Health and Fitness

Bruce Lee was an amazing martial artist, since his short career. And if you do some of the same things that made him great, you'll be able to vastly improve your own martial arts abilities. Although you may not get as good as Bruce, if you work on these ideas you'll definitely improve. Develop Great Cardio Bruce Lee went running every day. Sometimes it was jogging, sometimes sprinting. And he also practiced a ton of martial arts, and did shadow boxing regularly! So, Bruce was in phenomenal shape. He made sure that he was not just more skilled and more muscular than his competitors, but that he was also in way better shape than them. Bruce became obsessed with conditioning after a challenge he received where his opponent ran away, and Bruce had to chase the guy down. After several minutes Bruce chashed him down and beat him, but Bruce […]

The attitude and overall health of the millennial generation is being closely looked at as they are growing into young adults entering adulthood and the impact they will have on the world. The generation born between 1980 and 2000, known as Millennials, have been described as being open to change, confident, and optimistic despite the widespread fears about financial security as a result of the economic recession that began in 2008. Aside from being referred to as The multi-tasking generation, due to iPhones being seen as an extra appendage, young adults are embracing self-expression through social media as a way to connect to others in their age group. In 2006, a book published by psychologist Jean Twenge, titled Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – and More Miserable Than Ever Before , is looking at how depression and anxiety are becoming rites of passage in […]

What is health? Is health the absence of disease? Is health a birth right or simply luck? According to Ayuveda, India's ancient art of healing, the meaning of health is a single word: Swastha. Swa = self + Stha = established. Thus a person is healthy when '' established in the self. ' Immunity is much more than T-cells, B-cells and antibodies. Health depends upon a well-integrated core of identity. Thus, health is a birth right. The Self as defined by Ayuveda is not identical to the western concept of ego. It is the power of individual identity that fosters one to have an existence apparently separate from all other beings. In Sanskrit this is called Ahamkara – literally, the "I-former." You are you and not he, she, or or they because of Ahamkara. It is the creative power that gives you your sense of "I am." Ahamkara consistently identifies […]

As a dog owner you are responsible to keep your dog healthy with routine health care. This involves so much more that just regular feeding and exercise. Much of a dog’s care can depend on its age and general health. It can also be driven by your work or social schedule. Regardless, you should keep the following in mind to help ensure that your dog lives a happy, healthy and long life. So, in no particular order: Be watchful– Dog are actually great communicators, if you pay attention. This is true from “puppyhood” through to their elder years. You will come to know their demeanor at various times of the day. Changes in this can be signaling a change in health. Watch for reduced energy, a lackluster coat, excessive weight gain or loss, unusual growths, restlessness/anxiety or even the loss of the usual spark in the eye. If you are […]

My friend Steve went for his annual physical recently. His commute from home to the doctor’s office was a mere 9,150 miles. Huh? Steve’s employer posted him to Bangkok in the early 2000s. He lived and worked there for a decade. Steve received medical care from Bangkok’s Bumrungrad International Hospital. Like most people, Steve became accustomed to his health care team at Bumrungrad, and vice versa. They knew him and his history, and had access to all his records. They were meticulous, professional and always put Steve as patient before Steve as source of revenue. It didn’t hurt that Thai people are among the most courteous and empathetic anywhere. Oh, and the average cost of procedures at Bumrungrad is 60% to 80% less than in the U.S. Even with his round trip airfare, he paid less for his physical than if he’d gone to a U.S. doctor… even when taking […]

What is Osteopathic Health Care? The health profession of Osteopathy (founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the USA) is an established internationally recognized manual medicine system of diagnosis and treatment, which lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopathic health practitioners use a variety of hands-on physical treatments. These include soft tissue techniques, joint mobilization & manipulation, muscle energy treatment and functional (strain and counter strain) techniques. These techniques are normally employed together with exercise, dietary, and occupational advice in an attempt to help patients recover from pain, disease and injury. There are two types of osteopaths. European style Osteopaths (also known as osteopathic manual practitioners, manual osteopaths, traditional osteopaths & classical osteopaths) do not prescribe medications or perform surgery, while American style osteopaths (also known as osteopathic physicians) perform surgery and prescribe medications as well as using osteopathic techniques […]

You know that quilting makes you feel good, but now there’s scientific evidence to back up what you’ve always suspected-not only does quilting make you happy, it’s actually good for your health. Researchers at the University of Glasgow published their findings in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health after conducting qualitative research using a local quilting group as their source. The end result? “Quilting seemed to possess some distinct properties for enhancing well-being that would not be replicable through outdoor/physical activity.” In other words, that’s dry research speak for saying quilting gives you a workout you’re not going to find in your local step class. The biggest perk? When you’re happy and doing something you love, your brain gets saturated with dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as happy chemicals-especially when you’re doing “meaningful work” using your hands. According to Kelly Lambert, PhD and a member of the neuroscience department at […]

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can not digest or absorb in the blood stream. It is a polysaccharide which can be derived from all plant products like fruits, vegetables, cereals, and pulses. Fiber is not considered a nutrient because unlike other carbohydrates it does not add calories to a person's diet, nor does it give energy required by the body. Fiber can be divided into three groups. Soluble Fiber forms a gel when mixed with a liquid. Like any other fiber it does not get digested but gets affected by intestinal bacteria during digestion. Insoluble Fiber does not dissolve in liquids. It passes through the intestine completely unaffected. Resistant Fiber has been recently recognized and categorized as a third type of fiber. It provides the benefits of both types of fiber. It passes through the small intestine largely unaffected and is fermented in the large intestine. […]

The purpose of fitness testing is to determine the function and health of an individual and an appropriate measure of exercise demands at which an individual can begin. Although this test usually is implemented prior to beginning an exercise program, it can be used as an intermittent measurement tool, to determine progress. Fitness testing comprises the following: HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE This phase addresses an individual’s health status/history. The questionnaire is an important aspect of the test since health problems must be addressed and brought to the forefront. Moreover, it is important to have the waiver signed to protect an instructor legally in the event of an unforeseen and imperceptible mishap. The remainder of the test, described below, holds little validity as to a person’s overall function and health and the results should be taken with some reservation. Before I explain each aspect, consider that if a room in a house were […]

Our eyes are one of the organs in the body that respond very positively to the right nutrition. Therefore, in order to promote healthier eyesight it is necessary to eat the right foods that are good for the eyes. This enables us to increase our eyesight and fight or reduce the incidence of eye diseases which are a major concern in the United States. A good example of a food that is often overlooked in terms of its role in improving eye health is the Pear. Pears consist of Vitamin C, Potassium and small sources of other nutrients such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Folate to name a few. More importantly, in terms of vision nutrients, this fruit also includes carotenoids, flavonols and anthocyanins. This eye food is also an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C making it one of the healthiest foods in the world. Some […]