30 Jul

Living A Healthy Lifestyle

A healthier, happier and more successful you

You can become a healthier, happier and more successful person by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle. You will have to make changes to the overall you, not just change the amount of exercise you do or your diet. The secret to achieving happiness and a healthier you is to balance your body and mind in harmony, it is only when we are balanced in physical health, mental and spiritual that we are truly healthy.

If we are healthy then we are happier and can reach success more easily in life, here are some ways you can bring back harmony and balance to your life

Exercise is an essential part, it helps to tone our body, keep our heart and lungs healthy and detoxifies. Exercise can be anything from more vigorous routines such as aerobics to simply walking, pick your favorite activity and set aside a specific time of day and commit yourself to devoting a half-hour per day towards getting your body back into shape.

Eating right is the next essential step to maintaining a well-balanced life; our bodies need the right amount of vitamins, nutrients and minerals to work at its best. Making changes to our diet can be challenging, but keep away from fast foods which contain a lot of saturated fats and sugar and start including more whole grains, chicken, fish, plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruit or 100 % juice.

Along with making changes to your diet you should include supplements such as vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Modern farming methods strip many of our foods of the minerals our bodies require and now just provide us with the basic nutrients. Due to this we might be lacking in certain minerals and vitamins, by supplementing your diet with vitamin and mineral supplements we can ensure we still get all the vital minerals, nutrients and vitamins we need in our daily diet.

Reducing the amount of stress we have in our life plays an important part in how we are able to cope with it. Stress can do much damage to our body and mind and has been linked with “burnout”, fatigue, sleep problems, depression and it lowers our immune system. Learning techniques on how to cope with stress and worry are essential to keeping yourself balanced and full of energy. There are a wide variety of techniques from simple breathing exercises which can be done anywhere, to yoga which is a full system for relaxation and de-stressing to meditation. There are many books, DVDS and CDS available on the subject or there are courses you can attend.

Lastly but by no means the least important is keeping life fun, doing something which you enjoy doing and makes you feel relaxed and happy each day. By focusing on taking care of yourself, which is essential, you also take care of those that are counting on you as well.

 

17 Jul

Benefits of Walking for Exercise

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Oh come on! Walking for exercise?? isn’t that too easy?

Well perhaps, but there are a number of reasons why walking can work as a great form of exercise. Yes it is kind of easy, but that’s a good thing since it also yields so many benefits. Besides, the best workouts are the ones we actually do. An hour of walking for exercise is a lot more beneficial than the 30 minutes on the treadmill that you never get round to doing because you just can’t face it.

Here are some reasons why walking for exercise just might be the thing for you.

1)You’re already doing it
Not only is it functional but for most of us the problem with a routine isn’t getting started. A burst of enthusiasm and equipment does the trick, but it doesn’t last, and so the challenge is staying the course. Those January gym memberships that are unused by March are such a cliché because its so common.

The good thing about walking is that you already do it. You can do more, or you can do less, but its just a matter of degrees. So its just a case of steadily increasing the amount to a point you are happy with.

2)Its the most natural form of exercise
You don’t have to learn how to do it. You don’t have to go to a gym. You don’t need a personal trainer or a guidebook to make it happen. Walking is something that you can do without the whole gym thing being a factor. It fits easily into your schedule, and not the other way around: the definition of fitness to fit you.

3)You can easily vary intensity for aerobic conditioning
You set the pace. As you get fitter you can go further and faster more often. Its possible to walk fast enough to make it quite a workout especially when you factor in geography such as stairs, hills and inclines. Design the course to fit your needs.

4)Its not going to injure you
Many people suffer sports injuries and end up in a world of hurt with their exercise choices, but walking is no risk, and no problem. You really aren’t likely to end up one of the walking wounded.

5)It tones the legs and bum
It burns fat, has aerobic benefits and works the legs and glutes. Sounds about perfect to me.

6)You can keep it up for life
The best health habits are those we can stick with anytime, anyplace, anywhere and any age. You really can enjoy the benefits of walking forever, so start as you mean to go on. Walk on.

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13 Jul

Walk For Your Life!

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The irony of the latter part of the twentieth century is the direct link between Western man’s ‘progress’ in the fields of science, technology and information in general, and the decline in his physical activity.

Motor cars and aeroplanes, fax machines and cell phones – all mean that modern man has become very much more productive. However, this means that time previously spent ‘relaxing’ can now be filled conducting business by smart phone or laptop computer, while traveling. The end result is not only an increase in productivity, but also in stress.

We are a nation of sport fanatics, but sadly for most people, this seldom extends to participation any more strenuous than flicking the switches on the remote control, or reaching for the popcorn or beer. Even activities such as housework or gardening, have now been relegated to someone else to do for us. Added to an all-time low in physical activity, we eat and drink in excess to ‘bust’ our stress

The effects have been such that a 1982 survey by the Human Sciences Research council indicated that amongst whites in South Africa, 59.5 % of deaths can be directly or indirectly attributed to a destructive lifestyle and there is every indication that this trend has persisted.

You may ask why, with our increased knowledge about the effects of a risky lifestyle, and about the benefits of exercise to prevent illness or ward off the effects of old age, we are still doing so little to combat the situation. Research quoted in his book Aerobic Walking, by exercise physiologist, Mort Malkin, indicates that in many cases this is due, not to unwillingness to exercise, but to ignorance and even fear with regard to the body’s ability to exercise, particularly when one has been sedentary for an extended period of time.

It is my contention that a perfect exercise does exist, no matter what your present level of fitness, your age or your weight. Except in cases of extreme handicap, we are all able to walk. All that is required is a structured program of aerobic walking. The term ‘aerobic’ means that the body burns oxygen to produce energy. By gradual means then, your level of fitness and health will increase.

I recently spoke to the manager of one of our local Run/Walk for Life clubs, and he was full of examples of ‘success stories’. I would like to share just two with you. The first relates to age: Mary, a lady of 70, upon retirement decided that she wanted to do some formal exercise. She adapted so well to the walking program that she ‘graduated’ to running and recently completed an ultra marathon of 100 miles!

I realize that this is a rather extreme case, so let me tell you about how effective walking can be for recovery from illness. After she had had a most severe heart attack, Joan joined walk for Life because walking had been recommended as an exercise. She was obviously fearful as well as unfit at the start and could only walk about two hundred meters before having to stop to rest. However, she persevered and now regularly walks distances as far as twelve kilometers at a time!

The advantage of walking is that it can be undertaken at any time and in any place. I even know of a group which walks in the malls. How is that for shopping without stopping? Good for your waistline and your wallet. Also, no expensive equipment, besides a sturdy pair of walking shoes, is required.

The benefits are many. Extensive research has shown regular aerobic walking to be effective in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory disease, osteoporosis and obesity. Other spin-offs include a general sense of well being and a more positive self-image as well as a reduction in stress, depression and anxiety and a boost in energy levels.

Charles Dickens once said, The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose and Emerson remarked that to walk in the woods is one of the secrets of dodging old age. Certainly, feeling better about oneself and knowing that one is doing something constructive about one’s health, goes a long way towards working against the effects of aging on one’s body.

Now you may say, If walking is good; isn’t running better? Not always. The pressure exerted by a runner at every step is five times his body weight, while for a walker it is only one and a half times, so the danger of injury is decreased. Also, if you are very unfit, or overweight, you may feel that you first need to lose weight or get to a level of fitness before being able to run. With walking, you begin where you are – and you work at your own level of fitness and ability.

What has walking done for me, you may ask. Well, I have had a serious love-hate relationship with walking for the past ten or fifteen years. I joined Run/Walk for Life at that time, but was unable to attend regularly, because they met at a time of day referred to in our home as ‘suicide hour’ – and so the demands of a young family meant that I had to stop attending. However, I have never really stopped walking since then. Winter and rainy weather are problem times for me, but I soon find myself becoming crabby and restless if I miss out on too many walks.

As for weight loss, I can’t boast of too much success in that area, but that is probably due to another serious relationship which I have – with food! However, it has helped to control my weight and I certainly feel better for it.

For me, the wonder of walking is that you do not have to be able to run a mile in four minutes; shoot five under par, or win in straight sets. You compete against yourself, and every time you walk a little further or a little faster than the previous time, it is a triumph.

In the words of Ecclesiastes, the race is not to the fleet of foot, but to him who goes the distance.

So, Walk for your Life!

Marietjie (Ricky) Woods is a teacher of English at a South African high school. Her passion is English in all its variations and forms. She has recently started writing, having spent most of her adult life correcting the writing of others. A Distinguished Toastmaster, she has been involved in public speaking and training for more than 15 years, often running courses on presentation skills and public speaking,especially for students and scholars.
http://about.me/rickywoods

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11 Jul

Walk For Your Health

So you want to lose weight and you know you will have to exercise if you really want to shed those pesky pounds. Walking is one of the best ways to get you active to burn up calories. It is a low impact exercise and therefore suitable for all fitness levels but especially for those just starting an exercise routine. Walking is something we do every day so we don’t need to learn how to do it. Walking is inexpensive, nothing special to buy besides a good pair of walking shoes and/or an inexpensive pedometer so that you can keep track of how far you are walking and you don’t have to join a gym to do it.

Some of the benefits of walking besides weight management is that it is good for your heart, cardiovascular system, joints and muscle tone. Walking burns almost as many calories as jogging. Increases your metabolism for up to 12 hours after you’ve walked even as little as 2 miles! Walking also works as an appetite suppressor. It’s peaceful and can help you clear your head. It will also help you release some stress and tension from every day life. And it gets you outdoors and into some fresh air.

One of the most important keys to walking and losing weight is to take it slow. This is especially important if you haven’t done any sort of exercise in some time. Remember not to over do it, gradually work your way up to longer distances. This will insure that you don’t injure yourself and that you stick to it. Incorporate short spurts of fast walking to get the full effects and walk on varied terrain, this helps to get your heart rate up and will help keep your walks from getting boring. If you get bored with it, you will not keep doing it and that will not be good. Try to walk at least 30 minutes, this is so that your heart rate get up and your body will start working.

Losing weight shouldn’t be a chore so remember to enjoy yourself while walking and reap so many of the benefits besides the obvious. A good pair of shoes is important, something with support so not open toed or sandals. Listening to music could also make this an enjoyable time as well as varying your terrain. A minimum of 30 minutes a day is all that is needed to get yourself in better shape and health.

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