Creatine Effects. Part 5

September 27, 2012

Conclusion

Creatine is not a new wonder supplement; it has been around a long time and only recently has been used as a performance enhancer. Even though there is a vast pool of good research on the potential ergogenic benefit of creatine, much research still needs to be done on its long-term effects. (more…)

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Creatine Effects. Part 4

September 27, 2012

Creatine dosing

The question of how much is enough could not be more pertinent. Advertisers and manufacturers suggest that you take an initial loading dose of creatine. This loading dose recommendation has varied from 15 to as much as 30 grams per day for the first five to seven days. Creatine is water-soluble, so anything extra that you take in will be put out in your urine — that can get very expensive and the possible effects on your kidneys are still unknown. (more…)

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Creatine Effects. Part 3

September 27, 2012

What creatine does

The body uses a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for energy during short-duration and high-intensity activities, such as sprinting, shot put, weightlifting and jumping. Athletes who perform these anaerobic activities use the ATP-PC, or phosphogen system, for their energy needs. (more…)

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Creatine Effects. Part 2

September 27, 2012

In the past few years, a fair amount of research has been conducted on creatine supplementation and athletic performance, and still the data is inconclusive. There are simply not enough long-term studies available. One report may state one finding, and a second report may state the opposite. The issue is that researchers and clinicians are still finding out new things about creatine every day. In short, the jury is still out on creatine. (more…)

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Creatine Effects. Part 1

September 27, 2012

Creatine is being touted to almost mythological proportions by manufacturers, fitness enthusiasts, bodybuilders and personal trainers. You can now find creatine anywhere, and it is being used by a wide range of people, from high school and professional athletes to fitness enthusiasts. With all the hype about creatine, many of these people are using the supplement in the hope that it will, among other things, do the following: (more…)

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T’ai Chi, Body Weight and Body Image

September 19, 2012

Taijiquan (‘Supreme Ultimate’), commonly called T’ai Chi, is an exercise system that builds internal strength and cultivates a strong center of the physical body, an open mind and flexibility.

Based on the philosophy of Lao Tzu, the Taijiquan system teaches that life is in constant flux; the importance and power of yielding to the flow of life; and, hence, the essential need of the body to relax. It consists of a ritualized series of slow, controlled movements (forms) that are derived from martial arts. These movements are said to help restore the normal flow of the body’s energy, or qi.

Proponents of T’ai Chi say that the renowned principles of the system make a difference that no other exercise can match. Western medicine’s interest in Tai Chi has been steadily increasing: In 1995, researchers at the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine of Emory University in Atlanta studied senso-motor skills and biomechanics, as well as the clinical outcome of T’ai Chi classes. Based on their observations, they concluded that many of the principles that make T’ai Chi distinctive from most Western exercise systems are especially beneficial. (1)

Does Tai Chi Promote Weight Loss?

The specialists are sure it does:

“There certainly are a number of major contributors to a successful approach in managing one’s weight; diet, exercise, self-esteem, metabolic rate, and toxicity are all important elements of the overall program. Tai Chi, with its gentle yet effective approach, works on all of them.” (2)

The Inter-hemisphere Relationship

As to the inter-hemisphere relationship, since the movements of T’ai Chi are both mentally planned and imaginative, specialists claim that both hemispheres of the brain are drawn into play.

The interaction of the right and left sides of the brain draws out the most potential in an individual. It also emphasizes exercises that train the inter-hemisphere relationship (crossing movements, “number eight” exercises for the eyes and for the whole body). Unlike, say, dance therapy, it stresses the movement’s precision. Lately, some dance therapists started discussion on the benefit of precise movement.

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Fast Food on High School Campuses Causes Obesity in Teens. Part 2

September 10, 2012

Another contributor to teen obesity is that teens do not exercise on campus. One study examined the physical activity levels in boys and girls in Southern California middle schools and found that teens do not participate in physical activity on campus. Researchers reported that only 30 percent of boys and 8 percent of girls used activity areas in school. (more…)

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Fast Food on High School Campuses Causes Obesity in Teens. Part 1

September 10, 2012

Fast food has swept California├é┬╣s high school campuses, contributing to the obesity epidemic in teens. One study looked at the occurrence of fast foods in California public secondary schools and found that nearly 95 percent of the schools sold fast foods, like pizza, chips, tacos and submarine sandwiches, on campus. (more…)

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Strength and Aerobic Training

September 10, 2012

Aerobic and strength training together? Most people think that the two go together like oil and water and that you should never mix them. (more…)

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Activity Finder

August 31, 2012
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Want to slim down, tone up and have fun all at the same time? (more…)

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