The Central Role Of Dieting In Health And Fitness

The current obsession with health and fitness is concentrating on physical activity while neglecting the pivotal role played by proper dieting. To assert that there is a health and fitness craze in society today, is to make an understatement. There are not enough superlatives to describe what is happening in gyms and nutrition classes. Homes are now fitness centers, as people strive to avert diseases and live longer. Considering the prevalence of lifestyle complications like obesity and diabetes, one can understand the fascination with healthful lifestyles. However, the public needs to understand the significance of eating a balanced diet, if personal health and fitness goals will be achieved.To begin with, food provides the body with the energy it needs to carry out its normal activities. Eating carbohydrates and other sugars in the recommended quantities is important for the body’s optimal functioning. All body activities and processes require glucose. A body deprived of this nutrient will be lethargic and ineffective. Physical exercises take a lot of energy from the body. Jogging, running, lifting weights, sit-ups and other aerobic exercises, cannot be accomplished when the body has no strength. It is, therefore, unnecessary to visit the gym when you have eaten nothing. Unless you feed your body with the recommended portions of carbohydrates, all your health and fitness efforts will come to zilch.Additionally, food builds your body cells and muscles. Cells are the basic units of the organs and fluids that make your body function. You need to eat a lot of proteins to develop your body to the fitness level you deserve. Legumes, milk and meat products are some of the richest sources of proteins. When the body is physically exerted, it undergoes wear and tear. The damaged and exhausted cells need replacement or rejuvenation. Failing to eat well while exercising, is a recipe for further damaging the body’s systems, instead of achieving health and fitness goals.Lastly, diet is important to any health and fitness efforts because the body needs to be protected from diseases. Vitamins and minerals are crucial in strengthening the immune system, and fighting diseases. Physical exercise is desirable, but a sick body has no place in the gym. Sickness can also be aggravated by exercise, especially when the body is weak and incapacitated. Health and fitness goals are only achievable when food is given its primary role. Exercise has its benefits, but it can never replace proper dieting.

Challenge the Establishment – Dispelling Five Common Health and Fitness Misconceptions

In life we take many things for granted. People are told to go on a low fat diet and do some aerobic training, and yet they still gain body fat. Your blood work shows slightly altered cholesterol and thyroid levels and right away you’re told to go on medication. The trainer at your local gym rips out a copy of Everyday Stretches (reproduced from a 1987 poster) and says: “Do this before your next workout.”If you’ve been spinning your wheels and going nowhere in your pursuit for optimal health and fitness, then stop! Doing something simply because you’ve been told to is not good enough. It’s time to question authority and challenge the establishment!Let’s start by dispelling five common health and fitness misconceptions. Dare I suggest that…1) A high fat intake can actually lower body fat! Two reasons: a) If low fat is consumed, your body retains body fat as a protective/survival mechanism, and b) a high fat intake upregulates key (lipase) enzymes, which not only break down dietary fat but also body fat. Of course, a high fat and high carb diet will result in body fat accumulation so this only applies to a low carbohydrate intake.2) Reduced thyroid levels (i.e. TSH levels above 5) for a lean individual following a low-carb diet may be normal and healthy! Now before you throw your chair at the computer, hear me out. As Dr. Ron Rosedale notes, reduced thyroid levels are not necessarily synonymous with hypothyroidism. The body chooses to lower thyroid hormones due to an increased efficiency of energy use and hormonal signaling. It is yet another example of how the body adapts and should not be viewed as abnormal. The knee-jerk reaction in many cases would be thyroid medication which could potentially decrease lifespan.3) Low cholesterol levels will promote aging. Cholesterol is the raw material for many hormones – lower cholesterol and you lower hormone production… and if you lower hormone production, you increase aging! To make matters worse, low cholesterol has been associated with a broad complex of emotional, cognitive and behavioral symptoms including aggressiveness, hostility, irritability, paranoia, and severe depression. There is an increase in deaths from trauma, cancer, stroke, and respiratory and infectious diseases among those with low cholesterol levels. Furthermore, a study in the British medical journal, Lancet, indicates that elderly men die earlier with low blood cholesterol levels.4) Aerobic training can increase body fat. Specifically, long distance, low intensity, rhythmic-type aerobics done for a long duration/distance on a frequent basis can signal the body to store fat. Your body prefers fat for fuel at lower intensities. It adapts to aerobic activity by storing fat (usually in the hips and thighs) to become more efficient for future use. The more fat you store, the more you can use. Furthermore, aerobics are associated with increased cortisol levels without a concomitant increase in testosterone (as occurs during strength training) disrupting an optimal testosterone:cortisol ratio. In fact, average testosterone levels are significantly lower in endurance athletes. This, of course, equates to a decrease in muscle and strength along with an increase in (android) body fat, i.e., midsection fat.5) Static stretching will make you weak. This has been well documented in the literature, and yet a typical warm-up usually contains some form of (you guessed it) static stretching. The classic Bob Anderson style of stretching before exercise tends to sedate muscles, and research shows that it will decrease power and strength by as much as 30% for up to 90 minutes. By that time, your workout is over!Sometimes you need to take a sledgehammer and crush what’s written in stone! We’ve been told to reduce fat in our diets, lower our cholesterol levels, improve reduced thyroid production with medication, perform aerobic training almost daily, and definitely start each workout with some static stretching.Dare I suggest otherwise?You better believe it!

Online Education (Teacher Education) Training Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a teacher and wanting to know what training options are available? There are a variety of educational training programs including online schools and colleges that allow students to train for their desired career from home. You can gain the skills and knowledge needed to enter into the teaching career you desire. Accredited online educational programs can provide you with the opportunity to pursue a career in elementary, middle, secondary, and post-secondary education. Completion of a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree program will provide the training needed to enter into your desired education career.When looking to gain the training needed for a career in education you can enroll in a number of accredited online schools and colleges. Training is available at various levels allowing you to choose the one that’s right for you.
Bachelor degrees in education can be obtained by completing four years of accredited study. With a degree at this level students can become a general education teacher and choose an area of study to teach.
Master degrees in this field will prepare students to teach specific subjects or grades and can require an additional two years of online training.
Doctoral degrees in education will take students an additional four years to obtain and can provide the means to teach secondary and post-secondary educational programs.
With an accredited degree in education you can gain the training you need to pursue a variety of exciting careers. Areas of study will vary based on the level of degree and desired level of teaching desired.Coursework will cover a variety of topics, and students who choose to specialize in certain subjects will complete more focused courses. Online educational training programs can allow you to learn:

Mathematics
Social Science
Art
Physical Science
Music
Literature
Philosophy of Education
Teaching Methods
Psychology of Learning
…and much more. By gaining knowledge in these areas you will be able to pursue your desired teaching career. You may also be required to complete some supervised teaching in order to complete all graduation requirements.By choosing to gain an accredited online degree in education you have the opportunity to choose from a number of specialized studies. You can pursue a career teaching:

Elementary
Middle
High School
Post-Secondary
Special Education
Preschool
…and more. You have the options of deciding when, where, and how you study, as well as the level of teaching you would like to pursue, when completing an online training program.By looking to gain an accredited online degree in education you can prepare to become the teacher you desire. Full accreditation is provided by various agencies like the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (www.ncate.org). Accreditation is provided to online schools and colleges that meet the criteria needed to prove that they can offer students the best quality education possible. You can start by researching various online schools and colleges and begin training today.DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERIC OUTLINE and may or may not depict precise methods, courses and/or focuses related to ANY ONE specific school(s) that may or may not be advertised at PETAP.org.Copyright 2010 – All rights reserved by PETAP.org.