Fitness – Winning Health Magazine Keeping you Healthy So You Can Stay On Top Of The Game Of Life Sat, 29 Sep 2012 18:09:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Coping with Internet Addiction Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:44:55 +0000 We all know and love the internet, right? It provides us with information, recreation, keeping us in touch with friends and family. But how much browsing is too much?

With the prevalence of social networking, online chat, and massive multiplayer online games (MMOs), a growing percentage of the populace now faces internet addiction. When the online world becomes disruptive to the offline world, internet addiction shows its ugly side.

How much is too much?

Well, that’s a tricky question. With more of our life revolving around online activities, it may be challenging to identify web addiction.

Losing time to the online world may be an indication of Internet addiction. General social isolation or distancing yourself from family and friends are other potential symptoms. Feelings of shame or guilt about time spent online also points to Internet addiction.

How do you know when you or a loved one is addicted to the internet? Possible symptoms include a significant weight gain or loss, difficulty sleeping, eye strain, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pain in the wrists or hands) are all possible symptoms of Internet addiction.

Online addiction is no different from gambling or drug addiction. It affects a great number of people. Much like other addictions, there are changes you can make to your life.

It’s important to be aware of the amount of time you spend online. Set up time away from the internet—time to socialize, exercise or read. And if you’re still unable to change your disruptive internet usage or that of a loved one, there are professional channels available.

Internet addiction is a disease, and help is available.

Don’t Let Depression Drag You Down Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:44:36 +0000 Many of us experience symptoms of depression. It drains our energy, confuses us and leaves us feeling worthless and exhausted. Depression may also lead to more serious concerns, including suicidal thoughts and actions.

In fact, suicide is now the leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 20 million people suffer from depression, and roughly 10 million individuals living with major clinical depression.

Tragically, although depression is a highly treatable condition, many sufferers don’t seek professional help.

While some depression requires serious medical and psychological attention, others individuals can find relief with simple lifestyle adjustments.

Changes to diet and exercise can offer relief from depression. Some studies show that eating complex carbohydrates and increasing B-vitamin and chromium levels may ease symptoms of depression. Leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and Omega-3 fats also provide mood stabilizing nutrients.

Additionally, mood enhancing activities can help with depression. Simple, repetitive activities such as brief walks, aerobic exercise, and biking have been shown to increase serotonin levels.

Other depression-alleviating activities include increasing social contact, focusing on positive thoughts over negative ones, and indulging in enjoyable hobbies. Regular sleeping and eating habits can also aid symptoms of depression. Even taking in a little sunlight every day can decrease the effects of depression.

Implementing a few simple changes to your life can mean the difference between sulking in the shadows and living your life.


How to choose a Yoga Instructor Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:44:19 +0000 Yoga exercises are some of the most preferred exercises if you want to have a healthy and active body. Yoga is done for various reasons some of them being for the general improvement of personal health, for the purposes of improving muscles, for reduction of stress levels or if you are simply interested in flexibility.

Whatever your reason for engaging in Yoga, most people will do it as a source of spiritual nourishment and growth and see it as a way of communicating with the deeper spiritual self of their lives. Just how do you get to choose a yoga instructor? Here are some tips to choosing a yoga instructor:

  • Understand Yourself

Even before going after a Yoga instructor, you need to understand your goals, aspirations and objectives. What do you want out of yoga exercises? What are your reasons for taking yoga? What do you hope to achieve at the end of it all? Knowing this will help you make the right choice of a yoga instructor.

  • Consider educational qualifications

If someone told you that education is not important in yoga, then, he lied to you. Education is extremely important and this is because yoga in itself involves a set of highly complex exercises that will need a lot of training and skills for someone to be called a trainer. Where did the person study yoga? For how long and what is his experience in the field?

  • Consider Previous Clients

When you have identified a yoga instructor that you so desire, it will be good to know what the others are saying about him. Are his previous clients complaining of his incompetency? Did he satisfy his previous students? If the previous clients the instructor has dealt with are complaining, chances are that you will be complaining too!

Much more can be said about choosing a yoga instructor. However, the above tips are just enough to help you choose the right yoga trainer for you. Remember always that the type of trainer you choose will determine how much yoga will help you in regaining your health and achieving your objectives.


Exercising Using Treadmills Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:43:59 +0000 Most people know what treadmills are and can be considered as having used them once in a while for the purposes of exercising. Yet, is there any importance to doing your exercises using treadmills instead of using the traditional jogging? Here are some reasons as to why treadmills are often more preferable than jogging:

  • Treadmills help you exercise at the comfort of your house

Treadmills are preferable because you don’t have to go outside and run. You are able to do it with the limited time you have inside your house. What more, it saves you the dangers of the harsh environment outside. Further, you can exercise even when the weather is harsh like when it is raining or it is extremely cold on the outside.

  • Treadmills take workout records

Most of the times, outside jogging will have no records kept. Many at times you are left to estimate the distance you have run alongside the amount of calories you think you have burned. This is different with treadmills. Technology has ingrained LCD screens into treadmills such that you are able to tell your heart rate at any particular point, you are able to accurately point your running distance, calories burned, progress and many other things. What more, all these can be saved for reference and examination by a physician!

  • Treadmills are more consistent and can be regulated

When jogging outside, there is no way you are ever going to regulate your speed, your energy usage. This is because the outside terrain is inconsistent with hills and valleys. Sometimes you will be forced to run fast along a slope while at other times you will trot as you climb up a hill. This is unlike the treadmill which offers you one flat consistent surface where you perform your running.

If you have not bought your treadmills, from an expert point of view, I must admit that you are losing a lot and you need to do haste to get yourself your choice of a treadmill.


How Can Teenagers Cope with Acne? Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:43:44 +0000 According to current research, one of the main reasons for teenage suicide globally is low self esteem. This low self esteem is often brought about due to factors affecting the body such as acne and weight. Acne is a condition of the body where the skin develops swellings full of oily substances.

Acne is often common among the teenagers and is often a dreaded condition by teenagers. The reason why teenagers often take their lives due to acne is because they are not educated on how to cope with the acne condition. What do you need to tell them?

The first thing you need to do is to reassure the teenager suffering from Acne. You need to tell them that acne is not a permanent condition and that someday, he will be free off acne. You need to encourage the teens to have a healthy lifestyle full of exercising so as to burn down the body fats.

Another advice you should give to teenagers under acne attack is that they should eat healthy meals with lots of fruits and vegetables. Acne swellings should not be pressed as this may worsen the situation for your teenager. Pressing the swellings may make gems enter through the ruptured pores and cause the acne to dry leaving black spots all over the place.

When a teenager is taught well about his condition, he will be able to stand against the ridicule of his friends. He will know how to handle his acne condition and more importantly, he will be able to know the natural treatments for his acne. In this manner, the teenager will be able to go through his teenage ears with lots more ease.

Effects of Stress on the body Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:43:28 +0000 Stress is a condition that interferes with the normal functioning of the body system. Most of the time, stress is caused by factors that we feel are beyond our control. One of the major sources of stress is worrying. Humans keep on worrying about the uncertainties of the things they do not know. How much does stress affect you? Here are some effects of stress on your body:

  • Interferes with the body functioning

If you want to prove that stress interferes with the functioning of your body organs, you will realize that you lose appetite most of the time that you are stressed. Stress has different impacts on the bodies of different people. Some will have running stomachs when they are stressed while others will have painful lungs.

  • Weakens the body’s immune system

Research has proved that chances of falling sick while stressed are more than when not under any form of stress. Stress has been linked to serious ailments such as high blood pressure, ulcers among others. Some find it difficult to breathe while stressed while some experience severe headaches when under stress.

  • Interferes with the psychological functioning of the brain

There are instances at which those who were stressed have often committed suicide. This happens in cases where stress leads to depression where it eventually interferes with the psychological reasoning of an individual. Many people can become harsh, highly tempered and very irrational while under stress.

Stress has made man do many terrible acts including rape and murder and the only way through it is to ensure that your stress is below manageable levels. One way you are ever going to achieve this is through healthy living.

Causes of stroke in men Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:43:00 +0000 Did you know that women are twice as likely to die from stroke than men? men too get stroke and like it is said, men have a higher risk for getting stroke though women die more from stroke than men. What is stroke? Well, stroke is the result of blood getting into the brain thereby causing damage to the brain cells. There are several causes of stroke in men some of them being:

  • Age

How old are you? Well, don’t get scared! As much as men can get stroke in any age, the risk of getting stroke increases as a person grows older. As such, age is also a determinant to some extent in the probability of getting stroke.

  • Family History

Has someone in your family line suffered from stroke? Was it a close relative or a close family member? If this is the case, then, you are also at risk of getting stroke! There are forms of stroke that run through genetic lines of a family.

  • Hypertension

Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a major risk factor in getting stroke. Those who have high blood pressure related complications are likely to suffer from stroke.

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

If you are suffering from a sexually transmitted ailment, then, you are more likely to suffer from stroke than someone who has no STD. This is because some STDs interfere with the blood vessels and rupture them therefore are a high risk factor for getting stroke.

Stroke in men is not common but it is a risk factor in men and the best way to help prevent stroke is through eating healthy foods, living a healthy lifestyle and performing exercises frequently.

Warning Signs For Stroke Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:42:32 +0000 The figures of those dying from stroke are on the rise and knowing the signs of stroke may as well save your life. Even though stroke kills more women than men, it does not discriminate on age or social class. Here are the warning signs that you need to be on the lookout for:

  • Sudden Weakness

There are many diseases and factors that may cause sudden weakness of the body. However, when you suddenly feel that you arms or legs have grown weak in one side of the body, then, most likely you are headed for stroke.

  • Numbness of the body

Is one side of your body growing numb? If it is, then, be warned for you may be headed for stroke. Numbness is a major sign of stroke and should you experience it, it will be best to seek urgent medical attention.

  • Confusion

Have you experiences a sudden series of confusion and difficulty in speaking? If you have, then, you may also be headed for stroke condition. At times, it may be difficulty in understanding what others are saying and when such a situation arises, it is best to go for a medical checkup to ascertain that it has not been caused by stroke.

  • Sudden Dizziness

Do you feel dizzy and have trouble walking? If you do, then, combined with the other factors, you may be at the early stages for stroke. You may also lose balance and coordination of body movement and all these may be indicators of developing stroke.

Other factors such as severe headaches, drowsiness, vomiting and many more may prevail as your situation worsens. The best will be to seek medical attention when you notice any of these warning signs for stroke.


Importance of Onions to the Body Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:41:56 +0000 There are those who hate onions and rarely eat onion laced meals. Did you know that you are missing out a great health benefit to your body when you refuse to eat onion? Onions are extremely important to the body for various reasons and in helping the body in different ways. Here are some of the importance of onions to the body:

  • Onions lower cholesterol levels

Do you want to lose weight? Then consider daily intake of onions! not that onions alone can give you your desired weight but their intake will go along way in assisting in the burning of internal body cholesterol.

  • Onions help in the production of disease fighting cells

Those who eat onions on daily basis are more likely to fight common infections such as the common cold. This is because onions assist in the production of disease fighting cells that will boost your body immunity.

  • Onions Help in the reduction of cancer rates

Those who eat onions are less likely to suffer from several types of cancers that those who don’t. This is because onions contain several compounds that help in preventing blood cells deformities and ensure that the body is able to cleanse itself off harmful wastes that may cause diseases. Onion compounds are also able to eliminate cancerous cells from the body effectively.

  • Onions Help in Fighting blood clots

This is another reason why onions should be part of your diet. They help in eliminating blood clots and may prevent stroke and high blood pressure related complications.

Onions are indeed important and health experts often advice people to eat raw onions over cooked onions for maximum health benefits.

The Effects Of Eating Too Many Eggs Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:41:36 +0000 One of the most raging debates in the health cycles is the effects of eggs on health. Eggs have been known in the history of mankind as one of the most nutritious and healthy foods available. However, over the past few years, studies have been conducted to find out whether eating too much eggs was harmful to the body.

Many theories have often been forwarded about eggs. Some have suggested that only three eggs should be eaten a week and eating more than this may lead to diseases such as high blood pressure and stroke. Many more have claimed that pregnant ladies should not use eggs as it will make the baby too big to be born using the natural means of giving birth. Are all these really true?

According to research carried out on men who eat more than seven eggs a week, there were mixed findings that still sent the entire health hazard into a disarray.  However, there was a common agreement that those who have obesity and still eat eggs are more likely to die from heart related diseases and stroke than the healthy humans.

Even as further studies are still being done to find out whether eating too many eggs is dangerous for a healthy human being, it is advisable to eat at most six eggs in a week. Such a consumption has been proven beyond doubt to have more good than bad and is not associated with any heart diseases. Eggs have been on the contrary known to be the source of the good cholesterol that helps in the development of the body.