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.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Plyometric Training For Runners

By Benjamin Mihajlov

Plyometric training is growing in popularity because of the many benefits. Plyometric exercise can greatly increase your speed and explosiveness in movement. This will give the competitive athlete an enormous edge over his competitors. There are very few exercise program as effective as plyometric training, even for the non competitive athlete, they benefit with enhanced physical conditioning.

Plyometric training entails jumping in order to develop not only muscle strength, but speed and explosiveness. Weight training will strengthen your legs, but does little to develop the quick twitch muscles needed for explosiveness and quickness. Plyometric exercises also develops other muscles besides the legs needed to jump higher.

Plyometric exercises focuses on the development of explosive movements in order to develop muscular power and quickness. Most plyometric training programs are intense and not for those people out of shape or beginners. So even though plyometrics are not used by the novice athlete, the competitive athlete will discover tremendous benefits and enhancements to their physical attributes.

There are many different exercises one can perform. Often, they center on jumping onto, off, or over an object. A simple plyometric exercise could involve jumping up onto a chair and then jumping off of it. This could be repeated for many reps in order to fatigue the muscles into growing. Of course, a chair is one example as many different objects can be used in a plyometric workout. Also, it is not always necessary to jump up and down. Lateral movements are popular as well and are integrated into many different workout strategies. Over time, this will lead to the explosive power needed to succeed in competitive sports. It will also help the body develop a uniquely muscular appearance.

Depending on your goal or your physical abilities, you can adjust you plyometric exercise workout. For the novice athlete, perhaps the number of reps are less and with less intensity. But to fully benefit from plyometric training, each rep should be done with intensity and at the maximum effort.

It is also important to listen to your body when you exercise. If you notice your knees becoming achy, take a break. Do not push yourself more than you are capable and allow your body time to recuperate. This will ensure your plyometric training is safe and effective.

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