In an ideal world you'd be able to eat all you wanted, do as little exercise as you felt like and move around just by flicking a switch. And if you chose to sit in front of the TV all day stuffing yourself with cakes and ice creams, it wouldn't make the slightest difference to the way you looked or how you felt.In an ideal world, you wouldn't have to worry about your lifestyle. You'd look and feel great all the time. Meanwhile, in the real world, huge numbers of adults and children are obese or overweight. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Sciences, heart disease kills nearly one million people every year.There are many reasons for this. The time spent watching TV is just one. Working for long periods at a computer and an increasing reliance on the car are others. And if, like many, you know you're not as active as you should be, you may come out in a cold sweat every time the dreaded word 'exercise' is mentioned.But here's the thing, you don't need to worry. There is an activity you know only too well that offers the perfect solution to being unfit. It's called walking! Just imagine for a moment what the ideal fitness plan would look like:1 It would be easy to do and enjoyable for its own sake2It would provide a wide range of health benefits like:- Reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and minor illnesses- Controlling or reducing your weight- Reducing your blood pressure- Reducing your risk of injury- Reducing stress and improving your sleep- Improving your posture 3It would be cheap and wouldn't involve the purchase of lots of equipment4It would be flexible enough to adapt to the time you have available 5It would put you in control of your body and your life.Walking is ALL of the above. It's the IDEAL solution to the problem of inactivity.It can be your solution.You can stop your body going into further decline just by walking a bit more each day. All you have to do is increase the amount of walking you already do on an average day to 21 minutes (or 30 minutes over 5 days a week).Then you need to do it regularly, making it part of your daily routine.And that's all it takes to achieve a basic level of fitness!The wonderful thing about walking for fitness is that you can do it anywhere: at home, in the gym, in your local neighborhood or, for the more adventurous, in the great outdoors. And it's all FREE.You were made for walking. Make it what you do best and make your body your best friend!In the real world, walking can get you fit. It's the ideal way to survive fitness.So what are you waiting for? Get walking !(c) 2006 All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2006 Lynne TaetzschWhen youre a primary caregiver responsible for the well-being of your father, mother or another loved one, its easy to become obsessed with the details. You want to make sure your Dad isnt eating rotten food, so you smell everything in his refrigerator. You note that your Moms hair is oily and stringy, so you insist she let you wash it. And take off that blouse youve been wearing all week and put on a clean one, you add.Im not sure if its a trait of all caregivers, but I was some kind of control freak when I was responsible for my Dads care when he lived in an assisted-living facility nearby. I kept a sharp eye out for his special needslike making sure there were facial tissues and toilet paper in the bathroom. With his severe short-term memory loss, he certainly wouldnt remember to restock those items, and I didnt want him reaching for a hand towel to wipe withor worse yet, not wipe at all!So perhaps the controlling started with the best of intentions to make things better for Dad, but I think it escalated to excess. Not only was I obsessed with perfection, but I expected everyone else in the family to take care of Dad exactly the way I would. When my husband and I went away for a month, leaving two of my brothers in charge, I sent them a three-page letter of detailed instructions they were to follow.Yet, what Dad really loved about visits from his sons was playing with themgoing to a bar for a beer, playing shuffleboard, pool or cards. Thats what meant something to Dad when his sons visited, not the fact that they made sure his laundry was done. Dad loved to play cards with me, too, and sometimes Im afraid I was so obsessed with the housekeeping that I neglected his simple need for my companionship.I was so good at managing Dads life that I sometimes overstepped and did things for Dad that he could have done for himself. One time my sister sent him a tin of cookies wrapped tightly in tape, and as I saw Dad struggle to get it off, I was about to grab the tin out of his handssomething my husband complains I often do to him. Fortunately, I held back that time, and Dad had the satisfaction of opening it himself. It may take longer for our loved ones to do things for themselves, but whenever possible, we should let them.The times that I remember best now that Dad has passed away are not the hours I spent taking him to doctors or dealing with housekeeping issues. The times I remember best are the ones that made Dad happy in a special way, the days we shared doing fun things.One day we took a walk in Treman Park along one of Ithacas famous gorges. Dad was so impressed with the views of nature, as well as the views of young girls walking by in shorts. After that we had lunch at Friendlies with his granddaughter and great grandchildren. Later, as I walked Dad to his room he said, Youre a wonderful young lady to have as a daughter.Now, Im not saying that housekeeping, grooming, and doctors visits arent important. Of course I helped the quality of Dads life by paying attention to these details. As a "primary caregiver" , you have to pay attention to those things, and I guess thats what contributes to our becoming control freaks.But its also important to relax and let go at times. If you are tense, in a hurry, always focused on managing your loved ones lives, you will miss out on the opportunity to share more meaningful experiences with them. You dont know how many of those opportunities youll have, and you wont want to look back and regret missing them. So stop. Sit down. Have a cup of tea and just be together.
The effectiveness of birth control is something that can be difficult to properly measure on many levels. Each form of birth control is only effective up to a certain percentage, with condoms being only effective 80% of the time and such. However, that is not taking into account various other factors that either the people making the chosen method of contraception or the people using it have direct control over. Regardless, the question regarding the "effectiveness of birth control" and which ones are known to be completely reliable will continue to be asked. That doesn't mean that there's ever going to be any concrete answers outside of the quasi-traditional abstinence response, but that's never stopped people from asking before. Chances are, it never really will.Abstinence, when it comes to discussions of the effectiveness of birth control, takes the prime spot. You simply cannot get pregnant in a practical manner (as practical as pregnancy can be, at least) if you're not having sex. There are ways around this thanks to medical science, but those require the tacit consent of at least the female half of the equation. However, this is strictly coming off from the raw material, of sorts. Abstinence is guaranteed to prevent conception, but only if certain external factors do not come into play. The fact is, while conservative groups will proclaim that abstinence is the only real effective form of contraception, they are ignoring a number of critical points.First and foremost, abstinence only works if you're actively practicing it. This should be plainly obvious, but the moment that a couple ceases to abstain is the moment pregnancy becomes a concrete possibility. It may seem like common sense that if you're committed to abstaining and you stop, you're risking pregnancy, but it apparently isn't. Couples who abstain then have sex without the intention of having children often forget about using birth control methods. Clearly, this puts them at risk of pregnancy, without even the partial protection that a condom or a birth control pill can afford them. This has often been attributed as a fault of abstinence-only education, though that is arguable.It should be also noted that being effective is not the only factors that people keep in mind when selecting a form of contraception. Abstinence may be absolute in preventing both pregnancy and the transmission of a number of STDs, but if people don't have the discipline to stick to it, then it isn't worth a whole lot. This is particularly true for couples with raging hormones and not a whole lot of self-control, which some cynics point out is a lot more common than people would like to believe. Of course, some people have pointed out that abstinence-only education does not really factor in human behavior, and even when it does, the media is blamed for everything. While these are arguable points, the reality is that most abstinence-only educated couples take great risks whenever their discipline wavers.A practical solution to the problem might involve discarding the notion of abstinence-only or birth control-only, because neither option is completely effective. From a purely practical standpoint, abstinence is still the only completely effective birth control, but couples should be aware that of what they can use in place of it should they ever want to stop abstaining.
Diet pills are often frowned upon because of high costs, dangerous side effects, and the hassle of getting prescriptions from a physician. That's why many people who want to lose weight are turning to natural supplements such as Hoodia. Hoodia is a non-prescription herbal natural remedy for losing weight. The "Hoodia craze" in the media has resulted in more and more dieters inquiring about this amazing diet herb.What is Hoodia?Hoodia is a natural herbal supplement derived from a succulent plant from the milkweed family. This cactus plant grows in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. It has been used by tribal bushmen of Africa for thousands of years. The bushmen would chew the plant during their hunting trips to suppress hunger and thirst as well as increase stamina. Though these bushmen probably rarely thought about dieting (if ever), they were using an "herbal natural remedy" that would eventually be desired by dieters around the world!Hoodia and Weight LossHoodia is available in several forms: Hoodia Gordonii diet pills, Hoodia Balance, and Hoodia Chaser (liquid form). When taken, Hoodia signals to the brain that you are no longer hungry or thirsty. This signal takes place because of Hoodia's ingredient P57. P57 signals are similar to those of glucose, but much stronger. So, the appetite is suppressed at longer intervals. Benefits of HoodiaHoodia offers many benefits to the weary dieter. It is a natural weight loss product and can be bought online or off-line without a prescription. This enables the dieter to buy several months' supply or even a year's supply without paying for ongoing doctor visits for diet pill prescription refills. Being a natural weight loss supplement has other advantages as well. Hoodia, if bought in its pure natural form, does not contain the harmful chemicals contained by many other prescription or over-the-counter diet pills. For those who are inactive and have a difficult time controlling their appetite, Hoodia offers the sense of control in that it tells the brain that no food is needed so the person can concentrate on other things.Hoodia also naturally enhances one's mood and increases stamina. The dieter may feel a burst of energy and have a desire to be more active than normal. This, in turn, helps in the process of losing weight as well.Hoodia Tips for YouWhile taking Hoodia products, it is recommended that you consume plenty of water and other liquids to prevent dehydration. The thirsty "feeling" may not be there, but your body still needs adequate amounts of liquids. Also, when those hunger pangs do arrive, eat healthy, well-balanced meals to give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs. This will also enhance your weight loss and give you the energy you need to carry on daily tasks.Before buying a Hoodia product, research the product and company carefully to be sure it is Hoodia in its purest form. There is a wealth of herb information on the Internet. Check labels for "additives" or extra chemicals and ingredients. Buying Hoodia that has been enhanced with other chemicals could hinder your weight loss efforts and be harmful to your health.As with any new medication or natural supplement, talk with your physician to be sure there are no health conditions that would hinder you from taking Hoodia. If you have high blood pressure, a heart condition, diabetes, or some other serious condition, then talk with your physician before trying Hoodia.People are choosing herbal cures and natural health products over prescription drugs like never before. You can even search online to find an herbal natural remedy such as Hoodia, Provillus, and many others at discounted prices. Start fighting obesity today with Hoodia.
Hair losing is common problem and lots of people are becoming bald due to this problem. Hair loss mainly occurs due to Hormones problem or inadequate diet. Aging and some other changes in body, and a family record of baldness are the main roots of hair loss. Earlier hair loss can cause a very severe baldness. There are so many options which one can adopt to control hair loss like hair replacement or hair weaving, transplant etc.Hair replacement surgery can enhance and increase your appearance and also helps you to regain your self-confidence, but the results won't necessarily match your ideal. Before going for a hair replacement surgery, think carefully about what you want, what are your expectations and consult your doctor or specialist. Restoring of hairs can only be possible by Hair transplantation treatment. When it comes to hair loss replacement, we all want the same result - a natural one and it can only be possible to some extent with micro-surgical hair transplants, this is an advanced technique used in restoring hair, with this method, the process of hair growth is not altered. The results are completely natural and virtually undetectable. After the surgery and proper hair growth it is undetectable whether the hair which grows are original (natural) or unusual (not natural) Your existing hairs are used in all these hair replacement techniques use your existing hair. The main goal of this surgery is to find the most efficient uses for existing hair. Hair replacement patient or applicant must have good hair growth. He must have good amount of hairs at his back and on sides of his head so that these hairs or hair areas can serves as the donor areas. A donor area is that area from which hairs are taken for surgery. Many techniques used in hair replacement surgery. Sometimes, two or more techniques are used to achieve the best possible results. Doctors or surgeons use many techniques on the patients or applicant who wants a good amount of hairs on his head some of the techniques used by the surgeons are Mini grafts, punch grafts, micro-grafts, slit grafts, and strip grafts. An individual with very little hair might not be advice to undergo hair replacement surgery.