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Benefits Of Exercise On Your Overall Health!


Regular exercise is a key to maintaining good health. There are activities that you can do indoors or outdoors depending on your preference. There are traditional activities as well as non-traditional activities that you can do to get the proper amount of exercise.

If you prefer exercising outside, there are many outside activities that are fun and will keep you occupied. Walking is a great way to stay in shape, and an after dinner stroll could be just the beginning of a new workout routine. If you prefer a more intense workout, then jogging may be your activity of choice. Exercise doesn’t have to be traditional, there are many things you can do around the house such as gardening, mowing the lawn and other yard work. These activities may be the best way to get the exercise you need! Doing activities you enjoy will prevent you from getting bored and you will be more likely to continue with your exercise program. Playing games, such as soccer or basketball, is another great way to get in a workout and have some fun with friends at the same time.

If you prefer to exercise indoors, there are a number of ways to reach your fitness goals indoors. Many people use home gym equipment to perform various exercises and to build muscle for strength. Treadmills and ellipticals allow you to walk indoors while listening to music or watching a television program. A walk or jog on a treadmill is often a great way to unwind after a long day and will also make you feel a lot better than plopping down on the couch!

Whether you choose to workout indoors or outdoors, it is essential to get the proper amount of exercise to maintain good health. Exercise not only makes you stronger physically, but it has a positive influence on mental health. Regular exercise relieves stress and improves the ability to concentrate. If you’ve experienced a stressful day, take a few minutes for yourself to take a brisk walk or jog, you will feel much better afterwards. Regular exercise can also help to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. You may not notice any relief the first few times you work out, but after several exercise sessions, you will notice that the symptoms of depression and anxiety will be less intense. Staying in shape can improve your mood. When you exercise, you feel good about what you’re doing because you know that exercise is good for your health. This will aid in elevating your mood.

The physical effects of a regular fitness routine can be seen within a short period of time. You may begin to notice that your muscles are getting bigger and you are leaner. You will notice that you are more energetic with regular exercise. You may feel tired immediately following your workout, but you will generally have an increase in energy levels. Other physical benefits of regular exercise are not readily visible, but give it time and you will surely notice a lot of changes for the better! Exercise increases circulatory function and is great for a healthy heart. If you suffer from high blood pressure, regular exercise can aid in correcting this issue. Your immune system will get a boost, which means you will get sick less. If you do get sick, the illness will subside much quicker than if you weren’t in shape.

The benefits of regular exercise shouldn’t be ignored. It may be difficult to start an exercise regime, but once you get into the habit of regularly exercising, you will begin to look forward to the time spent on physical fitness. You shouldn’t try to do too much in the beginning. If you’re just starting out, you may only be comfortable exercising for a few minutes at a time. The important thing to remember is to not over do it. This can lead to muscle tears, pulled ligaments and other problems. As you get used to your exercise routine, you can begin exercising for longer periods of time as long as you are comfortable and not experiencing pain. If you have health problems, it is a good idea to discuss your physical activity with your doctor before beginning.

August 16, 2012 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

My Favourite Gadget for Family Life

Being a parent is a busy old job. As a single working mum it’s hard to find the time to fit everything in. Trouble is some things can’t be put off till tomorrow. We have to eat. I am also a firm believer that we have to eat well. Now I will hold my hands up and admit that I am medically obese. I take full responsibility for it. When I left home I was over weight in medical terms but I was a slim size 16. Years of eating what I want, no exercise and 2 children later….well that’s why I want my kids to eat right! It would be so easy to roll in from work after picking up the kids and shoving a pizza in the oven. There’s loads of ready meals out there to chose from too. It’s not the best but it’s easy isn’t it?

Before falling into that trap, I decided I needed a something in the kitchen that cooks for me and when I come home it sets the table and dishes up. I can’t afford my own chef so I got the next best thing – a slow cooker!

When I was a kid I remember my mum using a slow cooker on the odd occasion. It was always stew when the slow cooker went on. So when I bought my slow cooker a year ago, I decided I would cook other things in it too. I have 3 slow cooker recipe books and have made some fantastic food in it, including Cidered Pork for Valentines Day.

Now that Autumn is here and winter is fast approaching, my slow cooker is hardly ever off, this week it’s cooked us chicken and mushroom in gravy, beef stew and lamb in mint. It’s so easy to use, when I make the days packed lunches each morning, I also fill the pot with my ingredients of the day and add enough stock to cover. Then it gets switched on and left for the day. I’m saving money too, because it cooks so slow that I can get away with the cheaper cuts of meat and it is still tender by the time it is cooked! I’ve used it for chilli and bolognaise sauce in the past too and that’s just recipes I have made up myself!

The other good thing is my kids are getting the good stuff. You have to cook everything in a stock, and as such, the goodness from whatever vegetables in there goes into the gravy. H is pretty fussy and will only eat mushrooms, but the amount of “special gravy” she has on her bread at the end, I know she is getting lots of vitamins and goodness too. There really is no excuse for me now, and as a treat for being so good all week, Fridays are rubbish night – either a chippy or a pizza, whatever we fancy because everything is ok in proportion!!

I’d love to know what you cook in your slow cooker, new recipes are always welcome!!

November 3, 2011 Posted by | Parenting | , , , , | 4 Comments