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.
1. How much should you save for retirement? Some experts say that you'll need about eight times your final year's pay when you retire (assuming you'll live 25 years in retirement). So if you're making $50,000 a year, you'll need $400,000 to retire.
2. Roughly 18% of Americans are not saving anything.
3. The phrase "To pay through the nose" comes from Danes in Ireland, who slit the noses of those who were remiss in paying the Danish poll tax.
4. Money is the leading cause of disagreements in marriages.
5. The first paper notes were printed in denominations of 1 cent, 5 cents, 25 cents, and 50 cents.
I was just at my in-laws house for the holidays. They are the inspiration for this article. After 50 years of living in the same place, they have accumulated quite a bit of stuff. They know they need to get rid of it, but the sentimental value is making that task difficult.
Sound familiar? Many of us have a problem with hanging on to items for too long. We may hope to use something in the future, such as jeans that are too small. Or we may have fond memories attached to old artwork, gifts, etc.. Either way, these objects can clutter our homes and our lives.
It's time to remove some of that clutter!! Start with something small. If you're getting ready to put away holiday decorations then take stock of what you have. If it no longer works or fits your style, then sell or donate it to a worthy cause. I did this with quite a few of my old holiday decorations. Since my mom had made some of them, I took photos of each one and will keep those photos for the memories.
Recycling is another great way to get rid of clutter. I am currently cutting up my husbands old rugby jerseys and will be turning them into a lovely quilt for the bed. That way he can cherish the memories and I can get rid of 5 huge totes stuffed with shirts!
Any time you pull out items, whether it is to decorate the house or change seasons, take stock of what you have. Eliminate the clutter for a fresh perspective on life.
Why the article on grief? For one thing, I'm a volunteer at hospice and see it all the time. For another, there are many things that cause us to grieve that we might not realize.
Losing someone you love cases grief. We all know that. But losing other things can trigger this emotion as well. These can include losing your ability to do things because of an illness, your youth, your kids as they grow up, your job, your spouse due to a divorce, etc.
Loss equates change and sometimes that change can feel overwhelming. What's more, we all cope in our own way. Some folks keep it bottled inside while others let it out for the whole world to see. Some get angry and others laugh. I know one woman that had to have a meticulously clean floor while her husband was dying. It gave her a small bit of control in an otherwise hopeless situation.
I urge you to take a look at your own life and see if you have had any losses that require you to grieve. If so, find a healthy way to work through this emotion in your own unique way.
Many of us have resolved to lose weight and get healthier in 2016. Here are some quick facts about diets:
1. Men need more protein than women. Athletes also need more protein than couch potatoes. Protein can be found in nuts and seeds, beans and peas, and eggs as well as meats.
2. It doesn't matter what time of day you consume calories. What matters is how many calories you consume.
3. Only a small number of people have a genetic link to being overweight.
4. Honey is higher in calories than sugar, and just as likely to cause tooth decay. But it does have flavonoids which act as antioxidants.
5. At any given time, up to 50% of women are on a diet.
I have to eat a lot of greens for my health. It can get old after awhile but I recently stumbled upon this recipe and had to share. These are like potato chips but are made with kale and a lot less oil:
You Will Need:
1 bag organic kale
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Wash and pat dry the kale. Pull out the tough stems.
Spread the kale on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Spritz with the cooking spray.
Sprinkle with seasonings (I like salt, cumin, chili powder, and onion powder).
Bake in the oven until crisp, about 30 minutes.
Serve immediately. Do not save the leftovers as the kale will get soft and mushy.
Do you have problems with constipation, gas, or diarrhea? Do you get frequent headaches? You could have a food allergy or sensitivity. These tend to show up as we get older and can wreak havoc on our bodies. A simple way to test for a food allergy is through an elimination diet.
Here's how it works. Quit eating anything that you think may be causing problems for 2 weeks. Some of the top food allergens are as follows:
If anything causes a reaction, you will need to eliminate it for an additional 3 months. Then you can try it again in small amounts. If you no longer have a reaction then you can eat the food item on occasion. However, if you are still having a reaction then you will need to wait another 3 months before you try again. The gut takes a long time to heal so be patient!
There are some people who can never eat certain foods again. I am one of them and have learned to embrace the situation. Food is an important part of our life but when it harms us, it's not worth it! Take care of your gut and it will take care of you.
We're going to be starting something new in 2016. Each Friday, we're going to post 5 fun facts about interesting topics to give you fast and fun tidibits of information.
Our first top is New Year's Day:
1. More black-eyed peas are consumed on January 1 than any other day of the year. They are supposed to bring good luck because they resemble coins and represent money.
2. In the United States, more cars are stolen on New Year's Eve than on any other day.
3. Auld Lang Syne means "old long ago" or "the good old days."
4. Sydney, Australia leads the world with spectacular fireworks displays each year.
5. In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year's Day to bring good luck.
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