Maintaining health is as important (if not more so) in your retirement years than it was when you were younger. Keeping up a good exercise regime that helps to keep your body in shape as well as building strength can assist in the time of recovery for injuries and operations, as well as help to stave off some diseases and infections. There are several ways in which you can keep your body in shape, but it is also critical that you pay attention to the messages your body is sending in order to avoid any damage that excessive workouts may cause.The best way to keep yourself in shape as well as enjoy some quality time is to take a daily walk. These walks are great ways to keep aerobically fit as well as to get outside of the house and enjoy some of the scenery in your neighborhood. If you happen to live in an area in which walking is not recommended because of safety concerns or pollution, then you can check out local arenas and other facilities for different options. Many facilities that are funded by local governments also remain open to the public when there are no events in progress- they are ideal for walking around without the pressure of the track or the peril of the outdoors.A walk can also offer a great opportunity for socialization. Walking with a group can be a fun experience and the journeys will allow you to build long lasting relationships which can spill over after the walk is over, as you gather together for a cool down or for the remainder of the day.Make sure before attempting any exercise, including walking, that you do a sufficient amount of stretching before you set out. Insufficient stretching can result in long term suffering and the inability to maintain a good walking regime.As with any exercise, whether you are young or older, you must pay attention to any signals that your body is giving you. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and during your walk to keep properly hydrated. If you begin to feel any sort of pain in your legs, torso, and especially the chest, or any shortness of breath, stop the activity immediately and wait for your body to return to normal. If the pain continues or intensifies, contact some help and go see a doctor (this is where walking in groups can come in handy, as there will be someone with you who can go for help or take you to it).Getting older is no reason to let your health slide- in fact, it can be the most critical time of your life for pursuing a healthy lifestyle in terms of a regular exercise regime. This exercise can be as simple and enjoyable as going for a walk, but it is important to pay attention to whatever signals your body may be sending out if you are overtaxing yourself.
Hemorrhoids or piles are ugly faces of an ailment. The condition of varicosity or swelling and inflammation of veins in the rectum and anus is known as hemorrhoids. It is also known as haemorrhoids or piles.The two most common types of hemorrhoids are external hemorrhoids and internal hemorrhoids.External hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids occur outside at the lateral end of the anal canal, on the anal verge. They are sometimes painful, and can be accompanied by swelling and irritation. Itching, due to skin irritation, is considered a common symptom of "external hemorrhoids" . The hemorrhoid becomes a thrombosed hemorrhoid if the vein ruptures and a blood clot develops. Internal hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids occur inside the rectum. They are usually not painful, and most people arent aware that they have them. Internal hemorrhoids may bleed when irritated. If not treated, "internal hemorrhoids" may lead to the more severe forms of hemorrhoids - prolapsed hemorrhoids and strangulated hemorrhoids. Prolapsed hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids become so expanded or swollen that they get pushed outside of the anus. Strangulated hemorrhoid: The anal sphincter muscle spasms and traps a prolapsed hemorrhoid outside of the anal opening. The supply of blood is cut off, and the hemorrhoid then becomes a strangulated hemorrhoid.Causes of Hemorrhoids or Piles:The major cause of hemorrhoids results from weak rectal vein walls and/or valves. The following are some other hemorrhoids causes: Constipation Chronic diarrhea Straining during bowel movements Postponing bowel movements Poor bathroom habits; sitting for unusually long periods of time, e.g. reading on the toilet or excessive cleaning attempts. Pregnancy Fiber-deprived diet can also contribute. Insufficient hydration: drinking less water or drinking too much of diuretic liquids such as coffee or colas can cause a hard stool that can lead to hemorrhoid irritation. Tumors in the pelvis also cause enlargement of hemorrhoids by pressing on veins draining upwards from the anal canal. An excess of lactic acid in the stool: a product of excessive consumption of milk products such as cheese can cause irritation and a reduction of consumption can bring relief. Too much pressure on the rectal veins due to poor posture or muscle tone; obesity and a sedentary lifestyle may cause hemorrhoids.Prevalence:Hemorrhoids commonly occur in both sexes, but only 4% of the general population experience the problem. Hemorrhoids are a common occurrence between 45 and 65 years of age.Approximately one half of all Americans are estimated to have this condition by the age of 50, but only a small number undertake medical treatment. About 500,000 people are medically treated for hemorrhoids annually, with 10 to 20% of them requiring surgeries.
Beaucoup plus efficace que le jogging, (vous dpenserez jusqu' 2 fois plus de calories!) beaucoup moins contraignante pour le dos et les articulations, la marche nordique (appelle aussi Nordic Walking) est LA nouvelle dcouverte en matire de sport et sant. Accessible tous, que vous soyez sportif ou non, jeune ou moins jeune, pour hommes, femmes et enfants.La "marche nordique" appelle aussi Nordic Walking ou bien Sauvakvely nous vient de Finlande. Dj dans les annes 50, les skieur de ski de fond s'entranaient en t marcher avec des btons. On essaiyait alors de simuler la "glisse" en marchant et en poussant sur ses btons en aluminium. Malheureusement, ce type de bton absorbait mal les secoussent qui taient directement transmises aux articulations lors des entranements intensifs. C'est en 1997 que cette activit a t popularise grce la mise en vente par par la socit finlandaise Exel Oy de btons spciaux dvelopps par des scientifiques et des experts sportifs. La "Sauvakvely" ou "Marche nordique" tait ne. L'innovation vient des btons, diffrents des btons de marche standards,. Ces nouveaux btons sont faits d'un mlange de fibres de verre et de carbone, ce qui permet d'absorber les secousses. ils sont trs robustes, trs fiable et d'un poid minimal. Une autre astuce: une petite sangle permettant de dlester les poignets. En l'an 2000 on comptait dj plus de "marcheurs" que de joggers en Finlande. En 2002 on y comptait plus dun million de marcheurs pour une population de 5 millions d'habitants! En Allemagne, on vient dj de dpasser trois millions 500 milles et le chiffre augmente tous les jours. En partant d'un mouvement tout fait naturel, marcher, il a suffit de rajouter 2 petits btons pour crer le un nouveau sport global populaire. Cet article vous a donn envie de vous lancer? alors suivez les conseils de Sabine Corban sur http://www.marche-nordique.net
Copyright 2006 Donovan BaldwinThe first thing to know about discount dental plans is that they are NOT insurance and cannot be viewed in quite the same way. That having been said, you should be aware that some states may choose to treat them under much the same rules as insurance, and that may blur the differences between them.WHAT ARE DISCOUNT DENTAL PLANS?A "discount dental plan" is what its name implies. It is a plan, or group, that can be voluntarily joined by you, the customer, and by the providers, i.e. dentists and/or oral surgeons. You will generally be charged a fee, usually monthly or quarterly, for your right to continue to participate as a member of a plan. This membership will entitle you to discounted services at the offices of the dentists or other providers who have agreed to offer their services to members at those discounted rates. While the discount is generally shown as a percentage off of the provider's standard fees, some plans may include set prices for some procedures. A reputable plan should be able to provide members with a comprehensive list of procedures and discounts (or prices) along with a list of providers.NOTE: If selecting a discount dental plan, it is important to check their list of providers to find out if service is even available in your area.NOTE: Since most savings are in the form of discounts applied to the provider's normal fee, some shopping around among providers may be of value. Providers often offer services at rates that may be higher or lower than the dentist down the street. They have merely agreed to discount their "usual" charges.WHY WOULD A DENTIST OFFER DISCOUNTED DENTAL SERVICES?Although we would like to think of dentists and other health care providers as part of the "medical profession" and subject to lofty ideals and codes, they are also small business owners. However, such professions often have some ethical or legal restrictions on how they may advertise, and advertising is the lifeblood of any small business. By joining a discount medical plan as a service provider, a dentist can increase his or her immediate exposure to a group of potential clients that might otherwise have passed them by. A side note on this is that if the plan member is satisfied with the services they receive, they will probably return to that provider again and again, and will also possibly recommend the dentist to friends and neighbors who are not plan members.WHEN ARE FEES DUE UNDER DISCOUNT DENTAL SERVICES?Unlike some forms of insurance where claims are filed, percentages and deductibles are reckoned and a final patient cost arrived at, under most discount dental plans the financial transaction consists of an immediate discount on the normal fee with the member paying the dentist the due amount at time of service. While any dental fee, even a discounted one, can be pretty hefty, there is no waiting and no uncertainty as to probable final cost.THE HIDDEN VALUE OF DISCOUNTED DENTAL SERVICES.Let's face it. Dental services are expensive. Many of us have experienced the time in our lives when we put off even basic dental services simply because we did not think we could afford it at the time. For many of us, this proved to be the wrong decision because a small problem which could have been caught and repaired early at a relatively "cheap" cost later became a big, expensive problem. For families with children, this scenario is not at all uncommon. Most discount dental plans will allow for relatively inexpensive checkups and services such as teeth cleaning. This will allow families, particularly large families, to keep their costs down by catching small problems before they become big problems.One additional value is that these plans are often billed month-by-month and can be entered into and dropped as needed should your health benefits position change.NOTE: A drawback to these plans is that not all dentists are members. If you have an established relationship with one dentist, he or she might not be on the plan and you may have to begin all over with a new dentist. Also, in some areas there may be a large selection of dentists, but only a relative few on the plan. Again a reminder - do your homework and check out the availability of providers before putting money into any plan.IS A DISCOUNT DENTAL PLAN WORTH IT?That IS a tough question. Like insurance, investments, and annuities, there is no way of knowing what the future will bring. While the actual out-of-pocket cost of the plan itself is easily calculated, cost to savings evaluations cannot be made until after the fact. A discount dental plan is usually purchased with the idea that the membership costs are relatively small in relation to the amount of money which might be saved should the historically expensive services of a dentist be needed.ARE THERE OTHER CONSIDERATIONS THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE VALUE OF A DISCOUNT DENTAL PLAN?Some discount dental plans have bundled their plans with other services. These may be offered for additional fees, or may be included in the price of the plan itself. This may vary from plan to plan, and it would be the task of the consumer to compare the benefits of any plan before making a commitment.
Aerobic Benefit:The word aerobic means with oxygen. Researchers consistently recommend that regular physical activity with healthy eating habits is the most efficient way to keep yourself fit and control your body weight. Aerobic activity helps you to control or reduce your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat. Everything you do uses the calories including sleeping, digesting food and breathing. Any physical activity to what you normally do will use extra calories. So doing regular aerobic exercise gives you a sense of positive attitude that helps to counteract stress. Aerobic activity increases the bodys production of endorphins.Benefits of aerobics:* The heart works more efficient and becomes more stronger.* It helps to control your weight.* Reduces the risk in developing diabetes, obesity and any heart disease.* There is an increase in good cholesterol and decrease in bad cholesterol.* It increases endorphins.* Increases the bodys ability to take in oxygen and makes you breathe faster.* It helps to reduce and control the body fat.* Improves the body muscle strength and flexibility.* Improves the quality of sleep that freshens you early next morning.* Helps to avoid chronic diseases like heart disease and hypertension.* Aerobics increases the resistance fatigue and gives you more energy.* Improves your mood and reduces depression, stress and anxiety.* It avoids overheating.* Aerobics pumps the blood faster and more forcefully.* Helps in prevention of cardiovascular diseases.* Builds the muscular strength and makes your body more flexible.* Helps to reduce blood pressure.* Prevents from certain types of cancer also.In short aerobics burns your fat. Aerobics makes you live longer and live healthier and happier.It builds up a positive attitude in you and changes your perception of looking towards life.Regular "aerobic exercise" s will force the heart to gradually enlarge and it is important to always target your heart rate.Here safety is first:Vigorous aerobic routine can cause sprains and injuries. So never neglect the pain and immediately consult your doctor. If you have any medical concerns the consult your doctor and then start the routine. If a problem like dizziness, vomiting, back pain or any other arises consult your doctor and then continue the aerobic activity.Aerobic history: Origin of the way ending in a fit and healthy worldAerobics is nothing but a system of exercises to help prevent coronary artery diseases which was first put forwarded by a physician called Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper in San Antonio air force hospital in Texas. Shortly after the publishing of coopers book about the exercise system, Aerobics in 1968, a person known as Jackie Sorenson developed a series of dance routines known as the aerobic dance to considerably improve the cardiovascular fitness. In this way aerobic dance and other form of exercises gain existence and made its way cautiously among the masses all over United States and many other counties and that too in a very short span of around two decades. The number of aerobics participant in the US alone raises from an estimated 6 million in 1978 to 19 million in 1987. Thus from the above lines one can easily see the tremendous popularity of aerobics among the people around the world. Something about sportaerobicsHoward and Karen Schwartz are the two persons who developed a very new and competitive sport known as sportaerobics in the year 1983. Their group organization called the sport fitness international holds the credit of organizing the first national aerobic championship in the year 1984. Sportaerobics at the beginning, started featuring competition in four categories namely individual male and female, mixed pairs and trio which have the facility to include any of the three athletes. In the year 2002 the competition was upgraded to a group of six athletes. The judgment of the competitors is done on a one minute, forty-five seconds routine done to music. Judges choose two criteria namely the artistic merit and the technical merit with an overall 10 pints each. In 1996 sportaerobics is formally adopted as a Gymnastique discipline.Growth of aerobics since the early years Aerobics since the day of its introduction is growing at a tedious pace. All sorts of people are finding aerobics to be convenient and helpful in maintaining a fit and healthy body structure. Today the present scenario is such that every person in between a heavy work schedule makes out atleast half an hour to work out either in the gym or in the home. Every one today stress on the need to stay healthy and hence aerobics and all its form of exercises are rapidly gaining popularity.