Tactical watches – can they be trusted?

You purchased a wristband or watch for exercise monitoring and aided by training and nutrition adjustment data, but are the numbers on the monitor reliable and accurate? New research has examined the range of error of 7 common bracelets – by Rotem Keslo-Cohen, Physiological Effort at the Center for Sports Medicine and Research, Wingate Institute

Smart Sport/Combat watches and bracelets for monitoring activity that measure pulse, caloric expenditure, several daily steps, are common among the general public today. More and more people are wearing these watches and are using the data when planning workouts, controlling calorie expenditure, dietary adjustment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Given the wide variety of existing instruments, we must ask ourselves what the accuracy of these measures is? Although in most cases the device manufacturers report a high level of accuracy, these facts have not yet been tested in a controlled and independent research environment against valid measurement methods.

Recently, a study was carried out by a group of researchers at Stanford University that looked at the accuracy of measuring the pulse response and energy expenditure of seven common and common commercial bracelets. The bracelets tested are: Apple watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn
and Samsung Gear S2.
These bracelets were selected for testing after meeting a number of criteria defined by the researchers: arm-worn bracelets with continuous pulse-measuring capability, a battery lasting for more than 24 hours, and immediately available bracelets.

Some 60 subjects (29 men and 31 women) aged 64-21 years participated in the study, who made various efforts at different intensities (sitting, walking, running and cycling). During the test protocol, the subjects were monitored by the ECG system for the purpose of examining the pulse response and direct oxygen consumption was measured by a metabolic measurement system to assess the energy expenditure. The data collected in the laboratory measures were compared with the bracelet data. Each subject wore up to 4 bracelets on his arm during the assessment, and each protocol was tailor-made for the individual according to their fitness level.

Findings: The pulse is accurate, but the energy expenditure – much less!
The results of the study showed that in a heterogeneous group of people: Most of the bracelets reported relatively accurately the pulse values ​​with an error range of less than 5% (acceptable error range), (it is important to note that this error range is found when cycling – an activity where the body moves Upper are relatively few, in walking or running, the error range was up to about 9% in some devices). In contrast, none of the bracelets tested exhibited energy expenditure (calories) accurately. The devices tested showed a very large error range, even the most accurate clock still showed a range of error of about 27%, while the least accurate clock of seven – presented a range of error close to 90%.

It is important to note that the measurement error increased as the intensity of the effort increased in each of the activities performed: cycling, walking and running. Factors such as dark skin color, wrist circumference, and high BMI value increased measurement error. That is, if dark skin color, I have a high BMI and exert high intensity effort, there is a high probability that all seven bracelets tested to accurately estimate the energy cost of the effort I made will be very low.

Top 5 Must Have Products for Cat Owners

Most cat owners will agree that cats are among the best life companions. There are a few essentials that go a long way in ensuring that your cat lives a happy comfortable life. A few of these items are:

1. Water and food bowl tray

 

As a cat owner it is important to always have a clean food and water bowl tray for your cat/ there are water dishes that are excellent for filtering water hence aiding in removing impurities. Always clean out these bowls after every feed to ensure that you cat doesn’t catch any illnesses. For kittens, it is advisable that you purchase the shallower smaller bowls for them so that they do not strain to feed.
It is also advisable to keep the water and food bowl tray away from their litter box. The main reason is cats are not particularly happy to be feeding from the same place they relieve themselves.

2. Cat Toys

 

Cats are generally very playful pets. As a cat owner it is important that you provide your cat with an array of safe toys. For example, it would be a good idea to get your cat catnip-filled mice or balls as they love pouncing. Get your cat other toys that keep your cat active for several hours.
It is important to know that giving your cat small toys could be harmful to them; they could choke on them. Keep small toys such as pom-poms and bells away from them.

3. Cat Scratching Post

 

All cats need to scratch and getting a scratching post is a good idea. Ensure that the post has a powerful base hence it cannot tip over. The scratching post should also be as tall as the cat or slightly taller- this is essential because the cat can stand on its hind legs and get a first-class stretch as he’s scratching.
If you intend to have more than one cat/ have more than one cat then ensure that you have at least one scratching post for every cat.

4. Raincoat

 

This is a must have for cat owners especially for snowy or rainy weather. Rains coats help protect your cat from cold, rain and mud. Most cats love getting dressed up and will gladly take a walk with you in their raincoats.
A good raincoat should be:
• Small enough to fit your cat perfectly
• Waterproof so that your cat is able to strut away happily into the rain
• Made from fabric that’s breathable
• Has a place where a leash holder can be attached too.

5. Litter Box

 

Today, there are many styles of litter boxes. There are self cleaning litter boxes that rake out the dirty litter after your kitty is done. However, it could be quite expensive for most people. There are other hooded litter boxes which have a tall cover. This tall cover is designed to give your cat some privacy and at the same time preventing the litter from being sprawled on the floor. There are cats that won’t use an enclosed litter box; the best option for them would be an open plain plastic litter box.
Getting the right litter for your cat ensures that your cat is happy and fully comfortable.
Conclusion
While cats are among the easiest pets to keep, it is important that they are always comfortable. Know your cat and what would work best for them.

Top roof swimming pool – the ultimate pleasure

There is nothing more pampering than swimming or splashing in the pool on a hot summer day, which is characteristic of the hot summer months of the Israeli climate. A swimming pool is not only suitable for private homes, but can also be located on a shared roof or penthouse apartment. Swimming pools on the roof of a building include unique challenges and require special permission from the local authority where the building is located. For example, the challenge in this rooftop pool project was to design a pool in the maximum dimensions that the roof area allows, but without giving up the safety that provides electric coverage and the aesthetics of a high water level characterized by pools with a surfing channel …

What are the safety considerations that must be taken in building swimming pools on the roof?

Since the swimming pool on the roof is a permanent building that requires special permission from the municipal authority, and the pool may weigh up to one ton per square meter, there are many safety considerations related to its establishment,

• Testing the structure’s ability to carry the weight of the pool. Most of the new modern homes are strong enough, and other buildings from 1990 can be specially adapted to carry the weight of the pool without jeopardizing the stability of the building.
• Fencing the pool so that small children can not fall into it without supervision. Most regulations today require that a pool be protected wherever the water is above 60 cm in a fence that is 110 cm or more in height.
• A rooftop swimming pool may also be a noise center for neighbors, so under certain conditions an acoustic wall should be built to moderate the noise.
• It is necessary to determine the textured areas that prevent slipping around the pool, especially when it is a pool on the roof, and keep the pool from the roof walls as much as possible.
Who can obtain the necessary permits for the construction of the pool on the roof?

While the requirements vary among the municipal authorities in Israel, they all require building permits after careful inspection and planning by a civil engineer. There are particularly challenging projects, such as older structures that require a change of the infrastructure of the entire building so that it can be approved for building the pool on the roof, divided roof shared between several apartments, or a roof that includes several levels.

We will be happy to assist you in planning unusual and challenging swimming pools, as well as complex engineering projects – from planning and preparing detailed 3D simulations (technical or realistic) of the pool structure and its surroundings. Authorities – the Ministry of Health, building permits, etc., and until the actual pool construction.

The most common stomach problems

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Talking about stomach disorders may scare some people especially those who may have had suffered from the condition. It is a common issue among many individuals and families and therefore has risen concern in the health sector. The stomach is an important organ that plays a major role in protein breakdown, food storage, fraternization of digested food with acids and finally directing it to the ileum. A disruption of this four processes can lead to serious or mild stomach problems and may therefore require medical attention. The common stomach complications include: heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids and diarrhea.

Constipation

Constipation is the most common digestive problem in our society today. It mainly results from lack of enough water in our bodies, slow or even failure of bowel movement or lack of muscle contraction and relaxation. Constipation is characterized by occasional impulse to have a bowel movement, total strain while easing, rigid stool and a foul smell from the mouth which can be quite embarrassing.

Constipation is a condition that requires a fast remedy to due to the toxic content in the waste material. The waste material contains a lot of toxic substances which need to be expelled from our body. Failure to get rid of the wastes may lead to absorption of the toxins in the blood leading to a more fatal problem. The firm stool can also lead to the blockage of the bowel causing bowel inconsistency and finally a rupture of the colon. The materials spills in belly causing a therapeutic emergency known as toxin mega-colon’.

Some of the common treatments of constipation include

· Increased water intake

· Intake of fiber content foods

· Reduced intake of caffeine and liquor

· Systematic exercises

· Use of purgatives and suppositories.

Hemorrhoid

Hemorrhoid is simply the unusual swelling of both the rectum and the anus, a condition that is common for both gender but more common to the expectant, obese and poor dieters. It mainly results from childbirth, long sitting hours, diarrhea, constipation as well as tough exercises. An irritation of the hemorrhoid veins leads to itchiness, pain and inflammation of the membranes leading to bleeding from the anus.

There are three types of hemorrhoids: external hemorrhoids which is simply a bulge or a hard bump that is as a result of a blood clot. It can only be treated by a medical practitioner. Internal hemorrhoids is a less serious condition that is characterized by painless bleeding.it is also important to treat the condition in time. The prolapsed hemorrhoids are characterized by swollen veins which stretch until they bulge out of the anus.

Most constipation remedy work in the treatment of hemorrhoids and therefore helpful for its treatment. It is also important to avoid sitting for long as well as have a regular soak in some warm water.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a stomach problem characterized by unfastened and water-logged stool that require quick expulsion sending you flying in the latrine from time to time. The condition mainly results from bacterial infection and food poisoning which can be countered by increased intake of liquid diet to avoid dehydration. It can also be caused by crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

Diarrhea can be avoided by ensuring a proper hygiene in the house and especially in the kitchen. You should also avoid eating contaminated and raw foods. In case of more serious symptoms, it is important to seek medical care.

Read more on http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-diarrhea

5 Reasons Why You NEED The Best Work Boots

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Wearing boots to work means your feet are better protected. Out of all the comfortable footwear options out there, the boots have the most coverage and in colder places, they keep the feet warm. Some waterproof boots can even keep your feet dry even if you step into mud or a deep puddle.

However, while waterproofing, design and other features are valuable considerations when choosing boots, comfort is the most important. Here are some reasons why you should choose boots that are perfectly comfortable.

1. Taking Care of the Nerves

Work boots are shoes you wear for hours on end. The way they are shaped will have an effect on the pressures your feet will feel. When the boots spread your toes or push it down in any way, it may cause problems with the nerves. Damage or pressure to the nerves will equal pain. Nerve damage due to shoes vary in severity but they can require surgery.

2.  Blisters Everywhere

Blisters are basically the skin’s cries for help. When your work boots are made with poor materials and fit badly, they will rub up against the skin of your feet and break it. These are usually round, liquid-filled, pustules which are very painful. Repeated blistering can cause enough damage to lead to an infection.

3. Foul Smell

The foul odor coming from your work boots from a long day might be inevitable but it shouldn’t be that bad. The best work boots are designed so your feet can somehow breathe and prevent too much nasty from developing. Good pairs also use appropriate materials that prevent the growth of bacteria and manage the moisture inside. Dirty, smelly shoes can lead to very ugly infections so make sure your work boots can handle a thorough periodic cleaning.

4. Calluses and Bunions

Calluses is your feet’s way of fighting back to the friction and pressure bad boots give the feet. They are thickened skin and while they may be benign at first, they can grow to become unsightly and cause discomfort.

Bunions, on the other, hand are more than skin deep. That’s actually the bone sticking out at the joint because of the shoes
pushing the big toe sidewards. When it gets painful and problematic, a complicated surgery might be the only way to fix it.

5. Messes Up Your Posture

If you walk on bad work boots for over six hours a day, it won’t just be the feet that will go bad. Your entire posture will be thrown off-balance if you keep wearing bad boots. This will not only have dire consequence for your health but will also lower your productivity at work. It is espeically correct for police officers who can spend hours and hours directing traffic and need the best tactical boots. You can spend hours just trying to figure out how to wobble with the least amount of pain possible or you can probably just hate taking another step. The best boots for work are designed for their purpose in mind. They must be comfortable to walk in from the first step to the ten thousandths.

Looking for the best work boots is an easy task now with Internet on your side. Check user reviews, look for the best materials, and try to stretch your budget for the most reliable brands. Work boots are a worthy investment. They’re not just a prerequisite for work, they should also take care of your health.

 

 

The amazing benefits of inversion tables

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An inversion table is a special kind of table in which you can balance your body at any angle. In most cases, it is used to balance your body in a way that your feet are above your head. The table uses the force of gravity to balance your body in whichever angle you like.The inversion table can be used for both medical and fitness purposes. The advantage of using an inversion table is that it does not require too much energy unlike other fitness methods.

BENEFITS OF AN INVERSION TABLE RELIEVING BACK PAIN

When a person is upright, the vertebral discs spaces decreases as they press each other downwards due to the force of gravity. The pressure between the vertebral discs increases when we are walking, exercising or when carrying out a heavy task. This pressure increase may lead to loss of fluid of the disks and eventually the back pain. Inverting your body on the inversion table will reduce the pressure on the discs and the back pain too. It will also reduce the back fatigue as the discs will always have enough fluid and minimal friction and have qzz in your life.

IT HELPS MAINTAIN HEIGHT

The compression of our body organs may sometimes lead to reduction of our height even though this effect is not easily noticeable. The reduction of our body heights takes place each day and inverting our bodies can help reverse this process. This is because the inversion reverses the pressure on our body organs.

IT HELPS INCREASE FLEXIBILITY

The loss of fluid and increased pressure on joints may make them stiff and reduce their mobility as the bones come closer to each other. There is also increased friction between the joints and this leads to low flexibility too. As the inversion table helps restore the fluid in the joints, the body becomes more flexible too. The distance between the bones in the joints is also increased leading to lower friction hence increased mobility.

THE INVERSION WILL ALSO STRENGTHEN THE JOINT’S LIGAMENTS

When the body is upright, the ligaments that joins the bones in the joints are mostly idle and therefore grow weak due to under-utilization. Inverting your body will stretch the ligaments making them stronger and hence making your joints healthier.

It HELPS MAINTAIN POSTURE

One of the effects of compression of the vertebral discs will be misalignment of the back vertebrae. This misalignment may lead to an abnormal standing posture which may become more permanent as you get used to it day by day. Inverting your body will help you avoid assuming an unhealthy standing posture by correcting the misalignment of the vertebrae before its too late. Getting used to bad posture makes it more difficult to correct it in future and it would be wise to prevent it early enough.

IT HELPS IN BLOOD CIRCULATION

Inverting your body will increase blood circulation in the body and it will also stretch your muscles and ligaments. The body organs will therefore have enough access to the blood and the nutrients needed for their fitness. The hormonal glands will also have more blood circulation. The hormones will therefore be well distributed in the body helping you feel alert and refreshed.The inversion table is therefore very useful in our lives as it will help us in countless ways. It’s efficient and time saving too.

How to stop your period?

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Sometimes the periods tend to interfere with one schedule as it is hard to stand them mostly if they are accompanied by side effects such as cramps. Due to this reason, many people have tried to turn the tables in such of ways to stop or at least slow down their periods. Stopping can either be permanent or temporary depending on the respective method. If you are therefore wondering on how to stop your period, you can consider the following methods:

· Taking medications. Some medicines such as ibuprofen are known to stop the period. One is recommended to take ibuprofen 2-3 times per day before starting her menstrual cycle until the periods have stopped. However it is important to ensure that you are informed about the number of pills to take at a time to ensure that you do not take an overdose.

· Use of menstrual flexible cups. This cup does not prevent the fluid from flowing but rather safely collects it and can be used for up to 10 hours. It is important for women to know that even when wearing a menstrual cup, the cycle does not change thus it cannot be used to prevent pregnancy.

· Surgery. This is normally recommended when one has a medical condition that leads to excessive menstrual bleeding such as fibroids or endometriosis. There are different surgical methods that are involved in stopping the periods. These are: uterine artery embolization, endometrial ablation, myomectomy and hysterectomy. For all the above named methods, hysterectomy, surgical removal of the womb, is only applied when or the other three methods have failed. The process is normally known to permanently stop your period.

· Use of birth control pills. This has been known to be one of the best methods to stop the period. Bearing in mind that there are different types of birth control pills which works differently on different individuals, it is important to ensure that you consult a qualified doctor or a gynecologist who will advice you on the right contraceptive to use. The doctor will also give you the right dosage to use for the respective pills thus ensuring that you do not encounter any health complications or fail to get the effect.

· Natural methods. This does not require any attention from a doctor as natural products are used which normally have no side effects. The different natural methods will act for different individuals. Some of them are drinking vinegar, taking some lemon, diet such as green beans, drinking a lot of juice amongst others or using a massage chair for relaxation.

· Taking alcohol. Despite its effectiveness, this is not a much recommended method as it is not healthy to take alcohol each time you want to stop your period.

The intention to stop the periods has mostly been used during sports, travelling period or even for sex reasons.

The type of method that you go for will be determined by how long you want to put your period on hold. It is important to know that permanent methods are mostly not reversible thus if you are planning to get a child in future, it is advisable to only go for reversible methods.

The connection between hemorrhoids and family issues

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5 natural remedies that can help get rid of pimples

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These uninvited guests on our face and body appear not only in teenagers age, but also later, in our twenties and thirties. To treat them isn’t easy, and it can as well be expensive if you choose to buy commercialized products for pimple solution that “guarantee” you will be rid of pimples “within five days”. (Taken from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/understanding-acne-treatment ) :

So here is the list of natural ways and also medicaments that are REALLY going to help you! We will start from the most common and old-fashioned ways.

1. Baking soda

Baking soda scrubs your face, removes the epithelium and opens the pores. This is the best peeling for the skin and you should do this twice a week. After this treatment wash your face with cold water and always use your towl clean and dry. You can use baking soda for brushing your teeth, also. So simple and so good! I love it! And it’s cheap.

2. Apple cider vinegar

This fellow for most of us doesn’t have enchanting scent, but this vinegar can really be a good helper for this matter. Use cotton pads to dab your face with the vinegar and don’t think about it’s smell, think about how your face will look amazingly good after this treatment.

3. Lemon juice

Lemon has a looong history in cosmetics. It’s good for your skin, hair, whole body, everything.
Many people forget how important citrus fruits are. There are tons of great recipes for using lemon in purpose of healing your skin, especially for oil one. Take cotton pad then dip it into the freshly squeezed lemons juice. Then finally apply it on affected area then leave it overnight. In the morning you will see a pleasant surprise!

4. Green tea

This herb is often used for home-made creams and tonics! In a glass of cooled green tea, add two tablespoons of lemon juice or brandy, rakia. This lotion perfectly removes superfluous shine off the skin, improves and evens your skin tone.

6. Plantain and nettle

Make a tea from fresh nettle leaves and plantain, soak a piece of cotton pad in it and wet acne several times a day. Nettle is one among the best herbs for growing hair, also!

7. Wild oregano

This is one among the most effective herbal antiseptics in nature and it will accelerate the process of treatment of blackheads and acne if you put few drops of wild oregano oil on a facial cleanser. It’s worth every penny s this enhances better living in our everyday life.

 

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoidsare blood vessels located in the rectum, which swell and grow and cause sensitivity in the region. Hemorrhoids occur in two forms – internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids or piles and Internal Akstrnim. Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the anal canal, rectum inside. In most cases, internal hemorrhoids are not painful and the only way […]