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Love is in the air! Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, the month of February reminds us all of those we really care about. Husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, and admirers from afar descend on card stores and teddy-bear makers to come up with little tokens of our esteem.
But the best way for you to demonstrate how you feel may not be cute teddy bears and other heartfelt sentiments, as important as those things may be. True love means caring enough about someone to help them in ways they can really appreciate – for example, to help them improve their quality of life, their health and wellness.
Good health is among our most precious possessions, and you can make a difference in someone’s life by helping them to discover how to develop and maintain better lifestyle habits, like eating well, sleeping sufficiently and exercising appropriately. You probably know someone who could really benefit from improving their health through merely losing weight. Give a gift of health to someone you love, and let them in on the best-kept secret in maintaining a healthy body weight – and healthy life! Our team is ready to help your loved ones with their health and wellness goals.
Being In Tune with Your Body ...
Many people sail through their lives without paying much attention to the most miraculous gift they’ve ever been given – the human body. Each of us gets one, but what do we do with it, and how can we learn to be more aware and support it so it can work for us longer and better?
Your body gives you clues along the way which can guide your focus to important aspects of your body’s function – your weight, your ease in breathing, your ability to digest your food, how well you sleep and how refreshed you feel when you wake up, and many other simple observations can give you valuable feedback about your health and the condition of your body parts. Being in tune with your body allows you to be aware of the warning signs it gives you before it could be too late.
For example, if you (or someone you care about) are tired, parched when you wake up, prone to minor headaches or if you find that you are not as regular as you could be in the bathroom, it may be as simple as increasing your water intake – these are signs of dehydration. Could they relate to more serious conditions? They could, but your body sends out warning signs when it’s dehydrated and understanding your body’s warning signs could help you reverse an issue quickly.
If you (or those you care about) find that you are putting on weight, you may need to watch your food intake, exercise more, or if you are eating well and exercising but still gaining weight, you may need to consult your physician to find out how you could reset your habits so they work better for you.
Being aware of what’s going on with your body takes a little practice to know what to look for, but it can save you tremendous unnecessary suffering and considerable expense by paying attention to what your body is trying to tell you and taking action early. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure -- that’s why smart health care consumers make sure that they and their families get periodic checkups to address any deviations from normal health before they get too unpleasant or destructive.
If you wear out your body, where will you live? Take care of yourself, it’s worth it.
Healthy Exercise Tips and Myths
Most of us realize that exercise has many benefits, but few understand the best way to exercise. Check out the following myths and tips to help clear up uncertainties you may have about becoming more active!
1. No pain, no gain.
MYTH! There is no relationship between how much you hurt during or after exercise and the ultimate benefit you receive. For most people, exercising moderately provides the desired healthy changes without unnecessary risk.
2. Weight training makes women bulky.
MYTH! It takes a program of significantly overloading muscles to dramatically increase bulk, and women can safely use weights to increase strength, tone muscle and increase lean muscle mass.
3. Exercise is good for seniors.
TIP! The weakness, loss of balance and osteoporosis that often accompany old age are actually improved by regular exercise. Exercise also boosts memory, helps to prevent dementia, and is a great social activity, too!
4. Exercise reduces stress.
TIP! Studies show that regular exercise, as little as thirty minutes three times each week, reduces stress chemicals in the brain and bloodstream.
5. It’s too late for me.
MYTH! No matter what your physical and mental condition, there are suitable and beneficial exercises that match up to your current status. Even sick and disabled people can improve their fitness and wellness with an appropriate program of exercise.
Exercise is one of the hidden assets each of us could cash in on. You don’t need to join a gym or invest in equipment – walking, dancing, yoga, t’ai chi or light aerobics can all be done in your home with a little guidance or instruction, which, if necessary, is usually available at little or no charge on the internet. Check it out, and get into exercise – it will reward you many times over!