Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning extreme sports, exercise myths and essential oils.
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Learn about Extreme Sports, Exercise Myths and Essential Oils Host: If speed, height, inherent danger and high-physical exertion are on your list of what makes a good sport, you're probably one of the growing numbers of youngsters who like to take things to the extreme. Forget fuel TV, you want the real thing but what makes some people predispose to thrill seeking and others quite happy to throttle on in the treadmill, genetics or sheer madness. Ernest: Those who’ve got this A1—had significantly fewer dopamine receptors in pleasure areas of their brain. That means that these people don’t get the normal pleasure or fun in life under normal circumstances. Host: Other studies show that people who are retracted to pitting themselves against the elements in a sport with uncontrollable variables and who actually enjoy the feeling of narrowly cheating death regularly are able to cope under pressure in everyday life than we immortals. But will they live long enough to enjoy this amazing psychological asset? One researcher who went to do a fourth yearly checkup on his extreme sports subjects and found that 8% of them had met with a grizzly end. Now that’s what I call an extreme statistic. So, take precautions next time you base jump yourself head first off the nearest cliff, if that’s possible. Everyone wants to do the right thing and get in shape. But how do the wades or the obstacle course of exercise myths to a better you? One common misconception is that cardio is the best fat buster. The truth is you should mix some weight and strength training in with your cardio. Too much cardio all on its own will strip fat and muscle. Keep a good balance. Another popular myth is that you can lose all the weight you want just through exercise. But in reality, there are other contributing factors. Your diet, genetics and preexisting conditions may put a limit on the amount of fat you can shift and how fast. Contrary to popular belief, swimming is a great way to downsize but getting out in about to a gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time. It's a myth that the gym is the most effective place to exercise. Do what’s right for you and how often should you exercise? Well, to change your body shape, you need a minimum of three varied classes a week but you should be doing at least half an hour of exercise on all the other days too. Consistency, nutrition and a good ratio of strength to cardio training will bust the fat along with the myths. Breathing the delicious aroma of essential oil not only sets the mood for relaxation but may also have amazing benefits for your physical health. According to a recent study from the University of South Hampton, oils such as lavender, thyme and tea tree are very effective at killing off dangerous bacteria, almost 100% effective. E Coli and Golden Staph just can't survive in the presence of these powerful plant oils. The essential oil industry is coming along in leaps and bounds. Now, due to new technology, fewer harsh solvents are being used in the extraction process so you can breathe in all of those wonderful scents without a care in the world. Essential plant oils can be used to aid the healing of anything from respiratory infections to severe depression, the perfect potion for health and happiness. Silly exercise gadgets don’t come with a professional instructor who can correct your posture and technique. You're getting what you pay for.