Hormone Imbalances and the Endocrine System

Hormone imbalances can lead to several different symptoms and generally affect more than one system in the body. Changes in equilibrium can cause increased vulnerability to infection and illness, changes in normal functioning of cells and organs and delayed recovery for patients. It is important to understand the systems involved as well as the consequences of abnormal levels.

The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a sophisticated network made of different interconnected glands and organs that produce hormones. The system mainly functions similarly to the nervous system in directing proper organ and cell function via a communication process. Different hormones are regularly and naturally produced which are supposed to bind to specific receptor sites located in cells in various organs in order to direct processes such as metabolism, growth and development and other functions. Once hormones exist in scanty or very high amounts, functions can change.

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Engage More Muscles, Burn More Calories

When you walk into most gyms, you see machines. There are several of them that work the same muscle group but at a different angle. You can go from a horizontal leg press to a vertical leg press and everywhere in between. You can stack your leg workouts with so many exercises from different angles, you’ll have a hard time walking for the next three days. If that’s how you choose to build your workout then that is your choice. The question you have to ask yourself is why.

This doesn’t just apply to legs, using free weights as opposed to machines in all areas, will prove to be more beneficial to your body. Regardless of your fitness level or what you’re trying to accomplish, you can accomplish more in a shorter amount of time by using compound exercises. A compound movement requires more than one joint to move at a time. Most machines isolate a certain muscle, so movement only takes place at one joint. In my opinion, there are two reasons to isolate muscles. Either you are a competitive bodybuilder or you have a weak muscle that you’re trying to strengthen. Either way, you can isolate muscles effectively, without the use of a machine. Moreover, while you’re sitting comfortably, your body isn’t stabilizing itself during the exercise, it’s getting a free ride. What that means is that your superficial muscles are developing while your larger stabilizing muscles aren’t. That’s not a big deal right? Wrong! Our body moves in patterns and when you isolate a certain area, you can cause distortions in your natural movements that can affect your posture, range of motion and possibly lead to injury.

These are factors that can discourage you from working out or hinder your progress. A productive alternative is to train yourself to move properly from the start. Use compound exercises that will help to engage more muscle groups and force your body to stabilize itself. If you use less stable surfaces such as a stability ball, your body will have to work even harder to stabilize itself. A squat for example, creates flexion at the hips, knees and ankles to varying degrees. Nonetheless, it engages more muscle groups than and machine could ever do. The only problem is that you may not have the ability to squat properly right away. By placing a stability ball against the wall and then placing your back against the ball, you can work on your form. Work on pushing your hips towards the wall as you squat and keeping your heels flat on the floor. Drive yourself up by pushing from your heels. Practice these often to improve your mechanics. Observe that are giving you the most without the ball and try to address those.

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A Little Muscle Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing

Have you heard the phrase a little knowledge is a dangerous thing? I have, but I didn’t come to appreciate it until recently. It means that you shouldn’t make assumptions about a subject too quickly. You should really try to understand things before you take action. This applies to building muscle as much as it does to anything else. If you don’t take the time to learn how to build muscle properly, you’ll probably be disappointed in the end.

So many people think that they want to build a muscular physique, but very few of them are willing to make the commitment. Those that do often rush into their workouts without enough knowledge and end up doing more harm than good. Either they work far too hard for less than spectacular results, or their eagerness leads them to injury and many months of rehabilitation.

I know it can be hard to curb your enthusiasm and do a little learning before starting your program. Actually, you don’t have to reduce your enthusiasm. You just have to apply a little common sense and make sure you get started on the right path. Direct that enthusiasm towards learning as much as possible about building muscle and then put what you’ve learned into action. Find yourself a solid program that covers all aspects of muscle building.

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Latest Information About Muscle Strength Training

One of the oldest disciplines of achieving your fitness goals is strength training. Muscle training involves the use of contracting muscles for the purpose of increasing the strength and size of muscles. Gyms today have several ways in which you can train. One of the most popularly used methods is using elastic/hydraulic resistance or gravity weights to resist muscle contraction. The terms resistance training and strength training can be used interchangeably.

It is important to perform muscle training in the correct manner in order to be able to enjoy its benefits. It can provide you with beneficial improvements in health and keep you fit overall. Some years ago, normal day to day activities were enough to keep you in shape. But nowadays, almost all people around the world have the same lifestyle: desk jobs, driving the car to work and watching TV. The different benefits of strength training are as follows:

1. Building muscles: Strength training will enable you to build muscles. You will have shaped legs, chiseled abs and developed arms.

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Repetitive Muscle Stress

Repetitive Muscle Stress, or RMS for short, is turning out to be a major problem of the 1990’s and 2000’s. This is being triggered by the rapidly increasing computer keyboard usage, causing such problems as numb fingers, painfully stiff wrists, which is often diagnosed as “carpal tunnel syndrome”, stiff and sore shoulders, back, etc.

Another common term used for these conditions is Repetitive Stress Injury or RSI. We prefer to use the term Repetitive Muscle Stress or RMS because it focuses on the underlying causative factor rather than on the symptoms.

Actually RMS has been around for a long time. Ask the beauticians who cannot hold their arms up at the end of the day or comb their own hair or brush their teeth. Or ask the grocery checkout clerk who cannot put on a pullover sweater. Or ask the meat and poultry packers who find themselves in such pain that they are unable to continue working and find themselves on disability or unemployment. Or ask the dentist who works limited or half days because his arms and wrists go weak when he works for too long. The list goes on and on.

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