Make an Investment in your HealthWritten by James Taylor
Health is like building a savings account; small manageable investments add up quickly. Attempting to save large amounts without gradual increases , will leave you feeling depeleted and discouraged. Beginning a health plan with small gradual steps will allow you to build discipline, health and time management skills needed to allow for larger investments in future.
Often we will suddenly decide to get in shape or lose weight, we buy a new pair of shoes, latest diet books and supplements, a gym membership and plan to spend 6 hours every week working out even if it kills us. We tell ourselves "This is it, this time I am going to do it-theres no turning back now". By end of first week we feel exhausted and frustrated because we had to miss two workouts, one of kids got sick and other had soccer practice. Week two we are an inevitable no show, feeling even worse than before. Instead of this quick road to failure; why not a steady, enjoyable and predictable journey to success? Approach your health like a savings plan with small investments that build into huge results over time.
Just like anything in life there will be times when your ability to invest will be smaller and there will be times when you are able to give and give without looking back. The key is when ability to invest is limited don't stop; instead ease back and do what you can, small measurable investments. The small investments help to build discipline of health. Discipline and consistency is key to success, not some shiny new diet program.
Lactate Threshold Training Written by Deborah Caruana RN, MES, CPT
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What is it? Why do we do it? It's not just because it's toughest workout you have ever done in your life. And it's not just because you can feel your metabolism going through roof, burning fat almost instantaneously. It's also not due to fact that after a few workouts you start to see muscle tone and then get really inspired to get more results. It's certainly not that, even though its so painful and you can't wait to do it again because you know in your heart…This is how exercise is supposed to feel. These are not reasons we do Lactate Threshold Training. What is it? When muscles contract vigorously for long periods, circulatory system begins to lose ground in delivery of oxygen (necessary for energy production). In these conditions breakdown of glucose is converted to lactic acid. As lactate is produced in muscles, it leaks out into blood and is carried around body. If this condition continues, functioning of body will become impaired and muscles fatigue very quickly. This point is often measured as lactate threshold. Why Do We Do It? The aim of training system is to saturate muscles in lactic acid, which will educate body's buffering mechanism to deal with lactic acid more effectively. Thus raising anaerobic (lactate) threshold. It's not lactic acid that causes burn in muscles as you exercise, but hydrogen ions released as lactic acid leaks out. An elevation in blood lactic acid levels is a major trigger of growth hormone (HGH) release. Increasing HGH, is beneficial for gaining muscle / lean tissue and reducing fat.
How it Affects Aging: Many of physical and personal changes that are associated with aging process are directly related to age related decline in Human Growth Hormone, HGH. The 'acknowledged symptoms' associated with 'maturing' are directly related to hormonal demise. In 1996 US FDA approved HGH for treating symptoms associated with adult hormonal demise. The FDA approved that medical signs and symptoms of HGH demise are parallel with conditions associated with progression of aging: Fat gain, muscle loss, loss of energy, poor sleep, skin changes, bone density loss, libido issues .. all HGH related. Increasing HGH has an effect on our skin, body composition, muscle tone, mood, energy, sleep quality, and bone density. How it Affects Metabolism: Fat utilization requires HGH! Low blood sugar triggers secretion of HGH to utilize fat for energy. The best time for HGH stimulating exercise is in morning after all night fast. If you cannot exercise first thing in morning, time meals so that you have several hours ( 2 - 3 ) to burn off blood glucose from meal, before you workout. A relatively hard, planned and synergistic workout will result in up to a 250% increase in HGH secretion. How it Affects Posture and Alignment: The constant total body movement (infinite & constant movement variations ) results in a constantly changing center of gravity. You instinctively assume a personally optimum posture and naturally fine tune muscles for grace, balance, alignment and posture.
Taking a week off from training every 8 to 10 weeks is very important for overall recuperation. Many people have a psychological barrier to taking time off from training. They feel like they are going to shrink. Not so. In fact after your week off for complete recovery you will usually come back stronger and energized. This program is based on research published by recognized leaders of HGH and AntiAging Research: Dr. Donald Rudman, Dr. Ronald Klatz, Dr. Mario DiPasquali, Sandy Shaw and Dirk Pearson. Renowned doctors, authors and scientists with findings published worldwide. New England Journal of Medicine, several best selling scientific / technical medical books and a multitude of magazine articles.