Category Archives: Fitness

Best Cardio Fitness Equipment

In this article we take a look at some of the best cardio fitness equipmentA Discussion on Different Types of Cardio Fitness Equipment

As per doctors & physical trainers, exercise is considered as very important.

With the change in the lifestyle, various diseases have cropped up that are ruining the lives of millions of people. One such disease that is considered as very harmful is the cardio-vascular disease. This disease, of course, is related to the functioning of the heart.

Any such disease can adversely affect the performance of the heart, causing a tremendous decrease in the health standard of an individual.

The main function of the heart is to pump the blood throughout the body. This helps in providing oxygen & nourishment to different body tissues.  Moreover, the proper heart rate is required for the well-being of an individual. 

In order to do exercise, the comprehensive range of fitness equipment are available in the market. Some of these are specially developed to improve the performance of the heart.  These are popularly known as cardio fitness equipment.

Some of the most important equipment are discussed here.

Treadmill

A Discussion on Different Types of Cardio Fitness Equipment

It is basically a machine on which you can easily run. The running is considered as the best exercise to combat cardiovascular problems.

This exercise is very effective in reducing obesity which is considered as the most potential reason for various heart problems. This equipment can be installed at the gym or at home.

Now, the question comes why running on a treadmill is better than running on the road.

The answer is simple. If you go to the gym daily then running comes in the category of warm-up exercises. Another thing is that running can be performed in the inclined plane using this equipment which is not possible in case of the plain road.

The StairMaster

This equipment is developed in the shape of the stairs. This is an excellent workout that perfectly combats excessive fat.

It is very useful in controlling the cholesterol level inside the body, thus making your cardiovascular system healthy & strong.

 By moving on the provided staircase a person will improve the blood circulation in the body. More importantly, this also helps in burning excessive calories from the body.

Mini Gym

A Discussion on Different Types of Cardio Fitness Equipment

This is a very useful piece of cardiovascular equipment that can be used to do different exercises. It is used to perform a variety of exercises.

This exercise directly influences the muscles of the heart. The expansion & compression of the heart muscles during the exercise helps in boosting the strength of the heart.

There are several cardiovascular equipment manufacturers that are offering their products. They have specially manufactured their products as per the recommendations of the physical trainers in order to provide exceptional health benefits to an individual.

These are specially designed while keeping in mind the compact structure of the heart so that you receive several health benefits.

As always, feel free to leave your comments.

Fitness Goal Tracker

When it comes to setting fitness goals for ourselves these days it has become more and more popular to do it with the aid of a fitness goal tracker.

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

We have been working hard to keep ourselves fit since the industrial revolution. This shows how important it is for our bodies to be able to function effectively and efficiently during the course of our lifestyles.

One advantage that we have today is that we can increase our level of fitness and make our lives better by using a fitness tracker.

There are multiple reasons why you should own and use one. For anyone who is seriously into keeping fit, this is an indispensable tool, especially when you have lots of things to do with your time.

A fitness tracker can be used: as a motivating partner, to set and reach your fitness goals, or to monitor your heart rate, You can use it even under water, and also track your sleep.

It’s time to get yourself a fitness tracker that suits your fitness purpose and your budget.  Remember that the quality and the functions of a workout watch should determine which one suit you best.

1. A motivating partner

A fitness tracker is more of a fitness friend and a strict coach, than just a gadget.  Its major functions are the standard of measurement and motivation.

It lets you view all your activities in the form of information, through which you can see how you did and where you spread your efforts during the workout routine.

This information will later help you to set smarter goals.

2. Fitness goals

Since detailed orientation and clarity are high in priority when setting your fitness goals, a visual impression of your improvements will give you a great sense of accomplishment.

Knowing what you have accomplished and what is yet to be accomplished is the main ingredient for setting better fitness goals

. First, you need to write down the purpose of your tracker; whether it is losing weight, building you body, tracking your sleep or any purpose you have.

3. Monitoring your heart rate

It is important to monitor your heart rate especially but not exclusively during your workout sessions.

A fitness tracker will keep collecting data during your workout and even as you rest. This makes it convenient for you to single out the activities that overload you during exercises.

4. Swimming and diving

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

If you are a regular swimmer or diver, you can get a fitness tracker that is water-resistant. With this, you will get  more out of your fitness program since you are able to get data on you fitness stat while on land or in water.

In addition, in some cases you can even get information of the number of strokes you make as you swim, your swimming efficiency, and your swimming pace.

5. Tracking your sleep

A fitness tracker has a role in every activity within the course of your lifestyle. This includes  when you are resting or sleeping.

Getting good quality sleep optimizes your rate of success in your fitness program. The whole of your body should be relaxed for you to make up for all exhaustion and proper tissue building and repair.

If you are interested in knowing what I have personally done regarding  a fitness tracker you may refer back to an article I wrote previously by clicking here.

Also, your comments  or experience with a fitness tracker are welcome below.

 

Points To Consider When Buying Second Hand Gym Equipment

The following article provides tips that should help in making an informed decision when buying second hand  gym equipment.

Points To Consider When Buying Used Gym Equipment

If you are on a tight budget, purchasing used gym equipment can be a smart decision .  However, the used equipment that you select should be in good condition. 

Buying Tip

Irrespective of the equipment that you have selected to buy, it would be wise to find  a reliable and trustworthy seller with a reputation for delivering quality products that are priced reasonably.

When selecting the right equipment, you need to keep certain things in mind so that the purchased equipment does not falter when used later on.

Check for Functionality

Buying used gym equipment should not be at the cost of compromising on the durability.  Ensure that the equipment is working completely fine.

Examine the different features of the machine and find out the presence of any damage. Try the machine and verify if its features are working fine and safe.

Check for Maintenance

Take time to inspect and find out if the gym equipment is maintained well. It is important that no damages have been done to the vital components of the equipment so that it is safe when working with the equipment.

Points To Consider When Buying Used Gym Equipment

The presence of cracks and tears in the parts are the results of poor maintenance.

Check for Comfort Level

It is important that you feel comfortable while using the equipment. Otherwise, there are chances of sustaining injury and health issues while using it.

So don’t buy equipment simply because the deal appears lucrative.

Choose from Reputed Brands

See to it that the maker of the used fitness equipment is a reliable and reputed manufacturer and provides a warranty on the parts.  Usually, going for quality brands ensures the durability of the equipment.

Check for Warranty

 Used fitness machines usually do not  come with a warranty, but in certain cases, the seller might provide a warranty of up to one year.

Check with the manufacturer to find out if they provide after-sales service.

Go Through Customer Reviews

It makes sense to buy gym equipment that has a considerable number of testimonials to its credit.

Searching online or reading fitness magazines about customer reviews of the equipment will help to judge the reliability of the equipment.

Points To Consider When Buying Used Gym Equipment

Buy at the Right Price

Before buying used equipment, find out the retail price of the machine.  For this, you could go through the classified ads as given for the local area or browse the websites and compare prices to find the best deals available that meet your budget.

Once the actual market value is discovered, it would be much easier for you to bargain with the seller for the used fitness equipment.

Before inking the deal, verify if any additional expenses like installation cost, delivery charges, and servicing costs need to be paid.

On the whole, it would be beneficial to do one’s own research before purchasing used gym equipment.

Purchasing in haste could mean regret later. On the whole, an impulsive buy is not recommended when buying used gym equipment.

If after all of your investigations into used gym equipment you are still finding it to be beyond your budget, you might want to refer back to  former articles of mine where,after considerable research, I was able  to locate a good  NEW popular brand machine from a reliable supplier and at a reasonable price.

OR, if you want to bypass my former articles and go directly to the machine I recommend, click here.

Any comments or observations you would like to add?

What Is the Secret to Eternal Youth?

 

Most of us seniors have probably grown up with stories and movies centered around the fantasy of discovering the fountain of youth.  Of course we all know it is just that,  a fantasy, but have we ever stopped to ask ourselves the question “What is the secret to eternal youth?”

Anti-Aging Attitude - 5 Secrets to Eternal Youth

Helen never aged.  Not in my mind anyway.  She was at least ninety years old, wearing long, wavy hair, sporting popular teen fashion, and generally facing life with attitude.

Her attitude was positive, upbeat, cheerful, sweet, and most important, youthful. If you asked how she was doing, her answer was always the same, “Great!”

I never saw Helen down or discouraged.

She never spoke of her aches or pains if she had them.  Her daily exercise and healthy eating may have eliminated them, but she must have had some. I know this because when she fell or bumped herself she would say, “I must have needed acupuncture there!”

What an amazing woman she was. If she went to the doctor, she never spoke of it, and just listened to others talk, never complaining once about any condition except perhaps the fact that other people didn’t laugh nearly enough or have enough fun with life.

I want to be Helen when I grow up!

So I’ve incorporated everything I know about how she faced life, no embraced life, with every fiber of her being.

Her spiritual life was the most important thing of all to her and she never stopped serving all life with love (and a bit of rebelliousness, too!)  Here are her secrets and some of my own:

1. Keep your attention on the goal, not the roadblock.

Anti-Aging Attitude - 5 Secrets to Eternal Youth

 For example, if you want to catch the ball, you keep your eye on the ball, right?  In this case, keep your eye on the feeling and attitude of youth.

Each time you catch yourself feeling old, ask yourself what a kid would do in that situation. You may find you can do way more than you thought you could!

2. Observe and change your language, to yourself as well as others.

When you are tempted to use the word “old”, instead, replace it with the word “experienced” or some other creative phrase.

Another friend who inspires me never tells her age because she said that people automatically think of you a certain way and get an attitude about you.  Be ageless, be a god or goddess!

3. Think Young.

Every single day, anytime you think about how you look or feel, imagine yourself as you were when you were your ideal age. That might be different for everyone. 

I like to hold my image of myself as thirty-five and when I have birthdays, they are each “my annual thirty-fifth birthday” for anyone who asks!

4. Smile as much as possible

Anti-Aging Attitude - 5 Secrets to Eternal Youth

Not only do you look younger, but you’ll feel younger too. Try it right now!

5. Relax and fill your heart with love

That’s the real secret to staying young.  When you trust and focus on your spiritual life it will energize you.

Any comments?

 

The Best Way to Start an Exercise Program

Has this ever happened to you?  You make promises, preparations and determination to start that exercise program. You have been thinking about it.  You are ready.  But a question remains — “What is the best way to start an  exercise program?”

Tips for Starting an Exercise Program and Staying With ItEven though you have been putting it off for a long time, you finally said “tomorrow is the day that I am going to start”.   And you are well prepared with good intentions. 

But something happened between the night before and the morning after… You got cold feet!

Why?  Because you don’t feel like exercising this morning. Your feelings, in spite of all the preparation and determination, got the best of you. You gave in to your feelings!

If this has happened to you, you are not alone.  So many other people have been in the same situation. The good news is that they overcame it, and so can you.

In this article, you are going to learn how others in the same situation have overcome reluctance to exercising. Ideally, this will give you hope that you can do exercising regularly. 

Here are some tips:

1. The first thing that you need to do is to make a re-determination of starting an exercise program.

This means you need to make a fresh decision to “restart your engine” again. You should not give in to your failure to follow up with any prior determination.

2.  The second thing that would be beneficial is to know why you are doing what you are doing.

You want to exercise because you want to improve your health and vitality. You want to exercise because you will feel good doing what you are doing.

You know staying fit is critical to your health and wellness. Also, you know that your health is your wealth.

3.  Next is to write out your why’s.

Tips for Starting an Exercise Program and Staying With It

Sometimes we are not motivated to do something because our why’s are not strong enough. Thinking about our why’s will not cut it.

Writing brings things to light. You put it on the paper and the light becomes brighter and brighter.

You discover that you really want to exercise because, maybe, you want to feel good, or impress your ‘significant’ other.

The most important thing is to make your why stronger than your reluctance to exercising.

4.    Next you should  make a decision as to how you are going to be carrying out your exercise program.

Are you going to be jogging, walking, running or whatever? Are you going to join a gym or develop a gym at home?

Are you going to go it alone, or have someone else join you?

The most important thing is to start.  Start somewhere!

5.  The next thing you should be deciding is the frequency of exercising.

Tips for Starting an Exercise Program and Staying With It

Do you want to exercise 3 days a week, 2 days a week? Then you want to determine for how long.

6.  Start small at the beginning or you may well end up   doing nothing.

Even if you start with a 5 minute program, that is still a good place.

You should congratulate yourself for finishing your first 5 minutes of exercising.  Remember,that is more than zero minutes that you have been doing before.

Rome was not build in a day and you are not going to start any exercising program by running (for example) one hour your first day.

Again, the tip here is to start small or you are going to fail. In most cases, you don’t know how much you can do until you actually start something.

That’s why starting somewhere, regardless of how small is very important.

The hope is that by following these tips, you will be on your way to developing an exercise program you can continue with.

Any comments, or questions?

 

How to Build a Gym at Home

Today there are many folks with limited incomes who can’t afford gym fees and are looking into how to build a gym at home instead.  Either way there is cost involved, but some of the following suggestions may be helpful.Things to Remember While Establishing a Gym at Home

Don’t buy physical fitness accessories blindly

On fitness, the famed cartoonist and creator of Peanuts comic strip, Charles Schulz had commented: “Our life is a ten-speed bike, and most of the gears we rarely use!”

To a great extent he was right since many in their quest for a healthy body, do buy assorted gadgets, but rarely use them. And reasons are aplenty for such a futile fancy prevailing in our society.

One among them is the lack of awareness because of which a person blindly buys physical fitness accessories with no inkling about its end usage. Further, in many instances, when the gadget doesn’t work as per expectations, there is no proper after sales-service offered by the vendor.

Be extra particular while making the purchases

Hence, while intending to shop for gym accessories, utmost care is the need of the hour to ensure that quality products of a reputed maker are chosen and also the purchases are made from an authorized dealer.

Things to Remember While Establishing a Gym at Home

Over the last couple of years, there has been a gradual rise in the number of home gyms and corresponding fitness accessories.

The resourceful health fads prefer high-end products in design as well as the functions.  By and large, makers of quality gadgets for home gyms do focus on customer satisfaction in their innovative designs.

It would be ideal to spell out the end-uses of a gadget – whether it is for ground exercises, light workouts like stretching, pilates etc., or vigorous sessions of endurance on treadmills and barbells.

Just choose what you exactly need

Among the post-workout needs is the towel warmer that one uses either to dry the perspiring body or after a shower.  If a person visits the neighbourhood gym for the workouts, it would be ideal to choose the one that has a sauna facility.

Things to Remember While Establishing a Gym at Home

At home too, one can indulge in a refreshing bath and then use the towel from a warmer. The towel warmers come in various models, size and functional specifications.

So the preference should be the one that suits the essential needs and the credentials of the gadgets and accessories.

Going online is a great idea to serve your purpose

These days, almost all the reputed dealers are providing their customers with high quality gym accessories at an incredible pricing through their online stores.

When you conduct an independent research about gym accessories sellers on the internet, you will find a huge rundown of choices to make.

When I conducted my own online research (see my previous article on “Home Gym vs  Health Clubs“)  it was my goal to find equipment that was of good quality, supplied by a reliable source, and at a price most people could afford.

Online gym equipment sellers are able to provide cheaper things in the light of the fact that they have lighter liabilities than those who are running physical stores. They need less demanding infrastructure, reduced manpower and various other unnecessary things to run the showroom online.

Please feel free to offer comments or ask questions.

Best Fitness Tracker Review

On June  6th  of  this  year,  I published  an  article  regarding  the  value  of  using  a fitness  tracker.

After much  research,  I was comfortable recommending one particular tracker called Kungix  Activity Tracker,  which has a lot of features and is available for purchase on Amazon at a very low price of only $39.99 CAD with free delivery.

It also comes in a choice of colors and is waterproof.

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

The tracker links with any iPhone iOS 8.0 & above OR Android 4 & above using the very popular VeryFitPro app, which is available for free from the Internet app stores.

In fact, I was so impressed with the apparent value of this tracker that I decided to order one for myself to try.

I have now used it for only a few weeks but can honestly say that I am very impressed, not only with the quality but with  all it can do, and do with accuracy.

The multi features of the Kungix  Activity Tracker,along with the many favorable user reviews are noted on the order site in Amazon and do not require repeating here.

The reviewers did rate the product over four stars on an average, and most seem to be impressed with the fact that the tracker  can track heart  rate as well as  sleep time and quality of sleep

Many also liked the fact that it charges quickly and will keep a charge for up to a week. 

 By coincidence, just yesterday I received an email from someone wanting to send me a new fitness tracker free of charge, provided I would pay the S&H of just under $30 USD.     He said that  the value of the tracker was $250,  but I noted that it was not even waterproof.

What was ironic about that, even if I did not already have one and had gone for the offer, was that after paying the  S&H in Canadian dollars, it would have cost me more than I already paid to Amazon for the fitness tracker that I have.

It is not even necessary to join Amazon Prime to get free shipping on this item!   

Why You Should Get a Fitness TrackerThings that  my new fitness tracker has already taught me are:

  •  I need to get more quality sleep at night.
  • Because it  records and averages bpm both day and night, I can see that I am doing well in that department.

As an encouragement to give this fitness tracker a try for yourself or as a gift to a friend or relative, if you order one here I would like to add a little bonus for you. 

If you will email me at my contact email found in the “Contact” tab of my site menu bar, when you get your receipt from Amazon, I would like to send you a brief article I posted years ago on this blog site, entitled ‘Top 6 Fitness Tips To Get You In Perfect Shape”

To this day I still consider it to be one of my favorite articles, and I would like for you to have it.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions

 

How To Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease

Especially as we age the question becomes more prevalent as to how to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Do YOU know?   Most people do not have any idea that the common things we use in our daily life can also do heart disease prevention.

Heart disease is one of the diseases which can endanger a person’s life all of a sudden as in  a heart attack or heart failure. There are hundreds of reasons for a sudden heart failure in people no matter what age they are.

Chocolate!

Chocolate Can Do Wonders to Reduce Heart Disease

It may come as a surprise that one of the most commonly used benefit is the delicious chocolate used by almost every  human being at least once in a month in one form or another.  If people realized about  how important this  ingredient really was they would definitely increase its usage.

Doctors have been known to recommend people to consume chocolate on a daily basis in any form to prevent cardiac diseases.

Dark Chocolate is recommended,  since it contains large amount of nutrients which are good for a person’s health.  It contains antioxidants which help reduce heart diseases.  It also has abundance of fiber, magnesium, iron and potassium, all of which can contribute to heart disease prevention.

Knowing about this is very important these days, since heart disease is widespread throughout almost every country in the world.

Chocolate maintains a good blood flow

One of the most important reasons for using chocolate for heart problem prevention is its ability to aid  blood flow in a person’s body. In aiding the blood flow, it also lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure can, or course, become one of the main causes of  a heart attack.

Chocolate Can Do Wonders to Reduce Heart Disease

The anti-oxidation elements in Cocoa restricts cholesterol from  accumulating in the arteries, which can also become  another big cause of  a heart attack.

In this modern world, cocoa is considered as a medicine, to ensure better cardiovascular health.  It does not only have a magnificent taste but it has large health benefits for the human body.

People should use a  diet  which reduces heart disease risk and contributes to heart disease prevention and treatment. People should always follow heart disease prevention tips to avoid cardiovascular mishaps in their body.

Other ways to reduce risk

The smooth functioning of a human body is essential for a health filled life,and smooth blood circulation  is a sign of a smoothly functioning heart.

Reduce heart disease through intake of healthy foods

Being over weight does not help to reduce heart problems, but on the contrary, may contribute to them.  People who are overweight are more prone to experience  heart disease, which can become deadly if not taken care of properly through right heart disease prevention tips.

In most of the cases, a doctors’ recommendations will include the reduction of weight in the heart disease treatment along with the following recommendations.:

• The patients with heart diseases should follow a healthy diet including rich amounts of whole grains such as found in brown rice and bread.

• Olive Oil should be made a significant ingredient of the food.

• He/she should eat sea food on a regular basis instead of only red meat which is not so healthy for humans if consumed in abundance.

• There are many brands available which offer low fat or fat-free dairy products.  One should make the low fat eatables an important food on a regular basis.

• Large amounts of sodium in food should be avoided.

• Fruits should be taken in abundance.

• Fried food should be avoided where possible, and preferably grilled or steamed food should be eaten instead.

Exercise contributes to a healthy life!

Chocolate Can Do Wonders to Reduce Heart Disease

Not only healthy foods but there are many exercises which a person can do to help. Doing exercise on a daily basis, keeping your body fit and used to stressful activity can help a lot in dealing with cardiac diseases and coping with them on a long term basis.

What is a  heart made up of? It is made up of muscles which need to stretch and exercise all the time. When a person exercises, his/her heart has to increase  blood flow to all parts of the body which in turn causes it to  start functioning with greater efficiency. This in turn will cause the heart  to live longer.

Exercise on a regular basis is very important for burning calories and decreasing the amount of accumulated cholesterol.  Also, exercise keeps the heart flexible in it’s job of pumping blood and helps to keep the blood pressure normal.

Doctors recommend that every person should exercise for at least 30 minutes daily to keep the body fit and healthy. Yoga and jogging at an appropriate rate of running is considered good for heart disease prevention as well as treatment.

A healthy heart burns off your stress and makes you sleep better which ultimately results in a healthy and fit life.

These heart disease prevention tips should be adopted in everyone’s life in order to live longer.

Please leave your questions or comments.

Best Personal Fitness Tracker

 

One advantage that we have today is that we can increase our level of fitness and make our lives better by using a fitness tracker.

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

We have been working hard to keep ourselves fit since the industrial revolution. This shows how important it is for our bodies to be able to function effectively and efficiently during the course of our lifestyles.

There are multiple reasons why you should own and use a fitness tracker.   If you are seriously into keeping fit, it is an indispensable tool especially when you have lots of things to do with your time.

fitness tracker can be used: as a motivating partner, to set and reach your fitness goals, and to monitor your heart rate.  You can use it even under water, and also track your sleep.

It’s time to get yourself a fitness tracker that suits your fitness purpose and your budget. Remember that the quality and the functions of a workout watch should determine which one suits you best.

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

1. A motivating partner

A  fitness tracker is more of a fitness friend and a strict coach, than just a gadget. Its major functions are the standard of measurement and motivation. It lets you view all your activities in the form of information, through which you can see how and where you spread your efforts during the workout routine. This information will later help you to set smarter goals.

2. Fitness goals

Since detailed orientation and clarity are high in priority when setting your fitness goals, a visual impression of your improvements will give you a great sense of accomplishment. Knowing what you have accomplished and what is yet to be accomplished is the main ingredient for setting better fitness goals.

First, you need to write down the purpose of your tracker; whether it is losing weight, building you body, tracking your sleep or any purpose you have

3. Monitoring your heart rate

It is important to monitor your heart rate especially, but not exclusively during your workout sessions. A fitness tracker  will keep collecting data during your workout and even as you rest. This makes it convenient for you to single out the activities that overload you during exercises.

4. Swimming and divingWhy You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

If you are a regular swimmer or diver, you can get a fitness tracker that is water-resistant. With this, you will accomplish more out of your fitness program since you are able to get data on your fitness stat while on land and in water.

In addition, you can even get information of the number of strokes you make as you swim, your swimming efficiency, and your swimming pace.

5. Tracking your sleep

A fitness tracker has a role in every activity within the course of your lifestyle. This include when you are resting or sleeping.  Getting good quality sleep optimizes your rate of success in your fitness program. The whole of your body should be relaxed for you to make up for exhaustion and proper tissue building and repair.

As always, feel free to leave your comments or questions.

 

Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis Pain

You know something just isn’t right when you wake up every morning dreading those first steps getting out of your bed.

The pain is sharp. The pain is real. The pain is instant. Slowly, as you take a few more steps you find some relief only to go through it all again each and every time you get up from a sitting position.

You’ve got plantar fasciitis and it is not fun. Plantar fasciitis heel brings over one million people per year to a doctor or chiropractor for relief.

While it is often associated with certain sports, plantar fasciitis heel pain is not influenced by gender, nor is it exclusively an athlete’s problem. Sedentary folks find themselves with plantar fasciitis as well.

So, to help, here are 5 easy things you can do right now to help relieve the heel pain that comes from plantar fasciitis.

    1. Walk. Yes those initial steps are going to be painful. Sometimes they are very painful, but as you slowly walk you’ll find the pain subside quite a bit with each and every step. Take it slow but keep going.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2.  Roll. Get a tennis ball or child’s play ball, or even a golf ball            and gently roll the bottom of your foot from just behind th         ball of the foot to the heel on the ball.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Start by doing this while you’re sitting and then slowly                   increase the pressure to roll while standing. Do not put                 your full weight into the ball

        3. Stretch. Believe it or not, the pain you feel in your heel from                     plantar fasciitis is associated with your calf muscle. You need                   to stretch those muscles.

One way to do this is to take a towel and roll it into a log                             shape.  Place the ball of your foot on the top of the rolled up                     towel and   drop your heel to the ground to stretch the calf.                       Hold the  stretch for 60 seconds and then switch to the other                 foot.

         4.  Soak. Soak your feet in a warm epsom salt bath. For even                           more benefit, add a few marbles to the water and roll your                       feet on the marbles while you soak. Add some essential oils                     too to help relax or invigorate you.

         5.  Massage. After your foot soak, warm some coconut or olive                     oil between your hands and gently massage the bottom of                         your feet starting with the ball of your foot down through the                 arch to the heel.

Many people find permanent relief following these simple 5 steps on a regular basis. Other helpful tips include reducing the heel height of your shoes, walking barefoot occasionally and losing weight.

If the above methods fail to help, you might want to check out my previous blog on shoe insoles.

Please feel free as always to leave you comments or ask questions.

Home Gym Vs Health Club – What Is Your Pick?

Are you in confusion whether to join a Health Club or buy a Home Gym?  Both these options come with their own share of advantages and disadvantages.

A Health Club provides its members with a wide selection of exercise equipment that makes it easier to get a full-body workout using all the latest equipment.  Moreover, you do your exercises without getting bored because you will be working out with other physical fitness enthusiasts.

There are personal trainers at these gyms who can guide you on the right way to use the equipment, which is quite helpful, especially for the newly joined enthusiasts.

However, the cost of memberships at these Health Clubs could be a deterring factor, given the continual rise in membership fees.  Many gyms require its members to get their membership for a minimum of one year, and that can become a financial burden in itself.  For some people, paying the high cost of membership is simply unaffordable.

Another reason for people not joining a Health Club is the fact that is spite of the high motivation existing in the beginning, the interest may keep on going down, and going to the gym itself becomes a difficult proposition. People start coming up with excuses for not going to the gym, like the faraway location of the Health Club, or time constraint that is stopping them from attending the gym regularly.

These Health Clubs also tend to be frequented by people at around the same time daily, mostly in the morning or evening hours. This could lead to crowding of the gym with difficulty in getting access to equipment or finding parking space for your car.

Advantages of Home Gyms

One of the best reasons for having a home gym is the possibility of exercising whenever you feel like doing it and not according to the working time of Health Clubs. You can also play your choice of songs and music and listen to it as loudly as you prefer.

However, the downside of exercising at your own place is loneliness that you feel at times because the camaraderie that a health club offers is missing at your own gym.

But for some, the mere thought of showing their bodies while exercising is simply a no-no and instead, they would love the privacy of the home gym.  Moreover, many people find it a squeamish experience of getting a whiff of a stranger’s body odor.

Although the initial cost of investment for having a home gym is quite a huge sum, it will be far less when compared to the total money that is spent in gym membership over time.

Another benefit of having your home gym is that they exist at your home and that makes it easier to fit your workouts into your daily schedule.

In addition, when the weather is bad, you can keep doing your exercise at your home gym.

For people in rural areas, home gyms are the best choice because of the non-availability of health clubs nearby.

Disadvantages of Home Gyms

There are certain disadvantages to having your home gym.

Many people, while exercising at their own gym find their everyday life getting in the way while working out. This distraction is not there when exercising at a health club, because there you do your physical exercises along with others. Working out at a health club is quite motivating as well, as the area is filled with people who are also there to get good body workouts.

Another reason that makes the home gym a prohibitive idea is that a lot of space is taken up by the equipment. For those having tight living space would find it difficult to have all the required equipment in place.

Choosing Between a Home Gym and a Health Club

It is seen that those having a home gym stick to their fitness regime longer and are likely to achieve their fitness goals earlier than those having gym memberships.

However, there are people who prefer to own a gym and also keep a gym membership, so that they can get the best experience of both the worlds by mixing things.

I personally have a gym membership and go three times a week, but there are times when it would be handy to have a home gym also.  As a result I have spent considerable time researching to find the best home gym on the market today at the lowest possible price.  This one wins hands down !

However they do also have other home gyms if you want to check them out.

Please leave your comments or questions if you have any.  Which form of exercise do you use, or do you do both?

How Cardiac Symptoms Are Different for Women

Most people think of heart disease as the list of symptoms they’ve grown up with, like discomfort in the center of the chest, squeezing in the chest, pressure, fullness, pain that goes away but then comes back. Those are the symptoms of men’s heart disease. Symptoms of  heart disease for women go barely noticed and it has become the number one killer disease of women because of that fact.The first difference between men and women is that women don’t usually get the chest pain that men do. In fact, lack of pain is the significant difference; one that also has women not bringing up the subject because they  feel  only a slight discomfort and don’t want to be a bother to anyone.

Even their doctors may misdiagnose it to be more anxiety than illness. So women chalk it up to getting the flu, acid reflux or just aging.

Another difference is how women feel angina pain. In men a squeezing in the chest is felt with great pain. Women experience it as a hot, burning sensation and not in the chest, but in shoulders, back, or jaw.

Women having heart attacks vomit or have dry heaves. They experience shortness of breath, nausea, acid reflux, or extreme, sudden fatigue. Or even NO symptoms at all. Men usually have chest pain and clutch at their chest.

Women minimize their symptoms and unless they go out of their way to get the attention of a doctor, most doctors will not investigate further due to over demand on their own time and resources.

Many times a woman only knows she has had a heart attack is when a doctor examines a woman’s heart and sees damage from a “silent heart attack”, meaning a heart attack that went untreated because the woman had little to no pain. A great deal of damage can happen this way and weaken the heart.

Seek immediate medical help or call 911 if you feel any of the following, even one of them:

Shortness of breath lasting more than 10 minutes

Sudden sweating for no reason

Sudden feelings of doom in a panicky way (this is a real symptom)

Loss of consciousness or fainting

Sudden severe vomiting or indigestion

Sudden severe fatigue

Women must start feeling that it is not alright to quietly suffer in silence. Get attention and seek help. Don’t put it off, or it can have far reaching implications to your family and you.

If you are a woman who has survived a heart attack, please share what were your symptoms in the comment section here.  Thank you in advance.

Why Is Water Good For Your Health?

Have you ever thought why water is so important to our body?  Right from school days we have been hearing our teachers say that drinking water is very important and that we must drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.

Water consumption has various health benefits.  A lot of people do not take their health seriously.  It is important to have a change in the attitude and slowly bring about positive lifestyle change.

There are thousands of people out there who are free from various health issues. They just increased the intake of water, and as a result, they got rid of a lot of health issues.

Here are some benefits of drinking water:

Helps with Digestion – Drinking a lot of water can help one prevent constipation and it helps in digestion as well.

I am sure you must have come across a lot of people who advise you to drink more water. This is because water can do more good to your body than any other food or drink out there.  That is how important water is for human beings.

Fights and Treats Migraines – If you experience a headache or migraine, the first thing that you can do is drink plenty of water. Most often headaches and migraines are caused by dehydration.

Keeps you hydrated – Less water in the body often results in dehydration. Never let your bodies go into this stage.   Ensure that you drink an ample amount of water, so that your body is always hydrated .

Dehydration will make you feel tired. It can impact your health in a negative way. Therefore, drink a lot of water.

Helps In Losing Weight – Drinking lots of water a day can help you lose weight.  Drink a glass of water prior to every meal.  This suppresses appetite and hence supports your weight loss efforts.

Flushes Out Toxins –  I have been taught that we need to drink half of our weight in ounces of water every day.  (e.g.  Someone weighing 140 lbs, needs to drink at least 70 oz. of water every day).   Then you will for sure to be free from all the crazy health issues.

Water helps in elimination of fat cells – It is a  great detoxifier as it helps in flushing out toxins from your body and gets rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.

These are some of the benefits of drinking water. Start increasing the intake of water every day and you will definitely notice the difference. It will make you a much healthier person.

It is very important to have a good Health and Fitness regimen to live a happy life.

Please give me your comments or questions, or both.

Heart Problem Symptoms With One Idea That Can Save a Life!

Today I’m going to share with you some common heart problem symptoms with an idea that can save a life.

In America there is one disease that tops the charts when it comes to killing people and do you know what it is?  It is heart disease!

Just like an automobile has a check engine light, your body will usually let you know if there is a problem, by providing you with symptoms.

By knowing the symptoms it can be a wake up call to change a few things and thus save a person’s life. The first warning signal, which is almost universal for a lot of health problems is pain.  Pain lets you know that something isn’t working right or there is a problem.

Signs that I had when I experienced a minor heart attack over 20 years ago was an almost constant  pain between my shoulder blades.  At the time I was vacationing out of country.

It was not until I returned home that I suffered the follow up, which included all of the classic symptoms.  Fortunately, in my case, I was lucky and my heart repaired itself.

With heart problems the pain is usually felt in the chest area. Some people describe this pain as if something heavy was sitting on their chest. It could be a feeling of pressure as well as a squeezing sensation.

It’s also important to know that chest pain could be something besides heart problems, such as heartburn. Heartburn takes place when stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus and the pain is near the heart.  That is a different health problem altogether.

Another warning sign is an irregular heart beat, especially if someone experiences shortness of breath, dizziness or weakness with the irregular heart beat. These are all signs of a heart problem, and that not enough blood is getting to locations that need it.  For example if not enough blood is reaching the brain a person can feel a little dizzy.

When a person has a heart problem the heart has a more challenging time pumping blood to locations that need it.  Another thing that happens is that blood can back up in the cardiovascular system. This can cause fluid to leak into the lungs resulting in breathing problems, such as shortness of breath.

Next up, when something is in the lungs, such as fluid or mucus, what other symptom do you think this produces?  Yes, someone will probably cough to eliminate what is in their lungs. When a person has heart disease they might cough up a bloody mucus substance.

The first thing someone can do if they experience any of these symptoms is to take something that thins blood. Thin blood can help blood move and not get clogged up in the cardiovascular system.

An example of this would be Aspirin, (usually two 81 mg Aspirins are recommended, chewed before swallowing), which according to WebMd slows blood clotting and decreases the size of blood clots that have been formed.

If taken daily, however, Aspirin can have a negative effect and that is it can harm the stomach.  It was recently on TV that Aspirin should not be take regularly by those over 70 years of age unless especially prescribed.

To sum everything up, the leading heart problem symptoms include pain in the chest area, an irregular heart beat, dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing, or even nausea.

A person could take aspirin at the first sign of a heart problem and this could save their life.

Feel free to add your comments or ask questions.