Friday, June 3, 2016

Top Reasons Why Parents Should Encourage Children to Exercise

Exercising has many benefits. Starting early on it allows you to enjoy its benefits at an earlier and longer time. Hence, it is important that parents encourage their children to exercise while they're young and before computer games, inactivity and laziness get the best out of them.

Lifelong commitment to fitness - Children who exercise are more likely to keep exercising until they're adult. When exercise and fitness becomes a habit, it would be difficult to remove it from your lifestyle.

Weight management - Nowadays, obesity is an epidemic that's paralyzing children aged 6 to19 years. To solve this widespread issue on kids' health, parents must monitor their children's BMI regularly and encourage them to engage in physical activities. Exercise helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight

Healthy bones and muscles - Regular physical activity helps build strong muscles, bones and joints. Moreover, it improves motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills among children.

Improved interpersonal skills - Exercise aids in the development of important interpersonal skills among children. This is especially true for children who participate in team sports. With improved interpersonal skills, children are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

Improved sleep - When the body is tired because of regular exercise or physical activity, it will need rest and enough amount of sleep. Children who are able to sleep well have a better overall mood. Hence, they're happier and they perform better in school.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Why Rest Day is as Important as Workout Days

Most people who are keen to lose weight in the shortest possible time usually don't adhere to experts' advice about rest. They often think that resting might make them lazy and demotivated about achieving their health and fitness goals.

If you see rest or rest day in the same way, read these simple reasons which can make you understand how it plays a big role in your health and fitness plan.

Rest allows the repair and growth of muscles. Muscle fibers are torn whenever you engaged in any form of work out or training. Your immune system will need enough rest and time to heal torn muscles and allow them to grow.

Rest prevents injury. Rest days prevent you from overusing your body. This involves all kinds of physical training - from walking to running to lifting. If you push yourself too hard, your muscles and joints suffer from overuse. This results to unwanted injuries.

Rest promotes good sleep. Over-training can cause your body to be restless. It can also keep your alert level and heart rate always high. With all these, sleeping at night would be very tough. Having rest days will allow you to sleep well and enjoy its many health benefits.

Rest promotes mental strength. As rest keeps your mind and body from being dead-tired, you will experience a renewed passion to workout or train again. Being mentally and psychologically charged through proper rest can keep you more motivated to work hard towards your fitness goals.

Understand that your body needs days off in order to perform well during your training or workout sessions. Make adjustments on your mindset and daily schedule based on this new found faith in rest. Do whatever you can do to have meaningful rest days. Find an accountability partner if it's difficult for you to make adjustyments.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sweat Trivia - Things You Don't Know About Sweat

Many people hate sweat because of its unpleasant smell, the uneasiness it brings and for many other reasons. But, did you know that sweat or sweating is important to human existence because of the many benefits that come with it? Here are some

It promotes weight loss. Water-soluble fat molecules are released together with water whenever you sweat especially during workout. This results to a permanent decrease in weight.

It relieves pain. Intense workout can be painful. You can successfully complete such workout by sweating in the process. Why? It's because sweating enables the release of beta endorphins which promotes a feeling of well-being and a euphoric high during physical activities.

It rids the body of harmful toxins. Heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and chemicals stored in your body fats are all eliminated when you sweat. The same is true for cancer-causing phalates.

It raises cortisol levels and increases sex drive. The scent of androstadienone in male sweat can raise cortisol levels for up to an hour and increase a waning sex drive when in women. High cortisol levels also allow people to set goals and be driven to achieve them.

Sweating is a good thing except when it makes you stink. If you're not confident about the scent of your sweat, consider changing your diet. Studies show that the sweat of a meat-eater smells worse than the sweat of a vegetarian. Going vegetarian can also help you manage your weight.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Daily Benefits of Having Great and Strong Abs

Having great abs is more than just looking good. It comes with other benefits that can affect your health on a daily basis. If your abs are in good condition, they're deemed to be strong and capable of providing stability to your whole body during any type of physical activity.

A strong core or abs can improve your posture. It does this by distributing the weight evenly through out the body. Bad posture happens when the pelvis is tilted forward and the spine is curved in an exaggerated manner. By strengthening the walls of your abdomen, you will be able to maintain a great posture.

A strong core or abs eliminates back pain. When your abs are in great shape, you can experience mobility and strength in your hips, thighs, glutes and back. These, in return, will cause your back pains to decrease and be gone in time. With strong abs and without back pain, you can perform daily activities with ease like sitting at a desk in correct posture, gardening and lifting items off the floor. 

A strong core or abs promotes better breathing. Breathing muscles like the diaphragm and the intercostals work more effectively when you have stronger abs. Enough supply of oxygen inside the body helps all your internal organs to perform at their best daily.

If you're looking for ways to have better and stronger abs, watch this video. (Note: I don't own this video, all credits to the owner/publisher).

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Few Thoughts on Having a Flatter Stomach

Almost all women dream of having a flat stomach. Many women are unable to achieve this dream because they lack the determination, effort and time to perform ab-shaping exercise routines. Are you one of these women? Yes? Don't fret because there are other ways by which you can achieve a flat tummy without exercise.

1) Straighten up. In a Good Housekeeping post, The Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons shared that correcting your posture doesn't only make you look good. It also helps tone your stomach muscles. Make it your habit to sit straight and stand straight to have a flat stomach.

2) Stay away from salt and sugar. Researches show that salt or sodium causes the stomach to bloat. It also makes you feel puffy. Instead of making your food tasty by adding salt or soy sauce, try using fresh herbs and spices in every dish you cook. Sugar also increases the accumulation of belly fat. There are hidden sugars in both healthy and unhealthy food items sold in the supermarket. Take the time to read the labels before buying any of them.

3) Drink green tea. Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG which boosts metabolism and helps the body to utilize fat. Make sure to drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day for best results.

4) Avoid dehydration. When the body is dehydrated, it tends to store water in the midsection. This will make your stomach look bloated. Drink six to eight glasses of water each day to keep your body hydrated and your cells performing well.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five Ways Pregnant Women Can Beat the Summer Heat

Being heavy with a child in the warmest season of the year, certainly, is a recipe for distress. Humidity can make hot summer days even hotter for pregnant women whose babies are due in this season or in the early fall. While you can't control the heat of the sun in summer, there are a few guidelines which you can follow to keep yourself cool --- and safe until your delivery.

1. Pay attention to the heat warnings. Pregnant women already have some degree of heat intolerance which can be aggravated by circumstances. Always check the temperature before going outdoors. Stay indoors when the temperature is 90 deg F and up. Turn on your air conditioner and apply a damp washcloth on your forehead to cool yourself. Plan your activities for late in the afternoon or in the evening if you need to go out.

2. Drink plenty of fluids. Limiting your fluid intake to water can lead to a condition called water intoxication where water dilutes the electrolytes needed by the body. Fruit juice, milk and sports drinks are good for pregnant women who need to replenish the depleted electrolytes in their bodies due to excessive sweating.

3. Wear breathable clothes. Breathable clothes will keep you cooler and free from sweating a lot. Clothes made from cotton helps prevent heat rash which usually accumulates in the abdomen area and under the breasts.

4. Swim instead of working out in the gym. Swimming is effective in cooling yourself off during warm days. Exercising in the water unloads the extra weight off your knees, so you're less likely to hurt your knees and joints than when exercising in the gym.

5. Make sure that you're breathing correctly. Corrective breathing helps you cool down while improving your oxygen intake. Enough oxygen in your body aids in the growth and nourishment of your unborn child. Read books or watch video tutorials which can teach the correct breathing patterns.

Summer doesn't have to be boring and hazardous to pregnant women. You can enjoy summer activities with your family and friends by observing moderation and following the guidelines above. Read this detailed infographic from Bourne Bathrooms to discover more heat management tips during summer.

Staying Cool During Summer

From Visually.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Have a Meaningful 2016 with These Suggestions

If your 2015 didn't turn out to be as purposeful as you have planned, don't be discouraged. You can try again this year. Whether you're keeping your last year's goals or not, you might find the list of activities below worth doing this year. Read on.

Volunteer - Have you ever tried volunteering? Volunteering can be physically draining but all the hardships you'll encounter along the way makes your whole volunteer experience truly rewarding. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to become happier and create a better version of yourself. According  to psychologists, people become happier and grateful when they're able to help other people.

Reconnect with family and friends - A 2010 study in the journal PLoS Medicine states that 'lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise.' This means you can lengthen your life span by simply reconnecting with old family and friends and strengthening your bonds with them.

Go back to school - If you're looking to change the direction of your career path, going back to school must be on the top of your bucket list for this year. The new knowledge you'll gain in school can boost your self-confidence, create new possibilities and provide new friends for you.  A 2007 study even stated that middle-aged adults who went back to school are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Travel - Traveling allows treat life as an adventure and not a boring cycle or routine. It recharges your body, mind and soul after days or even months of tedious work. It lets you learn new things about and rediscover other facets of your personality.