Physical Activity and Meditation for a Overall Health

Health is the real wealth of an individual. Good health does not mean the absence of physical illness but also the lack of mental and social illness. A healthy person can properly survive and easily cope with the difficulties and stress of daily living. Incorporating regular physical activities, nutritious diet, and refraining from alcohol and cigarettes are necessary in maintaining a fit and healthy body. Yoga is a physical activity that has been used in the ancient times to alleviate health problems associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, shallow breathing, backaches, chronic illness, and many other forms of discomfort. Nowadays, Yoga has gone from a spiritual discipline practiced by many in the Far East, into a mainstream exercise routine that has been taught in many gyms around the world. Other researches suggest that yoga may promote relaxation and reduce distress.

A new form of yoga that focuses on a more fitness-based approached has been developed. It is called Power Yoga, a method closely modeled after the Ashtanga style of practice. The term Power Yoga became widely used in the mid-’90s when many yoga teachers tried new ways to make Ashtanga Yoga more accessible to the western audience. Both Power and Ashtanga Yoga focuses on strength and flexibility. The only difference between the traditional method and Power Yoga is that the latter does not require the performance of a series of poses. It took the basics of yoga and and gave it a dose of aerobics to tone the muscles, sharpen focus, and strengthen the heart.

Other known benefits of practicing Power Yoga include:

Improved strength, endurance, and stamina
Tighter abs, legs, and arms
Helps release physical tension
Helps maintain good and proper posture
Serves as a good warm up for athletes
Improves an athlete’s overall performance

Power Yoga is a very accessible exercise. To practice this new yoga method, all that is needed is a flat floor surface, a mat or towel, and enough overhead space to extend the arms. It can be performed by individuals of different ages and level of physical condition. However, not all poses should be attempted by everyone. Proper posture and alignment should always be maintained during stretch or posture to avoid injuries. These activities should be stopped when there is fatigue, pain, or dizziness. In addition, the mental component of yoga is as important as its physical activities. Concentration and meditation should not be taken for granted. Yoga should be done with an open and gentle mind when one performs yoga positions and posture. Impatience, self-criticism, and comparing oneself with others may hamper the improvement of one’s physical and mental health.

Individuals who want to engage in physical activities like yoga should consult doctors and other health professionals before taking yoga classes. Certain injuries to the wrist, back, and ankles may prevent some individuals from practicing yoga postures and positions. Furthermore, yoga should be practiced with care and precaution. Some people have reported injuries that were acquired by executing yoga postures without focus, or by attempting difficult positions without working them gradually or by not having proper supervision. Oftentimes, beginners complain of muscle soreness and fatigue after engaging in yoga. These effects may disappear with continuous practice. Yoga is a great way to strengthen the and body and improve overall health.

Resources For Health-Conscious Consumers

It is estimated that 52 million Americans consult the Internet for health and medical research and the number of Internet surfers keeps on growing. Many argue, however, that it is difficult to identify credible information among the many resources the Internet has to offer.

Fortunately, when looking for information on vitamins and nutraceuticals, there is a one-stop reliable solution. Information-seeking consumers can rely on the Vitamin & Nutraceutical Information Service (VNIS) at www.VNIS.org, which offers in-depth information on all 13 vitamins and a host of important nutrients including carotenoids: lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin; omega-3 fatty acids; probiotics; soy isoflavones; green tea extract (also known as EGCG); and co-enzyme Q10.

Since 1979, the VNIS has been disseminating credible, science-based information on vitamins and nutrition to health professionals, researchers, nutrition policy makers and people of influence throughout the U.S. Now, the extensive library is also accessible online.

All the information online is cross-referenced so that it can be accessed by health topic (e.g., Bone Health, Heart Health, etc.); by life stage (e.g., Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Aging, etc.) or by the specific vitamin or nutrient name. Each section provides basic descriptive information plus downloadable educational materials, bibliographies of scientific resources, and, in some cases, consumer education brochures.

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Millions of Americans consult the Internet for health and medical research. Fortunately, there are many reliable sites.

Professional Travel Health Advice

The best Professional Travel Health Advice about food and drink on holiday, can easily be summarised as follows

1. The first thing to realise is that unpasteurised milk, non bottled drinks , and uncooked food, are likely to be contaminated and therefore possibly unsafe. This does not include fruit which can be peeled.

2. Use bottled or boiled water for cleaning your teeth.

3. Don’t open your mouth and drink water in the shower.

4. Dishes containing raw or undercooked eggs, such as home-made mayonnaise, some sauces (e.g. hollandaise) and some desserts (e.g. mousses), are not a good idea.

5. Ice-cream that doesn’t have a recognisable international brand name, and could be made locally, is often contaminated and could be a danger.

6. When confronted with cooked food, the holidaymaker should ensure that it has been thoroughly and freshly cooked; i.e. that it is piping hot.

7. Be aware of eating out the day after a public holiday, as reheated food appears, and it can be dangerous.

8. Foods that are cooked in advance need to be held at a temperature of below 10 C or above 60 C to ensure their safety.

9.Cooked food left out for some time constitutes one of the greatest risks of food borne disease. Contaminating or surviving bacteria may multiply in it if it is. Put another way, if the food has been cooked but not refrigerated between cooking and serving, because it has been left out, then you could be taking a risk eating it. This means attractive cold buffets are very definitely unsafe if they have been laid out hours before being eaten.

10. Unpasteurised milk should be boiled before it is drunk. 11. Bottles of drinking water that contain non carbonated water should be regarded with suspicion, unless you see the seal broken in front of you, because it could be straight from the TAP!!

12. Ice should be avoided unless made from safe water.

13. Drinks such as wine or beer hot tea or coffee, and carbonated soft drinks or fruit juices that are bottled or otherwise packaged are usually safe to drink.

14. Apply strict hygiene while away especially after using the bathroom and before you eat food – never use communal, damp towels in public conveniences! Use disposable paper towels or hot air.

Playing Golf Is Good For The Health

Yes, it is official. Golf is good for you. This has also been verified by the United States Golf Association and their advice is that you should play golf and walk the course while playing rather than riding the golf cart. That is how it is good for health. Walking is known to boost the pumping of the heart for the blood to circulate through the body to carry out this activity and this in turn provides the essential nourishment for your body. Walking is good for the body so golfing carts should be avoided as much as is possible. Besides golf carts do a lot of damage to the green, adding to the pollution in the air. Now, grass is artificially grown even in places where it’s not meant to grow and here the cart can cause damage. Repairing then becomes an expensive affair.

Some argued that the start and stop system that is part of the game of golf is not really good and can actually do the body harm but they were silenced when it was proven that even the start and stop pattern has a lot of positive benefits to it. People have actually chronicled their experiences and what they gained by the very act of walking the course rather than riding it. This is the simplest and cheapest form of exercise and researchers in Sweden discovered that if eighteen holes were played then one has equaled about forty to seventy percent of any high intensity aerobic workout.

This is very good given that you are getting a lot of pleasure out of the game and it does not ever get monotonous. Bad cholesterol levels were found to have dropped while good cholesterol remained steady. These results were not seen among the cart users. Golf Science International came up with the fact that four hours of golf are more or less equal to at least forty five minutes of a fitness class. Northern Ohio Golf Association came up with the theory that walking across the golf course is like walking three to four miles and this is including the walking around trees and hillocks that form the green.

But if you feel that this can’t really be true, then try it out for yourself. At your next game, try to walk alternate holes so that once the game is over you have effectively walked nine holes. Do this for some time and slowly you stop taking the cart as you find that walking gives you a new high as well as lets you play.