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.

Friday, June 12, 2009

What to Do With Old Fitness Equipment

By A Nutt

Everyone has a tread mill, bike or elliptical that is sitting in the basement or bedroom collecting dust and/or occasionally serving as a large, extremely expensive clothes hanger. There are many reasons why used exercise equipment is abandoned in this way.

Some of us buy athletic items with every intention of shedding unwanted pounds but life and reality often intrude and soon we lose the initiative to hit the old exercise bikes. Others may get good use out of their fitness equipment but will stop when wear and tear sets in. Most people will even abandon their athletic gear when their digital counters cease to work.

Whatever the reason for this, the truth is old fitness equipment does not have to sit around the house just taking up space, there are things you can do!

Making used exercise equipment useful Athletic accessories and instruments don't have to die an undignified death. Below are a few things you can look at in regards to breathing new life into old gear.

- Sell it -- why take a complete loss? Sure you won't get what you initially pad for it, but isn't the real point simply getting rid of it? - Recycle it for the eco conscience, the idea of recycling old fitness equipment would be pure ecstasy. Not only do you eradicate the clutter in your home, you help the environment to boot! - Have it picked up it may cost money to have your equipment hauled off, so be sure you really want to get rid of these items once and for all before placing that call.

Not ready to give up on your old fitness equipment just yet but the items in question haven't worked right in ages?

Then try having it refurbished. Fixing the thing may end up being a lot less costly than trying to replace it outright. Beside's fixing something small, like a digital counter that is no longer working, could be as simple as ordering a simple battery form the manufacturer.

Other tips for old fitness equipment There is no written rule that says that used athletic equipment can't simply be given away to charity. Poor people would probably love to get their hands on something like that, i.e., a luxury item they could seldom afford that would better their overall health.

Also, if you have a friend or family member who has decided to go on a health kick you can always suggest giving your used exercise equipment to them. They may be more than happy to take the items off of your hands as this would enable them to get started on their new health quest with minimum investment.

All and all, just be creative and try to think of the best ways in which your old fitness equipment could be put to good use. Who knows? Thinking about getting rid of these things may every well put you back on track fitness wise and empower you to put your equipment to good use once again.

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