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Masonic Wellness - Weekend Biking and the Health tip of the week

From: user 9.
Sent on: Monday, October 19, 2009 4:37 AM
Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
Mariners #67 of GLNY
invites all brothers and sisters to a regular Weekend Biking event on the scenic Manhattan bikeway along Hudson River.
Regular Weekend Biking is part of the Mariners 67 initiative for Masonic Wellness. 
This initiative aims to promote ideas about
Better    Physical Health,
Better    Nutrition and
Sharper Mental Fitness
among Masons and their families.
The biking weekend is also an opportunity to meet with fellow Masons and people interested to join Freemasonry. 
We meet around 4:00PM to share our bicycling experience and for light refreshments:
On dry and worm days ��� at the Picnic Tables in front of Pier 66 (26th Street @ West Street)
It is next to Frying Pan Bar from where you can buy drinks and food and use bathrooms.
On rainy and cold days ��� at Bowling 300, Pier 60 (23rd street @ West Street), at the tables near the Games Area.
The health tip for the week of Oct. 16-Oct.24, 2009:
Measure your PULSE RATE! 
Pulse rate below 60 BPM and higher then 80 BPM can indicate a health problem. 
Inspired by the example of first Grand Master of Neapolitan Lodge, Raimondo di Sangro Prince of Sansevero, lets continue our study of the Cardiovascular System and see how the Blood Vessels work?
There are three type of Blood Vessels:
1.     Arteries,
2.     Veins and
3.     Capillaries)
The combine length of all Blood Vessels of an average human is around 93,000 miles.
1. Arteries are Blood Vessels in which the Heart pumps Blood under pressure. 
a.      During the Pulmonary Circuit the right side of the Heart pumps oxygen-poor blood to the Lungs along the Pulmonary Artery.
b.     During the Systemic Circuit the left side of the Heart pumps oxygen-rich blood along a major Artery called the Aorta, which divides into smaller Arteries through which the oxygen-rich blood supply the body���s organs with oxygen.
Arteries typically have thick walls enabling them to withstand the high blood pressure created when the heart pumps blood along them.  The walls have three layers of coats that enclose the channel that carries the blood.  The middle layer consists of smooth muscle and elastic fibers.   This muscle and elastic layer of the arteries allow them to expand and recoil, when the blood is forced into them and in order to push blood onwards.  This way the blood continues to flow in continuous stream through the arteries even when the heart relaxes between contractions. 
The expansions and recoil can be felt as PULSE where arteries pass near the surface of the skin, such as in the wrist.  The PULSE or PULSE RATE is measured in BEATS PER MINUTE (BPM).
A normal PULSE RATE for a healthy adult, while resting, can range from 60 to 80 beats per minute (BPM), although well-conditioned athletes may have a healthy pulse rate lower than 60 BPM.
During sleep, the pulse can drop to as low as 40 BPM.
During strenuous exercise, it can rise as high as 150���200 BPM.  
Generally, pulse rates are higher in infants and young children. The resting heart rate for an infant is usually close to an adult's pulse rate during strenuous exercise (average 110 BPM for an infant).
Measure your PULSE RATE! 
Pulse rate below 60 BPM and higher then 80 BPM can indicate a health problem. 
The term PULSE is also used to denote the frequency of the HEART BEAT, usually measured in beats per minute. 
In most people, the PULSE RATE is an accurate measure of HEART RATE, however not always the PULSE RATE is equal to the HEART RATE.  
Under certain circumstances, including ARRHYTHMIAS, some of the heart beats are ineffective, and the aorta is not stretched enough to create a palpable pressure wave.  
The pulse is too irregular and the heart rate can be (much) higher than the pulse rate.  
In this case, the heart rate is determined by auscultation of the heart apex, in which case it is not the pulse.  The pulse deficit (difference between heart beats and pulsations at the periphery) is determined by simultaneous palpation at the radial artery and auscultation at the heart apex (The apex of the heart is the lowest superficial part of the heart).

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