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Hold a plank long enough, and your muscles will start to quiver. (Suprijono Suharjoto/Stocksy)

94191614ab40c18cdbcc1fd38f8afe6b9eeda6071If you’ve ever tried to hold a plank as long as you can, you know that something strange happens as you push past your comfort zone: Your muscles start to tremble like a dog afraid of a lightning storm. But shakes are just one in a long list of bizarre and puzzling bodily reactions that can happen during physical activity. It seems there’s a whole host of problems that only creep up when you start to sweat, from numb feet, to blurry vision, to itchy skin.

Curious what’s going on with those random itches, twitches, and more? Yahoo Health consulted with top experts to discover the reasons behind these body oddities.

One disclaimer: Most of these problems are nothing to worry about, our sources stress. But there are some instances where you should seek medical attention, which we’ve outlined below. When in doubt, check with your doctor or a physical therapist.

Now, let’s scratch our curiosity, shall we?

What happens: Your muscles shake during planks and barre classes.

Why it happens: If you’ve ever had a barre instructor say that shaking muscles tell you the move is working, that’s not that far off: The shuddering sensation is a normal result of muscle fatigue, says exercise scientist Len Kravitz, PhD, of the University of New Mexico.

But why does your body quiver instead of, say, collapsing all at once, when your muscles are tired? It has to do with the relationship between your nerve cells and muscle fibers. Challenging exercise depletes the chemical messengers that carry the signals between nerves and muscle cells. This causes some of the nerves and their corresponding fibers to drop out of service, Kravitz tells Yahoo Health. And since your cells don’t all fire at once — some are contracting as others are relaxing — your body shakes like a car sputtering on a low gas tank.

Exercises such as planks are especially likely to trigger the trembles because your muscles must generate a lot of force to hold your body in one position, explains Alice Holland, DPT, director of Stride Strong Physical Therapy in Portland, Oregon. Holding a plank, squat, or a dumbbell at the midway point of a bicep curl — common elements of barre workouts — are especially difficult because you’re fighting gravity in addition to maintaining one position, Holland says.

Like with any type of physical activity, your body will adapt to the challenge if you perform these exercises consistently, so your muscles will shake less as you become more fit, saysLinda S. Pescatello, PhD, a kinesiology professor with the University of Connecticut. Just don’t overdo it, she cautions. “Muscle shakes are benign unless you continue to subject yourself to pretty intense resistance exercise without taking rest days.”

Dehydration can also contribute to shaking, Kravitz adds. “Muscle proteins contract in a fluid environment, and sometimes if a person is dehydrated it will disrupt the muscle contraction signals,” he tells Yahoo Health. “So make sure you are hydrated when you exercise.”

What happens: Your feet go numb when you run or use the elliptical.

Why it happens: There’s a nerve that runs along the top of your foot, Holland tells Yahoo Health, which can get pinched when you exercise with too-tight shoelaces.

The fix: Skip a loop or two in the middle when lacing your shoes to give the top of your feet some extra room. And before you exercise, stretch your feet so that the nerve has a little more room to travel without impingement.

Holland suggests these two stretches:

• Calf stretch: Stand facing a wall within arm’s reach. Step back with your right foot and pin your heel to the ground. Drive your left knee toward the wall until you feel a stretch in your right calf. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, and repeat on the other side.

• Foot stretch: Sit in a chair in socks or bare feet. Bend your foot so that the tops of your toes touch the floor. Gently press into the floor enough to feel tension in the top of your foot. Stretch each foot for 20 to 30 seconds.

See a physical therapist, however, if your feet are numb even when you’re standing, walking, or sitting, Holland cautions; these symptoms might signal a herniated disc in your back.

What happens: Your skin itches when you exercise.

Why it happens: You’re probably familiar with histamine, the body chemicals that make you sneezy, itchy, and generally miserable during hay fever season. These same compounds play a role in exercise, too, helping the body exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. When your blood starts pumping, your body releases histamine, and you start to itch. “Then we sweat, or worse, we scratch, and the whole thing gets worse because our body just releases more histamine,” says dermatologist Ruth Tedaldi, founder of Dermatology Partners, Inc. Wear loose clothing, and resist the urge to scratch, she tells Yahoo Health.

What happens: You get headaches when you work out.

Why they happen: A grueling interval workout or a long cardio session can give you sore muscles, but a sore head? It’s more common than you might think. In a study of 4,000 cyclists published in the journal Headache, 37 percent of people surveyed reported having at least one exercise-induced headache per month. Exercise dilates the blood vessels in your head, which may trigger headaches by exciting branches of the trigeminal nerve — the nerve in the brain that carries painful sensations from within the skull outward, explains neurologist Lawrence C. Newman, MD, president of the American Headache Society and director of the Headache Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt.

Most exercise-induced headaches are innocuous, but some are symptoms of more serious problems. How can you tell the difference? The harmless kind typically affects both sides of the head and lasts between five minutes and one day, Newman tells Yahoo Health. “The benign form is more common when exercising in the heat and humidity, in high-altitude locations, and in people with a history of migraines,” he says. But if the pain lasts for several days or is accompanied by vomiting, numbness, double vision, or loss of consciousness, stop your workout and see a doctor.

If your pounding head only happens when you’re pumping iron, your posture might be the culprit. “Rounding the shoulders forward can cause excessive muscle contractions in the neck, which can cause spasms and trigger a headache,” Holland says. Be sure to keep your shoulders back and your posture tall.

What happens: Your hands swell up during or after exercise.

Why it happens: Most of the time, swelling in your hands or feet is simply a result of increased blood flow. “It’s not uncommon for feet to swell after a day of shopping, for instance, and the hands kind of do the same thing,” says Holland. If your veins aren’t effectively returning the blood in your body to your heart and lungs, the blood will stay in your hands and cause more prolonged swelling.

To know if it might be cause for concern, try this test: Push into the swollen area with your thumb. If the indentation lasts for more than one second, it’s a sign that the flow of blood and fluids beneath your skin is poor. It’s not an emergency, Holland says, but mention it to your doctor.

Less commonly, extreme hand swelling and redness during exercise in cold temperatures is caused by Raynaud’s disease. “It’s not just like ‘Oh, my fingertips feel pinkish and cold,’ it’s severe, tomato red-colored fingers,” Holland explains. Fortunately, the condition is benign, and most people can easily avoid the symptoms by wearing gloves during chilly workouts, she says.

What happens: Your vision goes blurry, starry, black, or white when you exert yourself.

Why it happens: It depends on your specific symptoms. Here’s what’s normal: Seeing spots during heavy full-body weightlifting moves, such as deadlifts or cleans. Going from a low to a high body position causes blood pressure changes and forces your heart to pump more blood to the brain, Holland explains. You might see stars for a second while that shift occurs. It’s the same thing that happens when you stand after sitting for a long time, and is generally harmless.

What’s not normal: If your vision goes completely white or black, especially if it’s accompanied by other symptoms. “If you have vision issues, dizziness, or fainting, that’s one of the signs that you need to go see your doctor,” Pescatello tells Yahoo Health. “I wouldn’t advise keeping up with your exercise program until you do so.”

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Continued education school learners in pleasant mood

If you grew up in the 70s, 80s, or even early 90s, chances are you know of someone — your mother, an older sibling, maybe a neighbor or a family friend — who talked about going to night school. If you knew this person’s routine, then you no doubt knew that night school involved them dashing home after work, or after their spouse returned from work, only to dash back out the door for several hours of nighttime courses. But while those courses certainly exist for those who work first shift, or simply prefer to attend school at night, today’s post-education and continued education courses offer much more flexibility. You can go to school during the day, during the evening, on weekends, or even anytime you’d like if you choose to attend online. You can learn more about the flexibility in class schedules offered at a continued education school.

So, what is continued education? It basically refers to any educational course that is taken above and beyond your required schooling years. It may be college, or post-graduate school, or simply a trade school or technical school that is more career-oriented. In these types of schools, students are trained for specific career choices, rather than generalized degrees.
If you’re in your late 20s or 30s and are busy with a job and/or a family and children, or you simply don’t want to go through the time and expense associated with a traditional 4-year college, you’ll definitely want to put continued education schools on your list. With these schools, you can often select a school that is very specific to your needs (such as a beauty school if you want to be a hair stylist or cosmetologist; or an engineering school if you want to work on cars or become a trained electrical technician). Who has the time and money to waste on a generalized degree that may or may not set you on your ideal career path? By choosing a continued education school, you’ll get the exact education you need, for the exact job you want. Honestly, enrolling in one of these schools begins with calling or emailing the enrollment department and telling them what you want to do in life. Whether you want to fix cars, drive a truck, design hairstyles for brides, or work in a hospital, they can recommend the specific courses that will provide you with the education, training, certification, and even hands-on experience that you’ll need to move up your chosen career’s ladder.
If paying for continued education is a concern, speak to the school you’re considering. In many cases there are scholarships you can apply for, grants that your income may approve you for, and even employers who will hire continuing education students and help foot the bill. And if nothing else, private financing and loans are almost always available at these institutions.

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Old Woman Happy - Contribution to World - Assess Your Value

We’re fortunate and unfortunate enough to live in a real world. It’s fortunate for the optimist because his life never runs short of things he can be grateful of. And it’s equally unfortunate of the pessimist that half of the glass is always empty. The optimist doesn’t live in a hell, the pessimist not in a heaven. Both are residents of a world that is unimaginably rich in whatever kind of experience one seeks; the real world!
And it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your role as a resident of the real world.

HOW TO EVALUATE YOURSELF IN A REAL WORLD?

We influence everything around us. We’ve all seen people who come to a gathering and everyone is happier than before. We’re also familiar with persons who ruin the jolliness whenever and wherever they step in. Let alone others, I can often tell if somebody has used my bike in my absence, without my knowledge. That’s because the bike has a feel of strangeness. Otherness. The person who uses it, inevitably leaves his mark upon it.
But regardless of the degree or intensity of our influence, there are two distinct kinds that are worth our attention more than anything else: our influence on the world is either good or bad. That’s how we can measure our contribution objectively. And that’s exactly how we’re going to do it. Let’s start evaluating your contribution to our world!

The following questionnaire will not give your statistic results of your contribution. But it will definitely help you reconsider what you miss in your routine. And you’ll recognize that what you miss is perhaps the most important factor in determining your contribution to the world!
  • WHAT DO YOU TALK ABOUT MOST WITH PEOPLE?

  1. What kind of things you mostly talk about with people? Pleasant, or unpleasant?
  2. How much value do you give in your head to these contributions to the world?
  3. How many people usually listen to you?
  4. What percentage of people does usually agree with you?
  • WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MOST IN SOLITUDE?

  1. Is it a pleasant or unpleasant experience?
  2. Is it okay for you to be interfered during your solitude or not?
  3. How long can you think about your experience in a row?
  • WHAT KIND OF TV/RADIO SHOWS YOU WATCH/LISTEN?

  1. Do you mostly like comedy, or tragedy?
  2. Are you seen laughing, or frowning when engaged with your favorite entertainment?
  3. How much violence or sexually explicit content do you watch on television?
  • WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DO YOU READ?

  1. Are you generally interested in creative literature or non-fiction?
  2. Do you like happy endings, or in case of non-fiction, positive facts and figures or otherwise?
  3. Does your study makes you look at world with pleasure, or just gives you an escape from it?
  • WHAT IS YOUR ONLINE EXPERIENCE?

  1. What kind of content do you share with your online friends?
  2. What kind of discussions do you engage in when online?
  3. What is the nature of content you like on the internet?

Stop a while and remember your routine conversations. Remind yourself of how you feel in solitude. Tune in your favorite media channels and consider your connection with them. Have a look at your book shelf. Browse your Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Google+, MySpace profiles and assess your contribution. Look at everything that is connected to you in your day to day life. They’ll all telling you what kind of person you are.
I could have devised a kind of survey with objective results to evaluate everyone’s contribution. But we all know that our relationship with the world is more of an internal, subjective and invisible nature. We can convert it to figures, but these figures can never be as precise as our own mind. When you’ll look at what you share with your world, your mind will clearly figure out your contribution to a world that is not only yours, but everybody else’s as well!
Be as good as you can. It’s not for yourself, but for the world that has everyone like yourself.

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Happy Couple to Home - Relationships

Relationships are what decide our fate in life. You may be successful at business, but have a terrible relationship with your spouse. You may even concentrate all your attention to your professional life to escape from the bad experiences at home. You may try to extract pleasures from your office life, and forget everything about your second-half. But at last, your relationship is what decides your level of achievement in life. People will call you great, successful, amazing, etc, but only you know you don’t feel like one.

On the other hand, you may be suffering from painful financial insecurities. The world may seem a hell to live in. But you have a great lover always there to soothe your pains. That’s what makes you forget everything about the world outside. That’s what really means to you. You may not realize it at the moment, but you do when you look back after the hard time is past.
Relationships are born like a child. They’re sincere, innocent, and lovable. They also grow like a child. We make them an apple of our eye, or a pain in the a**.
Here I’m going to list the 5 great habits that I’ve found among really successful couples that not only make their relationships pleasant, but also contribute to their overall life style.

1. SHOWING TRUE CARE RATHER THAN JUST SHOWING OFF.

True care has no substitute. Let me say that exactly what sparks off the true relationships, and keeps them alive for the rest of your own life. Rather than showing your partner, or even worse, other people, that you care is what gradually undermines your mutual trust. It’s because both of you know the truth, but you still keep faking. It’s hard for such a relationship to survive. Be truly careful. Keep the spark alive.

2. HAVING REALISTIC, HUMAN STANDARDS.

Don’t expect your partner to do something beyond their capacity as a human, or as an individual. Don’t expect to have what, upon a little consideration, may reveal itself as simply impossible in the present context of your relationship and life. There are things that will be possible in future. There are things that were possible in past. There are still things that are not possible ever. Realize this and stop being a perfectionist before you lose what you’ve had otherwise.

3. PAYING ATTENTION: RELATIONSHIPS ARE FED UPON IT.

If you really care for your love, but fail to show it when required or desired by your partner, that’s almost like not caring at all. I am one of greatest instances of this evil I know. My wife knows that I care a lot about her, but she also knows that I often fail to come up to its demands. This creates troubles. I really appreciate her for her attitude in this regard. I know she cares the most about me, and I am certain that she’ll be there whenever I need her. That’s how it should be.

4. FORGIVING. BEING PATIENT. LETTING IT GO.

There are times when even you don’t know what you’re going through, not to question your life partner. At such times, you badly need to give vent to the frustration inside you. If someone tries to know the reason for your irritation, suggest you the way out, or argue against your behavior, you get uncontrollably furious. That’s life. That’s human nature. And we must admit that there are such times in everyone’s life. Good spouses forgive you for blunders committed in such situations.

5. EXPRESSING EVERYTHING. EXPRESSING WISELY.

There should be nothing hidden from each other if two of you plan to live together for life, or even afterwards. Both of you have one life as a couple. That requires you to express to each other what may not be known otherwise. But just blurting out what you feel right away may not be good always. For instance, women often cannot comprehend if something is said to them straightforward. Men know what I mean. Employing an indirect way for the same destination may be the trick. But keeping it to yourself will only harm your love. There are other languages in the relationships. Use them.
Happy relationships. Happy home! :)

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man and woman discussing - husband and wife

man and woman discussing - husband and wife

In the evening of that hot summer day, the air was cool. Wind was blowing off the weariness of a hectic day. Everyone of us looked peaceful and happy, including the philosophical friend who had been sharing with us the hardships in finding his soul mate after he divorced his first wife.

This was an informal gathering in the lawn of a middle-aged schoolmaster, Hamid ur Rehman Adam. His taste in the choice of cuisine for the guests was as exquisite as his sense of literature. We were enjoying samosas and tea and talking about pleasant trivia when I suddenly asked Hamid sahab in a grim voice:

“Do you really think, sir, you’re happily married?”

He was married some two or three years ago. He put his cup on the table and stared at me. Our philosophical friend was more attentive than me.

“I think I am.” He smiled.

The philosopher sat back. I asked, “Did you have to compromise anything?”

Hamid sahab looked at me curiously. This was enough of a gesture for me. I started.

“Sir, actually I think I’m the happiest husband ever existed on earth. My wife has got everything that a man requires from women. She loves me to death. She’s pretty. She’s obedient. She’s faithful. She cooks so good that I can’t eat much as soon as she goes to her parents sometimes. She is courteous to my family. She respects what belongs to me. She has got a good sense of humor. She also knows that she has to laugh at every joke her husband cracks, no matter how crappy. She has a great aesthetic sense due to which she has been able to decorate my room meritoriously despite our very limited financial resources.”

Everyone was listening. Hamid sahab had a smile on his face. The philosophical friend posed as if biscuits deserved his attention more than my chatter. Our third friend had moved his chair nearer to me. He was unmarried. I continued, “And to crown the whole, sir, I love and respect her the most in the world.” I paused.

“But there is a problem. There is a heavy toll that I have paid for so great a relationship. I’ve made the compromises that I couldn’t ever imagine. And I still have to make compromises off and on. It sometimes takes all my peace away. I feel that the marital bliss I claim to have is not worth it.” I paused again. The philosopher was smiling. His eyes had a spark that unconsciously made me hasten to resume.

I said, “Now, I believe humans are all alike. No one is special in the eyes of God. None is His relative, none His enemy. He treats everyone the same way. Everyone has challenges. Everybody has problems. The share we all take from nature is the same. Shall I be wrong if I presume, using the same logic, that you too must have gone through similar challenges? Shall I be mistaken if I hold a theory that every happy couple has the same problems as the unhappy ones, and the difference is only that they compromise?”

The divorced philosopher was embarrassed. His eyes got fixed on face of the learned schoolmaster. The schoolmaster was crunching a biscuit daintily. Our third friend looked amused.

“I agree with you.” Hamid sahab broke the heavy block of silence. “Every couple has problems. Every couple consists of two humans, two imperfect creatures looking for amending the loss they have due to their very existence. Relationships are there to cover each other’s faults, not highlight them. And as a matter of fact, neither of the spouses is supposed to be perfect for a perfect relationship. If that were so, man would never be able to have a relationship with God. If God the almighty can afford a relationship with us, the humans with uncountable shortcomings, why can’t we with others like us?”

Everyone was at peace again.

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Young lady being interviewed - Right career for young professionals
After college graduation, the next big challenge is finding the best career. Although the course that you took may already show your expertise and the things that you’re good at but it doesn’t mean that it represents your passion. There are a lot of people who couldn’t still figure out what they really want to do in life.
Some students who entered college sometimes are not yet decided if that’s really what they want or they just go with the flow. Of course, earning is one the major reasons why people take on careers even if it something that they’re actually unsure of.
What people tend to forget nowadays most especially the young professionals is to stick to their passion. There are people who are really lucky when it comes to careers that they choose to pursue. Mostly these people are those who already have focused well on their craft even when they were younger. For young professionals, it’s never too late to figure out which career to choose.
Here are the important factors to remember in choosing the right career for young professionals:

1. Passion

“Follow your passion” or “follow your heart” may already be clichés especially to those who are in search for a right career. Passion is the most important factor that is always set aside. Once a young professional have already started figuring out that certain passion, then that’s the right track. Right after the first step, everything follows and work doesn’t feel like working anymore. It’s now passion-based.

2. Promotion-focused

If a young professional is already passion-based, promotion becomes a minor concern. Once a young professional is happy and content, promotion is now treated as bonus. Promotion-focused professionals tend to be really very optimistic, impulsive and weak on admitting and dealing with mistakes. Out of these factors, a young professional tends to fully erase the idea of passion.

3. Matched with personality and character

There are young professionals that may not be in careers doing what they love but are working in an environment that match their personality. For example an introvert, an introvert can’t be meshed with people who work in the entertainment industry where performers and public speakers are. Hence, introverts choose quieter and laidback jobs or serious office-based jobs. Determining an industry or the company that fits your character could also be a right decision towards planning the right career.

4. Lifestyle

Lifestyle could be a crucial factor to focus on when it comes to choosing the right career for young professionals. Some young professionals usually dream big. Part of dreaming big in the middle of a career is lifestyle. There are people who strive hard to achieve a certain lifestyle. Yes, sometimes a change of lifestyle can be a motivation to work hard but again, it hides the love for craft and passion.
It is normal that during the early years of one’s professional life, a young professional may be getting low pay. The most important factor to look at this stage is still being able to determine the right career track. It is okay to also consider other things like transportation and food allowances out a basic pay, but that’s part of it. Take out early lifestyle change out of the line and focus on career alone. Rewards follow after hard work.
Sometimes, it takes young professionals numerous career shifts and still couldn’t figure things out. This routine can be avoided. Choosing the right career for young professionals can really be extremely challenging. It requires a lot of dedication and time. Rather than focusing on unnecessary factors, go back and determine your passion then set your needs and goals.

About the Author

This article is written by CompareHero.my, the most comprehensive financial comparison service in Malaysia. Compare credit cards, broadband plan, and others at a competitive price.

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Education is what provides us with genuine knowledge.
Genuine knowledge is what helps understand and deal with life optimally. Coping with the challenges of life, or dealing with the real life problems optimally means acting properly under specific conditions, which is only possible when we have developed some understanding of the life which we believe true.
In the words of Jean Paul Sartre, we are doomed to be free. We have Free Will.
The Free Will binds us to do only what we feel beneficial, although we might think otherwise sometimes. As a matter of fact, the Free Will, as the term itself suggests, affords little connection with our thoughts, concepts or ideas. It is driven by our animal instincts mainly. It makes us act what we feel like acting, however our thoughts may oppose it. If our mind is wise enough, and often it is, it soon yields to the power of Free Will by beginning to generate ideas that do not clash with our feelings. This state of consistency, or agreement, between thought and feeling is called belief.
So, if we are taught to feel rightly, or rather believe rightly, we shall act appropriately. Education has more to do with refining our emotions than our thoughts. If it modifies, corrects, and develops our mental faculties only, that does not guarantee our acting accordingly. But if it performs the noble function of chastising and purifying our emotions and feelings, it is more than sure that we will act most accurately under any circumstances. It is because Free Will, the power behind action, can be, and mostly is, utilized way better by emotions than intellect. That’ why, it is safe to maintain that genuine knowledge is correct information supported by a firm belief upon it. And genuine education is what provides us with genuine knowledge.
If you feel differently from what you think, which can be indexed by juxtaposing your thoughts with your actions, you may be fortunate or unfortunate enough to either become a Nietzsche, or an unknown lunatic in some infamous asylum, irrespectively.