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Birth Controlling Choices

Written by Mystic on Thursday, February 07, 2008

One of the most important choices you will ever make is when, or if, to become a parent. Since becoming a parent affects your options in life, you need to ask yourself some difficult questions. What do I really want to accomplish in life? Would having a child now interfere with my ability to achieve that goal? Am I really ready to take on the responsibility of raising a child? What support would be available? Could I emotionally and financially handle the responsibilities of bringing up a child at such a tender age? If you decide that you do not want to become a parent at this time, you need to know all the information on "Birth control".

The surest way to avoid pregnancy is not to have sexual intercourse. For many unmarried young people, this is the only viable option since they believe either that they are not ready to have intercourse or that sex outside of marriage is wrong. If this describes you, make up your mind to say "no" and stick with it. Whether or not abstinence is the best option for every teen depends on a variety of factors such as the nature of their intimate relationships or their marital status.

However, if you decide to become sexually active at teenage, knowing key facts about the most common methods of contraception can help you make informed decisions. As you consider each method, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will I have trouble using this method correctly?

  • Will I have trouble remembering to use this method?

  • Does this method require cooperation from my partner? If so, is that a problem?

  • Is this method too expensive?

Thinking about these questions can be confusing and embarrassing. That is normal, but you need to make yourself think about contraception if you are having, or plan to have, intercourse and do not want to become pregnant. You also need to talk about these issues with your sexual partner. If you don't feel comfortable discussing contraception with your partner, ask yourself, "Should I be having sexual intercourse with someone I cannot talk to?" Contraception works best when a female and male choose and use it together

Birth Control Guide

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How to Do Aerobics

Written by Mystic on Thursday, February 07, 2008

A Few Pointers for How to

  • Warm up and cool down, always. They play an immensely large role in injury prevention. The warm up should include a combination of stretching, limbering and whole body exercises that get the muscles, heart and systems ready for the workload they are about to encounter. The cool down should aim at bringing your heart rate gradually back to normal, and should stretch and relax the muscles you have worked so hard. This is important as leaving the muscles in a contracted state instead of relaxing them could cause stiffness and even muscle cramps later.

  • If you're participating in an organized class, it's natural to feel a bit self- conscious when you begin. It helps to remember that everyone in your class, even your instructor, was once a first-timer. Focus on the positive. Enjoy the group energy and the music. Be proud of yourself for taking that first step! Remember, you are not in competition with anyone, except maybe the you of yesterday.

  • Keep track of your progress every 3- 4 weeks. Use a measure tape to do this.

The Difference

You'll notice the difference in just 4- 5 sessions. If you're doing it right, you'll begin seeing the resluts almost immediately. If you don't, then review the situation- you probably missed something. Notice when you're able to do 5 more of a set or routine than when you started.

You'll notice inch/ fat loss, and muscle definition where earlier there was none!

You're clothes will be looser, and family and friends will start commenting on how much slimmer you look!

Give yourself credit for the changes you're creating today!

Aerobics: How to Build Endurance

Aerobics Clothing

Written by Mystic on Thursday, February 07, 2008

What's on the Aerobic Menu?

Fitness Studios offer a wide variety of classes one can engage themselves in. The routines include Step, Boxercise, Pilates, Hi-lo fusions, Body Sculpting, Circuit Training, Slide Training, Callanetics, Calisthenics, Weight Training, and more.

Get in Gear

  • Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics such spandex, Lycra and nylon, as they don't allow the skin to breathe. Cotton on the other hand, does. So, the heat build-up, which is a natural by- product of exercise, can easily be dissipated.

  • Many exercisers like the look and feel of leotards and tights, but any non-binding clothing that allows you to move freely is fine to wear.

  • Don't compromise on footwear. Get a good pair of sneakers with a thick sole for adequate cushioning. Your lower limbs need good support. Air-soled shoes are usually far more supportive and provide better cushioning than others.

Why is Aerobic Important

Written by Mystic on Thursday, February 07, 2008

Aerobics literally means "in the presence of oxygen". Any cardiovascular activity, whether it be walking, jogging, a dance aerobic class, swimming, cycling, stair climbing, a racket game, rope skipping, etc, is considered aerobic.

Why Aerobics?

Aerobis is important because;

The wide range of benefits one can expect from aerobic activities include:

  • Fat and inch loss

  • Muscle toning

  • Increased strength and endurance

  • Reshaping and posture development

  • Increased flexibility

  • Denser/ stronger bone

  • Improved skin

  • Dramatic improvement in appearance

  • Increased self-confidence

  • Increased mental alertness

  • Improved sleep

  • Improved co-ordination

  • Lowered resting heart rate

  • Lowered blood pressure

  • Increase in life expectancy

  • Radiant health