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No matter how wealthy we are or how lavish our lifestyle is, if we do not have a healthy body then nothing else really matters. One can just not live a ‘happy’ life with a body full of diseases. We give a lot of importance to plenty of irrelevant things which ends up giving us temporary happiness and nothing more. We often tend to forget that our health is the most important thing and we should spend a lot of time in taking care of it so that we can live a healthy and a longer life which is far away from diseases, after all who likes going to the hospitals and consuming bitter medicines?

Things to Do For a Healthy Body-

1) Eat a balanced diet. Make sure that you don’t consume anything in excess. Your life shouldn’t be just revolving around junk food. Include green vegetables and fruits in your everyday diet.

2) Make sure to involve yourself in some or the other physical activity. It is not necessary to join a gym as there are many other options like jogging, dancing, brisk walking et cetera. It helps in removal of toxins from the body and keeps us healthy and active.

3) Keep yourself away from things like alcohol and smoke as it might give you a temporary pleasure at the moment but will definitely harm your body in the future. If you’re using all this to reduce stress then try to replace it with better options like meditation and soothing music.

4) Have a lot of water and sleep well. Try finishing 6-7 bottles every day as it keeps the body hydrated specially during the scorching heat of the summer season.

Why Is Good Health Important?

1) A good and a healthy body will help you to have a cheerful mood throughout the day.

2) It will save you from paying visits to the doctors.

3) You will have a stress free life without any kind of diseases.

4) A good health will lead you to a happy and a peaceful mind which is very necessary.

5) Having a good health will not stop you from working for long hours.

6) A good health will allow you to enjoy all the good things of life.

Therefore, good health is indeed one of the greatest blessings of life and we shouldn’t overlook this beautiful blessing. One should cherish it every now and the by taking special care of it.

Source by Achal Mehrotra

Human needs are unlimited. I heard that when we wish for something, we become very aggressive to achieve it but as we get it, another wish takes place. And I found it true but this is a long journey. So it is always good to make a control on our desires. By doing this we able to live our present and stop crying for more things.

So ideal way is to work with full of your energy and enjoy the things which come in your way. Short jokes are the best medium to enjoy the present moment. Whenever we crack a jokes, we are not only making ourselves happy but we are giving a reason others to enjoy.

It has rightly been said that "you grow up on that day when you have your real laugh at yourself." It is easy to laugh on others but the day when you learn how to laugh at your own self is the day you learn how to live life. When you laugh, you intake large amount of oxygen in huge gulps which is very good for your heart and healthy heart is the secret behind all success. Here I would like to share some experts opinion and research about the value of laughter:

Miller said that "the most significant study finding was that people with heart disease responded less humorously to everyday life situation." They laugh not much even the positive situations and they shown more anger and hostility.

Erma Bombeck said, "If I could live my life over, I would have laughed more." How beautifully she expressed the importance of laughter in our life.

Fun, humor and laughter are the reaffirmation of our life. There is lot of panic in everyone's life but laughter helps us to forget all the sorrows for a moment. It does not matter that how many problems are there in life but it really matters that how we deal with them. If the laughter is necessary for good health but short Jokes are essential for laughter.

So I stick on that the way to happiness can be achieve by passing through the street of short jokes as they create fun and humor. I would like to share some plus points of cracking pranks:

– It bring us in notice.
– It help us to keep away from negative thoughts.
– It is great way to live present moment.
– They polish our personality.
– It is the secret of good health.

When you can get all these great benefits with little efforts so what are you waiting for? Just start entertaining yourself as well as others.

Source by Bhawna K Kapoor

Some are born with an inbuilt knowledge of what one’s body needs. Others are easily misguided and led by fashion, popularity, and peer pressure into things that should be avoided. There is also the bodies willingness or otherwise to partake of harmful substances. In my case my body could not tolerate chemicals or anything that affected the brain. This was guided by my keen desire for knowledge and making my intelligence number one.

The lessons learned are that what we do when we are young has an impact on aging and on what diseases and handicaps we will face as the years pile up. Good body maintenance is about avoiding anything toxic and that includes even dangerous rides at carnivals.

The latest fad is to take rides on vehicles that cause a drop and sudden stop, as in some crazy fairground roller coaster adventures. Watching one of these recently it was hard for me to believe that people not only put their own bodies at risk but that of their children in the name of having fun. The human brain is soft and very easily damaged.

The body warns of impending danger through the adrenalin glands and the sensation that many find addictive. As adrenalin flows it increases the heart rate and provides us with a flight or fight experience. In other words, it prepares for recovery from harm.

As the body jerks into a sudden stop the cranium and brain collide. This causes a degree of bruising and can even result in death or paralysis. But that doesn’t have to happen immediately as delayed response may see the effects of concussion several hours or even a day after the event.

Headaches; nausea; dizziness; memory problems; irritability; as well as balance and sleeping difficulties may follow. Look at these symptoms and compare them to those of Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. With the latter there are huge changes in brain functions that include memory loss.While there is no proven correlation to support the linking of the two it doesn’t mean it is not correct.

Drugs also affect the brain and taking pills on a regular basis may also be leading to the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. While there are no studies to prove this is the case it’s still a matter of common sense.

If one is looking for a fitness regime then start with the brain and all other things will surely follow. It has the ability to tell us when we are going wrong. Drugs, on the other hand, interfere with that side of nature. We educate the brain by what we do to our bodies. If we stuff ourselves with things like sweets and alcohol, and tell it that the odd adrenalin rush is OK, then changes in that vital organ will impel us to take more of it.

Source by Norma Holt

The skyrocketing medical expenses, make health insurance plans very essential. When you have an insurance plan, you feel more secure because you are covered even in emergency medical situations. You do not have to start looking for money to get medical attention and you do not have to use the money you have to cater to the medical needs when you have a health insurance plan. There are so many health insurance providers today offering all sorts of plan and you therefore must know what features to look out for to get a plan that is most valuable for your medical needs.

1. Good room rent limits. This is an important feature when hospitalization is inevitable. A good health insurance plan should not have a maximum limit on the room rent so that you know this expense is well covered no matter how long you or a member of your family gets admitted in hospital. Such plans are however hard to find because most come with small percentages on maximum limits, they will pay for room rent. At least choose a reasonable percent to get better value from your plan.

2. Preexisting disease cover. A good plan should cover even pre-existing diseases you have before you buy your insurance plan. This is the best kind of policy because then you get the important medical care you need with the diseases compared to plans that do not include preexisting diseases in their plans. Choose a plan that covers the preexisting conditions and one that has a lower waiting period for claims on the same.

3. Impressive hospital network. When getting a health insurance plan, a good one is the one that makes it possible for you to get medical help from a number of hospitals. Such an impressive hospital network ensures that you get help as soon as you need it and from a hospital nearest to you. Choose a plan that directly ties you up with the good hospitals within your locality to enjoy better delivery of services. Cashless facilities are best because you won’t have to go through the process of filing for reimbursements.

4. High no claim bonuses. The truth is that you will not always make claims on your health insurance. For this reason, a good plan should offer you no claim bonuses when no claims are made. It affects the sum assured by the next renewal, but you definitely want to choose a policy that offers you high no claim bonus, so you get better value for your money even when you do not end up laying claim.

5. Least exclusions. A good health insurance plan should cover most of your health needs. There is always an exclusive section of the policies and unfortunately most people forget to go through it before taking up the policies. Ensure you check the section out and select a plan that has the least number of exclusions to help you relax knowing that it has you covered for most health issues.

Source by Jovia D’Souza

In 1948, the World Health Organization defined good health as; “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

This definition of health holds as true today as it did back in 1948. Though the WHO may have modified their definition since then, the state of health for many today is dismal. Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease are increasing rapidly throughout the world and no one appears to have a clue as to how to cure disease other than treat it through drugs and surgery.

Ask anyone on the street and you are likely to get the answer that health for them means the absence of pain and illness. Many say they are healthy even though they take a pharmacy of drugs and medications to feel that way.

As the years have slipped by more people have adopted the Western style diet, a diet of highly refined foods loaded with sodium, sugar, fat and chemical additives. Highly stressed lifestyles combined with bad habits such as smoking and the pollutants in the food, air and water insure that the quality of life is severely compromised. There’s little good in living longer if those extra years are filled with pain an disease.

Today’s diseases are the result of poor lifestyle choices. Aside from the fact that most diets are high in fat, most of the produce on supermarket shelves is severely depleted of the essential vitamins and minerals that were abundant in the diet of those who lived a hundred years ago. Today’s food is mass produced and comes from farms whose soils have been sterilized and robbed of minerals. Food is made to look good and have a long shelf life, but not produced to promote health.

Today’s medical establishment projects the idea that sickness is a part of life and inevitable. The older you get, the sicker you will be and the more you’ll require medical intervention. But the truth is that a healthy body doesn’t get sick. A body with a strong immune system has many checks and balances that insure that good health is maintained. Even today you’ll find centenarians that don’t require crutches to get around or languish in a nursery home waiting for the bliss of death to take them. Health is not all due to hereditary factors.

Those centenarians have no special health genes to help them live so long. What they do have is what’s lacking in the lives of the majority of people today. Those healthy old folks are active. They eat fresh fruits and vegetables, foods high in fiber and low in simple carbohydrates. They get fresh air and don’t smoke or drink to excess. You’ll likely find them living in their own homes and getting about without walkers and canes.

Maintaining good health has to start with the belief that it is possible to become healthy and stay that way by implementing good lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, few people have the incentive to make those changes. A stressed and hurried lifestyle doesn’t allow many to stop and take an inventory of themselves and the goals for future well-being.

With all that we’ve discovered about the functioning of the body and its ability to heal itself, there is no excuse why anyone should continue to live an an unhealthy lifestyle that shortens the quality of life. The real definition of good health is by making a complete change of lifestyle through eating a good diet, exercising regularly, living relatively stress free, getting enough sleep and throwing out the cigarettes and drugs. Doing so would reduce the epidemics of today’s modern diseases and restore the balance and enjoyment that life should be.

Source by Mario G Carini

How good is your health?

Most people forget that good health is the greatest asset they can have in life.

They work hard all their lives without taking proper care of themselves

for many years until one day they break down.

Don’t wait until you’ve a nervous break down, to face the reality.

You should balance your activities with the proper amount of rest.

Some of the leading experts in the field of aging now believe that regular exercise along with the proper amount of rest may actually add years to the life span.

Results from a number of tests indicate that speed and muscular strength of many of the elderly can be extended.

Leading authorities agree that this new data is going to shatter many of the myths about aging and physical performance.

The conclusion now is that the performance and ability of the elderly has long been underestimated, diet, proper sleep and exercise along with rest and relaxation are all important factors in preserving our bodies.

Laughter is one of the best things for your mental and physical state.

People are naturally attracted to someone who has a good sense of humor.

You can develop a good outlook and a good sense of humor by associating with and surrounding yourself with pleasant happy people.

Recognize that stress is a killer. A life filled with stress can really wreak havoc on your body causing a number of illnesses such as hear attacks, strokes, asthma, gastric problems, menstrual disorders, ulcerative colitis, angina, irritable colon, increased blood pressure, ulcers, headaches, etc.

There are different types of stress such as mental, emotional and physical.

Emotional stress seems to take the greatest toll on everyone.

All stress is not bad; in fact, life would not be very interesting if it were not met with challenges.

However, too much stress, too often with no effective and appropriate outlet, does not allow the body and soul to recuperate.

You might review a typical week to see if you can identify things that might be making you anxious or causing you stress.

Once identified, stressors can be attacked and eliminated.

Are you a worrier? Chronic worriers don’t have more serious problems than others – they just think they do.

Many worriers try to cope by trying not to think about their problems, but this just makes things worse.

Doctors say that chronic worriers feel less anxious if they actually spend a half-hour a day thinking specifically about their problems.

Get plenty of exercise. People who are physically fit look good and feel good.

A good exercise regimen will lengthen your life. Improve your appearance, build self confidence and help delay the aging process.

Remember that you need to do something physical every day.

If you don’t use your joints, quite simply they’ll tighten up with age to create the stooped, bent and worn out appearance we so often associate with old age.

Studies have shown that people with arthritis experience less pain if they continue to keep their joints flexible.

As one gets older, the bones tend to get brittle which is why it is common for senior citizens to break bones and especially their hips when they fall.

Eating right, getting proper sleep and learning to relax are all very valuable in maintaining a healthy body and mind.

And keep in mind that eating healthy foods and avoiding those high in fats, sodium and cholesterol will help to decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and associated problems.

May these good health news and insights help you to live a longer, healthy and happy life.

Warmly,

I-key Benney, CEO

Source by I-key Benney

First of all, I want to say that I’m not a mental health professional. I was a high school social studies teacher and in education for 34 years, and I do have Mental Health First Aid certification, but still, these suggestions are only personal opinion and do not represent professional advice.

• The first recommendation deals with sleep. Most professionals recommend eight hours of sleep per night for adults. More than eight hours may lead to depression or at least sluggishness. Less than eight hours may lead to anxiety or nervousness. However, I maintain that sleep does not have to be completed in one block of time. Personally, I sleep for about three hours, work on projects for an hour or two, sleep for another one or two hours; then I nap once or twice during the day when I’m tired. Sometimes naps last an hour, sometimes only ten minutes. I think the key is to sleep when your body tells you it needs rest. Of course, I’m semi-retired, and my schedule may not work for most professionals.

• A conscientious diet is helpful for mental stability. I recommend a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. Those can include, most nuts and seeds, but most helpful are walnuts, sunflower seeds, ground flaxseeds, and soaked chia seeds. I like to soak my chia seeds in milk overnight and that combination ends up similar to a tapioca pudding. Cold water fish provide substantial omega-3 fatty acids – sardines, salmon, trout, char, and herring lead the parade in this area. Avocado is another helpful food in this area. Low fat proteins are helpful including beans, chicken, fish, and turkey. Of course a diet grounded around fruits and vegetables is important, and finally probiotics are helpful for digestion. Those can include pickles, sauerkraut, and yogurt.

• Another important step includes respect – respect yourself, treat yourself, and value yourself. Find a hobby like fishing; go to a nice restaurant or a movie once a month, keep a journal of your thoughts, or even go shopping.

• Exercise is another important aspect that bolsters your self-esteem and overall mental health. An outdoor walk, especially in a park or the woods – that provides, fresh air, strength, and the sun can provide much needed vitamin D to stave off depression.

• Finally, it is helpful to engage with others face-to-face. Conversation can provide a feeling of worth. It is beneficial to get off the smart phone and deal with people in person.

These five keys will not guarantee good mental health, but they will go a long way toward that end.

Source by Christopher E Gregory

Thinking about the Boston Marathon Treadmill?

This article will go over the main pros and cons of this specialty treadmill to help you make a more informed buying decision.

What is the Boston Marathon Treadmill?

This treadmill is manufactured by Proform in conjunction with the Boston Marathon Athletic Association. As such, it’s called the official training treadmill of the Boston Marathon.

What this means is that the treadmill was designed with the help of the Boston Athletic Association in order to help people train and quality for the actual Boston Marathon.

Because of this, you get some very unique tools with this treadmill that you don’t get with other treadmills. For example you get a large full-color console where you can view actual footage of the Boston course – almost like you’re there in real life.

You also get a cadence pacing coach to help you stay on track while running. The treadmill also gives you a higher-than-normal 15 MPH speed limit. So long distance and experience runners will appreciate the extra room to grow.

The treadmill also comes with iFit LIVE – which is a way you can map out new trails to run all over the world. You can run in Paris, Hawaii or Sydney, Australia and watch real life landmarks pass you by in the screen for some virtual reality fun.

You also get a higher-than-normal 20% incline and 6% decline to add some more crosstraining to your workouts. And the treadmill automatically inclines and declines to match the actual terrain that you’re running (like at the Boston Marathon).

2 Different Models

There are currently 2 different versions of this treadmill: the 3.0 and the 4.0.

What’s the difference? Well, the 3.0 is a bit more affordable than the 4.0 – and it’s a bit more streamlined.

The 4.0 treadmill offers more official Boston Marathon training programs, more cadence coach options, a free wireless heart rate monitor and a speed ring. The speed ring uses wireless Bluetooth technology to change the speed from your fingertips.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Well, because of the limits of the higher incline on these treadmills, they do not fold up. So if you have a smaller workout area and need the extra space that a folding treadmill offers, this is not your treadmill.

Also, while you don’t need iFit to use the Boston Marathon treadmill, if you want to try it out you’ll need to purchase an online subscription – which is about $99 a year.

Finally, while these treadmills are incredible for marathon training and experienced runners, they might be overkill for the average, occasional walker.

So it really depends on what you want and what your goals are. But if you’re looking for one of the best treadmills for marathon training, the Boston Marathon treadmill is worth considering!

Source by Karen T Miller

Cardiovascular fitness is sometimes referred to as “cardiovascular endurance” because a person who possesses this type of fitness can persist in physical exercise for long periods of time without undue fatigue. It has been referred to as “cardio-respiratory fitness” because it requires delivery and utilization of oxygen, which is only possible if the circulatory and respiratory systems are capable of these functions.

The term “aerobic fitness” has also been used as a synonym for cardiovascular fitness because “aerobic capacity” is considered to be the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic physical activity or exercise is the preferred method for achieving it. Regardless of the words used to describe it, cardiovascular fitness is complex because it requires fitness of several body systems.

Good cardiovascular fitness requires a fit heart muscle. The heart is a muscle; to become stronger it must be exercised like any other muscle in the body. If the heart is exercised regularly, its strength increases; if not, it becomes weaker. Contrary to the belief that strenuous work harms the heart, research has found no evidence that regular progressive exercise is bad for the normal heart. In fact, the heart muscle will increase in size and power when called upon to extend itself. The increase in size and power allows the heart to pump a greater volume of blood with fewer strokes per minute. The average individual has a resting heart rate of between seventy (70) and eighty (80) beats per minute, whereas it is not uncommon for a trained athlete’s pulse to be in the low fifties or even in the forties.

The healthy heart is efficient in the work it does. It can convert about half of its fuel into energy. An automobile engine in good running condition converts about one-fourth of its fuel into energy. By comparison, the heart is an efficient engine. The heart of a normal individual beats reflexively about 40 million times a year. During this time, over 4,000 gallons, or 10 tons, of blood are circulated each day, and every night the heart’s workload is equivalent to a person carrying a thirty-pound pack to the top of the 102-story Empire State Building.

Good cardiovascular fitness requires a fit vascular system. Healthy arteries are elastic, free of obstruction and expand to permit the flow of blood. Muscle layers line the arteries and control the size of the arterial opening upon the impulse from nerve fibers. Unfit arteries may have a reduced internal diameter because of deposits on the anterior of their walls, or they may have hardened, nonelastic walls.

Fit coronary arteries are especially important to good health. The blood in the four chambers of the heart does not directly nourish the heart. Rather, numerous small arteries within the heart muscle provide for coronary circulation. Poor coronary circulation precipitated by unhealthy arteries can be the cause of a heart attack.

Veins have thinner, less elastic walls than arteries. Also, veins contain small valves to prevent the backward flow of blood to the heart. The veins are intertwined in the muscle; therefore, when the muscle is contracted the vein is squeezed, pushing the blood on its way back to the heart. A malfunction of the valves results in a failure to remove used blood at the proper rate. As a result, venous blood pools, especially in the legs, causing a condition known as varicose veins.

Good cardiovascular fitness requires a fit respiratory system and fit blood. The process of taking in oxygen (through the mouth and nose) and delivering it to the lungs, where the blood picks it up, is called external respiration. External respiration requires fit lungs as well as blood with adequate hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Insufficient oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood is called anemia.

Delivering oxygen to the tissues from the blood is called internal respiration. Internal respiration requires an adequate number of healthy capillaries. In addition to delivering oxygen to the tissues, these systems remove CO2. Good vascular fitness requires fitness of both the external and internal respiratory systems.

Cardiovascular fitness requires fit muscle tissue capable of using oxygen. Once the oxygen is delivered, the muscle tissues must be able to use oxygen to sustain physical performance. …

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