10-Benefits-of-Being-Active

Activeness is the action of promoting the physical and psychological fitness and health conditions of an individual. Physical workout is one way of keeping your body fit, firm, and slim. You may start with the simple activities like walking, jogging, and jump rope exercises. They help in relaxing your muscles and joints. Fat burning, muscle toning, mind and body coordination, normalized blood pressure, heart rate, improved metabolism, and healthy cardiovascular functioning are some of the other benefits of being active.

There are many other ways in which you can keep your body and mind active throughout the day. Use the stairs instead of the Lift in your office and residential apartment.  Use the Metropolitan line or the bus services to travel instead of your car. Use the bicycle for shopping in the evening. You can think of many other activities which keep your body and mind in a state of flow.

1.     Freedom from Lethargy

The constant feeling of fatigue and low energy levels is caused by the lack of physical activities. Most of the white collar employees in the UK have the potential risk of overweight. According to the research by the “independent” in 2017, more than 27% of the Britons are obese and the rest of 36% are considered to be overweight according to the Body-Mass-Index values. According to the 2018 data reports, one in every four Briton has the potential risk of being exposed to heart and cardiovascular problems.

Overcoming lethargy is possible only by being active throughout the day. Activeness eliminates the stiffness in the muscles. It enables smooth circulation and rejuvenates the joints. Overcoming lethargy is the first step towards freedom from a host of physical and psychological disorders.

2.     Freedom from Bad Cholesterol

Simple aerobic and strength training classes can keep you active and control cholesterol in your body. Cholesterol has two distinct forms, namely the High density Lipoprotein (HDL) (40-59MG/DL) and Low density Lipoprotein (LDL) (100-130MG/DL). Being active can balance both the types within the normal range.

Freedom from the risk of heart disease is the first obvious benefit. You don’t have to worry about frequent palpitations which used to trouble you before. A research by the British heart foundation has established the link between palpitation and abnormal cholesterol among the middle age Britons. The cardiac rehabilitation programs in the UK stress the importance of being active to keep the heart healthy.

3.     Freedom from Liver Problems

Being active increases the liver function. The risk of fatty liver, Non-Alcoholic-Steatohepatitis, and many other disorders reduce considerably when you increase the level of your activities.

4.     Freedom from Cardiovascular Disorders

Being active throughout the day can improve the functional efficiency of the heart and the blood vessels, apart from the blood itself. The elimination of the toxic elements and the circulation of fresh oxygen throughout the body get activated through activeness. It reduces the risk of disorders in the arteries, heart rhythms, heart valves, and deposition of cholesterol in the blood vessels.

5.     Freedom from Obesity

The process of fat burning is a slow process which takes many months of regular physical activities. Aerobics, weight training, resistance training, swimming, cycling, and many other forms of exercises can help burn the fat gradually but surely. Exercising also reduces the craving for eating fatty and oily foods. You can consult your physical trainer to suggest the best methods of activeness to prevent the further accumulation of fat in your body. The two processes can combine to keep your body fit and slim for eh rest of your life.

6.     Freedom to Enjoy Skin Health

Activeness can eliminate the toxic elements from the skin’s dermis and the epidermis layers through sweat. The skin pores open up naturally and the level of sebum gets restored to normalcy. It reduces the risk of many disorders like the acne, psoriasis, rashes, skin cracks, etc.

Physical activeness in the form of workouts can enhance the level of collagen within the skin layers. It tightens the skin layers and reduces the probability of wrinkles considerably.

7.     Freedom to Enjoy Good Foods

Being active can improve the digestive system functionality considerably. You can enjoy the healthy and nutritious foods, including some of the favorite dairy products which you were forced to sacrifice earlier. Being active gives you the freedom to eat the caramel popcorn, yogurt with honey, and the tasty jersey vanilla.

8.     Freedom to Raise One More Toast

Being forced to stay away from the rich sparkling English wine due to obesity, heart problems and fatty liver risks is perhaps the cruelest of punishments. Being active throughout the day gives you the freedom to raise one more toast of the fresh Hampshire wine with no added risks. In fact it helps improve your cardiovascular health in a better way now.

9.     Freedom to Celebrate your 89th Birthday

Being active can increase the probability of celebrating your 89th birthday! Activeness increases the average life expectancy by several precious years. The logic is simple. The frequency of servicing can improve the lifespan of your car engine and keep it actively functional. Similarly, activeness can improve the functionality of your entire body and its organs. You may not be transformed into your youthful former self, but it is possible to preserve the energy resources and stay healthy to celebrate your 89th birthday without any problems.

10.            Freedom to Think Like the Young

Activeness is the only medicine which can transform the old and aging brain to think like the young. Being active can reactivate the electrical pulses and eliminate the negative vibrations from the brain cells. Consistent action can put the brain cells to the new status of continuous learning which they lacked earlier.

By stretching the brain cells to their threshold limits through consistent activities, it is possible to make new brain cells grow even after the age of 60+. Practical experiments among the aging Britons have proved the theory to be applicable in real time. Well, you have the freedom to try and experiment by increasing the level of your being active right from now.

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fitness-hacks

Procrastination is the biggest enemy of your fitness program which prompts you to eternally avoid every schedule for today. For some people, the tendency seems to be an inborn character. For the others it is an acquired syndrome. In both the cases it requires a lot of patience and persistence to break the habit and start working out.

Hack #1 – Keep it Simple

When my fitness trainer asked me to make a list of my fitness goals I was literally perplexed. Actually I had no such thing as a goal. But he insisted. It took me 2 weeks to prepare a list after prolonged research on the internet. Then I mailed it to my trainer.

He smiled and asked me to try them for the first few days. My fist task was to wake up at 4:00 in the morning and go for a long walk. The next tasks were fruit juice at 5:00, fitness training till 7:00; breakfast at 7:15, go to office at 8:00, lunch at 12:00, no snacks in between, fruit juice at 16:00 and so on. Everything looked great on paper, but I could not implement a single task for a single day. After three weeks I was still hopeful of making it from tomorrow. Meanwhile I put on weight and looked uglier than before. Then my trainer asked me to go for an early morning walk at 6:00, drink one full glass of water every hour and forget about the rest. The only condition was not to break the cycle.

He added a few simple workouts as I progressed. Today I still follow the simple procedures. But I have lost considerable weight and got slimmer and fitter than I could imagine.

Hack # 2 – Keep it Consistent

Consistency is the key to attaining and sustaining the fitness levels. By eliminating the impossible goals I was able to able to achieve consistency. My trainer asked me to forget about the goals and focus only on the effort. He presented me with a big wall calendar on which I had to cross the date after completing the simple fitness tasks for the day. The trick he said is not to break the routine. It has really worked for me since that first day.

Hack # 3- Keep it Attractive

Attraction is the second key to consistency. Boredom kills the spirit and douses the fire of enthusiasm within a few days. My trainer presented me with seven pairs of colorful cartoon T-shirts and shorts for the early morning walk.  Initially I hesitated. Wearing a MOOMIN collection at 46 made no sense to me. I thought people would make fun of me. Somehow he convinced me to try it for the first two days. On the third day out I could experience miracle! Seven other early morning walkers wore similar outfit. The same spell of magic followed at the Gym. Workout became so attractive that none of us want to miss it now.

Hack # 4 – Keep it Rewarding

Instant gratification is the other key to consistency. If you are given a choice between losing 10 pounds in the next 60 days and enjoying a refreshing meal today, which one would you choose. Long term goals are needed. But every reward at the end of the day can keep your motivation high and make you to be more consistent. Just make sure your rewards don’t add those extra calories and fat into your body!

Hack # 4 –Keep it Refreshing

Think of an innovative method of doing the same set of fitness exercises without getting bored. Or you can ask your trainer to give you a set of new workouts after every month. They refresh your mind and rejuvenate your body consistently.

Hack # 5 – Keep it challenging

Once your mind and body get conditioned to the regular workouts, you can ask your trainer to increase the intensity of exercising and make it challenging. Join a hiking weekend camp at the Howgill Fells in Cumbria or go for a family cycle ride in the Richmond Royal Park. These are some of the tricks I keep trying to keep my fitness program challenging at times, though not always.

Hack # 6 – Keep it Green

A healthy and green diet plan can keep your fitness levels high and Detox your   body. Choose any one day of the week to avoid meat, poultry, dairy products, and wheat. Preferably choose raw vegetables and fruit juices for the whole day. Practice for a few weeks and experience the difference.

Hack # 7 – Keep it Professional

Join a professional fitness training center and engage with an expert fitness trainer. Make fitness a part of your everyday work schedule which you can’t miss. This trick has helped many of the procrastinators to get out of their bed and go to the gym early.

Hack # 8 – Keep it Relaxing

Some of the best body and mind relaxing methods are the sauna, spa, and massage. They relax your muscles, central nervous system, and the joints completely. Once the stress factors get eliminated from your body, you can work out better.

Hack # 9 – Keep it Spiritual

You don’t have to confuse spirituality with following the religious doctrines and commands! Spirituality is a scientific tool which helps your mind, body and the soul to connect with each other harmoniously and compassionately. You can start with simple Yoga poses and mindful-meditation. Spending a few minutes early in the morning and late in the evening can help a lot.

Hack # 10 – Keep it Social

You can encourage your friends and close ones to join you at the gym, hiking camps, yoga classes, and wherever you go in search of fitness workouts. When you see others improving their health and fitness levels with you, it is the ultimate experience of happiness you can imagine. There is also an element of selfishness (if you want to call it that way) hidden in the agenda. There will be someone to pull you out of your bed and push into the workout program, when your mind is ruled by the procrastination devil.

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How-to-Stay-Healthy-after-40

The Life and Style section of the Guardian reported an increasing risk of middle age health problems among six million Britons due to lack of exercises. That was on the 24th of August 2017. By April 2018, the numbers have risen sharply to reach more than 10 million. Public Health England (PHE) sites inactivity to be the main cause of increasing obesity, heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and a host of other risks.

According to the PHE, the heart can age much faster than the body. At the age of 40, an individual can have a heart condition which is as healthy as 30+ or as old as 60+. Your family doctor can suggest the best practices to keep a good health and fit body after you turn 40+.

Avoid Negative Influences

Before you can think of improving your health and fitness levels, it is important to set right the existing defects in your body and the brain due to addictive behavior. You can make a list of your lifestyle that includes eating patterns, sleeping patterns, addictive behavior, physical exercises, and working patterns. We have assumed that you don’t suffer from any of the physical or mental ailments that require medication and treatments at this moment.

Alcohol Abuse

The regression analysis of 40+ age group Britons in the month of January 2018 shows an alarming decline in the cognitive abilities due to alcohol abuse. The average volume of consumption by an individual is a relative factor. But the analytical study of the data from the UK Bio-bank shows the increased risk among the 40+.  Avoiding excess of alcohol consumption can help increase the physical fitness and cognitive ability levels. Restricting the frequency to less than 14 units per week, avoiding the strong drinks, and increasing the healthy nutrition intake can help reduce the risks associated with alcohol.

Smoking

According to the Telegraph news report in the month of February 2018, the increasing rate of strokes among the middle-age Britons has increased sharply (four from ten). The PHE data shows a strong link between the smoking-habits and strokes to be more common after 50, especially among the obese. It is easier to write about quitting smoking than resisting the craving to light up the next cigarette. But there are many natural ways which claim to eliminate the smoking addiction among the middle-age Britons. You may try some of them and test if they really work.

Meanwhile you can increase the consumption of raw vegetables, fresh fruit juice and pure water to dilute the effects of smoking.

Simple Detox Recipe

Two ripe guavas and half piece of lemon can help you detox the liver and the intestine. They can also eliminate the accumulation of mucus due to excess smoking. Cut the guava into fine pieces. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bowl. Blend the two by adding one cup of water. Drink it every day in the morning after brushing your teeth. Try it for a month and you can experience the results. As a regular smoker I have found this recipe to be simple and effective.

 

Enhance Positive Influences

Walk Every Day

Wake up an hour earlier than your usual time and go for a long walk with your spouse or alone. Spend first 15 minutes for brisk walking and the next 10 minutes for observing what the others in the park are doing. You can start stretching your legs and arms and bending your back. Jog for the next 15 minutes and return home.

Go to Market

Take your bicycle or just walk to the nearest market to buy the groceries and the vegetables. You may also do it while you return from the park. Climb the stairs rather than using the lift. You may find it highly frustrating in the beginning. The strong feeling that you are wasting your precious time can be sufficient to make you drop all your plans and get into your car. Patience and persistence can condition your mind into healthy habits, slowly but surely.

Shuttle to Office

Use the “UNDERGROUND” or the bus rapid transit system to go to office, unless there is an emergency which makes you rush. It is possible to chart out your daily schedule and plan your travel time accordingly. Try it for a few days and test if it really works. Check your health and fitness conditions before picking up the car keys once again.

Practice Aerobics

You can start with the simplest of the aerobics exercises and observe the changes in your fitness levels. It won’t take more than two weeks to track the progress. Weigh your body regularly and check the results.

Eat Healthy

The online diet experts may advise you a lot about what to eat and what to avoid. They are the generic solutions which may or may not work for you. Your family doctor and the gym trainer are the best people whom you can consult for the best diet plan. Write it down and follow without any conscious breaks.

Drink Plenty!

You have to drink plenty of pure mineral water and healthy fluids, especially during summer. They keep your body and skin hydrated. They also keep the energy levels high throughout the day.

Learn More

The learning curve may come to an end or an all-time low after 40. Individuals draw a circle around them and refuse to go out. Or they feel what they know is sufficient to run the rest of life. The brain cells start decaying and dying faster once an individual locks his mind.

Read fiction, auto-biography, novels, journals, and encyclopedia to learn something new every day. You must exercise your brain, just the way you train your body. You can also start teaching, writing, and singing. Try something positive which you never did before. Practice doing it for the next ten days without break. You may be slow, but it doesn’t matter. Keep trying until your mind gets conditioned to active learning. Experience the benefits and spread the word around your circle of influence.