Dealing with an injury is not only physically painful, it can also be a big hit to your mental health. You may not be able to go to work, or at least perform the tasks that you usually perform. You won’t be able to work out, and in some cases, you might not be able to leave the house at all. This means you can end up suffering with things like anxiety and depression as well as your physical injury.
Below, you’ll find a few pointers that will help you to stay sane.Read more
Knowing how to live a healthy lifestyle is tough because it seems like the rules are always changing. One minute, we’re told that butter is bad for you and now researchers are saying that some butter is actually better for you than vegetable oils because it has healthier fats in it. Research is always changing and finding out new things about food and this leads to a lot of confusion. Often, people get completely lost and they end up doing things that they think are healthy for them when they actually aren’t. You really need to watch out for this when you’re trying to stay in shape because if you follow bad advice, you could be doing undoing a lot of your hard work without even realizing it. These are some of the most common ‘healthy’ things that aren’t actually healthy.Read more
We all want to live a long, happy, healthy and wealthy life. Unfortunately, we can also quite often make life choices which are not conducive to that. We can take our bodies, minds and bank balances for granted. We can make poor choices in our diet, our lifestyle and our investments. We can be rash and reckless, failing to account for the ways in which the decisions that we make today can have a rippling effect that reaches way into the future.
When we’re young especially, we can take our bodies for granted, stuffing them with junk food and focusing only on the areas of exercise that will lead to an aesthetically pleasing body rather than sculpting a healthy one. If you want a body and mind that are healthy and conducive to the kind of informed yet intuitive decision making that leads to good financial health, here are some things you’ll need to do in 2019 and beyond…Read more
You have the goals, you have the motivation, you have the workout you need to accomplish it all. When that’s the case, nothing can halt your momentum like a training injury. Yet, if you’re not ensuring the proper preparation and recovery when it comes to your exercise, it may happen more often than you would like. Let’s look at how you manage risk and recovery with your workout.
Make sure you warm up (and cool down)
When you don’t have a lot of time, you might want to skip the warm-up exercises, but the more explosive or dynamic your movements, the greater a risk this is to you. Learning a comprehensive warm-up exercise can help ensure that your body is limber and mobile so that sudden exercise doesn’t put you at greater risk of injury. Cool down (or warm down) exercises are just as important in helping your muscles ease back into a condition where they can recover more easily so that you’re not all tense and knotted.
Give your body the fuel it needs
What you eat before a workout determines not only the results you can expect to see from it but how well you can recover from it, too. Your body uses carbs for fuel, protein to repair muscle damaged by exercise, and the timing of the meal is just as important. 2-3 hours before workout is optimal.
Know the risks associated with the workout
Though it can be a disconcerting experience, it’s worth looking up the injuries and conditions most commonly associated with your chosen workout method or sport. For example, in running and athletics, foot and leg injuries, athletes foot, plantar fasciitis are common concerns, so having ready access to podiatry services can help you ensure a smoother, swifter recovery. Make sure you have access to the relevant care that can quickly give you the help you need in the event one of those risks rears its ugly head.
Do it the right way
Knowing the risks, you may also learn better ways to manage them. With athletics and aerobics, especially running, having the right running shoes is essential to ensure your feet are well-supported and protected. In strength training, perfecting your lifting form can help you avoid injuries as you deal with heavier weights.
Give yourself time to recover
If you do feel extremely sore or believe you are injured, you shouldn’t immediately get back to hitting the gym. Your body needs time to recover. However, this doesn’t mean you should give it nothing but bed rest. Too much bed rest can actually hinder your recovery and increase your chances of developing long-term chronic pain. Work with your doctor to see the right range of activity you should incorporate in your recovery to speed it along.
The most important thing of all is to do your research regarding the specific exercise you plan on taking on. Know the risks, how to best treat injuries if they do happen, and the correct form or preventative equipment you can use to make the risk of injury all the smaller.Read more
If you type ‘how to lose weight’ into Google, you’re going to get so many results. There are all sorts of pieces of advice about how to burn fat, some of them effective and some of them not. But if you’ve tried all of those things and nothing seems to be working, what do you do then? The good news is, you haven’t run out of options yet because there are plenty of other ways to burn fat that people don’t talk about quite as often. These are the fat burning methods that you’ve never heard of before.Read more
Looking to improve your family's overall well-being?
Who isn't, right? Well, today's contributed post addresses this matter in-depth.
Keeping your family in good physical and mental shape is a 24/7 job.
There are always new hurdles waiting for you in the future, but the important thing is knowing how to tackle every new challenge that life throws at you.
Whether it’s a minor or major health problem, every member of the family should be there to look after one another. If you want some help to overcome hurdles when it comes to your family’s well-being then the advice in this post should give you guidance.Read more
Looking for some ideas for cheap family fun?
Yes, parents, it is possible. See what the author of today's contributed post has to say.
Spending time with family and having fun together is what we’d all prefer to do, but it’s not always easy to come up with something new and exciting.
Particularly not when the budget is rather tight - sure, heading off somewhere would be great but everything is so expensive.
Luckily, there are a few ways to have fun as a family without having to spend all of your savings. That way, you can enjoy each other’s company without having to feel guilty about spending the money you were supposed to be saving.
Here is a handful of great things you can do together this weekend in case you need a few ideas for cheap family fun to get you going.Read more
What is your "why"?
If you've encountered any self-help book, guru, or Instagram page in the last decade, you've likely come across this question. We're obsessed with the concept of "why" we do things particularly as they relate to our so-called "passion."
The "why" is the reason -- the essence -- behind our motivation for doing the right things on a daily basis. Yet, have we ever really thought about what our "why" says about us.
Think about -- why do you really get up in the morning? Is it because you can't wait to jump out of bed, have your feet hit the floor, and start another fantastic day?
Or is it more because it's your routine, you have to fight traffic, you have a family to support, and you need to make money? Oh yeah, and the only way to make said money is to pump out another 50,000 TPS reports today?
Your "why" needs to be so much more than a cliche if you ever hope to get out that day-to-day drudgery. The last thing you want to do is become numb to it and descend into the pit of "whatever." That's a life sentence chained to a desk from 9-to-5 you will never escape from!
What are we to do? Well, take a look at how I've reworked my life to more closely align with my "why." It will take effort on your part, but it's definitely something you can work towards every day.Read more
Today, we have an excellent guest post on how to maximize workout time in your busy schedule -- and seamlessly transition back to the office. Love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments. Thanks!
After the holidays have passed, many people make it a point to consciously be more active and healthy in the New Year. While this can be difficult to maintain with other daily commitments such as work, family, friends, etc., it is possible to achieve with enough dedication and commitment.
In order to reap the full benefits of living a more active lifestyle, making adjustments to your diet is hugely beneficial to getting those results. Even making little changes such as cutting out bread and/or pasta can make a large difference.Read more