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Aerobics, Anaerobics, or Vacuuming; It’s all Good

Author: C. Smallphysical_activity_diabetes_prev01

Are you a couch potato?  Do you prefer sitting on the sidelines watching others have fun?  Well, it’s time to get up and get active.  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Surgeon General have all issued statements that recommend placing an emphasis on adopting physical activity into one’s lifestyle.  Their purpose is to make us aware of the health benefits associated with increased physical activity, as well as to highlight the amount and intensity of activity necessary to achieve optimal results.

Now before you look at increasing your physical activities, you should consult your physician to ensure a safe and healthy experience.  Next, you must  understand the term. Physical activity cannot be defined in just one or two words; it is a broad term that encompasses all forms of muscle movements.  These movements can range from sports to lifestyle activities (such as house cleaning, gardening, etc).  Also, exercise can be defined as physical activity that is a planned, structured movement of the body designed to enhance physical fitness. Regimented or purposeful exercise consists of a program that includes twenty to sixty minutes of activity at least three to five days a week.

resistance bandsLet’s take a look at the word exercise.  Are there different categories of exercises?  Actually there are.  Exercise may be classified in one of two categories or energy systems, anaerobic and aerobic, depending on where the energy is derived from.  There is a distinct difference between the two, and specific training techniques are used to enhance both.  Anaerobic exercise does not require oxygen for energy.  This is due to the intensity and duration of anaerobic events, which typically are high intensity and last only a few seconds to a minute or two.  Also, in anaerobic exercises the body creates the energy without oxygen.  This basically is due to the fact that the body’s demand for energy is greater so that it will find natural body chemicals such as creatine phosphate to create it.  These activities include weight lifting, machines that offer resistance, dumbbells, and short sprints.

Aerobic exercise on the other hand, does require oxygen for energy.  When performing a set of aerobic exercises you swimming (female)are causing the body to utilize oxygen in order to create energy.  The oxygen is needed to breakdown glucose.  Glucose is the fuel needed to create energy.  This energy system is primarily used during events lasting longer than several minutes, such as cycling/biking, running, swimming, cross-country skiing, playing basketball, jumping rope, roller skating, walking briskly and dancing.  In addition to these fun activities, you can get a great aerobic workout through stationary exercise machines such as cycles, treadmills, stair-steppers and rowing machines.  These can be found at a local gym or health club, where you can not only increase your fitness-level but social contacts as well.  Most of these machines can also be used in the privacy of your home.

(Note:  The potential does exist however, where one can use both the aerobic and anaerobic systems, as in soccer, where a match requires ninety minutes of continual activity with short intense bursts of effort.)

Participation in physical activity can be beneficial for anyone and can be started during any stage of life.  One goal of Healthy People 2010 is to increase the number of people who participate in daily physical activity.*  So whether you decide to do a regimented exercise program, house or yard work, walk a pet, or walk around town to complete errands, get up off the couch and get active!

(*Healthy People 2010 is a categorized listing of national health objectives established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

About the author:  C. Small is the Founder/President/CEO of CVS Unlimited, LLC and a health and fitness enthusiast with more than 31 years of military training.  The Company’s desire is to help people achieve healthy lifestyles by combining good nutrition with the right exercises, and using the right equipment for lasting results.

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Creatine Safety – Facts and FAQs On The Safest Bodybuilding Supplement

Author: Robert  William Lockecreatine300

Creatine safety has had a lot of hype in the sports and medical press and there have been inaccurate and misleading reports about its safety. Bodybuilders started using this supplement in the 1990s when they found that this supplement stimulates the uptake of amino acids in proteins thus creating muscle growth. Since then there have been literally hundreds of studies on the creatine effects and there have been no safety alarms at all apart from some minor side effects.

If you ask any bodybuilding expert if they have had any problems with creatine safety I would say that at least 95% will shake their heads and say that they have had no problems at all. I know that some people have had kidney and liver problems but the number is very small and may have been due to overdosage. Also, if there had been any problems, I think they would have surfaced by now. I know some bodybuilders who have been taking them since the 1960s and they are still around but just a bit older!

Other side effects have been recorded but the numbers and severity of these do not merit any alarm. Some people have reported nausea, stomach cramps, muscle cramps, kidney stones and some gastro problems. Sometimes dehydration is a problem but that can easily be resolved by keeping a bottle of water handy during a workout. Actually creatine safety gets a very high score on any scale. It is not only safe but legal as well. Which is more than can be said for some very doubtful substances on the bodybuilding circuit.

Some people say there are creatine safety issues with the purity of the product you buy. This is especially important if you are looking for the best creatine supplement to buy. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have pronounced on this as this substance is not only used for bodybuilding but also for weight loss and anti-aging treatment. They have said that as long as the purity of the creation is guaranteed, there should be no problems at all with this and provided that the dosage of 3-5 g a day is not exceeded. As creatine is a natural substance produced by our own bodies and derived from foods such as red meat and fish, there are no risks in taking in extra amounts.

When looking for the best creatine supplement to buy, look out for false claims and also keep in mind that there is no FDA regulation of the manufacturing of these products, neither on the claims they make. That means going for a reputable company which has been on the market for some time and which can offer you guarantees on the purity of the product they are selling.