8 Ways To Fall In Love With FitnessWritten by Richard Moore
No, it's not impossible. You can fall in love with exercise instead of having that dreaded feeling every time you lace up your sneakers. The trick to falling in love with fitness is finding something you love to do, and trying new things because you may discover a dormant passion for line dancing, snow shoeing, or even something as exotic as fencing. It's time to uncover your inner athlete and fall in love all over again!
Balls, Bosu and Barrels – If you were kid who was always climbing monkey bars and ropes at park, you'll have tons of fun getting fit with these fitness tools. Exercise balls can be used for all kinds of abdominal exercises, a Bosu is a neat device for balance training and core stability exercises, and you can use a small barrel for practicing Pilates – all in comfort of your own home. So next time your at park with your kids, they'll be chasing you on monkey bars!
Square Dancing – This energetic style of dance may look strange to you – but it's great exercise – and great fun! This folk dancing tradition has existed in Canada for hundreds of years and has maintained its popularity as a social activity often deemed "friendship set to music." Now this form of dance is even more popular as people are doh-si-dohing their way to being fit! Don't knock IT before you try it! You may forget you're getting fit because you're having so much fun!
Snowshoeing – Snowshoes are thousands of years old, and Native Canadians used to use snowshoes as a form of transport. Only in last century has snowshoeing become a recreational sport. Now, Canadians across country are strapping on their snowshoes and heading for trails to spend some time outdoors, at one with nature, while boosting cardiovascular fitness and toning their backsides. Today's modern snowshoes are typically lightweight, aluminum frames with fabric decks and strap bindings as opposed to classic bent-wood frames crisscrossed with rawhide strips. In recent years, many celebrities have talked about physical benefits of snowshoeing, especially when it comes to toning your glutes and quads.
Snowshoes are inexpensive compared to skis and snowboards, and snowshoeing is not a difficult sport, but don't let that fool you into thinking you are not getting a good workout. Using poles, whether specially designed for snowshoeing or made for cross-country skiing, they will help you maintain balance and give your upper body a good workout too, especially when you're doing some intense climbing.
If Your Food Ageing You?Written by Kim Beardsmore
Did you know that food you eat could be prematurely ageing you? Science has made some amazing discoveries in last decade in nutrition. We really should be taking note of what we put in our mouth because more than ever, "we are what we eat". Do you know impact of what you are eating? Probably not. It's time to find out because over-indulgence in certain types of food cause body to prematurely age.
Would you like some more free radicals with your lunch...? There is frequent mention these days about 'free radicals' and how they are constantly attacking body, causing potentially serious damage.
A free radical is name for a molecule that has an unpaired electron. They are a normal by-product of metabolism and without them you would die.
To put record straight, it's over-production of free radicals that causes damage to body. We are advised by nutritional experts to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
This is because they are rich in antioxidant phytonutrients...substances that neutralise free radicals and so help protect body.
One of essential tasks of free radicals is in producing energy from food you eat. Every time you eat, free radical activity is intense. The more food you eat, more free radicals are formed, and more antioxidants your body needs to neutralise them. Big meals are big trouble!
Effective Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E; minerals such as selenium, zinc, and herbs such as aloe vera and grapeseed extract.
The Reality of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are root vegetables, pasta, rice, bread, grains, fruit, pastries, cakes, biscuits, crisps, sweets etc. They are easy to prepare, filling, tasty and cheap. Most meals are dominated by carbohydrates, as most of us 'full up' on them. When you eat carbohydrates you're eating a form of sugar.