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Exercise for Stress Management

Stress is the "wear and tear" our bodies experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us and can create positive or negative feelings. As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; it can result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which in turn can lead to health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. With the death of a loved one, the birth of a child, a job promotion, or a new relationship, we experience stress as we readjust our lives. In so adjusting to different circumstances, stress will help or hinder us depending on how we react to it.

How Can I Eliminate Stress from My Life?
As we have seen, positive stress adds anticipation and excitement to life, and we all thrive under a certain amount of stress. Deadlines, competitions, confrontations, and even our frustrations and sorrows add depth and enrichment to our lives. Our goal is not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it and how to use it to help us. Insufficient stress acts as a depressant and may leave us feeling bored or dejected; on the other hand, excessive stress may leave us feeling "tied up in knots." What we need to do is find the optimal level of stress which will individually motivate but not overwhelm each of us.  Getting regular Exercise is the key to managing this optimal level.  Use our Health Club Locator to find a gym and start that exercise program today!

Why Take Vitamins

Vitamins are substances that are found in foods we eat. Your body needs vitamins to work properly, which makes them some really important substances! Your body uses vitamins to do many things, like help you grow and develop. It needs vitamins to help your blood clot when you get a cut. Some vitamins help to make energy. Vitamins are even involved in making sure you can see in color, the world looking black and white without them. And if you've ever wondered what helps make your teeth healthy and strong, then you'll be sure to smile when you find out it's, guess what, vitamins!

A provitamin is similar in structure to a specific vitamin and can be converted to it by a few metabolic reactions, for example, beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A; 7-dehydrocholesterol into vitamin D3. The amino acid tryptophan is called a precursor of the vitamin nicotinic acid because the conversion pathway is less direct than that of a provitamin.

Vitamins regulate reactions that occur in metabolism, in contrast to other dietary components known as macronutrients, for examples, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, which are the compounds utilized in the reactions regulated by the vitamins. Absence of a vitamin blocks one or more specific metabolic reactions in a cell and eventually may disrupt the metabolic balance within a cell and in our entire body.

With the exception of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), all of the water-soluble vitamins assist enzymes that function in energy transfer or in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. In other words, it will be difficult for our body to break down these nutrients into energy we can use without vitamins.

Some of the fat-soluble vitamins form part of the structure of biological membranes or assist in maintaining the integrity and functioning of these membranes. Some fat-soluble vitamins also may function at the genetic level to control the synthesis of certain enzymes. Fat-soluble vitamins are necessary for specific functions in highly differentiated cells.
A characteristic deficiency disease (or hypovitaminosis) results when we take an inadequate amount of a specific vitamin. The severity of this disease depends upon the degree of vitamin deprivation (see the figure below).

Symptoms of the disease may be specific such as functional night blindness when we take too little of vitamin A or nonspecific, for examples, loss of appetite and failure to grow. Some effects of vitamin deficiencies cannot be reversed by adding the vitamin to the diet, especially if damage to non-regenerative tissue such as cornea of the eye, nerve tissue, or calcified bone has occurred.

A vitamin deficiency may be "primary" (or dietary), in which case the dietary intake is lower than the normal requirement of the vitamin. A "secondary" (or conditioned) deficiency may occur (even though the dietary intake is adequate) if a pre-existing disease or state of stress is present such as malabsorption of food from the intestine, chronic alcoholism, repeated pregnancies and lactation.

When you take fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), the vitamins are stored in the fat tissues in your body and in your liver until your body needs them, some are stored for a few days, some for up to six months! Water-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin C and the B group of vitamins, on the other hand are different. They are not stored as much in your body. Instead, they travel through your bloodstream and whatever your body doesn't use comes out when you urinate. So these kinds of vitamins need to be replaced often.

Vitamins are, no doubt, important for a healthy body and mind.

 Using the Gym Locator website.....

Gym Locator is dedicated to making it easy to find a gym, fitness center or health club in your area.  Simply click on the Advanced Search link, enter your zip code and then click on the "Begin Searching Now" link.  You can also find a fitness center by searching on the City, State, Country or telephone area code.

If you would like to add your favorite Gym to our database directory, please click on the "Quick Add" button on the right.  Health Club Owners and Personal Trainers can add their facility by clicking on the "Add a Gym" link.  This will allow the gym owner to login via a User Name and Password so that they can edit the comment section and it also gives them the option of signing up for the Premium Listing.

The Ultmate Changing Towel!

Tired of trying to keep that beach towel from falling down around your waist when changing into dry clothes after a great day at the beach or epic surf session.....?

TogaBeachâ„¢ has the solution!  The Toga Beach changing towel can be used as a standard beach towel and when it's time to change into some dry cloths, just put it over your head like a poncho and change in relative privacy and comfort without fear of baring all in front of your fellow beach goers and surfers! On cold days, just keep the Toga Beach changing towel on to stay warm and enjoy the feel of soft, high quality terry cloth.  This ultimate beach towel makes the perfect gift for that surfer, beach or pool person who has almost everything

The TogaBeachâ„¢ towel was originally created out of necessity. After many wonderful surf sessions we found it cumbersome trying to change out of a cold wet bathing suit with a regular beach towel rapped around the waist.

The Toga Beach towel is not only useful, comfortable and warm, it is also becoming popular at beaches around the world and has many more uses.

Who should use the TogaBeach Changing Towel?

  • Gym & Heath Club users
  • Beach Bathers
  • Surfers
  • Swim Teams
  • Water Polo Teams
  • Pool & Spa  Users
  • Scuba Divers
  • Boating & Water Skiers
  • White Water Wafting
  • Young Children

What are the Benefits?

  • Keeps you covered
  • Keeps you warm
  • Inside Velcro pocket
  • Super soft terry velour
  • Keeps kids hands free

Sizing Information

  • XSmall - Children ages 18 months to 5 Years Old
  • Medium - Adults 5' 4" to 5' 10" tall
  • Large - Adults 5' 11" tall and above

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