Does Cardio Fitness Improve Muscle Gain?

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Hi everyone, I’m Jeffrey Rollins and I’d like to share my views about the all important cardio vrs muscle building exercises dilemma and can they really help each other. How should you spend your time exercising and does cardio fitness really help to improve muscle gain and tone?

Well, IMHO there’s a strict connection between aerobics and the way your muscles look. I’ll try and explain why in this article. It’s no secret that if you place all your efforts in running, swimming, tennis, basketball or any other cardio induced workout your body will get slimmer and look more fit. The real question is: “how do you increase your muscle mass while keeping a tight and fit physic?”.

Muscles build up on proteins. So eating a lot of proteins is mandatory when you are trying to build up muscles. However, no matter how hard you workout at the gym, no matter how many reps you do, your body will store some of the proteins it needs as fat because it does not burn as much calories when performing anaerobic exercises as it does when performing aerobic exercises.

But, if you combine a lot of aerobic exercises in your routine, you will burn a lot of calories and your body will turn to proteins as a source of energy. The same proteins you need to build up your muscles, or worse the same proteins which are already in your muscles which will now be broken down and will deter your muscle’s growth.

Note – Fat is the last source of energy the body turns to when looking for calories to burn. So after carbohydrates, your proteins are at risk.

So how can you gain muscle, while not looking fat, having great muscle tone and bulk up further? The answer is to keep a mediate cardio routine with an extensive anaerobic bodybuilding program. And yes, then cardio and aerobics actually can help in putting on extra muscle and gaining weight the right way. Why? because cardio workouts actually elevate your heart rate and increase blood flow. Your blood being the conduit of food and energy to your body simply performs better, allowing for required energy and proteins to reach their final destination faster and better.

Yes – Cardio can help you gain muscle faster, but it’s important to find the right balance between cardio and anaerobic workouts.

It’s important to note!!! Every body, your literal body, acts differently to working out. It’s crucial to consult your fitness instructor and your family doctor about any significant lifestyle changes you are about to make.…

Services offered by California health insurance companies

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There are many excellent California health insurance companies. Some important insurance carriers are Aetna, Blue shield of California, PacifiCare, Kaiser Permanente, Health Net and Anthem Blue Cross etc. Let’s discuss about some of them:

Aetna of California offers variety of plans for individuals; families and self employed as well as life, dental, disability insurance, pharmacy benefits and various other programs for its members nationwide. Its membership includes over 15 million individual health members, over 15 million group health members, over 13 million dental members. It has a huge network base with over 767,000 health care professionals and 4,467 hospitals. Aetna was formed in 1850 named as Aetna Life insurance company in Hartford, CT. It was started as a small regional company which has flourished to 50 US states and also provides Medicare and individual health benefits in many states. The plans that they offer has wide variety of choices ranging from high deductible HSA compatible plan, deductible plans, co-payment for doctor visits and prescription and basic hospital only plans.

Cigna Health of California is 200+ years old and dates back to 1792 where a group of citizens in Philadelphia formed the Insurance Company of North America. They work on group, Health care and International plans. It also provides individual, life, disability, dental, accident and supplemental insurance products for individuals, families, self employed, small and large groups. Cigna offers Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans wherein members are given the freedom to choose a primary care physician (PCP) within the network. This PCP is then responsible for your care unless they refer you to another specialist that participates in the CIGNA HMO network. CIGNA also offers Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), indemnity and point of service (POS) networks in certain areas as well. In these types of plans, members can visit any doctor and they do not require you to choose a PCP. Out of network expenses are covered as well even if it is a non emergency situation. Other added benefits include they offer 24 hour access to health information, member discounts, support for chronic conditions, personal assistance etc.

Kaiser Permanente of California was started in 1933 and has been providing quality health care to Californians for many years. This insurance company was started for a few thousand people in Los Angeles which grew to become a billion dollar company that now covers insurance for state of California and also other 10 states. It has grown to become the nation’s largest non-profit HMO with close to 9 million members nationwide. Some added benefits that Kaiser Permanente offers its Californian members are family planning, first post partum visit, eye exams, chiropractic office visits, allergy infection visits and immunizations.

Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health plan dedicated to providing Californians with access to high quality care at a reasonable price. Founded in 1939, it now has 3.2 million members, 4,500 employees, one of the largest provider networks and more than 20 office locations, providing …

You Have To Tear Muscle To Build It

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Okay, we all know that the quickest way to build muscle is to use progressive weight training.

Progressive means that as soon as you get used to lifting a certain amount of weight, you add a little more. Over time, you’ll get stronger because your muscles adapt by getting larger to handle the added weight.

Our bodies adapt to whatever stress we regularly put it through. When you lift weights, what you’re doing is actually tearing the muscle tissue in a healthy way. When you eat the proper nutrition, mostly protein, they’ll actually repair themselves. In fact, they get stronger and bigger without lifting more weight.

As you continue to lift more weight, your muscles will keep adapting to this increased overload. So they get bigger.

But one thing you may not know, is, lifting weights actually causes muscle fiber damage. And this microscopic damage needs to heal properly if you’re going to gain any muscle.

There are type A and type B fibers in your muscles.

Let’s say the higher repetitions might tear the type B so heavier weights will tear them and bring them back stronger. Some people are fast switch and some people are slow switch.

Fast switch responds to high reps, mostly between 8-12 repetitions. Slow switch will respond to slower reps between 4 and 6.

Every body has a different buildup. Let’s say, for example, my bicep is 90% fast switch and 10% slow switch. I would need to do mainly high repetitions for my bicep.

You, on the other hand, might be 90% slow switch and 10% fast switch so the approach you would want to take is lower reps.

So, in order to build muscle mass, you first have to tear it slightly.

The degree of tearing is directly related to how hard and how long you exercise and what type of exercise you do. Movements in which muscles forcefully contract while they are lengthening will cause the most muscle growth.

These are called “eccentric” contractions, and they provide the resisting action of the muscle such as lowering weights and performing the downward movements in exercises.

When you get the proper nutrition, your body repairs this muscle tissue damage and makes it stronger, for the next time you have to handle this weight.

That’s why you have to first cause slight muscle damage, for new muscle mass to be built.…

Inherent Dangers of Catering Trucks & Street Vendors — Why They Pose a High Risk of Food Poisoning

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What exactly is a catering truck? Although there are many not so complementary names or descriptions, they can best and simply be described as a restaurant kitchen on wheels, or in a more legal definition, a Mobile Food Preparation Facility.

Although a catering truck is not technically the same as a restaurant in the health and safety code, the requirements are almost the same as a permanent restaurant

And here are my reasons why:

–They are inherently more dangerous than a permanent restaurant simply because of the limitations of space and power -gas or electricity- to keep the refrigerators and warming equipment up and running properly. There is a greater chance that food will be left too long in the food temperature danger zone -between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit- thereby allowing bacteria to grow to dangerous levels.

–There are greater possibilities in a catering truck of cross contamination of your ready-to-eat food with raw meats, chicken etc., again due to limited space and overstocking.

–A catering truck has to maintain a storage tank of potable (drinkable) water available throughout the day while they are away from their commissary (where they store and re-supply their truck). This supply is limited versus a permanent restaurant’s water supply. This allows a greater probability that the catering truck will run out of water, or just as bad, the owner or operator limiting their use of it so it can last longer throughout the day. Both cases are not uncommon and this translates to not washing utensils, equipment, hands, etc., thoroughly or often enough.

–The inspector rarely spends the same amount of quality time inspecting a catering truck than a permanent restaurant. This is mainly due to time factors. Many catering trucks do not spend very long in any one place. An inspector has to get in, observe, test and take notes, get out, write up the report and then review it with the owner/operator and have them sign it before the catering truck leaves for the next stop. There are more pressures on everyone in this situation. It’s unfortunate, but this is the reality of this type of business.

–Lastly, the number of permit suspensions also do not reflect a pretty picture for catering trucks and street vendors. Permit suspension, for all types of food facilities, means an automatic closure and is almost always due to the presence of a high risk violation, such as severe temperature abuse, vermin etc., or operating without a valid public health permit.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, Los Angeles County Environmental Health Vehicle Inspection Program conducted 9,615 routine inspections of catering trucks and street vendors. The number of permit suspensions for this time period was

Muscle Fitness And The Importance of Chemistry in Body Building Supplements

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While it is tempting to buy the hottest body building supplements on the market, it is also important to realize the underlying chemistry of these supplements and how that chemistry affects the body. While attempting to increase muscle size, these supplements might have surprising and unwanted side affects.

Water and creatine are excellent examples of why people need to pay attention to the chemical make-up of anything they might purchase First, consider the water molecule. Water is a truly amazing substance. Water can dissolve just about anything. That is why living things require it in order to get the most out of their nutrition and biology. Water is able to dissolve things because it binds with other chemicals. Water starts by breaking the molecular structure of compounds into ions or parts of a molecule. The ions, depending on their charges, will bind with either the oxygen or hydrogen in water. This changes the way water functions because the addition of other compounds can either help or hinder how water is absorbed in the body.

Creatine is another substance that bonds with just about anything. Creatine is composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. All of these elements are found in water, the body, and any nutrients that the body uses. While this can be helpful for providing increased energy and nutrition to muscles, it also will magnify the affect of anything lying around. In other words, if there is excess water in the system, the creatine can bring the water through the body in such a way as to cause bloating and other digestive discomfort.

If other supplements are in use such as steroids, hormones, proteins, and vitamins, creatine will magnify both the positive and negative affects of these substances. Therefore, it is absolutely important to know the chemicals present in the supplements being used, but it is also of equal importance to know what affects these supplements produce while in the body.

There are loads of supplements that will certainly increase muscle size. Two of the most dangerous supplements are steroids and hormones. Steroids are used to increase the growth of muscle.

These should be taken under the close supervision of a doctor, and they are not recommended for recreational use. Steroids are best used for people with asthma and persons recovering from surgery and illness. Taken as a fitness supplement, steroids will yield bigger muscles. But they will also yield changes in mood and temperament. As they bond with other substances, their affects may be seriously magnified or modified. This is also true for hormones.

Testosterone is most commonly associated with muscle growth. It is best not to take testosterone unless of a hormonal condition. Otherwise, testosterone will produce side affects such as changing vocal range, extra body hair, and uterine cancer in women.
In men, the bonding of testosterone to other compounds can create feminine hormones that will change the nature of the male reproductive system. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the way in …

THE ART INSTITUTES OFFERS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

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Jacquelyn P. Muller, AVP – Public Relations, (412) 995-7262
Devra Pransky, PR Specialist, (412) 995-7685

(PITTSBURGH – September 12, 2005) The Art Institutes announced
today that it will assist both domestic and international
students from universities in New Orleans, southern Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama universities, which have been closed for
the foreseeable future due to the devastation caused by
Hurricane Katrina.

The Art Institutes will make available both on-campus and
online courses that might be able to permit dislocated students
to progress in their academic careers during this semester of
disruption. Students at a university forced to close by
Hurricane Katrina may register at any of The Art Institutes 31
locations across the nation for courses, on a space-available
basis, for the fall semester.

The Art Institutes will waive tuition for dislocated students
who have already registered and paid tuition at their home
institution for the fall 2005 semester. If dislocated students
have not yet paid their tuition at their home institution, they
will be assessed the lesser of the current published tuition and
fees at the home institution, or The Art Institutes’ published
tuition and fees for the fall semester, as determined by the
school president.

“The Art Institutes strives to assist college students who have
been affected by Hurricane Katrina,” says Dave Pauldine,
president of The Art Institutes. “The Art Institutes offers this
initiative as a way to reach out to the students in the Gulf
Coast region whose lives and education have been impacted by
Hurricane Katrina and do what we can to assist those students.”

The Art Institutes is a group of 31educational institutions
located throughout North America. Offering a broad range of
programs including: audio production, culinary arts, culinary
management, fashion design, fashion marketing, graphic design,
industrial design technology, interior design, media arts &
animation, multimedia & Web design, photography, restaurant
management and video production. Not all programs are offered at
all schools.

The Art Institutes operate in Atlanta, Arlington, VA (as The
Art Institute of Washington), Boston (as The New England
Institute of Art), Charlotte, Chicago and Schaumburg, IL,
Cincinnati (as The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati), Dallas,
Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (as The
Art Institute of California – Los Angeles and California Design
College), Miami (as Miami International University of Art &
Design), Minneapolis, New York, Orange County, CA, Philadelphia,
Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco,
Seattle, Tampa, Toronto , Vancouver (as The Art Institute of
Vancouver, York, PA (as Bradley Academy of the Visual Arts) and
The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of
Pittsburgh.

Students seeking additional information about The Art
Institutes’ initiative can view the policy in its entirety at
(www.artinstitutes.edu/katrina) or call the National Admissions
Information Center at 1-888-328-7900.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with 31 education
institutions located throughout North America, provide an
important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary
professionals. The parent company of The Art Institutes,
Education Management Corporation (www.edmc.com) is among the
largest providers of

Review of Weider Home Gym

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One of the most influential and famous figures in the history of weightlifting has been the mythical Joe Weider. It was Weider who launched the seminal and long lasting bodybuilding publication MUSCLE AND FITNESS which promoted the topic of health and exercise for years. Weider was also the promotional genius who created the Mr. Olympia contents and made many unknown body-builders into household names such as a certain Arnold who lives in the California Governors Mansion.

Weider has, of course, also marketed a number of products primarily based on his name recognition. One of the most popular is the Weider Home gymnasium. For those wishing to get in shape in the relaxation of their residence, this gym is definitely a brilliant product that delivers the proverbial products. In fact, it may be one of the finest produced home fitness systems on the market.

Weider Home gyms are gigantic apparatuses that comprise of an adjustable weight bench and free weights and wire pulleys. This apparatuses are much more helpful that the $100 bench and barbell systems sold in most retail shops. With this gym, you effectively and easily workout all muscle groups. This implies you can develop an excellent physique in a relatively short period since the system is so total.

And, incidentally, it is not just folks looking to get in shape for the 1st time that will use this system. Competitive sportsmen and those having an interest in noticeably boosting strength or endurance levels will definitely find the Weider Home gymnasium systems to be incredibly beneficial. Really, the selection of workouts you can perform on this system is vast. That’s why it can be employed by anyone hoping to get in great shape for any basis. In a way, it could be considered the home gym for all seasons since it’s so flexible in its exercise capabilities.

Whether you need to perform a mass building program, a toning program, a muscled endurance program, or maybe a cardio circuit coaching program, the Weider Home gym can accommodate your needs. It is also a simple system to operate which means even amateurs can be able to workout with the system in an effective manner. Actually, this is a superb home fitness system that nearly anyone will find beneficial.

The cost of the Weider Home gym may seem expensive to some, but the value of the system more than makes up for the pricetag. And, of course, you’d be investing money into money costs to join a gym so why not put that money to better use and buy a Weider Home Gym? Over time, it might eventually pay for itself thanks largely to the reduction of gym costs and related costs.

the bottom line is that the Weider Home gym is a good product that delivers on many fronts. If you’d like to get in shape in the privacy of your house, this is definitely the device to buy. …

Do You Need Exterminators In Los Angeles To Help Keep Your Home Healthy?

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Hiring Exterminators To Perform An Attic Clean Out Will Do The Trick!

When is the last time you hired exterminatorsto inspect your attic?

Unfortunately, many people fail to consider the importance of hiring exterminators in Los Angeles to perform Attic Clean Outs in their homes. Yet, performing these clean outs is essential when it comes to keeping your home and your family healthy and safe.

Even if you think you have managed to get rid of the rats in your attic on your own, hiring exterminators to confirm that you are rat-free and remove leftover biological waste will ensure your home remains safe for your family.

Hiring exterminators to perform an Attic Clean Out is an essential part of caring for the health of your home. This is particularly true if you know you have experienced a rat infestation or if there is a possibility that rats may have made a home in your attic.

If your attic is not cleaned by a professional exterminator, a number of factors may contribute to the poor health of your home. Some of these include…

  • Rat Droppings
  • Dead Carcasses
  • Left Over Traps
  • Rat Urine

All of these accumulate over time in the attic, where temperatures can easily reach more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit beneath the California sun. Not only is the resulting smell quite offensive, but the heat combined with the waste also results in bacteria that can lead to a number of different health issues.

When you hire exterminators in Los Angeles to perform an Attic Clean Out, all of the leftover waste is removed so it can no longer serve as a home and breeding ground for bacteria. In addition, the exterminatorswill remove all of the infested insulation and replace it with new insulation. Of course, before installing the new insulation, the exterminatorsget rid of any live rodents that may still be in the attic while also blocking all entrances to the attic.

As a result, your rat infestation is taken care of while also removing all of the signs that they once lived in your home.

So, if you suspect that you have a rat infestation or if you had an infestation and think you have taken care of the problem, it is important to hire exterminators to make certain your attic is truly rat-free — and free from rat waste. By doing so, you can avoid dealing with unpleasant smells while also keeping your home clean and free from potentially harmful bacteria.…

California Government Sees Importance Of Dental Coverage

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The Medi-Cal program, which provides health care coverage for qualifying California residents – announced this month that it will restore dental coverage benefits to its beneficiaries who lost their coverage as a result of state budget cuts in 2009. With the restored benefits, more Californians will be able to receive important dental care coverage that they had to go without for a portion of last year. The Medi-Cal program is offered through Health Net of California.

Many health insurance plans provide optional dental benefits for their plan subscribers. The optional dental health insurance benefits come with an additional monthly fee. Health insurance subscribers are not required to enroll in a dental health insurance coverage option even when they enroll in a health insurance plan. However, consumers should be aware that dental services and products are not covered under standard health insurance plans unless subscribers opt for dental coverage.

“Dental benefits are just as essential as medical benefits,” said Robert Shechet, DDS, director of dental programs for Health Net of California. “Studies have shown that poor dental health can lead to heart attacks, strokes, premature or low-birthweight deliveries, diabetes complications and other serious medical conditions. Through this offering, Health Net is helping Medi-Cal beneficiaries be healthier.”

The Medi-Cal program through Health Net provides comprehensive medical benefits to nearly 450,000 beneficiaries in Los Angeles County. Health Net of California provides Medi-Cal coverage in 10 counties across California, reaching more than 700,000 individuals. In addition to the Medi-Cal coverage that Health Net provides, it also provides Health Families coverage to about 150,000 consumers in 35 counties across California.

With specific regards to dental coverage, Health Net provides dental health care coverage to about 50,000 Medi-Cal participants in Sacramento and Los Angeles and to an additional 90,000 beneficiaries of the Health Families program.

Health Net has already been providing substitute dental coverage for Medi-Cal beneficiaries who lost coverage in the 2009 cutbacks. “Health Net is committed to helping Californians be healthy,” said Dave Meadows, Health Net of California’s vice president of State Health Programs. “We believe we are the only health plan in California extending dental benefits to adult beneficiaries, and providing substitute dental benefits to adults in the Medi-Cal program until the usual or similar benefits are restored is one more way we are working to preserve California’s medical and dental safety net.”

“Continued access to dental care is crucial for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and even more so for those with disabilities and other challenging medical conditions,” said Irma Resendez, founder and president of Familia Unida, a non-profit organization serving thousands of individuals and families affected by multiple sclerosis and other conditions in Southern California. “Too often, we see people whose dental conditions deteriorate and later become medical problems because they do not have coverage for dental care and cannot afford to visit a dentist.”

California health insurance consumers should take time now to reexamine their health insurance plans to ensure that they have dental coverage. Unless they have specifically requested the optional dental …

California Medical Marijuana Requirements

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Since the passing of Prop 215, aka the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, thousands of patients in California legally use medical marijuana to alleviate the symptoms of countless medical conditions and side effects of certain medical treatments.  However there are countless others who haven’t yet taken advantage of the benefits of this powerful medicine because they do not understand the California medical marijuana requirements. The good news is, California’s medical marijuana laws are among the most lenient in the country—which means getting legal access to medical marijuana in CA is relatively easy for patients in need. To get medical cannabis in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, or anywhere in the Golden State, simply follow these California medical marijuana requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or, if under 18, be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • You must be a California Resident with proof of residency.
  • You must suffer from one of the following qualifying medical conditions: Anorexia; Arthritis; Cachexia; Cancer; Chronic pain; Glaucoma; HIV/AIDS, Migraine headaches; Persistent muscle spasms; multiple sclerosis; Seizures; Epilepsy; Severe nausea; or any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either: Substantially limits the patient’s ability to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health.
  • You must obtain a medical marijuana recommendation from a state licensed physician stating you will benefit from the medicinal use of cannabis. Find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in CA.

Once you have obtained a medical marijuana recommendation from your physician, you have fulfilled all of the California medical marijuana requirements. However, there is also an optional medical marijuana card program in California called the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) that provides ID cards for patients and caregivers. Remember, obtaining a marijuana card is strictly voluntary, and not one of the necessary California medical marijuana requirements.

If you prefer the convenience and added assurance of having a state ID card, click this link to contact your county program for explicit instructions on how to apply. The requirements for getting a medical marijuana card from the MMP vary by county.…