Month: February 2016

Basics and Principles of a Kinesiology

h8Kinesiology is commonly defined as a scientific study of non-human and human body movement. It mainly addresses biomechanical, physiological and psychological mechanisms of a particular movement. There are also many applications of this to the human health. These include orthopedics and biomechanics, conditioning and strength, rehabilitation methods and sport psychology. There are also many studies of animal motion and human motion that include a lot of measures from tracking systems of the brain and muscles. However this should not be confused with an applied Kinesiology. This is a very important field. It also has certain applications, basics and principles that are extremely important for our survival.

Basics of kinesiology

It is basically the study of nonhuman and human body movements, function and performance by applying the science of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, neuroscience and psychology. The applications of this in human- health can also include the rehabilitation professions, a physical education teacher such as occupational and physical therapy. It is also a scientific study as it does not prepare the individuals for a clinical practice. The term which is used to describe this profession is Kinesiology and it is neither a nonprofessional nor a licensed designation.

Principles of Kinesiology

An adaptation with the help of exercise is a key principle related to kinesiology. It helps a lot in improving your fitness as well as wellness and health in clinical proportions. This exercise is established and simple intervention for many muscle related conditions and movement disorders. There is also a therapeutic exercise that can improve your neurometer control as well as motor capabilities.

The different types of exercises that can be applied here are normal, athletic and clinical populations. An aerobic exercise intervention can help to improve the endurance of your cardiovascular condition. There are also many programs for anaerobic strength training that can increase the strength of your muscles, lean body mass and power. There is also a much decreased risk of falls and an increase in the neuromuscular control that can be attributed to the balance of your intervention programs. There are also certain flexibility programs that can increase the functional range of the injury and also reduce the risk of your injury.

6 Tips That Can Help You to Maintain Good Health

h7Maintaining good health is easy at times, but more often than not, there is a chance that you will end up failing this process. This is because, maintenance of health requires an extremely good amount of care. There is no denying the fact that health is wealth and paying attention to your health means that you are bound for success. Thus some important tips have been briefly explained below.

1. Quit habits like smoking and drinking

Drinking and smoking are two common habits that can hinder your lifestyle and put your overall health at risk. Thus it is important that you avoid these habits and if you are a current smoker, make sure that you kick the butt as soon as possible. This will increase your life span also by a significant margin.

2. Get yourself checked up regularly

Always think of your doctor as he is your ally and he can keep you in good shape and health and not just any person who treats you when you are sick. Regular screenings and checkups are extremely vital especially if your family members or forefathers have a history of deadly diseases.

3. Watch your weight

Those extra pounds on your body can cause you a lot of trouble in the long run. Your heart will face a lot of strain and this can affect your overall health. Eat foods rich in fiber along with fruits and vegetables. Also reduce fat from your diet and this can take you a long way.

4. Avoid drinking in excess

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can be fine. On the other hand, heavy drinking can lead to serious issues with your liver and also other similar risks to your health. Make sure you get help if you are a heavy drinker.

5. Watch your back

Arthritis and bank injuries are a leading cause of physical disabilities. Hence you can reduce your chances of injury by losing a significant amount of weight. For this purpose, you must do a gentle amount of stretching before a rigorous workout. Also practice the sound techniques of weightlifting. It is one of the important things to remember.

6. Become safety conscious

Incidents that can cause a disability arise only when you are least expecting them. Thus, be conscious while you are driving, wear seat belts and drive slowly. While walking on the roads, always keep in mind that there are rash drivers around you.

I’m So Confused

h6My mom was diligent about feeding us a balanced lunch and dinner. Lunch was at school because she felt that the sandwiches she would have made wouldn’t be as healthy as the hot lunches cooked and served. My classmates and I always made up names for the different foods, trying to gross each other out (cherry cobbler became known as Baby Bird Eyes, for example). The food nourished our bodies and imaginations.

An home, dinner consisted of a vegetable, fruit, starch, and meat. And sometimes dessert.

When Mom discovered Adelle Davis she was pleased that her approach to feeding us balanced meals was the right path. I read the books too and felt even more jazzed about the way we ate.

My energy was strong all of my life. For example, it was nothing for me to ride my bike a couple of miles to swim practice, swim hard for an hour, and then ride back home again. Running and playing hard all day was a cinch. Was it the food we ate? Probably.

In college I enjoyed experimenting with my eating regime: food and meal timing were up to me, within reason. I found that my body was happiest with brunch and dinner, rather than three meals a day. I stuck with the vegetable, starch, and meat approach to lunch and dinner as best I could. Pizza has all three in one delicious package, right?

When I entered the work world I tweaked things since brunch wasn’t as easy to accommodate on an 8-5 schedule. So, I ate breakfast, a snack for lunch, and a variety of light meal options for dinner. All was well, for awhile.

I don’t recall exactly what changed, or when things changed, but they did. I started struggling with my weight, and it seemed the harder I tried to lose weight the worse the struggle. Weight is only one marker for health issues. Cholesterol is another marker, and mine started creeping up. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and even some cancers are other markers. My interest in nutrition took on a new focus.

Some of the diets seemed obviously wrong to me. How can cutting out a whole category of food – like carbohydrates or fruit – be healthy for you? Atkins and South Beach do just that.

Why does the Mediterranean Diet or the Paleo Diet work for some and not others? Is any form of fasting healthy, or does juicing “juice things up for you” in a good way, and what about vegan?

Here is a list of some of the more “interesting” fad diets I found online: Werewolf (or Lunar), Master Cleanse (aka Lemonade), Cotton Ball, Five-Bite, Grapefruit, Cookie, See’s Candy (my husband’s personal excuse, I mean weight loss program), Baby Food, Liquid, Sleeping Beauty, and Tapeworm. These approaches may lead to weight loss, at least temporarily, but what do they do to your overall health? How does your energy fair with these?

That list makes these diets seem reasonable: Caveman, Raw Food, NutriSystem, Zone, Candida, Weight Watchers, Primal, Juicing, Blood-Type, Body-Type, and Volumetrics. The question remains, though, which of these supports a healthy, energetic body?

To add to the chaos and entertainment factor, I have promoted the Color Groups diet, which I still think holds merit. Its premise is that if you eat foods from the various color groups – red, blue, green, yellow, brown, orange, and white – you balance all the nutrients and flavors you need for healthy living. You see the problem in that one, don’t you.

I have read a wide variety of books and watched numerous documentaries about our food and our health. It gets increasingly difficult to know who to believe with what information.

One big question is: what is your dieting goal? Are you striving to be to rid of a specific disease or health issue, lose weight, gain longevity, or improve your energy levels?

I have been a quest to resolve my hypothyroidism. I have explored many different approaches to eating. Doctors and nutritionists alike have told me once you have that autoimmune disease you have it forever. I have “modestly” told them they are wrong and that nobody has yet found the “cure”. That quest has had me follow a variety of “diets”:

– Primal, where I ate meat, vegetables, and fruit, while avoiding grains, legumes, sugar, and processed foods

– Avoid specific foods that an allergy test told me my body was reacting negatively to

– Cut alcohol consumption

– And cut or reduce, depending on the day and week, sugar intake (that means the highly processed condiment, not fruit)

– Blending different eating approaches, like alkaline/acid, primal, juicing, and vegetarian

Things I’ve learned are that two weeks of sugary, tropical drinks spiked your triglyceride levels; increasing meat and fat while decreasing vegetables increased my LDL and decreased my HDL; and cutting sugar, alcohol, and grains dropped my weight. But, my hypothyroid disease hasn’t change dramatically through all of that. My energy level has fluctuated some, but I wasn’t wearing my “scientific hat” so didn’t connect food to energy sufficiently.

My underlying belief, even with my experimenting, is that if you eat whole, organic foods and make the primary serving on your plate vegetables (like 60%) and the rest starch and protein, you will be healthy. Variety is important to that balance too. Be your own lab and test what really works for you. Get your blood tested to learn what’s happening inside you, for confirmation of your observations.

While I’m more confused than ever as to what will get rid of my hypothyroidism, or what’s really a healthy regime for the long and vibrant life I’m planning on, I’ll continue to experiment yet stick to my main underlying belief about healthy eating entails.

Mistakes When Opting For Family Chiropractic Clinics

h5When getting rid of body pains and problems, there are numerous options individuals can choose from. You must be aware of these treatments to ensure optimal results. One of the most effective options today is opting for treatments from family chiropractic clinics. Some individuals make mistakes when choosing a clinic. To avoid this, below are some of the most common mistakes individuals make when looking for a clinic.

Simply choosing the cheapest and nearest clinic in the area

One of the main concerns individuals need to keep in mind is to never choose the cheapest and nearest clinic in the area. When it comes to treatments, it is important to have easy access to clinics. However, there are some clinics in the area which offer insufficient treatments. Not to mention, cheap treatments are often ineffective and may even cause simple aches to become more serious health problems. Therefore, invest time to check the credibility of the clinic before getting their services.

Directly opting for a treatment without consultation

The next mistake individuals need to be aware of when opting for family chiropractic clinics is never to directly select a treatment without proper consultation. As of now, there are numerous chiropractic techniques individuals can choose from. So, it is important to locate the right technique that can match their need. The best way to accomplish this is to have a consultation with experts. During consultations, experts will determine which treatments are needed to help you get rid of your issues. Because of this, you can obtain better results, which can help improve your health and lifestyle.

Treatments which are not suitable for the right patient

Another mistake individuals usually commit when searching for a family chiropractic clinic is getting treatments which are not suitable for the right patient. It is important for individuals to take note that there are certain techniques which are suitable some patients. For instance, when seeking for treatments for kids, you need to make sure that the clinic can provide the right treatment to help your child. This goes when you are looking for chiropractic treatments for adults.

Opting for non-accredited experts

Finally, never forget to assess the expert. This is another important task individuals must do since in order to become reliable chiropractors, aspiring individuals need to enroll in courses from trusted institutions. After completing the course, individuals can obtain a certificate to ensure that they have the right skills and knowledge about chiropractic treatments.