Fitness is very important when it comes to living a healthy and positive life. By taking care of our bodies, we will have the stamina and strength to do things that we want to do and have to do. It has also been proven scientifically that exercise has benefits for the brain cells which make us feel good and when we feel good about ourselves, we will be inclined to take up challenges and opportunities that are presented to us. However, it can at times be difficult to find time for exercises. Also, as we age, there are certain things which we are no longer able to do and this is the reason it is essential to take care of our bodies.
If you lead a busy life and hardly find time to hit the gym, or you feel weak for demanding workouts there is one type of simple and easy exercises that you can do to strengthen every part of the body such as the arms, legs, back, abs, shoulders, hips and butt. These exercises known as planks (or isometric exercises) involve maintaining a difficult position for extended periods of time. Here are 5 reasons to do planks every day.
Easy and convenient
It is possible to do planks anywhere where there is enough room to stretch out your body. There is no need for any gym membership or equipment. Even if you have a couple of minutes, you can do planks or you can also incorporate it into your daily exercise routine. Read more
If you are given the chance to choose a spice that can improve your well being and help you lead a healthier and longer life, then a good choice for you would be turmeric. Turmeric powder is bright yellow in color and it is made by grinding mature turmeric rhizomes. It is mostly used in curries for coloring and flavoring, but it is also commonly used for medicinal and cosmetic reasons. One tablespoon of turmeric powder has about 24 calories with no cholesterol. It also contains high levels of magnesium, potassium, iron, fiber and vitamin B6. Turmeric powder can be purchased from Indian and Chinese supermarkets. The spice is used in almost every Indian curry, pickles and mustards. Here’s a look at the 5 amazing reasons you must include turmeric in your diet every day.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This spice also contain antioxidants which helps the body get rid of free radicals. A number of studies have shown that individuals who eat turmeric regularly experience great relief from joint inflammation and mild to moderate joint pains. In fact, turmeric is more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs. Read more
In the modern era of fitness it is widely accepted that both, men and women should lift weights in order to achieve their fitness goals, regardless if they want to lose fat, build muscle or be healthy. Having this in mind you have been going to the gym regularly and lifting weights. But in all these days of weight training, you have not been able to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Your muscles aren’t looking sculpted at all and you are frustrated because now you feel that all this had been a waste of time and energy. If you have been working out regularly, but have not achieved what you wanted, it is likely that something is wrong somewhere. Maybe, it is not your willpower, but with your workout.
To be able to succeed and see positive results when doing weight training, it is important that you know about health and fitness. One of the main reasons women fail in their workouts is that they don’t know what they are doing. While there are a number of things you can do to achieve your goals, there are also a number of pitfalls that can actually destroy your motivation, cause injury and collapse your progress.
Whenever you are starting out with weight training, it is essential to first gather a bit of information. You must understand the basics of weight training and the importance of your diet. Sometimes it is the mistakes that women make that prevent them from achieving their health and fitness goals. So to be a smarter fitness junkie, you must steer clear of these common mistakes. Let’s take a look at what these are. Read more
When the evolutionary march from the four legged species to the two legged ones took place, the human body was designed to be mobile and not sedentary. But, the kind of lifestyle that many people have today, they tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle. No matter where people go, there are more opportunities to sit down than to stand up. When you go to school, there are desks and chairs. The same is the case when you go to office. And then the car and the comfortable chair you have at home for watching TV. Because most of the job that humans do require them to sit, it is quite difficult to break the cycle.
According to a number of studies and researches, the sedentary lifestyle that you live is destructive to your overall well being. In fact, it is said that sitting has become the new smoking and anyone who sits for more than six hours a day is at an increased risk of suffering health problems and even death.
The truth about sitting
After the evolution to the two legged species, most of the lives of humans were spent hunting and farming. Humans were on their feet most of the time which enabled them to carry on with the day to day lives. But with the advent of the internet and television, people are sitting for more than ever. On average, humans are sitting for about 9.5 hours which is even more than sleeping. So how much time is really spent standing up or on the feet? Very little and this is a fact that is taking a toll on human’s modern life today. Read more
Staying healthy and being active is not easy. If it was, everyone would do it and no one would ever complain about the extra pounds or other weight related problems they face. Did you know that there are some mental walls that actually prevent you from doing what is important for you? After a long day at work, you want to de-stress and in the process, you forget that keeping healthy and staying fit is as important as all the other things in life.
If you are able to break down these mental walls, you will be able to stay fit and healthy. Getting the motivation to workout is not easy. In fact, it is a struggle for many people. But with these little tips and tricks, you can find the motivation to lead a healthier and a more active lifestyle. Here’s a look at how you can motivate yourself to workout.
When you have decided to become more active, setting fitness goals can really help you become motivated to do what you have thought of. It can be hard to make lifestyle changes, but if you are able to set realistic and well planned goals, you will be able to keep yourself focused and motivated. However, before you start a new fitness program, it is important to see a doctor and get a medical check up done. Some workout goals can include walking 30 min every day, workout 4 times a week, completing a yoga challenge, running 2 km 3 times a week, etc. After you have set your goals, you will need to find a way how to accomplish them, and forget about quitting. Read more
If you are looking to get the most out of your workout, then it is important to eat the right kinds of food beforehand. Although you may not be willing to pack in calories before the session, there are a number of foods you can eat to fuel your workout. Apart from helping you maximize your efforts, these foods can also prevent low blood sugar, fatigue and lightheadedness during the workout. Here is a list of foods you must consider eating before working out.
Bananas contain fast acting carbohydrates which can actually provide useable energy during a workout session. Bananas also contain potassium which can help in the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Bananas are the perfect pre-workout snack for all those who workout first thing in the morning. Those who tend to skip breakfast before their workout can benefit greatly by having a banana at least 30 minutes prior to working out.
Another easy pre-workout snack is chickpeas. Chickpeas contain carbs, fiber and protein that are essential for fuelling your workout. Before the session, eat at least ¼ cup of chickpeas to give you 9 grams of fiber, 30 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of protein. Read more
Eating out in a restaurant is not only convenient, but you also get to enjoy the company of those with you. Restaurant food is delicious, saves you time and energy and you also get to have great time with your family and friends. Eating out once in a while is good for you to free yourself from that hectic schedule of yours, but it is important that you don’t make a habit of eating out. Eating out regularly can be bad for your health. It can make you fat and unhealthy. There are a number of tricks that restaurants use to serve you really tasty but unhealthy food. Here’s a look at some of the ingredients or ‘tricks’ that can make you fat and unhealthy when you eat out regularly.
Restaurant food is amazingly good and one of the main reasons for this is the amount of butter present in the food. Whether it is the sauce, the meat, the veggies or the soup, butter is one of the tricks that restaurants use to make their food rich and tasty. Using butter is an easy way to make the food taste really good and some of these restaurants make use of loads of it and mind you that is pure saturated fat you are consuming. It is even worse for your health when restaurants substitute butter with margarine. Read more
Natural ingredients offer a range of health benefits and when some of them are combined together, they work to cure a number of diseases and medical conditions. The two natural ingredients that we are going to talk about in this post are cinnamon and honey. The combination of cinnamon and honey has been used for ages to promote general well being. They have been used to cure ailments and conditions. Although there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that this combination works great for many conditions, there are thousands and thousands of individuals who swear by this easy and simple home remedy. Here’s a look at some of the top health benefits of cinnamon and honey when they are combined together.
When it comes to boosting the immune system, there are no other natural ingredients which are better than cinnamon and honey. These ingredients can help eliminate chronic fatigue, fight flu and viruses and also increase the lifespan. In addition, there are antioxidants present in these ingredients which help fight against free radicals in the body.
Promotes weight loss
If you are looking to shed some weight, you can try a mixture of cinnamon and honey. You can add the mixture to a glass of warm water and drink on empty stomach daily to get great results quickly. However, it is also essential that you combine the remedy with exercise and proper diet for healthy weight loss. Read more
You served your nutritional-rich breakfast, drank your delicious shake or coffee, but you still encounter fatigue. You feel that you aren’t in your maximum form to begin a new day and go fresh to the office. Where could you go wrong? If you want to fight morning fatigue and stay fresh all day long, you need gentle exercises and the best workout schedule to start your day with. Be sure that from now on, you will feel energized and fresh all day long and you will also be able to fulfill your daily tasks and responsibilities. Read the following lines to become familiar with the best morning exercises for staying fresh throughout the day and to find out how much of these exercises are recommended to do.
The strong relationship between exercising and energy
A lot of people believe that workout makes them feel fatigue, but the secret is that morning fatigue can be easily beaten with more and frequent exercising. The morning workout actually has the main role in generating energy for the body. If you choose to start your day with physical activity on a daily basis, you will help your body to easily wake up and get the necessary freshness and energy that you need for a harsh business day. However, it is important to keep in mind that you need to exercise without getting tired. Remember, this is gentle morning workout, not an afternoon hard exercising program at the gym! You need to use your force and energy for the rest of the day, so you shouldn’t get yourself exhausted with these morning exercises. Read more