“Bodybuilding Sins” That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts: Part 4

Written by Jesse Cannone CFT, CPRS, CSPN and Steve Hefferon, CMT, CPRS

“Bodybuilding Sins” That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts: Part 4 by Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS and Steve Hefferon, CMT Welcome to article number 4 in our series “Bodybuilding Sins That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts”. In this article we are going to talk about how bodybuilders tend to create massive muscle imbalances and what you can do to not be one of them. If you missedrepparttar first article, you can read it by clicking onrepparttar 137624 link below. Here’s a breakdown ofrepparttar 137625 articles to look for: 1. Article #1 - Choosing The WRONG Exercises 2. Article #2 - Training Variations for Pain Relief and Maximum Results 3. Article #3 - Targeted Stretching 4. Article #4 - Targeted Exercises 5. Article #5 - Rest, Recovery, and Injury Prevention Article #4 - Targeted Exercises What is a Targeted Exercise and Why You Need To Be Doing Them? While performing three different exercises for each area ofrepparttar 137626 chest may sound “targeted” and it may work great for targetingrepparttar 137627 chest itself… this is NOT what we mean by targeted… What we are talking about is choosing exercises with more than just size increases in mind… remember, there is far more to muscle than just how it looks… You can be really big, but also weak, slow and inflexible. To drive this point home some more, rememberrepparttar 137628 “Turtle Back Syndrome” we covered in article #1? So many body builders are plagued with this gruesome condition and they don’t even know it! Are you? The Turtle Back condition is a direct result of too much focus on building uprepparttar 137629 pecs and lats and not enough focus onrepparttar 137630 upper back. Also,repparttar 137631 lack of focus on flexibility inrepparttar 137632 chest and shoulders makes it even worse… Not only does this look stupid, but it sets you up for back, neck and shoulder problems like rotator cuff tears andrepparttar 137633 like… and I know you don’t want any of those!

Good Fats Prevent Chronic Disease

Written by Jane Oelke

Copyright 2005 Jane Oelke

Essential fatty acids arerepparttar number one recommendation for anyone who has, or wants to prevent common chronic diseases today, such diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. And they are very helpful in improving immune system function to increase energy and reverse some ofrepparttar 137508 damage seen in diseases such as lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. What types of fat are in your diet?

If you have dry skin, stiffness, concentration problems, or hormonal imbalances you may be lacking in a type of fat that is essential to health. Essential fatty acids are those fats thatrepparttar 137509 body needs; yet cannot synthesize itself. Many types of fat are unhealthy fats, yet some are beneficial and necessary. In fact, cutting all fat fromrepparttar 137510 diet is actually harmful to health.

Essential fatty acids are needed to metabolize other types of fats that are not good for us. Saturated fat is a harmful fat that is found in many types of red meat and dairy foods. Yet,repparttar 137511 worse types of fats arerepparttar 137512 partially hydrogenated oils found in snack foods. These types of fats, found in most processed foods, are converted to trans-fatty acids when heated, or oxidized. So when you make boxed cakes or brownies you create trans fats when you bake these partially hydrogenated oils that are included inrepparttar 137513 mix so thatrepparttar 137514 box can sit on your shelf indefinitely. These arerepparttar 137515 types of fat that increase cholesterol inrepparttar 137516 arteries.

The good fats, called essential fatty acids, are important in many metabolic processes, including energy production. Sincerepparttar 137517 body cannot produce them, they must be consumed inrepparttar 137518 diet to optimize health. The essential fatty acids arerepparttar 137519 omega-3 (linoleic) and omega-6 (linolenic) polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Every cell inrepparttar 137520 body is like a tiny factory, taking in raw materials fromrepparttar 137521 surrounding fluid and sending out various chemicals. Everything going into or coming out ofrepparttar 137522 cell has to pass throughrepparttar 137523 cell's membrane. The membrane depends on essential fatty acids to remain fluid and flexible. Without them,repparttar 137524 membrane becomes stiff and unable to do its job.

Essential fatty acids are also important to bring vital oxygen to muscle cells and they enablerepparttar 137525 cells to more easily absorb nutrients needed for recuperation. In one study of 63 patients with fibromyalgia, essential fatty acid supplementation resulted in a 74% reduction in pain in patients after 1 month, and 85% after 3 months.

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