Diet, Exercise, and Mentality – The Keys to Getting Off That Extra Weight

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Working on those armsThere are three aspects to your weight loss. Those three aspects are diet, exercise, and mental strength. Here we’re going to talk about why all three of these things are important. They are the keys to shedding that extra weight you want to lose.

We all know diet is important. It can be easy for us to forget this, especially if we live busy lifestyles. It’s so much easier to pick up supper from a fast food restaurant than it is to cook it ourselves. That’s just the truth and you know it. It’s not just because we live in a fast-paced world. It’s also because we don’t know what to eat. You’d be surprised just what’s in all the processed food you eat. Have you looked at the labels? Do you even know what half that stuff is? You don’t. No one does. That’s why it’s important that you relearn how you should eat. The best way to do that is by enrolling in a weight loss camp where you can understand the nutritional needs of your body and how to satisfy cravings without blowing your day’s calorie count.

Most of us aren’t getting enough exercise. Part of it is because of the busy lifestyles we live. Another part of it is because we don’t know how to exercise. That may sound like a foolish thing to say, but it’s the truth. Exercising is much more than just walking. You need to learn what exercises have the most benefit. There are exercises for weight loss and to make your heart healthy. You’re going to want to balance the exercise that you get. This ensures that you get the most out of your exercise program.

Mental strength is something that most people overlook when it comes to weight loss. They take care of every other aspect of weight loss. But, they fail to realize how important mental stability is. It’s more than just stability. You need to be strong in all aspects of the thought process. It’s what will, in the end, control your success or failure.

Let’s just be totally upfront and honest. There are reasons why you gained weight over the years. Some of those are emotional reasons. You’re going to have to work on these. That may mean talking to a professional about them. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you need help. Not seeking help is the only thing that is wrong. By not doing so, you’re only ensuring failure when it comes to your weight loss.

It’s important for you to realize that this is a journey. Like all journeys, there is a beginning and a final destination. Sometimes you get lost along the way. You end up taking a few turns that you shouldn’t have. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t arrive at your destination. You need to be strong. Not just for yourself, but for all the people that love you – especially if you have children. They need a parent that’s strong and capable of taking care of them. These three steps are only the beginning. Your journey has just begun. It will end with a new you. This journey can be the one that will change your life forever.

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5 Ways To Avoid A Cold Weather Nosebleed

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pc1When winter strikes, most of us consider wintertime nosebleeds to merely be a part of life that we can’t do anything to change. After all, dry air is considered to be utterly ubiquitous with winter, and most of us believe that nosebleeds are inevitable when the air lacks moisture. However, there are actions that we can take to prevent winter nosebleeds, even when the air is at its driest. Here are five ways to avoid a winter nosebleed.

Use a Humidifier
A humidifier puts moisture back into the air. If you suffer from winter nosebleeds, it is absolutely essential that you have a humidifier in your home. Not only will it reduce nosebleeds, but your skin will feel less dry and you will breathe better.

Stop Blowing Your Nose So Much
While it might sound gross, your nose is more susceptible to nosebleeds when it’s dried out. The fastest way to dry your nose out is by blowing it too much. While you certainly shouldn’t walk around with a wet, dripping nose, try to reduce how often your blow it. Only blow your nose when it feels absolutely essential, not when it just feels a tad moist.

Improve Your Health
While many people consider nosebleeds to just be a part of life, they really aren’t. If you are experiencing a massive amount of nosebleeds, you may want to reevaluate your health. Winter is a perfect time to make positive health changes, such as drinking more water or attending a weight loss camp. You’ll be happy that you made these changes when summer comes around.

Avoid Aspirin
Many people blame dry air on their nosebleeds, when blood thinners are in fact the culprit. Medications like aspirin thin the blood and make nosebleeds more likely. By switching to non-blood thinning medications, you can experience a dramatic drop in your amount of nosebleeds.

A bit of lanolin or petroleum jelly around the base of the nostrils can do wonders to put hydration back into the skin. This will reduce the amount of nosebleeds you experience and your skin will also feel much softer and less inflamed.

Most of us view wintertime nosebleeds as an inescapable fact of life. The truth is, however, we can prevent them if we have the right tools. If you incorporate the above tips into your winter routine, you’ll find yourself experiencing no or few nosebleeds during the cold months.

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Why Water Should Be Your Favorite Drink

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water glassWhat is the place for water in human life? After air, water is the second most important component necessary for human life. It’s important is evident from the fact that various tissues in our body have 70 – 90% of water in their cells. With the increasing age the amount of water in our body changes. The three-month fetus contains 90%, new born 80% and an adult has 70% water in cells.

There is nothing more mysterious on the earth than regular water. Water is life and the best drink of longevity. An adult weighing 65 kg on average contains about 40 liters of water; about 25 liters inside the cells and 15 in form of the extracellular body fluid. With aging, the amount of water in the body is reduced. Scientists explain this by the fact that over time, the ability of colloidal substances (especially proteins) to bind large amounts of water decreases. This in turn disrupts the normal flow of numerous chemical reactions and physical-chemical processes underlying the life, for which water is a main medium. But there are many other facts that make water the best drink for longevity.

In order to keep getting the benefits from the miraculous properties of water, it must be clean. Under natural conditions the water always has various materials and elements in it. Air and soil has a lot of chemical compounds and bacteria and water get contaminated. In natural condition, water contains dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. To analyze the quality of water, we look for certain important physical properties such as turbidity, color, smell and taste. Good water should be transparent and have no color, smell and has a pronounced flavor.

Water loss to a certain extent explains the aging process. Dehydration by 10% leads to physical and mental disability. 20% loss of water leads to death. Depending on the external and internal conditions of the body, water can act as a friend or as an enemy. Therefore, while treating the various diseases a physician should consider the healing properties of the water. In fact the word “doctor” in ancient Rome is translated as “specialist in hydrotherapy.”
The amount of water intake required to maintain the water balance depends on the age, physical activity, ambient temperature and humidity. On average, a healthy adult drinks about 2.5 liters of water per day. A person consumes about 25 tons of water in his/her life.

The whole process of our lives is the process of drying. A man like any vegetable and fruit with long storage loses its appearance, becomes dry and wrinkled. Osteochondrosis is a perfect example in which the desiccation of inter-vertebral disc enters the stage when a jelly-like mass of the inter-vertebral disc turns into a thin plate and vertebrae “crawl” on each other and the friction is increased which causes pain on movement. We must take care of our internal organs. By eating clean and boiled water, we daily conduct wet cleaning in our body, cleansing it of toxins.

An ordinary person loses 2-3 liters of water a day. In hot weather, high humidity and during sports the water consumption increases. We lose about a half a liter of water daily in the process of breathing. Let’s remember that the correct drinking regime is the preservation of physiological water balance, i.e. the loss plus utilization and the water intake should be equivalent.

Water is a perfect tool which can be used to lose weight. The best way to do this is to drink water before a meal. This fills the stomach, distends it and produces a feeling of satiety. This minimizes the caloric intake of the body and prevents weight gain. Weight loss camp can help you out where a lot of people are practicing this basic principle to lose weight.

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8 Stretches For Your Workday

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stay_active_at_work_fotolia_49665480_subscription_xxl_152735484.jpg_detailDo you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day? You’re going to want to get up and do some stretches. Sitting too long isn’t good for anyone. These easy to do exercises will help loosen your body and get blood flowing. That way you don’t feel like a potted plant from sitting all day.

1. Upper arm stretch
Lift one arm and bend it behind your head. Place your other hand on your elbow. Now pull on your elbow with your hand. You’ll feel the muscles in your shoulders stretching. You don’t even need to get out of your chair to do this exercise.

2. Chest stretch
This is one of the easiest exercises you’ll ever do. Simply put both of your hands behind your head. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Bring your elbows as far back as possible. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat as often as you like.

3. Chin tuck
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any easier. For this exercise all you have to do is press your chin down. Just press your chin down right into your chest. You’ll feel tension in the back of your neck. Hold this position also for 15 to 30 seconds. You can also repeat this exercise as often as you like.

4. Yes and no
Just pretend that you’re nodding yes or no. How much more simple can you get? You can even wiggle your head in different directions if you like. You’ll feel tension in your neck and shoulders. That tension will go away thanks to this exercise.

5. Simple neck stretch
Think of a dog while doing this. You’ve probably seen how a dog does its head when it doesn’t understand something. Just think of that and you’ll always remember this exercise. What you do is tilt your head to the side. Now place your ear on your shoulder. The key thing is to not bring your shoulder to your ear. You must place your ear there. This can be quite difficult at first. You’ll get the hang of it before you know it.

6. Stretching your lower back
You’ll want to sit in your chair with good posture for this one. Now raise your knee up to your chest. Hold it there for a bit. Now slowly bring your leg down. You can do the next leg as well. You may even want to rotate the legs that you do. This will get your blood flowing. Which is something you may need for that marathon typing session that’s about to come your way.

7. Stand up and sit down
Here’s another simple exercise. All you have to do is stand up from your chair. That’s it. Sit back down and do it all over again.

8. Make circles in the air
Scoot back a little from your desk. Now extend your arms and make them stiff. Make fists on each hand. Now make circles. You’ll feel the tension in both your elbows and shoulders. This makes for a great quick exercise if you’re beginning to feel bored of your job. A few seconds of making circles and you’ll be focused on what needs done.

None of these exercises are meant to replace weight loss camp. Use these exercises at the office to get your blood flowing. To stretch your muscles and feel rejuvenated. These little exercises will help ease the midday office desk boredom, all while giving you a small health benefit.

Natasha Schoultz8 Stretches For Your Workday
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Why Strength Training Needs to be a Part of Your Gym Routine

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trainerYou’ve been looking for reasons to add strength training to your exercise routine. Here we’re going to give you several reasons why you should. After reading this, you’re going to want to talk to the physical fitness instructor at your weight loss camp. This way you can ensure strength training is included in your next workout.

1. Strength training actually prevents disease.
This is especially true for those with arthritis. Strength training can be as effective as medication when it comes to reliving pain. The best thing is that it’s all natural. The only side effects from this treatment is a healthier you. It can also prevent type 2 diabetes. Which is something that’s spreading fast all over the world. You may even have it yourself. You’ll notice your insulin levels dropping naturally if you strength training. Just another reason why you should consider this type of exercise.

2. Strength training actually improves your mood.
This happens because your endorphin levels are raised. Strength training is also a natural antidepressant. You’re going to be facing plenty of challenges in the weeks and months to come. You’re going to want to seek all natural, drug free methods of coping with them. This is another reason why you need to add strength training to your exercise regimen. It will naturally give you the mental strength that these tough times will pose.

3. You’ll burn more calories through strength training.
This is the reason above all reasons why you want to do strength training. Your goal is to lose weight. There’s no secret about that. Strength training will enable you to lose the weight that you’re wanting to – along with eating a proper diet, of course. It’s important that you use your time wisely, especially if you’re a person that lives an active lifestyle. This is why you want to burn as many calories as possible while working out. You don’t have the time to waste. You need to get in and out of the gym. That way you can get on with your busy lifestyle.

Physical fitness is a gradual thing. You’re not going to be an Olympian overnight. It’s going to require a lot of work and dedication. You’re going to be spending a lot of time working out and sweating. You’ll see progress over time. Not just in your body, but, also in your ability to do the exercises. At times, you’ll even surprise yourself.

Exercise is as important as diet. In fact, some will argue that exercise is more important. Staying true to your exercise routine will occasionally allow you to cheat. You’ll be able to splurge from time to time and eat something you shouldn’t. Like that cheeseburger you’ve been wanting so bad.

These are just three reasons why you should consider strength training. The real reason is your health. You owe it to yourself to be healthy. You’ve got a lot of things left in life that you want to do. The only way you can do them is if you’re in good health.

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Clean Cooking: Lighter Deviled Eggs

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Deviled eggIngredients
12 large eggs
1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt
1/4 cup chopped pickles
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon paprika spice
1 tablespoon paprika, for garnish
Parsley, for garnish

1. Cook eggs: Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover; bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately remove from the heat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Drain, and then run under cold running water.
2. Peel the eggs and halve lengthwise. Remove the yolks and add to a bowl.
3. Add the yogurt, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, cayenne, and paprika spice. Mix thoroughly.
4. Spoon the mixture into the egg white halves.
5. Place the eggs on a plate. Garnish with the parsley and paprika. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Natasha SchoultzClean Cooking: Lighter Deviled Eggs
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The Secret to Picking The Right Weight Loss Camp

fat camp adultsYou’ve been considering weight loss camp for some time, but you have no idea where to even begin searching for one. After reading this, you’ll know exactly where to begin. We’re going to supply you with the questions that you need to ask. It’s important that you realize that obesity is a preventable disease. With the help of others, you can be well on your way to losing weight and feeling great.

1. Does the staff include qualified health professionals?
We’re talking about doctors, dietitians, and exercise physiologists. You’re going to need all of these people to get on your way to a healthy you. You’ve tried all those things advertised on television by people who have no idea what they are doing. Now you see why it’s so important that you have professionals helping you.

2. What is the average person’s progress after one year?
You’re going to want to choose a place that has a high success rate. Their ability to help you will be determined by what they’ve done in the past. Past results do predict future outcomes. You’re going to want to choose a place that has a good track record.

3. Do they offer a maintenance program to help you keep off the weight?
Losing weight is the first step. Keeping it off is the next. It’s important that there is a plan in place to help you keep off the weight. There’s no use in losing the weight and regaining it back again.

4. What percentage of people completes the program?
You’re going to want to join a program that has a high percentage of people completing it. Let’s be honest for a minute. You can’t expect there to be a 100% completion ratio. There will be people that end up quitting for various reasons. Don’t expect perfection. But, you’re going to want to attend a program that has a high completion rate.

5. How much does the entire program cost?
We’re talking the entire cost – from doctor visits to food. You want to know what everything will cost, all bundled together. This way you, can comparison shop, if need be. The cost is an important factor in choosing the right place for you. But it shouldn’t be the only consideration. More importantly, you want to pay close attention to the success rates. You need to think of such treatment as an investment. You wouldn’t invest your money in something that performs poorly. Such is the case when it comes to weight loss programs.

An educated consumer is one that gets the best treatment for them. It’s important that you be active in all aspects of your treatment. Never feel that asking questions is a bad thing. In fact, many doctors will respect your curiosity. It will show them that you’re taking this seriously. Follow these five steps and you’ll be well on your way to the weight loss you desire. Remember, you didn’t put on the pounds overnight. You’re not going to get them off overnight either. But, each step is one step closer to your goal – which is a new and healthy you.

Natasha SchoultzThe Secret to Picking The Right Weight Loss Camp
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5 Stretches for Back Pain

1211-working_out_home_liOne of the most annoying things a person can experience is back pain. If you have ever dealt with it, you know how much it can impact every area of your life. When you back hurts, you cannot take part in the normal everyday activities you enjoy. If you are experiencing back pain, there are a number of stretches you can do to help reduce it. Here is a look at five of the best stretches to treat your back pain and improve your mobility.

Supine Hamstring Stretch
This stretch is great for your lower back. To do this stretch, you will need a strap or rolled-up towel. Lie down on your back with the strap wrapped around the bottom of your foot. Holding either end of the strap, raise your leg towards the ceiling while your torso remains firmly on the floor. Hold this stretch for three to five minutes, and then switch to the other leg.

Supine Twist
This is another great stretch for your lower back you can do while you are lying down on your back. Start down on your back with your arms spread out wide. Raise both of your knees up to your chest, and keep your back planted firmly on the ground. Once you knees are up to your chest, twist them both to one side of your body. Hold this for one or two minutes, and then twist to the other side.

Child’s Pose
One of the most popular yoga positions is child’s pose, and you can use it to help treat any back pain you are experiencing in your middle or upper back. To do child’s pose, you want to sit down on your knees. Slowly lower your rear while you stretch your arms forward and away from your head. Hold this pose for a minute or two to loosen and relieve pain in your back.

Downward Facing Dog
Another of the most common yoga poses is downward dog, and it is also useful for loosening the back. To do this pose, you will place your hands on the floor while you remain on the floor. The goal is to have your body form a V-shape. Holding this pose for a minute or two should help to provide pain relief for your entire back.

When you are doing stretches to treat back pain, it is important to listen to your body. While it is okay to feel mild discomfort, you should always stop immediately if you feel any sharp pain. You should perform these stretches every day to help loosen up your back and keep it pain-free.

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5 Cardio Alternatives to Running

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fitness man runningWhether you are unable or unwilling to run the distance every day, consider the numerous cardio exercise alternatives currently available for effective weight loss and optimum health. Cardiovascular exercise is essential for a healthy heart, extreme calorie burn, in addition to reducing major stress and boosting mental acuity. Forget about running and choose the activities you truly enjoy for long term results. Cardio workouts range from low-impact to high, indoors or outdoors, group activity at the gym or weight loss camp.

Best Cardio Workouts
Following is a small sample of popular alternative cardio workouts people of all ages enjoy, while burning calories and boosting metabolism:

Elliptical Exercise – Excellent full body workout without the effect of stress on the joints. Simply by adjusting the resistance and incline of the equipment one can adjust the intensity of the workout for greater toning and calorie burn. Most elliptical equipment works the lower body parts as legs, thighs and gluteus; however, some also provide arm workout parts for a whole body effect.

Cycling – Cycling presents various alternatives for an effective cardio routine as well as burning calories and building muscle in the lower body. Choose cycling outdoors for extra Vitamin D along with increased endorphin levels for an overall feeling of well-being. Indoor workouts include stationary bikes with programmable options for various exercise routines to avoid boredom and increase results. Indoor spin classes are a choice alternative for high calorie burn performed in a group setting.
Swimming – Water-based exercise offers essential resistance while eliminating the harmful effects of gravity on the body. Whether swimming laps or participating in water aerobics, each effectively burns excess calories for weight control and increases the heart rate, while toning arms, shoulders and core muscles.

Finally, discover the simple fun and uncommon cardio activities known for substantial weight loss, excellent tone, and increased energy.

Dancing – Whether dancing with a friend or taking a dance class at the gym, this activity offers joyful steps along with an excellent cardio workout. Dancing is extremely effective for reducing fat, improving overall health, balance and cognitive ability. Take a Zumba, hip-hop or salsa class, rent the latest dance video.

Jumping Rope – Jumping rope may have been fun in grade school, however, this cardio workout may be more challenging today. Establish a strong rhythm to keep you going including intervals of varying tempos and steps is sure to produce a strong calorie reducing burn while enhancing coordination.

Natasha Schoultz5 Cardio Alternatives to Running
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3 Crucial Ways to Practice Self-Love

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iStock_000019063405LargeSelf-love is one of the most important psychological systems that a person can have within themselves. Some people simply don’t realize that loving themselves is a fundamental part of true and lasting happiness. They seek outside sources to fill the void left by their lack of self-love, and this often leads to countless problems in their physical, mental and emotional health. Fortunately, there are three key understandings that can immediately change anyone’s lack of love.

Acceptance of All
Everyone has flaws. Even some of the most successful people on the planet are unable to find happiness, because their wealth and stability has sabotaged their ability to make true friends and live without interruption. But what’s even more important to understand is that no two people can achieve the same life. In order to develop self love, we must accept both the positive and negative parts of our personality, as we are only human. Even those that have come from the worst circumstances have risen to true joy in life, and in joy is self-love. But acceptance comes first, and this is why acceptance is a virtue.

Improvement Over Perfection
The secret to self-love is in abandoning finality, completion or perfection and instead focusing on improvement; there will always be more to life for as long as we live. While many focus their efforts on trying to reach an ideal, few focus on constant improvement. Some people have difficulty improving on their own, which is why groups like a weight loss camp, alcoholics anonymous, wellness organizations and other group activities exist in the first place: Strength in numbers can overwhelm even the most devastating problems. Seek to improve both by making positive decisions and becoming surrounded by those that wish to improve as well. When we act towards improvement, self-love becomes far easier, as we have shed the false expectation that we must be perfect.

Commit to the Process
It is the process that creates success; there’s a reason that doctors go to medical school. It is exceedingly rare to find a star athlete that didn’t have an intense training regimen or a musician that didn’t spend a significant percentage of their life with instruments in hand. To achieve success is to have committed to actions that create success. The successful are actively improving their behaviors, reminding themselves of what they want, avoiding negative situations and fostering actions that make them love life even more than yesterday. There will always be more to see, do and experience, and recognizing that fact is the easiest way to find love within the process of becoming greater every day.

Natasha Schoultz3 Crucial Ways to Practice Self-Love
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