101 Ways to Get in Better - 4


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101 Ways to Get in Better - 4


46.        What are Flavonoids?


These are oestrogen-like compounds found in plants that act as hormone blockers any place in the body where there are excess hormones that could cause such cancers such as breast cancer.  Flavonoids are also strong antioxidants, which can be found in foods such as beans, onions, broccoli, apples, and soy products.


47.        Green Tea

Studies have shown that adding green tea to your daily diet provides several health benefits to include the metabolizing of fat, ease of digestion, and is a good source of flavonoids.  Another benefit is that tea is a form of natural diuretic, which is very mild and not harmful.




48.        Sodium


As a way of reducing blood pressure, which is bad on the heart, reduce the amount of sodium (salt) you intake.  You may be thinking of table salt but you should know that many canned vegetables, soups, even soda, are very high in sodium.  Look at your labels and try to cut back on processed foods.  If you have a craving for salt, switch to natural seasoning and just a little salt.

49.        Family History


If you are not sure what your family history is in relation to health, now is a good time to find out.  This can be especially true if you are adopted or disconnected from immediately family members.  There might be certain types of cancer, diabetes, asthma, or other illnesses that you could get a jump on if you knew they were prevalent in your family.  Once you discover any risks, talk with your physician for recommendations.

50.        Puffy Eyes

If you battle with puffy eyes or dark circles that make you look worn out, do not feel alone.  This is actually a very common complaint that can be treated easily.  By using a mixture of Vitamin C ester and alpha-lipoic acid eye therapy, you will find that this antibiotic helps reduce this puffiness. 

51.        Control those Cravings


If you are like any other person on the face of the planet, you have cravings for sweet foods.  To help with these cravings, you can use Normoglycaemia to help normalize your blood glucose levels.  This supplement is very rich in magnesium, B Vitamins, and Chromium and has been proven successful for many years.



        FITNESS

Fitness is just as important as health, and in reality, fitness correlates directly with our health.  If we are not taking care of our bodies, we get sick.  Here are some great recommendations to keep fit:


52.        Bicycling


When you ask many adults when the last time they rode a bike is, they cannot answer.  Although bicycling is a favorite pastime, many adults do not take advantage of this great option for exercise.  Not only does bike riding exercise the body and build a stronger cardiovascular system, it allows you to get out and enjoy nature, fresh air, and see new sites.




53.        Jogging or Walking


Both jogging and walking are GREAT ways to get fit.  Not only do they tone the muscles, relieve stress, create a healthier heart, and improve lung capability, they make you look wonderful, which in turns helps you get excited about doing other exercise for fitness.

54.        Swimming

Swimming is an excellent way to get into and stay in shape.  If you do not own a pool, many high schools have aquatic centers, or there is always the YWCA or YMCA, or your local gym.  Many offer water aerobic classes that will help you tighten your body, lose weight, and get a good overall workout.

55.        Tennis Anyone


Tennis is not only a fun sport, but also a great way to exercise.  You do not have to be a Venice Williams to play; in fact, you do not even have to be good.  Just running after the ball alone will help get you into shape.  This is a great way to strengthen your cardiovascular system and lose weight.  You can find tennis courts in just about every city and if you would like to play but have no idea how, lessons are reasonable.

56.        Dancing


Dancing is so much fun and whether you enjoy a slow, Ballroom dance or a nightclub packed with people all moving to heart-pumping techno, as long as you are moving, it really does not matter what type of dance or music.  The whole idea is to move your body.  Dancing has long been recommended as an avenue to fitness.




57.        VCR


If you have a VCR or DVD, rather than just using it for your favorite comedy or action-packed movie, try sticking in some good workout tapes.  Even taking 15 minutes every day to workout will get you started.  Try that for two weeks and you will be surprised at the results.  Once you see that 15 minutes a day makes a difference, you will be encouraged to increase the time spent.

58.        Abdominal Crunches


While you may not end up with a washboard stomach, you can do some things to get your abdomen in better shape.  Crunches have long been a favorite for many athletes for the very reason that they work.  Lying on your back with knees bent, keeping feet flat on the floor, cross your hands across your chest and then curl your torso, rolling from your sternum toward your hips.  Do this slowly and start out with a set of ten crunches in three reps.  In other words, do ten crunches, wait a minute, do ten more, wait a minute, and then do the final ten.  As you get accustomed to these, you can increase both the number of sets and reps.




59.        Squats


Squats are excellent for glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves.  With your feet standing firm and spread apart about two feet, bend your knees slightly.  Then, very smoothly, you will squat toward the floor without going all the way down.  This usually takes some practice but within a short period, you will enjoy the benefits.

60.        Tricep Press


Having firm arms is something that many people focus on when exercising.  For an Overhead Tricep Press, standing on the floor with your feet about two feet apart, knees slightly bent, you will extend your arms over your head.  Keep your elbows locked and then very slowly lower your hands behind your head.  You want to do this with some type of weight, but small weights like one to five pounds.  If you do not have weights of your own, you can hold a one-pound of vegetables, which will work perfectly.

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61.        Get to the Gym


Working out at home is a good option and for some people, they are committed enough to actually make it work.  However, for the majority of people wanting to get into shape, the inspiration, competitiveness, and encouragement received from working out in a gym is the way to go.  Although it will require a small investment, make the decision to find a gym that offers state-of-the-art equipment, qualified staff, and fun classes where you can enjoy working out.


62.        Eat More


 Before you get too excited, understand that when you eat, it is not how much you eat, but what you eat.  If you find that getting fit and eating less food is too hard, add more of the right food into your diet.  Great options include an orange, hard-boiled egg, small broiled chicken breast, and fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery sticks.  If you have a craving for something sweet, many delicious options are available such as Weight Watchers cheesecake or Chocolate Éclairs.  Getting fit does not mean total deprivation.



63.        Network at the Gym


Getting to the gym is a great way to get fit.  However, there are other benefits to going to the gym.  You will have the opportunity to expand your social ring by making new friends, all working to get fit just like you.  This will provide needed encouragement, which in turn helps you to stay motivated.

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