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Understanding the Importance of Nutrition in Relation to Exercise

Understanding the Importance of Nutrition in Relation to Exercise

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When we hear about the topics of health and fitness, we constantly look at exercise as the way to fix all of our problems. You’ve likely heard the phrase “you cannot out-exercise a bad diet,” and when it comes to losing weight and being healthy, nutrition is is more important than exercise, but why is this and how can you get the benefits of the right ratios of nutrition and exercise to meet your health goals? 

Opting for Whole Foods

We live in an age where there’s so much in the way of processed foods on every shelf. You need to focus more on nutrition because when you compare it to the exercise you do, you will be making healthy habits out of your nutrition rather than your exercise. As you cannot out-exercise a bad diet, this is why you have to focus on nutrition. You are what you eat because your habits are going to make you healthier. 

Lifting more weights to overcompensate for a chocolate bar is not going to cut it. This is why you have to opt for the right diet. So many people talk about the Mediterranean diet as being an amazing choice because it focuses on whole foods, but it also has balance in terms of whole grains and healthy fats, such as those found in fresh olive oil

The Impact of Exercise

So many people think they need to exercise seven days a week in order to feel the benefits. The reality is that health relates to 80% diet and 20% exercise. And this is because the results are always gained away from the gym. If you exercise too much, you can run the risk of fatiguing yourself, which has a detrimental effect on your immune system and many other parts of your life. 

The reality is that if you are exercising properly, you may only need to spend two sessions in the gym, but it depends on the types of workouts you do. Steady-state cardio is something that is good to get your heart pumping, but it doesn’t instigate major physiological changes in comparison to weight lifting or intense modes of exercise. It’s vital to remember that the major body changes come from having a calorie deficit, but depending on your goals, whether it’s to lose weight or build muscle, a calorie deficit has to be very specific, which is where a macronutrient calculator is so important to help you understand and how much you need to eat. 

Nutrition Is the Key to Everything

Because nutrition is more important than exercise in controlling your weight but also your general health, having a healthy attitude towards nutrition is so important. It’s harder than ever to feel like you’re not in control of your eating habits when there are so many sweet things out there. This is why you got to get an understanding of what something like sugar does to the body. While there’s been plenty of amazing resources out there, the fact is that the biggest shocks have stemmed from these documentaries about sugar. Nutrition is more important than exercise purely for this reason!

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Ways To Relax And Unwind

Ways To Relax And Unwind

Stress can affect us all in different ways. It can affect our mental, emotional and even our physical wellbeing. It even affects how we behave and react to things. Stress isn’t all bad, we all deal with some form of stress in our lifetime, some on a day-to-day basis in our everyday lives, whether it be financial, family, work or even due to health stress. Learning how to cope and deal with the stress is key!

We all get so caught up in work deadlines, our hectic lifestyles, home/work-life balance that we forget to take five minutes to relax, have a hot cup of coffee, breath or even get some air. Stepping away for just five minutes could make all the difference to our stress levels. However if we stay in a state of high stress levels it can be damaging to our health.

Even life events such as having a baby, buying a house or even planning a wedding can lead to feelings of stress.

Signs of stress:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain/tension
  • Stomach pain
  • Chest pain/faster heartbeat
  • Struggling to make a decision
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Constantly worrying
  • Being irritable
  • Sleeping more/less
  • Eating more/less
  • Avoiding people or places

Stress is sadly something we are unable to avoid, but we can learn how best to manage it. When at work try and schedule in five minutes to de-stress throughout the day, get some fresh air, call a friend or loved one, enjoy a hot drink and something quick to eat. Have five minutes to yourself, have a breather and relax the best way that suits you. When at home it is really important to still take time out to relax too.

I have had an awful couple of months lately, and have really been suffering with stress, anxiety and depression. Here are a few things I have found to help me manage and get through, alongside professional support.

Enjoy a relaxing bath

There is a certain kind of magic to bathing. Sinking into a nice warm bath helps you to relax and unwind, amongest many health benefits. A nice warm bath can be a way to indulge in spa-like bliss at home, surrounded by a few of your favorite things. Whether they may be a book or magazine, bath-bomb, candles, soft relaxing music or even a nice cool glass of wine or beer. Having a nice warm bath is a great way to help improve our health, such as help with a better nights sleep, helps to relax achy muscles, relieve tension, pain and inflammation. Taking a nice long soothing bath can be the perfect antidote to a stressful day. Closing that bathroom door and taking some much deserved me-time provides us with the chance to get away from things for a while and relax.

Hobby

Everyone is creative in their own way, having a hobby is a great way to spend any spare time you may have. It is a great way to help you unwind from a stressful day you may have had, or even unwind from your daily routines. Spending time doing something you really enjoy can help improve your health and wellbeing massively. My personal favourite is sewing. Whether it be something outdoors, playing Drift Hunters, artistic, musical, learning a new skill or even just sitting quietly and reading, all will benefit your health as it is time out for you, doing something you love and enjoy. I am a great believer that those with a hobby are a lot less likely to suffer from stress, low mood and depression. Having a hobby or activity you enjoy will help to relax you, help you to feel happier and much more relaxed.

Fresh air

Demanding schedules and a busy home life leave many of people feeling trapped inside. Our busy lives can make it difficult to get outside and enjoy breathing in some fresh air from time-to-time. However the benefits of fresh air are endless. Spending time outdoors is one of the fastest ways to lift people’s moods and improve health and happiness. Being outdoors helps to lower stress levels, blood pressure, and even heart rate. Being outdoors also helps to keep your vitamin D levels up and also allowing our serotonin levels to increase. Being outdoors breathing in some fresh air will also help to clear our mind and lungs. Being outdoors can really benefit our physical and mental health. Trying to add half an hour into our daily routines can really benefit our wellbeing. Perhaps an after dinner stroll, taking the dog for a walk or even a lunchtime walk can make all the difference.

Loved ones

Interacting with loved ones, whether it be friends or family really does help. It helps to create emotional support to help you overcome life challenges. The best way to stay focused, and if needed then help to get back on track is by reaching out to loved ones. Our friends and family are our safe haven and people we can rely on at all times, helping us to feel at ease, even in the most stressful of situations. Speaking with loved ones can help ease our stress levels and help ease the pressure off of ourselves. Allowing us to have a much healthier coping mechanism for stress with the help and support if needed.

Meditation

Have you ever tried meditation? I haven’t as yet, but it is something I am looking into trying and possibly adding into my daily routines. It is said to be one of the most popular ways to relieve stress. It is said that by calming your body and mind, your physical and emotional stress can melt away, leaving you feeling better, refreshed and ready to face the day with a much healthier attitude. For anyone not knowing what meditation entails it involves sitting in a relaxed position and clearing your mind. Making sure you are not distracted for at least twenty minutes, find a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus within. Try to focus your attention on your breathing by counting your breaths, or there are meditation soundtracks you can listen to. Meditation is free, always available and very effective in short-term stress reduction and long term health.

Exercise

Many people think that exercise only has an impact on your body, when infact it has a very positive impact on your mental wellbeing too. It is said that those who are physically active are much more less likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than those who are not. This is said to be true because exercise causes particular chemicals to be released called endorphins, which are known to positively alter your mood. Exercising helps to relieve any feelings of anger, helps promote better sleep and also helps to relieve any tension you may have.

Bedtime ritual

While stress is the body’s natural response to protecting itself, chronic stress or anxiety can have many long-term effects, including poor sleep or even sleepless nights. You dont have to wait until its lights out to start winding down, if you are struggling with sleeping. Try changing up your evening routine to see if it helps. Set the mood lighting down a little earlier, have a relaxing bath, try aromatherapy, listen to relaxing music or even try mindful colouring. A bedtime routine is a great way to start training your brain to trigger the process of going to sleep.

Massage

Stress unfortunately is an inevitable part of life, and it is impossible to take away all the stress and anxiety we may feel on a day-to-day basis. Taking time out for yourself to have a massage can massively help. Having a massage is a great way to seek relief from stress as it helps you to relax and de-stress. It helps to reduce your stress hormone and increase your serotonin and dopamine levels. Along with rebalancing your hormones a massage also releases muscle tension. When stressed your muscles tighten in response and can become painful. A massage can help offer stress relief and aid relaxation.

Writing

Writing is said to be a medicine for the brain. Whenever you are feeling mentally or emotionally exhausted try writing down what is bothering you. This will help you structure your thoughts and hopefully bring you some peace to your mind. Writing down our thoughts and feelings can help us become more aware/self-aware and also help us detect any sneaky/unhealthy patterns in our thoughts and feelings. This then allows us to be in/take more control over our lives and put things in more perspective. Furthermore it can help us to shift from a negative mindset to a much more positive one.

Gardening

Chronic stress can be hard on our bodies and can also contribute to anxiety and depression. Finding healthy ways to help us all cope and take care of our minds and bodies is very important. Working out in the garden can help reduce cortisol levels – this is a chemical our bodies produces in response to stress. You dont even have to be working in the garden, just sitting out there helps too. Sow some seeds, pull some weeds or even give the garden a water. it all helps to take our minds off things for a while and before you know it time has flown by. Gardening can reverse the effects of stress, these benefits include better health, exercise, nutrition from homegrown vegetables if you grow them, improved mood from exposure to vitamin D in the sunlight and an improved focus and increased creativity. Getting dirt under our nails isn’t half as bad as we thought.

It is not always easy to recognise that stress is the reason why you could be acting, feeling or even behaving differently. If you are experiencing any unusual behavior then please do seek medical help or advice. You may find it hard to explain how you are feeling but talking about how you’re feeling really does help.

Always remember you are not alone.

Please do take care.

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The Best Ideas For A Gym At Home

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If you’re trying to keep yourself fit and healthy, setting up a gym at home can be a good idea. After the cost of setting it up, it can end up being cheaper than paying for a gym membership. Having the gym at home can also help you to commit to an exercise routine. If you don’t have to leave the house to hit the gym, it’s much harder to find an excuse not to go. 

Invest In Quality Equipment

Make sure that the equipment you buy for your gym is safe. A lot of kit like rowing machines, weight racks and treadmills often show up on sites like eBay or Facebook Marketplace, but make sure you check any equipment before you buy it. Give anything you buy a thorough check over to make sure it’s in good condition before you bring it home. If you buy something new, make sure you know how to use everything. At home, you won’t have a trainer to show how the equipment should be used, so ask the salesman and get them to show you. 

Start Small

Gym equipment isn’t cheap, so be sure you’re going to use it before spending money. Start small with some free weights, a yoga mat and an exercise ball. If you find you’re using your gym a lot, then you can invest in more pieces and add them in. Don’t forget your gym wear too. Try curvesncombatboots.com for fun leggings.  

Personalise The Space

Make your home gym a nice room that you actually want to be in. Adding something personal like posters or pictures can add a bit of personality. Add a TV or some speakers to entertain you while you work out. Adding some plants adds some colour to the room. 

Get Multipurpose Equipment

Most home gyms are small room, so equipment that has more than one purpose or can adapt to you as your fitness level changes are a sensible buy. Go for things like adjustable dumbbells, so you’re set up for different exercise with one piece of equipment. 

Keep It Warm

Lots of people turn their garages into home gyms. This is a brilliant use of the space but can mean that the gym is cold. Don’t give yourself the excuse to skip a workout because it’s cold, and put in some space heaters to keep it warm. Even with heaters, the bar of your barbell can get very cold, which isn’t nice when you grip it. Keep equipment like this in the house, and just take them over to the gym when you’re ready to work out. 

Start Sociable

Do you miss the social side of the gym? Sometimes the atmosphere at the gym can help push you through a difficult workout. If you find your home gym is a bit lonely, why not invite some of your friends to use it as well? They can save on their gym memberships, and you’ll have some company while you’re working out. 

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How To Take Better Care Of Your Mental Health

How To Take Better Care Of Your Mental Health

Have you ever been told to just ‘snap out of it’ or to ‘cheer up’ when you’re feeling down? You’ll know that it is just not that easy when you struggle with depression. 

Depression is an illness. It is not just an emotional weakness. It is caused by imbalances of brain chemicals or from historic trauma in your past. It should be treated as an illness just like any physical health problem might be. If you are struggling with depression, it is not something that you should feel the need to say sorry for, and you shouldn’t have to wear a smile for someone else’s benefit. 

Self-care is important, and you should do everything possible to look after yourself. Getting into a routine of looking after yourself is hard, however, in the long run, it is one of the best ways of helping yourself. 

Here are several ways that you could consider when it comes to taking better care of your mental health. 

Realize That You Need To Prioritize Your Mental Health 

Putting yourself first can be hard. Firstly, you may believe that to do this is selfish. Putting your needs before the needs of others may not come naturally to you. You may naturally be someone who believes in hard work and effort, and to put your own needs first may seem counter-intuitive to your goals and unproductive. But you must do your best to prioritize your mental health needs above everything else. This means giving yourself time to rest and recover whenever you need it. 

Stop Judging Yourself 

The biggest critic that you probably have is yourself. You may spend a lot of your time beating yourself up or judging yourself. But a judgement is an opinion, not a statement of fact. Don’t allow your negative view of yourself replace the real you. 

Keep your negative thoughts in check by challenging them. 

Look At Taking Herbal Remedies

There are many great herbal remedies for depression and anxiety. St John’s Wort is one example of a traditional remedy. Another might be CBD. 

CBD comes from the same plant as cannabis, however, it has none of the same psychoactive properties that the drug cannabis has, meaning that there is no high and you are just left feeling more relaxed- but still able to go about your regular daily life. 

CBD oil UK is one of the more popular ways of taking CBD, however, you can also get it in the form of gummies, or vape liquid. 

Talk About Your Problems 

One of the best ways of dealing with your mental health problems is to talk them through with a friend. Go for a coffee with a close friend and let them know what you are going through. You may be surprised at how empathetic and supportive they may end up being. In addition to this, they may be able to give you some advice on the situation that you find yourself in.  

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Keeping Your Loved Ones Health in Check!

Keeping Your Loved Ones Health in Check!

Keeping Your Loved Ones Health in Check!

Our family are the most important people in our lives, and when you’re a parent, their health is something that’s constantly on our minds. We live in a world where childhood obesity is common, one of the leading causes of death are preventable illnesses due to bad lifestyle, and where more of us than ever work sedentary jobs. In order to keep your family fit and healthy you need to ensure that you’re teaching them good habits to set them up for success as an adult. Here are a few ways you can go about doing it.

Eat meals together

Research has shown time and time again that eating dinner together as a family on most days a week has lots of benefits. The first is that it helps to maintain closeness. When your children feel close to you and can communicate with you how they’re feeling, they’re much more likely to open up about any issues in their lives. As parents, we like to think that we know everything there is to know about our children, but as they get older it’s simply not the case. Spending time together eating in the evening maintains close bonds and allows you all to chat and connect. Eating together as a family has been linked to lower rates of teenage pregnancy and drug use for this reason. Another reason to eat together is that you can cook healthy meals. Families that eat together tend to have lower rates of child and teen obesity, because you know exactly what’s going into your cooking. You can set a good example by filling up on healthy foods, knowing that children will eventually mirror your habits- even if they’re a little picky right now. Many adults get into the habit of feeding children and adults

separately, but do it together if you can. If your partner gets home from work a little later in the evening, give kids a healthy snack to keep them going instead of giving them their dinner.

Exercise as a family

There are plenty of great ways you can all exercise together as a family. Go on a hike, put your dog on the lead and go walking in any nearby countryside, beaches, mountains, rivers or canals. Look online for your local bike trails and go on a bike ride. You could go on a day out which will involve a lot of walking, or even just go to the park and run around together burning off energy. Take a ball or a frisbee and play some games. If your kids are a little older, you could play a sport together. Recreation centres usually have tennis and basketball courts which are free or cheap to use. You could go swimming, go to a trampolining centre and much more. Don’t see it as exercise to stay fit- see it as a fun activity you can all do together! You won’t even realise just how many calories you’re burning and the good you’ll be doing to your body as you’ll be having too much of a good time.

Teach kids the dangers of unhealthy vices

Most kids will experience peer pressure at one time or another. Experimentation with things like drugs, alcohol and smoking are common but it doesn’t mean your child can’t avoid them when they’re equipped with the right knowledge and support. As well as educating them about just how dangerous these kinds of vices can be, you should also make sure they know you’re always available to talk and will support them if they’re ever put under this kind of pressure. Kids who have a better relationship with their parents are more likely to open up about what’s happening, and once they do you have the opportunity to talk to them and advise them what to do. If they don’t have that kind of support and communication, they’re far more likely to just go ahead with these things when they’re put under pressure to do so. Understand that your kids can make mistakes, and if they come to you having done something you don’t like- speak to them instead of just shouting and punishing. Putting that barrier up will mean next time, they simply won’t come to you. We want to wrap our kids up in cotton wool and make sure they’re never exposed to the evils of the world, however, education is invaluable. When they know just how dangerous and damaging these habits are- the illnesses they can cause and the harm it does to their bodies- they’re far less likely to want to give it a try. Kids and teens tend to be experimental because unlike adults, they’re less aware of consequences. Teach them that the consequence of these things isn’t just a punishment if they get caught, as they could simply aim to not get caught. Educate them to know that they could cause serious illnesses and even result in death when they mess around with these kinds of things.

Study a health topic

If you have a strong interest in health, why not study a health related topic? Maybe you want to become qualified in sports massage, study child psychology or nursing? This could be because you want to change career, and take a job in the health industry later down the line, or just because you want to focus on your self development and work on learning new things and brushing up on new skills. Plenty of health topics you can study can directly benefit your family too, take nutrition for example. Knowing exactly how the body works and the nutrients and vitamins it needs to thrive will enable you to make better decisions with your diet and food choices. If you change career, you could get a higher paid job making your family’s finances easier to manage, and being happier in your work could allow you to be a happier and more positive parent. So it’s something to consider, as it can benefit you and your family on many levels.

Make relaxation a priority

It’s easy to think that stress is a problem that only affects adults. However, it’s simply not the case. The things that upset or stress children and teens might be a lot different (and in your eyes, they might not seem like a big deal) however, it is to them. Pressures from school and friends, their changing body, budding relationships, arguments with family and more can all impact a child’s well-being. For this reason, relaxation should be a priority for the whole family. It can be something fun and nice that you all do together, where you can switch off from the world for a while and unwind. It’s good for mental health, physical health and can be great for you as a family as well. Switch off social media and outside distractions. You could have a few hours of quiet time reading together, play a board game or watch a movie. If you have a daughter, you could have a pamper session together where you do manicures, pedicures and face masks. You could bake together, or do a crafting activity. Either way, something that’s enjoyable and allows you to switch off from the worries of the world is good for the health of all of the family. So many of us have children and never get to enjoy their company or even properly get to know them. So this helps to maintain a closeness as well as give you all chance to relax.

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3 Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Health warnings NOT to Ignore!

There are a lot of health issues that will, believe it or not, resolve themselves. An example of this would be a cyst. Cysts are common and can occur anywhere in the body. These small lumps can even appear on the nether regions which lead to cancer scares for numerous people. In reality, cysts are harmless and will disappear by themselves within two weeks. However, this isn’t the case for all health symptoms. Some are signs of a far more serious problem. So, let’s look at a few of the health issues that you should never ignore.

Hallucinations

This is far rarer than most people realise, but it can happen. A hallucination will typically be caused by a lack of sleep. If you are suffering from insomnia, this could be the cause of you seeing things that aren’t actually there. Even going two days with low levels of sleep can cause your brain to start to hallucinate. However, if you’re sleeping regularly and you are still seeing or hearing things that aren’t there, you should consult a doctor.

This could be a sign of a psychological issue such as schizophrenia. Or, it could be the sign of a physical issue in the brain such as a tumour. Tumours can cause a range of sensory issues and severe migraines can also be a sign of this rare occurrence.

3 Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Painful Teeth

There are a number of causes for painful teeth. It’s possible that they are moving and this will be the case if you have or used to use braces. You might also find that your wisdom teeth are coming through, pushing on different teeth in the mouth. This can feel like the adult equivalent of teething can it can get very painful for the individual. Alternatively, it’s possible that you notice a sharp pain in the upper section of your teeth after you have eaten. Be careful of this one because it can be a sign of tooth decay. It’s worth getting a dentist to check your teeth out anytime you notice pain in your teeth that lasts longer than a day or is recurring. Often there will be a simple explanation.

You also need to watch out for ulcers in the mouth that won’t go away or white marks on your inner cheek. Both can be a sign of a serious health condition that should be looked at.

3 Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Weight Loss

We often think of losing weight as a positive occurrence. It’s always good to drop those pounds, right? Don’t be so sure because losing weight can be the sign of something serious going wrong in the body. Particularly if the weight loss occurs suddenly and it’s accompanied by a loss of appetite. While a range of different conditions and factors can cause this issue, it’s worth being aware of the problem and addressing it by speaking to a doctor. They will be able to check if the issue is serious of if it’s just a case of taking the right medicine.

3 Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Take this advice, and you won’t ignore some of the most serious health warning signs.

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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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Skills Children Can Gain From Looking After A Family Pet

Skills Children Can Gain From Looking After A Family Pet

Skills Children Can Gain:

Pets are a source of much love and joy for families. Children especially enjoy and respond to the warmth and friendship they provide. A pet can be a furry best friend, partner-in-crime, companion, someone to cuddle with and much more for your child. Pets also make great teachers. They improve a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development while imparting a few valuable life skills as your child interacts with them. If you are considering adding a pet to your brood, here are some of the potential skills children can gain from looking after a family pet:

Valuable Life Skills

  • Unconditional love. Pets are non-judgemental and can be quite therapeutic for lonely children or those with emotional distress. A pet can give support and comfort as well as play with your child. This can help them learn the importance of friendship.
  • Responsibility and confidence. Giving your children age-appropriate chores such as feeding, grooming and cleaning up after the family pet helps them learn what it means to be responsible. In turn, the responsibility of caring for the pet can inspire confidence. Children as young as four can help with simple tasks such as filling water and food bowls. Bathing, grooming, walking, giving cats or dogs flea treatment etc., can be the responsibility of older children.
  • Empathy and compassion. As your child cares for a pet that is dependent on him, he learns empathy and compassion. Your child learns to read and recognize the pet’s needs and how to best fulfil them, especially if the animal becomes scared, falls ill or grows old.
  • Patience. Children can learn patience from housebreaking a kitten or puppy or by teaching their pets new tricks. These young animals don’t learn all they need to know overnight while other pets might be slow to learn. Dealing with these situations and other instances of animal training will teach your child that patience and consistency are vital ingredients in attaining success.
  • Coping with loss. Although you probably don’t want to think about this, the lifespan of most pets is considerably shorter than those of their owners. Commonly, your child’s first experience with the death of a loved one is the loss of a beloved family pet. If this is managed in a respectful way that pays tribute to the pet and acknowledges the pain and grief felt, the experience can be invaluable to children as they grow up.

Looking After A Pet Is An Important Life Changing Decision.

Before selecting a family pet, you should make sure you inform all family members, especially children, of your decision. You should also pay attention to the type of pet you’d like to have. Some, such as cats and dogs, require almost constant care and are well suited to families. Others such as fish, birds and guinea pigs might not provide as much interaction. Remember that just like people, animals have different personalities and traits. Understand the different breeds available and get recommendations from a vet before making your final decision.

Pets can teach children plenty of skills that will help them grow to become well-adjusted adults. Add in the pure joy that pets bring and it seems unthinkable to let your child grow up in a house without one.

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From White Belt To Black

From white belt to black

Hello everyone, it’s me again (Bradley) sorry I been a little quiet recently but I have a good reason for that. I have been rather busy practicing/training for my black belt. I had my grading for my black belt on the 29th March and I needed to get as much practice in as possible.

Guess what, it only went and paid off, YIKES! I am now a black belt.

I have been going to Tia Sung Kung Fu Kickboxing now since I was 7 years old, this is a picture of me on my first day.

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Wow look how tiny I look.

Here is a picture of me as a black belt after many years of training hard to get it.

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I am feeling rather proud of myself.

I really enjoy going to Tia Sung Kung Fu Kickboxing class, it helps to keep me fit and I have made so many friends. I have entered championships where I have come third and got a bronze medal, this was great fun but extremely tiring, I certainly slept well that night that’s for sure.

I meet up sometimes with my friends from kickboxing class and we train together and help each other it is great fun. I have great support from my family they all cheer me on, some family members come along and support me on grading days if they are not busy.

Wow it feels amazing being a black belt, my best friend from Kickboxing class also got his black belt which is great as we have supported each other all the way through and we can now continue to do so.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and wished me luck, I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without you all, it means so much to know you are there cheering me on.

Here is to a new chapter in my life.

 Thank you 

Bradley

xx

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Block That Cold Challenge With NasalGuard

Block That Cold Challenge With NasalGuard

 Block that cold 

Anyone that knows Lee will know he is never far from a box of tissues, in the summer it is due to his hay fever and in the winter it is due to having a constant cold, so we are taking part in the block that cold challenge with NasalGuard to see if we can beat the germs this year.

Lee finds it very draining constantly having a cold, it affects his schooling and socialising with Friends, we are having to take time off work to look after him which obviously comes natural, then the bills don’t get paid, having the constant battle with germs is hard work as they spread so easily around a household.

The NasalGuard cold & flu block, this is a 3g gel  that traps, holds and immobilize airborne viruses, it is to help reduce the likelihood of getting sick from cold and flu viruses, the gel is drug free and non-drowsy.

NasalGuard has a patented formulation containing cosmetic grade ingredients, which creates a positively charged gel that blocks negatively charged viruses on contact before they enter your nose.

The germs will not win #BLOCKTHATCOLD 

We are all going to be using the cold and flu block in our house this year, we are not going to let the germs beat us, we are looking forward in seeing how well it works.

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You have to start using the gel before the flu seasons starts and use daily for the best results.

You will only need 1-2 drops of the non greasy gel, put the drops on your finger, rub your finger and thumb together, apply a thin layer around your nose and on your upper lip, you can re-apply throughout the day if you wish and there are no horrible odours.

Being drug free this product is safe for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mums.

It can be worn under or over make up and one tube holds around 150 applications.

This products cost’s £11.99 and can be purchased at boots, superdrug or sainsburys, there is no prescription needed.

We will be tweeting our progress on twitter using #BLOCKTHATCOLD 

Disclaimer : We was sent a NasalGuard cold and flu block in exchange for our review all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.