The Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise

The Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise

May 2012

Get Together and Play Together

Published on May 29th, 2012, 22:28. in General.
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Indoor sports are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Not only are they enjoyed by sportsmen but they are also growing into a family orientated form of exercise. There are now several indoor sports clubs throughout Australia.

As an example, let’s take a look at indoor soccer. For starters, it can be played throughout the year, with no fear of rain or gale winds interfering with the game. This exhilarating sport is the ideal exercise ‘fix’ for parents and their children. Over the years, the game has been modified in order to allow it to be enjoyed on a simply designed indoor court. The game is easy to play, but specific rules should be respected, especially if a team wants to play against other members.

Women and girls can also play indoor soccer, but if that is not their scene, there is always indoor netball to get them into an energetic mood. Some people are put off playing the game because they think that they have to be at a certain standard. This is not the case. This is especially true for parents and their children. Although it used to be identified as a woman’s sport, it has recently gained popularity as a mixed sport. Yes! Men do enjoy the game of netball too. Instead of cheering on their wives, sisters and girlfriends, the males are beginning to join their families and friends on the indoor netball courts.

If indoor netball sounds like an attractive idea, the rules are simple to follow. Each team is made up of seven players, although some clubs have six players a side. Furthermore, in order to keep strength levels on an even keel, a mixed team is only allowed to have up to three males. When a match takes place, the game is divided into four quarters, each consisting of ten minutes. Additional players are permitted to play as substitutes, but only at the end of each quarter. The game is especially enjoyed by those who enjoy non-contact sports as the players must not touch or get too close to the team member who is holding the ball during play.

Indoor handball is another game that attracts families and mixed players. Each team comprises five players plus three substitutes. Again, no more than three male players are permitted to play at a time. Indoor handball is sometimes mistakenly viewed as a fairly modern game. Surprisingly, the first world championship for indoor handball took place in 1938. To date, these championships have always been won by European countries, with Sweden having won the most gold, silver and bronze medals. An Australian team now also competes in the world championships, but they haven’t been too successful. Perhaps with more youngsters taking up the sport, the results will eventually improve.

There are other sports that can be played on indoor courts. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Instead of watching others enjoying indoor sports, join a team or, even better, encourage your family to take up an indoor activity at a sports club.

There might be some truth in that much used expression, ‘the family who plays together, stays together”

Dairy Consumption—The Choice is Yours

Published on May 2nd, 2012, 22:29. in General.
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So that there is no confusion, let us first establish what is meant by ‘dairy products’. Dairy includes:

• Milk in its various liquid forms;

• Cream;

• Yogurt;

• Hard cheese; and

• Cottage cheese.

There are two schools of thought regarding whether eggs are dairy or not. However, for this article, we will exclude eggs, as the general opinion is that eggs belong to the meat and poultry pyramid.

Is dairy good for you? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Let’s examine milk. Although a glass of ice cold milk after a sports session at a Brisbane indoor sports club is a welcoming drink, unless we know we are allergic to milk, in which case, it could be harmful to our health according to many researchers.

Milk is a great provider of whole protein. It contains all the known amino acids that are necessary for a healthy body. On the other hand, whole milk can add large amounts of cholesterol and fat to our diets, which can also add unwanted kilojoules that may result in an overweight appearance. Latest research also links cow’s milk to various health disorders, such as, breast cancer and heart disease, amongst others. People who are prone to high cholesterol are best not to drink full cream milk as it has a high content of saturated fat.

Scientific reports also indicate that certain ailments are connected to milk intake. Children with milk allergies don’t respond well to cow’s milk. An acne breakout can often be avoided by reducing milk intake. Asthma may also be associated with consuming cow’s milk.

Some healthy alternatives to cow’s milk are goat’s milk and almond milk. Goat’s milk is much easier to digest and better suited to our nutritional requirements. Almond milk is made from ground almonds that are blended with water then sieved to produce a healthy liquid substitute to cow’s milk. So, how can we compromise when it isn’t always possible to buy these milk alternatives? Nowdays there are also 'adjusted' milk products such as 'A2' milk that may be able to be consumed with less risk. 

Cow’s milk is rich in calcium and vitamins. We should recognise that any diet that is high in fat can promote heart disease and high cholesterol. By drinking skim milk or using it for cooking, health risks that are attached to a high fat diet can be reduced. In the same context, weight problems can be avoided by selecting low fat milk products. At the same time, a healthy attitude to exercise will also assist in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Adverse weight issues are created when more food and especially saturated fats are consumed than our bodies need. If outdoor exercise is not possible, an indoor sport such as indoor cricket will help to balance our weight by eliminating excess kilojoules.

Remember also that only a small percentage of children are allergic to cow’s milk. There is a saying that cow’s milk is healthy, but only for baby cows. Whether or not this is wholly true is a debate among doctors and researchers that has continued for many years.