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5 Habits Your Future Self Will Thank You For

It’s a little difficult to really think about the future in the modern world. It’s all about what’s happening right now, about what can make us feel good in this precise moment. Forget about tomorrow, or a month from now, or a year from now – it’s too far away! We live in a culture of instant gratification and all of us long for overnight results and minimum effort to go with them, and it’s unhealthy, unrealistic, and generally unattainable. While most of us understand all this, it’s still not an easy thing to look past the present moment and try to invest in what might be coming our way in the future. Luckily, we’re here to provide some insight. Good habits can make our lives a lot easier, and here are some of the ones you’re bound to appreciate several years from now.

Start Getting Up Early

While you might not think of yourself as a morning person, in truth it’s all about habit. Getting up early doesn’t sound inviting when the bed is so comfy and opening our eyes means immediately jumping into chores, but it’s one of the best ways to start your day well. Early morning is incidentally a great time to finish a workout or go out for a run, especially if you’re the kind of person who sits down as soon as they come back from work and finds it hard to move from the couch. You’ll find it easier to get organized and do things properly instead of always rushing around to get dressed, fix your hair, and find that file you need for the office. It’s simply a good way to save time, but also to stabilize your sleep schedule – if you always go to bed early and always get up early (even on weekends), you’re less likely to suffer from insomnia or have difficulties waking up. Your body will get used to the rhythm.

Prepare Your Meals in Advance

We all want to eat well, but it’s so damn hard to find the time to cook every day, and it’s even harder to resist the sugary snacks and greasy food when they’re so readily available at every corner. Meal prep, however, makes both of these problems easier to handle. If you take one day of the week to do all your cooking everything will be a lot faster, and it will ensure you always have healthy food to take with you so you won’t have to rely on fast food restaurants and vending machines when you get the munchies. Here are some beginner tipsthat you can look at.

Have a Good Skin Regimen

One of the things most people regret in their fifties is that they simply didn’t care for their skin enough during their twenties. Too many late nights when we went to bed with an unwashed face, too many popped pimples, not enough sleep, and not enough moisturizer – all of this can lead to a dull complexion and premature wrinkles. The best way to prevent that is to choose a good skin regimen that works well with your skin type. Use SPF every day to prevent sun damage, cleanse your face properly, and hydrate it to restore that healthy plumpness. You’ll feel much more beautiful if your face doesn’t need any makeup to glow and your complexion is radiantly healthy.

Read More

Books are a very inexpensive form of entertainment, they can be bought anywhere, and they feed both your soul and your intellect. Immerse yourself in a novel and you’ll meet new worlds and new people, and let books take you on a fun journey with each new chapter. It doesn’t matter whether you read a classic or something from the bestseller list, all that matters is that you allow yourself the simple pleasure of reading. It will improve your focus and analytical skills, expand your vocabulary, and even reduce your stress. The benefits are many, and the cost is minimal.

Turn Off The Tech

Five years from now, can you imagine yourself saying, “Oh damn, I really wish I spent more hours browsing Facebook and arguing on Twitter. That really made me feel so fulfilled!” No?

While technology is very useful and can be quite relaxing, we can become so focused on it that we stop paying attention to what’s going on in the real world. We get immersed in online drama and we zone out completely while we keep scrolling through Instagram, and then we wonder – where did all that time go? You don’t have to throw away your phone, but turn it off occasionally. Unplug and go outside. Spend some time with friends and family and ban all devices in the room, or go hike in nature, or meditate in the garden. The internet isn’t going anywhere, it will be fine without you for a few hours.

Keep your goal in mind – imagine who you want to be several years from now, and then work towards becoming that person. Adopt good habits and let them make your life easier.




Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at highstylife.com interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

Five Tips To Staying Fit In Summer

As we all know, there is oftentimes a tendency to “let go” during the summer. That letting go and having fun, however, doesn’t mean that we should let go of our waistline as well!

There are many ways that you can stay fit during summer. and the five tips that we’re going to be introducing today are both easy and fun. It won’t feel like you’re cutting off the festivities by spending hours and hours away from your family and friends by missing out on the great summer days and nights! In fact, it will even add to your summer adventures!

Looking to stay fit in a fun and easy way? Here’s how!

1. FUN — Summer’s All About Having Fun

The best part of summer is the freedom! Sure, it’s nice to just relax and stay at home — rest your tired bones and just watch a good movie. But even that gets dull after a while! That’s why our first tip for you… is to have fun! Try something new, like going out and having a swim at the beach. Maybe try out the new water park or heck, try out some skydiving. Whatever you want to try, just make sure to keep yourself busy and your body moving! Even a couple of hours spent window shopping at the air-conditioned mall is a lot better for your weight than doing nothing at home.

2. COOK — Eat Your Favorite Meals

Again, part of the beauty of summer is having that free time. Even if cooking is not your forte, you can try your hand at some home-cooked meals. This will help you stay away from eating out greasy and fattening processed foods. If you don’t like the waiting time involved, drag someone along with you and make it a fun activity. Control everything that you’re eating to help keep some of those infamous summer pounds away!

3. WATER — Stay Hydrated

This is less about having fun and more about making sure that you keep having fun! Summer days come with a stifling heat, and it can dry you out. Make sure that you stay hydrated throughout the day. It’s been proven in several studies to help suppress one’s appetite and it’s even said to support the burning of fat. Summer opens up chances to try out activities or classes that you can’t normally do throughout the year. Sign up for something fun and exciting, like a swimming class or surfing lesson.

4. PREP — Prep Your Mind and Body

These tips are pretty good on their own, but if you want to take things further, then you’re going to have to think outside of the box. The key thing here is making sure that you get yourself ready. To do that, try warming up a couple of minutes a day, maybe even go as far as energizing yourself with some pre-workout supplements!

Just make sure that you’re planning everything out and staying away from injuries. The biggest thing here is making sure that you actually do something. To do that, you’re going to have to take control of your plans and stay motivated. Happy summer!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

My Journey to Self-Love as a Runner

Can I get a little personal today? Some of you may know that I started this blog as a freshman in high school… at the age of 14, I knew I wanted to help empower women (men are welcome too!) on their fitness journey. Part of helping empower people is by helping them feel more confident which means learning to love yourself just the way you are. With that, today I wanted to share my personal journey to self-love as a runner.

I grew up running around a track, some of my biggest goals are running based. Running is a sport I’ve fallen in love with, but it’s been a rocky road with running. Even though I love my sport today, it wasn’t always so simple.

Despite growing up running, I wasn’t always thrilled about having a “runner’s body”. When I began to truly focus on improving in my sport, instead of focusing on improving my time, I could only focus on how my body looked. To me at that point, it didn’t matter that I could keep up with and beat others my age. It only mattered that I had larger quads and calves, strong arms, a defined back and core, but none of the other girls did. That for some unknown reason I was a distance runner with “thunder thighs”.

These thoughts weren’t limited to my early teenage years either; they were there up until I ran my first half-marathon just a few months ago – roughly 5ish years. It was at this point I was pushed athletically to limits I partially didn’t know existed. My entire life I was a 5,000-meter runner, with an occasional 10K thrown in, but it never occurred to me that it was because of my strong body, including my “thunder thighs” that I was able to quickly run these distances comfortably.

It’s been almost a year since my mentality of hating my muscular thighs, arms, back, etc switched to learning to love it. It’s because of my muscles that I can run.

My “thunder thighs” have helped finish numerous 5 and 10Ks and two half-marathons; plus running however many miles in each training cycle. Have pushed through however many 200, 400, 800m repeats. Lightly danced up a hill at the end of the race when you have nothing left in the tank. Somehow manage to keep pushing through even though your mind gave up a half mile ago.

I grew up not liking the way I looked because it wasn’t normal in my sport to look strong. Despite all distance runners being strong, it almost felt as though everyone else on the track could look strong but we couldn’t. The acceptance we see today is very new, but I’m glad that our sport is evolving. However, this acceptance goes beyond our sport. It’s becoming more prominent in other areas as well such as the fashion industry. A prime example is True & Co. who’s goal is to create bra’s that help women feel confident in their own skin.

Hopefully, with the evolution, our sport is going through, it will help give confidence to those young girls (or boys) coming up in our sport to love the way they are built even if it isn’t like their teammates. Despite the importance of that, I also hope it helps any of you out there whether you’ve grown up running or just picked it up a day ago, that no matter where you start you’re a runner. I see so many women constantly put themselves down in our sport.

Either because they have strong runner thighs, or because they “don’t look like a runner”. The beauty of our sport is the true diversity in it. I’ve toed the lines at many 5k, 10k, and a couple of half-marathons; I’d say 90% of the people there didn’t have what you would consider a “runner’s body”. It doesn’t matter how you look if you love running, yoga, powerlifting, whatever. Quit beating yourself down for not looking a certain way, learn to embrace your body.

Embrace it and learn to love it by understanding that without your “thunder thighs” you couldn’t properly perform in your sport. Without broad shoulders, keeping yourself balanced would be tougher. The list could go on, but you see the point I’m making. Your body is built the way it is because it adapts to the stress you put it under whether it be running, cross-country skiing, etc. I know it’s tough, but you can do it; you can learn to love your self just the way you are. Just takes looking at what you consider “flaws”, in a different light.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

5 Dance-Inspired Moves For a Fit Summer Body

Summer is almost here. Now is the time when we ask ourselves why we had those extra calories all winter. Everyone faces this dilemma. Even dancers, who work at their craft all year must take a serious look at their bodies to determine if there is an area that needs attention.

In this post, we will explain five great dance moves that will help you tone up for your beachwear. Before we do, we must address your shoes. Sneakers for dancers are not the same as sneakers for everyday wear. They look cool, and some are glam and glitter. But these shoes are a tool. They are the tool that will protect your feet and other parts of the body.

Imagine for a moment, you are in the middle of a dance routine. You are using all the muscles in your body for a perfect performance. But, when it is time to turn, your shoes stick to the floor. They do not slide with your body’s momentum. You will be injured. It is a matter of where and to what extent. But, you will be injured.
10-minute pro workout

Benjamin Allen is a professional dancer and choreographer. He has developed a 10-minute work. We will not say it is easy, but there are no complicated steps. Once your body has adjusted, you will be marching toward fitness. These workouts tones and strengthen the legs, thighs, pelvis area. They will also rejuvenate your abs. You will burn a lot of calories, work your abs, leg, backside, and arms. For a video on how to use this workout, click here.

Apple Pickers Arm Toning

Stand with your legs open and even with the shoulders. Extend both arms above your head. Bring your arms down (at the same time) until they are bent at the elbow and you are holding them in a “U” formation.

While you bring your elbows down to a bed, raise your left leg. Your left leg should be raised enough that the knee is almost touching the elbow. Repeat with the right leg. As you get the hang of it, your body will reward you. Continue for 5-10 minutes
.You can work up to that point.

Feet Raised Tummy Tuck

Lay flat on your back (no pillow.) place your arms at each side of your body. Raise both feet about 4-6 inches above the bed. While you are holding your feet off the beds, hold.

This is a great exercise to help you get in shape. You can do this in bed before you get up, or at night before sleep. Or, you can do it on the floor using an exercise mat.

Pull in your stomach as far as you can. Imagine you are trying to get your belly to touch your backbone. Hold this pose to a count of 5. Relax, and then go again. Every day or two you should get stronger and you should add a number. When you have gotten to the number 10, you are doing well

Tip: you can tone your stomach muscles all day. While you are driving, walking, or working pull in your stomach in as far as it will go. Count to then relax. This will tighten your muscles and take inches off your waist.

The Elevator

There is more to having a sexy body than having a flat tummy. When you slip into your bikini, your legs, back, bottom and arms are exposed. The “Elevator” addresses all of these areas.

Stand with your feet apart to the width of your shoulders. This dance move is usually done as part of the choreography, but it is not done repeatedly as you will do for exercise.

You will put all your weight on one leg. Bend the other leg and raise your knee. At the same time lower your chest to try to touch your knee. You will repeat this to a count of 10, or do 5 on each leg and 5 on the other.

Tip: while you are doing this move, the bent leg should never touch the floor.

The Balance

The balance is also known as the “waltz.” It is a three-step combination in which the dancer steps to the side with one foot, lifts onto the ball of the second foot from behind /the ankle, then replaces weight on the ball of the first foot to begin again on the other side. Here is a tutorial for the balance. Please note, with practice you can do this with handstands and forearms.

Guest Post: 5 Body Signs You Need More Nutrients

Fatigue is a known sign that you are lacking basic nutrients. On an everyday basis, you should not feel like you’re ready to pass out. On the contrary, if you are eating right you should have bounds of energy. This is a no-brainer but what are some other less obvious signs that you may be lacking more than your share of vital minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients? Read below to find out some signs that you need to watch out for. If you do experience any of these signs, consult with your doctor as to the best course of treatment to ameliorate the situation.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is not uncommon in cold weather or after you get sunburned but if your skin is feeling drier and flakier than usual or you suddenly see more wrinkles, then you may be missing omega-3 fatty acids. Why is this important? Omega-3s lock in moisture by nourishing the lipid barrier of your skin. To get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet eat fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies and sardines. If fish is not your thing, try soybeans (roasted), walnuts, flaxseed and chia seeds. Toss them in your salads, smoothies or cook your everyday food with canola oil. Omega-3 supplements are readily available. To check out some good reviews and find the one for you, see Research and You.

Pale Skin

Pale skin is one of the outwardly visible signs of low iron or anemia, which generally results from a reduction in the number of red blood cells or if those red blood cells are smaller and filled with less hemoglobin. You may also notice a shadow underneath your eyes. Iron deficiencies may be a sign of an underlying issue, so make sure you see a doctor. You can load up on lentils, beef, spinach, liver, sesame seeds and dried fruit (such as apricots, prunes, and raisins) to increase your iron.

Swollen, Cracked and Sore Lips

In the winter, lips crack easily and may even bleed but if you notice that your lips are seriously cracked and sore for long periods of time you may be dehydrated or you may have a riboflavin (or vitamin B2) deficiency. You can tell the difference if the dryness occurs around the outside of your lips and if you also have a swollen, dark-red tongue. Don’t delay in getting treatment since a riboflavin deficiency may cause nerve damage. To include more riboflavin in your diet eat almonds, salmon, broccoli, cheddar cheese, eggs, beef liver, lamb, milk, yogurt, mushrooms, spinach or sun-dried tomatoes.

Bleeding Gums

If you see a little blood on your toothbrush, it most likely means you need to floss more often or that you may have the beginnings of gingivitis. However, if you do floss regularly and your gums start bleeding for no reason, you may have a vitamin K deficiency. The role of vitamin K is to help blood clot or coagulate. You can get plenty of this nutrient from dark, leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley and Brussels sprouts. You can also consume other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage or fish, liver, meat and eggs.

Going Gray

Gray hair is a normal part of aging but if you notice a sudden change in your hair texture or if you’re going gray sooner than expected then a copper deficiency may be the culprit. Copper helps you create melatonin, one of the pigments that gives your hair its color. Low vitamin D or vitamin B-12 levels might also trigger premature graying. Try consuming almonds or hazelnuts to get more copper, drink fortified dairy products for vitamin D and eat animal products, including fish, meat, poultry and eggs for a vitamin B-12 deficiency.

Bottom Line

Nutritional deficiencies may be a result of underlying medical issues or conditions. Your body is a temple and will start to break down if you are depleted in certain minerals and vitamins. Each morning take a close look at your body and don’t delay if you see any of the signs we mentioned or others that concern you. Early detection is key.

Kelly is the founder of RegularityFitness, where she and associates blog about the best fitness exercises, weight loss methods, diet, muscle building. That will help you get a good shape and healthy.

Guest Post: Boost Your Body Confidence

There’s nothing like confidence to make life run smoother and easier for us. If we lack that, all else seems to be insufficient. If we lack that one integral part, it won’t matter how good we look, how skilled or successful we are. We’ll simply be too blind to notice any of it. When it comes to our bodies, getting in shape is quite a challenge mostly because it’s very easy to give up. We hit a bump on the road and then the whole effort seems wasted and silly, so we simply stop, give up, and get back to the old way. But is there a way to change that? Is there a way to finally get fit and boost our confidence? Absolutely, and we’re here to give you a few tips on how to do that.

Make it Easy for Yourself

If you have to trudge over half the city to get to the gym, hate the crowd who goes there, and have a trainer who doesn’t pay enough attention to you, then how on earth are you supposed to stick to it? If working out requires too much time, mental strain, and planning then you’re never going to stay consistent. Yes, you do need to get stubborn to stick to your plan, but you also need to be smart. So, make it easy. Go to a gym that’s near or work out at home, find the time where you’re unlikely to be bothered or interrupted, find a workout that you like.

Stop With the Negativity

In addition to training you to give up without trying and making you feel bad when there’s really no reason to, negative words and “I’m just so ugly” are merely… unproductive. It leads nowhere and you’re much better than that. Instead of “I can’t” and “I look awful,” why not try something like “I know I’m strong enough to reach the goals I want to reach.” Learn how to be confident and stick to it.

Pick Something You Like Doing

Gym not your thing? That’s cool, why not try dancing? Maybe you’d really enjoy the relaxation yoga provides, or maybe you’d be really into krav maga. Find something that excites you and find a good crowd to inspire you and you’ll keep coming back. It’s really all about that Australian approach here – Aussies are really fit, yet they don’t really have more average gym time than any other nation. So, how are their bodies so sexy? Well easy, they’ll surf, they’ll play volleyball, they’ll swim, they’ll hike. They’re outdoorsy and active and simply do what they like doing.

Forgive Failure

Sometimes you’re going to feel weak and you’re going to give in and eat that chocolate cake you promised you won’t touch. And you know what? This will keep happening occasionally, so stop sweating it. It’s not a big deal and it doesn’t mean your effort is ruined. Simply get back to good habits and relax. It’s okay to stumble sometimes.

Consult Professionals

With latest technological advancements, cosmetic procedures are now safer and easier to do, and they’re a good way to supplement your efforts. If you’ve been struggling with diets and exercising and you just can’t seem to lose those last few pounds, or if you’ve given birth and have a lot of loose skin, you can try a having a tummy tuck procedure to solve this problem. Similarly, if you’re worried about your tuberous breasts or have a different kind of imperfection that’s making you insecure, you can always talk to your doctor and ask for advice. You’re not alone in your struggles and if you want to try a treatment to help you out and make you feel better in your own skin, go for it.

Take the School Approach

You know how you always used to do better when you studied a little bit every day rather than cramming the whole night for a test that’s tomorrow? Yeah, well, exercise is kind of similar. Instead of working out two times a week for a long time, it’s actually a lot easier to exercise every day. The workout doesn’t need to be longer than 20-30 minutes, and this makes it both easy to fit into your schedule and it trains your body to get used to being active and to crave that daily workout.

Distract Yourself With Something Fun

A workout could be the perfect chance to listen to your favourite upbeat tunes, or to catch up on a show. Why not watch TV while you ride your stationary bike? Yes, being focused solely on exercise is great, but sometimes we just need a distraction and that’s okay.

Remember it’s a Lifestyle Change

And of course, while diet might not sculpt you and give you a toned body, it’s definitely the most important bit for actual weight loss. You need to create a calorie deficit to shed pounds, however, you need to have the right approach to it. Forget about fad diets and see a nutritionist if you can. Don’t starve yourself, don’t see dieting as something you’ll do only until you’ve lost excess weight. It’s a lifestyle change, it’s there to make you healthy.

Choose Healthy Over Skinny

It’s cool to go down a dress size, but if you turn your diet into “I want to be thin,” you’ll be disappointed. Rather than skinny, make your goal healthy. You want to feel good, you want to have strength. Trust us, once you adopt that attitude you’ll be a lot happier and look a lot better.

Here’s the gist of everything: you don’t have to be good at working out and dieting, you just have to do it. You’ll stumble and won’t always feel like you’re making progress, but stay consistent. That’s the real key here, simply being as consistent as possible and believing in yourself.

Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at highstylife.com interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

3 Ways to Live a More Positive Lifestyle

Life is full of stressors. Sometimes hard work doesn’t seem to pay off, and sometimes it takes a long time to get where people want to get. It’s easy to get swept up in the negativity and to make unhealthy life choices.

But making positive life choices ultimately leads to a more healthy and fruitful existence, even when those choices are initially hard to make.

Below are some tips and tricks to feeding and cultivating a more positive lifestyle.

Journal

One of the biggest new trends in lifestyle development is the practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation, journaling, therapy, or a number of other mediums. Mindfulness is the process through which a person attempts to be entirely present in each moment, rather than thinking about the future and all the things they want to achieve, the past, or some event or goal that is not yet happening.

Mindfulness is a great way to be appreciative of the present moment, regardless of what that moment holds. Mindfulness journaling can be used to meditate on the joys and pitfalls of the present moment, and to ground the individual in the positivity of the present.

Journaling can also be utilized as a way to recall and store memories. After a great day out on an adventure with friends, or a good conversation on the phone, journaling can culture an appreciation of this memory by recalling it and recording it. Then, this memory can be revisited later, sparking even more joy and thankfulness.

Journaling overall can be a huge addition to the positivity in an individual’s life. Journals can also be daunting. For this reason, many advise keeping a one-line-a-day journal, in which each day a line is written about a positive experience from that day, this way they don’t get overwhelmed or feel bad when they cannot keep up with extensive journaling for every day.

Create a Fresh Start

The closet is full of clothes, but there is nothing to wear. All the books on the bookshelf have already been read, or have never and will never be read. Last year’s junk is piling up, leaving no room for positive changes in a new year.

A big clean out of the house or the apartment is a great way to make room for new memories and new positive experiences in life. Utilizing the system of a keep, give away, or throw away is useful. And items kept in the keep pile should have a significant reason for being there.

Many claim that the best way to decide what to keep a clothing item is to hold it while asking three questions: is it a special occasion or seasonal garment; has it been worn in the last three months; and does it bring joy. If the garment does not fit one or more of these categories, it should be given away or thrown away. The same types of questions can be applied to other types of items in the home as well.

Cleaning out the closet and giving items to charity can be a cathartic experience and leaving empty space for new clothes and new items is a wonderful way to build excitement and to invest in the future.

After the big clean out, space can be carefully curated to hold only items of importance that make the homeowner happy to look at and to wear or utilize.

Taking pride in personal items and getting rid of items that don’t bring that sense of pride, happiness, or sentimentality is a wonderful way to invest in positivity and to live a more positive lifestyle.

Have an Adventure

Individuals wishing to live a more positive life need to remember to invest in themselves, their future, and their happiness. This means that while an adventure might not be practical at the time, planning and budgeting for the future is a wonderful investment in themselves.

This self-investment breeds eternal positivity because it reinforces self-love and self-compassion, as well as the fact that every individual deserves happiness and positivity. Even if an adventure is seemingly out of reach financially, like a backpacking trip through Europe or skydiving, a loan from Payoff.com can make it easier and closer than it might seem.

Using a personal loan, individuals can go on a nature-driven vacation to visit a national park, backpack a trail, or camp with friends. Maybe someone’s dream vacation is to see the Eiffel Tower, or Big Ben, or the Statue of Liberty, or even a show on Broadway. Taking a beach day is an adventure as well.

The inherent positivity of an individual investing in their own happiness is one of the biggest leaps one can take in the quest to live a more positive lifestyle.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

How You Can Be More Active in Your Everyday Life

When we talk about being active and living a healthy lifestyle, it isn’t just about going for a run each evening but being completely sedentary the rest of the time. In order to be truly more active, then there needs to be some things that we change in our everyday lives. When we are always more active, at work, school or at home, then we are really on the way to living a healthy and active lifestyle. All of those extra things can help us to stay well. So what are some changes you could be making? Here are a few ideas to help you be more active in your everyday life.

Walk More

It might elicit a moan from you or your family, but walking more is a great way to be active. You’re using your whole body, burning calories, and getting your heart pumping faster than it would be in the car. Even something like taking the stairs over the elevator is a good way to be more active and walk more. Plan your time better to walk to more places and you’ll really feel the benefit of it. You could also look to get a step counter to encourage you to be more active. We should be aiming for at least 10,000 steps per day, but many of us fall short of that. You can read more here if you want to http://stepcount.org.uk/. So if you’re curious to see where you are with that at the moment, then a step counter will be a good way to start being more active.

Take Regular Work Breaks

Work or school are going to be some of the places where we find it hard to be the most active. We can’t just get up and leave when we want. However, we can take breaks to have a quick walk around the office or to get a glass of water. You shouldn’t be sat at your desk for hours on end without moving. Consider standing at your desk if you need to, to get your body moving and some weight bearing on your feet. You could even look into getting a bike or elliptical installed under your desk, like this one https://www.hereon.biz/under-desk-elliptical/. What a fun way to be more active when you normally wouldn’t be very active. Employers should take note!

Use Standing Time To Move

Think about times in the day when you stand up but don’t do anything. You might be waiting for the kettle to boil or for the oven to heat up. But use that time to get in a mini-workout. How many squats can you do in the time it takes for your pasta to cook or the kettle to boil, for example? When you’re having a phone conversation, how many times can you go up and down the stairs or do something else that is active like cleaning the house? Multitask and get a few more mini-workouts in each day and it will help you to stay fit and well much more than people that don’t.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

5 Things To Avoid To Keep Your Lungs As Healthy As Possible

We all know that eating right and exercising is the best way to stay healthy. However, there are so many things in life that can damage your lungs. Your lungs are one of the main parts of your body that keep you alive; so looking after them is imperative. Here are are some examples of things to avoid to keep your lungs healthy.

Smoking

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Smoking cigarettes is probably the most dangerous thing that you could put into your body. Not only can it harm your lungs and cause you to contract lung cancer; it can cause many other cancers too. Did you know, that every cigarette that you smoke can take 10 minutes off your life? If you suffer from an illness like asthma or COPD; the effects of smoking can take it’s toll faster than someone who doesn’t suffer from any lung diseases.

It’s not just tobacco that can be harmful if you smoke it either. Smoking any form of drugs can harm your lungs just as much as regular tobacco. Not only that, it can cause dozens of other health problems, including things like psychosis.

If you’re trying to quit smoking, visit your local pharmacist for help on quitting. It will save your wallet and your life.

Bonfire Smoke

There’s nothing quite like huddling around a bonfire and watching the flames engulf the firewood until it burns to glowing embers. However, breathing in bonfire smoke can do serious damage to your health. Even though it may smell nice, the smoke contains dangerous particles that can penetrate the walls of your lungs; causing breathing problems, headaches, runny noses and wheezing. If you are attending a bonfire, try not to stand too close. That way you’re at less risk of reaping the damage that can be caused by bonfire smoke.

Asbestos

Asbestos is something that’s been around for centuries and is typically used in buildings for insulation. After the discovery of asbestosis, it was discontinued in the build of new houses. However, many homes all over the world still contain asbestos; which can pose a threat to anyone who has a lot of exposure to it. If the asbestos is untouched, it shouldn’t harm you but if it’s broken or removed the small fibre particles can enter your lungs and cause damage over time.

If you’re in the industry of home improvements, make sure that you wear a face mask when working with asbestos to make sure that the particles aren’t accidentally breathed in. However, if your company hasn’t been providing face masks, you could call a mesothelioma attorney for compensation; because being exposed to asbestos could have potentially put you at the risk of cancer. Make sure you get yourself checked out if you’re experiencing tightness of the chest, shortness of breath and deformities of your hands.

Cleaning Chemicals

Even though we want to keep our homes clean and hygienic, using bleach without proper protection can lead to lung diseases like COPD, asthma, and can even cause people with current lung conditions to have even worse symptoms. Anything that contains bleach, chlorine, and ammonia is potentially dangerous. The warnings on the side of the product normally advise you to cover your mouth when using it to prevent the fumes from these chemicals harming your lungs. Like with working with asbestos, make sure that you wear a face mask when using these chemicals to prevent any damage to your lungs, even if you are only bleaching the toilet.

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Carbon Monoxide

We’ve probably all heard that carbon monoxide is dangerous for the body, but why is that? Carbon monoxide is found in cigarettes (one of the many reasons you shouldn’t smoke) and it’s a gas that prevents your lungs from taking in enough air; therefore suffocating the lungs and making it difficult to breathe. Unfortunately, we are even at risk of carbon monoxide in our own homes, so it is definitely worth investing in a carbon monoxide meter which will tell you if any is detected in your home. Having appliances that use fuel in your home serviced regularly should decrease the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Avoiding these 5 things should keep your lungs healthy so that you can concentrate on keeping healthy through a good diet and exercise. If there is anything else that seems like it would be hard on your lungs like dust or particles in the air, make sure to cover your mouth to prevent damage to your lungs.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Understanding The Relationship Between Mind and Body For Better Health

If there is one goal which we would all generally agree to being important, it is to remain as fit and healthy as possible for as long as possible. However, put this way, it doesn’t really tell us much. The truth is that there is much more to it than it at first appears, and getting to grips with that is the first essential step towards understanding it more fully. As it turns out, anyone who wants to improve their health in any big and lasting way will benefit massively from understanding a little about the psychology behind it all. Fortunately, such psychology is easy to understand and will help you with any health goals you hope to achieve. Let’s take a deeper look into the world of psychology to understand the relationship between mind and body a little better.

A Two-Way Relationship

It is often helpful to think of the relationship between health and mind as a yin and yang situation. In one sense, being healthy helps to promote a more positive psychological outlook, and improves mental well-being. But at the same time, fostering a healthy mindset is always going to improve the effectiveness of any decisions you make regarding your physical health. It might be beneficial to visualize the mind and body relationship as a swinging door: no matter which way you push it, it comes back the other way with equal force.

Alternately, you might want to go the way of certain spiritual traditions, and consider the mind and body to really just be two parts of the same machine. Seen from this perspective, it makes little difference what you do for one or the other. Improving your mind strengthens your body, and boosting your physical health likewise brings about more positive and beneficial states of mind. We all already know that getting the mind and body in harmony can have hugely positive effects. This is made all the easier by considering that they are really just one thing anyway. Understand the basic nature of this relationship as well as you can; it will help you no matter what you attempt to do to improve your health.

Building A Strong Foundation

Seen from that viewpoint, it is clearly beneficial to try and build a strong foundation from both the physical and mental sides of the equation. If you look at http://trainingtips.com/strong-foundation/ you will get a good idea of what we are going for here. The better the foundation, the starting point, the more effective any subsequent actions to improve one’s health will be, so this is worth looking into at your earliest convenience. In truth, there is practically no end to what you can do to bring about this harmonious foundation – but there are particular first steps which are worth attempting.

For a start, it is a good idea to try and clear both mind and body of any particularly toxic substances. In the physical realm, this means avoiding any genuine toxins which your body probably doesn’t appreciate having inside it. In many cases, this is extremely difficult to do, especially if those toxins are highly addictive substances which you have been dependent on for some time. If this applies to you, consider visiting somewhere like www.orlandorecovery.com to try and rid yourself of the addiction. It might take a long time, but it will be worth it.

On the mental side, getting rid of toxins means working to remove the basis of unhelpful and damaging thought patterns. This, again, is for many people the work of a lifetime. You might even say that useless mental chitter-chatter is something of an epidemic human disease. Nonetheless, you can make small changes each and every day to gradually do away with these types of thoughts. Take up a meditation routine, even just half an hour a day, and you will be well on your way with this side of the bargain.

Keeping The Balance

Your main mission now is to continue to try and keep the balance between body and mind as you work on improving your health. There are countless fitness and health goals which you might be set on achieving. Regardless of what yours are, you should try to ensure that you always work towards them with both body and mind in the center of the issue at all times. This will ensure that you do not focus too heavily on one to the detriment of the other – a common but often unseen flaw which upends many attempts to improve one’s health. Put simply, you need to work on both improving your physical and mental well-being at the same kind of pace.

The Physical Side

When it comes to looking at improving your physical health, there are a number of easy and common changes which you might want to make. If you feel that you have become sluggish, then the first port of call will be to simply get moving in whatever way you can. This might mean going for a jog every other day, or it might even be something much smaller, to begin with. Whatever it takes, make sure you go at a speed which will not cause too much stress to either side of the equation. Take it as slow as is necessary in order to enjoy it, but as fast as you need to in order to see those changes you want to see.

The Mental Side

Of course, in tandem with this, you will want to think about tending to your mental side. This means continuing with that daily meditation practice, for a start. But it’s also a case of keeping stress at bay, killing it the moment it arises within you. This practice alone will do plenty in terms of keeping you centered and healthy, and you might be surprised at what a difference it really does make overall.

Health only comes to you when you focus in a balanced way on both your body and mind. Focus on those aspects of wellbeing which tend to both, such as good nutrition and plenty of rest, and you will be well on your way to greater health.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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