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The Problem With Health and Fitness

The unfortunate fact is the health and fitness industry is becoming increasingly more and more about marketing and sales and less about providing quality information, products, and services. Of course, selling has always played a prominent role in health and fitness, but these days, making the sale is more important than ever. It is now common for companies and individual sellers to spend most of their time and energy developing better sales pitches and marketing tactics, as opposed to developing better products and services. In other words, health and fitness is becoming less about helping you succeed in reaching your goals and more about finding ways to manipulate you into buying a particular product or service, regardless if it will benefit you or not.

I know there are a lot of wonderful and qualified people in the health and fitness industry that do put their clients and customers needs first and provide great information, products, and services. However, the problem is most of the information and messages people are exposed to these days does not come directly from quality sources. Instead, the vast majority of the information people see and hear is from businesses or individuals trying to convey a specific message in order to make a sale. As a result, the information is typically biased and designed to manipulate your emotions and/or reinforce a company or organization’s specific point of view. To make matters worse, these messages are often disguised to appear unbiased and informational, even when they are really just targeted advertisements.

All this biased and often misleading or even blatantly untruthful health and fitness information is a source of great concern, because people are exposed to so many half-truths and conflicting messages, that the end result is often just increased confusion and frustration. To add to this confusion, even when the information is truthful, exercise and nutrition information is often presented in an over generalized way, suggesting things like there is 1 best way to exercise or 1 best way to eat and that way should be followed by everyone. A lot of health and fitness information only applies to certain people or specific situations and there is no single approach that works best for everyone, regardless of what marketers want you to believe. Every person is different and exercise or nutrition information that is useful for one person may not work for another person.

It is a shame that so much information is biased, manipulative, or inappropriately used, because a significant portion of the health and fitness industry is constantly learning more about exercise, nutrition, and other things related to how the body works and using that information to help others. Researchers are constantly performing experiments and publishing books and articles that provide honest and straightforward information about things like how to train for specific goals, how to recover after exercise or injury, and how specific foods and nutrients affect your health. Other people, including the higher quality coaches, trainers, and nutritionists take this information along with practical experience and pass their knowledge along to others. All of these people are working to provide valuable information and move the health and fitness industry in a positive direction.

The big problem is that it can be very difficult to separate the honest people providing quality information from the people creating and publicizing misleading or untruthful information. One issue is that people who provide educational information and people who are trying to sell products both use science to support what they say. People in health and fitness often use scientific data or refer to scientific studies to make others believe their claims are factual. Unfortunately, it is easy to manipulate data from a scientific study and use it to provide evidence to support things that were never actually supported by the original study. Also, to make matters worse, people who use scientific studies to reinforce their health and fitness beliefs or promote their products, often do not really even understand the scientific research or the methodology behind it.

For instance, years ago I was invited to attend a seminar by a so-called health and fitness expert. He never presented at any of the professional conferences I attended and I had never even heard of him, but apparently people pay him to fly all over the country to give his presentation. Anyway, he made references to research studies throughout his presentation to give credibility to what he was saying, but it was obvious that he had no real understanding of the studies or even how research is conducted. He tried using data to support things that had nothing to do with the study and also tried to create cause and effect relationships that were not even remotely supported by the data. Basically he made a complete mockery of the research, but since he was perceived to be an expert and the audience was mainly people without prior health and fitness knowledge, they had no reason to question what he said.

This is just one of many examples of unqualified people dispensing information from studies, but that presentation really stuck with me over the years. At that time, it was still early in my career and I could not believe that someone who had such a poor understanding of what he was presenting could be considered a health and fitness expert. Added to his poor understanding of scientific research, he also made factually incorrect statements about how different types of exercise affect the body. I still do not know if he simply did not have his facts straight or if he intentionally made untruthful statements, because he was promoting his specific exercise program and was doing everything he could to convince the audience that his program was better than other exercise programs. In any case it was obvious that he was providing inaccurate information, but he was still a successful presenter who was considered an expert in the field (at least by some people), just because he was a charismatic speaker and some of what he said could inspire people to improve their exercise and nutrition habits. It’s just a shame that his presentations did not actually contain good information.

I know I may have gone a little off track, but I think this is a great example of what is wrong with health and fitness today. Simply put, there is way too much emphasis on style (marketing and presentation) and not enough substance (quality information). There is even a growing sentiment among some members of the industry that people do not want to learn about health and fitness and they only want to be told what to do. I am sure this is true for some people, but it has been my experience that people are eager to learn about health and fitness, as long as the information makes sense and is relevant to their life.

As stated previously, even if you are looking to learn about health and fitness it can be difficult with all the less than helpful information available today. Fortunately, you do not need to have a thorough understand of research methodology or a degree in exercise physiology to determine if information is good or useful. However, there are some things that will help you distinguish the good sources of health and fitness information from the ones that are essentially glorified marketing campaigns.

First, you should not assume that just because someone is considered an expert, he/she will be a good source of information. Some experts and people who want to sound like experts will quote scientific studies or use technical or advanced terminology to just to sound more impressive or make you believe they know what they are talking about. Even if their information is 100% accurate, if you cannot clearly understand it, then it is not really useful to you. Just as with workout routines or nutritional programs, information that is beneficial to one person may be confusing or useless to someone else. The most important thing to ask yourself when learning about health and fitness is whether the information truly makes sense to you and is relevant to your particular goals, needs, and lifestyle.

Another thing to consider is that many publications, presentations, and advertisements are designed to appeal to your emotional desires and manipulate how you feel about a topic, product, or service, instead of actually educating you. In these situations, things that sound really good when you first see or hear them often provide little substance when you go back and take a closer look at them. Good health and fitness information should be educational and make sense whether you are seeing it for the first time or the fifth.

The health and fitness industry is always going to produce some amount of manipulative, misleading, or untruthful information and it can come from anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge or status within the industry. In the end it is really up to you to determine what kind of information you want and expect from members of the health and fitness community. My hope is that people will become fed up with all the great sounding marketing claims and slick presentations and start demanding more quality educational information. Then the health and fitness industry can really move in a more positive direction and be in a position to truly help people live healthier and happier lives.

Exercise, Health and Fitness

There are days and there are days! Sure we all feel that way sometimes and experience days when we barely have time to breathe it seems leave alone exercise! On the other hand maybe you just plain hate exercising like I do. What we need to be aware of is that exercise, health and fitness are all connected and a simple 10 minute daily workout combined with right eating is a surefire way of ensuring overall fitness.

There are a few really basic exercises that you can do on a daily basis, which are listed below. Just think of the exercise routine as something that has to be done each day like brushing your teeth or having a shower and get it over with, it will soon become habit forming.

o Hip thrust: give your hams, calves, glutes and lower back a workout. Lie flat on your back with knees bent, feet and head on the floor. Thrust out your hips in the direction of the ceiling until you are in line with your shoulders, hips and knees; then go back to start position. 25-50 reps are good to start with and you can slowly build up to 100.

o Squat press: give your gluts, quads and upper body a workout. Depending on your fitness level hold a pair of dumbbells in your hands at shoulder position. Squat keeping hips back and weight on heels; now drive upward with the power from your legs pressing the dumbbells straight up. Lower your arms.

o Push ups: give your shoulders, chest and triceps a workout. Place feet and palms on floor in a downward facing spread out pose; drop into the push up position, roll into the upward facing pose and then reverse. Return to start and repeat.

Doing these exercises should not take more than 10 minutes and will limber you up for the day.

Exercise, health and fitness are a sort of joint venture; now that you have some quick tune up exercises to do we can take a look at health and fitness to complete the triangle. Good health and fitness comes from the right kind of diet and lifestyle. If you drink too much alcohol and smoke like a chimney no amount of right eating is going to keep you in good health.

Did you know that an excellent method of ensuring good health is to keep a pet? Pets have been found to be natural mood enhancers; lower blood pressure; reduce stress and tension; lower risk of heart attack and fight depression among other benefits.

Another way to improve and maintain good health is through aerobic exercise. Research has linked aerobic exercise to various health and fitness benefits such as cancer prevention, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, obesity and weight loss. Swimming, riding, water aerobics, walking, hiking, dancing and similar activities are all examples of aerobic exercise; you can choose anything that you enjoy doing or is easiest for you to do. The main thing is to take up some form of exercise to enjoy the benefits of good health and fitness.

How to Maintain Good Health and to Keep

Some people think that crash diets are going to allow them to lose weight and keep the weight off. What they do not know is that when the body is in starvation mode it can use up muscle rather than body fat. Once they start eating again, their bodies are going to store more fat, rather than muscle gain. So, all the weight goes back on again.

Many people are surprised that there are so many health and fitness programs offered on the Internet. But are they really useful? You should not go on a crash diet just because some celebrity endorsed it. You should definitely not go on a diet which does not include foods from all the essential food groups. This advice is essential for all those who want to lose weight and stay healthy at the same time.

The most beneficial health and fitness tips are the ones which are extremely common. Yet they are not used by everybody. You should start to exercise. You have to stop using excuses in order not to work out. You would also want to look at ways in which you can lose weight and keep fit easily and properly.

You should eat 5 meals a day. Any sort of starvation is going to have a detrimental effect on your physiological and physical health. You have to drink lots of water because it removes the toxins from your body. In this way you will also make sure that you are not dehydrated. Drinking around eight glasses of water throughout the day is definitely a good way to stay healthy.

You should start eating healthy deserts such as low fat yogurt instead of ice cream. You can also eat brown rice instead of having white rice. Adding more vegetables and fruit to your diet is definitely a great idea. Remember to have one day a week for eating only fruit and vegetables. You can also have fresh juices and in this way you will detoxify your body.

The good health and fitness programs include at least 30 minutes of exercise every single day. You can choose to walk, swim or ride your bicycle. These activities are going to boost your metabolic rate. In turn you will get rid of all that extra fat.

The Changing Face Of Health and Fitness

It is natural to happen with any one of us. It could be anything. Getting bored, complacent, losing interest in whatever we do, be it hobbies, exercise, work and so on. These are the usual ruts that we all get from time to time. It is always been an extra mile to start weight loss journey and keep it motivated and working till your goal is achieved. This extra mile take to do exercise, we hardly did any time or to nutritious food that we usually skipped and machines that would help us in having good health and fitness. This is not just good for your physical health, but your mental and social health as well.

To attain health and fitness, vibration equipment is a great tool to owe. Apart from following the basic ways of life- eating healthy, reducing stress, maintaining proper hygiene, a regular exercise regime should be followed to bid farewell to all the bodily over- weight and diseases. Exercise equipment is a very relaxing way to sooth the muscles and to keep the blood moving while you are toning up your body.

Vibration equipment has got a lot of attention from the media and fitness industry. We all people want things quick and easy with little effort and vibration plates fulfill that desire. Vibration plates have many benefits including endurance, power, stretching and strength. Research has shown that this fitness machine has brought a significant improvement in strength, bone density and reduced blood pressure. The vibrations experienced by the user not only go through the platform but also can go through hand grips, foot pedals and a seat. It helps in creating a whole new dimension to fitness.

Exercise Equipment is the most dynamic machine available to execute whole body vibration therapy. This makes the muscle fibers throughout the body to contract and relax up to 30 times a second. Ten minutes on vibration plates will have the same results as doing 60 minutes of intensive exercises. You can enjoy its benefits build up the frequency gradually as you get stronger. To achieve desired results it is important to execute positions correctly in a way that is going to distribute tension and resistance on the muscles you’re looking to target.

Affect Your Health and Fitness

Staying healthy seems to be a challenge for women in this age. It’s because there’s a lot of confusion about what is safe to eat and what isn’t. This confusion is created due to too many options available for health and fitness. In addition to this, stressful and extremely busy lifestyle makes it difficult for women to give attention to their health and fitness. Following are 4 things that affect your health and fitness and you should avoid them.

1: Stress and Anxiety

Women usually get upset easily even on little things. It’s mainly because they carry bigger responsibilities of child rearing and household stuff in addition to maintaining a good professional life. Due to all of these responsibilities stress and anxiety is not uncommon among them. Stress and anxiety can be the cause of some really serious health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and lack of strength. That’s why you should avoid stress and try to keep your nerves calm. If you are facing any type of problem in your personal or professional life, discuss it with your counselor and get rid of it.

2: Smoking

There is nothing as bad for a women’s health as smoking. It not only affects the conception abilities of a woman in her childbearing age but also it contributes to the onset of a number of serious health issues. Smoking increases your risk of developing breast cancer. If you smoke and you are pregnant, you are putting your developing baby at the high risk of contracting birth defects. According to recent research, women smokers are prone to contract more diseases than the men smokers.

3: Lack of Appropriate Physical Activities

Due to your busy personal and professional life, you may not feel the need of proper exercise. However, proper exercise is very important for your health, especially for your bones and back. Lack of appropriate physical activity means lack of proper exercise. A routine of daily workouts can help you prevent many health conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, sciatica etc. Thats why you should adopt the habit of performing light exercise everyday to stay healthy and fit. If you can’t follow a regular routine of workouts, swimming or a walk will be enough for you to stay healthy and fit.

4: Inappropriate Bodyweight

Women of all ages are too much conscious about their weight. Most of the young women want to look slim due to which they limit their calorie counts. On the other hand, there are many women that don’t give importance to what they are eating because they just love eating. It is important to note that being underweight or overweight can create some serious health problems for you. A well-balanced diet should be your first choice whether you want to gain weight or lose unwanted calories. You should take very good care of your bodyweight and try to put on the right bodyweight in accordance with your age, height and your daily calorie requirements. A well-balanced diet is the key to a healthy and fit body.

Top 5 Tips for Woman’s General Health and Fitness

It is often seen that women get affected from illness sooner than men. This is so because women get less time for themselves as they are always busy in keeping a good balance between their work and family. Their maximum time is devoted to their work and family and they hardly find any time for themselves. They care least for themselves which often results in their illness.

Taking care of yourself is very important to be fit. You should understand the fact that if you are fit then only you can work efficiently. With your illness, you can just complete your work but cannot do it with perfection. You need to take proper fitness care so as to have a general and good health. By following woman’s health care systems you can take good care of yourself and live a better life.

Stress is a major cause of illness. Most of the women find it difficult to maintain a proper balance between their personal and professional life. This results in stress and ultimately makes them ill. Here are top five tips for women following which you can improve your lifestyle and attain total woman’s health care.

1. Proper diet is very important for good health and fitness. You should maintain a healthy diet if you are looking for complete health care.

2. Drinking water is good for health. It is always suggested to drink lots and lots of water every day.

3. If you are feeling tired of working whole day long then you can take some vitamins or mineral supplements so as to feel healthy.

4. Exercise and Yoga provides you total health care. Try to introduce them into your daily routine.

5. Stress can make you unhealthy. Try to live without stress and in a health environment.

Why is Health and Fitness Important

You might be wondering why health and fitness is important, the answer to this can be complicated and extensive. However we will discuss a few of the many different reasons why your health and fitness is important. You will find that though health and fitness are important for everyone, there are certain groups of people who need to be more physically fit than others, such as athletes.

There are many different types athletes. Some of them play sports, others swim or are simply body builders. One of the main reasons that it is important for these people to have good fitness and health is because of the fact that they will need a certain level fitness to excel in their field. You look at a football player for example, if the football player is not physically fit chances are they won’t be able to keep up with the other players. This can cause problems with the team and also for the player. They may suffer more injuries due to not being fit enough. Another example is a runner. Do you think that someone who can run a marathon race would be able to do this if they weren’t in good health and fitness? Chances are they wouldn’t because they would tire out to quickly.

Smoking has been proven to cause problems with your health. Shortness of breath is a known symptom when doing a cardio vascular workout for instance. It is advisable to eliminate anything like this that can cause damage to your body as well as keep you from being in as good of shape as you could be.

Staying fit is important so that your body is able to do everything needed to stay healthy. If you aren’t in good shape, you will increase your chances of having a lot of health problems because of it. You might also find that becoming overweight can make conditions that you already have more severe. This being said it is extremely important that you understand the importance of good health and fitness.

There are many different ways that you can go about getting into better shape through health and fitness. You might want to ask your doctor “why is health and physical fitness important?”. Chances are that they will not only answer your question but give you some helpful tips to let you know how you can go about achieving good health and fitness.

Choose A Health And Fitness

Most people know that they look and feel better when they eat right and follow a regular exercise routine. The body requires proper nutrition and continuous challenges in order to maintain peak performance capability. Heart disease, diabetes and a whole list of other maladies have been and continue to be the consequences of neglecting the body. If you eliminate the reasons for not eating properly and giving your body a workout then you begin to build a body that will last a lifetime.

Many people think that they do not have enough time to exercise. The reality is that we make time for things that are important to us. Try documenting the things you do on a daily basis and you may find that there are many hours spent on trivial pursuits. If you schedule time to workout you will fit it into your lifestyle.

You may not know where to start which of course is at the beginning. Start simple, find some things you can do and enjoy doing and then build on them. Find a diet program that is healthy and includes foods you like, then eat them in moderation. Grab fruit instead of cookies or eat a carrots instead of a crackers or chips. Do not starve or strain yourself to the point that you will not continue. Find a routine you are able to live with and then work on improving it each day.

Some people may lack the motivation to follow through on their own. In this case a good health and fitness coach can be a very useful tool. Having someone to report to and to help guide you through your program can be just the right recipe for a healthier body and lifestyle. With an experienced coach you can choose the perfect routine and diet program and get the needed encouragement to help you persist in your quest for a better body.

Finally the results are up to you. Your success or failure can only be determined by your level of commitment, you must want change and be willing to put forth the effort necessary to affect that change. No one else can do it for you, your attitude and desire will go a long ways toward making a change in your lifestyle.

Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness are 2 of the most important things in life.

By being physically fit, it can make a person look lean both inside and out.

In today’s world there are loads of sports like football, skiing etc. to keep fit and have a good health and fitness but
if you really want to get more muscles, you should do additional physical and special muscle building exercises.

You can prevent many injuries and diseases and help your overall health and fitness just by doing physical exercises
because that way the muscles get stronger and don’t get injured so fast.

Science has proved that people who have a healthy lifestyle and are doing regular physical exercises for their health and fitness simply LIVE LONGER.

Let me stress that again. Just by building muscles and doing exercise 2 to 3 times a week you may live 10 years LONGER!!
Also the chances are much lower that you will have to have your own home nurse and cannot care for yourself.

There are Japanese people that have been very active during their live with Karate, Kendo, Kug-Fu et cetera, who are still snowboarding every year. With 77 YEARS!! Just because they had an eye on their health and fitness in their lifes.

-By doing some sports like basketball, jogging, and so on you keep yourself fit.

-By doing physical exercises and building muscles you can prevent injuries and can

do some crazy stuff as snowboarding with 77 years 🙂

So my tip for you is to just do something for your health and fitness

throughout your life and you’ll be
leading a way longer and way cooler life than those so called couch potatoes.

I hope through this article I was able to get you off your chairs
and show you how important doing something for your body is.

I wish you all the best on your way to a better human.

10,000 Steps To Good Health And Fitness

Everyone wants their health to be very good but not everyone has enough time to get in proper work outs and make sure this is possible. This is one of the reasons that the ten thousand step method has become popular. The plan is that you take at least ten thousand steps each day (walking) which will help you get very healthy and reduce the time that is required for exercise. Walking is really a fantastic and low impacting exercise. How often have you heard “if he’d simply taken a walk around the block once in a while?”

Obviously walking ten thousand steps every single day certainly will not be simple. That’s a huge amount of steps to take! The nice thing about it is that you are already likely taking ten thousand steps each day without realizing it. What you’ll want to do is figure out how to include one or two more thousand steps to get to the objective. So how do you do that without feeling like you’re wasting half of your time walking around?

There are a few obvious strategies that you can use to increase your step count. One classic example of this is climbing the stairs instead of taking an elevator or escalator. Parking at the far end of the parking lot can also be a good idea at the mall or the store. You could also simply run all of your purchases out to the car or truck when you buy them rather then carting them around from store to store as you shop and take care of your errands. Choosing public transit is fantastic because it includes a walk to and from a bus or train stop which is great for increasing your step count. And, naturally, getting a quick walk every single day is a great way to increase your step count.

There can be some less obvious ways to raise the amount of steps you take each day. Write your current market shopping list in a different arrangement. Plenty of people plan lists by the aisles in their preferred stores. Instead, set up your list directly into individual categories like produce, dairy and meat. Then get each item in the order that it is listed on your list. Sure you’ll find yourself running back and forth through the store nonetheless it can be great for taking more steps every day. Instead of putting your mailbox as part of your entry way or installing it in a wall of your residence, put it out by the curb on a post. This ensures that the basic act of checking your mail can create a couple dozen steps each day.

There are plenty of ways to take additional steps everyday. The more accustomed to the idea of 10,000 steps you get the easier it will be for you to figure out how to meet your goal. Thankfully, every single step you take–whether it’s walking to the refrigerator or jogging on a treadmill, counts toward your end step count goal. Have fun with it!