Archive for January, 2011

What are some fitness workouts to do at home?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I am looking for some fitness workouts to do at home that dont require any equipment. I already do push ups, sit ups, elbow dips, crunches and a few others. Are there any other exercises i can do similar to those?

Hmm, the ideal thing to do, providing you want to stay indoors, would be to get a pullup bar. I can’t see how you’d get a balanced training program without including any pull exercise.

I suggest getting a pullup bar, and starting some form of strength training routine. You don’t need weights for the upper body to get a strength workout, but for the lower body, once you master pistol squats for high reps (10-15) you’re really going to want to add some resistance. For the upper body, I recommend starting with two different isometric exercises; one pull and one push. The pull exercise could be front lever progression, or back lever progression. For pushing, I’d only recommend planche progression. Perform sets of the neccessary progressions (Link at the end from where I follow my advice from ;) ) for a total of 60 seconds, so if you can hold a tuck planche for 5 seconds, do 20 x 3 seconds.

I’d obviously recommend pistol squats, (Squats on one leg) since you don’t want to lift heavy weight around. Build up to a good umber of them (I personally built up to 5 sets of 10 before moving on). However, once you can easily do those numbers, it’s more endurance work and won’t get you results as good, although it’s definately not a bad thing to do. I’d suggest finding something to lift whilst doing them after that point :)

I’d also recommend including two "dynamic" exercises. For a beginner, pullups and proper dips are a good start. Once you master them, you can begin decreasing the leverage, without adding weight of course. You could progress from dips to one arm pushups, handstand pushups, or dare I say one arm handstand pushups if you train for long enough. For pullups, you could do uneven pullups (Assisting arm grabs a towel wrapped around the bar as low as possible), and once you get good at them at with your arm really low down, you could work one arm negatives, and eventually one arm pullups.

For optimum results, you want to be working on strength. Strength has a high translation over to endurance, so you won’t lose any of the numbers you’ve built up with those easier exercises. Isometircs are straightforward; 60 seconds total hold per exercise for two exercises. For pistols and dynamic upper body stuff, you want to be working on 3-5 sets of 3-5 repetitions, apart from that I’d recommend building up to the aforementioned numbers for pistols first.

Crunches and sit-ups are quite useless exercises when it comes to working out. There’s nothing more I really need to say. Pushups and elbow dips are a good start if you find them hard, but I’m sure you find them quite easy by now, so I’d definately give the exercises I suggested a go, to see if you like them :)

Finally, i’d like to say that I don’t want to force you to do anything you don’t want to do, I’m merely giving some advice I’ve learnt that works best for me, and a lot of other people I know. If you don’t enjoy working out like that, then find something you do enjoy! Exercise isn’t something you should slave away at, it should be a constant adventure :) Personally, I hate exercising indoors because I find it boring, so I do my strength workout outside. I also explore the woods around my school, mountain bike, and swim. Find something you like, and go for it!

Sorry for the length, but the question you asked deserved a thorough answer :) You’re already trying to get fit, which is more than I can say for most people. Good luck with your training!

What would a health inspector do if he finds mold in an apartment?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

There is a health inspection for all apartments in my building tomorrow. We have a couple small (one maybe 18 inches long, varying in width half an inch to about three inches, the other just a maybe 2" x 2" patch in the other corner) patches of mold in our ceiling along the corners. It’s been there for a while, and spreads extremely slowly. As we’ve never noticed any smells or health problems, we’ve never taken action on it.

I’m just wondering, what course of action will likely be taken when the apartment manager and health inspector see it?

Can’t answer. Too vague. What kind of "mold"?

If it’s simple mildew, YOU will be asked to clean it up.

If it’s something else, like being caused by a leak, the landlord will be told to repair.

How challenging is the Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at NYU Steinhardt?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Hi. I am from Pakistan. I have done Masters of Sciences in Food and Nutrition. I am interested in pursuing education in US. I wanted to know about some good nutrition programs that have specialization in dietetics. I have searched around the net and found NYU’s Nutrition and Dietetics. I wanted to know that what is the average GPA in this program. Also kindly refer me some good schools for nutrition.

with masters u dont need GPA. apply for PhD

What makes something a mental health issue as opposed to a regular health issue that involves the brain?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

For instance, epilepsy is not considered a "mental health" problem even though it’s something that’s happening in the brain. Schizophrenia has to do with brain chemicals, but it’s a mental health issue.

Most mental illnesses are considered ‘brain’ issues as they involve irregularities in the functioning of the brain. Hence, the medications and treatments. It has also been recognized that all these conditions also have accompanying behavioral and emotional components hence they are also mental health issues.
Epilepsy is not considered by itself a mental illness because it involves misfiring in the brain but by itself does not have a direct emotional or social behavioral effect. Having said that dealing with epilepsy can be stressful and cause damage to the brain and psyche some of which are manifest as mental illness. Many persons live successfully as epileptics w/o dealing with mental illness.

What is a good nutrition plan to lose fat and gain muscle?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I already know all about excercise. I’ve been working out for 2 years but it’s been pointless cause all i do is stuff my face with foods that won’t benefit me. So what i need is a nutrition plan that will help me loose weight and gain muscle. I live in the city so it should be pretty easy for me to find foods.

It really is as simple a moving more and eating less.

How much Rem sleep is needed for the HGH to be produced/released?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I believe that Rem sleep is responsible to the release of the Height Growth Hormone (HGH) which is located in the brain.

But how much Rem sleep would a 19 year old require, for the HGH to be produced and released for height growth?

I’m pretty sure by 19 you’ve already stopped growing. My sibling stopped growing at 16, but who knows, maybe you’re still growing.

What sort of health insurance options does a single woman have who lives on her own and works at the gap?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I get worried about my girlfriend because she doesn’t have health insurance. I am insured through my job, what are her options? Is there something she can sign up for? If she has health issues I want to know that she will be able to afford any necessary medical treatment. Thanks.

Financial assistance might be available. Certain government programs and nonprofit organizations can help. You can also discuss concerns about paying her medical bills with your health care provider, social worker or the business office of your clinic or hospital.

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