Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Flexible Legs of Steel

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Make this martial arts exercise a regular part of your leg workouts and watch your strength and flexibility skyrocket. Twelve to 20 reps will do the trick! Count one rep each time you shift to the opposite side. Do multiple sets or mix-in a single set with other leg work.

Beginners may have trouble at first with strength and balance; that’s to be expected. Two or 3 times per week, practice developing the movement as demonstrated in the video and soon you’ll be in the full down position and shifting side-to-side.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Sexual Frequency Health Benefits

Just read a short article by Al Sears, M.D., author of the book, The Doctor’s Heart Cure.

He writes that a very credible study associating overall health and sexual frequency comes from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men was tracked over the course of a decade.

After 10 years, the British Medical Journal revealed that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate 50 percent lower than the others.

Also in a 2001 follow-up to the Queens University study, they found the following:

1. Reduced risk of heart disease: They found that by having sex three or more times per week, men lowered their risk of heart attack or stroke by 50 percent.

2. Weight loss: A vigorous session of sex is about the same as running 15 minutes or playing a game of tennis. During sex, your pulse rate rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, about what you’d get from a vigorous workout at the gym.

3. Pain relief: Just before orgasm, the level of the hormone oxytocin surges to five times its normal level. This, in turn, releases endorphins, which alleviate the pain of everything from migraine headaches to arthritis. In women, sex stimulates the production of estrogen, which can reduce the pain of PMS.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Most U.S. Women Face Heart, Stroke Risk

Nearly all American women are in danger of heart disease or stroke and should be more aggressive about lowering their risk — including asking their doctors about daily aspirin use, according to the American Heart Association's new guidelines. For the full report, go here.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Age Brings More Fat, Less Muscle

Up until age 80, older adults gain fat but lose muscle as they age and, because of the obesity epidemic in the United States, many are already too fat when they enter their older years. Click here for the full report from Wake Forest University School of Medicine .