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Becoming a man of strength

Becoming a Man of Strength

Fitness is the essence of a man. Fitness is the ability of a person to do his normal everyday tasks with full alertness and vigor without worrying about fatigue afterward and with extra energy in reserve which can be useful when emergencies arise or during leisure and recreation. Overall fitness must be the primary goal every man must try to achieve. In fitness, no one is ever too young or too old for improvement. One’s fitness can be improved by engaging in aerobic exercises and through strength training. There are three components of overall fitness that every man must focus on working out in order to be in healthy, tip-top shape. These are cardiovascular work, strength training and of course, these should be coupled with a healthy diet.

Staying strong by building muscles. Man’s fitness regimen should include a work out routine which aims to build the muscles. Aging causes a decrease in muscle mass of five to seven pounds (2-3.2 kgs) of muscle for every ten years in one’s adult life given that he lives an inactive lifestyle. Truly, the saying “use it or lose it” is very applicable to the muscles. Fortunately, there is a good solution to this. Loss of muscle mass can be replaced by engaging in strength training. Improvement of Man’s fitness by cardiovascular work out. Flexibility exercises, strength training and cardiovascular work out surely help boost a man’s fitness and all these should be part of a man’s work out scheme. But of all these, cardiovascular work is the most necessary. Exercises under cardiovascular work conditions and develops the cardiovascular system and also works out large muscle groups.

So if a man does not have much time for working out, devoting whatever free time he might have to aerobic exercises would do him fine. He might have to pass out on developing those biceps but so long as cardiovascular work out exercises are done, then the blood pressure, heart and cholesterol levels will be fine to keep you staying happy and healthy. The essence of nutrition to man’s fitness. It is best as well as well recommended to eat whole and natural foods frequently than do it on large amounts in one to three sittings. Always keep variety in mind when doing the shopping. This will ensure that one is getting most if not all of the nutrients and minerals needed by the body to keep fit and healthy. Always keep the three important macronutrients in the diet; these are fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Prioritize proteins though over carbohydrates but never exclude any one of the three on some fad diet.

Some tips in keeping a man’s fitness level high, efficient and safe:

1.) Drink plenty of water all through out the day, especially when working out.

2.) Do exercises properly using the correct techniques, whether it’s weight lifting or aerobic exercises. Always read and understand, and follow of course, the instructions outlined by the personal trainer.

3.) Make sure the is always a spotter when lifting weights.

4.) Challenge the muscles, but make sure that it’s kept safe.

5.) Stretch, warm-up prior to working out and cool-down gradually after sessions.

6.) Check the equipment for safety before using them.

7.) It is better to do less than overdo the whole thing. Overtraining will exhaust enthusiasm and kill performance.

The mental and physical aspects of rock climbing

The Mental and Physical Aspects of Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a physically challenging sport. It is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical challenge. A rock climber is always facing difficulties during a climb and has to co-ordinate his mind and body to overcome such obstacles. Rock climbers need to be task oriented. They have to work use maximum of their physical and psychological abilities to overcome the task ahead of them.

To rock climb is no easy task even though rock climbers make it look simple. While rock climbing the whole world seems to be against you and at times even your mind. The gravity force keeps pulling your body down making the climb hard. The time also is a major factor. More the time taken to climb, the more fatigue and more harder the climb becomes. Even the weather can be a big challenge, mentally and physically. Well, a good climber with a good physique needs to have strong will power to overcome the hurdles faced while rock climbing.

One needs to prepare the body well in advance for a climb. Days of practice and endurance training need to be put in before going for a climb. A rock climber needs to work on the biceps, abdomen, quadriceps and almost every other muscle in the body. While climbing, the rock climber may face contraction in the muscles this is mostly in the arms. A rock climber needs to have strong forearms. Another important physical aspect of rock climbing is the ability to have control over ones energy. The rock climbers need to control their energy and preserve it for the next step. In other words, every time a climber places a foot on the rock, he needs to use minimum energy to complete the climb. The climber needs to control how slow or how fast to move. One needs to decide the amount of energy to be spent for every movement made while rock climbing.

Weather also plays an important role during a rock climb. The weather does not only affect the body of a rock climber, but it can psychologically assist or break the climber. A nice pleasant weather will always be welcomed by the climbers. On the other hand, unpleasant conditions could break the morale of a climber. A climbers mind is working in all different directions at the same time. A good climber needs to focus on the task at hand. Concentration levels while rock climbing need to be extremely high. A rock climber has to pay attention to the footholds, the rope, gear, knots and minimize the stress on the body. This is achieved by applying various tactics at every step of the climb. In case of a problem a rock climber needs to keep cool and find a quick and suitable solution.

Rock climbing is not merely a sport. It is an endurance activity that tests the physical and psychological aspect of the climber at every step of the climb. A climber has to have strong will power and should be able to control the physical and mental strength.

Basics to know about swimming pool heaters

Basics to Know about Swimming Pool Heaters

As anyone who’s ever jumped into a frigid pool knows, a swimming pool heater is a handy gadget to have, especially for those cooler days and nights that hit every summer. People living in cooler climates usually like to extend their swimming days past Labor Day, and a heater makes it possible to enjoy that last bit of summertime fun before the leaves start turning.

Swimming pool heaters are generally offered with electric capabilities or, for more rural areas, propane or natural gas. In addition to the traditional heater, people today also have a choice of purchasing a heating pump as well as utilizing solar power through the use of a solar heating system, which is an energy efficient and environmentally friendly way of keeping that pool water warm during at least three out of four seasons a year.

In most cases the size and horsepower of a swimming pool heater will depend on the size of your swimming pool, or gallon capacity, and the temperature of your climate. It will take less energy and horsepower to heat a swimming pool on a cool Arizona night that it would in Minnesota.

In addition, whether your pool is above ground or in ground will also make a big difference. Most heaters come with an adjustable thermostat, which makes maintaining a constant temperature not only comfortable, but also energy efficient as well.

Most swimming pool heater options range in the 80-85% efficiency rating system, but some brands reach as high as a 95% rating. Try to avoid heaters that rate less than 83% or you’ll be spending more than an arm and a leg on your electric bills. Also, check the BTU’s that a swimming pool heater rates.

A BTU is the amount of energy that is needed to heat water by one degree, and most heating units offer between 75,000 and 400,000 BTU units. While the higher number will heat your pool in less time, they also cost more, so individual buyers will have to determine their savings quotient to determine which model will best suit their needs and utility budgets.

Heating pumps are also an option when comes to swimming pool heater choices. While original cost outlay is high, they utilize outside air to help warm water, so if you live in a warmer climate, this might be an option to look in to. Solar heating panels are also growing more popular among swimming pool owners around the United States.

Solar panels collect and store energy absorbed from the sun and can be used year round in sunny climates like Florida and California, as well as desert areas. Keep in mind however, that their use is based on weather patterns, so while they may be efficient most of the year, the winter months may prove frustrating.

Of all forms of swimming pool heater choices, the electric heaters are considered to be most energy efficient, though propane heaters come in at a close second. Price ranges for above ground pool heaters usually start at around $600, while those for in ground swimming pools run around $1,000.

No matter which type you’re thinking of purchasing, do your homework, shop around and make sure you know your options. Before you even start shopping for a swimming pool heater, know your basics.