A: APPLE, ARTHRITIS, ANXIETY, ATTITUDE
During adolescence, the influences on eating habits are numerous. The growing independence of adolescents, increases participation in social life and a generally busy schedule of activities has a great impact on food intake.
Facts on the apple
The apple contains a form of fiber called pectin, which binds cholesterol and toxins, speeding their elimination. The flavonoid quercetin found in apples is anti-inflammatory and can help ease allergic reactions and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis; the malic acid content helps the body to use energy efficiently. Eating apples help improve lung function.
Facts on the apple
4 apples (core the apples and quarter them)
1/2 glass skimmed milk
2 teaspoons honey
Blend in a blender and serve.
Arthritis refers to a group of conditions characterized by inflammation, pain or tenderness that causes stiffness in one or more of the body’s joints. It tends to affect the major weight bearing joints such as the hips, knees, spine, shoulder and neck.
Simple self-help measures
Carrying extra body weight puts added pressure on the joints. So start on a healthy diet to lose those extra pounds. Get the right kind of footwear. Well-fitting supportive shoes increase comfort and safety while walking. Warm baths, ice packs or heat pads can help soothe joint pain. Learn to listen to the body’s signals, and know when to stop or slow down. Pain can increase by over use or over sight
Don’t get into a vicious cycle of inactivity
The most common mistake is avoidance of exercise. This in time leads to increased stiffness, reduced strength and compromised cardiovascular fitness. Inactivity further weakens the joints, leading to a vicious cycle that accelerates deconditioning of the body.
What kind of exercise is best for those with arthritis?
The most important exercises are stretching exercises to preserve range of motion and flexibility around each joint. Even inflamed joints can be put through a gentle stretch routine with the assistance of a therapist.
Strength training exercises using lightweights is an excellent way to build bone strength. Do these exercises only when pain and joint inflammation are under control.
Low impact cardio exercise
In the past, treatment of arthritis excluded aerobic exercise for fear of increasing joint pain. Aerobic exercise is however, safe and effective when the joint inflammation is not acute. Low impact cardiovascular exercises such as swimming and walking are wonderful ways to improve fitness.
Recreational exercises such as golf and gardening improve both fitness and the psychological state of mind.
Approximately 3 to 8 percent of the population experience anxiety disorders.
The disorder is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry about situations on most days of the week, for at least 6 months.
Restlessness, lack of energy, muscle fatigue, irritability
Difficulty sleeping, restless sleep.
Feeling keyed up or on-the-edge.
* Behavioral therapy or counseling
* Relaxation and breathing techniques
Exercise – a great stress buster
The crucial aspect in battling with anxiety is consistent exercise. Cardiovascular exercises such as running, playing a game of tennis or squash, swimming or a brisk walk work wonders. So do yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. High energy workouts as well as gentle relaxation exercises work fabulously to relax both, body and mind.
Figure out what works for you
Exercise should be enjoyable. Choose an activity that suits your temperament.
High levels of anxiety can be very exhausting; therefore mornings might be the best time to schedule workouts. Exercising with a friend is a great way to stay motivated and consistent. Working out outdoors can help uplift the mood.
Remember the wise saying. “A loser sees a problem in every answer. A winner sees an answer in every problem.” Be a winner, now.