Cardio: Is It All That?

Most of us spend more time looking after our internal issues, that we can let our physical health dip sometimes. When it comes to finding the best physical exercise, we need something quick, and we need something effective, right? Naturally, we all think about going running. But is cardiovascular exercise in that form really all that?

The True Definition Of Cardio

Cardiovascular exercises are about getting the heart pumping and the blood flowing, and this is the ultimate goal. But when it comes to cardio, we can be guided down the wrong avenues. Cardiovascular exercise isn't just running, it can be lifting weights, it can be brisk walking, there are so many different types. And it depends on what you are after. Low intensity, long duration cardio training is best for someone just starting out. But for someone that's looking for something that pushes them to their limits, you could go for high-intensity interval training or high-intensity short duration cardio training. Find the right one for you based on your fitness needs.

It's Not Just Running

Running is certainly a good place to begin, but if you do it wrong, or have poor form, you could end up doing more damage. You may end up having to get a knee replacement a few years down the line, or you may just twist your ankle really badly. Running is certainly a very sociable activity, but these days, there are as many people saying that running is bad for you. So what's the answer?

Finding Other Ways

As we've already said, it's about getting the heart going, and cardiovascular exercise isn't just about running; it could be weight lifting, which has been shown to be more effective than general cardio for fat loss. It does depend on your goal. If you're looking to lose weight, you need something that's going to hit all the major areas.

Cardio Is Not "Bad"

Cardio had a bad rap recently because it's not been shown as the most effective way to lose weight, but if you want to lose weight, there are plenty of effective methods out there. You just have to be willing to dig deeper to accomplish them. Tabata sprinting is one aspect of high-intensity interval training that can help with fat loss, but is an intense workout which is why many love running (or jugging) because you can go at your own. pace.

Cardio isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it depends on the type of cardio that you want. Remember, cardio is about getting the heart pumping and the blood flowing.


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Ready to Stop Yo-Yo Dieting? Keep Reading...

Are you a yo-yo dieter? If you are, you are indeed not alone. The process of losing a significant amount of weight, before regaining all or most of it, and then repeating the process time and time again is a frustrating experience shared by people all over the world (trust me, I know firsthand!!)

Just as you feel like you are making progress and getting somewhere with your weight loss, you find yourself slipping back into bad habits, and before you know it, you are back where you started. In some cases, people end up even heavier than they were initially. Managing your weight in this way is neither healthy nor sustainable, and will not do your self-esteem much good either, as you may feel like you are continually failing yourself. If you are ready to break this cycle, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Think about your attitude towards food, and any issues that you may have

When it comes to weight loss, this is one of the most important things that you can do. You will never be successful in losing weight if you haven’t considered your feelings and attitudes towards food and diets, and if you don’t deal with any underlying issues surrounding it, nothing will work in the longer term. It may be something simple, but more often than not, there are a variety of factors which, when combined, have made you gain the weight or stopped you from losing any. Perhaps you comfort eat, or eat out of boredom? Are you disorganized, so end up grabbing that calorific takeout on your way home from work? Maybe you are an inexperienced cook and don’t know how to prepare healthy meals. Working out the reasons behind the problem will help you to gain much more control over the situation. If you feel like you have some extreme emotions or issues when it comes to food, you may want to consider speaking to a counselor or therapist to help you regain control and deal with them.

Clean Out The Kitchen

It can be incredibly difficult to follow any healthy eating plan if your kitchen is full of unhealthy and high calorie/carb or nutritionally devoid snacks and food. If you have a family or roommates, get them on board too, so that you can’t use the excuse that they are available for them. Dispose of anything that isn’t providing your body with nutritional goodness - anything overly processed, salty and prepackaged, or full of added sugar or preservatives. Ready meals and jars of sauces may be convenient after a hard day at work, but they, as a whole, are relatively devoid of nutrition. Do a big grocery shop and fill your cabinets and refrigerator with fresh fruit and vegetables and healthier alternatives. Don’t completely deny yourself a treat - a piece of chocolate here or slice of cake there isn’t going to hurt, and in fact, can be a part of a balanced diet, but make sure it is an occasional treat.

Research Healthy Eating Plans

There are hundreds of thousands of eating plans out there, and it is essential to do your research and find one that is suitable for you - some will only make yo-yo dieting worse as they aren’t sustainable for more than a few weeks. Others can be implemented as a life long healthy eating plan rather than a short term diet. This noom review gives you an idea of one such plan you may want to take a look at. However, speaking with your doctor or a nutritionist that can tailor a plan specifically for you is always a good way to go!

Learn To Cook

For many people, especially these days where we rely heavily on convenience foods, an inability to cook is one of the main reasons why people struggle to maintain a healthy weight. Learning to prepare exciting, yet healthy meals, means you are less likely to pick up Chinese takeout or reach for the cookie jar just because you want something satisfying to eat. Invest in some herbs and spices and learn how to use them in your everyday meals and slowly build up your repertoire. Look for healthy swaps where possible - can you swap that heavy cream out for natural yogurt? If time is an issue, as it is for lots of us, could you invest in a slow cooker so that you can walk in after a day at work to a hearty and healthy home cooked meal? Experiment with flavors and recipes, and most importantly, have fun with them.


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Water Intake, Dehydration & You

“If you want to live the healthiest life possible and boost your overall wellness, you should drink more water.”

It’s fair to assume that no one reading the above statement is surprised by the idea that drinking plenty of water is crucial to human health. The fact is repeated to the point of cliche, often suggested as a cure for all ills. We all know we should be drinking more water to stave off the damage chronic dehydration can cause, enjoy a clearer complexion, and simply feel better - but is the matter actually that simple? Below, we’ve dug into the facts to try and get to the bottom of this often basically-presented - but actually surprisingly complex - issue.

The “8x8 rule”

The general recommendation is that you should drink eight (8 oz) glasses of water per day - but, unfortunately, this has been disputed on numerous occasions. Some argue that the 8x8 “rule” is arbitrary, while others dismiss it as it doesn’t take into account various lifestyle factors - for example, someone who is exercising heavily should definitely drink more than 8x8 per day.

So, how much water should you drink? It’s really up to you. If you’re thirsty, then drink water. If you’re not thirsty, then you can go without if you prefer - though there are a few caveats to keep in mind.

The risk of diuretics

Diuretics are beverages that actually contribute to dehydration. The most common example is alcohol; if you’re thirsty and you drink a glass of wine, in terms of your body’s response, you’ll be more dehydrated as a result of doing so. The same applies to beverages that contain caffeine, such as coffee and green tea; the caffeine acts as a diuretic, which worsens dehydration.

Even worse, the problems diuretics can cause will be exacerbated if you are exercising regularly. It is also worth noting that the two diuretics above are not particularly beneficial beverages, either: alcohol is often misused, while the benefits of caffeine are minimal. As a result, it may be worth exploring the possibility of alternatives- such as learning how to stop drinking or maybe switching to decaf or limiting your caffeine usage. Ultimately, the benefits of cutting out alcohol and limiting your caffeine intake expand far beyond simply improving hydration levels, but can also undoubtedly be beneficial in this regard.

The importance of proper hydration during exercise

In discussing the above, we have noted the need for adequate hydration during exercise, and this is a point that is worth underlining. If you are working out, and particularly if you are sweating, then you will need to increase your water intake accordingly. It’s also worth noting that this is advisable even if you don’t particularly feel thirsty; if you’ve lost fluids due to exercise, then they need to be replenished regardless of how well-hydrated you feel.


In conclusion... Increasing your water intake is often suggested as an essential for all health-related issues but, as we have pointed out above, the matter is a little more complex than is often presented. So, while it is important to note the potential issues caused by diuretics and exercise, as a general rule: drink water when you’re thirsty, and you shouldn’t go far wrong.


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Make Health And Happiness Part Of Your Daily Life

Like so many women, if you’re living a busy and stressful life, it could be taking a toll on your general health and well-being. It’s important nowadays to take the time to look after yourself and think about each lifestyle choice you make. By making positive changes to your everyday routine; you’ll become happier and healthier, which will help to lead you through a long a fulfilling life. The following are some areas to consider if you feel like life is weighing you down a little, so that you can begin to enjoy health and happiness each day.

Nourishing Yourself

Food is our body’s fuel, so filling yourself up with junk food all the time, will not have a positive effect on your health and how you feel. By no means do you have to give up your favorite treats completely, as a little of what you enjoy can do you good. However, candy, cakes, and fast food should be regarded as treats for special occasions or a reward for a heavy duty workout. By keeping your sugar intake down; you’ll have more energy and won’t have to face any crashes from the glucose leaving your system.

Cooking fresh meals is another smart idea, as it makes it simple to control what you’re eating. If you cook from scratch, then you can monitor the ingredients, including any fats and sugar, which goes into your delicious homemade meals. Cooking can also be therapeutic, as you can focus on the task at hand, and let your daily stresses float away. The more you get creative in your kitchen, the better you’ll get; so check out some recipes and tutorials online for some inspiration, and before you know it, you’ll be feeling beautiful from the inside out!

Seeking Help

It’s always a cathartic experience to talk to somebody else about your worries and problems; however, many people find it difficult and often shy away from opening up, especially when it comes to both their physical issues and mental health. Whether you have worries regarding your intimate area and want to look into the Geneveve procedure, you’re struggling with low mood and need counsel, or you’re impacted by anxiety surrounding an array of things; there’s no better time to get help, than right now.

Try and make time to call, or even email, a friend or family member to tell them what’s happening. By going through everything, you’ll be able to take the weight off your shoulders and are likely to gain some positive advice in the meantime. A simple catch up and chat with somebody can also highlight all the successes and good points in your life right now; this in itself will give you a boost and make you feel better about your situation.


If you’re uncomfortable sharing your thoughts with those that you know, or you feel your problem is too serious or complicated for them to help solve; there are plenty of resources available to you. Take a look online, and you’ll find an array of contact details to access expert help from people who have been professionally trained in dealing with your particular problem. You might just be feeling generally overwhelmed in life, and need some advice on how to ease the pressure and move forward; whatever it is, it’s not worth keeping everything to yourself.



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4 Ways To Rebuild Your Health After You've Quit Smoking

So, you’ve quit smoking? Congratulations!

Quitting can be difficult because you’ve got to fight the cravings that come with it, as well as breaking a habit of a lifetime. No matter whether you smoked for a short while, or you’ve finally managed to kick the habit of over 20 years, there can be significant damage made because of this. After you’ve quit smoking, it’s important to rebuild your health, so here are some tips and tricks on what you can do.


Eat a healthier diet

Smoking can quickly deteriorate your health and more often than not, smokers tend to eat a more unhealthy diet because of the changes smoking causes to the tastebuds. Now that you’ve quit smoking, introducing a healthier diet will help your body rejuvenate. Not only that, many people find that when they quit smoking, they put on weight due to needing to keep their hands and mouths busy. Eat a healthier diet for the nutrients and to keep your waistline down!

Get yourself checked out

During the time that you were smoking it’s possible that it caused some sort of damage to your organs. Your heart and lungs are likely to be the main organs that have been affected, so it might be worth asking your GP for a heart and lung scan to check whether you’ve caused any long lasting problems. The sooner you find these problems, the more likely you are to be able to treat them.

Do a deep clean

If you smoked in your house or your car then it might be time to do a deep clean. Particles and chemicals from cigarettes can linger in soft furnishings such as sofas and rugs, and they can also linger in air conditioning filters. Doing a deep clean of your home and car will ensure that you’re not exposing yourself to any dangerous toxins, and also getting rid of any smoke smells which could tempt you back into that nasty habit.

Begin a new exercise regime

Finally, smoking deteriorates the organs and makes them weaker, so when you’ve quit smoking it’s important to put a solid exercise regime in place so that your organs can grow stronger and help prolong your life.



Quitting smoking is a fantastic achievement, so why not boost your quality of life by doing these four things so that you can rebuild your health!


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3 Ways To Improve Your Health

Chances are, you are always on the lookout for ways to improve your health. Most people are, and the truth is that it can be notoriously hard to actually make sure you are making the right kinds of changes frequently if you are to try and live more healthily. However there are always simple changes you can make if you want to improve your health, and those are some of the things we are going to look at in this post. As long as you are making the kinds of changes we mention here, you will find that your health is vastly improving, and that you are able to make much more of your body and mind as a result. These are places to start, and you might find that they make all the difference in the world.

RELAX

One of the most essential parts of looking after your health is ensuring that you allow yourself plenty of chance to relax. Being able to fully relax is something that many people fail to do in their daily lives, and yet it is essential if you want to make sure that you are taking care of your health as best as you can. The art of relaxation is mostly all about ensuring that you can find the time to do so, so that you can sit, breathe, and just be. You should also consider using products from the likes of The Kratom Connection so that you can truly allow the body to relax as well. And let’s not forget what wonders a monthly massage can do!

EAT LESS

Chances are, you are sometimes prone to eating a little too much. The truth is that most people in our culture eat too much, and even if you think you eat a normal amount, you are probably technically overeating. The human body does not need all that much sustenance in order to survive, thrive and be well, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you are focusing on trying to reduce how much you eat in general. Of course, you shouldn't go too far with it, and if you have a history of eating disorders then be especially careful. But generally eating less will make the body less prone to diseases and illnesses. That means you can function much more easily on a daily basis as well.

VARY YOUR EXERCISE

We all know that exercise is important, but what is also important is making sure that you actually vary the kinds of exercise you get involved in. If you only ever jog, for instance, then you are not giving your body the fullest chance to be able to be fully healthy. If you are jogging, but also performing yoga and strength exercises, then you are improving your body in a number of ways, and you are bound to be much more in shape as a result. Remember that, and be sure to vary your exercise as much as you can so that you can really push your body to its limits.


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How To Beat A Hangover

Drinking alcohol is like borrowing happiness from the next day – it’s fun there and then, but the next day you have to deal with the consequences, which often involves nausea and a killer headache. Some people are pretty much immune to hangovers, whilst other people can end up bedridden for the next day just by having a few drinks. If you suffer from the latter type of hangover, here are just a few ways in which you can beat the dreaded alcohol after-effects.

Eat before you drink

Lining your stomach is always a sensible option. Eating lots of carbs beforehand is especially worthwhile – the likes of brown rice, pasta and sweet potato will help you absorb alcohol more slowly. This can make the alcohol less of a payload for your body and more of a gradual hit that the body can prepare itself for.

Drink water

Alcohol may be a liquid, but it will actually dehydrate your body. After your night of drinking, try to drink a few glasses of water before you go to bed. The day after, you should then aim to drink 2 to 3 liters if possible. This will restore your body’s water levels and beat that headache.

Consider detox supplements

For those that want something more heavy duty, there are many types of medications aimed specifically at ridding hangovers. You can even try a 24 hour detox cleanse. You may be able to find such supplements in your local pharmacy or by searching online.

Load up on vitamins

In order for the liver to detox your body, it needs lots of vitamins. Foods such as spinach, avocado, banana and egg are some of the best choices the morning after as they are full of vitamins needed to help rid your body of the alcohol. You can also try taking vitamin supplements.

Exercise

A workout might be the last thing you want to do when you’re hanging, but physical activity could be just what your body needs to help cleanse yourself of the toxins. Exercise gets the blood flowing and the lymphatic system working, helping to get rid of toxins, whilst pumping the body with feelgood hormones that make it feel less drained.

Avoid caffeine

Caffeine is just another drug for your liver to try and process – a cup of coffee the next morning might seem like a good idea for making you more awake, but it could just make you feel worse. If you’re going to have a hot drink, try ginger tea which is caffeine-free and full of nutrients that can help fight nausea. Ideally, you should never mix caffeine and alcohol during a drinking session – Jager bombs and vodka and coke are certain to make things hard work for your liver and leave you feeling miserable the next day.

Don’t mix your drinks

Different drinks contain different types of alcohol and are processed in different ways. For this reason the body has a harder time getting rid of alcohol when you’ve mixed your drinks. Stick to one drink if you can – if you’re having wine stick to white or red.

Limit your alcohol

Of course, the most obvious way to prevent hangovers is to not drink as much. Many people forget that alcohol is effectively a poison. By sticking to a few drinks or going teetotal for the night, you won’t have to deal with the dreaded after effects - you don’t always need alcohol to have a good time.


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Health Hacks That Will Keep You Happy & Fulfilled

You have to make sure you do as much as you can to improve your health on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is, you only get one life, and you need to make sure you are living it in the best way you possibly can. There are a lot of things that need to be done in order to help you keep your life as healthy and fulfilled as possible. There are plenty of things you can do to help you achieve this, and being happier with who you are is so important.

If you can live a healthier, happier life, this is going to improve things for you in the future. There is a lot you can do that will help you to improve and enhance your well-being, and focusing on boosting health and fitness is the best way of working toward a healthy and serene life. These are some of the best hacks you can use that are going to help you achieve this as much as possible.

Improve Your Mental Health

So many people overlook the need to improve and enhance their mental health, but these days that is something that matters more than ever. There are a lot of things you need to think about when it comes to improving your mental health, and you have so much you can do that will help you get the most out of life. Therapy is a great way to do this! Talking with a professional can help you face your mental health issues head-on, and defeat them.

Go Greener

You might not have given much thought to it, but you will actually find that going greener in your life can be one of the best ways of ensuring you are healthier and happier. Embracing eco-living provides a healthier home environment, cleaner air, and fresher food, and these are all things that can go a long way to improving your health and making you more fulfilled and satisfied.

Seek Treatment for Ailments

You have to make sure you seek treatment for any ailments you might have and get them sorted as soon as you can. There is a lot you need to consider here, and you need to make sure you are focused on improving and enhancing your well-being. There are a lot of issues that can make your life uncomfortable or difficult, and seeking treatment for conditions like tinnitus, acne, muscle sprains, and others can keep you much in a much positive mood.

Beat Your Addictions

So many people face addictions in their lives, and there are things that need to happen if you are going to battle and beat your addictions. Whether it’s smoking, drinking, drugs, or some other vice, these addictions can adversely affect your health, and making improvements in this area can be done with the help of a professional.

 

You can do a lot to become a more healthy and happy individual, and the way you approach life can have such a huge impact. Make sure you focus on doing what you can to improve and enhance your life. Being happy and healthy is the way to live the best life you possibly can.


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Fundamentals of a Muscle Training Program

There are three indispensable factors to gain muscle: nutrition, training and recovery. The basics of a muscle training program for gaining muscle is relatively simple to understand. The secret is to stimulate the body just enough to gain muscle without increasing recovery time or putting the body in a state of overtraining.

To simplify your task, I'll just introduce what worked for me and help me gain more muscle without gaining more fat. It is no secret that many men and even many women want muscular arms. The purpose of this post is not to make you huge or extremely muscular, but to give you the keys that will allow you to build muscle in the long run because that's how you will have the most results.

The problem is that the training frequency is very important for muscle mass gain and if you increase your recovery time you reduce the frequency of your workouts. On the other hand, you should also rest as much as possible. Training is the only way to finally have results.

Do three sessions a week

This allows you to train each muscle twice, while also allowing you enough rest between two stimulations so that you can rest and grow. The volume of these training sessions may also be reduced.

However, depending on the week and the number of bodybuilding sessions, you will train on different days of the week, by combining different muscle groups each week. You want to change, take your training in hand and add a few extra pounds of muscle. Intensity techniques such as series, negative repetitions and super-sets will, therefore, be decisive for your results.

If training does not challenge your muscles, you will not grow. The main mistake I made for many years is that I had a high frequency of workouts for my muscles thinking that it would promote muscle gain. Therefore, during the third, fourth and fifth weeks, you should strengthen your arms three times a week. You must only do this, and no other sport during this period.

There are many different training programs for mass gain, and here are some ways to employ them. For example, wave periodization, which consists of simply increasing weight and repetitions at each training session, seems to be superior to other forms of periodization. Each training is therefore composed of the same exercises, but each one has a part of the body which is more targeted.

The principle is quite simple, you do these movements each session. Do as many sets as you want. The first week should also be designed to train your biceps and triceps.

But the program is exactly the same, only nutrition changes. Several studies have shown that when people had exceeded their limits for several weeks, they developed their muscle mass significantly during the two less intensive weeks that followed. The extra food will therefore only be used for muscle reconstruction.

Nutrition


Your body will react to the level of stimuli that you impose on it. In the case of muscle gain, nutrition becomes even more important. Because even if your program is perfect, if you do not have a muscle-gaining diet, you're not going to get muscle the way you want.

After your workout, your muscles are ready to absorb a large number of macronutrients to rebuild themselves and become stronger. Snacks are more easily digested than a large, hearty meal and are great if you get full quickly because of a small stomach volume.

Supplement appropriately

A good supplementation is essential to gain mass. It was when I started eating properly that I started to get muscle fast. On the other hand, you may wonder, “How do I determine my calorie intake?” Well pre-packaged dinners for men like Nutrisystem should make it simple to start eating healthier as well as to lose weight.

 

This type of training requires a lot of calories but produces good results. Three traditional meals and three snacks are recommended per day. There is no secret...if you want to build muscle you will have to provide your body all the tools necessary for muscle construction and your body builds muscle through a high-calorie diet. Therefore, do not forget that to gain muscle you need to eat a lot of protein.


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A Great Framework: Building Healthy Bones

As humans, we all benefit from a decent amount of structure. The greatest example of a structure in us, as people, is our bones. We may not be able to see them, but like depression and other internal issues, we feel them, but they’re not necessarily seen. So, what is the best way to build healthy bones, especially as bone density tends to weaken as we get older?

Boost Your Calcium Consumption

Yes, it may be obvious, but while people think that calcium is all they need to build healthy bones, this is not the main solution! The key is to pair calcium with vitamin D, as well as other key nutrients, like magnesium. If you have a diet rich in leafy green vegetables this will be a big help, but if you are struggling to fight a losing battle with a bone condition like osteoporosis, you may want to supplement your healthy diet. You can look at the AlgaeCal reviews on Amazon and see that a lot of people who are fighting osteoporosis or osteopenia have a lot of praise for it. However, remember that supplements aren’t a cure just by itself. You need to make sure you have the adequate diet in place to get the benefits of a wide range of nutrients, like vitamin K as well as Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin.

Delve Into Your Family History

If you have any concerns about your bones, you may want to do some research into your family history to see if there are any issues in your immediate family, such as a parent or a sibling. If you have any close members of the family who have had osteoporosis, you are more likely to develop it yourself.

Start Exercising!

It appears to be the cure all for many health issues, and your bone health is one of those. If you start to integrate weight-bearing exercises into your workout routine, such as running, skiing, or jump rope, these have been shown to keep the bones strong. It's also beneficial to start resistance training, by doing weightlifting or starting at home with body weight exercises.

Cut Down On Your Vices

Yes, unfortunately all those things that we like to consume to excess aren’t particularly good for our bones. Not just nicotine and alcohol, but caffeine has a big impact on how our bodies can absorb calcium. So it's is recommended to cut back on your caffeine intake, but not give up on it entirely, just as long as you have more than your adequate share of calcium in your diet, not just from milk, but leafy vegetables.

Get Out In The Sunshine

As previously mentioned, vitamin D has a sufficient impact on our ability to absorb calcium. If there isn't much sunshine where you live, and you can't get the recommended 10 to 15 minutes in the sun three times a week, you can get your vitamin D intake through shrimp, sardines, egg yolks, or tuna.

 

Building our bones as a strong framework for our body is a priority. It's what will make us run faster and feel much more vibrant. So it's important for you to take control of your bone structure now.


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