Quick Fix Yoga Stretches

Quick Fix Yoga Stretches

Yoga poses are intended to engage the mind as well as the body. Yoga practitioners even believe certain poses can retrain your muscles to relax in situations where they might have become tense.

Yoga Stretches
Yoga Cat Stretch

Quick Fix Yoga Stretches

The Child’s Pose

Sit with your legs under you, buttocks resting on your heels, knees and feet together. Fold your self over your lower body and place your forehead against the floor. Rest your hands on the floor by your feet with your palms up. Breathing gently through your nose, relax into this position feeling the release in your hips. Hold for 15 seconds.

Child's Pose Quick Fix Yoga Stretches

The child’s post is one of the quick fix yoga stretches that can really ease some tension. Be aware of your breath, breath slowly in through the nose, exhale through the mouth. (Hum if you like). This stretches out the shoulder blades, back, buttock area and allows the neck to relax.

The Resting Pose

Lie face up with your legs at least hip-width apart, and place your arms out to your sides at a 45-degree angle from your body. Feel your abdomen rise and fall with each breath as your focus on releasing tension each time you exhale. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat several times – as long as you want.

Resting Pose Quick Fix Yoga Stretches

Result. The next time you have a stressful day, release the pressure with a quick fix yoga stretches that are guaranteed to calm you in both mind and body when performed properly (don’t rush through them).

Yoga: 5,000 Years Old

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline that originated in India. In yoga, you hold postures (asanas), or move from one to another either while standing or on the floor. You usually end the workout with a relaxation or meditation exercise. Quick fix yoga stretches can be great when you only have five or ten minutes to attempt to relax yourself. Just find a quiet, private spot and do your best. You’ll get better with practice!

Types of yoga
Yoga works the entire body and is great for strengthening and stretching. It improves posture, balance and range of motion while reducing carpal tunnel pain and can reduce risk of heart disease.

There are many types of yoga, ranging from almost entirely meditative to the very physically challenging; look for a beginning class or tape if you are new at yoga.

What Are the Types of Yoga?

  • Bikram. Practice yoga in 105 degree heat and 40 percent humidity. Bikram yoga has 26 poses total and a lot of alignment work. Good fit for beginners – if you can stand the heat!
  • Hatha. Slow and gentle movements – also great for beginner’s or when winding down at night.
  • Vinyasa. This one will definitely have you moving. You flow from pose to pose. Vinyasa is the most popular style of yoga in America.
  • Kundalini. Works the “core” area, the area that surrounds the lower spine the most – classes are known to be very intense.
  • Ashtanga Yoga. Also known as Power Yoga, this form is very physically challenging. Best suited for ex-athletes or someone looking to really push themselves.
  • Iyengar. This form of yoga uses lots of props such as blocks, harnesses, straps and cushions. Great for physical therapy.
  • Anusara Yoga. Anusara is epitomized by “the celebration of the heart. Expect many “heart-opening” poses like back bends and more talking by the instructor in class.
  • Restorative. Restorative yoga is focused on relaxation.

If you are new to yoga, we recommend Yoga for Beginners and Beyond. Even if you’re not new to yoga, this set has routines that are so relaxing and feel so good you may wish to use them for some “down” time! Each of the 40 routines focuses on different physical and mental aspects of yoga, such as building strength, improving flexibility, reducing stress and more.

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Bicycle Riding Safety

Bicycle Riding Safety and Care

Bicycle riding can be a great pastime or a fantastic way to get in some exercise while also getting some fresh air and sunshine. But there are some bicycle riding safety issues to be aware of and also some basic care you can give to your bike to keep it riding smoothly and safely.

Bicycle Riding Safety
Bicycle Riding Safety

The Ups and Down’s of Biking

Hills add challenge and interest to any bike ride. Follow these tips for handling hills with confidence, and get the most out of this great, low-impact activity.

  1. Going up. Before you approach a hill, slow your breathing down to a comfortable rate. Shift down into the next gear to make pedaling easier. Relax your body, keep your back straight and your hands loosely gripped on the bars.
  2. Coming down. You should always stay in control of your bike. Sit back on the seat for stability and keep your feet parallel to each other. Slowly pump both your front and rear brakes to slow down without skidding. Ease back into a comfortable pace and enjoy the scenery.

Bicycle Riding Safety Tips

man-on-bicycle

  1. Keep a whistle on a chain around your neck and use it instead of a horn. It’s louder and shriller.
  2. Having trouble climbing hills? Maybe you’re hunching over the handlebars. This constricts your breathing. Sit up tall instead.
  3. On wet roads brake lightly now and then to whisk water off your brakes – especially after you’ve gone through a puddle and before you start down a hill.
  4. If you skid, don’t try to move your wheel. Keep your wheel in whatever direction you are going. Similarly, on a loose surface, let the bike drift the way it wants.
  5. In the country, sharp curves often have loose gravel and holes. Brake to reduce speed before you get to a curve, not while you are on the loose surface. Keep as far to the right as possible to avoid cars that may move into your lane as they round the corner.
  6. Use a winter hard hat liner, found in hardware stores, as a helmet liner in cold weather. For further warmth, push a folded section of newspaper up under your shirt to help block cold winds.

Bicycle Chains

Kerosene is the best cleaner for a greasy bicycle chain. To keep the chain from squeaking, clean it every 2 months and lubricate it with a lightweight bicycle oil or a spray lubricant designed for the purpose.

If your chain breaks and you can’t fix it right away, lower the seat and push along with your feet.

Home Made Bicycle Lock

You can make a lock from six feet of vinyl-covered steel cable, two U-bolts, and a padlock.

At each end of the cable, make a loop and secure it with a U-bolt. Strip or epoxy the threads so that the nut can’t be removed. Run the cable through the frame and wheels and around the bike rack or a sturdy post. Padlock the loops together.

If you must leave your bike unlocked, remove the handlebars or front wheel and take it with you.

Repair a Bicycle Tire

You can repair a tire in no time flat with two kitchen spoons, some fine sandpaper, contact cement, talcum powder and a thin piece of rubber or soft plastic.

For patches, cut small squares of rubber from an old tire tube or swimming cap. Coat one side with contact cement and let it dry.

Remove the wheel and push in the tire with your thumbs just enough to angle the spoons, 5 to 7 inches apart, under its edge. Work them around, pulling the edge of the tire over the rim.

Take the tube out of the tire and look for the puncture. Check inside the tire for any sharp stones or debris. Put your ear to the tube. Can you hear the air escape? If you can’t find the leak, inflate the tube and submerge it in water. Bubbles will locate the hole.

Dry the tube and rough up the area around the hole with sandpaper. Coat it with contact cement and apply the patch, sticky side down. Sprinkle talcum powder over the patched area so that the tube won’t stick to the tire wall.

If you inflate the tube a little, it will easier to put back in the tire. Begin remounting the tire by first inserting the air valve into the rim, then work the tire back onto the rim with your thumbs. If this proves difficult, use the spoons – but with care. The could puncture your newly repaired tube.

When the tire is back on the rim, inflate it and replace the wheel.

Spring is coming – get your bike ready for some summertime exercise.

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Biting Backaches?

Biting Backaches?

Backaches are awful. If you have serious back pain, always see a doctor. However, if your back pain is from strain or bending more than usual – those everyday twinges and aches, perhaps some of the following tips can help you.

Biting Backaches: Prevention

  1. Avoid any sudden strain. Exercise regularly to limber the back and strengthen its supporting abdominal muscles.
  2. If you sit for long periods, make sure your back is property supported. Place a small roll in the arch of your lower spine (at belt height) to maintain its normal S-curve. Stuff the inside of a paper towel roll with rags and strengthen it with masking tape for a home made roll.
  3. When lifting, never bend down from the waist. Lower and raise yourself at the knees. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body.
  4. Balance items you carry evenly on both sides of your body and hold them close. Alternatively, use a back pack.
  5. Sleep on your back if possible, with knees raised on a pillow. If you sleep on your side, a pillow between the knees is a big help.
  6. For a firm bed, place a bed board between the mattress and the box spring. Cut a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood 1 inch smaller all around than your mattress and sand its edges for a home made  bed board.

Backache Treatment

  1. Limit activity or stray in bed for 48 hours.
  2. Depending on which works better for you, apply either heat or a cold pack for 15 minutes at a time every couple of hours over a period of 2 days. Keep an athlete’s soft cold pack in  the freezer or use a bag of frozen peas. Both will mold easily to your back.
  3. Aspirin or ibuprofen will help combat both pain and inflammation. Acetaminophen only pain.
  4. To  minimize chronic minor back pain, tip your pelvis back, then forward, until you find the position of least pain. Maintain it.

Back Exercises

Strengthening and stretching the muscles of your lower back will help prevent lower back strain. The following exercises progress from gentle to strenuous. Do only what is comfortable for you. Stop exercising the moment you feel pain. If you have had back problems, consult your doctor before starting.

  • Pelvic Tilt. Lie on your back with both of your knees bent. Keeping your spine against the floor, squeeze your buttock muscles as hard as you can. Pull your stomach muscles in, flatten the small of your back to the floor and hold for five seconds. Your pelvis will tilt slightly upward of its own accord. Don’t try to raise it. Repeat 10 times.
Pelvic Tilt Exercise
Pelvic Tilt Exercise

 

  • Cat Stretch. Kneel on your hands and knees. Then arch your upper back upward, contract your stomach muscles, and let your head drop. Hold for five seconds. Follow this by raisin your head and reversing the action until you return to the kneeling position. Avoid pushing your pelvis forward to create a sway back. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

 

Biting Backaches Cat Stretch
Cat Stretch

 

  • Hip Roll. Lie on your back, both arms out for support. Raise your knees toward your chest and  then roll them gently from side to side, keeping your shoulders on the floor if you can. Roll 10 to 20 times.
  • Backward Leg Raises. Lie flat on your stomach, resting your head on folded arms. Keeping your pelvis on the floor, slowly raise one leg from the hip until your foot is 6 inches above the floor. Repeat 5 to 10 times with each leg.
  • Single Leg Raises. Lie on your back, knees bent, arms crossed under your head, and both elbows touching the floor. Straighten one leg. Slowly raise it as high as you can. Hold it 5 seconds, then lower it slowly to the floor. Repeat 5 to 10 times with each leg.
  • Diagonal Reach. Start on your hands and knees. Slowly reach your right arm out in front of you. At the same time, reach your left leg straight out behind you. Stretch and hold for 5 seconds. Return to your original position. Then stretch your left arm and right leg. Repeat 10 times.

Home Made Back Packs

Back pack
Back Pack

To make a temporary back pack for carrying your lunch on as short hike, bringing home trailside treasures, or transporting other light objects, just close the waist of a long-sleeved sweatshirt or jacket with pins or string. Knot the sleeve ends together to form a strap. Stuff your cargo inside, slip the strap over your shoulders and you’re on your way.

Days Gone By: Victorian Back Aches

Consider the Victorian corset. Made of heavy canvas, with vertical stays of whalebone or steel, it encased a woman in a rigid cage from hip to bust. Many little girls got their first one at age three or four. By adolescence they were wearing adult versions, tightly laced up the back to achieve something close to Scarlett O’Hara’s triumph of a 17 inch waist.

Ladies of the time were thought to be so delicate that their muscles couldn’t hold them upright without assistance. The corset made this myth a  reality. By the time girls were ready for adult corsets, their back and abdominal muscles had atrophied so badly that many couldn’t sit or stand without one.

Victorian Corset
Victorian Corset

 

Evaluating Motor Skills

Evaluating Motor Skills

Although athletic skill and general motor skill are not necessary to be physically fit, some enjoy evaluating motor skills to test abilities. This article will address three motor skills and how to go about evaluating motor skills.

General motor skills generally refers to one’s level of ability in a wide range of physical activities. Speed, power, balance, agility, reaction time and coordination are the traits identified with motor skill performance.

In a successful performance, these skills blend into a single effective movement, such as stroking a tennis ball. The movement may be quite complex. For example, hitting a fore-hand in tennis involves three moving factors.

  1. The ball.
  2. The body (feet).
  3. The racquet.

Integration of motor abilities in a coordinated manner leads to graceful movement.

The skills involved in each sport are quite specific. Success in one activity does not necessarily mean equal success in another. It is impossible to measure all the specifics of complex physical activities.

An acceptable alternative has been to sample some of the specific traits involved in athletic performance to assess one’s general motor fitness. A person who scores well on a motor skill test usually has the potential for successful performance in a sport in which he or she receives instruction and practice. Tests of motor ability may reflect a person’s potential to perform well in specific sports.

The tests recommended here do not examine all the traits related to general athletic ability. However, the agility run, 20-yard dash, and vertical jump have emerged as excellent indicators of agility, speed and power.

Again, based on the time needed to perform these tests and ease of administering and scoring them, these tests are practical tools for getting a sense of your general athletic ability. At the end of this there is a chart with which you can rate your performance on these tests.

Evaluating Motor Skills with the Agility Run

Agility Run
Agility Run

Purpose: To measure the ability to move with quickness, speed and balance.

Procedure: Start by lying face down with your head behind the starting line and your arms flexed and hands placed just outside your shoulders. On the command “go” (the stop watch starts), jump to your feet and run as fast as you can to the end line, a distances of 30 feet.

Turn around as one foot touches or crosses the end line and then sprint back to the starting line. Then weave in and out around four chairs or boxes spaced 10 feet apart to the end line.

Turn and weave back through the chairs (in the opposite direction) to the starting line. You then sprint to the end line, touch or cross it with your foot, and turn and sprint past the finish line.

The time necessary to complete the run is recorded to the nearest tenth of a second. A wet towel may be provided so you can wipe your feet before the run. This allows better traction during the run.

Improper Procedures

  • Not touching the lines at each end.
  • Touching or accidently touching the chair.
  • Not following the prescribed course.
Diagram for Agility Run
Diagram for Agility Run

Evaluating Motor Skills with the 20 Yard Dash

20 Yard Dash
20 Yard Dash

Purpose: To measure speed.

Procedure: Mark off 20 yards on the gym floor.

Have your partner stand at the finish line with a stop watch in raised hand.

As he or she drops the raised hand, the stop watch is started.

Start running as you see the hand begin to drop.

Sprint as fast as you can to the finish line.

The time it takes to complete the dash is recorded to the nearest tenth of a second.

Record the fastest of three trials.

Improper Procedure: Jumping the signal start.

 

Vertical Jump

Vertical Jump
Vertical Jump

Purpose: To measure the power and explosiveness of the body.

Procedure: Face the jumping board or wall and stand slightly in front of it with your feet flat on the floor and both arms fully extended over your head. Have a partner note the point where the extended tips of the middle fingers touch the board.

Now turn so that a side of your body is to the jump board. Without moving your feet (you are not allowed to step into the jump), take a deep squat and jump, touching the board as high as possible with the fingers nearest the board. After a brief rest, try a second jump.

Record the greatest distance obtained between your standing reach and your jumping reach, to the nearest half inch.

Improper Procedures

  • Not measuring a true standing reach.
  • Moving the feet in preparation to jump.

Your Performance

You may find that you are not satisfied with your performance on these motor skill tests. In general, after some exercise training, it is easier to improve on the basic exercise tests than on tests of athletic skill. However, with some specific motor skill exercises you can become faster, more agile, and more explosive.

Use your test results as a starting point. Keep in mind that having a high level of motor skill is not necessary for being physically fit. However, improving on some of these traits can help you better enjoy a variety of sports and recreational activities.

 

Evaluating Motor Skills
Evaluating Motor Skills

 

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Heart Rate Recovery Test

Heart Rate Recovery Test

A useful procedure for assessing your cardiorespiratory fitness is the heart rate recovery test in the form of a step test. Stepping on and off a bench for a 3 to 5 minute time period at a selected cadence has long been used for rating a person’s physical capacity for hard work and evaluating the effects of training.

Step Test

Although not considered the best predictor of cardiorespiratory fitness, the heart-rate during recovery from a standardized step test is a simple way to evaluate the heart’s response to exercise. The faster your heart rate recovers after the standardized exercise bout, the higher your fitness rating. The test is easy to administer on an individual basis or to a large group.

It takes little time, does not require special skills to perform, and requires a minimum of equipment. A locker room bench or bleachers, a watch, and a card for recording pulse counts. The testing can easily be done with the procedure described here.

Heart Rate Recovery Test Procedure

      1. A locker room bench (generally 18 inches high) is recommended for both men and women. A roll-out bleacher seat (usually 16 inches high) can be used. If neither is available, a sturdy chair (17 inches high) can be used. Step-test ratings presented in the table below are based on stepping up on an 18-inch bench.
      2. Work with a partner. When the tester gives the signal “Begin,” the watch is started and you start stepping onto the bench. First the left foot up, then the right foot up. Then left foot down, right foot down. This complete step  represents four counts. Note that it is permissible to change the up foot during the test. Step to the following cadence: 120 counts per minute or 30 complete step executions per minute (0ne four-count step every 2 seconds – up, up, down, down). In a group situation, the instructor will keep the cadence.
      3. Continue the exercise for 3 minutes. Keep the tempo and be sure to straighten your knees as you step on the bench. After stepping for 3 minutes, sit on a chair or straddle the bench facing your partner.
      4. One minute after the exercise period stops, the tester counts your pulse beats for 30 seconds. He or she should record the pulse for the following periods during recovery.
        • 1 to 1-1/2 minute
        • 2 to 2-1/2 minutes
        • 3 to 3-1/2 minutes

In a group situation, the instructor will call out “Begin” and “Stop” for each 30 second period.

To take your pulse, the tester presses lightly with the index and middle fingers on the inside of the wrist, thumb side.

For added accuracy the performer also can check his or her pulse at the carotid artery site, in the region just below the jawbone and just behind the Adam’s apple. This measurement provides a double check for accuracy, and the rate should not differ more than two beats from the tester’s count during a 30-second period.

A stethoscope, if available, provides the most accurate measurement.

Improper Procedures

  • Not keeping the cadence of 30 step executions per minute.
  • Failure to straighten the knees to full extension on the up steps.
  • Not counting the pulse accurately.

Scoring

The sum of the three 30 second pulse measurements is your recovery index.

Heart Rate Recovery Test Chart
Heart Rate Recovery Test Chart

 

Download the Heart Rate Recovery Test Instructions in PDF

Download the Heart Rate Recovery Test Instructions
Download the Heart Rate Recovery Test Instructions

An Active Lifestyle

Living An Active Lifestyle

An active lifestyle is more than simply visiting the gym for an hour or jumping around in the living room to an aerobics tape. Be creative and find ways to incorporate physical activity into almost everything you do.

An active lifestyle

Here are some suggestions to get you started and help you boost your activity level. Believe me, if you make a conscious effort to integrate more activity into your daily life, it will eventually become second nature. Give some of these suggestions a try! You may have heard some of these before, but they bear repeating as a reminder.

Tips to Boost Your Activity

Walking down an escalator

  • Walk as much as possible by parking the car a few blocks away from where you’re headed or walk to an appointment from your office instead of driving. Whenever you’re walking try to focus on long strides and a quicker than normal pace. This gets the heart rate going a bit faster than just meandering along.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up the stairs as quickly as you can. For a little variation, try slowing down and taking two stairs at a time to further strengthen your legs.
  • During breaks at work, walk the stairs, walk around the building or walk down the halls. Find any type of activity that keeps you moving during your break (you can sit at your desk and relax after the break!)
  • Whenever you’re walking somewhere, take the long way around. Use this technique to get anywhere you’re going… from shopping at the mall to getting a drink at the water cooler.
  • Don’t use drive-thru windows. Park and get out of your car to do your banking, grab a bite to eat, or pick up the dry cleaning. You’ll be amazed at how many muscles getting in and out of a car use!
  • At the supermarket, whenever you have a light load, carry your own groceries out to the car without the shopping cart. And remember to park the car in a spot furthest from the store entrance!
  • Whenever possible, stand instead of sitting. Even standing still will burn more calories than sitting!
  • Loose the remote. When was the last time you actually got up from your seat, engaged all your leg muscles, and walked over to change the channel on the TV? New TVs have no channel changer? Just get up during commercials and look out a window or something!
  • Unless it’s urgent, always opt for the bathroom that’s furthest from you. Better yet, use an upstairs bathroom, if there is one near you. Do the same for answering the telephone. It is estimated that Americans save walking approximately 70 miles per year with the advent of extension phones! To make matters worse, we now carry mobile phones on our person every where we go.

 

Meaning of an Active Lifestyle
An active lifestyle means more than just visiting a gym.

Exercises You Can’t Do Without

Exercises You Can’t Do Without

Seventeen-thousand ACE-certified Fitness Professionals were asked to name the one exercise they couldn’t do without. The overwhelming winner was the multi-purpose squat, which strengthens all of the major muscles of the lower body. These  include the gluteals, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves.
 
Weight Lifter Doing Exercises

The Top Seven Choices

Following are the rest of the top choices, which can be used together to create a challenging and effective fitness program.

  1. Jump Squat
  2. Running
  3. Abdominal exercises
  4. Lunges
  5. Walking
  6. Push-ups
  7. Yoga

Stepping Up to Good Cholesterol Levels

Woman doing step aerobicsNot to be forgotten, stepping may be in the top  ten exercise choices.  You may have known that step aerobics can burn calories and is a good exercise for the heart, but did you know that research specifically has found step aerobics can step up your good cholesterol levels?

A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found step aerobic exercise significantly raised the HDL- cholesterol levels of the study participants. This small, eight-week study followed 45 sedentary college students. Fifteen participated in step aerobic exercise and another 15 did traditional aerobic dance. Each 45-minute session was done for three days a week. The remaining 15  in the study continued to be sedentary.

At the study’s conclusion, the investigators from Baskent University in Ankara found that both groups that were active showed a significant reduction in their overall cholesterol levels compared to the sedentary group. However, only those participating in step aerobics showed a substantial increase in their HDL cholesterol levels.

Although researchers concluded that step aerobics is effective in modifying cholesterol, they did not speculate on reasons why that was the case.

Lifestyle Activities for Fitness

Every Day Lifestyle Activities for Fitness

Lifestyle activities do not have to be planned. You can make small changes to make your day more physically active and improve your fitness.

Lifestyle Activities: Examples

Lifestyle Activities include Gardening

  • Take 2 to 3 minute walking breaks at work a few times a day.
  • Put away the TV remote control and get up to change the channel.
  • March in place during TV commercials.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Stand or walk, rather than sit, while talking on the phone.
  • Play with your family – kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, etc.
  • Walk to your coworker’s office rather than use the phone or email.

Even a shopping trip can be considered exercise. It is a chance to walk and carry your bags, be they loaded with groceries or other goodies.

In addition, doing chores like lawn mowing, leaf raking, gardening, and housework can count as activity.

If you can do only a few or none of these activities, that’s okay. Appreciate what you can do, even if you think it is a small amount. Doing any movement – even for a short time – can make you healthier. Remember, each activity you do is a step toward a more active lifestyle.

What About Stretching? (Weight Bearing or Non-Weight Bearing)

Woman StretchingStretching may help you:

  • Be more flexible.
  • Feel more relaxed.
  • Improve posture.

Keep your muscles from getting tight after doing other physical activities. You do not have to set aside a special time or place to stretch.

At home or at work, stand up, push your arms toward the ceiling, and stretch. Stretch slowly and only enough to feel tightness. You should never feel pain.

Hold each stretch, without bouncing, for about 30 seconds.

Important: Do not stretch cold muscles.

Yoga and tai chi are two types of stretching. They help you breathe deeply, relax, and get rid of stress.

Physical Activity Controls Weight

How Physical Activity Controls Weight Gain

Regular physical activity controls weight gain via exercise, chores, etc. Activity helps to control your weight by burning excess calories that would otherwise end up being stored as fat.

Control your life

Regulation of Body Weight

Your body weight is regulated by the total number of calories you consume and use each day. Everything you eat contains calories. Everything you do, including sleeping, breathing, and even resting, burns calories.

Any physical activity controls weight when you do it in addition to your normal everyday activities. You will burn extra calories. Balancing the calories you use via physical activity with the number of calories you consume will help you manage your weight.

If you have been inactive for some time, you can start out slowly. Take a 5 minute walk two or three times a day. Stretch a little, too. Slowly build yourself up to longer periods of physical activity. Get some five pound dumbbells and gradually add basic muscle toning exercises. As you build more muscle, you will burn more fat! It is a win-win.

The key to successful weight management when physical activity controls weight is to make physical activity a part of your daily routine.

Keep these simple rules of weight management in mind:

  • Calories in Food > Calories Used = Weight Gain
  • Calories in Food < Calories Used = Weight Loss
  • Calories in Food = Calories Used = Weight Maintenance

 

Simple Rules of Weight Management
Simple Rules of Weight Management

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Physical Health is Mental Health

Physical Health is Mental Health

And vice-verse. Good physical health aides good mental health. Good mental health aids good physical health!

Feed Your Mind and Your Body

Body and Mind Together The best enjoyment of life follows the pursuit of the care and feeding of both your body and your mind. Good physical health is vital to overall wellness.

Symptoms of distress in your life need to be understood in the context of your entire body, not just the immediate area affected. Think of health as a broad goal for both the body and the mind.

Doctors of Duke University found that patients with a physical ailment who received a combination of physical and mental therapies were 2.5 times more likely to maintain recovery long-term than patients who received treatment for only their physical condition.

Never Too Old

Many people think their habits are set, and even if they could change them, what good would it do? In fact, improving your habits can improve your health at any age. You are never too old to strive for good physical health.

There is no value to lamenting what you didn’t do for yourself in the past. There is tremendous value in thinking about what you can do for yourself in the future.

Study Says…

Case Western Reserve University researchers found that increasing the frequency of exercise among those over the age of 72 improved their overall health and was associated with a better outlook on life and a 20 percent longer life span.

Elderly man walking his dog for physical health
Elderly man walking his dog

Raise Your Spirits Naturally

Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshment.

Fitness: It Can Be a Freebie!

The foundation of any good exercise program need be no more complicated than taking a walk or jog for free. Expensive machinery and health club memberships are fine if you want them but are not required for you to improve your health.

University of Richmond studies found that fitness programs based on walking or jogging and exercises without equipment, such as sit-ups, have the same beneficial health effects as machine-based exercise regimes.

What are you waiting for? Embrace physical health and obtain good mental health at the same time.

See also: Healthy Well Being: Write it Down and/or The Walking Series (complete with a printable chart to track your walks and programs from beginner to advanced!)