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      n 1: a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease; “physicians
      should be held responsible for the health of their
      patients” [syn: {health}, {wellness}] [ant: {illness},
      {malady}, {sickness}, {unwellness}]
      2: the general condition of body and mind; “his delicate
      health”; “in poor health”

      n 1: the property of being physically or mentally strong;
      “fatigue sapped his strength” [ant: {weakness}]
      2: capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the
      capacity to fight a war; “we faced an army of great
      strength”; “politicians have neglected our military posture”
      [syn: {military capability}, {military strength}, {strength},
      {military posture}, {posture}]
      3: physical energy or intensity; “he hit with all the force he
      could muster”; “it was destroyed by the strength of the
      gale”; “a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of
      a living man” [syn: {force}, {forcefulness}, {strength}]
      4: an asset of special worth or utility; “cooking is his forte”
      [syn: {forte}, {strong suit}, {long suit}, {metier},
      {specialty}, {speciality}, {strong point}, {strength}] [ant:
      {weak point}]
      5: the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the
      embracing of a point of view by means of argument or
      entreaty; “the strength of his argument settled the matter”
      [syn: {persuasiveness}, {strength}] [ant: {unpersuasiveness}]
      6: the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or
      electromagnetic radiation); “he adjusted the intensity of the
      sound”; “they measured the station’s signal strength” [syn:
      {intensity}, {strength}, {intensity level}]
      7: capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects;
      “the toxin’s potency”; “the strength of the drinks” [syn:
      {potency}, {effectiveness}, {strength}]
      8: the condition of financial success; “the strength of the
      company’s stock in recent weeks” [ant: {weakness}]
      9: permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force;
      “they advertised the durability of their products” [syn:
      {lastingness}, {durability}, {enduringness}, {strength}]

      n 1: the quality of being suitable; “they had to prove their
      fitness for the position” [syn: {fitness}, {fittingness}]
      [ant: {unfitness}]
      2: good physical condition; being in shape or in condition [syn:
      {fitness}, {physical fitness}] [ant: {softness}, {unfitness}]
      3: fitness to traverse the seas [syn: {seaworthiness},
      4: the quality of being qualified

      n 1: possession of controlling influence; “the deterrent power
      of nuclear weapons”; “the power of his love saved her”;
      “his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade” [syn:
      {power}, {powerfulness}] [ant: {impotence}, {impotency},
      2: (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (=
      3: possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities)
      required to do something or get something done; “danger
      heightened his powers of discrimination” [syn: {ability},
      {power}] [ant: {inability}]
      4: (of a government or government official) holding an office
      means being in power; “being in office already offers a
      candidate a great advantage”; “during his first year in
      office”; “during his first year in power”; “the power of the
      president” [syn: {office}, {power}]
      5: one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority;
      “the mysterious presence of an evil power”; “may the force be
      with you”; “the forces of evil” [syn: {power}, {force}]
      6: a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a
      quantity is multiplied by itself [syn: {exponent}, {power},
      7: physical strength [syn: {might}, {mightiness}, {power}]
      8: a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the
      world [syn: {world power}, {major power}, {great power},
      {power}, {superpower}]
      9: a very wealthy or powerful businessman; “an oil baron” [syn:
      {baron}, {big businessman}, {business leader}, {king},
      {magnate}, {mogul}, {power}, {top executive}, {tycoon}]
      v 1: supply the force or power for the functioning of; “The
      gasoline powers the engines”

      n 1: (physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the
      capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of
      energy are joules or ergs; “energy can take a wide variety
      of forms” [syn: {energy}, {free energy}]
      2: forceful exertion; “he plays tennis with great energy”; “he’s
      full of zip” [syn: {energy}, {vigor}, {vigour}, {zip}]
      3: enterprising or ambitious drive; “Europeans often laugh at
      American energy” [syn: {energy}, {push}, {get-up-and-go}]
      4: an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing);
      “his writing conveys great energy”; “a remarkable muscularity
      of style” [syn: {energy}, {muscularity}, {vigor}, {vigour},
      5: a healthy capacity for vigorous activity; “jogging works off
      my excess energy”; “he seemed full of vim and vigor” [syn:
      {energy}, {vim}, {vitality}]
      6: any source of usable power; “the DOE is responsible for
      maintaining the energy policy”
      7: the federal department responsible for maintaining a national
      energy policy of the United States; created in 1977 [syn:
      {Department of Energy}, {Energy Department}, {Energy}, {DOE}]

      n 1: a condition promoting sanitary practices; “personal
      2: the science concerned with the prevention of illness and
      maintenance of health [syn: {hygiene}, {hygienics}]

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    What Are Some Good Health/fitness Tips? Im a fourteen years old and i been trying to lose weight for a month and only loss two pounds and i want to lose a lot of weight before the summer ends (seven weeks)

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      TIP 1. Study.
      Your body has no choice but to follow your brain. So, you should feed your brain a steady diet of good information if you want to be all you can be. It’s YOUR body and it has to last a lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Don’t ask questions of random strangers with no credibility in this or other online forums. Use high quality resources for information instead. The basic principles of health, fitness, and nutrition are not that difficult or hard to understand.

      Avoid the internet unless you’re using trusted sites in dot gov or dot edu domains. The dot coms are usually driven by profit motive and you’ll find bad information in most websties including WebMD, Livestrong,, etc. and especially in this forum and others like it. And, avoid magazine and other cheap commercial informational products about fitness, glamour, muscle building, fashion and fads. Don’t be part of the “herd” unless you want to look, feel, and perform like the “herd”.

      Use books, especially late edition text books on subjects such as nutrition, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology…especially exercise physiology. You can find excellent information resources at your local public or Uni library or for sale cheap online at and

      Always follow the science. Use critical thinking. Be skeptical and do not believe anything without cross checking it with trusted sources. Grow your personal knowledge base and everything else will follow with relative ease.

      You have one body and it has to last a lifetime. It’s worth the investment to learn how to care for it properly.

      TIP 2. Don’t micromanage
      Your body is a work in progress. You won’t have your adult body for almost a decade. Don’t try to make changes which may go against nature while nature is developing you physically. Sure, everyone wants to be svelte and fit and so should you. However, you don’t want to try to lose fat, for example, when your body is trying to build muscle unless you are very much over weight. Trying to reduce body fat to 15%, for example, can inhibit the growth of muscle and important tissues. You at the age where eating disorders begin to manifest themselves so avoid obsessing about food, fat, and body image.

      TIP 3. Eat a good and proper diet
      This is easy said than done. Learn to read and understand food labels, count calories, manage macro nutrient ratios, etc. You are what you eat and your long term health and well being are very much dependent on your ability to eat properly for now and the rest of your life.

      TIP 4. Exercise
      Exercise does not have to be work. It can be dancing or walking or swimming or anything that involve low risk, a wider variety of motions and muscle contractions, and elevates your heart rate to 80% of max where max is 230 – your age and sustains it at that level for 20 minutes several times a week. And, build muscle too. Only muscle offers all of the following.
      o Stronger bones & increased mineral density (osteoporosis protection)
      o Stronger body & musculature (improved protection from injury)
      o More robust organic and systemic fitness (more survivable in crisis)
      o Improved cardio-vascular function (better than “cardio”)
      o Higher basal metabolic rate (~5-50 cal/day/pound of muscle)
      o Easier fat loss (more efficient lipid consumption)
      o Greater calorie consumption (prolonged afterburn)
      o Supports body sculpting (hypertrophy)
      o Slows natural loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) over age 30
      o Minimal wear & tear (low risk)
      It only take a couple of hours of hard work to build strength.

      TIP 5. Be happy
      Manage your stress. Keep your reactions in proper proportion, your negative emotions in check, and don’t be a drama queen. Do those things which bring you happiness.

      TIP 6. Use this website.
      Be sure to bookmark it and use it. It’s been recommended by the people your doctor listens to, US National Institute of Health, and has tons of information about your growing and changing body. –>

      Good luck and good health!!


      PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.

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    Health & Fitness Club At My High School? Any advice or tips for me and my friend we are trying to start a health and fitness club at my high school?

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      Fitness is your passion, and you’re tired of working for someone else. The idea of striking out on your own and opening your own studio is getting harder to ignore. Before you convince your clients to follow you to the new space, here are eight things you need to know to become as financially fit as possible:

      Pinpoint Your Audience
      Like in any business, you need to figure out to whom you want to cater. Will it be parents who need to work around their children’s school and sports schedules? Will it be professionals who will work out before and after their jobs? Will you be a studio focused on one discipline or several? Your audience will influence where you set up shop.
      Click here to find out more!

      Location Rules
      One of your biggest expenses is rent. So choose wisely. It took Yoga for Athletes franchise creator Kimberly Fowler more than a year to find the right space. First, she researched the studios that already existed in the area for possible conflicts. She also had to find a location that allowed for lots of people to come to and fro.

      “You’re a mass assembly place,” she explains. “We have 100 people going in and out at one time” for the 120 spinning and yoga classes each week. For 3,100 square feet in Venice, Calif., she pays $1,300 a month.

      To make the most use of the space, she closes it down for only two hours in the early morning so it can be cleaned.

      Keep a Tight Ship
      For most fitness companies, the next biggest overhead cost is staff. You want to attract the best teachers. That in turn brings in the most loyal — and best-paying — clients. But paying employee benefits can take a huge chunk of your profit.
      To cut her overhead in this area, Pamela Warshay, owner of Sage Fitness, treats her Pilates and Gyrotonic instructors as independent contractors. It is their responsibility to find their own clients and set up their own hours. They simply rent her studio for the hours they need.

      She says she structured her business this way because she also recognized that students tend to follow their teachers. So why waste money on training only to have the instructor eventually leave, taking their clients with them?
      Click here to find out more!

      Gregory Florez, CEO of Fit Advisor, agrees, adding that if they’re not staff, then you aren’t responsible for their training, certification and ongoing education.

      “Although you have less control, if you are good at spotting talent and offer good incentives, I recomend starting out with contractors because it’s less risky. You can always, as the cash flow starts, change from contractors to employees. It is harder to do it the other way around.”

      To Lease or to Buy?
      The cost and maintenance of equipment is the third-largest overhead cost you’ll have. Deciding whether to buy or lease equipment depends on your budget and your goals. Warshay opted to purchase her Pilates and Gyrotonic equipment over time, as her studio got bigger. Price tag: between $3,500 to $5,500 each. To keep the machinery running smoothly, she does most of the maintenance herself. For the heavier lifting, she has a handyman on speed dial.

      Fowler, meanwhile, recommends her franchisees sign a three-year leasing contract. “After three years, you don’t want those spinning bikes,” she says. “You don’t want to lose your reputation because your bikes are crappy.”
      Whichever route you choose, be sure to shop around, says Florez. The market for exercise equipment is very competitive and you may find some steals.

      Get Protection
      Because injuries may happen, experts advise that you sign up for insurance. Make sure the policy covers the studio space and, if you have staff, the instructors. If your teachers are contractors, they must have their own policies.

      How to Grow
      A studio can only hold so much equipment and juggle so many classes. And you can only teach for a certain number of hours before being physically burned out. So how can you keep the momentum going? You can invest in another space, add a retail space and sell clothes, or develop DVDs and write books.
      Click here to find out more!

      Another option is to franchise, like Fowler. For Warshay,the answer was to branch into training golfers and holding clinics at the golf hotspots. “That way, I am not married to a physical space,” she explains. “I’m trying not to put all my eggs in one basket.”

      Know the Bottom Line
      Starting your own fitness studio is not a cheap endeavor. If you dream of being the state-of-the-art, go-to studio for your market, expect toshell out $500,000, says Florez. But if you’re creative, it could be as little as $30,000. How creative? Florez says when looking for a space, consider a mixed-use building and then barter with the landlord: You’ll teach the tenants for free or at a discount for no or low rent.

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    Where To Get Health Fitness Tips? Hello friends let me know where you can get health fitness tips. I have recently read blog related health and fitness and I found it helpful. I am looking for more same king of blog which I have read before. Please you may take a review and suggest me more. Thanks!


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      Health and fitness centers are more in numbers where you can be trained to keep up your good health in good way. Inspite of visiting the Gym or health and fitness centers many a time, people are not able to maintain good health. Therefore one should maintain their daily diet along with the good exercise, by doing this you can maintain good health.

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    What Are The Five Components Of Health Related Fitness? Please help please anyone have definitioons for them too!? THANKS SO MUCH XOX

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      Hi kelly
      The 5 components of physical fitness are often used in our school systems, health clubs and fitness centers to gauge how good a shape we are truly in. The 5 components that make up total fitness are:
      # Cardiovascular Endurance

      # Muscular Strength

      # Muscular endurance

      # Flexibility

      # Body Composition

      Total fitness can be defined by how well the body performs in each one of the components of physical fitness as a whole. It is not enough to be able to bench press your body weight. You also need to determine how well you can handle running a mile etc.
      A closer look at the individual components:

      Cardiovascular endurance is the ability of the heart and lungs to work together to provide the needed oxygen and fuel to the body during sustained workloads. Examples would be jogging, cycling and swimming. The Cooper Run is used most often to test cardiovascular endurance.

      Muscular strength is the amount of force a muscle can produce. Examples would be the bench press, leg press or bicep curl. The push up test is most often used to test muscular strength.

      Muscular endurance is the ability of the muscles to perform continuous without fatiguing. Examples would be cycling, step machines and elliptical machines. The sit up test is most often used to test muscular endurance.

      Flexibility is the ability of each joint to move through the available range of motion for a specific joint. Examples would be stretching individual muscles or the ability to perform certain functional movements such as the lunge. The sit and reach test is most often used to test flexibility.

      Body composition is the amount of fat mass compared to lean muscle mass, bone and organs. This can be measured using underwater weighing, Skinfold readings, and bioelectrical impedance. Underwater weighing is considered the "gold standard" for body fat measurement, however because of the size and expense of the equipment needed very few places are set up to do this kind of measurement.

      Why the need for physical fitness testing?

      As stated earlier the 5 components of physical fitness represent how fit and healthy the body is as a whole. When you have the battery of tests performed you will receive information on the specific areas you made need to work in. A very specific goal oriented fitness program can be developed from the test battery.

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    Does Religion Promote Health And Fitness? Just a thought I’m putting out there. I will include one example, look up the recent study on lesbians and the 75% rate of obesity among them. Lesbians obviously do not have a religion. Not insulting, just putting statistics. Then there is the stereotype of the “typical atheist”. Stereotypes don’t form out of thin air, they are formed when a trend is noticed.

    Do you think religion promotes fitness overall?

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      Yes, the Bible does promote health and fitness.

      For example, it says here that we should get enough sleep. "Better is a handful of rest than a double handful of hard work and striving after the wind." (Ecclesiastes 4:6)

      The Bible also promotes being "moderate in habits." (1 Timothy 3:2) That includes our eating habits.

      1 Timothy 4:8 also talks about exercising when it says "Bodily training is beneficial."

      This is another interesting point: "A drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty."--Proverbs 23:21.

      It also says here :"Wine is a ridiculer, intoxicating liquor is boisterous, and everyone going astray by it is not wise."--Proverbs 20:1.

      There is more but i have to go now.

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