Monday, January 28, 2013
Pay Attention to your Rest
Most people know how many sets and reps they plan to do in a workout, but not many know how much time they’ll spend resting between sets. This is a mistake. Taking 1 or 2 minutes rest” is like performing 10 or 20 reps -- it’s vague and unhelpful. To supercharge your workout, you need to keep track of how much rest you take between sets - and know whether or not that’s the right amount of rest for your goals. With all of the given gadgets people have in the gym these days, there’s no excuse not to track you rest interval.
My Insanity Fit test results tomorrow
Friday, January 25, 2013
Can Exercise Help Treat Depression?
If you suffer from depression, your doctor may prescribe one or more treatments, generally medication and psychotherapy. Medication comes with a host of unpleasant side effects and is not a permanent cure for depression, although it may help alleviate your symptoms. Although it's not a substitute for conventional medical treatment, exercise may provide similar benefits to psychotherapy and medication therapy.
While everyone experiences different symptoms, some common symptoms of these disorders include an overall feeling of sadness, worthlessness, being frequently tearful, a lack of interest in activities you previously enjoyed, appetite and sleep changes and irritability.
Depression is considered to have several possible causes. One theory is that depression occurs due to an imbalance in certain mood-regulating chemicals in your brain. Conventional medical treatments for depression typically involve antidepressant medications that work to regulate the amount of these neurotransmitters, namely serotonin, norepinephrine and/or dopamine, in your brain. Other possible factors include early childhood trauma, social, psychological and environmental issues or genetics. In many cases, psychotherapy is recommended to help uncover underlying or unresolved issues that may be causing the depression. Alternative treatments that may help include biofeedback, herbs, acupuncture, massage therapy, tai chi and yoga.
How Exercise Can Help
Regular physical activity promotes the production of the same mood-regulating neurotransmitters that are also increased by antidepressant medications. Additionally, exercise reduces certain immune system chemicals that can make depression worse. Exercise tends to increase your sense of self-esteem, promotes a positive mood and encourages restful sleep. Furthermore, some types of exercise involve social interaction, such as team sports or going to a gym. This can decrease the feelings of social isolation that are common to many depressed people.
Types of Exercise
The type of exercise is not as important as the frequency and duration of the exercise. Depression symptoms can be dramatically reduced by engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, three to five days a week. However, doing smaller amounts of activity can also help, especially if you perform high-intensity exercises like running or biking. The most important thing to consider when choosing an exercise program is to pick something you think you'd enjoy, because you'll be more likely to want to stick with it.
Have a great weekend!
Next week it is time for me to "DIG DEEPER"! My last weekend to rest with a workout
Thursday, January 24, 2013
What Are the Causes of Thyroid Problems?
Hormones that are created in the thyroid gland help regulate the rate at which the body burns fuel. Thyroid gland dysfunction can cause either overproduction or underproduction of thyroxine, triiodothyronine, or calcitonin, three hormones that the gland produces. An imbalance in thyroid hormones can result in a slowing or speeding of metabolism. Increases in thyroid hormone cause the heart rate to accelerate, with nervousness and insomnia frequently reported. Slowed heart rate and fatigue are often experienced in cases where thyroid hormone levels are decreased.
Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system mistakenly mounts an unwarranted defensive attack against something it has deemed to be a threat. In certain diseases, such as Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease, the healthy cells of the thyroid gland are targeted for attack by the immune system.
Benign and cancerous tumors can cause problems in the thyroid gland. The University of Maryland Medical Center says benign tumors such as adenomas can secrete large amounts of thyroid hormone that cause hyperthyroidism.
Too Much Iodine
The thyroid gland needs iodine in order to manufacture hormones. When you consume too much iodine, you can get hyperthyroidism. Merck lists expectorants and X-ray contrast agents as possible sources of excess iodine.
Disorders of the pituitary gland are an additional, but rare, cause of hyperthyroidism. The pituitary gland is the source of thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH. Lab Tests Online says pituitary disorders can be caused by hereditary factors, trauma, tumors and numerous other influences.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my 3 year old daughter!!!
Causes of Unusual Body Odors
Unpleasant body odor can impair a person's social and work life. In most cases, a person's odor will be reduced or disappear after bathing and the use of an antiperspirant or deodorant. But body odor sometimes persists despite those efforts.
Emotional distress can cause increased sweating. Stress-induced sweat is produced by the apocrine glands, which are found in the armpit, groin and scalp areas. The sweat reaches the skin surface, where bacteria quickly starts to break it down. This bacterial action causes distinct body odor. Proper stress management will help alleviate the problem.
Phenylketonuria is a disease characterized by the inability to metabolize phenylalanine, an amino acid, according to Merck Medical Manuals. It is usually diagnosed in infancy because newborn babies are routinely tested for it in the United States. It often causes a "mousy" body odor if it goes undetected and untreated because of built-up phenylalanine byproducts being excreted in the sweat. A pediatrician can treat this condition, which is usually controlled through strict diet.
Some people emit a "beer-like" body odor because of the way they metabolize yeast, according to Global Healing Center, a holistic health website. The yeast turns sugar into alcohol in their bodies, resulting in the smell. This can usually be controlled with anti-yeast dietary supplements, which are available at natural food stores and some pharmacies.
Digestive System Bacteria
Researchers at the Imperial College in London discovered that bacterial imbalances in the digestive system can trigger unpleasant body odor. This often happens after a person has been on an antibiotic regimen because of illness. The medication can kill good bacteria along with infection-causing agents. The odor will disappear when the balance is restored by taking probiotic supplements.
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