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A Relaxing Massage is all you Need to Shake the Stress Away

A Relaxing Massage is all you Need to Shake the Stress AwayPeople live a very busy life these days. As a result, they find little or no time at all for themselves. Time constraints and financial considerations often lead to a point where people forget their own needs over others.

Excuses about why one shouldn’t get a massage often revolve around some of the following factors.

An activity for the niche

An idea that has planted itself in the minds of the average Jane and Joe is that massage is not for everyone. It is an activity for the niche and elite. This is completely wrong, as massage is an activity or rather a service that is suited for everyone. Different techniques are applied by masseurs these days that serves to all body types and needs.

Time constraints

People these days are pretty busy and they think that making time for a massage session is a luxury they can’t afford! The truth is actually the opposite, they can take out some time for relaxing they are stressed out muscles as the modern day masseur won’t take much time to complete their massage session. If a person can make time for an appointment to the dentist, a piano lesson then they can make time for a massage session as well.

It’s expensive

Careful evaluation of an individual’s weekly expenses can often reveal some activities or transactions that they can do without. This will surely leave some dough left over for taking a trip to the massage studio. The best part of the deal is that once a person gets the taste of a soothing and relaxing massage session, they won’t leave much room for other unnecessary activities like taking a trip to the local pub for some drinks!

Responsibilities of the family

An individual who has taken up the responsibility of a family on his/her shoulder is already doing a noble deed and for that reason, they often find little to no time at all for themselves. This should be kept in mind that the responsibilities of the family can only be carried out if the person is at their full potential. Prioritizing self well being over other things is indeed a great lesson that can be passed on to the next generation.

Making excuses for not getting a massage is easy. This particular mindset is bound to change as soon as an individual who was reluctant and fussy at first, get down for a massage session. In almost all the cases, the most common response from a person is that why didn’t they settle for a massage session sooner.

The relaxed muscles, the toned joints and the overall feeling of happiness all adds t o the appeal for a massage.

Douglas Powell is a licensed massage therapist. Douglas provides his services in the Winter Park area within the state of Florida. He can be contacted at 407 – 325 – 8866 or by visiting his business center at Crealde Business Center, 2431 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792.

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Mixing It Up For A Men’s Health Workout Regimen

Mixing It Up For A Men's Health Workout RegimenDepending on what you wish to achieve regarding your health, men should know that the most basic of goals, losing fat, can be achieved but best by mixing your exercise health regimen.

What we mean by mixing it up, is that men need two different types of exercise to build muscle and burn fat. Sure, basic cardio will burn off excess calories, but resistance training will not only burn off calories but do so more efficiently in the long run. The reason being that cardio burns excess calories during the exercise and well after the exercise. Building muscle burns up excess calories during exercise and longer than cardio because muscle needs calories 24/7. This means while at rest, your muscles are still burning calories while they repair themselves.

A good schedule would be to do cardio alternated with resistance training on a daily basis. Muscle needs time to heal. When you do resistance training you’re tearing muscle fiber which needs to build itself back up thus increasing muscle mass and strength. Cardio also needs a rest which is why alternating the different approaches is so efficient. While one is resting, the other is being conditioned. This will keep the metabolic rate cooking far longer and efficiently thus leading to a rapid fat loss.

You should consult a physician before doing any new or changing workout routines just to make sure you don’t injure yourself. Nutrition comes in big here too. You’ll need the calories from food to have energy, but you’ll need more vitamins and minerals, rest, and a good outlook.

So the detail is this: Coordinate your workouts. Here’s another good reason depending on what you’re trying to achieve. In order to build muscle, you need to lift heavy weights at low repetitions. To get that ‘cut’ look, you need to lift lighter weights at higher repetitions. Low weights and higher reps are more like cardio, so if you instead do full out cardio on one day and weight training the next day, you’ll meet your caloric burn goals and build muscle that looks good too.

Now, with weight lifting, you must also alternate which muscle groups to work on during a workout. You’ll need to work for each muscle group twice a week, so scheduling can be tricky if on off days you’re doing cardio. Six days a week or doing split sessions may be too much for some people. It’s all on a case by case basis. It also depends on how intense your cardio training is. Jogging will wear you out unless you’re doing power runs which build up leg muscles and lung capacity. If this is the case then you’ll not need to do as much resistance training on your legs, leaving you more time for other muscle groups. If you choose swimming as your cardio choice, you’ll be working for all the muscle groups at the same time and increased respiration and all that will burn plenty of calories fast. Then on off days, you pump iron.

It’s rather simple, but it takes planning and discipline. You should keep statistics regarding your progress and watch them carefully. They will show you what you’re doing right and wrong. In the end you should see results the first week easily.

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Consuming Too Much Refined Sugars Could Cause Death from Heart Disease

Consuming Too Much Refined Sugars Could Cause Death From Heart DiseaseConsuming added or refined sugars in copious amounts on a daily basis could be fatal. Adding two teaspoons of sugar every time you consume a cup of coffee or tea or add spoonfuls to your milkshake during breakfast increases your chances of dying prematurely from heart disease. And it is not that only obese people were exposed to death risks resulting from consumption of high amounts of processed sugars.

Even people with normal weights who ordinarily consume 2000 calories every day were at high risk of jeopardizing their health if they drank too many cups of tea or coffee laced with sugars or consumed sweetened colas. A report on a groundbreaking study which appeared in an issue of the ‘JAMA Internal Medicine’ corroborated the above claim. The calories in the added sugars that a typical American consumes each constitute nothing less than 10% of his total calorific intake on a daily basis.

However, one out of every ten Americans takes added sugars whose calorie content makes up 25% of their total calorie consumption. The study which was spread over a 15-year period endeavored to establish a correlation between heart disease and intake rate of added sugars. The researchers came up with findings that were revealing and had substantial evidence to back up their claims.

The study found that participants who received one-fourth of their daily calorie requirement from added sugars were twice as vulnerable to die from a heart attack compared to those who took less than 10% sugar with their meals. Taken as a whole, an individual’s chances of dying from infarction (heart attack) went up concomitantly with a corresponding rise in added sugar intake. This assertion or finding was not affected by an individual’s sex, age, level of physical activity, and weight. A majority of Americans tend to obtain a substantial quantity of added sugar from energy drinks, sports drinks and sweetened colas and sodas which they consume heavily.

Of the total amount of refined sugars that all the Americans consume on a cumulative or collective basis, cold beverages sweetened with sugar represent over 33%. Breakfast cereals, cakes, ice-creams, cookies, biscuits, fruit juices and drinks, caramelized toffees, chocolates, frozen yogurts, and a host of other sweetened food items also accounted for intake of added sugar. Nutritionists, dieticians and health experts always suggest people consume a minimal quantity of added sugars and for good reasons.

Firstly, a high intake of processed sugars increases one’s weight abnormally leading to obesity and causes cavities in the teeth. Secondly, sugar supplies calories to your body that do not have any nutritional value. In other words, added sugars do not contain any mineral, fiber or vitamin. Taking a high amount of added sugar elbows out wholesome and healthy food items from your diet depriving your body of the essential nutrients it needs every day to keep you in the pink of health.

Was there a possibility that researchers involved in the trial may have erred at some stage while carrying out the study implying that added sugar wasn’t as harmful as it was made out to be? Chances of the scientists faltering were negligible as they took note of the ‘healthy eating index’ of the participants. The index was a measure or indicator of the conformity of their diets with nutritional guidelines outlined by the US federal authorities.

Dr. Teresa Fung of the Harvard School of Public Health opened ‘regardless of their ‘healthy eating index’ scores, people who ate more sugar still had higher cardiovascular mortality’. Nevertheless, the researchers have not been able to figure out in what way or ways could intake of excess added sugar could adversely affect the normal functioning of a heart. Dr. Fung advises you to include fresh fruits in your everyday diet without adding sugar if you wish to keep your heart in good health.

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Exercising for Better Brain Health

Exercising for Better Brain HealthThere is an increasing body of scientific literature which shows that exercising is not only good for your physical fitness, but also for your mental health as well. A recent review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows this effect in the 50+ year old population in particular. The results were seen in groups which had a previous cognitive decline in their medical histories as well as those who were healthy with no mental notes in their medical history. In total, the review looked at 39 different studies published over the last 25 years and looked at the impact of moderate or high-intensity exercise done over a 45 to 60-minute period.

The review hypothesizes that the reason for this benefit may be due to increased blood vessel and brain cell density which comes with exercise in certain parts of the brain. This would make sense from a physiological standpoint and is perhaps explained by the increased blood flow attributed to exercise including blood flowing to the head and brain. However, no conclusions can be made on the physiological impact that exercise has without further study specifically looking at that.

It is important to critically evaluate the review as well as the studies included in it before coming to any conclusions as there are different methodologies, each with its own ups and downs. Furthermore, some of the control groups displayed changes in their mental health as well, suggesting potential impact from extraneous variables too. This study is really good from a hypothesis-generation standpoint, however, and may lead to more conclusive support in the future.

Based on the review, and if the findings hold true, there are several tips that may eventually be of benefit for patients to follow. One is to opt for aerobic exercise which can not only help the brain but also the heart- the latter which has a strong body of evidence behind it. Aerobic exercise includes things like running, walking, and swimming. Incorporating any of these activities into your schedule in a regimented and regular way can have a very big positive impact on your health. In addition, doing some resistance-based exercise can help too. Tai chi may be a gentler option for someone looking for a more meditative experience. This may have other positive mental effects too and help reduce stress, etc. It is also great for people who may not be able to do very strenuous exercises due to other conditions or limitations. Finally, combining exercises is the best option if possible as you are likely to get something different from each type of exercise. Again, this should be catered to your personal goals as well as medical limitations. Consulting your doctor on a new workout plan is the best route if you have that option.

Exercising can have many health benefits from improving your cognitive function to cardiovascular benefit to potentially even increasing strength and reducing the risk of accidental injuries. Try to find something you like and stick with it and you are bound to see some sort of results.

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Ups and Downs for Massages for Runners

Ups and Downs for Massages for RunnersThere are many benefits and downsides of getting massages for runners or for any athlete. Amongst the upsides are that they can feel great for most people so the relaxation that comes with that can be a great mental benefit after a strenuous run or workout. Many surveys have been conducted of runners’ post run who get a massage compared to those who do not and those who did report reduced muscle tension and a great range of motion which leads to the mental benefit. The recovery times seem to be lower with massages, but it is hard to say if it is just a placebo effect or something real. Either way, it can be a great way to increase blood flow which theoretically should allow nutrients to get to muscles more efficiently and allow the body to get rid of waste easier as well, which would make the perceived effect make sense.

While the upsides of a massage have been discussed extensively in the literature and through various reports, there are some downsides that should not be overlooked. For one, the cost can be high if you are hiring a professional. This should always be a key consideration in whether or not to make the investment- the expected return on the cost. Also, as stated before if it is just a placebo effect then it really may not be worth it, especially if you can find something else that gives you a similar impact. In fact, Dr. Justin Crame of McMaster University says that there is not really much strong evidence to support the conclusion that massages help recovery or feeling better after a run. There are many claims floating about dating back to various “experts” and even ancient times, but nothing that has really been showing through rigorous scientific study. There are many studies out there but they are not of strong scientific design or they are very small in terms of people included so they cannot be generalized or really even used to describe any effect.

By applying pressure to tissues as you do in a massage, the tissue can soften so that clenched muscles can, in turn, relax according to a kinesiology professor from Auburn. She does not buy the notion that toxins, etc. can be removed from the body because of massage, but she does see the difference in muscle relaxation.

Ultimately the jury is still out on whether or not massages can help drive recovery or if they are just an amusing nice to have. More robust studies are really the only thing that can solve the debate, but true randomized controlled trials with large enough samples sizes can be expensive to run. Also, with massages, control groups are a bit hard since it is easy to tell who is and is not getting a massage. Despite these challenges, it is still possible to create strong scientific studies for us to gain a better understanding into whether many athletes are actually helping their bodies or just buying into a fad.

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Why You Should Join a Gym

Why You Should Join a GymThere are tons and tons of fad diets, lose weight quick, and get fit fast schemes out there, but the truth is that most of them are just that- schemes. They are often put out to sell products or to increase clicks, but in reality, generate little to no long-term returns for prospective dieters. The keep to staying fit and maintaining your health is really in watching what you eat and in exercising to keep your strength up and body trim. Step one for the latter part: sign up for the gym.

People who have gym memberships exercise more and do better on a number of health tests. This is pretty obvious and potentially subject to selection bias, but the correlation likely also holds in the direction which we would think to some degree: signing up for the gym likely does make you more likely to exercise. Once you sign up for the gym, you should figure out a workout plan that works for you and one that involves both strength training as well as aerobic activity. The amount and time you spend on exercising or at the gym really depends on your goals and is not really the point of this piece, but there are many guides and workout plans freely available online or even on Youtube. Many of these do a great job of demonstrating proper form and how to cater your workouts to your end goals.

Going to the gym has many benefits downstream from the actual workouts you get. You are much more likely to have better cardiovascular health, less likely to get injured, and also more likely to have better mental health. The aerobic exercise is what will really help you with the cardiovascular effect as it helps build a strong heart and can help reduce blood pressure and heart attacks over the long-run. The only thing to be careful with here is to make sure you are not doing something you should not be if you already have a heart condition. Strength training really helps build up your core strength so that you are less likely to get injured in the daily course of life- particularly if you are doing something physically rigorous. A keep thinks to keep in mind here is to stretch before lifting and to make sure you are lifting with proper form as not doing those things puts you at risk of injury from the exercises themselves. Finally, any form of exercise is likely to leave you feeling more confident and with your mind cleared. There have been numerous scientific studies that show that regular exercising leads to better mental health outcomes and lower incidence of mental health disease including depression.

Going to the gym can seem like a pain, but it can literally extend your life and make you happier. It typically is not very expensive and if you incorporate it into your daily routine you may find yourself living a much better life. Hope this helps and good luck on your men’s health journey.

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Why Men Should Get Massages

Why Men Should Get MassagesIt is a great stigma that massages are more of a feminine activity or leisurely pastime. There are actually many reasons why the male massage is severely underrated by our society. It can actually help treat ailments, for one. This is usually the case because massages can help reduce muscle fatigue and increase blood flow throughout the body. It can lead to relaxation of the muscles and reduces the risks of tightening and the sequelae known with that, especially in middle-aged and older men. Massages can also help stop injuries from sports by increasing the flexibility of muscles and allowing for optimal healing as the increased blood flow can lead to better transport of nutrients and other materials to areas that need to be repaired. On the flip side, the flow can also lead to a quicker removal of byproducts made by the cell which needs to be removed from the body.

Massages also improve wellbeing in other ways. They can help reduce stress, get rid of anxiety, and improve upon stress levels. In general, people who get massages tend to feel better and happier than their counterparts who did not get massages. According to Men’s Health magazine, there are also notable physiological changes that go with men who get regular massages. For one, their blood pressure levels tend to be significantly lower than those who do not get these massages. They also have fewer downstream comorbidities including kidney failure and heart failure.

It can be hard to find the time to actually get massages during our busy lives, but once you find the time you will find that it is well worth it. People who get regular massages report higher efficiency in work and other things they do, often to the point where the time spent on the massage is easily made up for elsewhere. It is also great for morale as treating yourself and taking care of your body is important. Combine massages with meditation and you can really get a holistic rejuvenation experience in terms of mind and body.

The great thing about massages is that they are growing in popularity as people fully appreciate the upside and what is the really minimal downside. More and more massage services are cropping up across the country to really meet every need. Whether you want someone to come to your house or you want someone where you can go to a professional setting, there are many, many options available. If you are interested in finding a good masseuse in your area check out reviews online- that is usually a pretty good bet at finding a decent professional. From there it is really about your personal relationship and what works best for you so don’t be discouraged if you don’t find someone you like on the first try. Different masseuses practice different types of massages so they have different techniques and styles and people getting them will have their own preferences. Eventually, you will surely find someone who meets your needs and helps you really relax the way you should.

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Good Reasons For Strength Training

Good Reasons For Strength TrainingIf one watches television enough you’ll think that those weird machines and guru fad diets are the way to fitness. Not so. These methods are based on simple things that you can do on your own and that means knowing the basics of strength training.

Strength training is one of the best overall training regimens that benefit the body and mind on all levels. It’s not about using weights to look like legendary bodybuilder and actor Lou Ferrigno, it’s about using resistance training to shore up the bones, build up the ligaments, increase metabolism, flush out toxins, clear the mind, and much more.

Doctors often recommend resistance training or strength training to any of their patients that are capable of doing them. It’s a preventative and therapeutic move that brings about a better person overall.

Strength training calls for testing each muscle and muscle group until it fails. Meaning you can’t do another repetition of that particular exercise. It means the muscle is tapped out and the muscle tissue is torn and in need of rest and repair. This is how strength and muscle are grown as the body then adds more muscle to repair the damaged tissue. It’s simple biological logic, if a muscle fails, build more muscle to prevent it from failing again.

Don’t worry about strength training being some miserable experience. Today’s strength training regimens have all sorts of great tools and techniques that make it quite the fun experience. You’ve got lots to help you along the way too. New digital body monitoring, your music, your videos, all there to help you keep on pumping it up. This is a far cry from the old days of sweaty, boilermaker gyms. Today’s fitness center or even one’s home can sparkle with excitement and electricity with the latest strength training equipment. Actually, if you put the fun into the goals, you will find yourself more interested in training than going to the local disco. If you join a gym, you’ll meet professionals and local folks who will help you along the way. You can build quite new and vigorous social engagement as well as get fit too. Having positive people who believe in your well-being can only go to your benefit.

So it’s wise to talk to one’s doctor, see if they’ll allow you to do strength training. Your doctor might also recommend a nutritionist to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients that will bring about the best results. If you plan right, and focus on the joy of getting healthy, then your strength training goals should come along smoothly and with big happy results.

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Sleep, The Best Remedy

Sleep, The Best RemedyFar too many people underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. Let there be no mistake here. Sleep is a major necessity for the survival of the organism on all levels.
Sleep isn’t just closing your eyes and resting. Sleep involves a number of processes that the body and mind need to go through to sleepnot only keep the person alive but alive on systematic failsafe that nature intends us to live by. Sleep allows the body to basically do diagnostics and repair.

Cells, tendons, muscle, all need sleep to make the best of the nutrients and repair systems the body has built up and operate on. Everything from repair to damage from injury, stress, disease, need sleep to function properly. If that’s not enough, the mind itself needs sleep in order to operate at peak efficiency. Sleep deprivation can cause accidents and even death. It can affect production and efficiency and costs untold tens of millions of dollars in lost wages, revenue, and services.

We see sleep deprivation in many hospital workers. Some nurses and doctors working ridiculous hours without proper sleep and making deadly mistakes. Cab drivers, truck drivers, are all noted for incidents where horrific accidents occur when these people are low on sleep.

It’s a major problem because many people have to work 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet. They catch sleep whenever they can and in doing so compromise their health and mental well-being and then cause accidents, provide less than stellar service, make errors, and eventually cascade the infrastructure of their particular employers business model into disarray and chaos.

If the mind doesn’t get enough sleep, all sorts of havoc can occur. The mind needs to process trillions of bits of data each second. It needs to orient the organism to better survive. Without sleep, the natural diagnostics and healing procedures just can’t take place and the mind then becomes its own worse enemy. Hallucinations, miscalculations, stress, delusions, can all occur if the mind doesn’t get enough sleep. Stress is the silent killer and without sleep, stress takes hold and grows. Without warning the mind then cannot command the body to regulate, operate, or repair itself and the result can be catastrophic illnesses and even death.

What’s tragic is that government is often helpless to track down and force employers to allow for reasonable work times. Also, people who are desperate will avoid sleep regardless of the health warnings. Combining all these things means danger for the person and the rest of the civilization because you’ve got millions of people wandering around, driving, operating machinery, tending to the ill, seniors, children, animals, all while half asleep. The amount of money government has to lose because of this is a major issue that doctors and health officials have been pounding the pulpit over for decades.

The best remedy for all this is for people to realize that lack of sleep is dangerous. It helps no one. The authorities need to step in and make sure that people, especially those who work in high responsibility jobs, get good sleep regardless of corporate pressure. As for those who deny sleep because of their survival, that’s an issue on another scale altogether that won’t be solved until social and economic issues are addressed with efficiency and sympathy.

Overall, sleep is a health life saver. Do not fall into the pit of denying a good night’s sleep or you may surely live to regret it.

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Cupping Massage Is Still Popular

Cupping Massage Is Still PopularIf you’ve not heard or seen cupping massage, you’re in for a treat as this ancient method of massage is a very modern day popular treatment. People have been using cupping massage for thousands of years. Its purpose is to treat pain and injury as well as optimize certain areas of the body for physical performance. Today’s audience looking for anything to alleviate problems and increase performance fell upon cupping massage when celebrities started spotlighting the technique.

As soon as the public saw the circular red marks caused by cupping massage on the bodies of the rich and famous, the fad factor went through the roof. It still took cupping massage a while to win over as a certified practice but the proof of its success was in the performance. When star athletes, including the Olympic athletes, started showing off what cupping did for them, the word was out and the meteoric rise of popularity started and hasn’t stopped.

Cupping massage is a simple concept but a very specialized skill. One uses regular sized cups made of clay, bamboo, glass, and other materials and places them over an affected area that needs attention. The cup is heated and causes a suction action that stimulates the tissue beneath. Effects include the increase in circulation and neural stimulation. Any injuries then receive more nutrients to repair the damaged tissue and for athletes in specialized sports can get tissue enhanced safely and naturally.

Many will swear by cupping massage and that word of mouth is a major part of its popularity. People see friends and family improve and that’s enough of a selling point to them. Practitioners of the process are now required to have certification and you’ll find most working in conjunction with chiropractic and acupuncture. For those reticent to use pharmaceuticals, cupping therapy is an alternative they pursue. It’s always best to consult a doctor before undergoing any treatment. If your doctor is familiar with the field of cupping massage they may have a professional they can recommend thus making it easier for them to follow your progress in conjunction with your regular medical treatments.

Once all the elements are in place, you’ll be with a professional practitioner of cupping therapy and they’ll guide you through the prep and follow through. It can cause the skin to become discolored for days, even weeks, but no damage to the tissue occurs nor is long lasting. Each practitioner may employ one or more cupping techniques from stationary to moving. It all depends on the kind of problems you have and what they feel is the best approach to address the problem. How long the treatments are is another factor. It depends on what the injuries are and for athletes, how rigorous their activities are. Oils and other things might be employed but overall the heated cupping technique is primary.

So cupping massage has proven to be successful for people all over the world and is probably coming to a place near you. Do your due diligence when choosing a practitioner, see if they’re certified, how long they’ve been in business, what the reviews are. You’ll be starting off on a new adventure.

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