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|A Tired Body|
Posted On 2013-05-14 , 4:27 AM
Rest and Recuperation
The recent number of injuries and sicknesses in the National Basketball Association that occurred towards the end of a long season suggests to me that fatigue may be a factor. Several players have sustained injuries in the knee, hip, and ankle areas. Some of these injuries have required surgery and could have complications, or nagging reminders, throughout the life of that person.
Of course, as an NBA player the knees, hips, and ankle areas receive the most impact due to constant running, jumping, quick cuts and stops, and the quick bursts of energy. These hard and constant impacts can cause tiredness of the bones joints, ligaments, and muscles as the seasons goes on.
I only refer to the sickness of several players with the Chicago Bulls who had flu-like symptoms in late April, early May 2013. Some were unable to play, or only played for a reduced period of time. Was it just an isolated virus, or is it another sign of a tired body after 80 plus games?
Professional athletes push their bodies to the maximum but they have trainers and managers to monitor their progress, and regress. It is important for everyone who has a fitness routine to know the signs of fatigue and know how to deal with them.
- One simple sign of fatigue could be a nagging pain every time you perform a certain motion
- Another sign could be not being able to perform at the same level that you did one month ago
- Yet another sign could be slower spontaneous movements and reactions times
- There are many others signs, but don’t overlook the importance of mental fatigue when working out. If your mind is not focused on what you are doing there is an increased chance for physical injury.
NOTE: Wikipedia denotes Sleep (a form of Rest) as a reduction of consciousness which accentuates the rejuvenation if the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems.
SUPPLEMENTS AND ENERGIZERS
There are times when you may need a “pick-me-up.” You may use over-the-counter medicines, coffee, or energy drinks. This may be OK, occasionally. If you are dependent on the pick-me-up, it may be time to address your rest patterns and diet. It is often recommended that you get at least eight hours of sleep but some people will not sleep for eight straight hours. This group may want to use more relaxation training techniques for their well being.
On the other hand, some people sleep for more than eight hours and they may want a more upbeat fitness training program. Either way, it is important to prevent fatigue by alternating and diversifying training routines and getting the correct amount of rest.
Your diet is also a key factor. Eating a well-rounded diet can supply your body with the nutrients need to help prevent vitamin and mineral depletion and thus fight off fatigue. Once again, there are “pick-me-ups” available that can give you the extra vitamins and minerals but they are not a substitute for a good meal, they are just enhancements.
You may not be a NBA player, or professional athlete who has to endure a long season of constantly running, jumping, or making sharp cuts with your legs and ankles; but that not mean you cannot suffer from the same joint and muscle pains that come from fatigue and tiredness of your body.
Stay safe, get your rest, eat healthy, and use supplements only if needed.
|2113 New Year|
Posted On 2013-01-29 , 1:49 PM
2013 A Brand New Year
I hope you have begun your New Year resolutions, plan and affirmations. Whether you are going to improve your fitness level, lose a few pounds, or go back to school; you should have good record keeping by creating a chart, making a spreadsheet, or using some of the new health and fitness apps which can be downloaded to your computer or I phone. It is time to start.
Lately, I have been working between 12 to 16 hours each day and it is quite a challenged to stay on a healthy diet and maintain a high fitness level. In order to keep my routines simple and effective, I try to walk for at least 15 – 20 minutes during lunch and save my food until my breaks. It is working but I miss being able to get a full routine in on a regular basis.
Making adjustments is a part my normal schedule so I try to make the most of it. Most of us have to work but that should not stop us from maintaining fitness. Varying my routines is allowing me to get the most productivity out of my situation.
Oh yea, the weather has not been very cooperative. It has been changing from very hot to very cold (relatively speaking) in a short period of time. This has not helped with our recent flu and cold epidemic, but we can still improve our fitness or lose a few pounds.
Keep good records and chart your New Years plans. You will be successful.
Posted On 2012-12-14 , 6:43 AM
December is here and staying inside the warm house and spending time with the family sounds great. If you exercise indoors most of the year, your fitness routines should not suffer. But what if you have to go outside and enjoy the clean, brisk fresh air. That’s the perfect time to enjoy your running and fitness workouts without suffering the backlash of getting a cold of flu. Wear the correct fitness clothing.
It is 28 degrees outside and it feel like it has moved inside. It’s pass time to pull out the thermal underwear and it is now time to put them on.
The same is true if you plan to do your workouts, it time to put on the correct fitness clothes. By now, most people know that winterized fitness clothing is made with poly material and constructed with interwoven stitches to remove the sweat and moisture away from your skin. Why is this important?
When your skin is wet during very cold temperatures, you run the risk of getting frostbite, colds and flu. Remember to dress in layers and take advantage of years of studies and development of cold weather fitness clothes.
Sitting by the fireplace bundled up is a great ideas for spending quality time with the family, but fitness is a year-round lifestyle and can’t be overlooked.
Take your “me” time for fitness training but stay dry.
Start now and read more about the importance of fitness clothes.
|Winter Fitness and Clothes|
Posted On 2012-10-31 , 8:32 PM
Winter Fitness and Clothes
Winter fitness clothes are just as important as summer fitness clothes. During an earlier blog, I mentioned that the summer of 2012 was one of the hottest on record. Droughts spread throughout most of North America. It was important to wear the right clothes when you exercised and trained. Now it is the autumn and winter season and exercising and wearing the correct cold weather apparelis just as important.
Winter is the time of year when the daylight is shorter and it is easy to go home, take your shoes off and relax. Add that comforting thought with the fact that Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities are right around the corner. Yes, I smell it too!
Making New Year’s resolutions while stuffing on the holiday roast, turkey, and desserts can be avoided, or at least minimized. Is anyone thinking about the New Year’s resolution right now? Probably not! This is the time when it’s easy to slack off from working out. Don’t let it happen to you. It is easy to look out of the window when it’s snowing, raining, or the wind is gusting like a tropical storm and say “I’ll go tomorrow and do an extra 15 minutes.”
Please do not go out in a blizzard or winter storm to workout. Poly and interwoven fitness clothing are designed to keep moisture away from your skin to prevent frostbites, pneumonia, and other cold related sickness, but common sense is the most important factor. It can be easy to make excuses about why not to exercise during the winter, but ultimately your health is most important, and so is your fitness training.
There are few alternatives that can help you maintain your physical fitness level during winter conditions:
- Do your workouts indoors. There are CD available for Wii fitness, Zumba, Muscle Maximizer, and more.
- Dress appropriately if you do choose the outdoors weather. Follow this link for more information on training and fitness clothes for cold weather and inclement weather.
- Enjoy your holiday feasts, just control your portions and enjoy the varieties. You should be able to get all of the vitamins and nutrients you body needs.
- And of course use common sense or use the buddy-plan for moral support
NOTE: Do not forget to drink plenty of water and fluids to stay hydrated
NOTE: Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption
|Plant Supplements are Nature in Action|
Posted On 2012-09-29 , 3:29 PM
Supplements are Derived from Nature
Plants have always been one of the wonders of nature for keeping our body’s healthy. The Buddha priests of China walked through forest gathering herbs which were common to their area; the Tribal doctors in African villages would rummage through the forest and extract the roots of plants which were common to their area; and the Medicine men of American Indian tribes also harvest herbs and roots to make medicine and keep their people healthy. They had learned and passed down the wisdom of their forefathers and learned to extract the pharmaceutical properties and used them to keep their villages healthy.
Of course there is more than just collecting the ingredients, secret recipes were also passed down to make sure everything was mixed and cooked correctly for individual symptoms and ailments.
Today, these lessons are used by manufactures to bring those health produces to every part of the world in the forms of tables, powders, drinks, etc. When your body ails and just isn’t responding to your daily food intake, taking a pill can stop the heartburn or the headache. This harvest of the land and knowledge has lead to the development of many supplements which can change your mood, help with your diet, and make you feel good about yourself. Get your Whey, Berries, and other supplements and vitamins right here.
NOTE: There are synthetic supplements but they should be prescribed by your doctor if you have a unique condition
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