Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Water Therapy

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Water TherapyWater Therapy is a form of alternative medicine. It is a natural therapy that involves the use of water internally (drinking) or externally (bathing). There are different types of water used in Water Therapy: fresh water, seawater, and spring water.

It started as early as 18th century when Richard Russell, an English doctor, developed the varieties of water-related treatments. It gained popularity in the 19th century when people started to shift to alternative medicine because of the occurrence of malingering and persistent illnesses.

According to some alternative medicine practitioners, the benefits of Water Therapy range from psychological, physical fitness and well-being, to the cure and prevention of illnesses. Each type has different sets of benefits, too.

The forms of Water Therapy are classified according to the methods and the type of water that is used. These forms include the Chinese or Indian Water Therapy, physical Water Therapy or water exercise, seawater therapy, and healing or spa Water Therapy.

The Chinese or Indian Water Therapy involves drinking four glasses, or roughly 640 ml, of water upon waking up. After drinking, it is advised not to drink or eat anything for 45 minutes. After the meal, it will take another two hours before the person undergoing Water Therapy could drink again. Chinese or Indian Water Therapy is known to cure headache, body ache, throat diseases, and other more serious illnesses like arthritis, tuberculosis, diabetes, and heart system disorders.

The physical Water Therapy includes more vigorous activities like swimming, swimming pool games, and water walking exercise. Physical Water Therapy relieves pain and muscle spasm, brings back walking patterns, increases joint range and muscle strength, enhances balance, and helps in recovery from surgery and sports injuries. The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stresses on the joints and encourages free movement. Water also acts as resistance to help build muscle strength.

Seawater therapy involves bathing and swimming in concentrated seawater. Concentrated seawater has been found to be the mildest water to the human body. Its higher concentration of magnesium, sodium, nitrate-nitrogen, iodine, phosphate-phosphorus, and silicate-silicon is found to be beneficial for the body, even to a diseased organ. The iodine content of seawater also boosts thyroid activity. Seawater helps in weight loss and cellulite control.

Lastly, maybe the most expensive among all forms of Water Therapy is the spa therapy. The effects of this type of Water Therapy are mainly psychological since its purpose is primarily for relaxation and stress removal. The benefits of spa therapy include relaxation due to warmth and weightlessness, increased feeling of health and well-being, and improved self-confidence and mood.

Water Therapy is a natural one. Thus, there are no observed harmful side effects except more frequent bowel movement. However, the body can later adapt to the increased water intake.

Walking Lunges (Training with Free Weights)

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The Lunge tones the legs and can give you wonderfully toned inner thighs and buttocks. But you should never do this Fitness Exercise if you have knee problems. The Lunge strengthens several muscles: your hamstrings, gluteals, and quadriceps.

The Walking Lunge is a variation of the Lunge. This exercise enables you to strengthen your muscles more. When doing the Walking Lunge, make sure to keep your back straight, your torso upright, and your abdominals tight. Don’t lean forward. Let your knee pass forward your big toe in the middle position.

STEP 1: Stand with feet hip-width apart. Keep your arms straight and hold your dumbbells at your sides.

STEP 2: Move your right foot forward, bending both knees and with the left knee pointing towards the floor. Keep your upper body straight.

STEP 3: Slightly straighten your legs and do another Lunge. Step forward using your left foot and bend both knees. Keep your arms and dumbbells at your sides until you finish the exercise.

Whether you prefer working with Free Weights, Weights on Gym Machines or just with your own body weight, the important thing to do is to start realistically and keep at it – at all costs.

Shoulder Stretch (Neck and Shoulder Stretches)

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One of the major benefits of Stretching is that it increases your flexibility. While Stretching may appear a bit bland as compared with resistance exercises such as Training with Free Weights and Weight Training Exercises, without a good stretch, you will not be able to minimize the risk of injury.

The anterior deltoid is the front part of the deltoids or “delts”. The deltoids muscle is the cap of the shoulder and has three parts: anterior (front), lateral (side), and posterior (rear). The anterior deltoid allows you to raise your arms to the front. The lateral deltoid allows you to raise your arms to the side, while the posterior deltoid allows you to rotate your arms to the rear.

Stengthen the muscles in your shoulders by doing the Shoulder Stretch. This section will show you how to do this exercise:

STEP 1: Stand (with legs slightly bent and feet hip-width apart) or sit.
STEP 2: Put your right arm across your body so it is near your left shoulder. Extend until you feel the stretch in the back of your shoulder.

STEP 3: To push the stretch a little further, hold your right arm with your left hand. Hold for about 8-10 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Stress makes your muscles tense up and can cause headache, stiff neck, sore shoulders and a knotted back. Full body stretching will relax your muscles, help you to breathe deeper and release all of the accumulated tension your body takes each day. For a great full, upper, or lower body Stretching Sequence, go to Fitness Exercises: Stretching Sequences.

Glute Stretch (Leg Stretches)

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One of the major benefits of Stretching is that it increases your flexibility. While Stretching may appear a bit bland as compared with resistance exercises such as Training with Free Weights and Weight Training Exercises, without a good stretch, you will not be able to minimize the risk of injury.

The gluteus maximus or glutes form your buttocks. These muscles are mainly used to extend the leg into a straight line with the torso and to rotate leg at the hip. Common exercises which strengthen the glutes are Squats and most stability ball movements. Lunges and step-ups also target these muscles.

STEP 1: Lie on your back (on the mat or on the floor). Bend your left knee.
STEP 2: Cross your right leg over your left knee so your right ankle rests just above your left knee.
STEP 3: Hold behind the left thigh with both hands and gently pull towards you until you feel the stretch in your bottom and outer thigh. Hold for 8-10 seconds then repeat on the other leg.

It would be relaxing if we get into a really good Stretching session to release all of the accumulated tension our bodies take each day. For a great full, upper, or lower body Stretching Sequence, go to Fitness Exercises – Stretching Sequences.

Leg Stretches: Adduction Stretch and Inner Thigh (adductor muscles)

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One of the major benefits of Stretching is that it increases your flexibility. While Stretching may appear a bit bland as compared with resistance exercises such as Training with Free Weights and Weight Training Exercises, without a good stretch, you will not be able to minimize the risk of injury.

Our muscles do not work alone when we perform certain exercises. Our adductor muscles, or the muscles situated on our inner thighs, are working simultaneously with others while doing Squats, leg presses, or Lunges. Give your inner thigh muscles a good stretch especially if you are involved in a sport that overstretches and/or overuses the adductors.

Sit (on the floor or mat) with your back straight. Place the soles of your feet together in front. Clutching your ankles, pull your feet in towards you, feeling the stretch in your inner thighs, as your legs relax down towards the floor. To intensify the stretch, place your hands on your ankles and your elbows on your knees. With your back straight, slowly ease the body forward from your hips. Hold for 10-15 seconds then slowly ease the stretch a step further.

A lot of people are doing hundreds of reps of abduction and adduction exercises in the hope of burning fat and slimming their thighs. Unfortunately, if you just concentrate on a particular muscle and that muscle works hard enough, it gets bigger, not smaller. Also, the muscle that you are exercising has nothing to do with where fat is burned. So, while there are many reasons to work these muscles, shrinking your thighs isn’t one of them.

With all those accumulated tension our bodies take each day, it would be relaxing to get into a really good Stretching session. For a great full, upper, or lower body Stretching Sequence, go to Fitness Exercises – Stretching Sequences.