Strict changes in diet and lifestyle can not only prevent heart attacks, but can reverse the clogging of the arteries, according to a small but pioneering study.
The study showed that a vegetarian diet, moderate exercise and an hour a day of yoga and meditation could produce a reversal of atherosclerosis, a blockage of the arteries that can lead to a heart attack, in men and women who were strict in following the daily regimen.
Experts say this is the first study to report that such blockage can be reversed without using cholesterol-lowering drugs or surgery.
The study, which was conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish, director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif., was presented at the meeting of the American Heart Association in New Orleans.
This is a tremendously important study in the control of heart disease. It’s the very first study indicating regression of coronary heart disease without pharmaceutical intervention. The results also suggest that the current medical guidelines for changes in the habits of people with severe heart disease do not go far enough.
Previous studies have shown that exercise and diet changes can slow the progression of heart disease, but not reverse it.
While the study did not determine what percentage of improvement could be attributed to the lifestyle changes alone, the researchers noted that stress-control methods have been shown to ease recovery from a variety of disorders, including hypertension.
But some experts are skeptical of the need for stress-management methods, which are not currently among standard recommendations for those with severe heart disease.
Some experts on cardiac rehabilitation question whether most people with heart disease could follow such strict changes in their habits.
Staying physically fit is something that everyone should do. Physical fitness has to do with many aspects of your life. It encompasses having a healthy diet every day, doing exercise, and getting enough sleep. Depending upon how healthy you are now, it might require a significant amount of change in regard to the food that you eat and exercise that you currently do. What you want to accomplish in regard to your physical fitness goals will have an impact on your diet and exercise routines. In this article, we will share with you two physical fitness tips that can help you become a healthier person starting today.
One physical fitness to that you should always consider implementing is watching what you eat. If you drink a lot of energy drinks, alcohol, and other unhealthy beverages such as sodas, you really need to cut back on your intake of these items. By doing so, you can actually rehydrate your body, and start to lose excess weight as a result of not drinking sugary products. Many scientific studies have been done which shows that sodas can actually negatively affect your blood sugar levels, and also be due heart disease later in life. Therefore, it is in your best interest to limit or eliminate these types of beverages from your daily diet in an attempt to help you become a healthier person. If your goal is to lose weight, and also feel better every single day, getting a handle on your intake of these drinks can seriously help your life moved in a more positive direction.
Another thing to consider is the amount of exercise that you do. It is very common for people to avoid aerobics, running, jogging, or even walking on a regular basis. By doing these types of exercises, you can increase your metabolic rate dramatically. The higher your metabolism runs, the better you will feel, and the more weight you will lose. It also helps in regard to blood circulation, and avoiding problems later in life such as liver disease and also blood clotting. If you’re serious about maintaining a healthy existence, regular exercise on a continual basis can certainly help you feel better physically, and help you feel better about the way you look. Exercise is so important, which is why you need to find a way to incorporate it into your everyday schedule. If you can do this, you’ll start to notice subtle changes at first, but in a months time, you will notice dramatic changes in the way you look and feel once your exercise regimen is in place.
Becoming physically fit is something that everyone wants to do. However, most people do not take the time to get healthier. They find it easier to do unhealthy things, such as eat junk food, and sit in front of the TV. By augmenting your diet in a healthy way, and getting the exercise that you need, your fitness levels will dramatically improve, helping you to feel better every single day.
One of the most enjoyable ways I have found to stay fit is by simply walking with a partner. We have found a very safe local walking path that is exactly one mile around and the scenery along the way is very peaceful. What makes it this path so nice is that it isn’t flat. In fact, it has some steeper inclines in both directions to challenge us both by working out our legs a bit more. There are others of course walking their dogs, pushing their small children in strollers, and of course some are walking or running also.
Staying fit doesn’t mean you have to put yourself through some excruciating high paced workout that leaves you completely drained by the time you are finished. Now of course if that is your thing and you enjoy it, by all means go for it. However, if you want to keep it simple so that you don’t eventually burn yourself out and give up your fitness program altogether my advice is to make it fun and enjoyable.
Now the walking path I described above is not in every town across the world; however, there are many other walking paths you can design around your neighborhood that you will thoroughly enjoy. Add a walking or running partner that you like hanging out with to the mix and it will not only help you stay fit, but the friendship you will build will last a life time. The conversations that you will have along your walking path will continue to grow over time, giving you even more incentive to continue your fitness program.
Tip: Basic bodybuilding workout: To build muscle mass, lift more weight for fewer reps. Start off by choosing a muscle group like the chest.
The advantage of a walking partner is that you will both hold each other accountable. There will be days that one of you may not want to go, but because you don’t want to let your partner down you will go anyway. The best part of that is that you will normally be glad that you did when you have completed your walk. On the other hand, if you normally workout on your own, you don’t have to explain to anyone that you don’t feel like putting yourself through a workout today. This means that you will eventually give up, unless you are very strong willed and self motivated.
Keep in mind that no legitimate fitness program is complete without eating right and in moderation. Limit your fatty foods like bacon, sausage, deep fried anything, fast foods, too much red meat, cheese, butter, processed foods, and plenty more. Look at the food packaging prior to making your purchase and if you see saturated fats listed there is a good chance it isn’t good for you. On the other hand there are some very good foods that will fill you up, taste great, and of course are healthy for you. Some examples of healthier foods are salads without a ton of dressing, almost all fresh fruits and vegetables, foods with whole grains, many types of fish, turkey breast, and many others.
So call up that friend and together make a commitment today to begin walking together. Make it part of your new daily fitness program and who knows, you may even enjoy it!
The popularity of the Golf Channel has exploded. Amateur golfers are watching more than ever before to get that one special tip that may improve their game. The golf channel has great resources that range anywhere from, working on your swing to successful ways to hit out of a sand trap. Go a little deeper into their online site and you’ll find lots of tips and suggestions for improving your performance on the course. Many overlook one of the most important areas for improving their game. That’s the fitness area.
Tip: If you shoot the ball onto the green from a long distance, ensure that the ball has not created a divot. If it has, repair it.
Most golf channel viewers are looking for that one tip that will help them to play better or a piece of equipment that will help them to perform at the next level. Having good equipment is a great idea. Practicing your shots out on the practice range is also very important, but your body and the way it reacts to each swing are just as important. This one area is perhaps what really separates the professional players from the amateurs.
Tip: Prior to any golf round, memorize your ball, letting your partners know your brand name and number. This helps disambiguate multiple balls that land near each other, so that no one has to take penalty shots.
All professional players understand that the complexity of the golf swing places many demands on the body. Pros like Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Vijay Singh, and many others are spending time to improve strength, flexibility and balance to stay on top of their performance. If the body is not conditioned for these demands, then the swing suffers. This is one of their secrets to smoother swings, hitting longer drives, and nerves of steel. Their body is regularly conditioned to produce the performance they want on the course.
Tip: Learn the rules of golf and how to record your score properly. This is important because your score is often used to judge how good of a player you are.
The same is true for amateur and recreational players. By maintaining a regular exercise routine that includes strength, balance, and flexibility training, the body is ready when you hit the course. Conditioning can take you to the next level. Power, stamina, and consistency can all be improved by regular exercises targeted for the movements required in the golf swing.
Improving the condition of your body can do more than you can imagine giving you more powerful and consistent swings. Add fitness to your bag and you’ll be surprised at the results.
Turbaned gurus, sing-song mantras and bodily contortions . . . the promise of true enlightenment and omphaloskepsis (contemplation of the naval) completes the cliche. But don’t knock yoga till you’ve tried it, and then only with respect.
Yoga means to bind together — variously joining sun and moon, left and right, male and female, and any number of yins and yangs — through ascetic techniques of meditation and exercise. The goal is physical and mental balance.
Indian Hatha’ yoga is best known to Westerners. Double-jointedness isn’t a prerequisite, but the classic lotus position, cross-legged on the floor, soles-up on the inner thigh, either comes naturally or doesn’t.
Then there are more magical/mystical varieties of yoga for which people quit jobs and polite society and retreat to the Himalayas. But not everyone follows a spiritual guide beyond the Beltway; they’d rather take up the discipline at a local ashram or the Y.
Committed practitioners claim yoga leads to intuitive awareness, spiritual harmony, perfect concentration. Others use it to lose weight or quit smoking. Some just like the lift they get from yoga asanas (positions) better than breaking into a sweat with pushups. In any case, it can’t hurt, if done in moderation and with proper guidance.
When Trace Bonner launched Holy Cow in West Ashley’s South Windermere Shopping Center last summer, she didn’t know what to expect. Now she’s teaching 16 classes a week and adding another instructor. And while she credits the center’s success in part to its cute cow logo and convenient location, there’s no question that there’s a revived interest in yoga across America.
The ancient Indian practice of yoga first arrived in the US at the beginning of the 20th century, but didn’t really catch on until 1969 with chants at Woodstock. Now, after being overshadowed by the aerobics craze in the ’80s and early ’90s, yoga is once again attracting followers, with many looking for relief from ailments and injuries or from the stress of daily life.
Baby boomers, worn out from years of jogging and bouncy workouts, are back on board. But interest is growing with other age groups, too, from college students to senior citizens to celebrities.
The surge in interest is being fueled partly by doctors’ growing acceptance of yoga’s healing potential. Mainstream medicine has adopted yoga as a gentle therapeutic method for treating a number of illnesses, so more and more doctors are referring their patients to yoga. Initial trials have shown yoga can help people with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma and cardiac risk factors.
If you think about fitness as drudgery and hard work, you are very unlikely to be motivated to begin, much less pursue your fitness goals with enthusiasm. It is very unfortunate that so many people feel that pursuing fitness is a chore because it does not have to be that way. Getting fit can and should be lots of fun. In this article, we will discuss some ways to bring a sense of joy to your fitness routines. Read on to learn more.
If you are fortunate enough to have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, get them involved in your fitness fun. Begin a walking group, ask friends to join you in swimming at your local pool, get together to enjoy an exercise video, go out for rides on your bikes, take your dogs for walks and hikes in the countryside. Think about the things you did with your friends when you were a child. You can still enjoy those active, carefree activities. Just adapt them to your adult self and go out and have fun.
If, like many people, you do not have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, you can always go in search of some by pursuing the activities already mentioned and by looking through your community center or local junior college schedule for active classes that will give you the opportunity to meet others who share your interests. Remember that fitness does not come from exercise alone. If you take a class in gardening, woodworking, pottery or some other active sort of hobby, you will be getting both physical activity and mental stimulation while learning a new skill and making new friends.
Tip: Pick exercise routines you find favorable and stay with them. Pick something you enjoy, so you can actually look forward to working out.
Another excellent way to enrich your life, add to your overall fitness and meet others who share your interests is participation in a sport. If you enjoyed sports in school, look around for local teams to join. There is no reason why you cannot take up tennis, baseball, touch football, basketball or some other sport again. If you feel you are too out of shape now to participate, that should not stop you from seeking out a team you can watch and support as you gradually get back in shape. When you are ready to play, you will already know everyone and have a good idea of team dynamics. This will help you be a great player.
If you have let yourself fall into wrack and ruin over the years, you may be shy about going out into the community to begin your fitness program. If this is the case, take advantage of wonderful exercise programs on DVD, VHS or online. Look at your local library to see what they have on offer. Thrift stores often have stacks and stacks of perfectly good exercise videos available for pennies. The variety and style of exercise available to you in various media forms is limitless. All you have to do is look for it. Begin with gentle stretching, yoga and other easy styles of exercise and gradually work your way up to more challenging exercises. Soon you will feel fit enough to get out in the community and begin having fun with fitness.