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Do You Sit At A Computer For Long Periods?

Do you sit at a computer for long periods

I also work in an office and I can really understand why and how people slouch, slump and strain while working at their desks. These unhealthy sitting positions must stop before these bad habits lead to poor health in the future.

The five recommendations below will show you what to do and how to improve your ways.

1. Make sure your monitor is correctly positioned. According to Dr. Jim Sheedy, director of the Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University, the top of your computer screen should be level with your eyes. The best position is for the eyes to look down at the screen about 10 degrees.

If the computer is too high or too low, users will try to correct by moving their head or adjusting their chair: Pointing the head down will cause neck and back aches. Pointing the head up may contribute to dry eye syndrome. Adjusting the chair may be fine for the monitor, but it may give you a bad hand position to the keyboard and mouse.

This may be fine for a short time, but for long periods your neck and back will start aching and making you feel restless.

2. Avoid poor posture. Lets face it most people, including me get drawn into the monitor. This causes the neck to extend forward causing an imbalance putting strain on the neck and spine. Your head is heavier than you think and by leaning forward your muscles have to work hard to keep that extra load up. Dr. James Bowman, of Portland, Ore.-based Solutions Chiropractic recommends chin retractions. This is done by pulling the head back to keep the neck and spine in line.

3. Try standing instead of sitting. Most offices are built around the concept of sitting, but humans have been standing and walking for millions of years. Be different and try an adjustable desk that can give you a choice to stand or seat. Research out of the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, adjustable desks helped people replace 25% of their sitting time with standing time. This helped to decrease their fatigue and increase their wellbeing and appetite.

4. Move your body. Apart from sitting and standing, every so often you should take a short 5 minutes walk. If your office has a small gym room thats great, jump on the treadmill, if not walk up to the next two or three floors and down again. For those with fitness trackers stepping or walking, say 5 minutes for every 1 hour of work will help with the counting of your daily activity.

5. Learn to pace yourself. We all know that we have to give good work performance every day we work, but this doesnt mean that we have to become obsessed and eventually get sick. All work and no play will eventually catch up and make you unwell. Try to time yourself by having a timer next to you and take a break from your current task and do something different like stretching, going for a walk, exercise the eyes, move around the office or go outside for a walk.

Surviving A Nuclear Explosion, Part 1

What is a nuclear explosion?

A nuclear explosion occurs when vast quantities of heat, light and energy are released by a device or bomb that contains the capability to initiate nuclear reactions continuously and at a speedy rate.

As you may already know, a handful of countries (including the United States) have weaponized nuclear technology as a deterrent for any hostile actions from potential enemy states.

Weaponized nuclear technology has been around since World War II. Historically, nuclear bombs have only been detonated twice for specific war purposes, both times by the U.S. military.

Todays blog post will explore the various events that take place immediately after a nuclear explosion.

There are many kinds of nuclear explosions; some are peaceful while others are obviously initiated to cause mass damage. In order to survive a nuclear explosion, you first have to familiarize yourself with the nature and extent of damage that this type of explosion can cause.

What can you expect during a sudden nuclear explosion?

The exact magnitude of the damage that a nuclear explosion can cause can be calculated by the type of weapon or bomb used to create the explosion.

For example, a 5-megaton nuclear bomb would have the capacity to decimate a large metropolis with millions of residents.

Hostile organizations and states unfortunately have access to a wide variety of weaponized nuclear technologies.

Its impossible to predict the exact damage caused after a nuclear explosion. Therefore we must familiarize ourselves with how this type of explosion can harm human life and destroy property.

1. Cover Your Eyes If you can see the site of an actual nuclear explosion, you can go temporarily blind.

Shielding the eyes is a must as our eyes are not designed to handle the extreme light emitted by nuclear particles. Light emitted during a nuclear explosion can last up to fifteen seconds after the initial explosion.

2. Beware of Fires A nuclear explosion doesnt just generate an extreme amount of light. Where theres light, theres also heat.

Heat from nuclear fission or nuclear fusion can set manmade structures on fire from a staggering distance of 20 miles. So if your home is only 5 or 10 miles away from a blast, be ready for sudden blazes in your home and in the surrounding areas.

3. Shield Your Skin Human skin is extremely fragile and its fragility can be seen most clearly during a nuclear explosion. A person who is standing only 15 miles from a blast can suffer from terrible, disfiguring burns similar to being in the direct line of an open flamethrower.

Extend the distance to 18 miles (just 3 miles more) and an exposed person in an open environment will still experiencing severe blistering. If the victim is approaching a blast area, he will begin to experience nuclear burn (a skin condition similar to sunburn) up to 23 miles away.

4. The Heat Wave The heat generated by a nuclear blast is delayed, much like the sound of thunder after a lightning strike. It may take several seconds before you can feel the heat wave descending upon your area.

The farther away you are from a nuclear blast, the longer the heats delay.

If you happen to be far away from the site of a nuclear blast (20+ miles away), you have approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute to take care from the heat blast, which can cause severe burns. Take cover as soon as possible!

5. Expect Structural Damage Major structural damage can occur immediately after a nuclear blast. If the distance of the physical structure is 3 to 5 miles from the blast area, complete destruction will occur.

Roofs, ceilings, walls and all inner frameworks of homes and buildings will collapse or burn. All life within these structures is extremely likely to be gone along with the structure itself.

All homes standing within a 7 to 15 miles radius of a blast site will still be exposed to the nuclear shockwave and tremendous amounts of heat; such structures will require major rebuilding and repair and will likely be irradiated and unsafe for human habitation.

The figures mentioned above apply only to a smaller 5-megaton nuclear bomb. Should a 20-megaton nuclear device detonate, the severe damage radius will increase by roughly 20%.

This estimate does not take into account the presence of natural formations such as valleys and mountains.

If a mountain stands between your home and a nuclear blast area and you are 30 miles from it, its possible that your home will only suffer from relatively light damage. However, the risk of irradiation remains high.

Why Men Are Ashamed Of Themselves In The Locker Room

Men today are extremely conscious about appearances as much as women are. The Alpha males are those that love to dress to perfection. Chest out, tummy tucked in, good hair line and clean face forward. Any variation from the above description can send all of them in a bee line for beauty and personality treatments at hi-fi, cash-minting salons and beauty spas and even without batting an eyelid under the cosmetic surgeons knife for a permanent fix for the flaw that he supposes himself to have.

Blame it on the media, the advertisements that are selling a stereotype, the shallow and overly materialistic society that we live in today or to too much exposure to movies and pornography. Whatever be the cause, the truth is that today more and more men are increasingly becoming unhappy with their body mass, body type, their physical attributes, their hair, (the list can keep going).

On top of the list is the size of their reproductive organ. Every male wants to have a big organ that endears him to his sexual partner. This unhappiness with his body cuts across all ages, and men of every social standing. All men with average or below average endowments should consider safe and natural penis enlargement.

Science has linked the size of the male body and its attributes to various reasons. The chief among them is heredity. Now heredity is definitely not in anyones control. The 46 chromosomes which make up the human gene can mutate into several hundred thousand combinations to give a specific type of DNA present in a person.

Besides heredity, the environment that the person is brought up in also determines his body size and body type. Men in the western world have larger than average size of bodies than their counterparts in Asia. Asian men, especially the Chinese and the Indian men have smaller builds than the American male. The environment does wield a big influence on the body type.

Food habit and diet also influence largely the type of body that the men have. In the vegetarian societies, the men have smaller built. While in the non-vegetarian societies, especially the beef and pork eating ones, the men have bigger bodies. The libido of a non-vegetarian person is also higher than that of a vegetarian person.

It is now than ever before that behavioral therapy is important for men that portray too much of narcissism. The fact that there is nothing really wrong with their bodies but they are still worried is something that is a subject matter of concern to clinical psychologists. The doctors advise that professional help should be extended to such people before it reaches a critical stage.

Diabetes Problems: Know The Complications And Risks

Diabetes is a condition that is becoming more and more common for people of all ages because of our faulty eating habits and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. However, it is extremely important to control your blood sugar levels to keep your diabetes under control and minimize the risk of other problems that occur due to this condition.

Complications Arising from Diabetes

Diabetes can cause a lot of complications that can be very dangerous for your system and can even lead to death if it is not controlled.

Some of the diabetes problems include:

Nerve Damage

If your body contains excess sugar, this sugar can damage the walls of the blood vessels and cause numbness, tingling sensations, pain or a burning feeling in your body. This sensation often starts at the tips of the toes or fingers and spreads upward. The feet are most commonly affected by nerve damage or neuropathy. If your nerves get damaged, this damage can even cause other problems like nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea. If the symptoms are not treated soon, you may even face the risk of losing all sensation in certain parts of your body.

Cardiovascular Disease

Heart attacks, strokes, coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis are just some of the common cardiovascular diseases that can occur in diabetes patients. Even though healthy people can also suffer from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes patients have a higher risk of getting them.

Eye Damage

The blood vessels of the retina can get damaged due to this condition, and this can lead to blindness or other sight complications like glaucoma or cataract.

Kidney Damage

The kidneys have blood vessels that filter the blood in your body. If these vessels get damaged because of the sugar in your body, your kidneys can fail, and you may even have to undergo a kidney transplant or receive dialysis.

How to get the Best from your Doctor

If you or your child starts showing any diabetes symptoms, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible and get checked. But before you go to the doctor, there are a few things that you can do so that the doctor can give you the best diagnosis possible without wasting time.

When you call to schedule your appointment, ask if you will need to fast for any tests or do anything in advance before you go for your appointment. You should also sit and write down all important information so that you can present it to the doctor as soon as you go. The information should include your medical history (including your family's medical history, especially if anyone else in the family has suffered from diabetes), all medicines that you take, any allergies that you suffer from, all the symptoms that you are suffering from and any questions that you want to ask the doctor. This will save a lot of time when you get to the doctor's office, and it will help you get diagnosed faster.

How To Reduce Stress In The Workplace

Out of all the ailments that can befall your body, stress is one of the worst. Though personal problems or challenges can certainly lead to it, the number one place that most people encounter stress is in the workplace. Worse yet, they face it almost daily, which is not only bad on your body, but it can also exacerbate other conditions and make them worse. For this reason, it is very important for you to learn how to reduce stress in the workplace.

The first thing you must do to reduce stress in the workplace is to stop worrying about the things you have no control over. Perhaps you are worried that a package you sent to a client won't get to them on time because there is a shipping delay. The responsibility for that package is in the hands of the carrier, not you. The best you can do is come up with a backup plan in case that package doesn't arrive on time. Perhaps overnighting another package using a different carrier. Once you come up with your fallback plan, stop worrying.

Next, you should stop striving for perfection. Most people are their own worst critic, and once they finish a job, they go over in their head all things things they could have done differently, then proceed to beat themselves up over it. This is stressful and counterproductive, and does nobody any good. If there is something you could have done better, note it for the next project, then move on. You cannot change what has already happened, so stop stressing and start proactively working to do better next time.

You should also think about manageable goals rather than huge, lofty ones. You may want to finish a work project in record time, but if that is your only goal, you are doomed to fail. Instead, break down your goal into several smaller, bite size goals that are manageable. When you accomplish each one, check it off. Once you see the check marks building up, it motivates you to keep going.

While in the middle of working towards those more attainable goals, you should also try to think positive. Envision yourself actually achieving each goal, rather than failing. That gives you a clearer picture of what it takes to accomplish each feat, and makes that journey to accomplishment easier and less stressful. Many forward-thinking employers encourage meditation sessions in the workplace, and evidence apprears to support this in having positive effects.

Always strive to inject some humor into your work, as often as you can. The old adage that laughter is the best medicine really rings true when it comes to stress. Laughing releases endorphins into your body, which can make you almost instantly feel better. Even when you are really stressed out, laughing or even just making someone else laugh can be instantly relaxing and help you breathe a little easier.

Of course, none of this will work unless you have something to look forward to when you get home. Some people work all day and night and have no personal life. If this sounds like you, then this needs to change. Having something to look forward to when you leave work instantly lifts your mood. It can be anything from your child, a pet or even just a cooking class. Perhaps you can schedule a day at the spa or a massage each week to look forward to. Just make sure your entire life is not about working.

Finally, you should take care of your physical health in order to help with stress. This means eating right and getting regular exercise, even if it is only a few minutes each day. If your body feels strong, it can handle stressful situations better, and the impact of stress will not hurt as much. You have to start from the inside to make everything else better.

How Can We Visualize?

Most of us can recall the experience when we were staring at some places and seeing different faces, objects and shapes in them. For instance, before going to sleep when we were relaxed we saw a face contour in the creases and wrinkles of our blanket. This phenomenon is called pareidolia. In this way, we perceive the images or sounds as real, despite the fact that they dont actually exist. Since the childhood we have been subjected to various stimuli thus forming patterns, memories, experiences and expectations. The first things we saw as the babies were the faces of our close family members and our surroundings. Now, we may wonder which face was in the creases and wrinkles of our blanket?

At some moments, we may even feel that we are bad visualisers, but the pareidolia proves us something entirely opposite. We are born as multi-visualisers! Here, the term visualisation does not mean a visual ability. It is imagination. Our imagination can go along with or beyond our senses. With imagination we can create anything we want, just as we did when we were children. With our imagination we can heal ourselves, reach our goals, improve our performances and shape the outcome of our reality.

Making Scenarios

We can imagine some goal we want to achieve, for example, visiting some special place. It is important to imagine it happening in the present moment. At the beginning, we can set timer to a certain amount of time we want to spend on this visualisation. Then, we close our eyes and imagine how we feel when we hold the tickets in our hands for the first time. What does it look like to be someone who visits that special place? What are the things we prepare for this trip? What do we taste there? Are there any specific smell of that place? What do we visit there? Whom do we meet there? This is a very good technique to do as preparation for sleep meditation.

Imagining as many details as we can is very good for developing our visualisation skills. As we progress, for instance, we can imagine the entire conversation with people we meet at that special place, how we see ourselves there, what is our role and so on. In making scenario, it is powerful to engage all our senses in this process.

Recording Our Visualisations

When we visualize we go through it in our own unique way. If we record our own voice during this process and then, listen it regularly, we will boost our creative visualisation and improve it at our own pace.

Drawing Our Journal

After we finish our visualisation or its recording, we can draw on a of paper how we feel, how the subtle changes affect us, what we have gone through, the details of it and so on.

Discover The Facts About Muscle And Joint Pain

As people age, they begin to grumble even more of pains in their muscular tissues and joints. They seem to stiffen up with age, and also find that activities as flexing over for the morning paper could make them hurt.

It is a common belief that the problems are just in the bones due to degeneration and arthritis. Yet the genuine cause of stiffness and discomfort is really not in the joints or bones, according to research at the Johns Hopkins Medical School, however it starts in the muscles and connective tissues that surround the joints.

Joint mobility or flexibility are the common medical terms utilized to describe the extent of the motion of a joint during it's pathway in the various planes of motion in normal activity. The higher the range of motion (ROM), the more flexible the joint. ROM is also used to measure the health of the joint as well as disability caused by injury or disease.

Range of motion, both the passive ROM and the active ROM are only one aspect of joint health. The muscle force required to move the joint through its ROM is another factor. And another is the pain level caused by movement through the ROM. Bryan and College Station Chiropractor Dr. David Bailey is a Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist, and an expert in these matters. You may want to check out his website.

Various joint biomechanics determine the flexibility and also ease of movement in different joints and muscular tissues. In the elbow joint and also knee, the bony structure itself sets a definite limitation. In various other joints, such as the ankle joint, hip, and back, the soft tissue play a greater role.

The rusty gate analogy can be used to describe joint issues. Crepitation, or the popping, snapping, creaking, and crackles that you can hear with joint motion are like the squeeking and squawling of the rusty gate when you try to open it.

Use or lose it is true for muscles and joints. What takes place next is that the muscular tissues become shortened with extended disuse as well as generates spasms and also cramps that can be bothersome and very painful. The immobilization of muscular tissues, as researchers have actually shown with laboratory animals, produces biochemical modifications in the cells and created permanent painful scar tissue.

However, other factors trigger sore muscles. Here are some of them:

1. You can exercise too much

Have you always believed on the saying, No pain, no gain? If you do, then, it is not so surprising if you have already experienced sore muscles.

The problem with most people is that they exercise too much thinking that it is the fastest and the surest way to lose weight. Until they ache, they tend to ignore their muscles and connective tissue, even though they are what quite literally holds the body together.

2. Aging and inactivity

Connective tissue binds muscle to bone by tendons, binds bone to bone by ligaments, and covers and unites muscles with sheaths called fasciae. With age, the tendons, ligaments, and fasciae become less extensible. The tendons, with their densely packed fibers, are the most difficult to stretch. The easiest are the fasciae. But if they are not stretched to improve joint mobility, the fasciae shorten, placing undue pressure on the nerve pathways in the muscle fasciae. Many aches and pains are the result of nerve impulses traveling along these pressured pathways.

3. Immobility

Sore muscles or muscle pain can be excruciating, owing to the bodys reaction to a cramp or ache. In this reaction, called the splinting reflex, the body automatically immobilizes a sore muscle by making it contract. Thus, a sore muscle can set off a vicious cycle pain.

First, an unused muscle becomes sore from exercise or being held in an unusual position. The body then responds with the splinting reflex, shortening the connective tissue around the muscle. This cause more pain, and eventually the whole area is aching. One of the most common sites for this problem is the lower back.

4. Spasm theory

In the physiology laboratory at the University of Southern California, sereral studies have set out to learn more about this cycle of disuse and joint and muscle pain.

Using some device, they measured electrical activity in the muscles. The researchers knew that normal, well-relaxed muscles produce no electrical activity, whereas, muscles that are not fully relaxed show considerable activity.

In one experiment, the researchers measured these electrical signals in the muscles of persons with athletic injuries, first with the muscle immobilized, and then, after the muscle had been stretched.

In almost every case, exercises that stretched or lengthened the muscle diminished electrical activity and relieved pain, either totally or partially.

These experiments led to the spasm theory, an explanation of the development and persistence of muscle pain in the absence of any obvious cause, such as traumatic injury.

According to this theory, a muscle that is overworked or used in a strange position becomes fatigued and as a result, sore muscles.

Hence, it is extremely important to know the limitations and capacity of the muscles in order to avoid sore muscles. This goes to show that there is no truth in the saying, No pain, no gain. Take your workout slowly at first to avoid injury. Increase the intensity step by step and get supervsion from an expert. This will make it less likely to suffer injury.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this article is intended to be used as a substitute for advice of a physician. Do not modify your diet, exercises, or medications without first seeking the advice of a physician. Information on this site is for information purposes only. No claims have been approved by the FDA unless otherwise indicated.

Exercise And Type 2 Diabetes

One of the most dependable and the most useful ways to control bloog sugar elevations in this condition, eliminate the dangers of "cardiovascular disease," and perk up health and welfare in general is exercise, says College Station Tx chiropractor Dr. David Bailey.

In spite of that, in today's sedentary world where almost every job can be carried out online, from the ergonomic chair in front of a computer, or with a streaming line of messages from a fax machine, exercising can be a hard argument to win over.

The Weight of Exercise

Everyone should exercise, yet the health experts tells us that only 30 % of the United States population gets the recommended thirty minutes of daily physical activity, and 25 % are not active at all. In fact, inactivity is thought to be one of the key reasons for the surge of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., because inactivity and obesity promote insulin resistance.

The good news is that it is never too late to get moving, and exercise is one of the easiest ways to start controlling your diabetes. For people with type 2 diabetes in particular, exercise can improve insulin sensitivity, lower the risk of heart disease, and promote weight loss.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise. The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes every year increased by 82.2 percent between 1995 and 2010 according to the CDC. Nearly all the new cases are Type 2 Diabetes, or adult-onset, the kind that moves in around middle age. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include increased thirst, appetite, and need to urinate; feeling tired, edgy,or sick to the stomach; blurred vision; tingling or loss of feeling in the hands.

The causes of type 2 diabetes are complex and not completely understood, although research is uncovering new clues at a rapid pace.

However, it has already been proven that one of the reasons for the boom in type 2 diabetes is the widening of waistbands and the trend toward a more deskbound and inactive lifestyle in the United States and other developed countries.

For this reason, health experts encourage those who already have type 2 diabetes to start employing the wonders that exercise can do for them. Without exercise, people have the tendency to become obese. Once they are obese, they have bigger chances of accumulating type 2 diabetes.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over 80 % of people with type 2 diabetes are clinically overweight. Therefore, it is high time that people, whether inflicted with type 2 diabetes or not, should start doing those jumping and stretching activities.

Getting Started

The first order of business with any exercise plan, especially if you are a "dyed-in-the-wool" sluggish, is to consult with your health oriented chiropractor in College Station. If you have cardiac risk factors, the health care provider may want to order a stress test to establish a safe level of exercise for you.

Certain diabetic complications will also dictate what type of exercise program you can take on. Activities like weightlifting, jogging, or high-impact aerobics can possibly pose a risk for people with diabetic retinopathy due to the risk for further blood vessel damage and possible retinal detachment.

If you are already active in sports or work out regularly, it will still benefit you to discuss your regular routine with your doctor. If you are taking insulin, you may need to take special precautions to prevent hypoglycemia during your workout.

Start Slow

For those who have type 2 diabetes, your exercise routine can be as simple as a brisk nightly neighborhood walk. If you have not been very active before now, start slowly and work your way up. Walk the dog or get out in the yard and rake. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the back of the lot and walk. Every little bit does work, in fact, it really helps a lot.

As little as 15 to 30 minutes of daily, heart-pumping exercise can make a big difference in your blood glucose control and your risk of developing diabetic complications. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of getting moving is to start a walking program. All you need is a good pair of well-fitting, supportive shoes and a direction to head in.

Indeed, you do not have to waste too many expenses on costly "health club memberships," or the most up-to-date health device to start pumping those fats out. What you need is the willingness and the determination to start exercising to a healthier, type 2 diabetes-free life.

The results would be the sweetest rewards from the effort that you have exerted.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this article is intended to be used as a substitute for advice of a physician. Do not modify your diet, exercises, or medications without first seeking the advice of a physician. Information on this site is for information purposes only. No claims have been approved by the FDA unless otherwise indicated.

Things To Consider If You Want To Avail Of Assisted Living Services In Scottsdale

People will grow up and inevitably, they will eventually grow old. There is nothing that we can do to stop this process. Physical pains and sufferings are imminent as one grows older. It will be a challenge to do even the most simplest of tasks. Moving from one area of the house to another has become a painful task to perform.

For the family members of elderly people, there are several options to consider to be sure that their aged loved one is well cared of. One of these options is going to assisted living Scottsdale. Here are the things to consider when making a decision to move your elderly loved one to assisted living or not:

Is their home not as orderly or as clean as they used to?
One day you visit your elderly parents in their home. You noticed that their home is not as orderly as it used to be. The windows and other surfaces are dusty, the floors are not as tidy as they were, and the furnishings around the house are disorganized. They maybe in need of assistance in doing household tasks and assisted living Scottsdale do offer such services.

Do they appear like they are lonely and depressed?
Everyone needs someone to be their companion. The elderly are no different. Being alone and isolated in a house with limited mobility and lesser opportunities for social interaction can be depressing. One of the requirements of living a healthy and fulfilling life is social interaction. Assisted living Scottsdale offers a wide range of social services and activities for personal development. They have activities like sports, exercise sessions, yoga sessions, parties, events, and other social gatherings. They also have great opportunities to make new friends with their comrades who are also under the assisted living services. You can also befriend the healthcare professionals in assisted living Scottsdale .

Is their health and safety becomes an issue?
Health and safety are of course, issues that all people have to deal with. However, these issues can be amplified once one grows old. These can potentially put them at risk of serious injuries and even death due to missteps when they are driving or climbing the stairs. They might also have to deal with a number of specialized needs due to the unique demands of their ageing bodies. Assisted living Scottsdale offer a wide variety of health and safety services like regular health checks and mobility assistance services.