I tend to cringe at the gym when I watch people furiously doing repetitions of classic abdominal exercises. They look so tense and intense as they contract and scrunch up their bellies, shoulders, necks and faces. I cannot help but wince when I notice abdominals exercises that are not being executed with proper care and technique observing how much unnecessary strain is put on the poor back! Strong abdominals are important in supporting the body and for your overall health. New studies have even shown a possible connection between abdominal strength and longevity. I, for one, will be the first to admit that I find six-pack abs attractive, but not at the expense of over all structural health and chronic abdominal contraction. A nicely toned stomach is only visually pleasing when accompanied by good posture. Overly contracted abdominal exercises can lead to a flattening of the lumbar curve and weakened spinal structure as well as hunchback conditions.
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During any type of medical visit, there are four main vital signs that are routinely monitored by the medical professionals. These vital signs assist the healthcare providers with detecting and monitoring potential medical problems. One of the vital signs monitored by the physician is the pulse rate. The pulse rate and high blood pressure are significant in that the rate of the pulse is firm and strong if your blood pressure is not elevated.
Because high blood pressure causes tension and complicates cardiovascular normal activity, it may cause stress with your pulse activity. Meaning, the arteries experience resistance against the flow of the blood. The pulse rate calculates the number of times the heart beats per minute. The rate measurements indicate the heart rate, heart rhythm and the strength of your pulse. Therefore, high blood pressure slows down normal blood flow causing the arteries to demonstrate difficulty with expanding.
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If you are reading this article then you are in the midst of advocating for yourself or someone in your life that has osteopenia or osteoporosis; or you're someone who wants to educate themselves before they reach the stage of normal age-related bone loss.
Many of you who come to this site, OsteoporosisConnection.com, either have osteopenia or osteoporosis, or have a friend or family member with this disease, and are desperately looking for answers to questions about diagnosis, treatment, and fracture risk. Some are terrified that this diagnosis will greatly impact their quality of life, and rightfully so, but what can you do about the lack of knowledge, fear and loneliness? Starting a support group with the help of education, may be the avenue you can use to begin your advocacy, to find the answers to these questions that we all have.
Advocacy is a term that we use to describe the active support of an idea or cause.
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