3 Ways to Increase Activity That Don’t Feel Like Exercise

While nobody can argue that exercise is great for your body and mind, it’s hard to get out there and actually do it. We’ll talk about how we don’t have time, but the fact is, we don’t enjoy the activities we’re thinking about when we say exercise.

To turn your mindset, consider that fun activities can actually be exercise. They don’t feel like it because they’re fun and don’t involve sweating on a boring treadmill.

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You actually have to be pretty fit to take part in hunting since you’ll be hiking in the woods to get to your prey. Along with hiking, you’ll have to carry your weapon, which can weigh up to twelve pounds. All the other hunting gear you need will have to be carried to your blind too.

Once you’ve bagged your prey, you’ll have to rope the animal and carry or drag it back to your truck. The type of animal will determine the weight you’ll have to carry, but a white-tailed deer can weigh up to 150 pounds. That’s a serious workout, which won’t feel like one at all when you’re doing what you love.

When you are out in your garden, you’re actually performing physical activity that’s compared to a cardio exercise like running. You’ll be up and down on your knees pulling weeds, lifting heavy bags of soil, stretching to pluck vegetables or pushing a wheelbarrow.

All of these activities will use muscle groups that aren’t normally worked when performing simple stretches and exercise in a gym. It’s a functional exercise that will boost your mental well-being, so it has added benefits aside from the physical. While gardening, you’ll be growing fruits and vegetables that will help you stay healthy.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
This fun activity involves carrying a surf board down to the water. Once at the water, you’ll be paddling around while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Since you’re standing, you’ll have to bend slightly to use the oar, which added to the motion of the paddling itself can burn a ton of calories. Even if you aren’t racing on your stand-up paddle board, you’re still burning almost 500 calories per hour with a leisurely pace.

That’s twice the amount of calories you’d burn while walking at a pace of 2.5 miles per hour on the treadmill. While being great for cardio, it’s an all-over workout that will build strength and endurance too. This will all happen while you’re enjoying the view on top of your paddleboard.

For many activities, carrying equipment and getting to the location of the activity can burn lots of calories. You’ll be enjoying the sunshine and fresh air in an activity that doesn’t feel like exercise at all. In fact, you’ll forget you’re trying to improve cardio or trying to lose weight. Instead, you’ll be focused on enjoying your time outside.

How to Stay Motivated to Eat Less and Exercise More

Losing weight is really hard, and unless you’ve done it you probably don’t truly appreciate how difficult it can be. It is possible though, and the motivation for weight loss is around. There are ways to eat healthier and exercise more.

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#1 Change Your Mindset
There are no quick fixes for losing weight. In fact, losing too much weight too quickly can be detrimental to keeping off the weight for a long time. Know that this is a lifestyle change, and you’re in it for the long haul. Remember: it took years to put the weight on, so the weight isn’t going to come off overnight.

#2 Join Fitness Classes or Get a Personal Trainer
Staying motivated to work out can be hard, and the gym can be an intimidating place. Finding a fitness class that you like and feel comfortable in will give you something to look forward to when going to work out. With a fitness class instructor or a personal trainer, you will be pushed to work out a little harder and you will get professional help in working out safely and using all your time well.

#3 Set a Schedule and Plan Ahead
Setting a schedule is crucial for motivating you to exercise. Exercising regularly is a habit, and a schedule will help you stay accountable for when you’re supposed to exercise. Exercise is most effective when done on a regular basis and a schedule is imperative to helping you stay on a path to making it a habit. Scheduling and planning ahead is also very important to eating healthy. Planning your meals ahead of time will make it easier to stay on a healthy path and will reduce temptation to eat things outside of your plan. Planning ahead for a healthy lifestyle will also make sure that you don’t end up hungry with only fattening foods to eat.

#4 Make Yourself Accountable to Someone
A lot of people want to make their weight loss journey a secret, but telling someone else your goals and updating them each week is very helpful to keeping you motivated. Find someone you trust and update them weekly on your progress whether it is good or bad. This holds you accountable because it is much harder to give up on your goals when you have to tell someone else about it, and it is much easier to stay on track when you get to share all of your small victories.

#5 Educate Yourself on Eating Healthy
There is a plethora of information out there about what types of food to eat. Reading a lot of articles about healthy eating will be helpful for you. If the research becomes too much, then contacting your doctor or a healthcare professional is probably a good idea. Learning to read labels on food packages is also a crucial skill when trying to lose weight. Make sure to look up what types of nutrition someone your age and size should be receiving and make sure that you get those nutrients.

#6 Keep a Log
Make sure to log everything you eat, drink, and all of your activity. You may be surprised to learn how much you should be eating and how much you actually are eating. There are all kinds of fitness trackers out on the market that will help you stay motivated and informed as you begin to lose weight and make healthy lifestyle changes. They tell you how much food you should be eating automatically and you can see how that compares to what you are actually tracking.

Do We Live in an Age of Melancholy?

What’s going on with the world? Suicides among the current generation of young people are 300% up from the previous generation, studies show that those born near the end of the twentieth century are 3 times more likely to suffer from clinical depression than those born a few decades earlier, depression has become the most common serious mental illness diagnosed by psychiatrists, the list goes on.

Is it society, or is it us that’s to blame?

Admittedly, people are more aware of depression as an illness than they’ve ever been before. There’s also less stigma. Could it be that we’re more willing to admit that we’re depressed than ever before? Are earlier generations just better at “keeping a stiff upper lip?” An interesting study appears to contradict this perspective.

An anthropologist who studied the Kaluli tribe who live a traditional, agrarian lifestyle in the wilds of New Guinea, found only one individual in two thousand exhibiting the classic symptoms of clinical depression. That’s particularly interesting when one takes into account the high premature mortality rate within the community and their lack of access to modern conveniences.

The anthropologist concluded that the human mind is well adapted to an agrarian society and simply hasn’t had time to adapt to the incredible changes in society that followed the industrial revolution.

If that’s true, then modern society is certainly to blame. But what could be the matter? Surely we have longer, fuller lives and access to modern conveniences that kings would have considered as wonderful luxuries only a few hundred years ago. What’s the real problem that’s causing this massive upsurge in depression?

What are the experts saying?

On the medical front, the experts aren’t talking about anything we mightn’t have guessed at: increased stress, and lack of old-fashioned community and family support are most often blamed. Some analysts add poor nutrition and lack of exercise or proper sleep to the list of possible causes for the massive increase in depression.

We can’t deny that we’re living faster-paced lives than people dreamed of a generation or two ago. We’re confronted with hurry, heavy workloads, complicated financial commitments and unhealthy food choices on a daily basis. Families are fragmented, spread across countries and continents and divorce is common. Communities have become too large to be personal and these days, most of us don’t even know our neighbors.

Those with a more spiritual bent are saying much the same thing. There’s a lack of closeness, support and peacefulness in our lives that is sure to exhaust the hardiest soul. The number of people who have religious convictions is on the decline, and with it the number of people who can draw comfort from spirituality and faith.

What should we do?

Those of us who have never suffered from depression need to become more aware of the symptoms and implications of depression. We need to know how to recognize depression and we need to understand it. If someone close to us is suffering from depression, our help and understanding can make the difference.

Depression has causes, and these can be embedded in our lifestyles. If we suffer from depression, identifying the potential root causes and eliminating or mitigating them constitutes the only possible long-term cure. Treating the symptoms of depression will simply not be enough. The problem with depression is that it affects our clarity of thought. Consider going for counseling if you suspect that you are suffering from depression.

What lifestyle changes can help to prevent and cure depression?

The answer to this question depends on the individual’s circumstances, but the following strategies may help:

  • Look for ways to simplify your life
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Get enough exercise
  • Spend time having fun with people who are close to you
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet and don’t skip meals

Addressing Obesity: A Holistic Approach to Weight Loss

The concept of holistic treatments involve both mind and body. Most weight loss programs and exercise programs focus only on the body. In order to lose weight successfully, both body and mind need to be taken into account since each affects the other.


This is the aspect of weight loss that is most often practiced, talked about and written about. Your ‘body’ program will include both a weight-loss diet and an exercise program. We all know that when we consume more calories than we burn, we gain weight. In order to lose weight, we need to consume less calories than we burn.

The diet should consist of low-fat, high protein foods and most nutritionists agree that limiting carbs is important if you want to encourage your body to burn off fat reserves. Whether or not you decide to count calories, limit your diet to lean meats and plenty of healthy fruit and vegetables with small servings of carbohydrates or starch.

However, this is a generalization, and though it works for most people, it may not work for you. For example, allergies and inflammation may cause water-retention which leads to bloating and excess weight. If your diet is not working for you, consider consulting a doctor or nutritionist to determine what is right for you.

Develop a rational exercise program that is fun, can be fitted into your schedule and that does not over-tax your body. Many people try to do too much too soon and as a result become discouraged. Remember that muscle development is as important as calorie burn. If you’re not sure what kind of exercise will suit you best, consult a fitness professional. Remember to check with your doctor before embarking on an exercise program if you have any health concerns.

If your exercise program does not make you feel good, it is wrong for you. Don’t give up. Try something else instead.

Mind and spirit

These are the most neglected elements of weight loss programs. For example, there are reasons for eating that have nothing to do with hunger and everything to do with our spiritual or emotional state at a given time. Be alert as to your reasons for eating in order to determine which triggers cause you to overeat. For example, ‘comfort eating’ is something we indulge in when we are feeling low. What triggers this? Being aware of the phenomenon helps us to control it.

Another way in which mind and spirit affect our weight is the presence or absence of support during a weight loss attempt. Enlist the support of friends and family or join a class or group where members support each other. Having someone to turn to when we are confronted with problems, concerns or temptations is of immeasurable help in sustaining a weight loss program.

Sometimes, we overeat because of emotional problems. If we are unable to deal with these ourselves, seeking help is a sensible solution. A counselor can help us to process the underlying feelings that become obstacles to successful weight loss.

Last but not least, avoid self-blame and despondency when you break your diet or skip exercise. One lapse is not the end of the world. Pick up the pieces and keep on going. A little cheat now and then is perfectly healthy, but if we indulge in a guilt trip and comfort eating, we are undermining our road to holistic weight loss and enhanced wellness.

Brow and Lash Enhancement

Brow Enhancement

One of the most outstanding ways to permanently guarantee that eyebrows will enhance and accentuate the beauty of the eyes is to get brow enhancement. Typically, this cosmetic solution is the ideal solution for anyone that is struggling with thinning brows or brows that have become difficult to control as a result of illness over-tweezing or the aging process. A highly trained makeup artist or professional can easily restore and restyle eyebrows in a single hour. Amazingly, this can lead to results that last up to three years!

Permanent brow enhancement is a true art where the professional is mimicking naturally growing brow hairs. Ultimately, this eliminates the need for daily eyebrow cosmetics, and that of course makes it a huge time saver as well. Clients will see results immediately and there is no downtime required for this kind of procedure. Healed brows will look entirely natural and eyes will appear more beautiful as a result. A full eyebrow enhancement restoration can be performed for as little as $700.

Others that may wish to consider brow enhancement or those that have lost their brows completely from chemotherapy, hormone imbalance or any other conceivable illness. However, this process is for almost anyone that wants more beautiful looking brows and, by extension, more beautiful eyes as a result of this process. Speaking of extensions, lash extensions are another way to improve eyes and their beauty.

Lash Extensions

First, it would be helpful to explain what eyelash extensions are for those that have not looked into them yet. In essence, these extensions are individual false lashes that are delicately applied to each eyelash with medical grade adhesives. Professionals should always be the ones applying these lashes since they should never come into direct contact with the skin. Eyelash extensions can vary in length, shape and thickness, but rest assured that a quality professional can achieve just about any desired look within reason. Rest assured though, that an outstanding professional will blow you away with the beautiful results that they can achieve.

Lash extensions are one of the fastest trending beauty options in the world at the moment. This is unsurprising since they also happen to be one of the best beauty secrets for beautiful eyes. In particular, ladies get lash extensions because they deliver fuller and more defined eyes. Put more artistically, lash extensions give eyes the ability to really “open up”, and your face is sure to look more refreshed and lively as a result of this.

There are outstanding side benefits to getting lash extensions as well. One is that ladies will no longer be bothered having to apply that pesky mascara which allows women to workout, swim and shower without bothering to reapply the mascara. In short, lash extensions allow ladies to look instantly beautiful and eyelashes will naturally look darker and longer. All of these benefits make lash extensions an essential tip for maximizing eye beauty!

7 Benefits of a Good Nights Sleep

When thinking about your short and long-term health, you probably think about exercise, diet and other factors. However, sleep is often overlooked as most people don’t really think of this. With that being said, if you get enough sleep, you will enjoy multiple benefits, and here are seven benefits of a good night’s sleep.

1. Weight Control: First and foremost, if you want to lose weight, or stay thin, you should get good night’s sleep. If you do, you will watch as your metabolism speeds up. On the other hand, if you only sleep four or five hours and need more, you are going to struggle if you don’t wake up full of energy. Simply put, if you want to keep the weight off, you will want to make sure you get plenty of sleep.

2. Concentration: A lot of people rely on coffee or even medication to concentrate. However, this is not always the best long-term solution, and you can concentrate better if you get good night’s sleep. This is pretty obvious to most people as it’s hard to sleep only a few hours and wake up with a lot of energy to concentrate. Think about it, if you have a big test or a big work day then next day, you will want to concentrate, and you will have an easier time doing so if you get some good sleep.

3. Energy: If you don’t sleep well, you are going to wake up tired, and you will have a hard time gaining energy throughout the day. To prevent this, you should get a decent amount of sleep. While this varies, you probably need more sleep if you always wake up tired and don’t gain energy later in the day.

4. Less likely to get sick: Now, a lot of people are too busy with life, and they don’t enough sleep. This is not good, and it can cause you a lot of problems. For starters, if you are always tired, you are more likely to get sick. If everyone in your office has the flu or the cold and you are always tired and don’t get enough sleep, you are likely to join your coworkers in being sick.

5. Happier: If you think about your life, you are probably happy if you get a lot of sleep. Yes, people who sleep more have an easier time with life as they have more energy, don’t get sick as often, and they generally feel better. For this reason, if you are feeling down about life, you should make sure that you are getting enough sleep. If this isn’t the case, you should try to sleep more.

6. Look better: If you want to look your best, you should get a good amount of sleep. When doing so, you will have clearer skin, and you won’t look older than your age. If lack of sleep is a chronic problem, you are going to look much older, and you should catch up on sleep to fix your issue.

7. Repair your body: Finally, if you are tired from a workout or from a long day at the office, or at the gym, you will help you cause if you get a lot of sleep. In fact, if you want to live well and keep your body in great shape, you should get a lot of sleep.

If you are like most people, you don’t get enough sleep. However, when knowing why it’s important to get enough sleep, you will have no reasons to skimp on your sleep when you go to bed.

A Look at Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen therapy?

Bowen therapy is a type of alternative or complimentary medicine and could be seen as a type of movement therapy. It is extremely gentle and is suitable for everyone no matter how young or old they might be. The patient is fully clothed and the practitioner uses his fingers to manipulate the muscles in gentle motions that engage the muscles, tendons and fascia. These movements are interspersed with pauses.

Where does it come from?

The theory behind Bowen therapy and its techniques were developed by Thomas Bowen, an Australian who noticed that moving certain parts of the body in a specific order could result in some rather remarkable results. This therapy is completely unique and was not based on any prior learning. However, many doctors today are amazed at the results that can be achieved through this practice, and recommend it as a complimentary therapy.

What does Bowen therapy aim to do?

Bowen Therapy aims to create balance within the body by adjusting physical, chemical and mental alignment through a special type of movement therapy. It has been found to be particularly effective in pain relief and in healing musculoskeletal problems.

It has also been used in the treatment of depression, fibromyalgia and asthma. Additional benefits of Bowen therapy are said to be improved blood circulation and drainage of the lymphatic system, a boost to the immune system and its application as a detox treatment.

Does it work?

Of course, nothing works for everyone, but the majority of reviews and forum posts from patients who have attempted the therapy are extremely positive. Many of them claim that long-term pain that was not relived through physiotherapy was reduced or eliminated after Bowen Therapy.

Almost all comments on this type of therapy remark on its extreme gentleness when compared to deep tissue massage a visit to the chiropractor and other massage therapies.

However, the Bowen technique is believed to benefit more than just you r muscles and connective tissue. Because it improves posture, organ functioning is improved and patients report relief of mental distress caused by anxiety, mental stress and depression.

How do I know my therapist is qualified?

Fairly extensive training is required in order to become a fully-fledged Bowen Therapist. Most countries have an association that only qualified therapists can join. Choose a registered Bowen Therapist to ensure that your treatment is being performed by a qualified individual.

Our Top 10 Medicinal Herbs

It’s official. Medicine started with shamans telling their patients to ‘eat this plant’. Later on in history, we were told that such practices were witchcraft and that we should be healed through prayer. Then we were told that prayer was superstition and that we should take tablets instead.

Now physicians are increasingly realizing the importance of plant-based medicines in the treatment of a number of ills. Medical advice for the twenty-first century? ‘Eat this plant’. Let’s look at the medicinal plants that you’ll find in your kitchen and home garden and what they help with.

  1. Garlic

This kitchen standby has proven itself effective in the prevention and treatment of colds and flu. But that’s not all: eating garlic helps to keep your blood pressure within acceptable limits, balances your cholesterol levels, improves athletic performance naturally and can protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

  1. Ginger

Are you feeling a bit off-color? A ginger infusion may be just what you need to get you back on your feet. Ginger is useful in relieving acid reflux, motion sickness, upset tummy, gas and bloating, nausea and morning sickness. Among its many other uses, it can help to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and can be used to treat muscular aches and cramps. It’s great for breaking fevers and as a treatment for respiratory tract infections.

  1. Rosemary

While we’re raiding the kitchen for herbs recognized in ancient times and just being rediscovered by modern medical science, we can’t overlook the rosemary. Rosemary reduces inflammation, so it’s great for inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. It soothes dyspepsia, and is said to improve memory and concentration. In fact, that’s how the ancient Greeks used it! The journal ‘Oncology Reports’ published a study that showed Rosemary’s ability to slow down the proliferation of cancers in humans, and the journal ‘Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science’ reported that carnosic acid found in Rosemary could play a role in preventing macular degeneration.

  1. Basil

This tasty herb helps to protect the integrity of DNA and has Anti-Bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Basil contains plenty of magnesium, and this mineral helps to safeguard your heart health. ‘Medical News today’ says that it has anti-aging properties too. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make some Basil pesto!

  1. Parsley

Next time you get parsley as a garnish, eat it up right away. The health benefits of this simple herb may surprise you. It helps to prevent and treat kidney stones and urinary tract infections and is used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders such as gas, indigestion and constipation. Try it if you suffer from fluid retention, high blood pressure and anemia. Avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant.

  1. Mint

Mint isn’t just nice with lamb or as an ingredient in puddings. Use it for its ability to relieve colds and allergies, to calm indigestion and IBS and to soothe skin rashes and insect bites. Mint has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so you can use it to treat infections as well as aches and pains.

  1. Sage

Sage has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, in fact, its Latin name,’ Salvia’ means ‘to save’. Save yourself from the discomfort of stomach upsets, bloating and heartburn with a tea made from this fragrant herb. Women who are experiencing hot flashes can find relief by using this herb and it’s also good for treating painful periods. Medical science recognizes the possibility that certain natural compounds in sage may be beneficial n treating Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Comfrey

You won’t find this herb in your kitchen, and it should not be taken internally, but you should have it in your garden. Because it contains toxic compounds, don’t use it too often, but apply a poultice of comfrey leaves to help with the healing of ulcers, wounds, bad bruising, gout and even bone fractures.

  1. Wormwood

Although this herb should be used with caution, it has been an essential ingredient in the ancient pharmacopeia of thousands of years. It really does help to clear away intestinal parasites and worms, but it can also be used to treat fever, congestion, and digestive discomfort. You can overdose on wormwood, so be cautious if you use it fresh and avoid it at all costs if you are pregnant since it has been used to induce abortion.

Treatment Options for Diabetes

Nearly 29 million people are currently diagnosed with diabetes. All of these individuals have to receive treatment to ensure that they have a healthy and productive life. Treatment for diabetes typically includes blood monitoring, insulin shots and oral medications. Diabetes patients also have access to alternative treatment methods that they can use to improve blood sugar control. Natural and alternative treatments provide individuals with the ability to heal themselves without the use of standard diabetes medications.

Natural remedies such as acupuncture and biofeedback are often used to combat the effects of diabetes. Acupuncture can be used by diabetes patients who have to deal with neuropathy. This type of process is known to help the body to relieve natural pain killers to help mitigate the damage being done to a person’s nerves. Biofeedback helps a diabetic to deal with pain through the use of relaxation and stress techniques.

Natural dietary supplements such as chromium, ginseng and magnesium can all be used to improve a diabetic’s condition. Chromium can be used to improve a person’s blood sugar control by reducing insulin resistance. Ginseng can be used to lower a person’s blood sugar levels and magnesium is an essential mineral with a role in maintaining proper blood sugar levels.

Some foods such as cinnamon, buckwheat, cloves, broccoli and peas are all foods that diabetics can consume to improve the condition of their blood. These foods are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins and they are good for fighting inflammation that occurs when diabetes takes place.

People with diabetes are also encouraged to exercise and to closely monitor their weight. They sometimes can take natural remedies such as chitosan, garcinia cambogia, pryuvate and Germander to help with this process. Natural remedies should be carefully considered by diabetics after they consult their doctor or physician. The natural remedies that are mentioned here may or may not be effective for combating diabetes. Diabetics should make sure that they are well-informed about any natural treatment option before they decide to use them to treat this disease.

Panic Attacks: A Disorder that can be Easily & Efficiently Alleviated

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over four million individuals living in the United States suffer from panic attacks. Are you one of them?

Panic attacks usually occur when a sufferer of this disorder is in a nerve-wracking situation, such as when reading an essay in front of a classroom, when an argument arises, when intimidation overpowers, when flying or undertaking a multitude of other anxiety-inducing activities.

When a panic attack is taking place, the heart begins to pound faster, as if it wants to come out through the throat! Other symptoms of a panic attack that may occur are dizziness, a tingling sensation, twitching muscles, sweaty palms, flushed face, fear of losing control, terror, trembling, fear of going crazy, fear of a stroke and fear of dying.

The good news is that usually panic attacks only last a couple of minutes. Despite their short duration, many panic attack sufferers will tell you that they are one of the worst disorders that anybody can experience, as you feel as if you don’t have control of your own body no matter how many times you keep telling yourself that everything is going to be okay.

The worst thing about suffering from panic attacks is that it can become a long-term condition and can occur at any time of the year. But, thankfully, there are certain medications and techniques that can help alleviate this issue once and for all.

Panic attack sufferers can either opt to take medication every day, which can help a lot but might cause an addiction in the long-term, or opt to try hypnotherapy for their panic attacks, which can solve this matter from the root after a couple of sessions, without causing any addictive forming habits.

Whatever route you opt to take, make sure you cut back on caffeine and try to include daily exercise in your routine as it has been proven that by doing this you can help alleviate your matter much more efficiently, while being under treatment.

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