Monday, November 4, 2013

Weak Will is not an Obstacle

Is your will strong enough?
Internet and other mass-media are full of numerous diet plans and fitness systems, all directed to make you stronger and slimmer. Authors of these plans and systems scrupulously describe advantages and benefits of tiniest elements of their systems proclaiming their all-conquering quality.

There is no doubt – to get thinner or more robust we all need a right method of every day activity, would it be diet or workout. But do not forget that we are ordinary humans, not supermen, and WE use one or another method of health improvement and the way we use it depends on our traits of personality. I think that the key trait of personality, I’d rather say “a complex of traits”, is volition or strength of will. Just volition nourishes and empowers our intentions to take care of own health and to go for this to gym or to go on a diet.

 Unfortunately, strength of will is absent from most people. They have will, but haven’t strength of it. That’s the sad reality of today. Throw away your sorrow! The weak will is not an obstacle to losing weight or getting steel muscles. The main thing is the correct application of our weak will. There are two main parts in this notion, “correct application”, and further I’m describing them.

First. The correct choice of your target. What for most girls and women go to gyms or follow a diet? For health? No, they do it for beauty! If a woman can avoid harassing workouts or enervating diet then she does it. Because now every lady can visit a plastic surgeon and become like Marylin Monroe or Halle Berry . But plastic surgery is a self-delusion. Most of women do not strongly differ one from another in their beauty. Of course you happen to meet beauty queens above average as well as ugly bitches below average, but these extremes are quite rare. Most of women are pretty. Plastic surgeons cannot make you much more beautiful, rather they can spoil your individual traits, your personal zest. So you, who are reading this article, are beautiful. Diets and workouts you need them only for health. FOR HEALTH! Remember it! That’s your correct target. Since all we have problems with our health, even small ones, we, both men and women, have to care of our body. Diets and fitness are ways to help us in this. Since health problems turn on our biological instinct, the instinct of self-preservation which is so powerful that nothing, including “weak will” cannot resist it.

Second. Time-planning. Often we cannot find time for workouts because of too busy everyday schedule. For the same reason we cannot pay due attention to a diet plan since it often requires strict following at specific hours. This problem, the problem of insufficient time, can be resolved only step-by-step. The first step is registration of time expenditure during several weeks. In the beginning such registration can be more or less aggregative, even without specific time points. Further, in two-three weeks you will be able full table of your time expenditure and even to keep it in mind, without drawing. Second step is the moment when you find small portions of free time inside your global time expenditure. I swear you’ll find them. These portions are just the time for workouts. Instead of one long workout you will have several short ones, but exercises plan should be appropriate for training out of gym , outdoors or in office or home. There is no problem to find such plan among available abundance of workout plans. As for diets, you have to choose the simplest one that in addition does not require strict adherence to the time-table. Such diets are numerous and you easily can find them.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What Hinders to Lose Weight

Many women are disappointed with results of diet plans they followed. I want to give you some useful tips on how to lose weight and keep the result.

All diets can be divided into two groups: fast (extra slimming) and permanent (read:  life-long!)
I will not list all the diets; they are so numerous that you can lose count of them. The goal of diet plans from the first group is to lose quickly 2-5-10 kg in 1-3 weeks.  One of the most effective diets of this group is buckwheat diet. You can lose up to 12 kg per week with buckwheat diet, but normal result for an ordinary woman is 2-3 kg per week, if strongly followed.

 The main disadvantage of these diets - weight quickly returns to the previous figures, as dramatic weight loss is still a stress for your body. Organism is scared – may be a war or famine suddenly burst out – and begins to store fat quicker than before. Therefore, after such a diet you will still have to choose a diet from the second group, group of permanent diets. They, also, are numerous and the purpose of such diets - to keep the desired result. It's not even a diet, but just a way of life, so choose it responsibly.

It seems so simple! Firstly you had kept a strict diet, dropped pounds, then changed to a permanent diet and held the result. But, no such luck! Terrible dangers lurk you on the way to an ideal figure.

Danger number 1. Supermarkets are built in such a way that you have to go around the store and visit those sections in which you would never have gone being of sound mind and judgment. The shop plan is drawn up for the sole purpose: to force buyers to do more shopping. How to deal? Take basket instead of trolley. When your hand gets tired, you'll realize that it's time to stop. Do not go shopping on an empty stomach! First of all, it is better to visit the vegetable department.

Danger number 2. Snacks. We need them more as a psychological "safety valve" - they perfectly relieve tension of the work.  Co-workers drink tea – how can I be a party pooper? And why not? Let it be a tea without sugar or herbal drinks and you shall take not a sandwich or a muffin for the snack, but a piece of dark chocolate. Energizing guaranteed! No fat to body and no harm to personal relations.

Danger number 3. Recession. Mass lockouts, nobody is available for work, and you are in the office until late. Or maybe you worked till late before the recession? That’s your job like that, isn’t it? But the stress and lack of sleep lead to overeating, and just for fitness you have no time remaining. How to avoid stress? Small breaks of 10 minutes, spend this time for a somewhat enjoyable (not food!).

Danger number 4. Substantial meal after fitness workout. You say yourself: after all, I have visited the gym, I am tired, and I may regain strength, may I not? It is better if it will be a light snack. But if not long before the workout you had already eaten, then the meal after shall be an apple or other fruit that you must have with you in order not to look at the windows of groceries on your way home.

Danger number 5. Monotonous workout.  Your body adapts to the exercises so that they spend less energy. You need to change the set of exercises or even change the type of fitness from time to time.

Danger number 6. Habit of wearing loose clothing. In these clothes you won’t notice when you add on a couple extra pounds. Wear something tight, it controls you very much!

Danger number 7. You’re struggling alone. No need to lose weight in secret from everyone! That's now write in your Facebook or Twitter: I'm losing weight, who's with me? The result will be much better if someone else will control you, and even better if she would support you and join in!

Danger number  8. Perfectionism. You’re struggling against your weight with such passion that you don’t notice you're underweighed or even anorexic. Remember that the distance between overweight and anorexia can be too short. You don’t want to be like the girl on the picture in the beginning of the post, do you?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Heart , Food and Obesity

People all over the world die from various heart diseases. Heart insufficiency due to these diseases is the leading cause of lethality in industrial countries. According to prognosis of World Health Organization cardiovascular diseases will kill about 24.8 million people in the next  15 years. Those who survive may become disabled  and governments will spend billions to support them.  Disabled persons, though being self-reliant, cannot take part in economy. So the struggle against heart disease is not only a humanitarian task, but also has a great economic importance.

Many heart diseases can be prevented without any therapy, I would say by naturopathic methods. What are these methods? In the first place it is fitness and diet. It is not a secret that overweighed people  is  a major portion  of all patients with cardiovascular diseases.  To our regret both fitness and diet require strong will, but this is quite rare thing in modern world. In addition fitness requires development of special facilities (gyms, sports grounds etc.)  and these facilities should be price-affordable or free  at all.

Diet is a key factor too. Everybody feels its importance due to the flood of advertising around. Of course the target group of this advertising is women, who want to be thin and  slim, but thanks to such adverts everybody, men included, starts to understand the importance of normal weight.  
Diet and food supplements are an effective way to struggle against overweight and, consequently, against  harmful factors that lead to heart diseases. But both diet and supplements (and often the fitness ) help to lose weight that is already gained and not to prevent the gain of overweight.

An important problem is food quality. This is main factor which causes obesity.  Meals of modern city dweller are full of hard digestible components, such as palm oil, for example. These food components hinder normal digestion, are not well absorbed by themselves. Moreover , they prevent normal food components from complete absorption by intestines. This all causes overweight and overweight causes heart problems.

Governments should prohibit use of indigestible food components or  at least to fix limits for their use.
Maybe I had to mention tobacco and alcohol as factors that cause heart diseases, but it is a such common knowledge that I scorn  to pay attention to them.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Preschoolers and their Games

Preschool childhood is often called “the age of playing”. Psychologists and teachers consider games as the main type of activity of any kid who does not go to school. It results from social conditionality of kids’ development. The game is a special form of kids’ existence in the community which has great importance for them. It is an activity in which children perform roles of adults recreating conditions of adults’ life, work and relationship. Playing children cognize life in all its phenomena.

The games of preschoolers and  pupils of elementary school (from the age 5-6 years old up to the age of 8-9 years) are characteristic with main orientation to human relationships in contrast with games of younger children  (0-5 years old) which are mainly oriented at manipulations with inanimate things and objects. Of course preschoolers continue to perceive nonliving nature and articles around them, but human relations take most part of their games.

The games of preschoolers take the form of role-playing, the children learn be a part of children’s’ community which imitates in many traits the community of adults. Compliance with the rules becomes the main thing in the games. The rules may rapidly and often change, but they must remain in the limits of chosen roles and game “storyline”. In a collective game between real children a real relationship arises that leads in the future to individual liking and disliking, to friendship and to disaffection.

The games develop real social skills of children that is why very important not to let children often play online and computer games since these games misrepresent somehow the real life, real human relations and real properties of things.

In addition to distorted model of the world in their brains the children succumbed to the charm of on-line and computer games become physically underdeveloped since the single muscles which work during online and computer playing are eye muscles and hand muscles. These are quite tiny muscles, especially eye muscles which can easily be overloaded during the games. Eye muscles overload often leads to vision disorders and hand muscles overload can cause such unfavorable disorders as numbness of fingers or cramps.

So it is highly recommendable that children under 8 years were not using computer at all even for learning purposes. From time to time a computer can be used as a movie or music center, but in this case a child has to be at a reasonable distance from it.