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Active at Any Size Day 11: Tips for Safe Physical Activity

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on August 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

Tips for Safe Physical Activity

 

Stop your activity right away if you:

◆Have pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest or neck, shoulder, or arm.

◆Feel dizzy or sick.

◆Break out in a cold sweat.

◆Have muscle cramps.

◆Are extremely short of breath.

◆Feel pain in your joints, feet, ankles, or legs. You could hurt yourself if you ignore the pain.

Ask your health care provider what to do if you have any of these symptoms.

Slow down if you feel out of breath.

The “Talk Test” is an easy way to monitor your physical activity intensity:

◆You should be able to talk during your activity, without gasping for breath.

◆When talking becomes difficult, your activity may be too hard.

◆If talking becomes difficult for you while exercising, slow down until you are able to talk comfortably again.

Wear Suitable Clothes

◆Wear lightweight, loose-fitting tops so you can move easily.

◆Wear clothes made of fabrics that absorb sweat and remove it from your skin.

◆Never wear rubber or plastic suits. Plastic suits could hold the sweat on your skin and make your body overheat.

◆Women should wear a good support bra.

◆Wear supportive athletic shoes for weight-bearing activities.

◆Wear a knit hat to keep you warm when you are physically active outdoors in cold weather. Wear a tightly woven, wide-brimmed hat in hot weather to help keep you cool and protect you from the sun.

◆Wear sunscreen when you are physically active outdoors.

◆Wear garments that prevent inner-thigh chafing, such as tights or spandex shorts.

Drink fluids when you are thirsty.

Drink fluids regularly while you are being physically active. Water or other fluids will help keep you hydrated when you are sweating.

THIS CONCLUDES OUR SERIES ON BEING  ‘ACTIVE AT ANY SIZE’. HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT.

 

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Active at Any Size Day 10: What can I do?

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on August 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

Lifestyle Activities

 

Lifestyle physical activities do not have to be planned. You can make small changes to make your day more physically active and improve your health. For example:

◆If possible, take 2- to 3-minute walking breaks at work a few times a day.

◆Put away the TV remote control— get up to change the channel.

◆March in place during TV commercials.

◆Stand or walk, rather than sit, while talking on the phone.

◆Play with your family.

Even a shopping trip can be exercise, since it is a chance to walk and carry your bags. In addition, doing chores like lawn mowing, raking leaves, gardening, and housework can count as activity.

Applaud yourself!

If you can do only a few or none of these activities, it is OK. Appreciate what you can do, even if you think it is a small amount. Doing any movement—even for a short time—can make you healthier. Remember, each activity you do is a step toward a more active lifestyle.

 

Active at Any Size Day 4: What can I do?

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on August 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

 

What physical activities can a very large person do?

MOST very large people can do some or all of the physical activities in this booklet. You do not need special skills or a lot of equipment. You can do:

◆Weight-bearing activities, like walking and climbing stairs, which involve lifting or pushing your own body weight.

◆Nonweight-bearing activities, like swimming and water workouts, which put less stress on your joints because you do not have to lift or push your own weight. If your feet or joints hurt when you stand, nonweight-bearing activities may be best for you.

◆Lifestyle activities, like gardening or washing the car, which are great ways to get moving. Lifestyle activities do not have to be planned out ahead of time.

Remember that physical activity does not have to be hard or boring to be good for you. Anything that gets you moving around— even for only a few minutes a day—is a healthy start to getting more fit.

Walking (Weight Bearing)

Walking may help you:

◆Improve your fitness.

◆Increase the number of calories your body uses.

◆Increase your energy levels.

Tips for Walking

◆Try to walk 5 minutes a day for the first week. Walk 8 minutes the next week. Stay at 8-minute walks until you feel comfortable. Then increase your walks to 11 minutes. Slowly lengthen each walk, or try walking faster.

◆Gradually increase your walks to give your heart and lungs— as well as your leg muscles—a good workout.

◆Wear comfortable walking shoes with a lot of support. If you walk frequently, you may need to buy new shoes often. You may wish to speak with a podiatrist about when you need to purchase new walking shoes.

◆Wear garments that prevent inner-thigh chafing, such as tights or spandex shorts.

◆Make walking fun. Walk with a friend or pet. Walk in places you enjoy, like a park or shopping mall.

 

Active at Any Size Day 3: Get Started

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

 

How do I get started?

◆Start slowly. Your body needs time to get used to your new activity.

◆Warm up. Warm-ups get your body ready for action. Shrug your shoulders, tap your toes, swing your arms, or march in place. Walk more slowly for the first few minutes.

◆Cool down. Slow down little by little. If you have been walking fast, walk slowly for a few minutes to cool down. Cooling down may protect your heart, relax your muscles, and keep you from getting hurt.

Appreciate yourself!

If you cannot do an activity, do not be hard on yourself. Feel good about what you can do. Be proud of pushing yourself up out of a chair or walking a short distance.

Pat yourself on the back for trying even if you cannot do it the first time. It may be easier the next time!

How do I continue to be active?

TO maintain your active lifestyle, try these suggestions:

◆Pledge to be active. Making a commitment to yourself to be active may help you stay motivated, stay on track, and reach your goals. Consider using the activity pledge at the end of this booklet to help you start and continue to be active.

◆Set goals. Set short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal may be to walk 5 to 10 minutes, 5 days a week. It may not seem like a lot, but any activity is better than none. A long-term goal may be to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity at a moderate-intensity level (one that makes you breathe harder but does not overwork or overheat you) on most days of the week. You can break up your physical activity in shorter segments of 10 minutes or more.

◆Set rewards. Whether your goal was to be active for 15 minutes a day, to walk farther than you did last week, or simply to stay positive, you deserve recognition for your efforts. Some ideas for rewards include a new CD to motivate you, new walking shoes, or a new outfit.

◆Get support. Get a family member or friend to be physically active with you. It may be more fun, and your buddy can cheer you on and help you stick with it.

◆Track progress. Keep a journal of your physical activity. You may not feel like you are making progress but when you look back at where you started, you may be pleasantly surprised! You can make copies of the blank journal at the end of this booklet to keep track of your efforts.

 

Active at Any Size Day 1: Healthy, fit bodies come in all sizes

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on August 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

 

Active at Any Size

Healthy, fit bodies come in all sizes. Whatever your size or shape, get physically active now and keep moving for a healthier you!

WOULD you like to be more physically active, but are not sure if you can do it?
Good news—if you are a very large person, you can be physically active—and you can have fun and feel good doing it.
THERE may be special challenges for very large people who are physically active. You may not be able to bend or move in the same way that other people can. It may be hard to find clothes and equipment for exercising. You may feel self-conscious being physically active around other people.
Facing these challenges is hard—but it can be done! The information in this booklet may help you start being more active and healthier—no matter what your size!

Over two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and over one-third are obese, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) .

Why should I be active?
BEING physically active may help you live longer and protect you from:
◆ type 2 diabetes
◆heart disease
◆ stroke
◆high blood pressure
If you have any of these health problems, being physically active may help improve your symptoms.

REGULAR physical activity helps you feel better
because it:
◆ Lowers your stress and boosts your mood.
◆ Increases your strength, movement, balance, and flexibility.
◆Helps control blood pressure and blood sugar.
◆Helps build healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
◆Helps your heart and lungs work better.
◆ Improves your self-esteem.
◆Boosts energy during the day and may aid in sleep at night.

How do I get started?

We will be posting new ways everyday for next few days on how to be more active even with extra weight on your body. See you tomorrow.

 

Impact of Globalization: Worse than expected

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine, Uncategorized on May 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Globalization refers to the increasingly global relationships of culture, people, and economic activity. It is generally used to refer to economic globalization: the global distribution of the production of goods and services, through reduction of barriers to international trade such as tariffs, export fees, and import quotas. Globalization contributes to economic growth in developed and developing countries through increased specialization and the principle of comparative advantage.

An international movement toward “free trade” and globalization shaped the latter half of the 20th century. Most nations have built-in significant protections and regulatory frameworks to keep globalizing forces in line. Americans cannot rely on having a comparative technological advantage, because this nation is actually behind in many fundamental technologies. Americans cannot rely on high labor efficiency, because the low costs overseas far outweigh any inherent bump provided by our highly skilled and educated workforce.

Positive of globalization in the US

Increased Competition
One of the most visible positive effects of globalization is the improved quality of products due to global competition. Customer service and the ‘customer is the king’ approaches to production have led to improved quality of products and services. As the domestic companies have to fight out foreign competition, they are compelled to raise their standards and customer satisfaction levels in order to survive in the market. Besides, when a global brand enters a new country, it comes in riding on some goodwill, which it has to live up to. This creates competition in the market and a ‘survival of the fittest’ situation.

Generates more wealth and prosperity

Utilization of capital with the cropping up of new markets and new opportunities is definitely the most vital impact of globalization on the richer countries. This in turn generates more wealth and prosperity.

Bigger profits

      U.S. companies make bigger profits by sending jobs overseas.

Merging Politics

Gradually there a world power is being created instead of compartmentalization of power sectors. Politics is merging and decisions that are being taken which are actually beneficial to people all over the world.

Communications

Most people see speedy travel, mass communications and quick dissemination of information through the Internet as benefits of globalization.

Promotes Progressive Thinking
Globalization is not merely limited to exchanging food, recipes, and the likes, but runs deeper in the way of bringing about a change in the attitudes and thoughts of people. It makes people tolerant of varied views from different parts of the world and thereby promotes progressive thinking and to bring about social reforms in society. It also helps in the political field by making different governments aware of the varied ways in which governments are run.

Better Products

Countries move to market sectors that they are better at. This simply      means that the labor in a country is going to do what it’s best at. There is no need for Americans to do manufacturing when someone in China can do it better. Our labor is better served doing something beneficial.

Negative of globalization in the US

 Unemployment

In the new global system, multinational corporations can shop for labor almost anywhere they want.  So why should they give American workers good wages and good benefits when they can legally pay large numbers of workers on the other side of the globe slave labor wages and get away with it? This is having a devastating impact on manufacturing in the United States.  In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent and it continues to fall.

Increased Competition

Globalism has allowed foreign countries to dominate a whole host of industries that used to be dominated by the United States. U.S. companies are having an incredibly difficult time competing against the low labor costs and the much less stringent business regulations found on the other side of the globe. In May, the United States spent 50 billion dollars more on goods and services from the rest of the globe than they spent on goods and services from us.

Child labor and slavery

There are various schools of thought which argue that globalization has led to an increase in activities such as child labor and slavery. In countries with little or no accountability, corporations employing children can work smoothly by bribing the officials, which may result in an increase in illegal activities. Critics opine that globalization has resulted in a fiercely-competitive global market, and unethical practices in business is a by-product of this.

Moving Infrastructure

Corporations are building up units in other countries that equally well equipped, thus transferring the quality to other countries.

Diseases

Globalization is also leading to the incursion of communicable diseases. Deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS are being spread by travelers to the remotest corners of the globe.

Affects Local Markets
When foreign goods flood the market and people begin to buy them, it is done at the cost of the local goods, especially in developing countries. For example small time businessmen who do not have the resources to export their goods and only depend on the locals to buy them, go through varied degrees of losses because their goods are not sold. So if you ask a small time businessman whether globalization is good or bad for developing countries, he’ll probably answer in the negative.

Loss of Power

This undoubtedly superior United States doesn’t exist anymore. As a center of power, it is still more powerful than others, but for some years now that energy has been flowing in the opposite direction. Today, Asian, Latin American and European nations are also playing a role in the United States’s productive core. The world’s greatest exporter became its greatest importer. The most important creditor became the most important debtor.

My opinion

     US economy has seen a significant drop over last decade because of the effects of globalization.  With businesses moving overseas and loss of jobs, I did not see any significant improvement in the US economy in the coming future.   I do believe that if US tries to cut down on the spending, there could be some improvement. As far as the globalization goes, situation is only going to get worse for US.   For overall world, globalization has been proving effective in   improving   for him for e for quality in different nations of the world. Taking into consideration both positive and negative aspects of globalization, the world is coming closer.  overall I feel it is beneficial for the world,  but not necessarily for US .

The strong point that the critics of globalization and supporters of anti-globalization movement want to make is that this phenomenon will result in implications in terms of economics, culture, health and employment, and most of the countries are not ready to take on these disadvantages head-on. Taking their seriousness into consideration, it is not at all possible to turn a blind eye towards these negative effects of globalization. The need of the hour, therefore, is to evaluate various pros and cons of the for the globalization find out which of the two have an edge over the other.


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