Friday, December 31, 2010

15 Ways to Fight Stress

Mark sisson offers 15 ways to fight stress naturally.
Do I need to really even say the holidays are a stressful time of year? Every lifestyle blog, magazine, evening news program, and newspaper will have a stress-related feature right about now. I bet Dr. Oz has a “holiday stress relief” show airing. It’s part of the culture – we expect holiday stress and seem to love wallowing in it. So I’m not going to go on and on about how stress is a problem, or even why it’s a problem (I’ve already done that), because we know it. So, how do we avoid it and, once it’s here, how do we deal with it? That’s the important part. How do we hack it?

Well, we don’t want to hack it all to pieces. We need stress, too – just not too much. It bears mentioning that many things can be considered stressors depending on the context. Lifting heavy things is a stressor, and the right amount causes muscles, connective tissue, and bones to respond by getting stronger, which are desirable; too much, or too little recovery, and muscles, connective tissue, and bones suffer and atrophy, which is undesirable. It’s about context, quantity, and quality. With that in mind, I’m going to break down anti-stress strategies into categories. Read more

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Too Much Internet Porn May Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Since starting this blog almost four years ago, I have been shocked at the number of comments and emails from men in their late teens and twenties who have some degree of erectile dystfunction. Premature ejaculation you might expect, but erectile dysfunction... ? I had no clue as to how healthy, young men could develop this condition, but sex therapist Ian Kerner thinks he has discovered the cause - too much internet porn.
As a sex therapist and founder of Good in Bed, I’ve seen a sharp increase in men who suffer from a new syndrome I’ve dubbed “Sexual Attention Deficit Disorder,” or SADD. And the source of this problem is just a click away -- too much internet porn.

Just as people with ADD are easily distracted, guys with SADD have become so accustomed to the high levels of visual novelty and stimulation that comes from internet porn that they’re unable to focus on real sex with a real woman. As a result, guys with SADD often find it difficult to maintain an erection during intercourse, or they experience delayed ejaculation and can only climax with manual or oral stimulation. Read more

Monday, December 27, 2010

The 5 Myths of Aging

Growing older is inevitable, but poor health is not, says Lauri Aesoph.
If you were an alien visiting our planet, you might think Earthlings never age. Even as awareness about aging rises, most major magazines and television stations still fail to display vital, older people. Medical journals, on the other hand, harp on the infirmities of old age. It's no wonder we fear and even deny our own inevitable aging.

Grower older can't be avoided, but it doesn't have to mean the loss of health, mind and independence. In fact, research seems to indicate the opposite. By paying a little attention to lifestyle, most older individuals can live active, healthy lives and we can all shatter those old age myths. Read more

Friday, December 24, 2010

Advanced Bodyweight Exercise Workout

This advanced workout by personal trainer Stephen Cabral is a total body workout using only your body weight.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What's Missing from The New Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations

Dr. Mark Hyman makes recommendations about vitamin D and calcium intake based on the latest research.
One day, vitamin D seems like the cure for everything, and the next, we are inundated with warnings about dangers and lack of science. Confusion is rampant about the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI's) for Calcium and Vitamin D recently released from the Institute of Medicine.

I have reviewed the report carefully and gathered input from international experts on vitamin D and the clinical team at my medical center -- which includes four master's degrees in nutrition, authors of textbooks on nutrition, and international leaders in nutrition education for physicians and dietitians. Collectively we have 100 years of reviewing nutrition research and applying it with thousands of patients. Here is what I think about the new vitamin D recommendations based on a synthesis of all this information. Read more

Monday, December 20, 2010

Study: Abstaining from Alcohol Significantly Shortens Life

New research shows that abstaining from alcohol significantly shortens life.
A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.

Surprised? The tightly controlled study, which looked at individuals between ages 55 and 65, spanned a 20-year period and accounted for variables ranging from socioeconomic status to level of physical activity. Led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin, it found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a sip, lower for heavy drinkers, and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoyed one to three drinks per day. Read more

Friday, December 17, 2010

Warrior Bodyweight Viking Workout

This Viking workout is great for developing strength and conditioning while getting ripped.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

4 Fun Ways to Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

Preventing diseases like prostate cancer doesn't necessarily require a daily dose of medication. Check out these fun alternative prevention techniques from
Prostate cancer is the single most common cancer in men. It’s also the second deadliest cancer, behind only lung cancer. So, if you’re a man -- and presumably most AskMen readers are -- you should be aware of how to prevent this malignant menace.

Unfortunately, however, proper prevention might mean denying yourself of things that you as a man enjoy (take, for example, your red meats, your beers and your fried foods). Thankfully, AskMen has decided to keep prevention pleasant as we present four fun ways to help prevent prostate cancer. Read more

Monday, December 13, 2010

Can Exercise Help Curb Your Appetite?

Research suggests staying active can help you feel full.
Pharmaceutical companies and scientists have been working for decades to find a magic pill to make us feel more satisfied and eat less. Fortunately, researchers at the University of Campinas in Brazil may have found a link to making us feel full—without the use of drugs.

Some of our eating habits—particularly if they involve a lot of fatty foods like fries and pizza—may cause us to lose the ability to know when we're full. Some research suggests that eating excessive amount of fat creates failures in the brain's signals that control satiety in the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that manages hunger). These failures can lead to uncontrollable food intake and, thus, obesity. Brazilian researchers, led by Jose Barreto C. Carvalheira, set out to determine if exercising obese rodents could restore satiety and decreased food intake. Read more

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hobart Personal Trainer's Playground 250 / 500 Rep Challenge

Hobart Personal Trainer demonstrates the playground 250/500 rep challenge - a simple, effective, fat loss workout using your body weight, some playground equipment, and a bit of desire!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

3 Powerful Cancer Prevention Strategies

Cancer is a man-made disease, says Dr. Joseph Mercola, who offers three powerful cancer prevention strategies.
... I am firmly convinced that you don't have to die from cancer if you follow a healthy lifestyle. I'm fairly convinced that cancer or heart disease will not be the cause of my death. If you follow these strategies and start at an early enough age your body will be able to limit the progression of any malignant cells.

We see dramatic reversals in so many people with advanced cancers that apply these strategies, but what we fail to see are the millions of miracles that occur every day that eliminate cancers that have yet to surface because the body's healthy immune response suppresses them.

Remember it is exponentially easier to prevent cancers than it is to treat them. So just what are some of these strategies that can insulate you from ever developing cancer? Read more

Monday, December 6, 2010

How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need?

How much vitamin D do you really need? A lot more than you need just to prevent rickets, says cardiologist Donald Miller.
... Early in the 20th century an investigator found that cod liver oil could prevent rickets in puppies. The nutritional factor in the oil that promotes skeletal calcium deposition was named "vitamin D," alphabetically after already-named vitamins A, B, and C. Rickets was thought to be another vitamin-deficiency disease, and the curative agent, a steroid hormone, was mislabeled a "vitamin."

Now, a century later, a wealth of evidence suggests that rickets, its most florid manifestation, is the tip of a vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency iceberg. A lack of Vitamin D can also trigger infections (influenza and tuberculosis), autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease), cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Practitioners of conventional medicine (i.e., most MDs) are just beginning to appreciate the true impact of vitamin D deficiency. In 1990, medical journals published less than 20 reviews and editorials on vitamin D. Last year they published more than 300 reviews and editorials on this vitamin/hormone. This year, on July 19, 2007, even the New England Journal of Medicine, the bellwether of pharmaceutically-oriented conventional medicine in the U.S., published a review on vitamin D that addresses its role in autoimmune diseases, infections, cardiovascular disease, and cancer (N Engl J Med 2007;357:266–281). Read more

Friday, December 3, 2010

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Stay Fit during Winter

Charlotte Hilton Andersen has five budget-friendly tips to stay fit during the winter.
I do not like being cold, but I am cold all the time. These two facts will tell you, pretty much, everything you need to know about me. It's why I hate swimming (also known as controlled drowning). It's why big fuzzy socks are my go-to gift (both for others and for myself). It's why I avoid Black Friday like the plague. (Cyber Monday, however, did some wallet damage.)

If I won't venture outside of my toasty house for even Black Friday, it goes without saying that outdoor running, biking, hiking, swimming and frisbee are out of the question too. At least until I can breathe without snot-cicles forming. But a girl's still got to get her sweat on, even if she lives in the frozen wasteland of the North.

Of course working out in cold weather is easy if you have a gym membership and a car to get you there, but there are lots of other options that cost less. Read more

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Propecia Can Lead to Erectile Dysfunction

If you're losing your hair, the good news is that the baldness drug Propecia works to regrow hair. The bad news is that it also causes erectile dysfunction.
The old adage “the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away” (which is really just a fancy way of saying that the Lord is kind of a dick) must really be true. A new study published in the Archives of Dermatology has revealed that while the widely used baldness drug Propecia is in fact quite effective at growing more hair, it also causes erectile dysfunction in 1 out of 80 men. Now, if that isn’t (literally) a total dick move, then we don’t know what is. Read more

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