On-Cycle Therapy Tips and Exercises


If you are new to gymming or exercising, there are chances that you are not aware of cycles. The article will help you understand the term cycle, and its classifications, and several other factors, associated with exercising.

What are cycles?

In the typical dictionary of a health and fitness buff, on-cycle therapy is a period of time, for which he/she takes health and strength boosting steroids. In this period, you take a health supplement for a length of time, say, for a period of 6 or 10 weeks. After the on-cycle muscle and mass gaining cycle has completed, you have to undergo an additional training, which will be completely drug-free or steroid-free. The PCT, post cycle training will be of similar duration as your OCT, on cycle training. It is also known as off cycle training.

Benefits of on cycle –

Since almost every gym trainer suggests, or every bodybuilder undergoes, there certainly are several benefits of exercising according to on and off cycle therapies. Some of the advantages of this system are –

Improved Patience, Resistance or Tolerance Against Steroids – When you undergo on cycle period, you grow your tolerance level against steroids. If you are new to this, your trainer would suggest you not to chase an on-cycle therapy for a prolonged duration of time, since it can cause several side-effects and growths in your body, which, being a newcomer to gymming or bodybuilding, will be daunting for you to control.

Reduced Risk of Steroid Aftermaths – Steroids supply a great energy in your body, which sometimes, when not managed properly, can bring many side effects to you. A high dose of nutrients is supplied into your body system, because of which your body system can work pretty strangely, and you might not feel well, due to this spin-off. Undergoing (small duration) on-cycle therapy helps you control these side effects. This way, your immune system prepares itself in a manner that the risks of side effects likely to be caused by steroid consumption, and the pain arousing due to excess workout, are reduced.

Precise Duration of On Cycle Therapy

According to experienced international bodybuilders and gym trainers, there is no certain duration for a phase. However, they advocate to go on shortest possible steroid cycle, especially when you are new to this bodybuilding and steroid thing. The period is often designated by the weekly dose of the supplements, you take. Additionally, oral steroids should never be taken, continuously, for more than 8 weeks’ duration. Taking AAS, Anabolic Androgenic Steroids, for longer than this, would bring several significant side effects. After this duration, you should follow an off cycle period.


Source by Luke Harper

The 5 Key Benefits of Eating Healthy


Most of us know that the biggest benefits of eating healthy are that we will stay physically fit, feel better, and have fewer illnesses. We can lower our risk of illnesses like heart disease and diabetes as well. Another key benefit of eating healthy is being able to maintain a healthy weight. In this age of epidemic obesity, this is one of the simplest weight loss plans.

But how many of us teach these benefits to our children, and insure that the habit of eating healthy becomes a part of their daily lifestyle? If we did, we could see healthier, happier children, and teenage obesity could become a thing of the past. Here are the 5 major benefits of eating healthy every day:

1. Eating healthy is probably the easiest and most important way in which you can keep active and shield yourself from the many diseases that are now common as we grow older, including heart disease and diabetes. By eating healthy you are boosting your energy levels, improving your bodily functions, and helping to improve your immune. By eating a healthy diet and combining this with exercise you could end up leading a longer and more vibrant life.

2. You will meet your daily nutritional needs. Your daily food intake should include some amounts of grain, fruit, vegetables, milk (or other dairy products), beans, oils, and protein. There are vitamins and minerals in healthy foods which can boost your immune system and shield you from many common illnesses. In some cases, by eating a healthy diet you can actually reduce the risks that are often linked with such serious diseases as cancer and diabetes.

3. You will enjoy life more and have more energy to face the tasks before you. Healthy eating can reduce your stress levels. Combine this with daily exercise and you will increase this effect even more.

4. You will sleep better and be more rested when you wake up.

5. If you are currently overweight, you will be able to lose that weight more easily – and maintain it long term! Most people who lose weight with fad diets gain it right back again when they go back to their normal eating patterns. With a healthy diet that you maintain for life, you will lose that weight once and maintain it long term.

Once you implement a healthy diet, you will be surprised at how fast you will start reaping these rewards. The benefits of eating healthy will continue to reward you for the rest of your life.


Source by Linda J Bruton

Weight Loss In Horses


Weight loss is a condition that many horse owners have had to deal with at one time or another. A horse that appears thin may be suffering from weight loss due to a number of causes. However there are three common causes of weight loss in horses: malnutrition, parasitism and dental disease.

If a horse is suffering from malnutrition then the number of calories it is consuming is less than the number it is using, it may also suffer from an incorrectly balanced diet. Causes of this include feeding poor quality feed, supplying inadequate amounts of feed or the horse maybe missing out on feed due to competition at feeding time.

Parasites can rob your horse of much needed nutrition as the parasites consume the nutrients or cause inflammation of the horse’s gut leading to poor absorption of nutrients across the gut wall. A targeted parasite management program involving the use of appropriate dewormers given at the correct dose, combined with pasture management and fecal egg counts should minimise the impact parasites are having on your horses.

Dental problems can decrease your horses FCR or Food Conversion Ratio this is a measure of how efficient your horse is at converting feed into energy. The first two steps in digestion are prehension or picking up the feed and mastication or chewing. Any change in the efficiency of these two steps has a direct effect on the efficiency of the rest of the digestive process, as the rest of the digestive tract is only as efficient as these two steps. In severe cases loose, fractured or infected teeth can cause a horse to stop eating all together.

There are many other causes of weight loss in the horse, however the three covered above are the most common and should always be addressed when assessing a horse for weight loss. Other causes of weight loss can include but are not limited to tumours, disease of major organs such as the kidneys or liver, issues affecting hormone levels, inflammation of the intestine, chronic infection and stomach ulcers.

A useful tool in evaluating and reassessing weight loss in horses in to use a body condition scoring system. There are two main systems used one system grades horses from 1 – 5 with 1 being very poor condition and 5 being obese the other system grades horses from 1-9. The key difference between the two systems is the greater degree of accuracy of the 1-9 system.

Another tool that can help is the use of weight tapes although bear in mind that these are not always very accurate, alternatively if you are lucky you may live in an area where you vet or racetrack have digital scales you can use to weigh your horse more accurately.

While we are discussing weight loss in horses we should also talk about the dangers of a horse being too heavy. The same risks posed to people by being obese apply to our horses as well as a few of their own. Overweight horses have increased pressure on their joints and vital organs and are at risk of metabolic syndrome, which has been identified as a cause of laminitis (inflammation of the sensitive structures connecting the hoof wall to the pedal bone).

Overweight horses need a decreased calorie intake often combined with an increase in exercise.


Source by Shannon Lee

Backpacking: First Aid Tips


Today’s focal point will be on a few first aid tips. This is by no means a complete list of the possible emergency situations you may face. This is why bringing a first aid kit and handbook are vital part of your backpacking gear.

Two possible difficulties that are very serious are hyperthermia and hypothermia. When your core temperature drops below normal this is known as hypothermia. Symptoms that you may observe are shivering, chills, and lack of coordination. The other adversity you may face is hyperthermia which is when you overheat because your internal body heat cannot be released fast enough. Hyperthermia occurs mainly in the summer time and signs consist of nausea, vomiting, dizziness, muscle cramps, fatigue, headaches, and weakness. Some other circumstances that can cause you misery are blisters. Deterring blisters actually begins with the purchasing of the correct footwear. One more thing to remember when choosing your footwear is making sure you try them on with the same socks you will be hiking in.

While you are hiking it is essential to keep the right posture because it will help in reducing strain to your muscles. Your walk should be with your head up, shoulders back, relaxed, and swinging your arms. One more meaningful tip is to set yourself up with a good walking pace. Just begin your walk with what feels natural to you. Setting your pace is easy when you are by yourself, but becomes much more challenging when hiking with a partner or a group. The reason for this difficulty is because with a partner or group your pace must be that of the person who has the slowest pace. Trying to set a faster pace could result in an injury of the person who is trying to keep up. Also you may find those hikers becoming annoyed and distressed. This is not how you have fun when you are backpacking. Remember that safety should always come first. Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings and where you are walking. Trails will not always be smooth, but there will be ruts, holes, and other hazards that can trip you up.

Other basic first aid suggestions consists of protecting yourself from sunburn. To do this wear sunblock and a hat with a wide brim to protect your face. For your neck and ears I would suggest you wearing some type of veil which will cover these two areas. Next have insect repellant available at all times because there is no way of escaping those annoying mosquitoes and other insects. One more option you can choose for defending off the insects is to invest in bug clothing. You can find this clothing for just your head or to cover your whole body. Make sure that while you are on this backpacking adventure that you keep yourself well fed, hydrated, and rested. Finally, make sure that those items like clothing, bug spray, or anything else you will need to use for the next day’s hike is readily available. This will save time and aggravation from having to dig around in your pack try to find something.


Source by Louis J Comeau

Hospital Facility Fee


Patients visiting some doctors’ offices and urgent-care clinics are increasingly running into unexpected fees, bills as though they had gone to a hospital. They are becoming victims of the little understood facility fee.

Facility fees are normally generated when a patient visits a hospital or a hospital owned building for medical services. The fees, which can amount to hundreds of dollars, and are billed by hospitals in addition to the physician practices, urgent-care centers and other operations.

Health plans may require consumers to pay emergency-room co-payments even if they didn’t understand that an urgent-care visit could count as a trip to the ER because the urgent-care clinic operates in a hospital owned building.

The facility fees are “not about driving revenue,” says Sara Larch, a vice president at Inova Health System, a not-for-profit hospital chain based in Fairfax, Va. “It’s really just about getting paid for the cost of what we’ve provided.”

Let’s examine this fee in a non-medical situation.

It’s income tax time. Your appointment with you account is on the 16th floor of Gotham Towers just down the hall from the office of Bruce Wayne.

Two weeks later you get a bill from your accountant for $500 and you pay it.

Three weeks later you get a bill from Gotham Towers and Development LLC for $85.00. Why? You pick up the phone and when you ask why the bill, you are told that you are a client of Mr. Accountant and that the $85 is the facility fee for meeting with your accountant.

It’s the same issue. Your accountant pays rent. He pays rent if he has one client or no clients. Why should you be charged anything for providing revenue to your accountant so he can pay the rent.

If you get hit by an unexpected fee, you should first carefully check the bill and your explanation of benefits. If you’re still confused, call the provider and your insurer to make sure you understand the charge and confirm that it is allowed by the health plan. If you feel the out-of-pocket amount you’re being billed is unfair, you can try to appeal the provider’s bill or your insurer’s decision. But if the health plan’s contract with the provider allows for facility charges, you will likely run into stiff resistance.

When Jim’s doctor told him to have an ultrasound, the 34-year-old customer service rep selected what he believed was an independently owned imaging center. The reason, scans at independent centers cost him nothing under his health plan, while hospital charges counted against his deductible. That is there would not be a facility fee.

A month later, Jim got a $773 bill from hospital operator Seton Health, which co-owned the imaging center. “I just feel like I was duped,” he says, because there was “absolutely zero” way for him to know he’d be billed as if he’d visited a hospital. Jim says he appealed twice, but was turned down both times by his insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Jim, who had a $1,000 deductible in his plan, ended up paying the full bill.

A Seton Health spokeswoman says the imaging center’s signs include the Seton name along with the co-owner. She says Seton Health’s rates are consistent with its competitors’ and it hasn’t seen other complaints similar to Mr. Thomson’s. Anthem parent WellPoint says it urges members to check on charges and coverage in advance.

There is no OMFS or Official Medical Fee Schedule for facility fees. No CPT codes or CMS guidelines. As the patient who used services, you are left on your own to do battle.

Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about these fees other then be vigilant about the bills you get from medical providers and question the services provided.


Source by Rich Davis