Your body requires many things in order for a successful return to improved health. Two of the most important: Plenty of oxygen & improved blood circulation. This is why exercise is always advised in the treatment of both weight loss and depression/mental health disorders. Exercise helps repair the body by stimulating new tissue growth. Finally, when you move, you are "exercising". You move throughout the day and, not once, have you ever thought, "Gee...I'm exercising." Just move, more. It's no big thang.View Thread
Many people have asked the question, "What's the best exercise?"
My answer is: Any exercise that you can do while maintaining good posture.
Good Posture is when your ears, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles are stacked in a straight line. The best way to remind yourself of good posture: Chin up, shoulders back, chest out. This position is very relaxing and causes no strain on your spine since your weight is evenly supported, top to bottom.
Being overweight ruins good posture because a big belly will shift your lower spine out of good alignment in order to support the extra belly weight. Long term, this misalignment will eventually cause lower back pain. Low back pain is number 1 cause of disability, worldwide. Misalignment due to poor posture is the primary cause of hip and knee replacement surgery in the US. Poor posture and obesity is costing trillions of dollars in GNP loss, worldwide.
The breathing muscle, the diaphragm, is the largest muscle in the human body. On average, it pumps over 20,000 times a day which is the approximate number of breaths taken by an adult. The diaphragm is not suitably designed to accommodate poor posture so when people sit hunched at a computer or viewing a cell phone throughout the day or sprawled on a sofa while watching TV, the efficiency of each breath taken is greatly compromised. The effect of poor posture on proper breathing is enormous; You may only receive 50% of the amount of oxygen from each breath. Impaired breathing due to poor posture makes it easy to understand why people can be so fatigued and have no energy at the end of the day.
I sleep on the ground, on my back, to maintain straight alignment even while sleeping. Soft mattresses allow the spine to curve which, in turn, restricts efficient breathing. Poor posture while sleeping coupled with obesity is a recipe for one of the most serious and destructive health conditions: Sleep Apnea
The goal to lose weight is just about every adult's wish at some point in their life. The first step to losing weight is neither diet or exercise, imo. The first and most important step is maintaining good posture. Good health cannot be accomplished while having poor posture. It's just that critical.View Thread
Plantar Faciitis. Crappy shoes with poor heel support can cause it. Hiking over rocks carrying a heavy backpack can easily cause it. Thorough stretching out the foot muscles before rolling out of bed in the morning helps a lot. Surgery required for only the worst cases. Ask to see a podiatrist to assess the severity of your condition.View Thread
Who said 200 was high? If the "ratio" between Total Cholesterol and HDL is 4.0 or less, your cholesterol would be fine. If you insist on lowering your risk of stroke and heart disease, lose weight (if needed), cut smoking and alcohol, exercise daily, eat more fruits and vegetables and see your physician, regularly. There are many variables to consider in prescribing meds (triglycerides, LDL, age, weight, history, co-morbidities, lifestyle) but, as a general rule, the "ratio" is key.View Thread