Archive | June, 2012

How does physical activity help if you have hypertension?

29 Jun

WHAT IS It?

Blood is pumped around the body by the heart. It is circulated through vessels known as arteries, and smaller vessels known as capillaries. When the heart contracts to force blood into these vessels, your blood pressure increases. This is why your blood pressure measurement is made up of figures, the pressure during contraction and the pressure during relaxation. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. (more…)

How does physical activity help in Rehabilitation?

23 Jun

                        CARDIAC REHABILITATION

If you have experienced any of the following heart conditions, physical activity is likely to be beneficial:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery by-pass graft
  • Angioplasty
  • Transplant
  • Valve replacements (more…)

Advice for chronic low back pain

21 Jun

Chronic low back pain often results from a weakness in the muscles supporting your back which may lead to instability or incorrect functioning  of the lower part of the spine (lumbar spine). Strengthening the muscles responsible for providing support to the spine is therefore very important. You need to remember to strengthen your stomach muscles as well as your back muscles so that your spine is equally supported at both the front and the back. Loss of stability in your spine can lead to microscopic damage to the surrounding soft tissues so it is particularly important to address this problem quickly to minimize damage. (more…)

How does physical activity help if you have angina?

18 Jun

WHAT IS ANGINA?

Angina is a pain is a discomfort usually felt in the chest. Sometime it can be felt in other parts of the body such as down the arms, in the back, in the throat and jaw and around the abdomen.

WHAT CAUSES ANGINA?

The heart muscle, know as the myocardium, needs sufficient oxygen (carried in your blood stream) to be able to function properly. Your heart has its own blood supply called the coronary circulation which consists of a busy network off arteries and veins providing to a veins providing necessary nutrients to your heart. Over time and due to a variety of reasons the coronary arteries can narrow. (more…)

How does physical activity help reduce cholesterol

15 Jun

Why cholesterol is important?

In general, the higher your total blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease. You should aim for a total cholesterol level of under 5mmol/l ( millimols of cholesterol level of under your blood cholesterol is even slightly above this level, you can greatly benefit from reducing it.

Other factors which affect your risk of heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight, being physically inactive and having diabetes, particularly if your blood sugar control is not good. (more…)

Over weight people with large waist- Risk of diabetes

9 Jun

Recent Study Sheds Light on Diabetes Risk “Overweight people with a large waist are as likely to develop type 2 diabetes in later life as those who are obese, according to an international study involving a Cambridge epidemiology unit.

Researchers say that while people who are overweight but “pear-shaped” have a relatively low risk of the disease, those who carry the extra pounds around their waist run similar risks as those who are seriously overweight. (more…)

Why you need a strong upper body

6 Jun

Of course, we don’t want you toning up unevenly, so work in your upper exercise with those for the lower body and abs. A strong upper body can help you with your daily activities such as lifting and carrying babies or bags of shopping, pushing open a stuck door or winning all important arm wrestling contest. (more…)