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Regular Exercise

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Don’t you envy those who eat a lot and never seem to put on an extra ounce whereas you have to count your calories to watch your weight? Perhaps you have tried various means to lose weight. You may have spent thousands of dollars on slimming courses or slimming pills without an inch of difference to your waist. Some may even work towards maintaining the right BMI (Body Mass Index) but with disappointing results.

Fitness experts are saying, ‘maintain a regular exercise routine.’ “As if I don’t know that?” you may retort in exasperation. Yes, it is not something new but what follows may be the key to a slimmer you.

According to fitness experts, one should work towards building muscle and reducing fat. A decrease in body fat and an increase in muscle mass will make one not only look better and healthier but feel stronger and more energetic. This is because as one builds muscle, fat is being burnt up.

So do not procrastinate! Begin excising anywhere, anytime. You need not confine yourself with weightlifting to increase your muscle. Work on things you enjoy doing – gardening, walking, jogging, cycling and even housework. The idea is to keep moving your body because as you do, fat is being burnt up and muscles are being firmed up.

Natural Ways to Keep You Energetic All Day

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We always hear complains about our friends getting tired just when they were going through only half a day. Is it really true that getting natural, free flowing energy that’s constantly there all day really difficult? People are relying more and more on energy drinks and chocolate bars without thinking twice about the dangers they can bring. Perhaps now, with these natural tips on keeping your body energetic all day, you can get rid of those energy bars.

Soak in some sun

The benefits of sunlight are often times not being given enough attention; too many of us feel that the hot sun can only bring dangers to us. Sunlight increases the oxygen content in human blood and also enhances the body’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues, which is what your body does when you’re exercising! The sun has a good effect on your stamina and fitness.

Get up right away when your alarm clock goes off

This is usually the first struggle of the day- and quite possibly, the hardest. Resist the urge to stay in bed to continue your sleep and immediately get up when you’ve opened your eyes. The longer you stay in bed, the more tired and sleepy you will feel.

Move around

Before you even get out of bed, flex and point your foot to activate your feet muscles, this can immediately wake your body and get you ready to spring out of bed. After getting out bed, do some stretches and walk a few steps before continuing your daily ritual and you would feel fresh to start your day.

Coconut oil

Add coconut oil to your meals. The triglycerides in coconut oil are a source of energy that can supply energy to your body even faster than caffeine. If you cannot afford the time to add coconut oil to your cooking, simply replace your favourite snack with something that contains coconut ingredients in them.

Proteins for breakfast

Eating food that is rich in protein can help you go a long way for a day. This kind of food is best eaten during breakfast as the protein can help to rev up your body and provide the energy needed to start your day.

Sleep in early

Sleep 45 minutes earlier than your usual bedtime on Monday to Friday. During weekends, you can add a few more hours to your bedtime. This is to ensure you get plenty of rest from day to day.

Keep yourself dehydrated

Drink plenty of fresh water. Drink water until you feel like you cannot drink any more, water is a major part of our body and any activity that requires physical stamina feels better when you’re hydrated. Besides, water doesn’t only make you feel better physically; it can increase your concentration and even improve short-term memories.

With these seven tips, you can now enjoy your day with the best performance! Let’s go!

Fitness for Elderly

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A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problem, for recovering, for coping with life challenges, and for promoting the quality of life. No matter young or old, keeping yourself fit is the essential toward a healthy lifestyle.

Some thought that the elderly should not practice fitness; in fact, consistent exercise is beneficial for them. Many older adults don’t want to be a waste of space. In such case, regular exercise can keep and improve their strength and enable them to stay independent. Furthermore, these activities help to improve their body’s balance and provide more energy to enjoy whatever activities they want to carry out. With a strong body, now they can travel anywhere as long as it is affordable even for those past seventy or eighty.

Human’s antibody start to weaken when turn into the stage of elderly. In this stage, health is getting fragile and easy to get infected with contagious diseases. Keeping their body fit to fight against these diseases and prevent or delay cardio related diseases, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, urinary incontinence, and more.

Keeping yourself fit doesn’t mean to practice gym or weightlifting. Simple physical activities are good enough, as long as it keeps you moving and extra point for activities that make you sweat and involve cardiovascular activities. Dance, jogging, swim, or riding bicycle is some of the great exercises for the elderly. If these are too extreme, try to take a walk every morning at the park, gardening or involve in community activities. Remember, the key is to keep moving.

The right amount of physical activities is helpful for the elderly, but it is not always the best idea. In some cases, they are not allowed to carry out the exercise. For those suffering from breathing problem, chest pain blood clot foot or ankle sores that won’t heal, joint swelling, or anyone that in a recovering period after a surgery should not carry out extreme activities. Refer to the doctor or physician for more advice and guidance. Once you have the permission to carry out physical activities from the professional, you can now feel free to enjoy the exercise.

Moreover, safety always comes first for the seniors who practice exercise. As mentioned above, their body are fragile especially the frame itself. A tiny crack or simple facture will take a long period to complete recover. So, keep the words “Safety First” in their mind while doing physical training. Start the exercise slowly is strongly recommended, especially for those who have on the stage of inactive for some time. Proper warm up should be carried out before every exercise to decrease the chance of injury. Besides that, control the breathing well and never hold the breath during the physical activities as it cause changes in the blood pressure, which may lead to the blood pressure problem or feel dizzy. Breathe out when the muscle contract (lift up the weight object) and breathe in when relax.

Finally, using safety equipment is even fitting. Use the suitable or proper running shoes for jogging, which able to reduce the shock of the impact from the ground to the leg. Running shoes have built-in features that enable you to run day after day more comfortably and with less chance of over-use injury. The elderly have a very sensitive knee, which required extra care.

 

Heart Healthy Foods

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Certain foods can decrease your heart disease risk significantly. Mix and match a handful of these foods below every week to eat your way toward a healthier you. Find out how these top four foods may help lower your risk of heart disease.

First, fibre is the necessity for every human being. Diets that are high in soluble fibre can decrease bad cholesterol. People who eat adequate amount of whole grains tend to be leaner and have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t. Start eating for a healthy heart by filling your plate with fruits and vegetables. For example, food such as oatmeal, barley, beans, and citrus fruit are high in soluble fibre.

Besides that, nuts are filled with vitamins, minerals, heart-healthy fats and low levels of saturated fats. Research has shown that people who eat nuts have a lower rate of heart disease compared to people who do not eat them. Nuts include walnuts, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and many more.

Dark chocolate has been well known to benefit cardiovascular health. It may also boost the immune system by reducing inflammation. Maintaining a healthy blood vessel lowers risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Cocoa may help lower blood pressure as it contains Epicatechin to boost nitric oxide. The nitric oxide helps to keep blood pressure lower. Be sure to choose dark chocolate that contains 70 percent cocoa solids.

Sardines are another food that provides nutrient for our heart. These tiny fishes are also loaded with omega-3 in the form of fish oil. Research shows that eating sardines could protect increase “good” cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart attacks among people, You may want to stick to fresh ones to avoid the canned variety’s which is high in salt content.

Moreover, research shows yogurt is able to protect against gum illness. Left untreated, gum disease could lead a person’s to a greater risk for cardio related diseases. Experts believe that probiotics could help to counter the growth of the harmful bacterium within the mouth. Probiotics are live active cultures used to ferment foods, such as yogurt. Professional also suggests that they may improve digestion and boost immunity too.

In addition, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fibre can be found in tomatoes and with the excellent quantity of carotenoid, combining with alternative vitamins and minerals to assist in the prevention of diseases. Analysis suggests that the mixture of nutrients in tomatoes could help stop cardiovascular disease.

Lastly, as we know that ‘an apple a day keep the doctor away’, apple is another agent that act as a heart protector. Experts said that the strong antioxidant flavonoid elements consists in the apples play the important role in preventing harmful cholesterol from oxidizing that result in the build-up of plaque in the arteries, as well as inhibiting inflammation.

With heart disease the No.1 killer in this world, a cure that could dramatically reduce these deaths would be great. If you start with a healthy diet in childhood, heart attacks can be significantly reduced.

 

The Proper Diet

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Around the world, many people have resorted to all sorts of ways to keep a healthy body, yet they are threatened by weight gain and all kinds of illness. It is often said that the key to maintaining good health is to have an appropriate diet.

One way to have a proper diet is to fast occasionally. Fasting assists intestinal detoxification and the rejuvenation of the body’s mechanisms. Is a person fasts or 5 skips a meal or two each week, it will aid in reducing not only the stomach’s burden of digesting food but also cuts down on the production of toxic substances. Taking into account an individual’s needs, a person can choose from various types of fasts, such as only drinking water or juice, only eating raw food or abstaining from solid food. Fasting should not be equated with dieting as commonly misunderstood by many people. Dieting decreases bodily metabolism because long-haul hunger pangs slow down intestinal mechanisms whereas fasting increase metabolism by reducing the stomach’s load.

Besides fasting, reducing one’s overall calorie intake is another instrumental step to having an appropriate diet. One way to do so is through eating more complex carbohydrates such as those found in brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain bread and biscuits. Complex carbohydrates supply us with essential fibre and vitamins, create a feeling of fullness and reduce the consumption of snacks, which ultimately controls excessive consumption of calories.

A person who wants to maintain a proper diet should also increase their fruits and vegetable intake. Fruits and vegetables not only provide a feeling of fullness and all kinds of vitamins and fibre but also help the body to detoxify. A plant-based diet has been proven more suitable for human being’s digestive system as compared to a diet of red meat and poultry. Dieticians recommend that we consume two fruits and three vegetable serving as a day to increase the body’s immunity. The rule of thumb is that everyone needs a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colours because they contain different vitamins that are pivotal to increasing our bodies’ immunity. Fruits and vegetables also double up as agents that ward off cancer and other diseases.

In line with eating more vegetables and fruits, people should also consume Aloe Vera, a natural food healer. Aloe Vera has been proven to maintain good health and heal many negative bodily symptoms. It contains 18 amino acids, enzymes, minerals, anti-microbial, fibre, sugars and all the vitamins, except vitamin D. it is said that regular consumption of Aloe Vera can ease constipation, reduce weight and replenish essential minerals in the body.

On the other hand, fast food, also known as the silent killer, does not go hand in hand with a proper diet. Fast food loaded with calories from refined sugar and fats, and possesses high sodium content from common salt and other additives. On the top of all these, fast food is deficient in dietary fibre and essential micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals. In other words, fast food is addictive and can lead to many health hazards, including hypertension, diabetes high cholesterol and heart disease.

In conclusion, bringing about changes in eating habits is not easy. However, a person should never procrastinate when it comes to changing eating habits. Simple changes a person can make today are to reduce the intake of unhealthy food and eat more fruits and vegetables.

 

Walk of Life

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For the average busy city dwellers, there is an easy way to keep in shape which is also accessible, affordable and can accommodate even the busiest schedules – it is walking. It is also the No.1 fitness activity for adults. However, many people don’t realise that the walking that they already do each day is a positive step to help them get fit. Medical studies at Stanford Scholl of Medicine have found that walking helps to reduce body fat, lower cholesterol and blood pressure besides increasing flexibility and mental well – being.

It is widely recommended that adults take 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of about 8km which can be achieved by walking 30 to 60 minutes at one time or in multiple 10 minute increments over the course of the day. Walking is also a key component of many fitness plans, which is supported by many fitness experts, including the trainer – to – the – stars Ramona Braganza, who helped shape some of the hottest bodies in Hollywood, from Jessica Alba to Halle Berry. “For me, being fit is a lifestyle. I would be bored if I just go to the gym every day. That is why I always recommend walking to my client as a great form of exercise. Adding a few easy things to your daily routine can help you make sure that every step counts,” Braganza said.

In theory, losing weight is easy to achieve. All we need to do is to burn more calories than we take in and the result is we will lose weight. However, in practice, losing weight is difficult. For many people, the cycle of dieting, losing weight and eventually gaining it back is all too familiar. The problem with diets is that they are contradicting common sense and centuries of human history besides being rarely effective in the long run. Good diet must be combined with exercise such as walking to be really effective. Walking one mile (1.6 km) will burn up at least 100kcal of energy. Walking 2 miles (3.2 km) a day, three times a week, will help reduce weight by approximately one pound (0.5 kg) every three weeks. Another benefit of walking is that walking alters your body’s fat metabolism so that fat is burned up instead of sugars. This will help you lose weight.

A question often asked is “How fast should I walk?” The answer appears to be “As fast as you can without losing the ability to hold a conversation”. In other words, walk at a pace that is brisk but does not prevent you from talking to a friend in a normal manner. This is sometimes called the “talk test”. Walking should be an aerobic exercise. Aerobic means that exercise is carried out at a comfortable pace to ensure the muscle that have sufficient oxygen available. If you’re gasping for breath, you are doing an aerobic exercise. Regular aerobic exercise done three times a week for 30 minutes or more will result in increased levels of fitness and aerobic capacity. The bottom line if you want to lose weight is: start walking today and walk every day and you will lose weight!