Besides feeling (most of the time) unbelieveably amazing, massages can actually be great for your overall health. It is suggested that massages come from the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, roughly 4000 years ago.
Not only is massage a stress reliever, but it can also work wonders for your skin. According to www.health.howstuffworks.com if you “have a skin condition like rosacea that flares up due to stress, it can help keep you relaxed and free of flare-ups.”
Massages can be completed in various ways – your first massage is typically a full body massage and then after that you and your masseuse decide if there is a specific region that should be massaged more regularly.
Kristyn Kusek Lewis, who writes for health.com also notes the benefits of indulging on massages. She believes that “massage causes changes that slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system’s pain receptors.” All good things. Interestingly enough, she also points out that famous MD Mehmet Oz admitted to having a guilty pleasure for massage and has one at least once a week.
Massages by a Registered Massage Therapist may seen expensive at first glance, but most often they provide a service that will leave a lasting impression on you both mentally and physically. RMT fees may also be covered under private insurance companies, so be sure to look into that.
Here is a great chart that illustrates which foods provide you with your daily dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential for us because they provide protection against damage the our body incounters everyday.
How often do you actually clean out your fridge? Like many people, ‘expired’ and ‘best before’ dates sometimes go out the window. Here are some reasons why you make want to give that fridge of yours some TLC.
According to about.com the number one reason to clean your fridge is to prevent food poisioning to you or a family member. Spoiled foods could be lurking - ready to attack you as soon as they are consumed. Make sure you go through your expiration dates; do it now!
The bacteria that accumulates in your fridge is due to a number of issues. Not consistantly cleaning your fridge leads to a build-up of bacteria and can cause serious health issues. Fridge cleaning should be done regularly, about every 2 weeks.
One way that bacteria grows in your fridge is the constant passing of germs from hands to items. For example, condiments that are used regularly are always being touched by hands (which can often be dirty without the person even realizing) and put back in the fridge, where it multiplies and spreads. For an easy way to prevent germ and bacteria growth try wiping off condiments prior to putting them back in the fridge.
A great way to clean your fridge (housecleaningcentral.com) is to use 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 quart of warm water. Try to reach in all the little crevices and drawers, as well as shelving and the walls of your fridge to make sure everything gets disinfected.
In the last few days I have begun my May fitness month! I have set a goal for myself to commit to working out 6 days a week. Although I have been fairly good in staying active, I am noticing that there are too many times I have an excuse not to exercise. Not only does this make me feel lazy and tired, it also begins to affect my back and neck causing quite a bit of discomfort at times. Life can be busy at times, but it is important for me to lead a balanced lifestyle of nutrition and exercise. I want exercise to become a daily part of my life and I want it to be something I look forward to instead of dragging my butt to get moving!
Today we see so many people becoming more and more health conscious. Many people are beginning to make the shift from focusing on everything but their own health to making themselves and their health the number one priority. Although we are bombarded with so many ways to stay healthy, many people often still trust the basic way of keeping in shape through regular exercise and maintaining a great workout routine.
My workout plan for this month consists of yoga, cardio, core strengthening and various other exercises targeting specific muscles groups. I plan to do yoga two days a week, running two days a week and walking and at-home exercises the rest of the days. My goal is to get myself into a regular exercise routine to continue after this month is done. My goal is to love working out!
Join me this month and create a fitness plan for yourself. It will be a great way to kick-start the summer! Write it down and hang it up somewhere where everyday you will see it! Keep yourself accountable and track your progress. Remember that staying active on a regular basis protects our bodies from chronic conditions and keeps us strong and healthy. Consistency and paying attention to your level of fitness contributes to your good health!
What does your fitness plan consist of? Please share your ideas! We would love to hear them and support you in your fitness plan!
Taken from marcandangel.com and makesmesmile.com
“Today, a man came in to apply at my restaurant. He seemed charismatic, kind, knowledgeable, and friendly. Later, when I went to call him to extend a job offer, I noticed he had written “ask for me” under his number. The number belongs to a homeless shelter. But I’m gonna take a risk and hire him anyways.”
“Today, my 12-year-old son, Sean, and I stopped by the nursing home together for the first time in several months. Usually I come alone see my mother who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. When we walked into the lobby, the nurse said, “Hi, Sean!” and then buzzed us in. “How does she know your name?” I asked. “Oh, I swing by here on my walk home from school all the time to say hi to Grandma,” Sean said. I had no idea.”
“Today, when I opened my store at 5AM there was an envelope sitting on the floor by the door. In the envelope was $600 and a note that said, “Five years ago, I broke into your store at night and stole $300 worth of food. I’m sorry. I was desperate. Here’s the money with 100% interest.” Interestingly, I never reported the incident to the cops because I assumed that whoever stole the food really needed it.”
“Today at 1AM, my grandma, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, got up, got into my dad’s car and drove off. We contacted the police. But before the police could find her, two college kids pulled into our driveway with my grandma. One was driving my dad’s car and the other was following in their car. They said they overheard her crying about being lost at an empty gas station 10 miles away. My grandma couldn’t remember our address, but gave the kids her first and last name. They looked her up online, found our address, and drove her home.”
If you guys are anything like me, you may fear change. New foods, new people, new shift at work and even when your favorite restaurant changes their best dish, it can sometimes send us into a whirlwind. Just the thought of adapting to new situations can often cause uneasiness. Because I have started looking fear in the eye – I wanted to investigate why change can be good!
According to Jennifer Jones (beliefnet.com) change is good for the following reasons: 1) It makes us flexible and allows us “to go with the flow.” 2) Change increases your level of intelligence; if there was never any change we would never learn anything new. 3) Change “reminds us that anything is possible.” This is a great point. I have never looked at change in this perspective.
Change can also affect the outcome of our lives. For example, without change there will never be a cancer cure or a woman president, flying cars or healthy potatoe chips. So many things in life would be unfortunate if there wasn’t any change.
As of now I am embracing change and riding the wave of life; without fearing when Tim Horton’s will change their cup sizes again.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change,” ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Charles Darwin