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Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle: Have A Relaxing New Year

 
 

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With the advent of a new year, we continue our examination of ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the months ahead.

Becoming more active and eating correctly are certainly two of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle but it is also important to learn to relax. Stress can take its toll on our bodies; the HiFit.co.uk website tells us that it can contribute to heart disease, mental health problems and even memory failure. Finding time to relax every day take the pressure off our minds and bodies. Relaxing helps us think more clearly and make decisions calmly.

Different people find different ways to relax but popular solutions include taking a walk, soaking in a warm bath or sitting in your favourite chair listening to calming music. Many watch television to relax but I believe this does not always work. The news coverage on television can add to our stress and increasingly programming includes dramas that are far from relaxing. Comedy is such a good antidote to the pressures of life so find a simple and innocent comedy movie and allow yourself to laugh. The Carry On films, Naked Gun, Benny Hill and Dads Army are particular favourites of mine but there are many others.

Laughing is so important to our lives and is certainly one of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Laughter relaxes the whole body: it boosts the immune system, protects the heart by improving blood flow, helps your breathing, and floods the body with endorphins, the natural drugs that lead to an overall feeling of well-being. But you don’t have to rely on television (or radio) to provide the comedy. Spend time with family and friends and learn to laugh at life and you will relax and feel so much better.

Relaxation is not just about chilling out therefore. One of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to take an interest in life. Find a hobby or interest away from work. Take up an activity in which you can really get interested and yet there is no pressure on you to perform and you will relax so much better. Winston Churchill used a series of hobbies to forget the huge pressures he was under during the Second World War. He became a proficient bricklayer and an excellent painter. “One may imagine that a man who blew the trumpet for his living would be glad to play the violin for his amusement.”

In his book, ‘Painting As A Pastime,’ Churchill wrote, “it is not enough merely to switch off the lights which play upon the main and ordinary field of interest; a new field of interest must be illuminated. To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies.”

Painting and drawing is certainly a great way to unwind but then so is gardening. Indeed, the range of hobbies you could have is wide and varied and could include volunteering for a charity or other worthy organization. Whatever you choose, diverting your mind from daily stress is certainly one of the best ways to improve your health in the New Year.

In the same way that relaxation is one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, sleep is essential to health. During the night the body uses the time to grow and repair. Too little sleep initially leads to headaches and impaired judgment but research has also shown a connection to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. It is clear then that a good nights sleep does more than make us feel good. Most of us need around seven to eight hours of shuteye (why not experiment to find your preference). Set aside the time to get the sleep you need and I find it is worth having a set routine leading to bed to help me get the rest I need.
 

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A good evening routine will program your mind and body. Personally I find a warm bath, a good book and a glass of milk before settling down helps. Listen to the same piece of soothing music as you snuggle down every night: do this enough times and you will no longer hear the last half of the music since you will already be asleep. Eating too late in the day and watching too much television too late will affect the effectiveness of your sleep and I find I cannot sleep soon after driving a car (my mind is still alert).

The other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle already mentioned (diet and exercise) will also help you sleep well. Limit your intake of caffeine and you will feel better and sleep better too: indeed, if you get enough rest you will not feel the need for caffeine. Equally, getting enough exercise during the day will help you sleep. The best night’s rest will come after a day when you have given your all and fall into bed exhausted and fulfilled.

It hardly needs to be said that, if you want to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, you will give yourself a head start if you can avoid smoking, drugs and excess alcohol. Introducing any substance that needs not be in your body is likely to upset its balance and affect the optimum running of it’s natural functions. For this reason, any of the ways you employ to be more healthy need to work with the body.

The ways to lead a healthy lifestyle need to work together – a holistic approach – to get the best effects. Do this and you will find you will experience less illness, be more effective, perform to your best and feel a great deal better. Take the opportunity to set your New Year resolutions accordingly, act upon them and … Be Ravishing.
 
 

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Ways To Have A Healthy Lifestyle: Exercise In The New Year

 
 

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One of the key ways to have a healthy lifestyle this New Year is to ensure you have regular moderate exercise. Once again this is best achieved as part of your daily routine. The benefits are widely understood to improve all areas of our health, including the operation of our heart and other vital organs, our moods, sleep, energy and even sex life.

But what exercise represents one of the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle? Perhaps one of the best ways is to find a set of exercises to start your day. The BoxingScene.com website tells us that getting into the habit of loosening up before breakfast helps us regulate our appetite throughout the day, jump starts your metabolism and gives you energy from the beginning. A routine based on Tai Chi or Yoga would be ideal but you could also consult a qualified physiotherapist to have some recommended exercises. It need only take fifteen to thirty minutes from your morning before breakfast but the benefits could be significant. It is always a good idea to exercise as early as possible since the longer you leave it the more chance there is that you will get distracted and not exercise at all.

Loosening up early on is always useful but another of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to create the opportunity for a longer period of aerobic exercise to get the heart and lungs working. This can be any sport that motivates you and encourages you to continue exercising regularly (and there are many from which to choose) but the best activities involve walking, running, swimming or cycling. Running is excellent of course but can result in long-term joint damage and swimming is also ideal although, like running, is not that convenient (unless you have your own pool). This leaves cycling and walking, which are great exercise but importantly can be easily built into the day’s routine.

If you are like me you might struggle to find the time to exercise every day. Walking and cycling however can fit easily into the day. If you have an appointment a mile or two away, leave the car and walk or cycle instead. Make it a rule never to use the car for short journeys. Doing the same for the trip to work if you can will get you fit very quickly and must be one of the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle. But why stop there? If you visit the shops by car, park at the far end of the car park (where most empty spaces are) and walk a little further. Most of us park as close to the door as we can but parking further out will help your health no end.
 

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Another great way to ensure you use one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle is to own a dog. Apart from the benefits arising from the affection most dogs will show, you will be encouraged to take your animal for a walk every day. This gives you exercise and fresh air, which can only be good.

In a later article we will talk about hobbies and interests and the how they too are among the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle. One of the benefits is the exercise they provide.

The Chicago Tribune website did a study of gardening as exercise in 2011. They discovered that gardening can burn around 300 calories an hour and can be good both for the heart and the muscles. Like all exercise, however, it needs to undertaken with care and, if you intend to undertake a rigorous exercise regime, it would be wise to consult a medical professional first.

Two more of the benefits of choosing an outdoors sport or activity as one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle are sunshine and fresh air. Stay indoors and you are breathing stale air but go outside and the fresh air will encourage you to breathe deeply, so expanding the lungs. Maybe stay away from congested traffic or other pollution however!

Sunshine also provides a feeling of well being and also copious amounts of useful vitamin D. This vitamin benefits the heart and circulation and studies have shown it can reduce the loss of bone density often related to old age. Be careful not to overdo the sunshine however as burning and skin cancer are definitely not good for the health.

Being outdoors also has beneficial psychological effects. Sunshine in particular has been shown to reduce depression through the production of the body’s natural endorphin anti-depressants. Even a good brisk walk in the cold, sun or rain can provide a surprisingly positive outlook on life. In my experience getting out in all weathers (wearing the correct clothing) reduces the depressive effects of dull days.

There seems to be no doubt that taking exercise whenever we can is one of the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle. The satisfaction you get from moderate exercise and the optimum weight you will achieve will change your outlook considerably – and, done sensibly, you will have less illness.
 
 

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Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle: Taking Care Over What We Eat

 
 
Young Lady Looking At Her Healthy Restaurant Lunch
 

Once again we greet a new year and once again we reflect on how we could have done things better over the last twelve months. I suspect many of us will be looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the future and will be setting our New Year resolutions accordingly.

The other day I had a conversation with the proprietor of a local gymnasium and he was telling me how he loves this time of year. It seems there is a huge surge in membership applications from people joining his club trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the year ahead. What such businessmen love is a large proportion of the people who sign up use the facilities once or twice and then stop going. Many of them forget to cancel their membership as they fool themselves they will start going again when the situation is right.

At the same time, a great deal of us looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle will be signing up to various diet fads and may even be losing weight as a result. Statistics have shown that around 50% of women and 25% of men are following a restrictive diet and the weight loss industry in the USA alone is worth around $40 billion a year. Sadly there are problems with this way of life. Firstly many people who come off a diet frequently gain the weight they previously lost and many diets leave the dieter short on essential nutrients.

So what is one of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle? Actually the answer is, and always has been, to change to living a balanced life with a combination of the right diet, exercise and, well, just living sensibly.

What does this mean to our daily diet?

Many dieters, in trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, work against the needs of their bodies. To be most effective we need to work with our bodies. Firstly we need to eat a balanced diet including a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables. The human body works best when it is receiving all the vitamins and minerals it needs to support all its functions. We need to eat three meals a day and include a balanced selection of foods that provide the goodness our body needs.

This of course requires discipline and the first of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to ensure we make breakfast the most important meal of the day, If you think about it, what we eat early in the day has time to provide the energy for the day and any excess is burnt off before we go to bed. For this reason, lunch should be reasonably substantial too but the last meal of the day (dinner or supper) should be light. My own experience has shown that eating too much too late in the day can actually prevent my getting a good nights sleep. The old adage ‘Breakfast like a king, lunch like a Prince, dine like a pauper’ has always been true.

It is important to ensure we have the nutrients the body needs to work effectively. In particular the immune system deserves to be kept at it’s best to fight off any diseases that might attack. Recent research suggests that the immune system may even destroy up to 90% of cancers before we are even aware of them. There is a school of thought that believes most diseases and medical conditions become a problem through bad nutrition.

Dieters can also sadly and ironically affect their health in their quest to lead what they see as ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Eating disorders are becoming all too common among both men and women. The BBC report that hospital admissions for eating disorders rose by 16% last year as we pursue the ‘perfect’ body. Yet, in my opinion, the perfect body for each person is best achieved through the suggestions I am making today.

It is worth researching the food you eat and discovering how it can contribute to the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Understanding what we eat is part of the battle. Using organic, unadulterated fresh foods has to be good for us, particularly as the ill effects of pesticides, additives and other chemicals has yet to be fully understood, and I am concerned about putting alien substances through our bodies. For this reason I buy most of what I eat from local farm shops and farmers markets. By far the best way to ensure the quality of the food you eat is to grow your own: you also gain a certain satisfaction too.

If you do have concerns about the level of nutrients you consume, it might not be a bad idea to also include some food supplements based on natural products. Such a range can be found on the LookRavishing.com website.

Next time I will look at other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
 
 

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Healthy Skin Tips: Taking Care Of Your Skin Over 40



If there is one thing we cannot avoid it is growing old and yet we can still look good no matter what age we are. Perhaps the best of the healthy skin tips as you age is to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Making the most of your health not only improves the look of your skin but also gives you a vitality that shines through and helps you look and act younger.

This means being careful with your diet, adding nutrition supplements as appropriate, and getting moderate exercise. Getting enough sleep, having fun and laughing a lot will help too. Of course there are healthy skin tips that can be used to ensure the skin is maintained to its best advantage too.

One of the best ideas is to use a mineral powder makeup that works with your skin to let it breath and perhaps even provides healthy nutrients the skin needs. After all, the skin is a vital organ in the body and, like all the vital organs, needs care to operate at its best, and, in any case, our skin is the first thing people see!

Another advantage of using mineral makeup powder is that you can experiment with your look as you get older. Bright colours might look great when you are younger but the natural look is probably more flattering later on.

Our skin gets drier as we age so a good moisturiser is essential. There are plenty on the market so be certain you have one that works with your skin and reduces those wrinkles. Ideally you should use both daytime and a nighttime moisturiser.

As you will have seen elsewhere on this site, we lose more collagen the older we get. One way to combat this is to try a course of collagen capsules. The benefits of collagen include reducing the number of wrinkles and giving the skin back some of the elasticity it will have lost.

A way to preserve what collagen you have is to protect your skin when out by using a sunscreen and covering up wherever possible. Too many UV rays will result in premature ageing.

Before committing to a new skincare product, it is worth trying one pot to ensure it really does work with your skin. Equally, if you want to start a new course of supplements it might be worth consulting your doctor.
 
 

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Sunless Tan Lotions: Tanning Without The Sun


All the reports about the instances of skin cancer and the free availability of other healthy skin tips have made many fashion-conscious people concerned about too much exposure to the sun. Quite right too.

But does this mean we all have to stay out of the sun and keep a pale complexion? Not necessarily. The availability of sunless tan lotions means that a healthy glow can still be achieved although, despite all the tips for fake tanning available, the reputation of sunless tan lotions streaking and leaving patches mans that many are unsure about their use too.

All is well, however, as science is coming to the rescue of those disillusioned by sunless tan lotions and sunbathing. Products are getting closer that promote the warm glow so many want, but do it from the inside.

Research undertaken at the Massachusetts General Hospital have identified the enzyme that regulates the production of the melanin in the skin and so the control of the skin’s colour. By looking at this enzyme (PDE-4D3) scientists have studied it’s relationship with the cAMP molecule that triggers melanin production in the presence of ultra-violet rays. As yet this is only research and has not yet resulted in a tan enhancing product. It seems only a matter of time before this changes.

See more about this research at the Beverley Hills Skin website.

 

 

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Mineral Powder Makeup: India Proves A Buoyant Market


Many women understand that one of the best healthy skin tips is to change from mass-market artificial cosmetics to mineral powder makeup using natural ingredients that help nourish the skin. Healthy skin looks that much more vital.

A second advantage of mineral powder makeup is that the various colours available can be mixed to achieve the right shade matching the wearer’s skin.

For these reason we should not be surprised that the market for such healthy makeup is expanding around the world; a new report from research agency RNCOS indicates that sales of mineral cosmetics are growing rapidly in India.

Price seems to have been an issue in previous years and leading manufacturers are responding by pricing their products more competitively. This means that sales are set to increase even more markedly in years to come.

Such a trend can only be reflected in other supposed ‘developing’ markets and manufacturers would be wise to adopt marketing policies to take advantage of the trend.

See more about the report on the RNCOS website.
 
 

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Health And Nutrition Articles: Male Skincare Big In Asia

 
 

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Just as women all around the world are looking a ways to lead a healthy lifestyle – including using better, more healthy mineral powder makeup – men are now starting to catch up.

Of course we men have been interested in being more healthy in terms of nutrition, particularly if we want to excel at sports, but now there is a trend towards men taking care of their skin.

The consumer research group Euromonitor International has published a report on men’s grooming and it seems Asian men are leading the world in purchasing skincare products.

Ladies have always looked after their skin but now men are slowly starting to follow them. The trend is slower in Europe where the financial constraints are restricting sales (skincare is still seen as a luxury) but in other areas the market is buoyant.

Asian men are much keener on skincare than Brazil, for example, where the emphasis in on deodorants. South America is another area where men’s grooming products are on the increase.

Read more about the report on the Euromonitor International website.
 

 

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Health And Beauty Tip Number 11: Nutrition Is Easier For The Whole Family

 
 

Mother And Child Trying An Apple With Flowers In Foreground Healthy Skin Tips

 
If you are a parent and are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle, you may find it difficult if the rest of the family are still stuck in unhealthy habits.

No matter who believes it, one of the best healthy skin tips and ways to generally avoid many illnesses and the subsequent drugs frequently prescribed, is to find one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest influences is diet and nutrition.

Most caring parents tend to run their lives according to the needs of their family and often neglect their own health. The tip today is to involve the whole family in your drive to be healthier.

If you can, why not grow some fruit and/or vegetables in your garden or window box? You could even take your children to a farm or somewhere else to see their food growing. Take time out to buy food from a local market, cook food from fresh and give your children responsibility for a part of the work. Explain to them how nutrition works and how it affects the working of their bodies.

It is quite likely that you may need to take a good quality nutrition supplement to ensure you have the goodness you need – explore the ingredients with your family and involve them in the decision regarding which supplements to take.

Most children love to learn through fun methods and will embrace nutrition in this way. Fortunately many schools are also teaching more about cooking and nutrition so you may find yourself working alongside their school activities.

This article on the AARP blog explains how some volunteers are teaching children in America about the food they eat.
 
Discover a range of effective natural nutritional health supplements from Proto-col on LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Why Use Sunless Tan Lotions?



The reasons for using sunless tan lotions seem to be getting more numerous as times goes on.

It seems the heavy tanned look is less popular than it was; we are all starting to understand the harm Ultra Violet rays do to our skin and the drive to look younger longer means many stay out of the sun. Too much exposure means the collagen in the skin is damaged and the skin loses its elasticity, sags and wrinkles.

While those who are that colour naturally look wonderful, people who get a chocolate colour from over exposure to the sun tend to look unhealthy.

The case for sunless tan lotions is also strengthened by recent publicity that reminds us of the dangers of skin cancer. I think we are all aware that the dangerous melanoma growths result from sun damage and sunbeds seem to be just as bad.

Nonetheless, beautiful people tend to have lightly tanned skin although there are many with the English Rose pale look who look wonderful too. Sunless tan lotions give you the choice – you can either use the lotions to get the shade you want without any risk or you can simply stay your natural colour. The decision is yours and we will love you whatever you choose.

Sunless tan lotions have developed over the years and no longer do you have to risk looking orange or streaky. Take a look at the healthy range of sunless tan lotions available and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Health And Nutrition Articles: Will The Olympics Make Us All Fit?



The London 2012 Olympics have ended and the Paralympic Games are just about to start. The unprecedented interest in this year’s events have raised hope in some quarters that there will be a move from many people to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.

It is needed too. With overweight and obesity reaching epidemic proportions in America and the United KIngdom, with related problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and some 83% of the UK population estimated to be getting less than the recommended level of exercise, a great many people are in need of encouragement.

And yet the messages from the Olympics are not always promoting ways to have a healthy lifestylein the ways one would expect. One of the problems is the sponsors of the Games; McDonalds are one of the events sponsors and boast they have built their largest restaurant ever in the Olympic Park in London. Another sponsor is the Coca-Cola Corporation, hardly one of the greatest providers of health foods, and Cadburys are the ‘Official Treat Provider’ too.

However, there is a move to encourage more activity as a result of the Olympic Games. Several sports are reporting an increase in interest from the general public; Judo Silver medallist, Gemma Gibbons, has reported a surge in interest in the sport following her win and the British Volleyball website has seen an 850% increase in hits. But most of the successful athletes have already started to encourage others to follow them into sport and their victory parades in various local towns since the Games can only help further.

And we have not even started the Paralympic Games yet…

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