Live Well For Life Health Tips
âI am exercising a lot but I am not seeing the results that I would like as quickly as I would like to see them.â You have to remember that you can exercise as much as physically possible but if you continue to eat an unhealthy, poor diet you will not shed those unwanted pounds.
Calories matter! Our bodies were built to function for survival. Our body type and size determines how many calories we need to sustain normal function throughout the day. For instance, a 5ft, 25-year-old female weighing 100lbs (ideal for height and age) needs to consume approximately 1250 calories in order to function as a couch potato all day without gaining weight. Conversely, if that same person weighs 150 lbs, they need to consume approximately 1470 calories to function as a couch potato all day. In order for that person to be at a healthy weight for their age and size, they must burn at least 200 extra calories per day. If they consume a higher quantity of calories for that day and do not burn that excess, it is then stored as fat. In order to lose pounds as well as inches, you MUST burn more calories than you consume. Remember YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
Try to eat regularly throughout the day in order to avoid disrupting your blood sugar and insulin levels, which in the end can promote fat storage and lower your metabolism, both of which lead to weight gain. 4-6 small-portioned means per day is ideal, starting with a balanced breakfast to fuel your day. Make healthy food choices and stick to your workouts!Improve Your Posture and Improve Your Health
The spine allows the agile movement of the human body. It not only supports the body and all its organs, it also protects the sensitive and delicate spinal cord and spinal nerves. Every activity, even breathing, demands movement of the spine, ribs, and attachments. The spine gives the human structure both strength and agility. A humans "biped" (standard erect on two legs) position gives the advantage of agility, leverage and mobility, while also creating certain structural stresses. The body must adapt to the continual stress of gravity in order to maintain its balance. Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture. The most obvious benefit of good posture is efficiency and comfort. Yet, because of the interrelationship of the structural (bone) and functional (organ) systems of the body, posture is also a factor that can impact health. For example, poor posture compromises the movements of the rib cage and does not allow the lungs to function at maximum efficiency in order to bring much needed oxygen to the tissue and eliminate carbon dioxide wastes. Other vital organs of the body are also restricted when body posture is improper, producing structural stress. By reducing these postural imbalances we can start to improve all functions of the body.Foods to Lower CholesterolOatmeal and Oat Bran
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, psyllium, barley and prunes. Soluble fiber appears to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in your intestines. Ten grams or more of soluble fiber a day decreases your total and LDL cholesterol.Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Research has supported the cholesterol-lowering benefits of eating fatty fish because of its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids also help the heart in other ways such as reducing blood pressure and the risk of blood clots. In people who have already had heart attacks, fish oil â or omega-3 fatty acids â significantly reduces the risk of sudden death.The Benefits Of Aerobic ExerciseHealthStimulates your immune system to help fight common colds and illnesses.
Reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Studies show a 50% decrease in prevalence of hypertension among regular exercisers as compared to the general population.
Helps prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, and increasing good cholesterol while decreasing bad cholesterol.
Helps prevent diabetes by controlling weight and lowering blood sugar levels.
Helps prevent cancer by changing hormones, reducing obesity, and lowering fat levels.
BodyControls weight by burning calories and fat.
Helps reduce body fat by burning it during exercise.
Relieves pain by loosening and relaxing muscles.
Builds strong bones when combined with light weight-bearing exercise such as walking or jogging.
MindPromotes a positive attitude by releasing chemicals that instill a sense of accomplishment.
Increases production of endorphins - the bodyâs natural painkiller.
Relieves stress by providing a healthy outlet for all that pent up energy.
Boosts mood through the release of chemicals that alleviate both mental and physical pain.
Increases confidence through the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a taxing workout.LifestyleIncreases lifespan by improving heart condition, cardiovascular fitness, and immunity to disease and illness.
Increases stamina and resistance to fatigue.
Increases energy and overall efficiency of bodily systems.
Reduces stress by providing an outlet.
Improves sexual performance through increased stamina and blood flow.
Helps maintain youth and fights the effects of aging.
Increases independence into the golden years.
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