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Reasons Why Vitamin B1 Helps You to Stay Healthy, Benefits of Weight Machines, and Everyday Exercise.

Updated on March 13, 2014

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The Reasons Why Vitamin B1 Works To Improve Your Health

Our bodies are just like machines because they crank out energy in order to provide functionality. Every piece of machinery possesses tough moving parts throughout the period it is operating thus requires resources to keep up this process.

With regard to commercial machinery, energy principally originates from oil. In contrast, our body’s energy is obtained from glucose. Should your system not obtain a sufficient amount of carbs, it’s going to have diminished performance potential in each one of its functional areas.

For your system to make use of carbs as an energy source it must transform them into what is referred to as simple sugar and vitamin B1 is important for this action. It is one of several ways in which vitamin B1 (often referred to as thiamin) works for your health plus you will find there are other ways as well.

For Diabetes Sufferers

Vitamin B1 is actually good for individuals suffering from diabetes. Researchers discovered that those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes had reduced levels of thiamin. Something to consider is that vitamin B1 is water soluble so it passes from a person’s body quickly. However, in diabetics, it passed much faster compared to those without the condition.

Those Suffering from Depression

Vitamin B1 helps to keep a person from depressive disorders. When the mental faculties are deprived of an energy source, the result can be a depressed mood. Energy coming from carbs is equally as essential to your brain just like any other body organ.

Without the right energy to the mind, an individual can start to become agitated, negligent, restless, and even have suicidal thoughts in extreme cases.

A Deterrent to Beriberi

Any level of vitamin B1 deficiency can result in beriberi. Beriberi happens in a couple of varieties referred to as wet beriberi and dry beriberi. Wet beriberi is usually linked to the cardiopulmonary system and dry beriberi impacts the nervous system.

Others Who Need More Vitamin B1

We’ve already seen that diabetics need more vitamin B1 because they pass it from their bodies at a faster rate. Others who need more include:

Regular alcohol drinkers
Those who eat a lot of sugar
Anyone in a traumatic or anxiety producing situation

Sources of Vitamin B1

Many take a vitamin B1 supplement to make sure they get enough each day. There are also food sources that provide healthy levels of thiamin such as:

Whole grains
Certain cereals

And there are other sources as well. As you can see, it is important to get enough vitamin B1 each day because it passes quickly from your system. In other words, your body does not store it. Thus a combination of supplemental vitamin B1 and food sources should be sufficient in keeping you free from the health effects of not having enough.

The Benefits of Weight Machines Compared to Those of Free Weights

One question that many have when they begin to do strength training with weights is ask themselves what the difference is between weight machines and free weights. Strength training is important for staying fit and at a healthy weight because muscle burns more calories than fat but what is the difference between these two types of weights in terms of the benefits? Keep reading and discover more.

Free Weights Offer Convenience

One distinct advantage of free weights is that you don’t need a lot of space as you do with weight machines. A starter free weights set is inexpensive compared to weight machines and can be used anywhere.

Even if you purchase a weight bench, it is still a space saver and oftentimes can be folded up and put out of the way.

On the topic of benches, possibly the only inconvenience of free weights is that you may not have a spotter handy when doing heavy bench presses. In the gym, you can probably find someone to help you.

It is also easier to set the weights on weight machines whereas with free weights you spend time adding and removing disks to get the weight that you need.

It Takes a Little Longer to Learn Free Weights

When you purchase a weight machine or go to the gym, typically there will either be instructions that come with your purchase or they will be posted in a conspicuous place where you go to work out.

Such is not the case with free weights. It takes a little longer to do research to find out various exercises that you can do with them. Fortunately, there is the Internet that is packed with websites that show you how to work out with free weights for specific muscle groups.

Free Weights Build Muscle Faster

The simple reason why free weights build muscle faster is because you have to do the work for stability. This means that you will work extra muscles to stabilize your body while you focus on a routine that targets a specific muscle group.

Weight Machines Offer the Best in Stability

In contrast to free weights, weight machines provide you with the stability while you focus on the muscle group a particular unit is designed for. Thus, weight machines are perfect for those in their senior years who don’t want to risk injury because of lack of support.

Both free weights and weight machines have their advantages and both are useful for building muscle. It all depends on the support and convenience that you need plus the space that you have available. Expense contributes to your decision as well.

Is It Good To Do Physical Exercise Each Day?

Many people, whenever they start working out, do it with excitement and head over to a fitness center or use the fitness equipment that they haven’t in awhile. It isn’t long before the responsibilities of life and emotional ups and downs begin to interfere with their daily exercise routine.

However, is it really important to exercise each day? You will discover that there are differing viewpoints as to the answer and it really depends on what your objectives are.

Some suggest that you should exercise 3 to 4 times per week and then there are others who suggest 5. There are even those who promote exercising every day of every week.

Keep in mind, however, that if your goal is to build muscle then you need to provide muscle groups a day to rest before working them again. On the other hand, if your goal is losing weight then you want to increase your heart rate daily.

No matter what your goal, the key to staying fit is to keep yourself active each day even if it means only a stroll.

For the Muscle Builders

Those with the objective of building muscle mass must keep in mind that they need to give the parts they are working a rest every other day. For example, if you do sets for the upper body then work the lower body the next day.

The reason for this is because of how muscles are built. When doing resistance exercises such as lifting weights, small tears form in muscle tissue. When they heal, scar tissue is formed which in effect is the resulting muscle tissue. However, if you never give muscle groups a chance to heal because you never give them a break then muscle tissue never builds.

Fighting Boredom

One of the strong forces against exercising each day is boredom. Like anything, the key to combating boredom is to alternate the exercises that you do. Vary your routine between exercises for strength building and those for increasing your heart rate.

For example, you might work out on the treadmill 3 days each week and then lift weights the other days. Maybe on one of those days you could do something a little more fun like bicycling. Some choose the hard-easy route by doing a strenuous workout one day and then a light workout the next.

Finding the Time

Finding the time to exercise oftentimes hinders people from getting started in the first place. If you find yourself strapped for time on certain days of the week, look for ways to be active on those days in spite of not having a dedicated block of time. A simple way to do this is to take the stairs at work instead of the elevator and there are other creative ways as well.


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    • Maira818 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      Thanks a lot rpalulis. I am glad you think its helpful.

      Cheers :)

    • rpalulis profile image


      4 years ago from NY

      Wow-you covered so much here- I feel you could have made 3 separate hubs out of this one. Great and very valuable info- I did not know about vitamin B1 being extremely helpful for those who suffer from diabetes. Thanks for sharing such knowledge on staying healthy.


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