It's Friday and chances are good you're tired. You just worked a long week and want nothing more than to go home, put on your pj's, and plop in front of the tv. Believe me, I understand, but perhaps these facts will change your mind:
We all know that exercise is important. Experts now recommend that you put in at least 30 minutes a day and mix it up with both aerobic and strength training. A great way to do this is by walking.
Why? Because most people can do it, very little equipment is needed (just shoes), and it can be done anywhere including your home. Walking is an excellent aerobic workout but with a few tweaks it can become a strength gem as well.
Here are ways to make your walk more beneficial:
Please note that I do not recommend you carry hand weights while walking. These tend to pull your posture out of alignment and can hurt your back muscles.
Fitness does not have to be expensive or elaborate. With just a few small tweaks, even a walk around the neighborhood can get that heart pumping and keep you healthy!
We all know it's bad for us. But sometimes the call of the fast food sign is too strong to resist. Perhaps you are crunched for time, or you just don't feel like cooking. Here's some healthy facts about fast food to get you through those urges:
As the weather gets colder we all are at risk of catching the flu. There is a lot of debate as to why this occurs. Some scientists believe it has to do with being cooped up inside with each other. Others believe it has to do with the decreasing amounts of sunlight. This can lower our Vitamin D levels and make us more susceptible. Liza wrote about Vitamin D and I urge you to read her article if you haven't already done so.
The good news is there are some things you can do to prevent the flu. Of utmost importance is washing your hands often. At a minimum you should wash them before each meal and after every visit to the bathroom. It also helps if you can keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you have to sneeze or cough, use a tissue or the crook of your arm. Better yet, if you're sick try to stay home so that you don't infect other people.
I mentioned Vitamin D earlier. Make sure your levels are good (by getting a simple blood test). If not your doctor will likely have you supplement with a D3 pill. Good nutrition goes beyond Vitamin D, though, and includes consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean fats. Try to avoid sugar, caffeine, and alcohol as much as possible.
One of my favorite ways to fight the flu is to get plenty of rest. Who doesn't want some of that? Try to bag at least 8 hours of sleep a night to give your immune system a fighting chance. Light, daily exercise has also been proven to boost immunity so try to get in a workout or walk whenever you can.
Of course, you also have the option of getting a flu shot. There is a lot of debate over whether or not these work. Scientists have to predict what strains of flu will come each fall and winter and then make the flu vaccine accordingly. Sometimes they get it wrong. Talk to your doctor and see if getting a flu shot is a good idea for you.
By taking these simple measures you will hopefully stay healthy this autumn and winter season!
Coloring is no longer just for kids! You can now buy adult coloring books with intricate designs that will give you hours of coloring fun.
Reasons to color:
If you think you might want to give it a whirl, you can find adult coloring books at all craft stores and book stores. In fact, there are two on the New York Times best sellers list right now. Who knew? You'll also need to invest in some good colored pencils or markers.
Once you're ready, sit down with your supplies and play fun music in the background. Start with an easier picture. Don't overthink your color choices or sweat it if you go outside the lines. Try to color like you did as a kid....free and uninhibited by worries!!!! You will be surprised by how fast time goes by.
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