• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Lifestyle Factors

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Russell Smith 6/10/10 Exercise, Health, and Lifestyle Lifestyle Factors I have been approached by the local Council, who in partnership with various Fitness centres in the area, have identified a need to educate people about various lifestyle factors and how they may affect health. So I am going to discuss and examine the components of lifestyle factors. Physical activity (PA) is anything from pushing the vacuum cleaner around the house, to playing football for a professional team. 30 minutes of moderate intensity PA, 5 times a week is deemed enough to receive health benefits. For children this is increased to 60 minutes a day, but still 5 times a week. Regular PA can increase your BMR by 10%, which can contribute to losing weight and mobilising joints. The actual definition for weight lose is, the decrease of risk of getting CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), some types of cancer (colon and prostate), and diabetes. Also PA helps alleviate arthritis. We've known about the health risks of smoking for over 50 years, yet 1 in 5 adults still smoke. ...read more.

Middle

It can lead to any of the following; mouth cancer, larynx cancer, oesophagus cancer, liver, breast cancer, and bowel cancer. Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental, or emotional adjustment or response. The fight or flight response is the body's (and minds response to change or fear. The body releases a hormone called adrenaline which increases HR (heart rate), breathing rate, and rate of digestion. During stressful periods, extra hormones and chemicals are released which are not used up during exercise and can lead to CDH. The pressure caused by raised HR damages blood vessels. Other physical effects of stress include high blood pressure and it lowers the immune system which makes us more susceptible to suffering from illnesses. Stress can lead to psychological issues such as; depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, and inconsistent behaviour. We can actually lower stress by eating well, exercising regularly, balance work and play, talk out troubles, etc. There are 6 lifestyle factors that affect our health. The first is alcohol which I have already discussed above, alcohol is high in calorie content and low on nutrition. ...read more.

Conclusion

Most tense people don't give themselves sufficient time and space to rest after each stress-filled moment. With no release, your stress hormones keep on working, which is why there are so many people around who lose their tempers at the slightest provocation. The final life factor is diet. Maintaining an overall healthy diet not only offers your body the energy and nutrition that it needs to function, but offers several health benefits as well. Keeping a healthy diet reduces risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, reduces risk for type 2 diabetes, protects against certain cancers, such as mouth, stomach, and colon-rectum cancer. Other things that are reduced are the risk of coronary artery disease, help decrease bone loss and reduce the risk of developing kidney stones, help with weight management, reduce constipation, and reduce risk of coronary artery disease. The daily recommendations guidelines of each food group are; carbohydrates 57%, proteins 13%, fat 30% (no more than 10 % saturated), vitamins and minerals do not have accurate recommended amount because different people need different amounts, and a person should drink between 6 - 8 (2/3 litres) glasses of water. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Contemporary Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Contemporary Studies essays

  1. Free essay

    sports nutrition

    They wait around in your body fat until your body needs them. Water-soluble vitamins, When you eat foods that have water-soluble vitamins, the vitamins don't get stored as much in your body. Instead, they travel through your bloodstream. Whatever your body doesn't use comes out when you go to the toilet.

  2. Skeletal System and Joints

    is actually made up of three separate bones: * the upper half (the broad "wings") is the ileum * the middle (the top half of the lower "loops") is the pubis * the bottom (the lower half of the "loops")

  1. Extrinsic injury risk factors

    For example, tennis elbow is usually an injury to an extensor tendon of the wrist. Sometimes it is triggered off by a change in equipment (such as racket size, grip size or even string tension). However, it is often the result of a faulty technique (backhand, or top spin forehand).

  2. Describe the components of a balanced diet.

    Red meat, liver and green vegetables are all sources of iron. Iron supplements are taken by people who suffer from anaemia. Iodine, I-, is a component of the growth hormone thyroxine. A lack of iodine in the diet can cause hypothyroidism which results in weight gain and in extreme cases a lack of physical and mental development known as cretinism.

  1. A level Project, Personal Exercise Program on Netball.

    The quality of coaching facilities available to them is of a higher standard than both the weaker performer and my performer. This includes the quality of the netball posts and nets, the amount of netball match balls available and the space that they use to train in.

  2. The purpose of a nutritional assessment is to categorise individuals and evaluate their health, ...

    Malnutrition Malnutrition is the condition that develops when the body does not get enough vital nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals which are needed to maintain healthy tissue and organ function. It also refers to all deviations from adequate nutrition such as under nutrition and over nutrition.

  1. Personal Exercise Program

    fat or muscle (e.g. executing a leg split) * Local Muscle Endurance - a single muscle's ability to perform sustained work (e.g. rowing or cycling) * Cardiovascular Endurance - the heart's ability to deliver blood to working muscles and their ability to use it (e.g.

  2. The human bodys immune system

    Proteins The three kinds of proteins in the immune system, found in the plasma are immunoglobulins, cytokines and complement proteins. Immunoglobulin There are literally thousands of different kinds of immunoglobulins which are also known as antibodies. An antibody or immunoglobulin is a y shaped protein molecule that is made by a B lymphocyte in response to a particular antigen.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work