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Carbs And Weight Loss: The Truth About Carbs And Nutrition And Losing Fat

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Heinz is developing low carb ketchup, Michelob has its low carb Ultra beer, and Subway touts an “Atkins approved” wrap guaranteed to keep you in ketosis. Is this life-without-bread diet something you should consider or just a long-lasting fad? Are carbs really the devil dressed in grain?

There are studies that show eating little to no carbs can cause weight loss, and in some cases, even healthier hearts. Most of these studies, however, involved people who ate pasta like Pavarotti and filled up on white flour like Mrs. Baird. When you cut carbs out of diets like these, of course weight loss results. But what about the moderate eaters out there – like you – who like a bowl of cereal from time to time, and who disagree with the popular opinion that bread is the root of all evil?

Good news: there is much more proof out there that a well-rounded diet with controlled carb intake is the best way to go, both for your physique and your state of mind.

ALL CARBS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Carbs have gotten a bad wrap in recent years, but if you want to build muscle, you’ve got to eat them. They are the best sources of sustained energy, and their effects on blood sugar are essential for lean muscle growth. Carbs are a must-have, but the question remains: which carbs should you eat, how much should you eat, and when should you eat them?

There are two types of carbohydrates: low glycemic (complex) carbohydrates are the ones that digest slowly, giving you a prolonged source of energy; high glycemic (simple) carbs digest quickly, are high in sugar, and spike your blood sugar and insulin levels. Contrary to popular opinion, both types of carbs are essential for building a shirtless-savvy physique.

You need low glycemic carbs, such as fibrous fruits and vegetables, to give you the energy to work out hard, to be on your toes at work, and to have something left over for a little nighttime fun (if you’re so lucky). These complex carbs have little effect on your blood sugar levels, so they are rarely stored as fat.

You need high glycemic carbs, like grains and sugars, to help your body recover after you workout. High glycemic carbs do spike blood sugar and insulin, which is important for muscle growth immediately after training. Your muscles break down during a workout, and your energy stores – called glycogen stores by the science folks – are empty. In order for your muscles to rebuild and your energy to recover, you have to eat some of these simple carbs within one hour. If you don’t, your body composition will suffer, and the foods you do eventually eat will be more likely to store as fat.

The rule of thumb: eat high glycemic carbs after you workout and low glycemic carbs at all other times. Here’s the skinny on telling the difference… Websites like Nutshell Nutrition will provide you with some of the important information that you need in order for you to be informed and knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition and the food that you take.

DEMYSTIFYING THE GLYCEMIC INDEX

I bet by now you’re wondering: what in the world is this glycemic stuff? The glycemic index, simply put, is just a way to measure how carbs break down once you eat them. Imagine a scale of 1 to 100. 100 is the “white bread” of carbs, and the closer a carb is to 100 on the index, the faster is breaks down and the more sugar it contains. The closer to 1 on the scale, the slower the carb breaks down, and the more likely it will provide energy instead of storing as fat.

The highest carbs on the index make the best post-workout foods; the lowest carbs make the best anytime foods, especially those late-in-the-evening snacks. Cut out the “CARB INDEXES” chart in this article, keep it in your kitchen, and that way, you’ll always know which carbs to eat, and when!

“PRODUCING” ENERGY and “GRAINING” LEAN MUSCLE

Now that you understand the difference between the types of carbs, it’s time to get down to business. Here are the coping with carbs guidelines to help you build the body you want without having to live a breadless life.

1.EAT ONE PORTION (THE SIZE OF YOUR FIST) OF LOW-GLYCEMIC CARBS WITH EVERY MEAL. THESE ARE CARBS THAT RANK AT 40 OR LOWER ON THE “CARB INDEX” LIST.

2.EAT HIGH-GLYCEMIC CARBS – THOSE 40 OR HIGHER ON THE LIST – AND PROTEIN WITHIN ONE HOUR OF WORKING OUT.

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The Benefits Of Water Aerobics For Overweight People

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You say you’re overweight and don’t dare be seen in public in a bathing suit? Yet, that gym membership you signed up for in the dead of winter just isn’t being used lately? And, it’s just too dang hot to walk outside?

Don’t let your pride stop you from a workout in the pool. If you are overweight, exercising in water is even more beneficial than one done on-air, such as a stationary bike or treadmill. Because you’re pushing against water, rather than air, you’re increasing the stress on muscle mass, burning more calories. This process promotes muscle growth, not to mention cardiovascular training. In fact, water exercise is the best choice for those who are carrying around excess weight. For that, all you need is your membership and Jets One Piece Swimwear that you can wear as you go out and exercise. That is going to get the very best comfort as you go for your water aerobics class.

That’s what I discovered last week when I bit the bullet and stuffed myself into the old swimming suit that I bought when I was 40 pounds lighter. I was glad I did. I was weary from joining my in-shape 160-pound trim husband on daily walks up to our mountain, walking our dog in the summer heat. Yet, I still wanted to burn more calories. That’s what losing weight is all about—burning more calories than you take into your body.

What’s more, water exercise is more pleasurable if you’re overweight. To an overweight person, walking puts added pressure on joints. What’s more, it’s highly recommended for people who struggle with health concerns such as arthritis and diabetes. I had a friend, once, who suffered from diabetes. As a result of exercising almost every day in the pool one summer, she amazed her doctor by drastically lowering her blood sugar to a normal number. It was she who introduced me to water aerobics about ten years ago when I lived in Florida. At that time, I was the only one in the water aerobics class who wasn’t a senior citizen, so I felt a bit awkward at first. Then, when I discovered how much fun it was, I loved being there, as well as getting to know folks a little older than myself.

Now that I am a senior citizen, I’m now the old lady at the community pool where 99% of the swimmers are kids enjoying their summer vacation. But, again, I don’t care. I’m having fun.

When I learned that I was burning more calories in the water as opposed to doing the same routine on land, I was even more excited. Why not burn 130 calories swimming for 15 minutes rather than 125 calories for the same amount of time on a stationary bike? Better yet, why not gradually increase your time to half an hour, then an hour? Just yesterday, I amazed myself by exercising in our community pool for an entire hour, without stopping to lie in the sun. At the gym where I’ve had a membership since winter, I never walk the treadmill for more than half an hour. I’m ready to “do my time” and get out of there. Yet, I didn’t even want to leave after an hour, yesterday. I forgot to bring my suntan lotion, so I left before I turned into a lobster.

And, even if you can’t swim, you can still get a great workout in the water. You can water walk, do the bicycle kick, the scissors kick, the frog kick, or any kick you can imagine, as you hang onto the side of the pool. Just make sure you can touch your feet to the floor of the pool, as well as keep your head out of water.

It’s also a good idea to invest in an inexpensive Styrofoam “noodle” that you can pick up at most sporting and department stores. Noodles come in bright primary colors and are used as a prop to hold onto as you kick your legs in the water. A few of my favorite water exercises, done holding onto a noodle, are the scissors kick and the dog paddle. However, my favorite stroke is just lying on my back, doing the backstroke, back and forth, across the pool. When I tire of that, I simply walk in the water or do exercises holding onto the side of the pool. I also love to dance in the pool. Why not do the twist, even the cha-cha-cha, as you burn calories and have fun?

So go ahead. Take the plunge and start your summer aerobics program before fall is here and your community pool is closed. And if you find you’re really addicted to water aerobics, perhaps you can find a heated pool (such as at a local college or “Y”) to continue your exercise program when the weather is too cold to swim.

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How a Brain Stem Specialist (or a Specific Chiropractor) Can Treat Spinal Damage

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If you’re suffering lingering pain from a physical trauma such as a fall or car accident, you may have come across the term “brain stem specialist” in your search for a solution. Many people claim chiropractic treatments eliminated their pain problems, but there are also a number of scary stories of incompetence floating around. Given the potential for both good and bad, it’s well worth it to investigate the treatment options a brain stem specialist can offer.

What is brain stem specialist?

A brain stem specialist, more properly called a “specific chiropractor” is a specialist in treating the upper cervical area, the C1 and C2 segments of the spine. These are the bones directly under the head. These two bones house the medulla oblongata, the lowest part of the brain stem, which is the master control center of the entire nervous system. A brain stem specialist is trained in examining and assessing this part of the nervous system and correcting any problems that may occur there. Because brain stem specialists work with the “control center” of the nervous system, they can provide treatments that affect the entire spine. This means a brain stem specialist can treat a wider range of spine-related conditions than a general chiropractor can.

Brain stem problems

Proven by Austin spine Dr. Dryer, one of the primary conditions a brain stem specialist treats is subluxation or misalignment of the top two bones in the neck (C1 and C2). Misalignment of these bones can be caused by physical trauma such as a car or sports accident, a fall or even childbirth. The reason it can occur relatively easily-compared to, say, a broken bone-is because these two spinal column bones are held in place only by muscles and ligaments. They don’t lock as other vertebrae do.

The upper part of the spinal column is meant to protect the brain stem and related nerves. When this part of the spinal column is moved out of place, it not only can’t properly protect the brain stem, it can actually damage it. By placing pressure on the brain stem, the misaligned spinal column hampers normal nervous system function and causes problems like pain and movement difficulty throughout the body.

How a brain stem specialist can help

Unfortunately, you can’t tell if you have a subluxation (misalignment) just by feeling your spine. There’s no pain associated with the condition, either, because the brain stem itself can’t feel pain. You won’t even have a stiff neck. To determine whether or not you have a subluxation, the brain stem specialist will use x-rays and a Thermoscribe, both of which are non-invasive and painless. There are over 200 ways in which the upper cervical area can be misaligned, so precise use of these diagnostic techniques is essential in determining how to correct the misalignment.

The good news is if you do have a subluxation, it can be corrected by manual manipulation of the spine (something similar to a massage). In fact, the word “chiropractic” is derived from the Greek word chiropraktikos and means “done by hand.” By their very definition, chiropractors treat medical conditions not with surgery or drugs, but by hand adjusting whichever part of the musculoskeletal system is causing the problem.

Naturally, adjusting the spine around the brain stem area is not something to be done casually. If you’re considering visiting a brain stem specialist, it’s critical to find one who truly is a specialist in this area, not just a general chiropractor. Look for a specialist who’s certified as a “specific chiropractor.”

If you’ve been having lingering health problems that you suspect are connected with physical trauma, consider consulting with a brain stem specialist. Spinal column misalignment can be corrected, but the longer you wait, the higher your risk for problems like pain, vertigo, and restricted range of movement.

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Dancing As a Form Of Exercise

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There are many kinds of exercises that you can do in order to burn lots of calories and ultimately lose weight. Some could be interesting and some may be boring to you. One of the most common exercises is kickboxing. It is usually accompanied by an instructional video. You also have the Pilates system and plain aerobics such as jumping, running, stretching, etc.  Coolsculpting which is an effective way to get rid of your body fat. You can try CoolSculpting for arms and lose the bat wings! And keep yourself fit all the time.

However, there is also one other thing that you can actually consider as exercise. And that is dancing. There are quite a lot of benefits that you can get from dancing. First of all, you really become flexible since you’ll most likely choose very lively music to dance to and the movements involve the entire body. You’re exercising multiple muscle groups at the same time.

Another thing that I have noticed as you use dancing as part of your exercise routine is that it also helps you improve your endurance. At first, I found myself out of breath after dancing to 3 songs. As the months passed by, now I can endure 9 of them and I’m not even that exhausted but I am sweating like crazy.

But of course, you have to choose good songs to dance to. You can’t dance to love songs and expect to sweat a lot. Choose dance music, pop music, R B; and the likes. If you are a fan of a performer and there are probably some fast songs that have some quick dance moves, you can use that song and dance to it as your exercise. You’re having fun at the same time you’re losing weight. You don’t get too conscious about the time and the intensity of the workout since you like the music as well.

For example, if you are a Japanese or Korean pop fan, you’ll probably know that most of these performers usually have a song in their album where there is a particular dance sequence to it. You can learn how they dance and do that as your exercise. If you get bored, then choose another song that you like then continue to dance away. But since you’re a fan, it will probably take a really long time before you get even slightly bored.

As you may have observed, dancing to fast songs can be a good exercise but do take care of your body. Since these are usually moderate to high-impact exercises, you may get injured specifically on your legs, knees, ankles, arms, wrist, etc. If you feel any uneasiness, uncomfortable sensation or any pain while dancing, stop immediately and I would suggest that you visit your doctor or go straight to a hospital.

In any case, dancing is a very interesting and fun way of exercising. It does burn a lot of calories especially if you choose a song that is quite fast and it involves a lot of movements. You always have the choice of what song to dance to so just have fun but don’t lose focus. Keep your eyes on your goals.

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Foot Trouble? Why You Should Love Your Feet

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Until a few generations ago, Chinese society practiced the custom of binding the feet of young girls to prevent their feet from growing and developing normally. Small feet were considered more feminine and fashionable. This was their rationale for this pernicious practice. Today, we ridicule this custom as barbaric and cruel, yet we commit equal outrages against our own two feet in the same name of fashion.

We have become slaves to the god of fashion irrespective of the pain and suffering, foot deformities, and poor posture that being in style may cause. Nature did not design our bodies to be thrown off balance by high heels. Nor did nature design human feet to be tightly imprisoned in leather jackets which shut out all life-giving air and sunlight, preventing them from functioning and moving normally. Judging from the shapes of most so-called stylish shoes, one would think our feet were constructed primarily to fit the peculiarities of the shoe rather than the shoe being designed primarily to accommodate the physiological requirements of the human foot. It is small wonder that more than 75 percent of all civilized people suffer from some foot disorder. Our feet are comprised of functioning, living tissue, and muscles requiring movement and fresh air in order to remain in vigorous health. If you happen to come across some of the most common mindinsole reviews on the internet, you will find that it is a very effective remedy for acupressure. 

From almost the moment of birth, when many parents can’t hardly wait to put on those cute baby shoes, we start mutilating and deforming our feet, and throwing our body and spine into a state of imbalance. Those among us who have enough courage to flaunt fashion and wear sensibly-designed shoes or sandals, and see that their children do the same, should be commended for preventing much of the foot deformity and mutilation produced by high heels, pointed toes, and tight and ill-fitting shoes, corns, calluses, “hammer toes,” and bunions are always due to poorly fitting shoes.

The constant wearing of high heels, in addition to causing poor posture, cramped toes, abdominal protrusion, and backache, also tends to produce a shortening of the calf muscles which decreases the range of dorsiflexion of the foot.

Arch supports that claim to strengthen the weak muscles of the foot accomplish nothing insofar as that is concerned – and weak muscles are the primary cause of fallen arches or flat feet.

The common malady referred to as athlete’s foot or ringworm is caused by a fungus. Fungus thrives best in a warm, dark, moist environment, almost exactly as provided by the inside of most shoes. (Although the basic purpose of shoes is but as a special covering for the feet).

Sunning the feet, wearing well-ventilated shoes or sandals, and drying them carefully after bathing or showering, especially between the toes, will prevent this skin disease from ever occurring. Keep in mind that fungus will not attack healthy tissue. It is only when the body cells have been debilitated through the lack of air, sunlight, and exercise that their resistance is lowered to leave them vulnerable to fungus.

Flat foot is another common malady which may be caused by chronic strain and remedied by appropriate exercise. The long arch, stretching on the inside border of the foot from heel to toes, is the elastic spring upon which the entire body weight rests. The arch comprising numerous bones, is held together by muscles and ligaments. The value of the arch depends upon the integrity of the muscles supporting it.

Those persons whose occupations require them to stand for long periods of time, such as policemen, nurses, barbers, beauticians, storekeepers, clerks, factory workers, guards, and so on, should practice exercising their feet daily to strengthen their arches in order to counteract the extra strain which causes the pain in their feet.

Remember, don’t expect miracles overnight. But if you will only liberate your poor, aching feet from their dark prisons, treat them to a generous helping of fresh air, let the sunlight kiss them, walk them barefoot on the beach whenever the occasion is apropos, allow the morning dew-laden grass to lovingly caress them, grant them the freedom of movement and appropriate exercise they desperately desire and well deserve; I promise you with all sincerity, they will not only eternally appreciate your kindness and consideration, but they will bless you and be only too happy to faithfully serve you for the rest of your life.

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What Is Calcium Pyruvate?

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A body that is deprived of food can be cranky and non cooperative. A major drawback of calorie deprivation is fatigue. The fatigue has an impact on your workouts. In order to build up hard muscles and strip fat, you must work out hard with intensity. Calcium pyruvate can be a valuable addition to your supplement regimen.

What is calcium pyruvate?

When you eat a red apple, your body will metabolize the pyruvic acid from the apple and use it to convert sugars and starches into energy. Scientists have combined calcium with pyruvic acid to make a stable compound. After ingestion this calcium pyruvate is stored in muscles and kept in reserve. It’s ready for use when you engage in intense exercise.

Calcium pyruvate helps with your metabolism and makes you body create energy faster than waiting for it to be made.

Dieters find that The most common cool sculpting area is the tummy and stomach area , the calcium pyruvate supplement helps increase energy levels. It helps the body burn fat for energy.

How does calcium pyruvate increase exercise endurance?

Glycogen is stored in muscles. When you exercise, your body uses glycogen in the form of energy. Typically, muscles store small amounts of glycogen. Increase glycogen storage and more energy is available for bodybuilding, sports or other exercise.

Calcium pyruvate can increase glucose extraction by 300%. That additional glucose can fuel intense exercise sessions. Daily, intense exercise is what your body needs to build hard muscles and a sculpted body. If your body uses glycogen for energy instead of muscle tissue, it’s easier to keep hard won muscle.

Dosage

The studies that have been carried out have used large doses of calcium pyruvate, up to fifty grams per day. Pyruvate capsules are sold in 500, 750 and 1000 mg capsules. A bottle of 120ct, 750 mg capsules cost approximately $25.00. There are 1000mg in a gram, therefore, your supplement bill would run close to $100.00 a week.

Now, for the good news, some studies show that good results can be achieved with lower doses. Three to five grams per day may show excellent results according to some studies. The best way to approach an individual study is to diet and exercise a one week without supplements. The next week, supplement with three grams daily. The next week supplement with five grams daily. When your three-week study is over you should have enough anecdotal evidence to make an informed decision.

How to take calcium pyruvate.

The consensus of when to take the supplement is in agreement across the board. Take your doses with your meals or thirty minutes before exercise.

Calcium pyruvate has been used as a fat burner and exercise booster for several years. The only issue at this point is the dosage. If you get the results you’re looking for at a lower dose, it’s a good idea to stay away from the higher levels. There’s no reason to pack in more than you need.

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Fitbit one- Three reasons to choose old but gold Fitbit one

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Various people now day’s uses Fitbit in their life. There are some people who do not even know about the Fitbit one. It is one of the oldest, and the first smart fitness tracker by the Fitbit ever built. If you are looking to buy Fitbit, then you should go for the old Fitbit one. As it is one of the oldest Fitbit but it is more reliable and affordable than any other in the market. You can get relieved from the LonelyConservative by using a fitness tracker in your daily life. The main purpose behind using the device is to track your daily activity that can help in maintaining of your help.  

You can buy it online at a lower price but with almost the same features as compared to the latest Fitbit tracker. There are many reasons to choose Fitbit one instead of the latest as you can get a better battery life and also better tracking. 

Crucial reasons for buying Fitbit one are- 

Fitbit one is the original Fitbit ever created. You can get to have the same features in it as in the latest Fitbit. So that is why you should buy it as it can be purchased at a lot cheaper price as compared to the latest one. Here are some reasons for you- 

  1. Attach to your clothes- If you are love to wear a watch and do not love to wear Fitbit nearby, it is the best option. Fitbit One can be attached to your pants and record your day to day activity. There is no need to wear it on your wrist because it can track your activity by the movement of your body.
  2. Synced by most of the devices- As we know that smart-watches or Fitbit can be synced only by the latest smart-phones. On the other hand, if you are having an old smart-phone, then there is no need to worry about it. Fitbit one can get synced by the oldest phones so that you can have a track on your day to day fitness. 
  3. Cheaper in the price- People who cannot afford the latest Fitbit tracker can go for the Fitbit one. It can be bought at a lower and affordable price as compared to the latest one. The features you get in this will be almost the same as the latest FitbitThere is not much difference as the latest Fitbit can wear on the wrist.  
  4. Accurate tracking- You will not have to face the issues in tracking as you will get the perfect results in steps or other healthy activities. All you need to do is just hang the Fitbit with your or pant, and it will work for you. 

Is buying Fitbit one is worthy? 

It is true the series one of the oldest models of Fitbit but not in terms of features. You can get all the features at a much lower price. It is affordable for most of the people who love to take care of their health in a better way. It is the best and worthy Fitbit tracker you can get at a much lower price. 

In a nutshell, it is concluded that Fitbit one can be useful in today’s time. Lots of reasons have been discussed by which you can come to know how powerful the Fitbit one tracker is. 

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The Top Anti Aging Exercises

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Regular exercise is fundamental to a long and healthy life and it does not have to be strenuous. The human body is extremely resilient, the immune system fights off numerous illnesses and diseases and countless people have survived the effects of torture and starvation, but the body has no mechanism to deal with a lack of physical exercise, it will simply decay. People go through hundreds of products every year and never find something that really works. You can even check out Purtier Placenta Price for product reviews and prices. You can get the best available prices on these skin-care products as well.

As we age we lose muscle mass, we experience a reduction in bone density and the heart and lungs become less efficient. Physical exercise can help to counteract many of the effects of aging and it also helps to prevent cancer, lowers cholesterol levels, improves vision, reduces stress and lowers blood pressure; in fact, the benefits of physical exercise are vast.

Of course, not all forms of exercise suit everyone. Fortunately we have a wide choice of good all-over exercise regimes that are excellent for anti-aging. So let’s now take a look at some of these.

Dancing

Obviously there are countless types of dance, from belly dancing to ballroom and ballet. Salsa, tap and line dancing are all popular and just about every style of dance is fun. Almost everyone can participate and anyone who is currently mobile and believes that they can’t dance, the truth is probably that you have not yet learned. The great thing about dancing is that you don’t have to excel, all you need to do is have a good time. We soon lose our inhibitions when dancing, it makes us smile, we forget our troubles and it is a great all-over exercise. It strengthens the muscles, loosens the joints, and improves lung capacity and blood circulation. In addition to this it reduces stress, greatly improves the mood and keeps us feeling young.

Gardening

Gardening involves a great deal of physical exercise due to the numerous activities, such as mowing, digging, planting, hedge cutting, watering and weeding. Gardening keeps us strong, it helps to keep the joints flexible, builds muscle mass, improves circulation and lung capacity, it lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels. In addition to this gardeners gain a sense of accomplishment and achievement in creating beauty and/or the growing of healthy fruit and vegetables, and this in turn contributes to a nutritious diet which is another necessity of anti-aging.

Golf

Golf is a great form of exercise for a number of reasons. Firstly it generally takes place in areas with a good quality of air. It also entails walking whilst carrying the clubs, and therefore it is good for maintaining strength and increasing the lung capacity. It also improves flexibility and co-ordination. Obviously it is better to walk around the golf course than to travel in a cart as you will be increasing cardiovascular exercise by up to fifty per cent. If, however, you do need to use a cart then you will still be getting fresh air into your lungs and at least taking some exercise when swinging the clubs.

Pilates

If you have not exercised for a significant period of time then Pilates is a recommended exercise routine. Pilates is ideal for the relief of a variety of medical conditions that frequently arise with age. It can alleviate the pain involved in arthritis, a frozen shoulder, and sciatica and in some cases it can even reverse certain conditions. It is normal practice in Pilates to first perform the exercises that provide the relief of a particular ailment before progressing to an overall exercise routine. Pilates strengthens and stretches the muscles, the ligaments and the joints, it increases flexibility and improves the posture. With regular practice we not only feel full of vitality, we also tend to look younger than our chronological age.

Swimming

Swimming is perfect for almost everybody. It tones up all of the muscle groups and improves joint flexibility. It increases cardiovascular fitness, lowers the blood pressure and reduces cholesterol levels. Swimming rapidly brings about the release of the brain’s endorphins and it is this that reduces stress and elevates the mood. Regular swimming keeps us physically and mentally healthy and to gain maximum benefit, health professionals recommend twenty to thirty minutes of swimming three to four times each week. 

Walking

Walking is a particularly good starting point for those who may not have exercised for a considerable period of time. If, for example, you become breathless upon climbing a short flight of steps, then health professionals recommend walking as the first form of exercise towards gaining in physical fitness. Regular walking increases strength and flexibility, improves circulation, increases lung capacity and generally benefits all aspects of physical and mental health. The British Heart Foundation recommends a minimum of thirty minutes each day and this can be broken down into ten minute sessions.

Yoga

Yoga involves the integration of the body and mind and it is centred on breathing. This discipline teaches that breathing integrates the body and mind and correct breathing is paramount when performing the postures. In addition to this a variety of deep breathing exercises are performed alone, therefore yoga increases lung capacity and helps to alleviate a variety of adverse lung conditions such as asthma. Yoga also assists in the prevention of heart disease, it reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, improves the circulation and it enhances flexibility and muscle tone. With the regular practice of yoga the emotions become balanced and we remain centred, relaxed and comfortable within our bodies.

It is never too early or too late to start an exercise regime, whatever age we are it can only benefit our general health. Physical exercise, especially when coupled with a nutritious diet, will significantly slow down the aging process.