Safeguarding Your Future? How You Can Make The Right Decisions

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We can all be a little guilty of sticking with the here and now. We may go to work, we earn our money, we pay our bills. There’s nothing wrong with living in the present. However, what is wrong is not considering your future at all. In theory, we have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring. We can’t predict the future, as much as that would be a fantastic skill to possess. So what do we do about that? This is when sometimes the things we do in the here and now can safeguard our future a little bit. While we never know exactly what is instore, we can be somewhat prepared for some of the potential outcomes. I thought I’d share with you some of my thoughts on what you could be doing.

 

Make your health a priority

 

The truth be known, our health and wellbeing are one of the most important factors of present day life and of course our future. So why don’t we do more to safeguard that? Too often we can indulge in little treats, let our fitness levels slide, or worst still not listen to our bodies when something isn’t right. A great way to focus more on our health in the here and now is to develop a healthier lifestyle. This means making more informed choices on the food we eat. Nourishing our body with the right vitamins and nutrients for it to function to full capacity. It’s about making sure we stay hydrated. Water can be an attribute to other things like our mood levels and quality of sleep. It’s even about remaining active. So walking more and exercising as and when we can. A healthy lifestyle is exactly that; it’s about everything to do with your life and not just a good diet or being a keen gym goer. On a different side, many of us don’t take into consideration our health care. No matter what we do, we can still suffer from things. We don’t listen to our bodies and often don’t take ourselves to relevant clinics if something isn’t right. Some of us haven’t got the right healthcare insurances in place. This is where members own health funds could benefit you. Making sure you get the best care, and getting more back in contributed premiums. There isn’t much more you could do to safeguard your health, but all of this is possible to achieve during the here and now.

 

 

Financial investments that could pay off

 

What about your finances? How are they looking? Living in the present day may often mean that you live from payday to payday. Never putting anything away for a rainy day, or even investing in your future. But what happens when those paydays are no more? When retirement age has come, and there isn’t much to be living off. This is why making those crucial investments today could prove lucrative in the future. While still benefiting from some of them in the here and now. This means buying a property to live in. Saving small but regular amounts each month. Perhaps even investing in plans for retirement payouts in the future. All of which could help safeguard your financial future, while still enjoying today.

 

Don’t Run The Risk Of A Misdiagnosis!

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Many of us assume that if we pay for the best doctors and medical care, then we’ll never have to worry about being misdiagnosed or other medical slip-ups. While I see the logic, I’m afraid this simply isn’t true. Misdiagnosis happens more regularly than many people believe. the human body is a very complex machine, and even people who have spent their lives studying it can make mistakes. While it’s often out of your hands, there are certain things you can do to make a misdiagnosis less likely. Here are a few helpful pointers.

 

First of all, look into your family’s medical history, and make sure your doctors are aware of it. Seen as they’re the professional, it can be easy to assume that your doctor remembers everything you’ve told them about your family’s medical history. You have to remember the sheer amount of patients they see in one day of work. Always double-check that they know any relevant details about the medical history of yourself and your family. Certain studies have shown that a person’s family history can be a better indicator of disease than genetic testing. Before any important appointment, have a look into your family’s medical history and take down a few notes about it. This is especially important when you may be prescribed medication. For example, if you fail to mention a genetic predisposition to addiction, you could end up experiencing some serious Adderall side effects.

 

Another way to reduce the chances that you’re going to be misdiagnosed is to ask questions. An average doctor sees up to 40 different patients a day, and usually spends quarter of an hour or less with each person. As a result, many of us are far too used to being sent off to a specialist and beginning treatment without getting all the information we wanted. For most of us, the honorific “Dr” connotes genius. You need to remember that they’re just people with expertise in a certain field, and sometimes they need help to think through a problem clearly. Asking questions isn’t just to make you feel a little more comfortable, it will also disrupt a doctor’s thinking and make them think about your particular case in a different light. Though it’s very unlikely, one little query can be enough to avoid a misdiagnosis and save your life. Don’t be afraid of bothering them; your health is more important than good manners! When you’re seeing your doctor, be sure to ask any questions that come into your head.

You also can reduce the chances of a misdiagnosis by taking any medical tech with a pinch of salt. These days, detailed medical information is more accessible than ever. There are countless symptom checkers on the internet you can use to get a rough idea of a condition you may have. Sure, some of them will tell you a migraine means brain cancer, but most are a little more accurate! While this kind of tech can give you a little more insight into what your body’s doing, studies have shown that they’re nowhere near as effective as an experienced doctor with access to your family history. If the choice is between a high-tech test and a doctor who will talk to you about your symptoms, and use more traditional testing methods, then all the research says that you should choose the latter.

Finally, get a second opinion on your diagnosis. If your first doctor diagnoses you with an illness with some serious implications, then it’s important to seek out a second opinion. By this, I mean a totally fresh second opinion. If you come to the second doctor and tell them all about what the first said, then it could influence their conclusions. This way, you may end up with one misdiagnosis re-affirmed by another medical professional, which as you can imagine is even more dangerous! Forget everything about your original diagnosis, and go in for your second just as you did with the first. Tell the doctor about the symptoms that you’re experiencing in your own words, along with your family’s medical history, and any tests which you’ve had. This will help the doctor arrive at their own conclusions about your condition. One tiny detail about your appointment can be the line between two very different conditions. If the second doctor takes the first’s opinion as fact, then you’ll run more of a risk of misdiagnosis.

The next time you’re going to see your doctor, remember this advice. Misdiagnoses can be trivial, but they can also have extreme consequences.

 

Things We Hate About Our Image And What To Do About Them

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Being happy with your image is something that can be elusive for a lot of people. Various surveys have been taken with varying results, but as many as half of all people asked will admit to not being happy with how they look. And this is just at the time of the survey. Ask them on a bad day and the numbers will be higher.

There are various problems tied up in self-image. First of all, there is the fact that many of us have a distorted image of our own appearance. A major trigger for anorexia, for example, is people looking in the mirror and thinking some part of them is fat. Quite often, every test you could run will show that they aren’t, but the mind is a powerful thing – for good and for bad.

There are many aspects, for all of us, that we can feel dissatisfied with. And in some cases, no matter how much friends and loved ones reassure us, that’s an impression that will stick.

 

“I Hate My Nose”

 

Ask a hundred people who admit to thinking they are ugly which facial feature they have an issue with. Probably more than fifty of those will say it’s their nose. Usually they’ll say it’s too big, but it could also be that it’s bent, or too wide.

There are approaches with makeup that can make a difference, and it is worth experimenting with those. If you are determined that surgery is the way forward, make an appointment for a consultation. Talk it over with close friends before making any decision.

 

“I’m Fat”

 

The most stubborn impression to conquer is one of dissatisfaction with your weight. In some cases, we can stand to lose a few pounds, and this can and should be done by healthy eating and exercise. It may well be the case, however, that the weight we are at is healthy.

Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are tied to depression. Self-image takes a beating in these conditions, which can ruin a life. If you wish to lose weight or just get slimmer, speak to a doctor first. They will tell you what your ideal weight should be, and how to get there.

 

“I Hate My Breasts”

 

There may be any number of reasons why a woman is unhappy with her breasts. Projected images, often airbrushed, of the way they should look are never far from our gaze. Alternatively, after major weight loss or a pregnancy, they can begin to sag.

If you wish to gain some size or regain some perkiness, then it is worth speaking to a breast augmentation specialist. Although some view a breast augmentation as an exercise in vanity, it may be that it is the best way to regain some lost confidence. Before having any operation done, a consultation is necessary. It is important to go into any procedure with realistic expectations.

 

Sometimes, no matter what people tell you, you will not feel comfortable in your own skin. It is hard for the person inside the skin to judge sometimes, and this is why you should always talk to someone. Maybe taking action is what you need. But it may also be that your problem is more one of self-image. If this is the case, no surgery will ever have totally satisfactory results.

 

Community Health – Why You Should Become More Involved

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As a busy individual, you may face the challenge of incorporating a varied workout schedule into your daily routines. If you work a full-time job, your duties are often called to the computer or office space where you spend 40 hours each week focusing on the tasks associated with your full-time career.

 

Additionally, those who have families or significant others may need to spend time focusing on caring for their children or preparing them for school and extracurricular activities. After a long day at work, it’s easy to relax with your spouse and prepare a nice family meal during your after-work hours. For many, adding in additional time after work to be spent at the gym can pose a huge challenge, and can almost seem impossible.

 

Incorporating a schedule

 

As the new school year takes full effect in the coming weeks, it’s important that families design a schedule that fits all of their needs. As a busy adult, it’s critical for your health to include time when you can be active and spend time working on your physical fitness. Allowing your body ample time to increase your heart rate, stretch, run, and lift weights can increase your overall well-being. Additionally, it helps to regulate your mood and ability to think clearly while spending time at work.

 

Consider designing a schedule that includes workouts before you are obligated to taking your children to school or leisurely activities. Become more involved within your community, and collaborate with neighbors about working out. If you live in a community with other active, working adults, it’s a great opportunity to work together to promote wellness within your neighborhood. Designating meet-up times to jog the neighborhood in the morning, or work out at a local park can help to increase the amount of time you are active during the day.

 

Take Advantage of Work Benefits

 

If you work at an office job, ask your employer if they allow for reduced price gym memberships among their employees. Many employers lack in this area, but initiating the idea might spark an idea that could benefit you, as well as your co-workers.

 

Is there a local gym in your area? Ask your employer if they would be willing to set aside time from work for employees to spend an allotted amount of time working out together. Not only would this promote wellness within your workplace, but it would increase team bonding and a sense of team unity among those you work with.

 

The Reality

 

On average, eighty percent of American workers do not get the recommended amount of time spent working out, as suggested. Time spent working out and regulating a healthy body can lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and other things such as anxiety, and depression. Overall, most are aware of the many positive benefits associated with working out while working a full time position, but do not act upon it simply because they are too busy.

 

What Can You Do?

 

As previously mentioned, set a schedule for this coming fall and stick to it. In your schedule, set a small amount of time each day where you can designate your time to becoming more active and fit. Additionally, ensure you are eating the proper foods, and avoiding sugary and fatty foods that can alter the positive effects of working out.

 

Additionally, encourage your employer to set regulations or guidelines for health standards within your company. Suggest partnerships with local gyms, or programs within the  company that will help to keep employees safe, and live a healthy lifestyle. If an employer is forcing health conscious habits onto its employees, they will see the mental, and physical health benefits associated with the new guidelines.

Common Health Problems Busy Office Workers Have to Contend With

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You might think that being a worker in an office is one of the safest and most risk-free jobs you can have. After all, it’s not like you have to drive or lift heavy items or even use dangerous machinery. So, what can go wrong? Well, unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. There are still plenty of things that can have an impact on your health if you’re not careful to mitigate the risks.

 

More and more of us are now working in an office context, so it makes sense to know the health problems this environment can cause. Once you’re aware of these risks, you can do more to make sure that don’t become ill or injured in the workplace as a result of them. So, here are the main problems that you are going to have to be aware of if you work in an office.

 

Posture and Back Issues

 

When you work in an office, you spend all day sitting behind your computer. This sitting can take its toll on your back after years of working in this way. It’s something that some offices are trying to combat by introducing standing desks. These give people the option to stand while they do their work. By doing this, their posture can be improved greatly. If this isn’t an option in your workplace, then you might want to consider using your breaks to walk around. When you get active and spend some time doing something other than sitting, down it will really help your back. You should also become more aware of your posture when you’re sitting at your desk and try to improve it.

 

Joint Problems

 

As well as causing problems for your back, sitting at a desk for too long will also cause stiffness in the joints. Joints are meant to move and be flexed. So, the sedentary work schedule that most office workers experience is not going to help your joints. One activity that can counter your lack of joint movement during the day is yoga. If you do some basic yoga moves before and after your working day, you can really help your body stay in good shape. Your joints will be more relaxed and flexible than ever, and you’ll start to mitigate the problem caused by sitting at a desk. It’s something that many people are reluctant to try, but it can actually be very beneficial for you.

 

Repetitive Strain Injury

 

Doing the same tasks each day, every day can lead to you sustaining a repetitive strain injury. These kinds of injuries are very common in modern workplaces, so it’s important to be aware of them. You can suffer small injuries in your hands and wrists if you do a lot of typing. It’s the nerves and tendons in your body that are normally damaged when you get this kind of injury. Stiffness, aching and pains are all common symptoms. A general weakness or numbing could also be a sign that you are suffering from a repetitive strain injury. Repetitive Strain Injury Claim Solicitors can help you get compensation if you suffer a particularly bad one.

 

Eyestrain

 

These days, not many people work in an office without working with computers. In fact, most of us spend our entire day sat in front of a computer. Anyone who has spent the day staring at a screen will know that feeling when it all starts to get too much. You might get a headache or feel a need to close your eyes and put your head on the desk. We’ve all been there at some point or other. It’s a natural reaction to this kind of experience. So, you need to think about what you can do to avoid eyestrain. For a start, you need to think about the size of the font you use. If it’s too small, your eyes will be even more strained than they need to be. You should also take advantage of any breaks you have and get away from the screen.

 

Viruses

 

Working in close proximity with other people often means that you are exposed to their germs and bacteria. This is why viruses and bugs spread so easily throughout the workplace. Once one person becomes ill, it’s not long before someone else does. And then people start dropping like flies. Items like phones and keyboards often pass on germs most of all. When different people are using them, it’s easy for bacteria to fester there and be passed on to someone else. That’s why it’s so important to use cleansing wipes on items like this. It will kill the bacteria and keep you as protected as possible against potential viruses and bugs.

 

Obesity

 

Being stuck behind a desk all day means that, for many people, obesity becomes a problem. There is a real lack of movement involved in most office jobs. This, combined with a poor diet and a lack of exercise outside of work, often leads to many people gaining excess weight. Things like office vending machines usually lead to this kind of problem as well. Obesity levels are high for many reasons, and sedentary lifestyles are one of them. Eating healthily in the office and getting enough exercise outside of work hours is vital for people who do office jobs. Small, healthy meals and fewer office snacks are what you should be aiming for to keep your weight under control.

 

Stress

 

Mental health problems, and stress, in particular, are becoming more common in the workplace. People are now aware that stress is a condition that should be addressed and treated to stop it becoming worse. Stress is also more common when people are doing repetitive work chained to a desk all day. This can lead to outbursts and arguments that cause further problems in the workplace. If you feel like you are stressed and need to do something about it, talk to a doctor. Many people still don’t realise that stress is a legitimate health problem and needs to be addressed as such. The more people who realise this, the better it will be for everyone. Don’t be afraid to bring the problem up with your boss as well.

 

Falls

 

Many modern offices are crowded and busy places. If the area isn’t looked after in the right way and kept tidy, things like falls and accidents become more likely. Of course, it’s not always your responsibility to make sure that the floor is kept clear. But if you do have a concern about how safe the workplace is for you and your colleagues, it should be an issue that you raise with the hierarchy. When you bring it up, there might be an increased effort to take action and make the office a safer place to work for everyone. And if an accident does occur because of the actions or inactions of your employer, you should pursue a compensation claim.

 

Can Wearing Makeup Actually Be Good For You?

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There are many reasons why women choose to wear makeup. There are differences in the amount that we choose to wear, though. Some prefer to wear a lot of makeup, where others prefer to go for a more subtle look. Either way, wearing makeup can be good for you. Here are a few of the reasons why.

 

Self-Esteem

 

It could be argued that you shouldn’t base your confidence and self-esteem on how you look. But for a lot of women, makeup can help them to feel more confident. After all, makeup is there to enhance your natural beauty. If you look good, you will feel good. It can be that little boost that we need. It is important to not get completely reliant on it, though. It works well as a band-aid until we can feel confident and happy as we are.

 

Skin Protection

 

It is a little-known fact that we should wear sunscreen all year round. But how many of us actually do that? If you wear a foundation or concealer with an SPF in it, then you will be protecting your skin. You won’t even have to think about it, as it is part of your daily routine. So many foundations have sunscreen in them now; finding one without is the more rare thing. So look at brands like Anastasia cosmetics, MAC and Nars. I couldn’t think of a better way to benefit from wearing face makeup.

 

Variety

 

Being able to change up your look can be fun. One day you could have ruby red lips and the next day choose a more subtle nude tone. So you can experiment and have fun with your makeup. By trying different things out, you will find colors and tones that suit your skin tone better. You will learn the looks to avoid too. So it can become a hobby and a real fun thing in your life.

 

Enhance Natural Beauty

 

When makeup is done correctly, it can be easy to enhance your natural features. If you want to make deep set eyes stand out more, there are ways to do that. Equally, if you have large eyes, you can make them look even bigger and striking. Makeup can help to achieve this kind of thing. It can also be used to cover up the things that we don’t like about yourself. If you suffer from acne or red blotchy skin, you can make your skin tone look more even. If you don’t like your nose, you can make it look smaller when you use the right techniques. If it helps you to feel happier and more confident, then where is the harm in that?

 

Clean Skin

 

If you didn’t wear makeup, I’m not sure if you would have such a good skin cleansing routine. When you wear your makeup, you naturally want to clean it all off and go through a proper routine on your skin. You will cleanse, tone and moisturize, so it will help your skin to look at its best.

 

7 Tips for Pool and Water Park Safety

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If you like the water and being outdoors, swimming can be one of the most fun summertime activities. It’s something the entire family can enjoy. Beautiful weather and freer schedules for kids out of school for the summer often means a lot of time spent at the pool or water parks. While both of these are awesome options for a day off in the summer, it’s important to keep safety in mind. In order to make the most out of your water-filled day in the sun, you’ll obviously want to do your best to prevent any accidents or injuries from occurring. Check out these 7 tips for staying safe at the pool or water park this summer.

  1. Stay Alert

First and foremost, it’s important than parents and guardians everywhere keep an eye on their kids at all times. Drowning can occur in a split-second, so make sure you don’t lose sight of your kids. Don’t try to use this time to multitask.

  1. Don’t Neglect the Sunscreen

Put sunscreen on everyone before even leaving the house. Apply religiously throughout the day, especially for toddlers.

  1. Agree on a Meeting Place

Especially if you’re at a water park, it can be a great idea to agree on a meeting place with the rest of your group. If something happens and one or a couple of you get separated, it can be so beneficial to agree on a place to find each other.

  1. Obey the Rules

Usually one of the first rules of the pool or water park is No Running. According to New York slip and fall accident lawyer, David Resnick & Associates, slip and fall injuries are the most common claims in premises liability lawsuits. There will most likely be lifeguards on duty, but don’t just leave it up to them to make sure your kids are following the rules. Don’t be afraid to yell ‘No Running’ at one point or another. Remember that the rules are in place for you and your kids’ safety.

  1. Bring a Hat and Loose Shirt

Hats are always a good idea – not only will they help keep the sun out of your eyes, but they’ll also help it stay off of your face as well. In case you end up getting a little bit too much sun exposure, you might want to have a loose shirt as well. Keep track of how much sun your kids are getting, especially toddlers.

  1. Understand the Danger of Drains

Drain covers or grates are such an easy place for a piece of clothing, jewelry or hair to get stuck. If the suction is too powerful, it’s possible that a child could get stuck under water. Make sure you teach your children the importance of staying away from drains.  

  1. Stay Educated

Take the time to make sure everyone in your family knows how to swim. Swim lessons are a great idea just to be safe. Additionally, you might take a CPR class so that you’ll know what to do in case of emergency.

 

Common Signs of Medical Malpractice

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Each year, millions of Americans rely on and trust their medical professionals to offer optimal care for their health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports that approximately 83% of adults keep in contact with their health care professional each year. Although a patient’s well-being should be a medical professional’s number one priority, mistakes are made, such as delayed medical diagnoses, medication errors, or an overall lack of proper care, leaving many patients as a victim of medical malpractice.

 

Sadly, according to the Journal of American Medical Association, medical negligence is a top cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer and while medical malpractice doesn’t always result in death, it can be life changing. If you have experienced or currently experiencing the following, under your medical professional’s care, you may be a victim of medical malpractice:

Your Treatment Isn’t Working or Doesn’t Seem to Fit Your Diagnosis

 

When your doctor prescribes a treatment, such as a medication, for your medical condition, it may take awhile before you start to see results. However, if your condition continues to persist and even worsens during your treatment, there’s a good chance that your medical condition was misdiagnosed and additionally, if you feel as if your treatment doesn’t fit your diagnosis, your condition may have been misdiagnosed. While it’s likely that you don’t have the same training or medical knowledge as your doctor, you have the right to a second opinion, question your treatment, and know whether or not there are alternate treatment plans.

The Care You Receive is Subpar

 

A doctor’s office is, without a doubt, a busy place and there may be moments when the patients are backed up and the doctor and other medical staff seems to be in a rush. Unfortunately, many patients leave the doctor’s office feeling as though their medical concerns were an inconvenience and may not have had their questions answered or leave with more questions than they had going in. While the medical field will always be busy and fast paced by nature, no patient should ever feel as if he or she received less than the quality of care he or she deserves. As a patient, you have the right to receive as much information as you want or need about your condition, anything less and your doctor is not doing his or her job.

Major Mistakes Are Made

 

As the old saying goes, “to err is human,” however, major mistakes should be avoided at all costs in the medical field. A major medical error, such as operating on the wrong body part, administering the wrong dosage of anesthesia, or even leaving a surgical sponge in the body after a surgery, can be life-threatening and even result in more medical issues, as well as physical, mental, and emotional suffering. Victims of medical malpractice do not need suffer from a major medical mistake, however, these types of cases (i.e. surgical errors) make up a large number of medical malpractice claims.

 

The best way to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice is by being aware of the signs, taking control of your health, be your own advocate, and ask questions until you get the answers and information you need and deserve.

When Athletes Want To Get Fit Fast, This Is What They Do

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We’ve all dreamed of getting fit fast. However, most of us believe we’ll have to slog it out for months. And even then, we’ll still be panting if we climb more than a couple of flights of stairs.

 

The good news is that science is now looking carefully at the question of what makes us get fit the quickest. Professional sports and athletics are driving the interest. But the science benefits us all. We can all copy the training habits and regimes of the best in the world. Here’s what to do to improve your fitness as quickly as possible.

 

 

In 2011, scientists investigated the effect of long warm ups on exercise performance. Writing in Applied Physiology, they found that a long warmup actually impeded exercise performance. They compared a traditional 20 minute warm up of cycling to a short warm up that was more intense. They found that athletes who did shorter warm ups had better performance in their main workouts. In the study, those doing the shorter warm ups used sprints. But you can do any type of intense exercise that only lasts a few seconds. How about doing 20 jumping jacks as a warm up? Or what about some bodyweight squats? Both of these exercises will warm you up quickly without sapping energy from the rest of your workout.

 

Work Hard Right From The Start

 

You might think that you have to pace yourself during your workouts. But that, according to science, might be a myth. According to the College of New Jersey, those who went all out at the start of their workouts ended up burning more calories. The reason for this, apparently, is that intense exercise puts your body in an oxidative mode. Intense exercise flips a switch that forces your body to start drawing energy from stored fat.

 

Working hard from the start also makes sense from a psychological point of view. Getting the tough bits out of the way while you’re still fresh is a lot easier than when you’re tired.

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Listen To Music

 

There have been a lot of studies done on the effect of music on exercise intensity. What’s interesting about music is that it creates a direct channel, straight to the amygdala. This region of the brain is responsible for most of our primal instincts. And directly stimulating it can lead to a reduction in perceived pain and effort. That’s why so many sports psychologists, like Dr. Karageorghis, recommend music. His best workout songs include Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 and Jai Ho by A. R. Rahman. Both of these are fast paced songs designed to get you in the mood for exercise.

 

Use The Elliptical

 

Elliptical machines are a staple of the gym. But most people put them in the same category as the treadmill. They’re not. There are many science-backed reasons why elliptical machines are actually a heck of a lot better. The main reason is that they increase the work done by your body for the same effort. According to one study, people’s pulses were higher when they used the elliptical compared to when they used the treadmill. Another study found that the elliptical was as effective as the Stairmaster at improving fitness. And, unlike the elliptical, the Stairmaster is grueling. Right now the advice is to vary the difficulty on the elliptical by changing the incline. Do 5 minutes on a steep incline, followed by 3 minutes off, and then repeat.

 

Always Go For The Latest Fitness Fads

 

You’ve probably noticed that your gym advertises a new and exciting class practically every month. But rather than see it as a gimmick, see it as another new way to mix up your routine. It might sound strange to advise somebody to try out each and every new fitness fad. But challenging your body in new ways is the key to busting through plateaus. Rachel Cosgrove, author and fitness expert, says that people should mix up their routines every month or so. If they stick with the same routine, month after month, their bodies will adapt, and their progress will slow. She suggests changing your workout every month. And if that means adopting the latest fitness fads, so be it.

 

Lift Heavy

 

For many people, losing weight is a significant challenge. But new evidence suggests that lifting heavy weights is actually an excellent way to achieve this. First off, lifting heavy helps to build lean muscle. Lean muscle then passively burns more calories than adipose tissue. Second, going heavy in the gym directly burns more energy than using lighter weights. According to Cosgrove, it boosts your metabolism.

 

Use Intense Cardio

 

Universities around the world have been getting excited about the idea that it might be possible to get fit with just 3 minutes of exercise a day. The University of New South Wales in Sydney wanted to know whether shorter bouts of exercise are better than longer ones. So they put it to the test. They recruited volunteers and split them into two groups. The first group did a regular cycling workout at a constant pace. The second group was instructed to do cycling sprint intervals. Their total exercise time was half that of the first group. The two groups were then tracked for the next 15 weeks to measure the effect on their weight. Even though they didn’t exercise for as long, the first group lost three times more weight.

 

It turns out that high-intensity training flips a switch in your body that causes it to burn more fat. It’s a win-win. High-intensity exercise is more interesting, more time efficient and gets you fit faster.

 

Swap Out A Cardio Session For A Strength Session

Recently, the University of Alabama conducted a study on weight loss. They wanted to find out which weight loss regime best-protected muscle. They compared an all cardio regime to a cardio and weights regime. Under the cardio regime, 92 percent of the weight loss was fat, 8 percent was muscle. Under the cardio and weights regime, 100 percent was fat.

Why Not to Rely Too Heavily on Lifeguards: What Can You Do to Be Prepared?

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In the peak summer season, time spent at the pool, ocean and lake is increased drastically. This means an awesome time spent keeping cool with your family and friends, but it can also mean huge crowds in the water. With so much going on in the water and so many people around, swimming in oceans, lakes or pools can be dangerous. Luckily, there are lifeguards set in place in many areas to oversee everything that is going on. However, it’s important not to rely 100% on lifeguards, especially during peak busy season. So why shouldn’t you rely too heavy on lifeguards? What can you do to create a sturdy foundation for yourself and your family?

Lifeguards Can’t Physically Watch Everyone

Lifeguards are taught to scan areas, using a slight arch in their scan from one side to the other and then dipping the gaze down to bring their scan back in the opposite direction. Aside from the many different techniques in scanning that can be used, lifeguards are humans just like you and I. There is imperfection in humankind, and it’s important to rely entirely on one person who could make a mistake at any time.

Of course it’s crucial that lifeguards do their job to the best of their ability, but when there are hundreds of people swimming, it’s physically impossible to look at each individual person at all times. If you notice a lifeguard who’s head isn’t moving as they scan, or they are talking with someone and not looking at the water in front of the, let someone in authority know.

Lifeguards Want You to Watch Your Kids

Do you have children? It’s necessary to watch them at all times in the water, especially if your kids are younger. It might be easy to get caught up in chatting to a neighbor or friend while you’re at the pool, but it really only takes a split second for something to happen. It makes it much easier for lifeguards to do their job in ensuring no one is drowning when you’re keeping your toddlers from falling into the deep end.

It Can Be Incredibly Difficult to See

Think about when you’re at the lake or the ocean – the water is often a deep, dark color with debris floating throughout. Additionally, if you’re at a pool with that’s packed with swimmers, it can be difficult to assess what is happening at all times. Lifeguards must quickly evaluate what’s going on in front of them to know the difference between playing, roughhousing and drowning.

According to Mani Ellis & Layne, injury attorneys in Charleston, many types of injuries can result from reckless or dangerous behavior of others. If you see people getting rough in the water, it’s important to let a lifeguard know so they can put an end to it immediately.

What Can You Do?

One of the most important things you can do is to make sure you and your family knows how to swim as well as how to perform CPR.

Never swim alone! Grab a friend or family member before you run into the ocean. Have a buddy with you at all times so that if anything happens to either of you, someone else knows exactly where you are and can potentially help.

If you have kids, watch them! This comes with the responsibility of being in charge of another human life. Don’t leave it up to the lifeguard who could have hundreds of other kids to watch.

Be careful of rip currents. If you get stuck in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you make it out. Otherwise you could get too tired and lose enough power and energy to make it to safety.