Disease Prevention with Strength Training

strengthtrainingfitnessStrength training is the ideal anti-aging strategy. It stimulates the body to produce growth hormone…the hormone that has been shown to reverse the aging process and rejuvenate and renew old worn out cells and tissue.

Strength training is safe for men and women of all ages…especially if you are experiencing some health challenges strength training can be your greatest ally. In fact, those with health concerns such as heart disease and arthritis often benefit most from an exercise program that included strength training a few times weekly. [Read more…]

Can You Really Afford to Not Be Strength Training?

strength-training-getting-startedWhat is strength training exercise and why is it so important to our health?

Strength training exercises are those that use resistance of some form…they either involve the use of barbells, dumbbells, machines and or other equipment that work to improve strength and keep your body at its maximum health and overall fitness.

The basic premise of strength training is to make muscles, bones and tendons work harder than they are accustomed to working in our everyday activities.

When we do this, it stimulates the body to increase its strength in order to meet the demands we are placing on it. [Read more…]

Back Muscles Are Your Skeletal Support System

posture2You know the saying…”the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” This platitude also applies to our body strength and many of us tend to have the shortcoming of a weak link…our lower back.

It’s not at all unusual for the lower back muscles to be under-developed in comparison to the upper body muscles and those of the limbs. Unfortunately, this has to be the worst possible area on the human body to have a weak link because of the importance of the strength of the lower back as it supports most of the weight of the body.

Our back muscles are what supports and stabilizes us and when we lost this, our posture takes on an aged look. We’ve all seen them…stooped posture, rounded shoulders, sunken chest and protruding belly.

When posture is not properly in balance, your bones are not properly aligned either causing your muscles, joints, and ligaments to take more strain than they are designed for.

What is needed is a strong skeleton…one with strong muscles holding it all together firmly and upright….all the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons to allow us to move freely are properly in their correct positions. [Read more…]

Are You Taking Care of Your Heart Muscle?

heart_healthAlthough the heart has always been associated with love, very few people really pay attention to their own hearts or put much thought into the role it plays.

As long as this mysterious vibrating organ keeps doing its job of keeping us alive and breathing most people don’t give it a second thought.

However, heart disease is nothing to fool around with and unlike what most believe, it is not just a disease or condition that strikes older people. Heart disease has become the number two killer in the developed world and now accounts for 40 percent of all deaths with cancer taking the number one spot.

The problem with cardiovascular degeneration is that it is a gradual, lifelong process that is not seen or felt until the damage is done. Heart disease takes decades to develop and precisely the reason people…including you need to be paying more attention to their hearts now…giving it the due attention it needs now not later in life after the damage has been done. [Read more…]

Prevention is the Key to Vital Health and Long Life

preventive medicineEven though lack of proper exercise puts you at a 40% more risk of developing cancer and 50% more at risk for heart disease, it’s a sad statistic that nearly 8 out of 10 people ignore numbers, go through life with blinders on and never bother to develop an exercise program.

We must stop looking at exercise as some frivolous pastime and shift our perception to that of “preventive medicine”.

The cost of inactivity is not a cost anyone can afford. The gym seems inconvenient now but how inconvenient does it feel when you stack it against future life threatening diseases and the rest of your life spent in doctors’ offices and hospitals fighting disease? [Read more…]

What Motivates You to Strength Train?

motivatesBefore you actually begin your strength training program a good place to start is to visualize success with your health and fitness goals and consider how you are going to celebrate your achievements.

Have you thought about what motivates you when you are looking to make positive, lasting changes in your life?

For example, exercising…or more specifically, strength training. Why are you starting? What’s your motivating factor for starting this exercise program? Can you define your fitness goals or what obstacles you might face that could be a serious challenge to you and how you plan on dealing with and overcoming them? [Read more…]

Naturally Boost Testosterone Levels

testie1Looking for a magic solution to boosting your testosterone levels? Truth is, if there was a magic solution to this decreasing hormone, we wouldn’t have the conditions we find ourselves in.

Testosterone plays a critical role in men’s health. It works at maintaining muscle mass, bone density and sex drive for starters. Unfortunately, testosterone is at its highest early in adulthood and begins declining a bit each year after.

Although there is no magic solution to fixing testosterone levels, there are natural ways to help boost it up. [Read more…]

Your Heart Needs A Regular Beating To Stay Healthy

shutterstock_20994970They carried him out on a stretcher. The doctor said it was a heart attack; nothing anyone could do. Aged 61 recently retired…. it is an unfortunate script that is played out every day in family homes around the world. At least he didn’t suffer the doctor said, since it happened while he slept.

Despite dramatic medical advances over the past 50 years, heart disease remains the leading cause of death amongst humans accounting for 42 percent of all deaths worldwide. [Read more…]

Are Your Natural Male Hormones Suppressing Your Lifestyle?

moody men

Men’s testosterone levels have declined in direct relation to the decrease in their physical activity and increase intake of processed food over the last 50 odd years.

The majority of men have desk jobs or other jobs that require extended periods of sitting or other sedentary behavior and this removes the physical work that boosted the male hormone testosterone.

If all of this wasn’t bad enough, men are now getting excess of the female hormone estrogen from the environment. When it gets into a man’s body it sends the signal to become more feminine…it is the beginning of man boobs.

The great news is you don’t have to live with this. You can restore your healthy levels of testosterone with changes in your lifestyle, exercise and activity levels and attention to your diet.

Are your natural male hormones suppressing your lifestyle?

Are you experiencing any of these signs or symptoms of low testosterone levels:

  • Decreased sex drive/problems with love life
  • Erectile dysfunction/impotence. No or poor erections of the penis
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Increased breast size
  • Expanded waistline
  • Feeling tired/lacking energy
  • Depressed/irritable [Read more…]

You Can Have A Healthy, Youthful Sculpted Body

man mirrorAre you still unhappy when you look in the mirror at the reflection of your body? If so, it’s time to get a grip and realize that nothing is stopping you from have your dream “body vision” except you.

You are the one that needs to get going…All you have to do is re-sculpt your body to totally erase the signs of sagging and aging muscles.

What does it mean to have the body “re-sculpted”?

It means you must use strength or resistance training to tone and lift specific muscle groups. Basically you concentrate on lifting the muscles under sagging body parts. [Read more…]