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3 Ways To Stay Healthy As A Family

3 Ways To Stay Healthy As A Family

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Is your family generally pretty healthy? We’re sure that you are, but that doesn’t mean that this couldn’t be better. There are a number of things that you can be doing together as a family to ensure that you remain as healthy as possible altogether. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you can do here, even if you are all busy. Keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Workout Together

The first thing that we are going to mention is that you should workout together. This way, you know that everyone is getting in the exercise that they need, and you don’t have to worry about anyone becoming a couch potato. You even have a bunch of options here because you can hit the gym, you can workout at home, you can look into something like the TCHI, or you can go for regular outdoor activities such as walks or climbing mountains if you have any by you. This is a good way to bond as a family at the same time as keeping fit and healthy, making it a huge winner.

Eat Together

Another thing that you should be doing is eating together as a family. We understand that people have different work and school schedules, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t find time to eat at least one meal together per day. This is crucial to keeping everyone together, keeping communication going, and you can be sure that everyone is eating at least one healthy meal per day.

Eating together might not seem like a big deal, but kids love it, even when they claim they don’t. It’s nice to spend time with your family, and it shows the kids how much you care about everyone being healthy and involved in family life. No matter what, this is what is most important.

Relax Together

The final thing that we are going to say is that you should be relaxing together as well. The family that works out together should also relax together. This one is more focused on your mental health rather than physical, but it still counts. You should try to relax with each other at least once per week or so. Sit down and watch a movie, or go out somewhere to have fun. Everyone needs time to relax, and this is what a lot of people forget in their lives. Let go of the stress and the worry for a few hours and just have fun together. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do in order to stay as healthy as possible as a family. It’s always nice to do things as a family and the more that you can do together the closer you are going to be as a unit. This is the most important thing after all, so make sure that you take the time to really put the effort in with this.

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Get In The Know With Pilates Pal Website

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What is Pilates?

Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez) is a system of exercises developed by the German, Joseph Pilates during World War 1. The system was named after him but he referred to it as “Contrology.” He firmly believed that there was a definite connection between physical and mental health. The intent of these exercises was to strengthen both mind and body. If practiced consistently, Pilates will build strength, improves flexibility, and develop control and stamina. Pilates is practiced globally especially in countries in the Western Hemisphere. You can learn about the Pilates procedures and equipment used in the exercise programs at Pilatespal.com, Inc..   

Principles of Pilates

Joseph Pilates never created a system of beliefs for his method, but the principles included here are evident from the pages he wrote and other documented materials. There is no set order in which the principles are presented, the list here is as follows: breath, control, concentration, center, flow and precision.  These principles are the basis of many techniques of Pilates and they are normally accepted as the base of the system.

Breath

There is equal importance shared among the basic principles, but breath involves much more than respiration.  In Pilates, breath is the energy of the driving force and the engine that propels the art. It can be viewed (as regarded by Joseph Pilates) as of life, of the mind, spirit and body. Breath then is observed here as the mutual thread that goes through every foundation principle; joining them together.

Breath is an important key to life. The only skeletal muscles necessary for life are the respiratory muscles, but too often breath is taken for granted.  Understanding the anatomy essential to breath can assist in the optimum use of breath.

Concentration

The focus of this principle is the procedure involved in doing the exercise rather than on exercise itself. In this principle, it is important to concentrate on the body’s alignment, and keeping the correct alignment and equilibrium during the entire exercise session. It is vital that the practitioner maintains mental concentration throughout the session.

Center

In Pilates, a practitioner’s control of the body must begin somewhere: the center.  Of the Pilates method, the center is the primary point. The body’s “powerhouse” are the set of muscles in the middle of the body, those surrounding the abdomen, hips, upper and lower back, inner thighs and buttocks. In addition, center is the point where if the body was suspended it would be balanced fully in all directions. Learn more about Pilates exercises here:  https://www.wikihow.com/Do-Pilates

Control

“Contrology” was the preferred name given by Joseph Pilates for this principle. It focuses on muscle control. Every exercise is executed with control.  Control becomes refined with practice. Refined control is related to fewer errors, greater coordination, exact alignment, greater balance and improved ability to duplicate the exercise effectively over many attempts, by the use of minimal effort and evading unnecessary muscle tensions.

Precision

Precision is the precise manner by which an action is performed. The difference between precision and other exercise routines is the way it is done.  Knowing about anatomy will assist the practitioner in realizing precision.

Flow

Flow is effortless, continuous movement; a physical energy applied from the center that will direct movements of the extremities.  Achieving precision will ultimately lead to flow to and from and within each exercise to build strength and grit.

Equipment used in Pilates

The exercises are done on mats placed on the floor or on exercise apparatus developed by Joseph Pilates. These workout machines use pulleys and resistance from the body weight of the participant on the equipment and progressed spring levels. The reformer is most likely the most famous resistance equipment to be found in a Pilates workroom. Read here for more on Pilates.

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Pilates is appropriate for both males and females whether you are a professional athlete or you are just an ordinary person or retiree trying to get back in shape. Pilates low effect and usefulness have made it the preferred foundation exercise techniques for many individuals around the world including celebrities.

When done correctly and regularly, and with the correct instructions that will assist you in embracing the main principles, Pilates will bring a change in your life. It will also enhance your lifestyle giving you healthy appearance.  

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Ozeri pedometer

 Pedometer

We was recently asked if we would review  this Ozeri pedometer, this is a great exercise tool that tracks the total number of steps you take and also the total time you spend walking, along with the distance you walk and calories you burn, it is a handy size and you can fit it in your pocket, bag or even use the strap provided and wear round your neck, I like to use the strap provided so I can keep track easier.
This pedometers motion sensor is optimized to detect steps while walking, the data is tracked daily and the daily memory is automatically reset at midnight, even though daily memory is reset at midnight the pedometer will still add each day’s data to the total memory, accumulating data for up to seven days, it counts up to 1 million steps, it has 3 recording modes, today, split and total, it has a blue back light for night viewing and also has a sports timer, clock and calendar.
This pedometer uses a lithium battery which comes with the pedometer, the pedometer has auto sleep mode to preserve the battery life, I am terrible for remembering to turn things off, for me this is an added bonus.

We have been using the pedometer and we are really enjoying using it, this is a great way to keep track on your exercise, we have been setting ourselves goals each day, and we can see how we are getting on with the pedometer on hand to help, having this pedometer has made us more determined to start exercising and to keep track on our daily exercise.

The pedometer is of a nice size, excellent quality, it looks good and has made us more motivated, we are enjoying seeing how far we have walked and calories burned on a daily basis.

The RRP is £39.99 you have a choice of colour, yellow or black, can find the digital pedometer here

Disclaimer: We was sent a pedometer for review purpose, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Spring evening stroll

Spring evening stroll 
Well what can I say its only Wednesday and it was a lovely evening so we thought why not go for a nice spring evening stroll, it has been a busy day at work and some fresh air can do wonders, we went armed with some bread for the ducks and we thought it would be a nice change, the kids have school exams coming up at the end of the month and we thought it would take their mind off  them even if it was just for a while, school exams can be a stressful time for any child.
It made a lovely change getting this quality time mid-week as the week days get very busy with late working days and kids home work, but their home work is all up to date and we got away from work early so we took advantage of this spare time and it was enjoyed by all, it was lovely, a nice ice cream was enjoyed by all as we walked off our dinner, the dog enjoyed an extra long last walk of the evening.
The speed kids grow up it is very important to grab every second you can with them because before we know it they will be leaving home, my mum and dad kept saying to me when I was pregnant about the speed kids grow and I just laughed it off but now my kids are here I understand that saying now, kids really do grow too fast, in fact I find it frightening to think they will soon not want to be spending their time with us as they will soon be too busy with their friends, so I am grabbing every opportunity I can and cherish every moment of it.
                              Our spring evening stroll
 
spring evening stroll
What is your best family pass time ?