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Sports Fun & Fitness!

February 27, 2010 by  
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This might sound elementary but…when you talk about sports fitness, what comes first in your mind? Do you see football players on the field, soccer players scuffling over a ball, a football team, or a tennis match? This is because sports fitness has always been referred to as “Sports” itself.

Sports entail physical activities that are usually carried out for some “recreational” functions such as self-satisfaction, entertainment, competition, etc. It uses physical activity that is why most fitness experts regard sports as one way of staying fit and healthy. It can also be considered as one way of physical fitness; the only difference is that sports fitness is more inclined to the development of skill or ability. However, like physical fitness, sports fitness is also capable of toning down the body fats of a person. Because of its rigid and strict health program, a sports enthusiast is able to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle in order to cope up with the strenuous demands of sports.

In sports, people should learn how to value their health. Otherwise, they can never endure the kind of energy that is required when playing sports activities.One way to get healthy and have fun at the same time is to pursue sports fitness. You can get your workout on the basketball court or baseball field. You can enter swimming competitions or run marathons. These exercise routines involve other people, interaction, and FUN!

So, let’s say you’ve decided to get your exercise through sports fitness.Here are some tips for ensuring a fun and healthy fitness program for you:

1. Consume lots of water/ fluids

Water is, indeed, the most important element needed by the body. Excessive perspiration, without any means of replenishing the lost fluids will result to serious health problems, and even death.Therefore, for people who are into strenuous exercises and trainings, it is best to always drink lots of water.

However, for sports enthusiasts, water may not be enough to replace the kind of fluid lost. Hence, it would be better if they would have sports drinks instead. Aside from the fluid, sports drinks have tow additional important ingredients needed by a person who is into sports fitness: carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Electrolytes are usually lost during strenuous physical activity, and this can only be replaced through sports drinks. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are also needed by the body during rigid workouts to provide more energy so that the body can cope up to the demands of the activity.

2. The good old theory – Eat your Fruits and Vegetables

People who are into sports fitness require more intakes of vegetables and fruits. This is because the body is craving for more vitamins and mineral supplements. It makes the body stronger and healthier enabling it to cope up with demands of the activity.

3. Calcium intake

People who are into sports fitness should have calcium present on their diet. This is to provide stronger bones to the body.Since the body is more exposed to greater physical activities, it is important to have stronger bones in order to avoid fractures or certain bone diseases like “osteoporosis.” Calcium can be found in different vitamin and mineral supplements. They are also abundant in foods like sardines, tofu, dairy products, etc.

4. Warm Up

This kind of activity is needed in order not to strain the body. Hence, before playing the sports that you have always love, it is best to do some warm-up exercises first.

Indeed, engaging into sports activities is one great way of being physically fit. The best thing about it is that in sports, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds!

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YOGA MANTRA – A healthy you resides in a flexible body!

October 10, 2009 by  
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A flexible, elastic body can easily withstand more physical stress and thus is far less prone to injuries. Most of us realize the benefits that can be gained from Yoga and the increased flexibility that regular Yoga exercise can bring.

Yoga MantraIncreasing flexibility will help reduce the aging process. As we age, lactic acid build up contributes to muscular fatigue resulting in loss of range of movements, but yogic stretching helps release lactic acid from the muscle cells into the bloodstream so that it does not deter muscular contraction thus avoiding many other problems such as strains, sprains, cramps and pulled muscles. Stretching also assists in shaping your posture, allowing you to have a more youthful tone as you age.

Having a good posture can certainly make you look years younger, this is where flexibility plays a key role if you want to look young for years to come. Regular stretching helps reduce any blockages in the body and help the blood to flow more freely. This in itself will help you to look younger and improve your body and skin condition. It also helps to reduce stress which is a major cause of aging. It is easy to incorporate stretching throughout the day as it can be done anywhere and at any time. By doing it on a regular basis the exercises become easier as the muscles become more accustomed to the movements.

A body which may have been quite rigid at the beginning of learning yoga will start to experience a remarkable flexibility in all parts, even those parts which have not been consciously worked upon. Correct yogic stretching develops the entire body. It only takes a few minutes of stretching every day to help flex your muscles, release stress, boost your energy level, enhance your skin tone, and gives you the freshness and beauty of a youth.

Stretching is very important for gaining flexibility of the body and this stretching can be done effectively with the help of Yoga. Yoga stretching can also help to have greater strength, flexibility, and range of motion while reducing injuries, aches, pains, stiffness, and tension. People who stretch regularly and maintain a flexible body tone are less likely to require joint replacement (like hip, knee etc…) as they grow older.

There are tones of benefits of having and maintaining a flexible body and the collective effects can be very beneficiary in years to come!

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12 tips to a Healthier Marriage

March 14, 2009 by  
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Whether you’ve been together three months, three years or three decades, relationships require active participation and good communication to stay strong. Avoid conflict, address challenges and make your love last with these 12 steps.

Building a Healthy Foundation

  • Take responsibility for your own joy. Your partner should bring light to your life, but it is unfair and unrealistic to expect him or her to provide your happiness.
  • Always show respect and acknowledge often what you love about your partner.
  • Resolve problems together. Open communication and creative solutions will strengthen your relationship.
  • Get help early on. The average married couple waits six years before seeking help for conflict. Reach out before problems seem insurmountable.

Fighting Fair

  • Be honest, but avoid criticism and belittling behaviors. Don’t judge, insult, blame or roll your eyes. Recognize differences, discuss disagreements and be willing to compromise.
  • Don’t suppress your feelings to avoid conflict. Research shows that those who stay quiet during marital arguments are at higher risk of depression and illness.
  • Listen without defensiveness. Consider how you can improve yourself rather than focusing on your partner’s mistakes.
  • Leave the past behind. Don’t repeatedly bring up past hurts and conflicts.  When you are hysterical don’t get historical.

Fostering Affection

  • Recognize each other’s contributions. Thank your partner; don’t assume that certain household responsibilities are his or her “job.” If the distribution of responsibilities feels uneven, record the chores you each complete. Then switch tasks for a month to better understand each other’s contributions.
  • Laugh and play together.
  • Take some solo time to reflect when conflicts push you apart. Then, with your partner, look for common ground and practice forgiveness.
  • Never take your partner for granted
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Should you take a Multivitamin? – The opinion of an amateur nutrition enthusiast

February 23, 2009 by  
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multi-vitaminThe short answer is probably, but not for the reasons we usually hear about. While there is convincing evidence that one can get better nutrition from food sources, most of us (i.e., me) don’t eat right.

Better nutrition from food sources?

The typical vitamin company reason that today’s food is somehow less nutritious because the soil is depleted does not hold water. Plants have specific requirements in the way of soil nutrients, sunlight and water. If plants don’t get enough of these things, growth is stunted and production is reduced — if the plant survives at all. If farmers were planting in depleted soil, they would be unable to produce enough of their crop to afford to stay in business. They know this, so they add back nutrients through cover crops and fertilizers. Soil management science is quite advanced. Think of all the advice and products they have just to make lawn grass look greener!

Why is food a better source?

We really should all attempt to get all the nutrients we need from food. If you make a study of nutrition, you’ll find that the basic nutrition required for survival is readily available if you eat adequate proportions of meat, dairy, whole grains, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. If you delve further into the realm of antioxidants, then what jumps out is that one needs fruit and vegetable coverage by color (green, dark yellow, red, purple) as well as foods like tea, beans, citrus, cruciferous vegetables, and sources of resveratrol, Omega 3 and 6. The complex interworking of multiple micronutrients in these foods does not appear to have been studied completely. We can at this point make a couple of observations:

  • Vitamins give us a specific dosage of a specific nutrient, but not the entire nutritional value of the source food.
  • We see the effects of the Mediterranean and Asian diets on longevity, and they’re getting nutrients from food versus supplements.

It also seems like real food sources make it much less likely that we’d consume too much of a nutrient – something easy to do by going overboard with a supplement. While most extra nutrients are simply excreted and result only in a waste of money, some have some ugly consequences (read about Vitamin D). In addition, they keep coming out with more micronutrients that they’ve identified, so who knows what great stuff is in food that they haven’t even turned into a pill yet?

So why do I take supplements?

I do just that: supplement what I think I’m missing from my diet:

  • Vitamin D – I’m not outside enough to manufacture enough from sunshine and they’re now saying we should have more vitamin D than they thought before
  • Omega 3 & 6 – Because I don’t eat enough from food sources
  • Multivitamin with calcium – Except when I’m being particularly diligent in nutritious eating
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10 Easy Ways to Live a Green Life

February 22, 2009 by  
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How big is your carbon footprint? Here are 10 simple things all of us can do to reduce our environmental impact.

  1. Decrease landfill waste article writers needed by recycling.
  2. Pay bills online to save paper and gas used in mailing
  3. Use low-energy or compact fluorescent light bulbs and keep lights and appliances turned off when not in use.
  4. Use a cloth or other kind of reusable shopping bag instead of paper or plastic bags
  5. Start a compost pile for kitchen scraps.
  6. Purchase items that have less packaging, or even better, packaging made from recycled paper or other materials.
  7. Have junk mail stopped.
  8. Use cloth napkins and towels, not paper.
  9. Take shorter showers to save water
  10. walk, carpool, ride a bike or use public transportation, when possible.


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