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Men's sexual health is not only the absence of disease, it is an optimal condition that includes libido, or sexual desire, and the ability to obtain and sustain an erection. Optimal sexual health is the result of several psychological, physical, and sociological factors. There are some foods…

As you get older, your body fails to absorb enough vitamin B12 from your diet. Most women over 40 are most likely deficient. You are even prone to the deficiency if you take certain medications for weight loss, if you have type 2 diabetes, or PCOS which is polycystic ovary syndrome. Whether you have…

Electrolytes are minerals that produce an electric charge in your body. They are found in plenty in your urine, blood, and body fluids. It is imperative to maintain the right electrolyte balance to ensure that blood chemistry remains optimal and other processes such as muscle action are not…

Feelling better and staying stronger is important during cancer treatment. The type of food you eat will determine your overall well-being during the process. Chemotherapies and Physiotherapies are pretty harsh and invasive. Fortunately, keeping a healthy diet will help you feel better and give you…

If you’ve considered sugar substitutes as a means to combat your cravings and eventually help control your weight, think again. With obesity being declared a global epidemic, it’s no wonder the food industry offers multiple sugar substitute products to keep sales up. But consuming…

When you hear about “junk food” you automatically think about something unhealthy. In the end, we can’t blame you! Most of the food nowadays is made from unhealthy ingredients that will harm your health, not to mention that they don’t provide any nutritional value. However,…

Avocados/Avocado Oil: This fruit is rich in mono-unsaturated fats, fibre, vitamin E, and proteins. Adding avocados to your diet controls bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol. Pregnant women can have this vitamin as it reduces risk of birth defects. It reduces the risk of heart diseases.…

When you are feeling down with the blues and maybe experiencing symptoms of depression, there may be some causes that are not just due to chemical changes in the brain. In fact, there are many things that have been linked to depression. One substance linked to depression is refined sugars which…

What are plyometrics?

Plyometrics is a form of exercise designed mainly to help you perform better in any sport. After practising plyometrics, you are supposed to be able to run faster, jump higher, hit harder and with more accuracy. It is a strengthening exercise that ideally should be a part of the core overall exercise program.

It is a fun activity and is aimed at children and adolescents of all ages. Jumping jacks is a great example of a typical plyometric exercise. Doing it regularly can help improve children’s muscle tone, make bones stronger and also help in weight-control. 

Plyometrics is not necessarily the best form of exercise for adults because the movements used in a polymeric regimen uses muscle strength to expand and contract muscles at a very high rate. As adults, the elasticity of muscles or the strength of the bones may not are not developed as that of children and adolescents.

 

Polymeric regimen basically has two different phases in the total duration of the course. The first phase is to stretch the muscle as much as you can - imagine yourself like a rubber band. For example, if you were doing squats, then your starting point to the point of squat will be the lengthening phase or the first phase of plyometrics. Then the second phase is immediately contracting the muscles by contraction.

 

In the second phase your body is expected to contract in an explosive action and moving as quickly as possible. The objective of this phase is to have your muscles make a strong contraction quickly.

 

As per the American College of Sports Medicine, plyometrics is absolutely safe for children and it can be a fun activity given that it is designed scientifically and also supervised by trained coaches. This can help them excel in any sport! 

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