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Should I Stretch Before Running?

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Shooting at the Range While Pregnant

Shooting is considered to be a perishable skill. This means if you do not practice you lose accuracy. This is important to people who carry guns including police officers and those with a concealed weapons permit. Nine months of missed practice will reduce accuracy but is it safe for a pregnant woman to practice shooting a gun?

Pregnant women get advice from just about everything they meet. I heard they should not drink caffeine, clean a cat litter box, or dye their hair. Some advice turns out to be nothing more than old wives’ tales. Dying your hair and getting a tattoo is discouraged since the chemicals may harm the fetus. This is the same for shooting, which more can be learned through a simple Google search.

There is no evidence if shooting will cause any harm to the fetus. There is no evidence that it is safe either. The main concern of shooting and the lead levels and the noise.

Lead

TCRange4When a gun it fired it releases gasses which may contain lead. These particles stay on the hands and even the hair. The gas is also inhaled. Bullets that are made from lead expose the shooter to this substance. Many people have low levels of lead in the bodies. Even things such as lipstick contain lead. Many low level products are harmless. Mothers transfer some of this lead to the fetus but doctor are unsure how much is safe. Lead exposure has been shown to cause low birth rate, the size of the head, premature birth, pre eclampisa, and even a miscarriage.

If a pregnant woman does shoot a gun she should use ammunition that is lead free, go to an outdoor shooting range, wear a face mask, do not touch the ammunition, wash right after shooting, avoid touching her face, and wear shooting gloves.

Noise

Pregnant women that have gone to a shoot range report more activity from the fetus. So much that they had to leave. By the 24th week of pregnancy the fetus’s hearing will be developed. Studies have stated loud noises may harm the fetus. Women that have been exposed to 80dB level noise for 8 hours had babies born with hearing loss, had a low birth rate, and even premature birth. The average gunshot is 140dB. Exposure for a prolonged period of time may damage the babies’ hearing. Going to the range once in a while should not cause damage. Doctors advise to avoid shooting during the third trimester. To be careful of the noise shoot a .22 Long Rifle or use a suppressor.

When it doubt err on the side of caution. Women in law enforcement careers continue to shoot for practice and training. A safe alternative is a dry fire or a laser training target. Before shooting speak to the doctor about any concerns about pregnancy and shooting.

What Should I Eat and Drink Prior to and After an Elliptical Workout

Elliptical training is a stationary walking machine which can be used to simulate walking, running or any other cardiovascular activity. It is quite a popular activity and elliptical trainers for the home can really have a lot of health benefits to numerous people of all shapes and sizes. Furthermore, it is something which can be performed all year round on quite a regular basis as it is free from weather and climatic constraints. It really works the core of the body and often is in gyms for those wishing to increase their stamina and do a whole host ofother health benefits. It can be inserted into thehome on its own or as part of a series of machines.

Often what you should eat before and after an elliptical workout can vary depending on the length of the training session which should ideally be somewhere in between half an hour and 60 minutes to avoid burn out and to enhance the body’s fitness to the optimum degree. Ideally, the body should be consuming a lot of carbohydrates before commencing any physical activity so they have the energy reserves to carry out the activity in the right manner and not lose energy halfway through. However, there are different types of carbs and those that you should stay away from are the sugary ones such as those that are found in confectionery and other processed foods which will damage your health and curtail any fitness aspirations that you may possess.

Ideas for Pre Workout Food and Drinks

Essentially, prior to doing an elliptical workout you should consume a lot of slow-release carbohydrates such as power-drinks-showcasethose that are found in oats. Therefore porridge may be a good option to consume as it is not particularly calorie intensive but it certainly has the energy quotient to help you get through any exercise session. Muesli is another good option as it has a nice blend of whole grains similar to oats which will give you some energy although sugar-free variations are better. You need to have some fluid inside you as well before carrying out a workout, although some people like energy drinks, water or fruit juice may be better at least before a workout. Drinks like Powerade, Gatorade or flavored water are very good choices and often sit well with people since they are not overwhelming.

Ideas for Post Workout Food and Drinks

After you have finished your workout, you need something to recharge your batteries and refuel you quite fast without putting on exercise calories. Bananas are a good option. As well as being rich in potassium, they have plenty of good carbohydrates in them and get energy inside you fast. When you exercise you sweat and lose fluids and nutrients so an energy drink which is full of electrolytes will also facilitate recovery and also help you avoid burn out.

Elliptical workouts are high intensity and a period of stretching and resting is necessary to bring your heart rate down as well as to stretch the fatigued muscles. Otherwise you’re at risk of overheating and pulling muscles. Ellipticals are also ideal machines to use when your knees are weak because of the lack of strain they place on the joints of the lower body.