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Guest Post: The Power Of Running For Your Body And Mind

Everyone knows running is a great way to get into shape. It’s not a secret! But do you know that running can also benefit your mind? Have you ever wondered how running influences your brains? If you haven’t now it’s the time to realize why running is not only great for your body but also for your mind.

So, let’s start… How does running influence your body and brain?

Stimulate Memory and Learning System

People who prefer to sit on the sofa instead of morning run can’t show off a good memory and learning as their brains are slowly dying away. Fit people and those who like exercising have a better ability to concentrate, solve different memory test better and combine multiple tasks easier.

Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Help with Depression

When you run, your body produces endorphin. This hormone improves your mood and health. Endorphin allows your body to lower your stress levels, anxiety, improve your sleep and eliminate depression.

Stop Deterioration of Brains with Age

With aging, the human brain can begin to deteriorate but running prevents or reverses this process as it affects brain chemicals. Running boosts the production of new nerve cells and blood vessels within the brain that’s why the runners’ brains have better metabolic efficiency and getting old later than non-athletes’.

Help to Burn Calories

Running is considered as one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep in shape. It is a unique type of exercise as you can burn calories not only when you work out but also and after training. Such effect is called “afterburn”.

Prevent Disease

Research shows that running is a nice way to increase your overall level of health and it means that running helps to reduce or prevent the risk of disease. While you’re running the level of good cholesterol in your blood raises. As a result, the lung function of your body increases, you enhance your immune system and the risk of developing blood clots becomes lower.

Make Your Heart Stronger

One more useful characteristic of running is the ability to take care of your heart health. Regular runs are the best prevention of heart disease. Running has the magic impact to your health. It can reduce the risk of heart attack, lower resting heart rate and reduce blood pressure.

Strengthen Your Bones

Running also helps to strengthen your bone health. If somebody says that running damages your bones don’t trust this person. The repeated impact on your bones and joints during your regular runs makes to build thick calcium layers in the bones and they gradually get stronger.

Prolong Your Life

It is no big secret that people who exercise at least 30 minutes, five times a week live longer than those who lead passive lifestyle. When you start running you give up bad habits, you promote your health and don’t allow your brain to age. Of course, all this helps you to extend your life.

Here you’ve read about the best benefits of running. As you see running can be considered as a universal workout as it useful both for your physical and mental health. How has running improved your body and mind? Please, share your thoughts with us.

Written by: Helen Rogers – http://thecrossfitshoes.com/

Nature Over Knowledge

None of us can deny that nature knows what it’s doing. If you want proof, you only have to look around you. Ants are a perfect example of nature doing its thing, and doing it well. Each ant knows their place in the anty ranks, and they know what job they need to do. No one tells them. They don’t have existential crises or wonder if they’re on the right path. The same cannot be said for humans. Going back thousands of years, we may have known what we were doing. But, we often feel lost in the modern age. We could get into philosophical debates about why. Did Eve eat the apple and that kind of thing? But, for the most part, we’ve lost our way because we stopped listening to nature.

You could apply this theory to many aspects of life. But, we’re going to take a look at what effect it has on our health. Our bodies function without conscious thought. We breathe, our hearts beat. And, we’re hardly aware of it. In that sense, nature still holds our reins. But, in other ways, we have turned the democracy of our bodies into a dictatorship that isn’t working.

You only have to turn on the news to see that we’re more unhealthy than ever. It makes no sense because medicine is better. No one can deny that we’re living longer. But, self-induced health problems, like obesity, are on the rise. So, why aren’t things working from a health perspective? In a lot of ways, it’s because we ignore nature. We let our heads decide how we treat our bodies. There’s no denying there’s a link between body and mind, but are we using it in the right way? The results would suggest not.

Instead of listening to our bodies need, we do what we want. Our bodies have no say. We choose diets, not because our body needs them, but because they sound like a good idea. Is it any wonder we often fail in our fitness pursuits? And, it’s not only diets that are guilty. We often push ourselves too far in the exercise stakes, too. If your body is hurting, it’s telling you it’s had enough. Don’t continue to push through!

So, what can we do to solve the problem? The simple answer is nothing. Stop doing anything, and give nature a chance to take control again. You don’t need to make the decision to go on a diet. If your body wants a weight loss cleanse, it’ll tell you as much. If you need to do more exercise, you’ll get a craving to do so. Listen to what your body is telling you!

There’s no denying that our knowledge can help us in many ways. But, it seems to be more of a hindrance when it comes to our bodies. Not only have we lost touch with nature, but we’ve also lost touch with what’s good for us. It’s time to make a change.

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.

Your Body’s In Good Shape, But What About Your Mind?

A lot of people are so focused on getting their body fit and healthy that they forget all about their mind. Your mind needs, training, exercise and health treatment just as much as your body. In fact, did you know that a lot of experts recommend that everyone goes to see a mental health professional at some point in their life? We’ll look at why that is a little further down, but this clearly shows the importance of thinking about your mental health. So, how can you look after your mind and what benefits will this bring?

Brain Exercises

You should avoid binge watching TV if you can, no matter how tempting it might be. Instead, watch TV in short bursts every so often and spend more time reading and solving puzzles. Crosswords are great brain exercises that really get those electrons firing. That’s exactly what you need to keep your mind in tip-top shape. If you do this, you can even reduce the chances of developing problems such as Alzheimer’s later in life. Many people with the early signs of Alzheimer’s have discovered that brain teasers slow down the progression of the disease. You can read more about this on https://alzheimers.org.uk/.

Therapeutic Treatment

Therapy is about tackling the issues that are causing you stress and anxiety. A lot of OT companies now work with big business to make sure that all employees are taken care of in this aspect, and that’s hardly surprising. Most of the stress that we face in life is due to our career and our job responsibilities. If you have a look at a site such as http://theotpractice.co.uk/, you’ll see that you can easily arrange to speak to an OT yourself. They will help you achieve your goals in life and conquer the road blocks that are stopping you from succeeding.

Meditation

Do you constantly feel stressed and overwhelmed in your life? You might want to think about meditation. You don’t have to spend hours meditating to see the effects. Instead, you can simply squeeze in a few hours a day. To meditate all you need to do is clear your mind. Try using some relaxing music and setting quietly with your legs crossed and your arms loose by your side. Practice controlled breathing, and you should feel your body calm down. At this point, you will be entering a stage of meditation. When you have finished meditating your mind will feel clearer, and your body might feel stronger too.

Sleep Tight

Of course one of the simplest ways to keep your mind healthy is by getting a good night of rest. You may not realize this, but sleep is the body’s natural way of healing itself. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you will find life more stressful, and you might even see physical changes such as bloating or loss of hair. To get a good night of rest, try switching off all the electrical devices in your room. You can learn why you should do this by reading http://dailymail.co.uk/. Exercise a few hours before bed then lie back and let your body drift naturally to sleep. You should wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

We hope you see now why it’s important to look after the mind as well as the body when you’re thinking about your 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.

Navigating The Incredible Link Between Body And Mind

It’s important to understand how the mind impacts the body and how the body affects the mind. There is a link there that you might not be aware of and it could be impacted your health right now. There are many ways how we feel can change our body.

For instance, you might be feeling stressed. Stress can have a variety of causes. For instance, you might be dealing with some difficult deadlines at work. If you feel as though you’re not going to make the deadlines, you might think your career is in jeopardy. If that’s the case, it would be naturally to experience increased levels of stress.

What you might not realize is that this stress will have an effect on your body too. Stress can lead to hair loss, weight gain and even damage to the skin. That’s why if you want to stay healthy, it’s in your best interest to try to stay as calm as possible.

Interestingly, physical actions can impact your levels of stress and the way you feel. For instance, exercise has been shown to reduce tension. This might be because it gives the mind something else to focus on. Or, it could be due to the fact that when you exercise your body releases endorphins that do make you feel better, even for a short time. Here are some of the other relationships between the body and the mind.

You Are What You Eat

These words are truer than you might think because diet does affect mood and how we feel. Chocolate, for instance, is a mood elevator and triggers the same endorphins in the mind that are associated with love.

People with bipolar disorder are even advised to stay away from foods with high levels of sugar. A key piece of bipolar depression info is that people with this condition have highs and lows. You might have noticed a similar effect just after you consume something high in sugar. For a while, you feel happier and then you sink again. You can imagine how difficult this can be for someone whose mood is already affected by a medical condition.

Just Smile

Smiling isn’t just about showing someone else that you’re happy. Research shows that by smiling, you actually increase your own happiness levels, even if you’re not actually feeling that great. You might wonder then how there can be any such thing as smiling depression. Well, the effects of smiling on your own happiness levels are quite minimal and certainly won’t completely alter your mood. However, the impact is strong and clear enough to be noticeable on a brain scan.

Calm Your Mind

This connection is particularly interesting. Studies have shown that Buddhist monks who have spent their lives meditating actually form new pathways in the brain and may increase cognitive intelligence. There is still a lot of research occurring investigating this phenomena, but it certainly points to the possibility that meditation can be good for your health.

We hope you find these connections useful because understanding them could have a definite impact on your life and your level of fitness.

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.

What People Don’t Realize About Spiritual Healing And Development

Spiritual healing and development is one of the best ways to get a sense of well being and contentment. By healing yourself spiritually and developing in any way you can, you’ll likely become a better person and improve your life in so many ways. However, there are a few things you may not realize about heading down the spiritual path. Read on to find out what they are…

It Might Get Worse Before It Gets Better

When you take a spiritual path, things usually get worse before they get better. This is because it tends to bring up a bunch of stuff you may have been ignoring, or things you may not have dealt with properly yet. Life is all about learning lessons, and if you haven’t learned yours, you’re going to have the same situations and feelings crop up until you do. There’s a lesson to be learned in everything, and you may need to deal with things like past trauma before you can move forward. This can be painful but so worth it.

Meditation Shouldn’t Be Optional

You should have a few spiritual practices that aren’t negotiable, and meditation should really be one of them. You don’t just have to sit still to meditate. You can do walking meditations, and even meditate as you shower or go about your chores. You can do this by adopting some kind of affirmation or breathing practice.

However, if you would like to try the traditional form of meditation, there are so many apps out there to help you. Not only is mediation perfect for spiritual healing, it will help you to develop at the same time. Sticking to a short practice each day can be difficult, but again, it’s worth it. 10-15 minutes every day is only a very short percentage of your day, and the benefits you’ll get from meditation can be vast.

Natural Methods Are Always Best

Natural methods of spiritual healing and development are always best. Some people try to use illegal, dangerous substances to help on their journeys, but this isn’t recommended. Instead, you can look at sites like Ibogahealing.com to get the best results on your path.

Negative Thoughts Are Slowing You Down

We all have negative thoughts from time to time, about ourselves, our lives, and others. These thoughts are slowing you down. Training your brain to stop entertaining and reaching for these thoughts can be hard, but you should notice huge improvements in your life. The way you judge others says more about you than it does about them.

You Probably Won’t Reach Enlightenment

This might sound like a bad thing to you, but reaching enlightenment like Jesus or Buddha is extremely difficult, almost impossible, and becoming obsessed with this state can really slow you down. This isn’t to say you never ever will (there are infinite possibilities in this universe), but getting too focused on it as an end result may prevent you from progressing in the long run, and you might get stuck in ‘ego mode’ without realizing it.

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.

The Struggle Of Staying Healthy

No one embarks on a fitness program with the view that they’ll ever end up back where they started. You take a breath and begin counting calories, eating healthily, or start a gym routine and when you do it you do it with the best intentions. Than watch the pounds fall off and the inches shrink away all due to your hard work and determination. You eat better than ever and you finally make it to goal weight

Once you get to goal weight, you must adjust your currently weight loss lifestyle to suit one of maintenance and that’s where most people slip up and fall. Getting healthy is one thing, staying healthy? That’s a big struggle. It’s not because you don’t want to keep up the lifestyle you’ve achieved, but it’s a transition from losing weight to maintenance and reverting to old habits can seem so easy! Whether you’ve achieved your goal by yourself at home, or you’ve achieved your goal with the help of a weight loss clinic, it isn’t easy to stay at that goal weight and it takes a lot more grit than losing the weight in the first place. With these tips, you can keep the weight off and enjoy life as much as you always have at your goal weight:

Remember the Changes

The key to keeping the weight off and staying at your ideal weight is down to the long-term changes you make. The changes you made with your food need to stay the same or as close as possible. By sticking to lower calories and upping your protein intake, you can feel fuller for longer and be less likely to snack throughout the day.

Planning is Key

Planning your meals and sticking to that plan is going to help you maintain healthier eating habits. This includes eating out and family events that involve food – plan for those meals out so that you can make informed decisions. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy a night out with your friends – if you stick to your plan you can be happy and comfortable.

Keep up the Activity

Your exercise routine may have been vigorous while you’ve been losing the weight so scale back slightly and change up your routine. Instead of working out seven days a week, aim for five instead!

Support will always help. Talk to your doctor, your friends and your family about your weight loss and your maintenance goals. You need to have the right support to maintain how well you’ve done.

Ultimately, your health is going to depend on your level of willpower and your ability to stick with your new, healthy habits instead of thinking that just because you’ve reached your goal, you’ll be able to keep your new health and fitness with pizza! Reverting to old habits will also revert you back to that mental health state you were in before you embarked on your fitness journey. Don’t go back there, stay focused and stay healthy.

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 Can We Improve our Mental Health

Unlike our bodies, we presume our mental health will take care of itself. When we decide to overhaul our lifestyle and focus on fitness, we often forgot to pay attention to our mental state. Our physical state matters a lot, but so does our brain performance, stress levels, and focus. Find out how we all improve our mental health and the benefits of improving it…

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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.

Guest Post: 7 Simple Ways to Nourish Your Soul and Mind

Nourishing the soul and mind does not require complex techniques and methods but just simple and pure methods. The below highlighted methods are not only powerful but simple to implement and practiced over a long period of time brings in a feeling of empowerment and emotional balance –Simple focused breathing – breath is the connection between body –

#1. Simple focused breathing –

Breath is the connection between body – mind and soul. Think bout this, the breath is our only companion from the day we are born till we ‘leave’ and yet we are mostly not conscious about it as it keeps working on an auto pilot mode. Majority of breathing exercises practiced as a part of yoga and other sciences point towards the same. Daily practice of ‘Conscious breathing’ will bring in some deep nourishment for the mind, body and soul.

Method – Just find a place where you can be undisturbed for at least 10 minutes, sit with your spine strain and eyes closed. Closing eyes will just help focus better. For 10 minutes’ focus on deep abdominal breathing, deep yet relaxed and just feel the energy moving throughout the body. Start with 5 minutes everyday and then can be extended to 10 minutes after a couple of weeks. Practice this on an empty stomach.

#2. Maintain a Journal –

Handwriting bypasses the conscious mind and gets imprinted onto the subconscious mind. As a daily practice, you can write – happy moments of the day, achievements of the day, etc. Even writing down beautiful affirmations and belief statement like – ‘I love myself totally and completely,’ ‘Life is filled with magic and miracles,’ ‘I am one with the Universe’ etc. can definitely be a great exercise for the mind and soul.

#3. Conscious Quality Time –

Investing some conscious quality time with your family in the evening is a great activity for the soul. Spending quality time with ‘people who matter’ also works on a spiritual level. This quality time is just to talk something nice, laughter, etc. DO not adulterate this time with multitasking. It cannot be combined with television, or your official emails – just the time with your family!!!!

#4. Respect your body –

Your body is your nearest temple. The physical dimension of the soul and the mind is the body. One way of nourishing the soul and mind is to nourish the body. Respect your body by eating the right foods and not abusing it with wrong foods and addictions. Soul foods are the ones which are not dense and heavy, very subtle light in the stomach – veggies, salads and alkaline diet is a great way.

#5. Self Hypnosis –

Hypnosis is nothing but a method to access the subconscious mind. The subconscious is believed to be 6000 times stronger than the conscious mind and becomes the seat of beliefs and values. Using Self Hypnosis methods can be useful to empower the mind, change beliefs and patterns. You can find lots of self-hypnosis audios online, and you can also find a link at http://www.harrishsairaman.com/category/self-hypnosis/

#6. Sound Therapy –

Sound therapy as a modality is huge and cannot be discussed here in totality. It works at different levels and can be liberating and healing for the mind and soul. Whether it’s listening to soothing music, chants or even reciting powerful chants, investing few minutes every day can definitely make ‘peace of mind’ a way of Life

#7. Mirror Technique –

The mirror is not only a reflection of our outer self but is also for the inner self. Practicing the mirror technique every day can be a great gift to yourself!!! Eyes are believed to be the way to the soul. Every morning, look into your own eyes and recite some powerful affirmations.

These seven methods can be like the seven colors of the rainbow and bring in beauty in our lives by nourishing the mind and soul. Enjoy the experience.

Mind And Body: The Best Kept Secrets To Your Well-Being

We can all be a little guilty of getting caught up in the rate race of life. Stressed over work deadlines or feeling like we are being stretched beyond capacity. Work and home life merging and feeling guilty for not doing things you want to be doing, or doing them when you think you shouldn’t. It can all be a vicious cycle that can have a detrimental effect on our well-being. But the thing is, if we don’t take care of ourselves then we are less likely to function well in every aspect of our lives. So I thought I would share with you a few of the best kept secrets to your well-being, enabling you to kick start your year on a high.

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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.

Your Mind and Body Both Need Attention: Here’s How to Get the Balance Right

There are many things you can do to improve both your mind and your body. Which is why your mind and body need attention, so don’t focus on one without also focusing on the other. If you do that, you will never be able to make the most of your life. It’s all about getting the balance between them right and taking steps that will improve them both. For some ideas for what you should do, read on.

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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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