Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Know Your Training Frequency Before Cycling

By Alison Addy

Each person has by birth an inbuilt strength to perform an activity of a better quality than the other. Likewise, a cyclist can ride miles together at ease with whatever constitution he is made up of. Leaving this ability aside, there is no method to gauge a cyclist's performance except by the type of training he has undertaken. If a cyclist forces his body to adjust to a definite physical adaptation, his riding capacity and performance are enhanced to a great extent.

To plan a successful training program, the cyclist has to understand as to what happens to his body when certain training methods are implemented. The body of the cyclist is made to adapt higher standards of stress and therefore performance by subjecting it to the calculated training stimuli during a methodical training program. He must get prepared mentally before deciding to better his cycling techniques. Next comes, the nutritional diet and the proper equipment. Top athletes of the world have devised scientific principles, by trial and error method which may be useful for the aspirant in cycling.

A cyclist who wants to develop his own techniques is groping in the dark. Training is much superior to random exercising or performing irregular workouts. The purpose of stress training is to conserve one's energy even after performing strenuous acts. The cyclist's commitment to this type of training makes him approach it in a scientific way. At the novice stage of development, he should not imitate an advanced stage cyclist or follow his training plan. This leads to injuries due to overuse.

He can develop his own type of training as long as he understands how that workout stresses his body systems equally. For a cyclist, training volume means the number of miles covered by riding the bike in a week. This value is logged as a reference for the volume of work done.

Next in the order of importance is the intensity which is the capacity to exert in a given period of time. This can be understood by the cyclist's guessing or measured with instruments like power meter, heart rate monitor or VO2 max testing machine fitted to the cycle. There is no point in exerting with high intensity at the start of the training program.

Training frequency has to be known as the number of training packages undertaken in a given period of time. To determine the quality of a training week, frequency attempts to ascertain the difficulty factor. If a cyclist covers 600 Kilometers in 5 days which was deemed to be covered in 7 days, his frequency is said to have increased.

Read more articles about cycling training and Vo2Max available here at this web.

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