By, Charlotte Snow YOGA - WHY DO IT?? There are many reasons to do yoga. Increased blood flow throughout the body, stress management, muscle flexibility, better energy, improved sleep, just to name a few. Never tried it? Think it isn't for you? Afraid you'll make a fool of yourself in class? Not to worry! There is a way to solve each of these issues. First of all, there are may different types and styles of yoga. From vigorous vinyasas and ashtanga to power yoga, which are only a few of the many different styles you can practice, you are sure to find one you like! For those of you looking to incorporate an exercise routine into your lifestyle and perhaps don"t enjoy lifting weights and bodybuilding per-say, this would be a great way to burn calories, improve muscle agility and tone and shape your body. In yoga, you are using your own body weight and strength to hold various postures which help lengthen the muscles giving them more shape while also keeping them flexible and healthy. Have injuries that prevent you from getting your workout in? Great! Not great that you have injuries, but great that there's a way to work out, burn those calories AND also help heal your body! Yes. You read that right. Aside from taking Glutamine to help recover your muscle and prevent soreness, yoga has been proven to aid in the healing of many types of injuries, from neck and back to pulled leg muscles. Just be sure to make your instructor aware of your injuries at the beginning of class this way he or she can make any necessary modifications to the practice to prevent further injury and also help with the recovery process. Embarrassed to take class? Feel uncoordinated and afraid you might make a fool out of yourself? Well everyone has to start somewhere! But have no fear. There are many great DVDs you can buy to practice in privacy and comfort of your own home. Many on demand service providers also offer yoga classes on their exercise and fitness channels now as well, and most of them are free! How cool? This is a great way to boost your confidence! After a few sessions at home, you will be ready to join the class and set yourself up right in the front row! I personally LOVE hot yoga! It is my absolute favorite! It's cleansing, both physically and spiritually. I know some people, especially those trying to gain or keep weight on are skeptical of this practice. No worries. If this is you, just add a weight gainer from Muscle Sandwich into your diet! Still need more convincing? How does more restful sleep, better digestion and improved mental awareness and moods sound? Give it a try! What do you have to loose? I know you are going to love it!
Exercise and your complexion are more related than you may think! As we all know and hear all the time, exercise can do a body good. It can help you to stay trim, tone muscles, and help boost energy. What you probably don't know, is the fact that exercise can actually help you achieve the complexion that you've always wanted. It's true that regular exercise will nourish the skin all over the body with fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients. As well, the increased blood flow and circulation that come with working out will help to draw toxins out of the body and improve the condition of all your vital organs, including the epidermis. This includes improving your overall complexion. A lot of people think that sweat can trigger acne flare ups and hurt your complexion. The fact is, sweating is great for any type of congested skin, as it helps promote the flushing of impurities from the epidermal layer and will clean out the pores. As well, vigorous exercise can actually correct the hormonal imbalances that can trigger blemishes, therefore reducing the likelihood of outbreaks and improving your overall complexion. Any physical routine that you like to do, such as yoga, running, biking, spinning, Pilates, boxing, and such, will help to lessen the stress that you encounter on a daily basis and help to prevent stress related acne. Keep in mind that exercise may not be a miracle cure for everything, as you may still experience breakouts from time to time although your acne will certainly be less severe and last for a much shorter time frame. Exercise is also great for other skin conditions that may or may not have to do with the presence of acne. Your skin losing its elasticity or becoming thin and less resilient is something that we all encounter. This is a common problem for may of us as we get older. As we all get older, we start to lose collagen, which will make us look tired. As many of us don't know, physical activity can actually help to promote the growth of collagen in your skin cells, which will plump up your facial skin and make you look younger and more vibrant. If you are worried about wrinkles, you should consider relaxation that comes after you exercise. This has the effect of making your muscles, facial muscles included, soften up. What this means, is that your lines will appear less pronounced, helping to contribute to the youthful look that you are trying to achieve. With exercise you can achieve a smaller waist, better muscle tone, softer skin, a beautiful complexion, and an overall younger, more fresher look. If you've wanted to add or change to your complexion, you shouldn't hesitate to exercise. Exercise will help you feel more alive as well as improve your body. All you need to do is take a little bit of time out of your schedule to exercise - its as simple as that.
There are so many different phrases and slang terms that are used to describe a healthier lifestyle. It's virtually impossible to determine exactly what Vegan is and what it is not. In order to fully understand something it is vital that you are fully aware of what is expected and for many being Vegan is just an insult if they are confused accidentally with another type of eating style. The primary difference between a Vegan lifestyle and that of a typical person primarily is the lack of meat consumed in a Vegan lifestyle. However, many people believe that vegetarians will still eat dairy products and other similar foods. While this is correct, there is a major difference between being vegetarian and vegan. People who are true Vegans do not eat any animal related products, they do not encourage the consumption of animal related products and they also do not wear any animal related products. This would include items such as milk, yogurt, butter, eggs, leather clothing and also anything that can cause harm to animals during production. Many people mistakenly believe that Vegetarianism and Vegan-ism are the exact same thing. However, those who are vegetarian will consume animal related products such as eggs, milk, dairy, yogurt and other similar foods that do not particular cause the animals life to be in danger. Foods such as meat are still avoided though. This is a significant difference from Veganism where they do not consume such foods. In order to really determine which type of lifestyle is best for you and your family, you would need to look over your typical eating habits. Many people discover that Vegan is something that is far too strict for them to abide by on a normal basis and instead opt for a vegetarian lifestyle instead. Choosing to live a Vegan lifestyle is not always easy. It can make things a bit complicated when it is time to plan meals, as well as will typically involve a bit more planning ahead since you will not be able to easily pull everything for meals straight from the freezer. While it is still possible to use some frozen foods in the Vegan lifestyle, many fruits and vegetables simply do not taste the same once they have been frozen. If this is a problem that you are encountering it may be necessary to invest some money into planting a garden that you can use to obtain many of your foods so that they will always be fresh. It is not necessary under any circumstances to think that you absolutely must take the time to grow a massive garden as well. Many people work with only a small garden growing a very limited supply and quantity of foods until they are able to devote more space to their homegrown foods. What becomes a frequent problem is many people do not realize that they really can start their garden with only a small supply. If you wait until you have the room to add a massive garden you will be severely discounting many of the delicious benefits that really are possible to achieve. By making some small steps and changes to your lifestyle you might find that working on a vegetarian lifestyle is much easier for you to handle. This can make a great starting point when you are working to move to a healthier vegan lifestyle for your entire family. If you are busy trying to ensure that you are fully aware of all of the benefits then knowing all of the differences between vegetarianism and veganism is very important. Working to improve your health as much as possible is extremely important and really is possible as long as you take the time to really study your options. A healthy lifestyle is possible, even if you are not comfortable with the idea of converting over to an entirely vegan way of life.
By, Brett Bauer Ok! So most of us are guilty for reaching for that pint of Ben and Jerry’s after getting stressed out or emotionally upset about something. Food is one of the most easily accessible and inexpensive substances we can reach for when we need a stress release. Unfortunately, when eating for any other reason than satisfying hunger, it can leave us feeling guilty and not so great. One of the big things that helped me overcome my unhealthy food behaviors was knowing the difference between my physical hunger verses emotional hunger. It can become a habitual action to reach for a comforting cookie when stress strikes. But try to think before you grab. Ask yourself, “am I really hungry or trying to fill an uncomfortable emotion”? Once you can start to become aware of the difference of feelings, you will notice some of your decisions will start to change. This useful chart can help you as a guide in your journey in understanding the difference. Start to practice the thought process when you eat.