Let's do the math. There are 1440 minutes in a day. Experts say we only need to exercise for 30 of those minutes. So why is it so hard to get motivated? Warmer weather, more daylight, and the scenery spring brings could be just what the doctor ordered to jump start our desire to get active. Here's the lowdown on some benefits of outdoor exercise.
That sure went by fast! Being active outdoors can be distracting. Often times you can forget that you are exercising if you are enjoying nature's scenery.
Say goodbye to SAD – Being outside can help put you in better spirits, especially if you had a gloomy winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more common than you think, but usually goes away with the arrival of warmer months.
Source: American Diabetes Association
While yoga has long been shown to affect mood, one yoga move in particular is getting attention for boosting brainpower. Superbrain Yoga, as the exercise is called, is being practiced across the country as an antidote to brain drain. Go ahead. Try it!
Step 1 Place your left hand on your right earlobe, thumb on the front of the lobe with fingernail facing outward and second finger behind the earlobe. Then, with your right hand, grasp your left earlobe, again keeping your thumb on the front of the lobe, facing outward. Press both earlobes simultaneously; making sure your left arm is close to your chest and inside your right (which helps energy travel upward to the brain).
Step 2 As you press on the earlobes, squat down, keeping your back straight. Do 10 to 12 deep knee bends, inhaling through the nose on the way down and exhaling through the mouth coming up. You may place a chair underneath you as a safety precaution.
Hands tell everything about your self. They say that hands give a woman's age away, well so what! But gorgeous hands are the carriers of your personality, no matter in what situation and age you are. The skin of the hand is so thin, protect it. Here are some tips to remember:
Do you sometimes experience loneliness? What is that feeling? From where did it come? How can a lonely person feel better? Loneliness is the response to the absence of someone with whom there was a relatively lasting bond of attachment. We can be lonely at any age, but we are more vulnerable to loneliness in our later years.
Loneliness is not solitude. Solitude refers to a time used to gain a clear understanding of oneself, to begin to be true to that self. Paul Tillich, a theologian, states that solitude is the glory of being alone while loneliness is the pain of being alone. Sunday is the loneliest day of the week. The time of the day most prone to loneliness is late at night.
The following are some suggestions on how to overcome loneliness.
1. Take an active part in the world that you live in. This might include volunteering for church-related service projects, working in hospitals, schools or other institutions.
2. Get proper exercise. Research has indicated that a person's mental attitude is much better if he or she receives proper physical exercise.
3. Make the day brighter for someone else. In other words, work on making some other persons who may be lonely feel much better about themselves.
4. Maintain a nutritious diet.
5. Acquire a pet animal. Pets can serve a useful function and give us opportunity to interact with another living thing and can provide a great deal of companionship.
6. Join a self-help group of some kind.
Abstracted from IS THERE A CURE FOR LONELINESS? By L. Isbell, Missouri Extension Service, University of Missouri and Lincoln University, Columbia, Missouri.
Rather than purchase a stair stepper, create opportunities to use real stairs. Store some frequently used items up- or down-stairs. Your legs will get a workout every time you retrieve something. For starters, if you don't have room for many canned goods or bargain buys of paper towels in your kitchen, store them in your basement.
1. Being broke is not the same as being broken, losing money is not the same as being lost, and finding your balance is not something you can do on a balance sheet.
2. Don't confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.
3. Slow down. What you're chasing may be trying to catch you.
4. Put your faith and not your fears in charge.
5. You only have two arms. If you're busy hugging the past you can't embrace the future. Don't let the past kidnap your future.
6. This too shall pass. Change is the only constant.
7. Do what you can, but never forget that letting go is very different from giving up.
8. Break the rules that are breaking you. Tough times don't require you to be tough on yourself.
9. Remember, remember, remember...things don't have to be good for you to be great.
Are you living a great life? Think about it! I bet you are...
Express Love Tangibly – Hugs, words, notes, acts of kindness -- be indiscriminately generous with all of them. Surprise a friend with a hug. Hug and kiss your kids longer and with deeper feeling. If you like how the clerk treated you in the store, thank them. Leave your partner small notes expressing gratitude for kind acts. Doing all of this adds warmth and positive energy to our lives and the lives of people around us. It's also very comforting both to the giver and receiver of each loving act.
Men's Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father's Day. The purpose of Men's Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
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Spinach Salad with Chicken and Chickpeas
Servings per Recipe: 8
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken
9 ounces fresh spinach, cleaned
1 can (15.5-ounce) chickpeas, rinsed
1¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
1 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1¼ cup chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1½ cup chopped red onion
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Splenda®
Combine bouillon in water, lemon juice, vinegar, Splenda®, garlic, mustard, and oil. Set aside. Chop chicken into cubes. Cook in non-stick skillet until changes color, about 5 minutes. Add a small amount of water to keep from sticking, if necessary. Add pepper onion, green pepper, and bouillon to mixture; cook until tender. Put spinach in large bowl. Spoon chicken mixture over spinach. Add chickpeas and feta cheese. Toss.
Nutrition Facts Amount Per Serving: Calories 386, Calories from Fat 25, Total Fat 11g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 435mg, Carbohydrate 38g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 34g, Exchange 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, Carbohydrate Units 2.