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Jan
04

Back Pain Vanished

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I haven’t forgotten about giving you the answer to the biggest problem most people have to successful weight loss. I’ll be getting to that in just a day or so…

Just wanted to let you know that I have cured my back problems. I still have the same spondylolisthesis. However, the excruciating pain I felt after the surgery is gone. I didn’t see a chiropractor (I will this week though just to make sure) or a doctor, nor did I take any pain meds.

I simply willed it away with a firm belief my back pain would absolutely go away, and, I did rigorous stretching and moving for my back that “eventually” got rid of the pain.

Don’t poo-poo what a firm and powerful belief can do for you. Most of the time it’s not enough alone… but combined with taking appropriate action, can work wonders. Without belief you just go through the motions. As Dale Carnegie once said, “Believe… and you shall achieve!”

What problem(s) do you have? Believe you can get rid of it and take inspired action… you’ll be amazed at the results.

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Running…Some people love it, others fear the thought of having to put on a pair of running shoes. Whatever your attitude towards running is, however, you cannot deny that it is one of the best activities to take up no matter what your fitness goals are or workout program you are following. Running burns calories, tones leg muscles, builds stamina and cardiovascular endurance. Now despite all these wonderful benefits, there are many precautions you must take to avoid the “aches and pains” that can come with running-namely, the dreaded leg cramps. If you are a runner, then I am sure that you will know about calf cramps (also known as “charlie horses” to us ol’ fashion folk) and how they can ruin your workout program.

Imagine this scenario if you will. Let’s say that you are about 75% through your running goal for the day when the road starts to incline. Ever so slightly, but enough to put that extra strain on your legs as you try to push through. And the temperature? Well, it’s the morning, but it’s hot and liable to get hotter before the end. And to make matters worse you haven’t had a sip of water since you started. And did you use tight fitting calf length socks? I know they are all the rage, but why did you do it? So what do we have here?

a. Extra strain on muscles

b. Dehydration

c. Loss of essentials salts

d. Restriction of blood flow?

Guess what. The answer is “e. All of the above”. Yep-trick question. The combination of these things is one giant leg cramp waiting to happen. I am not sure that

By staying hydrated while running, you help lessen the chances of leg cramps ruining your workout program.

By staying hydrated while running, you help lessen the chances of leg cramps ruining your workout program.

anyone has the definitive answer to the cause of cramps, but there are certainly several steps that you can take which could help save you from disaster during competition, or causing a scene during your run at the local park:

1. A Proper Warm Up. I know, I know-so cliche- but did you do it? If not, then those cramps could be coming. Seriously, if you have been involved in any sport to any level, then you will be aware of the importance of a proper warm up. And I don’t just mean a brisk walk up the stairs to the changing room either! A proper warm up should include a routine that gently stretches your muscles to get them ready for the increased exertion, and gets your blood flowing around your body. Not only will a warm help prevent calf cramps, they will also help prevent some of the injuries that might occur when you put sudden strain on cold muscles. And while we are talking of warm ups, don’t forget warm downs as well. Warming down after exercise can also help prevent cramping and reduce the risk of injury.

2. Train Hard, Run Easy. ┬áHave you heard this before? No? Well you should give it some thought, because it’s true. When you train for a sport, not only do you practice the necessary skills required to execute which ever event you are competing in, but you are also training your body for the rigor of the event. To given an exaggerated example, if you train for a sprint, and then try and run a marathon, your body won’t be ready. If you try it, I think you could be in for some serious cramps. Remember, train hard, run easy.

3. Water is Sport’s Life Blood. Whenever you start to exercise, you start to sweat (or you should). Sweat is nature’s way of cooling you down when you get hot, so, it’s a good thing. And since your body is mainly made of water, then you should have plenty, shouldn’t you? Well, considering that you lose moisture from your body when you breathe, sweating does take a lot of fluid out of your system. And your body will demand that it be replaced!

If you start feeling dizzy, or experience a rapid heart beat, then these could be signs that you are starting to dehydrate. I will take it as read that if your mouth and lips feel dry, then you should be taking water on board. It is not always possible to take on fluid during sport, but always have some available as soon as you are able to drink.

4. Exercising a’int no catwalk, baby. Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. Exercising and sports are not a fashion parade. If you think so, then you are hanging out in the wrong place! There’s nothing wrong with looking cool while you sweat, but be practical. Don’t risk injury (or cramps) by wearing clothing that is too tight, and that restricts your body’s movement, either. Believe me, no one is going to think you look all too “cool” as you roll on the floor clutching your cramped up calf in agony

5. Eat Properly. When you are sweating and working hard, not only do you lose water, you also lose nutrients. There is speculation that that athletes who get calf cramps could suffer from low levels of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. I am not suggesting that you do low level analysis of your breakfast cereal, but the message is clear. Look after your body, and your body will look after you. Eat sensibly, and eat the right foods.

So, ready for that run now? Yea, those extra small, extra tight spandex shorts don’t sound like such a great idea anymore, huh? Go for the medium sized shorts and don’t forget to grab a bottle of water on your way out! Happy running!

Take Charge!

Fitness King

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When Mike turned 65, he was 25 pounds overweight. By strict dieting, he shed the extra pounds, but he lost more weight; he also lost his energy and vitality. He was always exhausted, and his friends, seeing his gaunt, drawn face, worried about his health.

By the time he volunteered for a particular fitness program two years later, he had put 25 extra pounds back on. After 6 months of exercise and some willpower at the dinner table, Mike slimmed down again. This time he felt better than he ever had, brimming with energy and glowing with good health.

What made the difference? The first time Mike lost weight; the second time he lost fat. The distinction is important. According to research, a large portion of the weight lost by dieting alone is active tissue, such as muscle and connective tissue, while a smaller fraction is excess fat. Exercise has the opposite effect. It increased his lean body mass and decreased his excess fat.

Same thing goes with cellulite. Most people tend to think that cellulite is only present to people who are obese. That is why they sometimes associate cellulite with obesity.

Actually, even if cellulite refers to the chain of wrinkled “fat cells” and “subcutaneous connective tissues” beneath the workout-program-16layer of the skin, it should never be associated only with people who are fat or obese. In fact, there are many people who have cellulite but are not fat at all.

In reality, nobody knows the main reason why some people accumulate cellulite. However, there are some factors that health experts are considering such as the structure of the fat cells. Some experts say it may be caused by some hormonal changes in the body. But none of these things has been proven to cause cellulite as of yet.

However, we do know that the main reason why most of the cellulite cases found are in women is that the connective tissues of women are more rigid and firm than men. Hence, whenever a woman puts on fat, the fatty or “adipose” cells tend to swell and get bigger. It creates a protruding appearance to the skin producing that dreaded “orange peel” look.

Another reason some women have more cellulite than others? Heredity-plain and simple. Some women are more predisposed than other to have cellulite-even if they are notoverweight.

With the many cases of obese people having cellulites in their body, most of them believe that their cellulites are caused by being too fat. Even though not all those who are obese develop cellulite, being overweight can really trigger the development of cellulite. This is because too much fat under the skin tends to push the connective tissue creating a strain on the skin. Thus, cellulite forms.

So, the most important thing to remember here is to keep those connective tissues firm and strong and avoid accumulating excess fats so as to avoid the development of cellulite.

How? For one, eat a well balanced diet and follow a structured workout program. Why, you ask?

Transforming food into fat seems all too easy for most of us. Losing fat is far more difficult, and to accomplish this, we have only three alternatives:

1. Decrease food intake and keep activity constant
2. Increase activity and keep food intake constant
3. Combine both approaches: diet and exercise.

Physical activity can help reverse the results of inactivity. An hour of vigorous exercise burns up 300 to 600 calories. If you also cut 300 to 500 calories from your daily menu, you can also lose weight at the rate of one to two pounds a week which is a realistic and safe goal for most people.

Without exercise, you would have to eat 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day to lose the same number of pounds in a week! So a combination of diet and exercise is definitely the way to go. By shedding excess fat through a good workout program, fat cells “shrink” and will therefore tend not to “bulge” out as much. This in turn will help reduce he appearance of cellulite.

Take Charge!

Fitness King

P.S. Want to: Learn the “Easy” way to get and stay in shape? Discover the secret to quick fat loss? How to exercise less and get better results? Discover the secret to ripped abs without doing endless crunches? Then be sure to get my “Amazing Fat Burning Formula” HERE.

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