Thursday, February 27, 2014

Individual Fitness Needs



What is fitness? Many people these days think it is about getting thin. Just losing weight does not mean one is fit. The individual, for instance, may be losing muscle instead of fat while dieting, and muscle weighs more than fat. There are new diet and exercise trends and new yogurt brands that help you lose weight.

In reality, fitness is feeling at your best, feeling you have the energy to get what you want out of life. Fitness encompasses strength, flexibility and endurance. What good is strength without the ability to move at your muscle’s widest range of motion, the feeling of being flexible? What good is being strong or flexible if you can be that for a few minutes but can’t work out, dance, ski, do housework, take care of children or something else you want to do for a as long as you want to do it, or endurance? Another important component of fitness is making sure your medical statistics, such as cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and heart rate are within the acceptable limits? 

Although there are statistics on weight, blood work and more that are acceptable by groups such as the American Medical Association and the American Council on Exercise, these differ per person. A health professional such as a doctor or personal trainer must tailor their programs to fit the needs of each client so that he or she can meet their fitness goals and live their best life. For instance, one person may bulk up easily but may have a weak cardiovascular system. A fitness routine to target this would be optimum. A doctor may want to assist the individual to meet their goals with personalized medicine that would help their heart and lungs work at their best capacity. The individual may also opt to get their DNA analyzed to see if they are prone for certain diseases or muscle and bone problems. They would have to be careful where they send the DNA to be analyzed, since conflicting results from different laboratories have been noted. Their doctor would guide them to make the right decision. 

Individuals’ goals may also vary. For instance, one person may want to enter a body fitness competition, in which case building muscle will be a primary goal. Another person may want to run a marathon, in which case increasing their endurance would be of primary importance for them. Their doctor, personal trainer or other fitness professional would tailor programs to meet their needs. A nutritionist may also assist the individual toward their goals. A metabolism test or other tests that will yield results specific to that individual would have to be taken into account.

In summary, although statistics such as weight for a given age or height and cholesterol level are valid, each person’s body, health and fitness goals differ. These should be taken account by fitness professionals when they assist the individual in meeting their fitness goals and getting the most out of life.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on http://www.authorhouse.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories. These two books are on my Web sitehttp://www.louizapatsis.com.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Contamination of Herbal Products

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Combination abdominal muscle and inner thigh muscle exercise with block

Kneel on the floor. Place a block between your inner thighs. Place your hands on your heels. Keep your back straight. Lean back so that you feel your abdominal muscles working at a maximum to stabilize you. Hold for ten seconds or as much as you can to get a workout and not collapse. :) Repeat sets until exhausted. 

To stretch, lie on the floor and reach your arms straight over your head and your legs downward, toes pointed.


My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on http://www.authorhouse.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories. These two books are on my Web sitehttp://www.louizapatsis.com.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Another Abdominal Crunch

Place your arms over your head so that each is next to an ear. Hold your hands together over your head in a prayer gesture. Keep your back straight. Bend your knees. Rise about two inches over the floor. Do abdominal crunches either several more inches over the floor, halfway up, or bring your chest to your knees. This is the order lowest to highest intensity.  Come back to two inches over the floor. Exhale when you move up and inhale when you move to the starting position. Choose what you can do and that will give you a good workout. Do four sets of ten repetitions.

My book Pocket Guide to Fitness is available on http://www.Authorhouse.com and http://www.Amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories. These two books are on my Web site http://www.LouizaPatsis.com.Visit and like, if you so see fit, my book page at www.facebook.com/PocketGuidetoFitness

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bosu Ball Push Up Variation

Put one hand on the floor an done at the center of a Bosu Ball. Perform four sets of ten repetitions of push ups. Repeat after switching hands. Varying the angle of your muscles will accelerate the strength and growth of pectoral muscle fibers.

My book Pocket Guide to Fitness is available on http://www.Authorhouse.com and http://www.Amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories. These two books are on my Web site http://www.LouizaPatsis.com.Visit and like, if you so see fit, my book page at www.facebook.com/PocketGuidetoFitness

Monday, May 13, 2013

New Obliques Exercise

Every time you work out a muscle in a new way, you will feel a burn. You may also up the chances of increasing the amount of muscle fibers and losing weight. Yesterday in Quenia Ribieros's samba class at the Alvin Ailey School of Contemporary Dance in New York City, I remembered a wonderful obliques exercise when she used it in her warmup:

Sit on your left butt cheek. Bend your knees so that your ankles almost touch the back of your thighs. Your ribs and waist should face up. Place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows "open" as if getting ready to do a crunch. Keep your legs off the floor while keeping your back straight and pulsing (indeed as if performing a crunch) toward the ceiling. This will work your right obliques while working your lower abdominal muscles in keeping your legs off the floor. Do four sets of ten repetitions. Repeat for your left oblique muscle by twisting the other way and sitting on your right butt cheek.

My book Pocket Guide to Fitness is available on http://www.Authorhouse.com and http://www.Amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories. These two books are on my Web site http://www.LouizaPatsis.com.Visit and like, if you so see fit, my book page at www.facebook.com/PocketGuidetoFitness

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Latest Fast Food Nutrition Statistics

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