April 20, 2012

Healthy Weight Loss Is Closer Than You Think

Filed under: weight loss — Tags: , — patt @ 6:34 pm

older people doing tai chi Healthy weight loss is hard to come by in today’s world of advertisements upon advertisements promoting the latest prescription weight loss medication or quick fix for weight loss. It is uncommon to watch your favorite show nowadays without seeing at least one advertisement about a miracle weight loss supplement or a special drug that helps you lose weight with little to no effort at all. Some of these miracle pills and supplements may give you temporary results, but the only sure fire way to lose weight effectively is through a healthy weight loss exercise routine and a healthy weight loss diet.

In today’s modern world of efficiency and immediate results, Americans tend to shy away from hard work – the only guaranteed way to lose weight. These exercises can be as simple as running everyday – starting off slow and and slowly increasing your speed and distance until you’re able to run farther than you ever have before.

Getting involved at a gym, although sometimes pricey, is also a wonderful option. Many gyms offer the opportunity to hire a personal trainer who will cater to your specific needs and push you in a personalized way to achieve your weight loss goals.

Regardless of what exercise you choose, make sure it is right for you. The most important part of losing weight through exercise is to set a pace that is comfortable and effective without being too overbearing, or conversely, too easy. Talk to weight loss experts or consult a book, website, or medical journal on what would be the best and most comfortable weight loss exercise for you.

Another extremely important aspect of weight loss is the food you consume. It would be easy to tell you to stay away from greasy foods and to only eat salad until you’re as skinny as you desire, but letʼs be practical – some greasy foods are just too delicious to stop eating.

Luckily, a healthy balance in your diet can be achieved without weeks of nothing but salads and water. The easiest way to make sure that you are achieving this balance is by finding a diet plan regiment. There are countless books, websites, and magazines specifically devoted to weight loss diets. These regiments are designed by professionals, and are extremely effective. But remember, always make sure that the diet plan you set up is right for you. Our bodies can have adverse effects to a sudden and intense change, so be careful what you put into and take out of your diet.

The biggest thing I can stress about weight loss is making sure the steps you are taking in order to achieve a smaller size are practical, comfortable, and reasonable. You are beautiful just the way you are, but if you’d like to shed a few pounds, find a healthy diet and exercise plan that fits into your lifestyle. Only you can decide how much weight you want to lose, or how you go about doing it.

April 17, 2012

Prostate Cancer: A Threat to Both Sexes

Filed under: remedies — Tags: — patt @ 5:37 pm

man getting a checkupYes, it is true. Women do have prostates. Fortunately, they are very small and underdeveloped, and not at risk for cancer. But, there still remains the fact that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. This is a disease that not only effects the men diagnosed, but their wives, girlfriends, and families as well.

Prostate cancer usually shows no signs or symptoms, so it can be typically overlooked until it is too late. The best thing to do is to encourage a man to go for a checkup if he experiences persistent hip or back pain, has difficulty urinating, feels pain and/or a burning sensation during urination, or has blood in his urine. These are all things that cause prostate cancer in men, and should not be taken lightly. Men who normally have yearly checkups with a registered M.D. are less likely to miss these early signs, so always encourage them to have these checkups, even if they are not showing any abnormalities that could suggest cancer. To summate, the best thing a partner, child, friend, or spouse of a man, especially after he has turned 50, can do to help prevent the onset of prostate cancer is to encourage him to continue to get checked up.

Even if a man and his partner can do everything in their power to try to be ready for prostate cancer, they can not always prevent it. A man’s age, family history, and race all play factors in the development of prostate cancer in a man. African American men who are over 50 and have a family history of prostate cancer are at the highest risk. Other men can get it though. So, if a man does become diagnosed, it is the responsibility of his family and friends to help him get treatment, possibly with a prostate cancer medication.

An important thing to remember is that the mortality rate of a man diagnosed with prostate cancer is virtually zero. So remain strong. To show support for someone dealing with prostate cancer, you should regularly attend doctor’s appointments and support groups with him. Another great way to show that you support him is to do as much research you can. Truly knowing all you can about this disease will help let a man suffering know that you want to help as much as possible.
The final way I can suggest for the partner of a man to support him in his dealing with prostate cancer is to connect with other women in the same place as you. There is an organization known as WAPC which is a support group for women who are with men suffering from prostate cancer.

If all of these steps are taken, it will help a man suffering know that he has someone to support him, no matter what. Behind every great man is a great woman, and that fact remains for those suffering from prostate cancer. Having someone there to support a man while he is suffering can mean all the difference.

April 6, 2012

Reduce Your Osteoarthritis Pain With Exercise

Filed under: exercise — patt @ 6:06 pm

Exercise for Osteoarthritis PainDid you know that regular exercise can reduce the pain of osteoarthritis? Studies have found that people who regularly exercise have less pain from their joints than those who do not. In fact, even if the exercise does not result in weight loss, it may help you to feel better and be more comfortable. How can exercise help you in your pain control?

Extra weight on your body can cause the joints in your body to ache, simply due to the stress that is put on them. While extra weight is not the sole cause of osteoarthritis, it is one leading cause of it and it can be quite painful. It causes a vicious cycle as well, because you need to exercise to lose weight, but it can be painful to do so.

Studies seem to indicate that regular exercise has an effect on the cytokines of the body. Excess cytokine production has been found to break down the cartilage between the joints and cause joint disease, like osteoarthritis. Exercise can cause the cytokine production to be decreased, helping you to have less pain.

While you may feel that exercise will cause you more pain, understand that it can actually cause you less pain in the long run. Simply start out slow and give your body the time it needs to adjust to your new habit. You may hurt for a few days, but you will soon see that it can help you to feel better and feel less pain in the future.

Whether you are exercising for weight loss or to simply feel better, it can have a big impact upon your pain level as well. Give it a chance and you will soon see big results in how you feel physically and mentally. Osteoarthritis is not something that can hold you back, if you will get the regular exercise that your body needs.