression, inflammation of the skin, insomnia, mental confusion and diarrhea. Niacin can be found in a variety of foods such as salmon, avocados, broccoli, nuts, seeds, whole grains, carrots and mushrooms, and animal products such as steak, chicken and pork.  

Vitamin B5 – Vitamin B5 is also known as Pantothenic Acid. Pantothenic is an essential nutrient to sustain life. It plays a key role in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.   Deficiencies in Pantothenic can cause acne and in severe cases can cause Paresthesia, numbness of the skin.   Panthothenic Acid can be found in many foods, but whole grain cereals, legumes, meat, eggs, and royal jelly containing the highest amounts.  

Vitamin B6 – Vitamin B6 is also known as Pyridoxine.  Pyridoxine assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium as well as promoting red blood cell production. Pyridoxine has also been linked to cardiovascular health by decreasing the levels of Homocysteine , which has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Deficiencies in Pyridoxine may lead to anemia, high blood pressure, water retention, depression and dermatitis.   Pyridoxine can be found in various grains, green leafy vegetables, liver, eggs, and meat.   

Vitamin B7 – Vitamin B7 is also known as Biotin.   Biotin is a co-factor in the metabolism of fatty acids and leucine, and it plays a role in regulating the glucose levels in your blood.   Deficiency in adults usually does not cause any symptoms; however, in infants it can cause impaired growth and neurological disorders. Biotin can be found in a large variety of foods such as liver, legumes, soybeans, milk, in small amounts, but larger concentrations can be found in royal jelly and brewer’s yeast.  

   

Vitamin B9 – Vitamin b9 is also known as Folic Acid.  Folic Acid is essential for many biological functions such as playing a key role in the metabolism process to producing healthy red blood cells and preventing  Anemia to decreasing Homocysteine levels and cardiovascular disease.   Some research has also shown evidence that Folic Acid can slow the effects of age on the brain. Folic Acid is especially important during pregnancies as a deficiency in pregnant women can lead to birth defects, which is why supplementation during pregnancy is often recommended.   Folic Acid can be found in large quantities in leafy vegetables, beans, peas, sunflower seeds, liver and baker’s yeast.  

Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 is sometimes referred to as Cobalamin. Vitamin B12 have been a popular supplement in energy drinks because its vital role in the normal functioning of the nervous system and the brain. Along with Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 helps to produce healthy red blood cells. Vitamin B12 also plays a part in the metabolism of the cells in the body, including their regulation and synthesis, as well as the synthesis and energy production of fatty acids. Deficiency of Vitamin B12 can result in anemia, the inability of DNA to synthesize in red blood cell production, memory loss, increase chances of cardiovascular diseases and other cognitive defects. Because Vitamin B12 is only found in meat, eggs, milk and other animal products vegans must supplement their diet with Vitamin B12 or purchase plant based foods that have Vitamin B12 added to them.    

B Vitamins are the 2nd most important supplement you can take, besides a multi-vitamin for a healthy body. B Vitamins are an essential part of getting the most nutrients out of your diet and helping your body stay energized and healthy. It is very difficult to consume the optimum amounts of each B Vitamin individually so it is much easier and cheaper to take a B Vitamin complex. Even if you are not sure if you’re getting too much of a specific B Vitamin, you cannot overdose because it is easily excreted out of the body. Also with a complex you are using the synergistic effect of all the B Vitamins, which means better digestion and absorption of fats, proteins and carbs. B Vitamins should be taken after a meal but do not take it at the same meal you take your multi-vitamin.  

How Does Mcdonald’s Nutrition Stack Up?

Fast food is a huge part of our lives whether we eat it or not. We see dozens of ads every day on TV, billboards, buses, emails, mobile ads, and many more. We are constantly reminded of the convenience, affordability and improved “healthy” qualities of various fast food items. But how healthy or unhealthy is fast food really? Is it worth saving a few minutes of cooking to eat that double cheeseburger or hard shell taco? I’d like to start a series of posts comparing the nutrition facts of various fast food chains vs their homemade counterparts. Today I’ll show you some of Mcdonald’s nutrition facts compared to the nutrition facts of a healthier, homemade option, then you can be the judge on whether saving a dollar or a few minutes is worth the nutritional differences.

Mcdonald’s Nutrition – Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese

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Homemade Version – Quarter Pound Burger w/ Wheat Bun and Cheese

Mcdonald’s Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese:

Calories: 520

Calories from fat: 240

Total Fat: 26g

Saturated Fat: 12g

Trans Fat: 1.5g

Cholesterol: 95mg

Sodium: 1100mg

Total Carbs: 41g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Sugars: 10g

Protein: 30g

Vitamin A: 10%

Vitamin C: 2%

Calcium: 30%

Iron: 25%

Homemade Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese on Wheat Bun

Calories: 401

Calories from fat: 118

Total Fat: 15g

Saturated Fat: 7g

Polyunsaturated Fat:.6g

Monounsaturated Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 93mg

Sodium: 723mg

Potassium: 469mg

Total Carbs: 31g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 35g

Vitamin A: 16%

Calcium: 57%

Iron: 3%

There you have it. The nutrition facts for a fast food joint and a homemade burger. Let’s take a minute to discuss the differences in Mcdonald’s nutrition and the homemade version. We will start with the fat content. the Mcdonald’s version has more saturated fat and trans fat (the bad fats) while the homemade burger has higher amounts of mono and polyunsaturated fat (the OK fats). The Mcdonald’s nutrition shows higher amounts of cholesterol, sodium, sugars, and Iron. The homemade burger shows higher amounts of fiber, protein, vitamins and potassium.

It is no surprise that the homemade version is healthier than the Mcdonald’s version. The real surprise is how much healthier it actually is. By avoiding the Mcdonald’s nutrition and taking a few extra minutes to make your own burger, you’ll be taking in less fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar, and more fiber, protein potassium and vitamins. In other words, you turn Mcdonald’s nutrition into muscle building nutrition. A homemade burger with 35g of protein, 4g of fiber, some good fats and much less starch makes for a muscle building, delicious dinner.

Keep an eye for my next fast food comparison coming soon!

A good way to know your fitness level is by taking a fitness test that will test your physical endurance, body strength and help you understand the basic relationship between body strength and fitness. One of the best known methods for it is Kraus-Weber Test (K-W Test).

Components of Kraus-Weber Test (K-W Test).

A K-W test known as Minimum Muscular Fitness test has six different components, and this test is capable of measuring various muscle groups in term of their physical strength and inherent flexibility. The higher the ratings are; greater will be your fitness level.

This very test of fitness was firstly used to investigate about the progress of the treatment given for back pain problems. More than eighty percent of people who take this test failed to pass it in the first attempt.

The first test of the six K-W Tests series is used to evaluate general fitness of a person. In this test one has to keep both of the feet on the ground; do sit ups while keeping both hands folded on the back and lying body on the ground.

The second part of K-W Test series is similar to first in posture but only change is that in this test knees of person remain bent and the ankles are as close to buttocks as possible; while doing sit ups..

The third part of K-W Test series requires the person to lie flat on the back and keeps hands behind the neck and legs remain straight and lifted up, for about ten seconds in a stretch.

The fourth parts of K-V Test series person lie on hisher stomach; and while keeping the feet firm to the ground one need to lift the head and shoulders along with the chest off the ground for about ten seconds. Test number five’s posture is similar as fourth one; only addition is that one needs to lift knees straight off the ground for ten seconds.

Finally, in last test i.e. number six; one need to stand straight barefoot while both of the feet must be placed together firmly to the ground; then, while keeping the knees straight one needs to bend slowly so as to touch the ground with the fingertips. One needs to hold on in same posture for about three seconds. This test is really useful to gauze one’s fitness level and to understand what needs to be done to improve fitness level of a person who takes this test.

Foods that relieve constipation should be eaten on a regular basis by anyone that has bowel impaction or problems going to the bathroom without straining. Straining when going to the bathroom has actually caused a heart attack in many people over the years.

You do not have to be a victim if you just eat more of the foods that relieve constipation, and less of the foods that cause constipation on a daily basis. A heart attack is not the only health problem you can develop as a result from being constipated.

Chronic Constipation can lead to many other health problems:

— Bowel Impaction

— Re-absorption of toxins into the bloodstream

— Headaches

— Malnutrition

— Indigestion

— Hemorrhoids from straining

— Varicose veins

— Diverticulosis

— Irritability

— Bowel cancer

— Auto immune diseases

— Abdominal pains

— Depression

— Weight gain

I know I sure don’t want any of the symptoms listed above. If you suffer from any of the symptoms on the list, then you would greatly benefit by eating more of the foods that are on the foods that relieve constipation list below, and avoid doing the things, and eating the foods that cause constipation that I have also listed below.

Foods that relieve constipation

— Psyllium husks

— Ground Flax seeds

— Okra

— Prunes

— Dates

— Extra Virgin Olive Oil

— Potatoes

— Lettuce

— Onions

— Carrots

— Green peppers

— Apples

— Pears

— Oranges

— Grapefruits

— Grapes

— Strawberries

— Beans

— Other fruits and vegetables

Causes of constipation

— Eating refined foods like white flour that contain no fiber.

— Eating a lot of Cheeses

—-Pasta

— Pizza

— Cookies

— Drinking sodas and sugary drinks

— Eating a lot of Meat (meat has no fiber in it)

— Getting dehydrated

— Overeating nuts and seeds (soaking Raw nuts overnight in water will help but they are not as tasty)

— Drugs or Medications

— Improper diet

— Not going when you feel the urge and “holding it in” because you are not close to a bathroom or think you are too busy.

Over the years we have discovered that the same foods that relieve constipation, are also the same foods that are very healthy for you. The reason they are so healthy is that they contain vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and they are high in fiber. Also if you eat them raw (except beans and potatoes) they will also contain living enzymes that aid in digestion.

Let me just go over with you a few of the worst foods to eat if you are trying to relieve constipation.

Cheese

Cheeses are very clogging to your digestive track. Every time I eat cheese, or meals containing cheese, it feels like my stomach turns into a knot, and I usually feel clogged up with stomach pains for a few days until it has worked his way back out of my system.

However I have been on a healthy diet program for a long time now, so my digestive track is used to processing and eliminating my foods without them getting clogged up in my intestines.

But, if you have been eating cheese and other clogging foods for a long time, you might be used to the feeling of having a clogged up digestive track, and most people in the United States have been eating this way their whole lives so they don’t know what it feels like to not have digestive pains of some type.

White bread

Just about every sandwich, every burger on a bun, dinner roles, cakes, cookies, pies, pizza, pasta, and fast food biscuits, can cause constipation, especially if they are eaten alone without enough of the foods that relieve constipation also being eaten at the same meal.

This is because they contain very little fiber in them. Any time you eat constipating type foods, you should balance it out by eating foods that are high in fiber that I have listed above.

Pizza

Pizza is another food that usually takes a long time to move through the digestive tract. Pizza is also another food that has almost no fiber in. Cheese and white bread are two of the main foods that will clog down your digestive tract. And pizza contains both.

How to avoid constipation:

— Stay hydrated by drinking enough pure water, raw fruit juices and raw vegetable juices.

— Stop or cut way down on eating refined foods. (They glue us down inside)

— Eat a lot more of the foods that relieve constipation that I have listed above.

If you are constipated, then you have food that is stuck in your intestines. This food that is stuck in your intestines starts to rot more and more the longer it is in your body.

Constipation is unhealthy for the body, especially if you are eating toxic, artificial chemical containing foods, or foods that you are intolerant to. Many people have food allergies that they might not know about that can cause many different types of symptoms.

To avoid constipation, make sure that you are not eating refined starches that have had the fiber removed like white rice, pastas, breads, tortillas, and biscuits. Also when eating any type of starch, you want the meal to have enough oil in it. Extra virgin olive or coconut oil are good clean sources of oil to use.

The more oil in the meal the less chance of constipation. But too much oil will zap your energy. Also you will want to eat enough fiber containing vegetables (but not fruits) with any starch-based meal.

If you eat more raw fruit smoothies for breakfast, then the high water content (the pulp of the orange, grapes, or Grapefruit) and the fiber in pears, apples, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and cranberries should keep things moving and rinsed out.

Also smoothies are blended into a liquid, which also helps to avoid constipation. Another good meal to eat to relieve constipation is to make a soup with many neutral vegetables, add some okra (okra is kind of slippery in texture) and then blend it into an emulsion with some Extra Virgin Olive oil or Coconut oil. These liquid type meals rarely ever get stuck inside your digestive tract.

If you eat more of the foods that relieve constipation, and cut out the constipating ones, you will have better chances of not developing bowel impaction. If you already have bowel impaction, you might be able to slowly reverse it by eating more of the foods that relieve constipation.

What exactly is bowel impaction?

Bowel impaction is where a mass of food gets stuck inside your intestines and turns into a hard lump that doesn’t come out. This lump of hard fecal matter then starts to rot. Then other foods that you eat later still has to be eliminated eventually, so they just have to go around the hard mass to get out. Your body might then develop chronic diarrhea to try and deal with the situation.

Bowel impaction can lead to the bowels becoming enlarged, which can then put too much pressure on the veins that are near the colon that are coming from various organs and muscles in the body.

Your organs need a fresh steady blood supply to function properly. You want all of your organs to work as they should if you want to stay healthy. Also high blood pressure can be because you have too many of your veins being pinched off. This is how varicose veins are formed. This is also how hemorrhoids are formed.

Just think of a water hose, if you pinch of the end of it, the pressure builds up and makes the hose expand. If you have high blood pressure because of veins being pinched off, then your heart will have to work harder to pump the blood through them.

By eating more of the foods that relieve constipation on a daily basis, you will feel better, you will become more regular in your bowel movements, and you will not have to worry as much about developing a more serious disease in the future that is caused from being chronically constipated.

I know that eating refined foods, candy, cakes, crackers, cheese, and pizzas are very tasty, but they cause constipation in many people. It is just not worth it to destroy our health by eating an unhealthy diet on a consistent basis. Also, once you cut out all the junk, and only eat healthy foods for a period of time, your taste buds will adapt, and the healthy foods will actually start to taste good.

The holistic approach to treatment of pain arising from an injury focuses on 1) relieving pain and inflammation without harming the body and 2) promoting the body's healing response so that the area of ​​injury is healed as quickly and perfectly as possible. Let's look at these two strategies in detail so that you understand what might be your best approach to healing a chronic pain problem.

1) Relieving pain and inflammation without harming the body.

There are a number of effective ways to treat pain and inflammation. Some of the treatments used in the clinic that treat pain are chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, massage, ice and hot packs and electrical muscle stimulation. Natural anti-inflammatory herbs can work as well as pain relieving drugs and do not have the dangerous side effects that many drugs do. Different combinations of herbs can be used to target different types of pain or sources of pain. Pain sources could be from an injury, due to degenerative arthritis in a joint, from an auto-immune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, from a non-inflammatory condition such as fibromyalgia, or due to nerve pain. Each of these will respond better to certain herbs and nutrients.

2) Promoting the body's healing response.

The same remedies which alleviate pain and inflammation also support the body's healing response. But in this day and age of stress and fast food, many people benefit from additional strategies to promote the body's overall healing response. In my 24 years in clinical practice (1986 to present) I have seen a deterioration in people's healing response – how well their bodies are capable to heal injuries. When someone has suffered an injury, as in an automobile accident, the body's healing response is called into action. When there is a poor healing response the injuries heal slowly and pain is prolonged. When there is an optimal healing response the injuries heal more quickly and the pain disappears more quickly.

The key components of promoting the body's healing response (circa 2010) are:

1. Optimal nutrition (healthy diet with ideal levels of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, omega-3 fats)

2. Detoxification (tissue cleansing to treat the toxic burden in our food and environment)

3. Stress management (many people are unaware of their stress and its impact on their health).

4. Healthy sleep (often associated with high levels of stress, less than optimal sleep dramatically cripples the body's ability to heal itself).

Modern society insists that nothing worthwhile is obtained without grueling, extraordinary effort, day in and day out. Whether climbing the corporate ladder or losing weight, you have been told that success only comes through massive amounts of time, blood sweat and tears. Thus, you may have trained yourself to be tense, aggressive and self-serving.

Chinese Energetic Medicine refutes this philosophy. It promotes the awareness of how to use the body efficiently and advocates strength from effortlessness and success achieved through natural relaxation.

Less is More

In nature, water and air are carried along effortlessly to create tremendous forces. You can train and correct your mind and body to emulate the immense forces of nature.

By practicing effortlessness in thought and movement, you allow your physical and creative energies to accomplish many times more than you ever thought possible through straining.

1. Circular Motions vs. Linear or Power Motions

Raises one arm in front of you and have a partner push down on that arm while you resist or push up. The stronger person will overcome the other. Either your arm will stay up, or your partner will make it go down.

With your free arm, move your fingers and hands in small, circular movements. Imagine you are rolling golf balls in the palm and fingers of your free hand. Notice how the raised arm is much stronger the second time your partner pushes down on it while you are performing this circular motion.

This illustrates how your physical strength can be increased by circular movement energy. Linear, back and forth movements decrease your strength.

2. The Strength of Your Tongue

Placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth increases physical strength. It increases your energy flow by physically connecting the central meridians or energy pathways through the body.

Try the arm test with the tip of your tongue lying normally in your mouth, and again with your tongue raised to the roof of your mouth. You will find that placing the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth strengthens you and eliminates your weaknesses.

3. Standing with Toes in and Toes Out

Stand naturally but with your toes pointed out. The arm test will get a weak response. Now, turn your toes in and you will get a strong response. This is another way energy may be circulated to increase strength. Always point your toes inward to stay strong.

4. Centering

Placing your hand vertically along your body’s midline strengthens your energy flow and immediately makes you stronger.

5. Stabilization

Standing erect makes you stronger than standing too far back or too far forward. Standing up straight must be done effortlessly. Stability in your legs comes from the looseness in your feet, ankles, knees and hips-all of which affect the rest of your body.

6. Movements at the Gym that Weaken

Mimic the movements of lateral pull-downs on the lat machine, then mimic the pushing out or up motions when using weights in building your triceps and deltoid muscles.

Perform bicep curls as in working your bicep muscles and do other movements used in your normal gym routine. Notice the immediate weakening effect on the body when the arm tests are done as you perform these movements. All movements immediately weaken the body except for lateral pull-downs-which strengthen.

The Importance of Internal Fitness

If you want to have more ‘on the spot’ internal fitness and strength, put some thought on your quantum particles and activate them so that they are bouncing off each other. You should also increase the kinetic energy in the empty spaces between your quantum particles, atoms and molecules and so on.

All fitness and strength should begin with Internal Fitness on the quantum particle level. When there’s no internal fitness, it is difficult to support the development of the external fitness.

This effortless amount of mental effort to activate your quantum particles, atoms, molecules, cellular activity, tissues, organs and so on up the line, will do more to increase your strength than any amount of external movements.

When you do outside movements without the support of internal activity, you actually aren’t getting anywhere. If the outside gets developed without the internal, it weakens you.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” said Nelson Mandela. This means every one has the responsibility of ensuring that their kids are healthy. If children have to be mentally and physically healthy, we should not only provide them with nutritious foods but see that they do their exercises regularly as well. In fact, exercises can make children physically and mentally healthy. Let us have a look.

Recent researches have once again confirmed that there are strong links between physical fitness and memory in children. Especially, kids who have stronger muscles have been found to possess better memory. Scientists have evaluated 79 children of age 9, 10, and 11. They focused their study towards muscle fitness of these children and how this had direct relationship with their memory. The results of the study have certainly reinforced the findings of another research that links the aerobic fitness of kids with their academic performance and thinking skills.

Charles Hillman, a professor of Psychology and Health Sciences at the Northeastern University of Boston, who was involved in the study, says, “There are multiple ways children can derive benefit from exercise… to build healthy bodies as well as healthy minds. We know that kids are becoming increasingly inactive, overweight and unfit. So, it’s important to take studies like these… to basically indicate the benefit of physical activity and the importance of it.”

Reports of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition reveal that only 1 child in 3 is physically active in the US. On an average, inactive children spend nearly 7.5 hours a day either playing video games, watching television or browsing the computer.

During the research, the scientists asked the children to do muscular fitness and aerobic fitness exercises including core exercises and upper and lower body exercises. Then they assessed their academic achievements and working memory with the help of various tests.

Hillman and the other scientists who did the study found that children with excellent aerobic fitness levels scored very high in tests on mathematics and memory. But it is not very much clear if muscle fitness can positively impact academic performance. Hillman adds that the tests used for muscle fitness tests involved the activities of kids such as squats, push-ups and lifting of medicine balls of light weight and not lifting of large weights.

In short, Hillman has come out with the theory that muscle fitness helps in developing connections between the neurons of the brain.

Dr. Bradley Sandella, fellowship director for sports medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del. says, “I think we always think about the benefit of physical activity on overall health, but not specifically for cognitive function. This is something I can use to motivate students, but also parents of students, to become more physically active. Not only do we know it’s good for physical development, but also that it’s good for cognitive development.”

The study is preliminary and it needs further research, say scientists.