The Importance of Health Screening in Training Program

Health ScreeningFor people who have decided to hire a personal trainer to help them with their workouts. If the trainer is reputable and following proper certified techniques he/she will probably ask that you go through a Health Screening exam before begging your program.

Many people resist this essential part of their training program because they feel it is unnecessary or that it will be embarrassing for them, however, these worries are untrue and skipping your health screening can result in a lower quality program design or even an increased likelihood for injury on your part.

There are many reasons to perform a health screening, both for you and the trainer such as;

To identify possible health conditions and risk factors that could place you at risk for certain activities

A thorough health screening can help a trainer to decide what activities and exercises should be included in your workout. Often they can provide modifications to those exercises which may have caused you trouble in the past.

It is often required by many clubs for legal reasons

It helps you and your trainer to communicate your needs and concerns

An analysis of your health history is often the primary tool for developing a safe exercise program. Generally a health history form will be filled out and will cover information such as your demographic (age, sex, occupation, etc.), exercise history, health risk factors, medications, recent illnesses and injuries, surgery history, and family medical history.

Once your trainer has examined the results of your questionnaires it is possible that they will find a potential or underlying problem which can be a significant risk factor when starting an exercise program. In these cases they may recommend that you get a referral or clearance from your physician. This is for your safety and in many cases is required by the health club or the trainer’s insurance, so don’t blame the trainer.

Participating in a health screening with your personal trainer is very important and if he/she does not ask you to take one, you may want to consider the qualifications of your trainer.

Basic Abdominal Workout

Abdominal WorkoutFor people who want to have six pack abs, daily abdominal exercises are the most important key to reaching their goal. There are a variety of effective abdominal workout and training that people can try out on their own to find which one is best for them.

They can find some references from various exercise books, magazine or website, and search for basic exercise that they can perform (it is pointless to find good abdominal training if you cannot do it due to the limitation of your body). Or, for maximum results, they can combine a few different abdominal exercises or alternate between their favorites.

Probably the simplest and most popular, abdominal exercise is the crunch. Lying on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat will get your crunch started.

Some people like to place their fingertips to the sides of the head, just behind the ears, while others like to do crunches with their arms crossed over their chest. Either way, the next step is to push your lower back to the floor and hold that while you crunch your abdominal muscles to lift your shoulders a few inches off the floor.

To mix things up a bit, you could add an exercise ball to your crunch. You will want to sit on the exercise ball with your feet flat on the floor. Slowly let the ball roll as you lie back until your thighs and torso are parallel with the floor.

Then you will contract your abs, raising your torso no more than 45 degrees. The exercise ball is a lot of fun and can really help keep you from getting too bored with your usual abdominal exercises.

Whichever abdominal exercises you determine to be the best route to six pack city, don’t overdo it and end up having to postpone your trip. You should always check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program and of course you can’t forget to stretch.

The Importance of Physical Education

The Importance of Physical EducationIn the present world of space age and automation era, most human beings appear to be living a more and more inactive life. They ride instead of walk, sit instead of stand and watches instead of participants.

Such type of inactivity or sedentary life is detrimental to mental and physical health. Thus, there is great need for physical or sports education as a part of balanced living.

Here are some of the things that make physical education become very important for youth and children, especially in this time of ages;

It is needed because due to advanced technology the lifestyle of people becomes sedentary and they become passive entertainer.

It is needed during childhood for proper growth and development.

It is beneficial during adulthood to maintain good health and fitness.

During old age, it is important to prevent and treat various ailments and disease.

It is important as it provides us the knowledge of our bodies from musculoskeletal, physiological and biochemical point of view.

It teaches us various physical activities that can be practiced now in later life such as motor skills for the games and sports of volleyball, tennis, swimming and so on.

It also teaches us the value of ethical behavior in sporting situations.

It teaches us the value of physical fitness and how to become physically fit.

It teaches us the value of physical fitness and how to become physically fit.

It is important for aesthetic reasons as by participation in physical fitness programs like gymnastics and dance, beauty and grace in cultivated in the movement.

It is also important for catharsis reasons with mean releasing of energy, emotion, tension or frustration and some people let off their extra steam by participating in various games and sports which are part of physical education. This way physical education helps in checking juvenile delinquency.

The Concept of Perfection in Children Sports

Perfection in Children SportsWhen we’re talk about was perfection in children sports: how is it good for a ballplayer, especially a child, to expect to be perfect? For example in baseball, where failure is the expected norm; failing 7 out of 10 times makes you a star. Everybody swings and misses. The best players in the world regularly walk in runs, and errors are made almost every game.

Why is perfect the right goal? We need to think about the goals and attitude we should teach our children in sports.

The right attitude, it’s about control

Why would anybody ever tell their kids to be perfect? Michael Jordan once said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Babe Ruth had the record for strike outs in a career until his record was broken by another Hall of Fame member of the 500 HR club, Reggie Jackson. Nobody is perfect!

If you can’t be perfect, what is the right goal? In sports and in life there are so many things that are completely out of our control, but we individually have the ability to choose our responses to each situation – positive and negative. In essence, you can’t control the actions of anybody else or the results; only yourself. Consequently, the focus has to be on what you can control.

Children need to realize that you don’t have to be perfect is a good thing. People need to shifts their focus from being perfect to doing what you can control. Here are some of the sports game elements that can be controlled;

Fundamentals, there is no reason that every kid can’t learn to do things the right way. If the coach can teach a kid to perform with proper fundamentals the results will follow. The emphasis here has to be on first, the coach learning the right things to teach, and then, insisting that the kids do it correctly. Remember: Practice makes Permanent!

Focus, every kid can think and have their head in the game. Even the kid who can’t make a basket can be in the right place all the time.

Hustle, Do your best and put out the most effort that you can on every play. Every coach should be working on kids to hustle, play hard and put out effort – not on results.

Teamwork, this plays into focus as well, but working with your teammates is something that every player can do, control, and excel at.

Sportsmanship, There is never any reason to not be a good sport. This year, I’ve seen far too many kids saying “bad game” instead of congratulating the other team on their effort. Be a good sport – always!

Measuring your results

At the end of each game, ask the kids to evaluate their individual and team performance. You’d be surprised at their own understanding of how they did. Don’t spend time on performance measurement, but on the non score book things that the kids can control. We can’t control the results of our actions, but if we work on everything we can control, we won’t be perfect, but we will be the best we can be.