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NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts

 

NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts Organic Mixed Nuts (Raw, No Shell)

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack, nuts are the perfect option. Nuts contain the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and fiber plant sterols. For a bite size food, they contain a powerful nutritional punch.

Nuts are known for their many health benefits. A study assessed the health risks involving 13,000 people. The study concluded that those who ate nuts fared better off than those that didn’t. They had a decrease in BMI and waist circumference, lower weight, blood pressure, and the likelihood of many metabolic syndromes decreased. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and even cashews improve the vascular system as well. They promote proper blood flow and normal cardiac functions.

Nuts also combat the effects of some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and Schizophrenia. The contents of the omega-3 fatty acids combat these disorders, as well as help with rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite the many benefits, you should consume with caution. Nuts are a common allergenic substance, and being the allergic to one nut isn’t the same as being allergic to another. As long as you know what your body can and cannot consume, nuts are a wonderful healthy snack and can greatly improve your health!

Why Weight Lift?

crossfitWhy Weight Lift?

Lifting weights helps shed off pounds, but it keeps the weight off too. You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories even after. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and strength training can boost your metabolism by 15%.

Lifting weights can even can help strengthen your bones. By putting the stress on your bones, you build up the bone density, ultimately preventing osteoporosis and other related bone diseases.

Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves firming up and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More significantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40%, a vital benefit, particularly as you get older.

Strength training will even elevate your level of endorphins which will make you feel great. It is also a great antidepressant and helps you sleep better.

Improve Your Balance

Improve Your Balance

Balance falls into the same category as flexibility and core strength. Our bodies need these to properly function, though it seems as though it isn’t a major priority to most people. Core strength works as an anchor for your body and helps maintain balance. Core exercises such as sit-ups or using a balance board will strengthen your core while improving your balance.

One legged exercises will also improve balance as you are focusing on strengthening your leg muscles. Tai chi is believed to improve flexibility, balance, cardio respiratory fitness, muscle strength, and endurance. Stretching is a wonderful way to improve balance and motion. Stretching a few times a week will improve balance, especially with a set of light weights.

Vision is a huge aspect in balance. Have you ever noticed it easier to balance when you have your gaze fixed on a particular area rather than looking all over? Vision works with the proprioceptive systems to maintain balance and prevent many falls.  You can start by just standing up tall and closing your eyes without moving. Over time, combine a narrow base of support with some-leg balances while closing your eyes. This will definitely improve your balance.

Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight

Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight

 

Exercising just three times per week can help you lose weight.  Put aside 15- 20 minutes if you are just starting out.  Try to increase your workout to 45 to 60 minutes per workout.  By exercising at low to moderate intensity you will burn less calories than high intensity such as sprinting. You can torch calories quicker by increasing your level of intensity. If you are just starting out take it slow.  You will see progress if you are consistent.

Here is a workout to try: “A” for beginners, “B” is a bit higher intensity

Cardio- A-Walk for 15- 20 minutes      B-Jog of run for 20- 30 minutes

Strength training/toning:

A- 10 pushups standing against the wall or on your knees on floor

B-10 military pushups

A- 15 squats  B-15 jump squats

A-    10 Modified Jumping jacks  B- 15 jumping jacks

A&B 10-15 bicep curls

A&B 10-15 abdominal crunches

Repeat strength training 1-4 times depending upon your level of fitness

 

Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine!

Today’s Wellness Tip is to Laugh

laughterToday’s Wellness Tip is to Laugh

We all have stress in our lives. Many are dealing with all sorts of struggles..job, poor relationships, illness.. But today, I am asking you to find something to laugh about! Just laugh out loud!!!

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Health Benefits of Yoga

jackie4Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. “Yoga” means united, because you are uniting your mind, body, and breathe. Yoga is practiced to improve overall fitness and to reduce stress.

Yoga improves your overall health by relieving tension in the muscles. Your back, neck, and shoulders tend to carry the most tension throughout the day. Through yoga, you will notice improvements in your muscle flexibility. Maybe you couldn’t touch your toes in the beginning; but if you stick with yoga, you will notice a gradual loosening of the muscles.

Yoga also helps perfect your posture. Poor posture can lead to back, neck, and joint problems later in life. As you slump, your body may recompense by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back which cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. The left prefrontal cortex shows a heightened activity in meditators, which correlates with greater levels of happiness. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peacefulness of body, helping you relax and manage your stress and anxiety.

3 Healthful Weight Loss Tips

3 Healthful Weight Loss Tips

exercising1)                  Add half hour of exercise 6 days per week.  Get up early, power walk at lunch, take a fitness class, ride your bike, go for a jog.. no excuses, just do it!!! And you will feel better as exercise kicks up endorphins, the feel good chemicals.

2)                  Have a large breakfast, high in lean protein. Add fruit and veggies.  Check out my Quick and Healthy recipe link for ideas!!

3)                  Add 2 large salads daily with vinegar and little olive oil.  Go easy on the oil as it is high in calories and fat, but it is  necessary and healthy part of any nutrition program.

Quick and Healthy Recipe Link  :   http://www.resultswellnesscenters.com/Quick___Healthy_Recipes.html

Eat a Balanced Breakfast to Jump Start Your Metabolism

 

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqEat a Balanced Breakfast

Get your metabolism working!! Start with a good breakfast!

 Eating 5 ounces of lean protein such as egg whites stimulate the metabolic process.

Adding ½ grapefruit will aid in cleansing the body since it contains lots of fiber and water.

Adding ¾ cup veggies to your omelette such as asparagus, spinach and broccoli which are high in fiber and non-starchy, will also help to increase your metabolism and sustain your energy throughout the morning.

Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet..here’s why..

Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqappears to help your body absorb protective phytochemicals, like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.

So  grab some of these healthy fats, add greens and tomatoes to enjoy a nice change.  You should never get bored with salads either because there are so many options and recipes out there as well!

For Quick and Healthy Recipes and to visit my website click below:

http://www.resultswellnesscenters.com/Quick___Healthy_Recipes.html

Take time out to stretch!

Today’s Fit Tip is to stretch!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!

Stretching can help loosen tense muscles.jackie4

Stretching can invigorate you.

Stretching can open up your energy centers, your Qi or Chi as the Chinese say.

Stretching can just feel good!! Isn’t it good to feel good?

So today..take time to stretch!!!!!!