Keeping Yourself in the Best Health

With the summer going as well as it’s going at the moment, the last thing you want to be dealing with is your health. Even if you feel as though you’re in perfect health, we all know that things can change in a heartbeat. What we don’t realize is that a lot of the time, we’re the reason why our bodies cry out for help. We all want to keep ourselves in the best health, but we’re not always actively doing things that would allow for this to happen. Instead, we’re making mistakes left, right and center, and these are the mistakes that we want to try and correct in this post.

No one likes being ill, in pain, or just generally feeling down, so have a read of the tips below, and see if you can keep yourself in the best health.

Taking A Holistic Approach

You shouldn’t just be thinking about your diet and your fitness here, you need to think about your health in general if you want to stay in top form. Of course, your diet and fitness levels are going to play a big part in your level of health, so making sure that you’re staying on top of things all of the time is obviously going to benefit you. That’s not to say that a cheeky cheat day once or twice a week is going to kill you. But, to take a holistic approach, you need to think about things such as your mental health, and how that can affect your general well-being. If you’re someone who always feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, and you’re always out and about rushing around, then take some time to fully relax. Take away all of the pressures of life, and do something for you. Whether it be going for a walk, reading a book, or practicing meditation. As long as you’re focusing on you, rather than just your health, you’re going to have a much better chance of keeping yourself in the best health.

Injury Aftercare

I want to talk about this because it’s something that a lot of people seem to struggle with. Injury aftercare is so important if you want to keep yourself in the best health. All of those things that your doctor tells you to do that you usually ignore, follow! Focus on rest and relaxation, and making sure you’re keeping up with the medical aftercare side of things. Check out things such as tegaderm film if you have a wound, and always practice good personal hygiene. When people suffer a big injury, it’s so easy for everything to fall apart if proper aftercare doesn’t happen. Plus, having an injury that impacts your life for a considerable length of time isn’t hard to happen. Something so simple as breaking an arm can have a negative impact for months.

Take Away Negative Factors

Finally, I urge that you take away all of the negatives factors that might be affecting your health. Even the people you hang around with could be seen as a negative factor. If they’re always leading you astray, eating bad, getting into bad situations, it just isn’t going to benefit you. Obviously, any negative habits that you have should also be eradicated.


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A Foolproof Guide To Developing Healthy Habits

When it comes to healthy habits, you probably know what you should be doing.

It would be difficult not to, in truth. The realities of the health decisions we make are made clear every single day. It’s fair to assume that most people will - at least in abstract - know the following things they should or shouldn’t do regarding their health:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar and refined fats.

  • Eat a good amount of oily fish for optimal health.

  • Be neither over or underweight, instead finding a “just right” zone for yourself.

  • Exercise regularly, at least three times a week though preferably more.

  • Drink plenty of water, ideally around two liters per day.

  • Don’t binge drink alcohol or exceed your weekly recommended intake limit.

  • Don’t smoke cigarettes, period.

The above are pretty much the established things we all know we should do, but… don’t.

Life has a tendency to get in the way. You want to eat a healthy diet with meals at regular intervals, but then you have to work through lunch on a tough office project. You want to work out three times a week, but then you have a clash of social engagements and work-related events and you just don’t have the time. You know you shouldn’t drink excessively, but you’ve had a hard week, what’s an extra glass of wine going to do? And so on and so forth.

It’s fair to say that knowledge is not the problem when it comes to healthy habits. We all know them; they’re all repeated to us often enough. Just because we know something doesn’t mean we can do it; it’s the implementation that’s the problem. We’re busy; we get distracted; we forget just how important these things can be.

So how can you learn healthy habits - and keep them established?

 

#1 - Repetition

It takes 30 days to make a habit, or so the conventional wisdom goes. That means that to truly establish a good habit, you’re going to have to commit to it, every day, for 30 days.

So let’s take an example, an easy one to begin with: quitting smoking. If you go cold turkey when you quit smoking, the chances of success aren’t good. You’re far better off with nicotine replacement therapy or - most commonly - switching to vaping, which is generally considered to be a far safer alternative to tobacco. If you’re interested in using vaping to quit cigarettes then you can learn more at www.vaporescence.com/pages/aspire; for NRT ideas, or contact your doctor.

So on day one, you don’t smoke - and you don’t change that at all for 30 days. Try and see this as a 30 day stretch; ignore the fact that after 30 days, you still won’t smoke. Just focus on those thirty days; run a countdown; do anything you can to keep yourself on track for that period.

By the time the 30 days are up, you won’t even want to return to your bad habit. The new, better habit will have become the normal. It’s a psychological trick on yourself, but it’s incredibly effective if you get yourself to see through those 30 days.

#2 - Start Early

So let’s think about an exercise regime; perhaps you want to do yoga, thanks to the myriad of benefits it has to offer its practitioners.

If you plan to go to a yoga class at the end of the day - when you have already gone through an entire eight hours of work - then you’re not making it easy on yourself. You’re relying on the idea that you will have the time, effort, and inclination after a day that is already long enough. For the first few times you’re meant to do it, your newfound optimism and determination will be enough to get you into the studio - but it’s incredibly unlikely that's a routine you’re going to be able to continue.

So rather than tagging your new yoga routine at the end of the day, start with your new plan. Get up 20 minutes earlier and do yoga in front of the TV, while you wait for coffee to brew and your breakfast to cook. At this point in the day, you’ll be more open and receptive to the idea, because you’ve yet to tire yourself out with the stresses of a normal working day. If you need some advice on getting up earlier, then www.goinswriter.com/wake-up-early has got you covered.

This also means you can bask in the fact you’ve ticked off your new routine before most people have got out of bed. Allow yourself a little smugness - you’ve earned it!

#3 - Try Hypnotism

Sometimes, the best thing you can do to establish healthy habits is to make your existing habits distasteful to you. In comparison, the healthier way of doing things naturally becomes preferable.

But how do you make yourself dislike food that’s bad for you? We don’t eat junk food, sugar, and processed meals because we dislike them - we do it because they taste good. They are specifically designed to not only taste good, but make us want to come back for more and more. How can you possibly convince yourself they’re actually terrible, when your entire body is craving them?

Hypnotism might be the answer you’re looking for. Under clinical settings, a hypnotist can attempt to “rewire” the way you think about certain foods. Rather than seeing them as delicious, your brain can be awakened to associating them with ill health and feeling uncomfortable. The success of this depends on how susceptible you are to hypnotism in general, but you won’t know unless you find out.

 

Establishing healthy habits is difficult, especially if you’re trying to do everything at once. Nevertheless, it is possible to change the way your mind works and establish a reliable pattern that allows you to move forward in healthier, more beneficial ways. Repeat; trick; and even hypnotize yourself into seeing the light - you’ll be better off for it in every possible way.


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Revealed: How To Stop Stress In Its Tracks

Stress is probably the most common health problem in the world. Most people are stressed at some point in their life, with many people dealing with it for years and years. The main issue with stress is that it can lead to all sorts of physical ailments as well.

Bearing that in mind, it’s important you do what you can to rid yourself of stress. So, here are a few ways you can stop it in its tracks:

Meditate or Do Yoga

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Meditation is a fantastic way to relieve yourself of stress and relax more. There are so many resources out there on sites like http://www.huffingtonpost.com that show all the benefits of meditation. It helps you clear your mind, relax your muscles and just float away from the world for a few minutes. Yoga goes hand in hand with meditation, and can also be used to get rid of your stress. Again, there are places like http://www.yogajournal.com/ that prove yoga helps reduce stress as well as improve other aspects of your health.

Most people that practice yoga will meditate as part of their session. So, you can combine both things into one, and start feeling less stressed. You don’t need to do yoga every day, although it will be very beneficial. Normally, you can get away with one or two sessions every week, lasting between half an hour and a full hour. Meditation, on the other hand, can be done every day for as little as ten minutes. Just set the time aside either in the morning or before bed at night, and try to destress.

 

Take Medication

Stress is a health problem just like any other physical health problem out there. What people, when they have physical problems take medicine to gain relief. If you are a medicine type of guy or gal, you can do this when you’re stressed too, you just need to know the right things to take. As seen here http://www.ibsrelief.com/reviews/ many people say that probiotics have helped reduce their stress levels. Probiotics are usually associated with stomach problems, which are also usually associated with stress! Probiotics can help to take care of your stress levels, which also could reduce the chances of stomach problems too. It’s important you take medication that doesn’t include lots of complex chemicals which lead to many side effects. You want something that’s as natural as can be, and non-addictive.

Release Your Emotions

A lot of the time, stress happens when we keep our emotions bottled up. This isn’t very good for our health or well-being, you need to let everything out. Find ways you can release your emotions, and you’ll instantly feel some stress relief. A good way you can do this is by punching a punchbag, or by listening to music at full volume and screaming out the lyrics to every song. Different people have different methods that work for them. Find out what helps you get this release, and you’ll soon wave goodbye to stress.

 

Relieve yourself of stress, and you will start to see dramatic improvements in your overall health and wellness too.


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Take Better Care Of You: Health Tips For Maintaining Inner Beauty

It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself sometimes.  With more demands on our time and attention from work, children and family, the importance of keeping healthy can take a back seat.  It’s time to make a change to your health and maintain a better, longer lasting version of yourself.

We all know the rules.  Exercise often, eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated.  But there are other important factors we are missing.  When was the last time you saw your doctor, for example? How long have you been ignoring that ache in your neck? I’ve gathered together a short guide of changes you need to make now. Small changes for a better future.  So sit back, grab a cup of green tea and read on …

I won’t kick start this with hydration but will instead highlight the importance right now and get to it later.  Drink.  Drink 2 litres a day.  Every day.  Instead we’ll start by looking at fitness.

Your heart is the only thing between you and death.  If your heart fails, well that’s essentially the end of it all.  So keeping it healthy and and strong is vital.  Experts advise we take a minimum of 25 minutes of exercise per day. This can range from gentle walking to more high impact sports such as running.  Cardio fitness is the key to a nice strong heart but there are so many exciting ways to get the heart pumping.  Here are three to get you inspired

1: The Quick Morning Cardio Burn

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If you don’t have time to make it to the gym, wake up and smash a 15 minute cardio wake up call.  Simple exercises like one minute reps of jumping jacks, squat thrusts, sit ups, high chests and running up and down the stairs, repeated 5 times each (Only pick three and mix them up everyday)   Or include a short weight lifting routine as I wrote about in this blog into your quick cardio.  It will give you a super snappy cardio buzz before breakfast.  You can jump in the shower and feel the extra energy boost.  Cardio exercise increases your metabolism all day so you can feel smug that you have set the town of your day and enjoy a guilt three latte at lunch.

 

2: The Enthusiastic Run

Running isn’t for everyone but, don’t knock it until you have given it a good go.  Running with interval sprints of thirty seconds for 30 minutes is a real fat burning cardio boost which will help trim you down whilst toning your muscles.  You need to ensure you have the correct trainers and kit to protect your limbs as this is a high impact sport.  The very best thing about falling in love with running is that it is completely free and you can do it absolutely anywhere.  Put your music in your ears and pound away the miles.  Mix running up with something like swimming to keep your body moving without constant high impact on your joints.

 

3: Think Different!

Horse riding may not look like it’s burning much in the way of calories but a one hour horse ride burns the same calories as a 30 minute run.  It is also extremely good at building up your core muscles and working your inner thigh.  Giving you a cardio and toning exercise all in one.  Make sure you stay safe by wearing all the correct kit and find a local riding school that gives lessons in a school or takes you out and about on brilliant hacks.  You won’t even notice your heart is getting a workout.  You might notice it the following day in your muscles though!

 

If you can include 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine, you will be well on the way to improving the health of your heart.

 

Next on the list of things we usually put on the back burners are regular health checks with a doctor or our dentist.  As we grow older we need to keep an eye on things.  Prevention is most definitely better than cure, but with certain illnesses we can be blissfully unaware of any changes until it’s too late.

Our teeth suffer years of abuse without a good hygienist, so get online and use http://dentists.nhere.me to find a local dentist and go for regular check ups and cleans. This is especially important if you have children.  Kids watching their parents taking care of their teeth are twice as likely to take care of their own.  Make it fun.  Brush together and get your kids to enjoy visits to the dentist.  

Finding a good doctor is also important.  Women over 20 should be having regular smear tests and women over 35 should be having well women tests. Check your breasts often and at different points in your cycle so you get to notice any changes in the shape and feel of them.  If you notice anything out of place, make an appointment and get a second opinion.

 

Keeping a little back for yourself is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon your body.  Mindfulness.  Relaxation.  These two simple things are so often forgotten, but without them we can suffer unhealthy habits and even create mental health issues we could have avoided.  Meditation is particularly helpful at putting your monkey mind to task.  Our minds can create huge problems for relatively minor issues.  Learning to control that is the key to lasting inner peace.

Yoga is a fantastic release for stress and can be practiced either first thing in the morning to energize you, or with a little meditation last thing at night to prepare your body for sleep.  You don’t have to find a class to learn the basics with lots of handy tips on line like these, just find a comfortable, clutter free area and a quite 15 minutes then practice the slow, low impact movements whilst allowing your mind to run free of all the chatter.  

Inner peace is something that we need to help us solve problems and make better decisions.  Lying in bed with a million worries and anxieties will lead us to a pattern of no sleep and sluggish behavior.  Lack of sleep can have serious impact on our day to day lives.  Creating havoc with our skin and general health.  Find peace, relax and sleep!

 

Lastly, I mentioned it in the first half of this article, hydration and a healthy balanced diet.

You will not find one article in the world on health that doesn’t stress the importance of drinking pure water every day.  Amounts range, but setting yourself up for the challenge of 2 liters a day, will make remarkable changes in your life.  From your brain to your skin and your general energy levels, water will change the way you take on the world and help you form better decisions.  Cells need water to regenerate so, a little like plants, without regular water we will slowly wither away, health will deteriorate and eventually we’ll die!

 

Clean eating, removing processed and sugary foods from your diet, will give your digestive system a happy detox.  Homemade meals with fresh local ingredients or, better still, home grown ingredients will ensure heart, cell and brain health.  A balanced diet is proven to decrease your risk of many cancers and increase your life expectancy so get to it!

Take better care of yourself, look and feel more beautiful and enjoy life, longer.


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6 Important Things You Need to Know to Strip Fat

Do you wish you could get rid of that areas on your body that annoy you? There are some important things you need to know if you’re going to strip that fat. Read on to learn how to do it properly:

 

1. Fat is Not the Same as Weight

Fat is not the same as weight, so you need to get that out of your head if you’re going to strip it properly. It isn’t about weighing yourself and watching the number go down on the scales. It’s about watching your body get smaller, even if your weight stays the same. And that can easily happen when you’re losing fat and not weight! Losing fat makes for a leaner appearance, but losing weight might not make any difference at all.

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2. You Need to Work Smarter

It’s all about working smarter when you want to strip fat, not harder. You need to do a mix of exercises to get it off as best as you can. HIIT, steady state cardio, lifting, and plyometrics are all brilliant exercises for getting that fat off. That means you can’t hop on the treadmill for 3 hours and think you’ve had a great workout.

 

3. Consistency is Key

You need to be consistent if you want to get rid of that fat for good. You can’t do 2 gym sessions a week and expect it to come off. You can’t get upset about the results you didn’t get with the effort that you didn’t put in! Make sure you stick to your plan to a T to get the results you want.

 

 

4. Measure Your Results Away from the Scales

Do not step on the scales when you’re trying to strip fat. As mentioned before, weight and fat are two different things, so measure yourself instead. If you’re getting smaller, you’re stripping fat. If you’re not, something needs to change for you to break out of your plateau.

 

5. Your Diet is So Important

Your diet is more important than the exercise when it comes to stripping fat. Don’t just pick up low calorie foods or ‘low fat’ foods or anything like that. Foods that are marketed as diet foods are a big no no. You want natural foods. Foods that fill you up, make you feel good and make you look great. Lots of vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats.

Keep the carbs lower when you’re trying to strip fat, but don’t cut them out completely. You don’t want to end up having a binge! Supplements can help too like if you  buy garcinia cambogia or something else that can help.

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6. Water is a Must

Drinking lots of water is a must. Gradually build your intake up if you’re not used to it. Start by having 2 liters, then work your way up to 3. You can probably have around 4 liters safely when you’re exercising too, but make sure you feel ok. You don’t want to dilute your body too much and have an overdose of water in your system... not good!

 

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