Archive for August, 2011
All that you don’t know about Pilates
By Elimar Venegas
Did you know that Pilates is one of the fastest growing forms of exercise? In 2000 the United States recorded 1.7 million people involved in the Pilates technique, by 2006 that number grew to 10.6 million making the growth rate above 600% in just 6years! This number keeps growing year by year.
It is one of the best forms of exercise for overall conditioning, toning and relaxation, based on a combination of yoga, meditation, martial arts and other fitness disciplines.
The Pilates exercise systems were developed back in the 1920s by German-born, fitness innovator Joseph H. Pilates. His interest in physical fitness stemmed from a determination to strengthen his own body and improve his health after a sickly childhood. He first used the yoga-like moves to rehabilitate Second World War soldiers.
After the war, Joseph Pilates moved to New York and with his wife, Clara Pilates, opened up a studio near the New York City Ballet in 1926. It wasn’t long before he drew a following with dancers who took to Pilates for its ability to create long, lean muscles and a strong, streamlined physique. He devised a unique sequence of movements and so the modern day method was born.
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By Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., GHF’s Naturopathic Medicine Expert
A man’s libido absolutely depends on the state of his health. A healthy lifestyle has the greatest impact on his sexual ability and enjoyment. Every man can develop his sexual potential to its utmost no matter what his age!
Problems that contribute to a man’s sexual dysfunction
Stress – All central nervous system responses are impaired by stress, including those of the brain and endocrine glands – the very same glands involved in Stages I and II of a man’s sexual process. Long-term stress can hopelessly interfere with a man’s ability to achieve full sexual satisfaction or to even become aroused at all! Prolonged recreational drug use lowers libido and stresses adrenal glands, creating lower energy levels. Stress also affects sperm production and motility. Body stress, like heavy metal or radiation exposure, damage sperm as well.
Lower your stress levels with herbs like ginseng and regular exercise. Exercise is critically important for a man’s sexuality. Find something physical you enjoy. Then, DO IT THREE TIMES A WEEK!
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Forever Young Joints
Although you might not be all that familiar with the term, Hyaluronic acid is an important substance in your body. It is so important that you will not find any body tissue without it. Hyaluronic acid is a lifeline for cells to which blood does not directly flow to and from. The acid has the ever so important duty of insuring that the necessary nutrients are carried to those cells. Hyaluronic acid aids in removing toxic substances form the cell as well. Cartilage is one of the body substances that are highly populated with Hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid benefits are plentiful. This is the reason why many people look to supplement their body with additional levels of the acid. The acid can help a person to look and feel younger. Hyaluronic acid is able to lock water in to a person’s cells and particularly skin cells. This water is needed to maintain good function of elastic and collagen in the skin. Otherwise a person can begin to show their wrinkles and sags. Some women are using supplement forms of Hyaluronic acid in an attempt to achieve younger looking skin. Because Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain the ideal level of moisture in the skin, overall good skin health can often be one of the Hyaluronic acid benefits.
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By Yesenia Torres
Try this 5 step killer leg workout made up just for you and you will get those sexy and firm gluts that you are looking for.
-Bench cable kick backs: 3 sets for 15-20 reps — this exercise really gives you rounder and firmer gluteus; really concentrate on the movement and squeeze the gluts at the top so you can really feel the burn. Keep proper form, it’s easy to feel the exercise on your lower back more than the gluteus.
-Barbell stiff legged dead lift: 3 sets for 15-20 reps — in this exercise really concentrate on extending the hamstring and when lifting up, squeezing together to really get the benefits of the movement. This exercise will really having you hurting the next day!
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