Healthy Living Tips You Can Share with the Whole Family

Dr. Kathleen A. Hartford, DC, has treated and nurtured thousands of individuals, showing them how to take responsibility of their long-term health with guidance on nutrition, exercise, and chiropractic methods. Visit www.fitfunandfabulous.com to learn about her 12-week plan to jumpstart anyone on the road to health and youthful vitality or to purchase Fit, Fun and Fabulous Food: Health Meals Your Body Will Love and the coordinating book Fit, Fun and Fabulous at Any Age.

1. DRINK MORE WATER!

Be certain to adequately hydrate your body. Just as you cleanse the outside of your body you must also clean the inside. To ensure you are getting adequate amounts of water calculate 2/3rds of your body weight in ounces or .66 X your weight. Not everybody can reach this goal overnight however make it your target number and you will be rewarded with increased energy, vitality and health! Be certain to utilize filtered water; our tap water is filled with pollutants from industrial chemicals to pharmaceutical drugs which our purification facilities cannot remove.

2. MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES WHEN EATING OUT

Healthy eating in a restaurant can sometimes be a challenge, to ensure the healthiest meal follow these guidelines:

• Order a double order of vegetables or salad rather than the potatoes, pasta or bread that is offered.
• If having a soup stick to clear broth soups and avoid the hidden fats of cream based soups
• If having a large salad either bring a light dressing from home or have the dressing on the side. Simply dip each bite lightly into the dressing and you will be amazed how little you actually consume. Lemon squeezed onto a salad is often times enough flavoring to substitute as a dressing
• If out for Chinese opt for the vegetable stir-fries, when adding a protein, turkey, chicken or seafood is your best choice.

3. STUCK IN THE MIDDLE…

Be aware of subtle weight gain around your mid section for both yourself and your children. This could be an indicator that you and your children are experiencing accelerated aging due to metabolic syndrome.

People with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in the United States; an estimated 80 million Americans have it. This syndrome is characterized by a group of metabolic risk factors that occur in a person. They include:
• Abdominal obesity (fat tissue in and around the abdomen)
• High blood fats, high triglycerides and high LDL cholesterol
• Low HDL cholesterol
• Elevated blood pressure

To ensure that you and your loved ones do not fall prey to this health destroying syndrome be certain to avoid simple sugars and processed carbohydrates. Follow this guidelines for a healthy plate; have your protein portion be the size of the palm of your hand and allow the rest of your plate to be filled with vegetables and low glycemic complex carbohydrates.

Rather than having sugar laden sweets after dinner enjoy a warm cup of caffeine free tea or a small serving of fruit or nuts, in fact dates combined with pecans are wonderful and quickly filling. They taste just like pecan pie without the calories and excess sugar!

4. TAP INTO THE REAL FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH WITH EXERCISE!

Regular Exercise is the true fountain of youth. It is the one activity that will positively affect ALL of the Biomarkers of Aging. Biomarkers of aging are measurements that indicate how quickly your body is aging of the cellular level. As we age typically lose 6.2 pounds of muscle each decade this rate of loss accelerates after the age of 45. We also lose about 30 percent of our muscle cells between the ages of 20 and 70. The loss of both muscle cells and muscle mass adversely affects so many areas of our health, including:
• Decreased blood sugar tolerance
• Declining metabolism
• Increased body fat
• Reduced aerobic capacity
• Loss of bone mineral density

Sounds like a bit of a bummer, right? Well only if you are a committed couch potato. Studies prove that with the right exercise, individuals in their sixth, seventh, eighth and even ninth decade of life can expect improvements in strength and muscle cell size comparable to younger people doing the same amount of exercise. For women, this is especially good news in the area of osteoporosis (Bone Health is assessed in Biomarker 10). This is why so much emphasis is given to physical activity and strength training when we are committed to reversing the accelerated aging process!

5. TRY MEDICAL FOODS FOR ACCELERATED HEALTH BENEFITS

Consider utilizing a Medical Food and specific formulations of targeted nutrients:
Imagine new generations of Medical foods that are scientifically-based for the management of specific health conditions associated with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), chronic fatigue syndrome, and more.

These medical foods along with an anti-inflammatory diet were shown in clinical studies to reduce Total Cholesterol by 16%, triglycerides by 45%, increase good cholesterol by 6%, improved fasting insulin by 25%. It lowered body fat by an average of 15 pounds and supported a 5 pound increase in lean muscle mass. And best of all there were NO side effects except, of course, a measurable increase in health!

Consider starting your day with one of these medical foods as your breakfast. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s a great start toward rejuvenating your health! For more information on Medical foods visit www.drkathleenhartford.com.

6. MEDITATE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES FIRST THING EVERY MORNING

We have been hearing for decades about the power and importance of meditation. Studies have shown that meditation not only lowers blood pressure but can also enhance your immune response, while improving your ability to concentrate.

The process of meditation to support balance and bring harmony to your life is actually a health enhancing function just like flossing your teeth, eating correctly and exercising. Think of it as exercise for you mind and spirit to bring health, happiness and energetic balance to your body.

We are integrated beings, the second we think a thought it changes our body’s chemistry, our body’s chemistry affects our immune system and the ability of our organs to function. The second we eat a bite of food our body springs into reaction to digest and manage that food, that food will change the chemistry of our body as well as the function of our organs and the emotions of our mind. Everything from the thoughts we think, to the foods we eat, to the company we keep leaves our body responding to its environment. This response from our body physically and emotionally truly creates our lives.

Meditation simply provides for us an intimate moment to spend with our deepest self, to quietly release any negativity of our day while bringing forth and magnifying the goodness and profound energies that are innately ours to enjoy and to play in each day! It will not change what has happened to you but it will profoundly change your ability to stay grounded and peaceful in response to these occurrences.

For more information or to download your MP3 of Meditation For Conscious Living please visit www.drkathleenhartford.com.

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Whether you are a surfing mama or a hiking mama, you will adore Teresa Delfin’s eco-fabulous line of activewear for the mom-to-be who wants to stay comfortable while enjoying her favorite sports or activities while pregnant. Created in 2009, this top-quality line is quickly gathering quite a following!

An Interview with Teresa Delfin, Founder of Mountain Mama

1. Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

I created Mountain Mama to provide high quality outdoor apparel for maternity and beyond. Because a healthy outdoor lifestyle is at the heart of Mountain Mama’s mission, we’re committed to producing our garments using the smallest possible footprint. We source fabrics that comply with strict environmental standards, including Blueline, the highest eco-standard in the textile industry. Beginning Fall 2011 we’ll be offering garments made with bamboo and wood pulp fabrics as well as organic cotton. 100% of our products are made in the USA and many travel only 30 miles from fabric mill to factory to fulfillment!

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

My favorite ways to go green in my own life are to live outdoors as much as possible. For me, this means everything from enjoying regular hiking, skiing, paddling, backpacking, cycling and camping outings to growing as many organic fruits and vegetables as my yard can handle! Little things like having to carry your garbage on a backpacking trip can be excellent training for working toward a “leave no trace” lifestyle everyday.

Guilty green pleasure?

As an outdoor athlete, I’m also a gear freak! You should see my garage: skis, kayak, bikes, tents…! I justify my gear purchases because they make my time outdoors more enjoyable, but I research like crazy before investing in new toys so that I don’t consume more resources than I need.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Committing to running a green business means also committing to fewer profits – in the short term. Stay connected with like-minded organizations such as B Corp and 1% for the Planet and find inspiration by reading success stories like Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s, Let My People Go Surfing.

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Fun and Fit: Top 5 Water Sports for Keeping Fit

On a hot summer day, everyone loves to jump into the pool to relax and have fun. There’s nothing like a little vitamin D that can help your health, but water sports outdoors have other benefits as well. Swimming and water sports are one of the most beneficial exercises for your body. All the different water sports that you can participate in drastically improve your health by:

• increasing cardiovascular endurance

• improving general strength

• increases endurance

One of the biggest advantages of water sports for exercise is the lack of impact on your joints. Individuals that are older or those who have knee injuries may not be able to compete in running sports, but swimming does not put stress on joints. Water sports also have a lot of variety. There are sports under water such as diving and snorkeling, sports on the water such as surfing and rafting, and indoor water sports like water polo and swimming laps. Here’s a list below of some of the most popular water sports out there that are fun and good for your health!

1. Swimming Laps

Swimming has been a Summer Olympics sport for more than a century. This could be the sport for you if you are interested in gaining overall strength and cardiovascular health. Swimming laps can exercise your entire body with the different types of strokes. Swimming is great because it is appropriate for all fitness and experience levels. Here are some reasons that swimming helps you keep fit:

• Burning calories – One hour of swimming can burn 500 calories or more!

• Strengthens muscle – Since swimming is a full body workout and water is more dense than air, many muscles in your body will be strengthened by swimming often.

• Low impact – People with joint and back injuries will be glad that they can still stay healthy and fit by swimming.

2. Rowing

Contrary to popular belief, rowing is actually a full body sport although it looks like a lot of the upper body is involved. Rowing has become popular as a sport as well as a form of fitness training. Rowing is about as intense as any running activity, and it can burn as many calories and build a lot of strength. Rowing can keep you fit because:

• Total body workout – Rowing involves your entire body, not just your upper body.

• Improves flexibility – Since rowing will put your body through unique ranges of motion, your body will become more flexible as well.

• Strength and cardiovascular training – Rowing is an intense aerobic activity that helps you strengthen your muscles too.

• Burns calories – Rowing can burn more calories with the same amount of effort as biking or running.

3. Water Polo

Water polo is also another unique water sport that has become popular over the years. Water polo is a sport that is played in teams and can tax the body in unique ways while having fun. With players on teams trying to score goals against an opposing team, your body will become more toned and your flexibility will increase as well. You can also increase your endurance because in each game, water polo players swim an average of four miles.

4. Surfing

One of the most fun water sports is surfing. Although surfing the internet all day is just lazy, surfing on water is entirely different. Your body will be trained to become more flexible to swim and catch waves. Your muscles will also be toned to be able to paddle, swim, and spring onto a surfboard. Surfing is also unique because it helps with motor skills and balance. By surfing, you can increase balance, strength, and cardiovascular health as well.

5. Rafting

Rafting is an extremely fun sport that pumps adrenaline through your body. Not only can you cross it off your bucket list, you can put it down as a fun water sport as well. With time spent in nature, your stress levels can be reduced from rafting. Like rowing, it can increase your cardiovascular strength and muscle strength as well. Most importantly, rafting can improve your mental health as well.

The Importance of Water Sports for your Health

When summer time comes, it’s very easy for one to become lazy and stay outside the sun. However, joining a water sport can be a fun activity that can increase your physical and mental health drastically. Whether it be swimming in a pool, rafting, or surfing outdoors, your body will thank you for the change in your life. You can keep fit all summer and have fun at the same time!

About the Author

Ashley is a freelance writer for a fitness website. She is always on the go and looking for the next activity to keep her busy. One of her favorite things to do is going to the pool with her husband and two daughters.

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Tai Chi – An Amazing Gift For Your Children

Tai Chi Chuan, also known simply as Tai Chi, is a relaxing and meditative form of movement that can focus energy and provide a feeling of calm. By teaching the intricate relationship of opposites through physical motion, Tai Chi’s exploration of “yin” and “yang” can help provide both physical and mental balance.

One of the greatest benefits that Tai Chi students often achieve is the ability to effectively monitor external and internal feedback provided by their bodies and minds. While adults often turn to Tai Chi to cope with the stressors of work and family life, this ancient Chinese discipline is an activity you can share with children of all ages and abilities to help them cope with the mounting pressures of school and peer pressure. Here are a few ways that Tai Chi can benefit families with young children, “tweeners” and teens alike.

Improved concentration: A study at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute demonstrated that 10 sessions of Tai Chi helped adolescents with ADHD. Teens showed improved behavior, decreased hyperactivity and less daydreaming.

Improved Balance: In 2008, U.S. News and World Report published the article “For Better Balance, Pilates and Tai Chi Beat Out Yoga.” According to quotes from the University of California’s Fall Prevention Center for Excellence, Tai Chi is more effective at improving coordination and motor control while walking, which is when most falls tend to occur.

Lung Function Benefits: A Taiwanese study published in the 200 Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection revealed that asthmatic children who studied Tai Chi had improved pulmonary function.

Tai Chi Provides Insight: When children practice some forms of martial art like karate and judo they sometimes lose sight of their goals in their quest to win competitions or race each other to the next level or belt color. In contrast, Tai Chi is a noncompetitive activity where kids can move at their own pace without having to compete or constantly strive to attain belts or rankings.

A Tai Chi Style for Everyone: Families new to Tai Chi often don’t realize that there are several styles of Tai Chi. Some focus on fast-paced, high-energy movements while others are more slow and meditative. Do some research to figure out which one might be most suitable for your family or better yet, mix and match several forms for variety and benefits diversity.

No Fancy Equipment Necessary: While competitive sports have many benefits, one of the biggest drawbacks is the cost of equipment. If you are tired of running out to the sporting goods store to load up on baseball equipment, soccer uniforms or an expensive set of children’s golf clubs, consider Tai Chi as an inexpensive yet healthful activity that can be practiced as a group or alone.

Tai Chi Attunes Kids to Nature: Tai Chi has over 100 positions that are often named and based on movements displayed by animals, with a few being imaginary. When practicing Tai Chi, children are asked to envision moving like the animal that the position is named after. “Elephant drinks water,” “Bird stretches neck,” and “Dragon plays in the clouds” all work to develop flexibility. The “Tiger charges” and the “Lion sleeps” movements improve muscle tone while the “White crane flies” works on enhancing balance.

Tai Chi is Family-Friendly: If you’re struggling to recall a time when you all did something together, perhaps taking some Tai Chi classes and practicing as a family would be a great opportunity to reconnect.

The World is Your Tai Chi Studio: One of the greatest joys of Tai Chi is that you can practice it almost anywhere. Whether you are looking to visit a local park, have a lengthy layover at the airport or want to spend time at home minus the distractions of video games, television and computers, Tai Chi can transport you and your children to a peaceful, more centered place.

While many Tai Chi books and DVDs are readily available, consider initially working with an instructor who can provide guidance to both you and your children. Set aside some time for instruction and practice regularly so that you and your children can enjoy the many benefits of this ancient form of “meditation in motion.”

About the Author

Jennifer Sullivan is an avid follower of Eastern disciplines and also recommends martial arts and boxing for older teens for self-defense and self discipline. She is also a content contributor for Boxfituk, an online retailer of <a Boxfituk boxing gloves and other boxing equipment.

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Active, pregnant mamas will fall in love with this exciting new apparel brand for the mom-to-be! Based in Southern California, Mountain Mama was founded in 2009, by climber, kayaker and avid outdoor enthusiast Teresa Delfin. The company produces high quality technical apparel for hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, snowshoeing, yoga and more.

Award-winning designs attract healthy, active moms and celebrity athletes alike. Mountain Mama products are produced, designed and manufactured all within 20 miles of the company’s HQ at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in sunny southern California in an effort to maintain a minimal environmental footprint. Mountain Mama synthetic fabrics (like Polartec) are all made in USA and are compliant with Blueline, so they adhere to the strictest environmental standards for textiles in the world. And whenever possible, the company uses plant-based fabrics like Tencel, Bamboo, Modal, etc. This is important so that pregnant mamas aren’t at risk of coming into contact with toxins that appear in some textiles!

Check out their eco-fabulous new collection for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter at Mountain-Mama.com.

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Get the kids off the couch and moving this summer with Storyland Yoga, an engaging DVD presented by Playful Planet. Incorporating fun animal poses and featuring kids of all ages enjoying the benefits of yoga, this DVD is great for the whole family to incorporate fitness into their day in a fun and playful way. From June 2nd – June 10th, you can enter to win the Storyland Yoga DVD Giveaway daily on Tiny Green Mom!

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The Right Kind of Vices

People tend to engage in vices as a means of coping with the everyday stress of the modern world. Whether it be a cigarette, a beer or a bet we often succumb to temptation. Well, it’s time to throw out those comfort vices and try something that will bring all manner of benefits whilst beating stress; healthy living!

Engaging in regular physical exercise

There are many benefits to regular physical exercise. The simple act walking can be a great stress buster for it allows you to take your mind off your troubles and attain new perspective from clearer thinking.

Regular exercise like this is good for your body as it regulates the oxygen in your blood. This is important as getting oxygenated blood pumped to important organs such as the brain and the heart help to prevent the likes of chronic heart disease, strokes and osteoporosis. Studies also show that regular physical exercise will help to improve your sex life which is a nice added bonus in itself.

Eating a healthy breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for it is the fuel that sustains us for most of the working day. A healthy breakfast means eating low cholesterol, high fiber diet. Fibre helps cleanse the body by absorbing excess cholesterol from the intestines. A menu containing oats, bran, flax seeds, almonds, nuts and/or dried fruits will bring the greatest benefits.

Hydrate yourself by drinking at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day

This doesn’t mean drinking plain water; you can also get water from fruits and other food, although plain water is easiest to digest. Different bodily functions such as circulation, digestion, absorption, transmission of impulses and excretion will not be regulated well without water.

Get enough sleep

Many people have sleeping problems and resort to taking medication to improve their sleeping habits. Sleeping difficulty may be due to physical, mental, medical or environmental factors. For adults the recommended time for sleep is about 7-9 hours.

The easiest solution to this kind of predicament is having a regular sleeping and waking up time schedule and sticking to it. Regular sleep is an important element of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Express and channel your emotions correctly

Whatever your current emotional state, whether sad, fearful or happy, it is important to keep a check on this element of your wellbeing for emotions play a key role in your general health. Emotions generate certain imbalances in the body which can result in chronic illnesses like depression.

Some people eat more or less when depressed and can rely on the wrong kind of vices like drinking and drugs to cope. As such it’s true that in the end depression can kill. So you should always keep in touch with your emotions and discuss them with friends and family to help channel them in the right way.

Being addicted to a vice is not easy to stop or prevent whilst an attachment to something which greatly benefits your own wellbeing can be hugely rewarding. It’s ok to be hooked to health, start today, a little at a time.

About The Author

Josh Aggars writes about beach life, surfing, travel and more. His passion for surfing takes him to amazing places around the World and comes through in his regular articles as he explores all aspects of the sport. He sells men’s flip flops including havaianas to help fund his travels.

Do I Really Need a Personal Trainer?

The buff and the beautiful parade across the big screen, the TV screen, and the computer screen—those celebrities with not a spare ounce of fat–trim-waisted and perfectly toned. Now, that’s what I want to look like, you think. And when you hear or read an interview with one or another of those whose flawless bodies you covet, all the credit goes to the personal trainers who spend endless hours putting them through their paces, driving them toward the Hollywood ideal of physical perfection, keeping current their membership in World’s Most Beautiful People Club.

So, you think, all you need to do is hire yourself a personal trainer. After all, trainers aren’t just for the rich and famous any more. That’s exactly right—they aren’t. But before you pick up the phone to book a trainer, stop and ask yourself if this is something you really need. After all, couldn’t you just join a gym chock full of state-of-the-art fitness equipment and go at it on your own?

Know Thyself

There are different routes to personal fitness, and the best one for you is going to depend on a number of factors.

Consider:

Your financial situation: While it’s true that personal trainers have come down from Olympus and are no longer only for the rich and famous, training is still an expense. According to Dr. Sal Arria, president of the National Board of Fitness Examiners, the average trainer charges $60-$70 per session. That said, it is possible to find a trainer who charges as little as $25 per hour in some geographical areas. These may be new to the field and less experienced.

Your needs: What do you want to achieve through your exercise program? Are you trying to improve your overall health and fitness? Are you training for a specific sport or athletic event? Looking to sculpt your body for competition? Have you ever been injured, or do you have health conditions that need to be considered.

Your personality: Are you a person who performs better with a buddy? Or are you a more independent type who prefers to focus on individual goals without the need for face-to-face interaction with other people?

Your motivation: Are you self-motivated, a self-starter, or to you function better with an external source of motivation?

Your experience: Have you exercised much in the past, or are you a rank beginner? How familiar are you with fitness equipment and how it is used?

Making a Decision

Now let’s look at how these considerations will affect your decision as to whether you need a personal trainer.

Finances: You may decide, after careful consideration of your finances, that you can’t fit the hourly rates available in your area into your weekly budget. If you can’t, there are still options available to you. You can try to go it alone, develop a fitness plan from books, and try to follow the diagrams for proper form and adhere to the fitness charts the books provide. You can watch how others in the gym use the fitness equipment, but be warned: many of these exercisers probably learned from watching, too, and might have been observing incorrect form.

You have several options if finances are an issue:

• Hire a trainer for several sessions, to set up a fitness program for you and coach you in proper form. Once you feel confidant, go it alone, adding distance, reps, or whatever at intervals.

• You might consider foregoing one-on-one training and sign up for a series of small-group training sessions at your gym. You will get personal attention, albeit less, and have your group members as well as your trainer for motivation.

• Sign on with an online personal trainer. You will get individualized one-on-one advice at a much lower price.

Needs: If you mainly want to improve your general health and fitness with a combination of cardio and uncomplicated weight training, you might be able to swing it without the professional input a trainer can provide. On the other hand, if you have special needs, such as training for a specific activity, event, or competition, or if you need a program tailored to your physical limitations or health conditions, you will benefit from the expertise of a trained professional

Personality: If you consider yourself a self-contained person and don’t see socializing or personal interaction as a big part of your fitness program, you may feel inclined to go it alone. But be aware that you may be missing out on many of the benefits a knowledgeable and experienced trainer can provide. If you don’t want a person breathing down your neck, you may be a person who can benefit from the services on online personal trainer. You will have the advantages of a trainer’s expert advice while not feeling compelled to maintain social interaction while you focus on meeting your exercise goals

Motivation: If motivation is an issue, you may benefit from hiring a trainer. For some people, paying out that fee is a powerful motivator to show up and get to work. (Do you clean that last bite off your plate when you eat in a restaurant, even when you’re uncomfortably full, because you paid for the meal?)

Other ways to become motivated are:

• Committing to work out with a friend for mutual encouragement.

• Working with an online trainer who can provide the encouragement and motivation that will help you stay focused.

Experience: If you are new at the fitness game, you will benefit from one-on-one training and advice—at least until you have a program that works for you, and know that you are performing the correct exercises and performing them properly. Again, if finances are an issue, you can opt for short-term start-up, small group training, or online training.

Personal trainers are excellent sources of inspiration, motivation, knowledge and advice. The good news is that today there are many training options available to choose from. Whether you decide on one-on-one personal training, small group training, or online training, there is a fitness training solution for everyone who really wants to make it happen.

About the Author

Carol is a freelance writer for a fitness website. She enjoys helping others stay fit and live healthy lives. She can be found at the gym or park if she is not busy writing.

Get beach ready in no time with these summer slimming tips from acclaimed national online coach, Valerie Orsoni! We say – why wait till summer!? Stay in shape all year long by incorporating these suggestions into your daily routine.

7 Summer Slimming Tips

GLOW + REDUCE APPETITE: Valerie recommends a Sobacha morning drink to fill up and make your skin look great! Instead of making your usual tea or coffee in the morning, just infuse a handful of roasted buckwheat and hot water, drink and after 5 min voila – glowing skin + your appetite curbed by 25%.

IRON TRICEPS: after the shower, while your skin is soaking up your moisturizer, do 50 push ups on the wall (wayeasier than push ups on the floor, less pressure on the wrists joints and very efficient to get iron biceps).

REDUCE APPETITE FASHIONABLY: wear a fine ribbon under your clothes when going to a party with a buffet. Tie it on your skin, not too tight just resting on your skin at your waist level. When you start eating and your tummy starts swelling you will realize what you might be doing mindless eating. This connection of stomach/brain will help reduce what you eat by at least 50%.

IN LINE AT STARBUCKS: While waiting in line (because there is always a line) alternate the following moves: contract your glutes (2 cheeks together then right/left), suck in your tummy as if youwanted to glue your abs to your spine, this will work your deep abs, the ones that make your tummy flat. A great way to work in isometrics without sweating it off at the gym.

PERKY BUST: from the Moulin Rouge dancers. Put hands in prayer position, palms together, fingers pointing up andpress/release palms (you will see your natural bra contract and lift) in an upward move towards ceiling, then come back down. 50 reps that can be done anywhere you are alone (restrooms, bedroom, office, in your car, etc…)

SIZE DOES MATTER: Europeans are thinner because the American portion sizes are at least twice as large. When out, order an appetizer size instead of entrée. Then you can have your dessert, which you share with your friend because the portion size of desserts is mind-blowing.

EAT BEFORE YOU EAT: Reduce appetite – eat a hard-boiled egg before heading out to aparty/dinner/buffet. The fat + protein will crush your fake, social hunger!

Yoga For Kids – Creating Health And Wellness For The Younger Generation

With today’s epidemic of childhood obesity, the medical profession is concerned for the future health and wellness of today’s youth. Getting enough regular exercise is important for the health of children and young adults. Choosing something fun, yet beneficial, is key when it comes to a picking a kid’s exercise group.

One of the most beneficial and well-rounded exercise programs for young people is the ancient practice of doing yoga. Unlike other sports activities, yoga is much, much more than just a way to exercise the body. It is a total lifestyle of health and wellness that children these days need so much of.

Children Learn A Healthy Lifestyle Practice Through Yoga Lessons

Lessons specifically made for children and young adults can offer them more than just a quick body workout. This practice teaches and trains the young child to control their thoughts, their body movements and their breathing. It helps them connect with the spiritual part of themselves and gives them the mental and emotional tools they need to grow up as grounded and self aware adults.

Yoga Teaches Kids Mindful Awareness

Poses that are used for children during class use creative methods to teach the child visualization and connectedness. Showing kids that they can stretch out their arms like a tree branch and imagine what it feels like to be cut down teaches true oneness with nature. It creates a thinking, feeling child who grows in awareness and empathy of the living things found in nature.

Poses are also fun for kids. The children stretch, reach, bend and become more flexible. Yoga helps them achieve fine motor coordination and muscle strength. Kids learn how to focus and develop self-control. They also learn how to relax. Focused, relaxed kids that can control themselves do better in school and will do much better out in the work force when they grow up.

Children Who Take Yoga Classes Learn Healthy Stress Relief Methods

Learning the healthy lifestyle practice of yoga is fun for children. They can release all of their pent up energy in a safe, fun environment. Classes may involve stimulating games and poses that teach them about nature and human anatomy. They learn an important lesson about stress relief and relaxation that can help ward off diseases caused by stress in later life. Kids who learn how to breathe correctly and calm themselves have a built-in buffer against some of the harmful stress relievers that many teenagers turn to like alcohol and cigarettes.

Kids Learn Lifelong Lessons From Yoga

Yoga is not only fun, it promotes self-discipline and inner strength. Children grow in character and self-respect. It promotes a feeling of well-being and confidence in a child. It helps them grow in respect for other human beings and for the life found in nature. This is much more than one could expect from any other kind of physical exercise program for young people. Yoga is more than just physical. It encompasses the whole person.

Not only do kids who take yoga have more stamina, balance, strength and flexibility, they will be able to control stress and anxiety better. Their minds will be clear and focused. Sleep will be more restful. That alone might get parents signing their kids up for classes as soon as possible.

Yoga can be practiced throughout their lives for maximum health and wellness. Classes of this type for children can create a whole new future generation of healthy, happy and well-rounded adults.

About the Author

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging for three years. In her free time, she likes to help teens study for their DMV test and, as a mom, she loves finding coupons at savings.com.