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Sleeping On Demand: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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The other day I was telling a good friend of mine that I can “Sleep On Demand”. Meaning that when I tell myself I am going to sleep, I do it. I don’t suffer the insomnia everyone talks about. My friends even say that I am narcoleptic! I guess I am just lucky that way because for some people getting enough sleep is really a problem.

This Is Why Sleep Is Vital

 

Count Those Sheep

  1. A great sleeping environment: Make your bedroom a good place to sleep. It should be nice and quiet and try to get the right temperature.
  2. Try and relax: Take hot bath or shower, or read a good book
  3. Get your breathing right: Breathing correctly and learning some good breathing techniques will help bring down the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that keeps you awake.
  4. Build a night time routine: Get into a night time ritual that you can follow before bedtime each night.

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  1. Nicotine: This is a stimulant. Don’t smoke if you can’t fall asleep.
  2. Caffeine: Another stimulant that should not be taken 4-6 hours before sleep time.
  3. Heavy Meals: If you get hungry before bedtime, eat a light healthy snack
  4. Exercise: Try not to exercise too close to your bedtime.

So, don’t think you are the party pooper for leaving the party early. Sleeping is important to your health and well being.

Happy Sleeping!

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Raging Road Running Tunes

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Are you are doing some jogging/road running and need some inspiration? These songs will get you excited about putting on your trainers and going for that run!

This one always gets me going WITHOUT FAIL! CRAZY IN LOVE WITH RUNNING

I recently discovered this one and it really got me EXCITED to go running…the day BEFORE I actually went out running

You CAN’T NOT be inspired and excited when you hear this one! This song is ROCKY and it is for a real SURVIVOR! Makes me want to climb those stairs and do air punches for real!

This one is JUST FUN and you have to have a little bit of DISCO while running! RUN TO FUNKY TOWN!

And this one is just because, to my great dismay, I DIDN’T KNOW WHO Foster The People were! How could I not know???

What are some of your favourites? Post your video on our Facebook wall and share some inspiration!

Do You Have A Friend With Benefits?

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friends-with-benefits-movie-poster-02I just realised that I don’t have a “friends with benefits” relationship in my life! Lots of people that I know have these types of situations and it got me thinking that I surely must be missing out on something right?

Someone with a GREAT body, full of ENERGY and who can GIVE it to every single time you NEED it!

If you were thinking Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis – you are dead WRONG!

The Benefactor

I realised that I don’t have a person or group of people who are encouraging me to be healthy and fit! And to be honest, I need that! I can motivate myself a little but I do need lots of encouragement. This leads me to the benefits part. I suddenly realised that I needed to make new acquaintances that are serious about living healthy and being fit. I did research, yes, going online does help in this endeavour! It is how I discovered one of my new friends, Revolution Nutrition FitClub, who is AWESOME!  134847_296528267119669_89033524_o

The Hot & Sweaty Benefits

I am going to join the first workout session of the year today, with my new friend right there by my side for encouragement and “the benefits”. What might these benefits be you ask?

And yes…you will be hot and sweaty too!

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Don’t forget, you don’t have to troll the net to make new friends! Simply ask and find out from your current ones if they want to be healthy and get in shape as much as you do. It’s a simple question which requires a simple answer. If the reply is too complicated, DON’T pursue it!

I was fortunate enough to have a friend who is totally willing to join me on the quest for good health and a better physique! Said friend will join me with my new friend tonight…

Make sure that you are getting the right BENEFITS from your FRIENDS! And in turn you will benefit them too.

2013: What to do?

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It’s always so cliché to talk about the New Year but what else is there to talk about? A great many things I suppose, however, this topic is probably the most pressing as we all like talking and thinking about what WE are going to do in the New Year!

How we are going to change the world, do more charity, lose weight, live healthier, be kinder, take more risks…the resolutions and “to do” lists are endless…. 2011-year-resolution-400x400

The more pressing question is: What ARE you REALLY going to do?

That eternal question

My question stands: What are you really going to do and achieve during the New Year?

And…It’s something that I think we start off seriously wanting to do but then along the way it dwindles! The desire to do those things leave us and we get caught up with so many others things because life is not predictable after all. However, it’s how we deal with those unpredictable moments that will propel us and motivate us to keep forging on and still be PASSIONATE about the things we set out to do!

So, I have decided to be more determined than ever to accomplish the goals I have set!

I have decided to write them on paper, stick it up in my room where I can see them every day. And not only have these goals but also writing down a timeline.

My Wish list:

These are the things that I would like to implement this year:

  • Being more considerate of others
  • Starting my home gym
  • Eating healthier
  • Show more interest in my family
  • Give more of myself to my friends and others
  • Love more and hate less

For now, these 6 things are things that I really need to concentrate on because right now they are important to me! As the year goes on and I have scraped these from my goals list I will add more which I wish to achieve.

Sink or Swim

New-Years-Resolutions-e1356567019488This blog has really been such a cool space for me this past month to help and motivate me. My hope is that any of you out there will be able to share your ideas and journey with me and others…

So, tell me some of your goals and how you plan to achieve them. You may have a different view on how to do things and it may be helpful to me as well as others.

This is my last post for 2012…HAVE A BLAST AND HAPPY NEW!

Festive Season and FEASTING! Or over-eating?

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Now that Christmas is over and our bellies have had time to relax and deflate…it’s time to look on to the impending future and NEW YEARS!

This entire period of festivities is a time of laughing, fun, time with family and lots of EATING!

IMG_1583DON’T PIG OUT!

Now…this time of the year doesn’t have to be the time for you to over eat or gain weight or be unhealthy! Although, I must admit I do sometimes just want to pig out BUT I have to remind myself that I have don’t have to hoover everything in sight! I can still be eat and live healthily this festive season.

Instead…have FUN with FOOD

Yes, let’s get to the GOOD stuff! There will no doubt be many parties, endless braai’s (i.e BBQ’s) and copious amounts of alcohol! Going to a BBQ doesn’t have to be stressful in terms of what you can eat! Here are some healthy and fun things to eat and put on the coals/fire:

  • Steak
  • Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Fish

My personal favourite though has to be the SKEWER! Chicken breast, vegetables (green, red, yellow peppers), red onion, mushrooms…actually WHATEVER you like! I included some dried peach just for fun! It’s really filling and just CHEWY GOODNESS!  tossed-green-salad1

Add a LOVELY green salad and you are good to go!

Vegging OUT!

Now, I realise that not everyone eats meat…so, I suggest when going to the BBQ, take along your tofu IMG_1588burgers, and remove the chicken breast from the skewer! I made one without meat as you can see in this image to the left…

Don’t be SKEERRRRDDD!

DON’T be afraid to go to a BBQ – EVER! You can have just as much fun as the others and still be healthy!

If you guys out there have any other cool healthy foods and recipes for BBQ snacks…please comment and let me know!

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Are Anti-Bacterial Soaps Killing Your Skin?

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Palmolive_SoapI was watching a TV ad about anti-bacterial soap the other day and I suggested to a friend, who was with me at the time, that I should get that particular brand of soap. To my dismay my friend, who has a Master’s Degree in Medical BioScience, told me that it’s simply NO GOOD! “Why?” I asked, “How can this be?”

Bacteria is GREAT

I have been using anti-bacterial soap for quite some time now and was extremely surprised to find out that it’s not as good as these commercials make it sound. In terms that I understood she explained to me that one needs bacteria in the skin to kill/fight off sweat and other things which could cause other skin irritations. It also weakens the natural bacteria our very own produces.

Check out a more detailed but simple explanation here

Soap Suds That Work

My friend then informed me that I may as well use just a regular soap as the “anti-bacterial” ones are NO USE and cost more money that it’s worth.

Keep your skin healthy, hold on to the bacteria (which is necessary) and use a REGULAR soap!

Busy Life? Exercise At Home!

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Do you feel like your life is too busy? Need 26 hours to complete your day? When this happens, do you even have time to exercise? I’m sure you can’t even think straight let alone fine time to exercise or get the correct vitaminsBusy Life

Lazy Bones

I don’t live a particularly busy life, although some days are busier than others. But, I find that sometimes I am lazy and find myself doing other things to fill my time (watching TV, PS3, going to visit a friend just to avoid a work-out). If you feel like this, I fully understand and to a certain extent it’s okay – until you reach a point as I have – where exercise and moving my body has become imperative!!

Guys Vs Dolls

The eternal question: Is yoga meant for men? Yes…of course it is! It’s meant for everyone! Guys – THIS IS WHAT YOGA WILL DO FOR YOU: It will improve your SEX LIFE! Ladies…you all know why yoga is good for you and the endless benefits you will get by practicing it!

Teaching A Downward Facing Dog New Tricks

I have found that in the morning, when I wake up, I am feeling really tired and lethargic. It’s been a bit better this past week because I have made a change in the way I am eating…AND I feel so much better, PLUS I have not measured it but my jeans are fitting a little less snug too!

To add to my feeling of being less tired, I am starting to do some simple stretches in my room, AT HOME! These are some easy yoga positions that will get your blood flowing, help your muscles stretch get you ready to start your day!

Here Are 3 Poses You Can Start Out With

Forward Bend BWForward Fold

Stretches hamstrings, calves, and hips; strengthens legs and knees

Stand with feet hip-width apart, gently hinge forward at the hips and lower the torso toward the floor. Bend your knees generously to take any pressure out of the low back and hamstrings. Grasp opposite elbows with opposite hands. Breathe deeply and let gravity take the body toward the earth. Relax your head, neck, shoulders and torso. Slowly sway your torso or gently shake your head. Hold for one minute and roll back up to standing.

Why it’s good for you: This is a great move to use as part of a warm-up for any workout.

We often have a hard time knowing when we are holding excess tension in our head, neck and shoulders, and that buildup of tension can create headaches, insomnia, poor circulation and decreased lung capacity. If you practice slow, steady breathing along with this pose, it can lower your blood pressure over

Downward Dog-resized-600Downward-Facing Dog

Stretches feet, shoulders, hamstrings, and calves; strengthens arms, legs, and core

Start on your hands and knees with your feet and knees hip-width apart. Position your hands about shoulder-width apart, and spread your fingers wide. Pressing firmly through your hands, lift your knees off the floor and straighten your legs. (If you have tight hamstrings, a gentle bend in the knees is fine). Walk your hands forward a few inches, and walk your feet back a few inches to lengthen the pose. Squeeze your thighs as you press them toward the back wall. Press your heels back and down toward the floor (though they might not reach the floor). Relax your head and neck and let your shoulder blades slide down your back toward your feet. Set your gaze between your feet. Suck your stomach in and engage your core muscles. Breathe deeply. Hold for three minutes, rest, and repeat one more time.

Why it’s good for you: We often experience back pain due to chronic tightness in the hamstrings and hips. It’s also common for us to have very tight shoulders. Down Dog releases those areas, while building upper body strength. If you can do only one pose a day, start with Downward Dog.

Chair PoseChair

Stretches shoulders and chest; strengthens thighs, calves, spine, and ankles

Stand up tall with your big toes touching. Inhale and raise your arms straight up to the ceiling alongside your head and neck with palms facing each other. Drop your shoulders down your back as you lengthen up through the neck. As you exhale, bend your knees, sit down and back as if you were sitting in a chair (like doing a squat with your feet together). Do not let your knees extend past your toes. With each inhale lengthen the spine. With each exhale sit a little deeper in the chair. Eventually your thighs will be parallel to the floor. Drop your tailbone down toward the floor to take any stress out of your lower back. Keep your core muscles engaged and keep your knees and thighs pressed tightly together. Hold for 30 seconds.

Why it’s good for you: No gym necessary! Chair pose torches abdominal fat while strengthening the thighs and legs.

More reasons why Yoga is good right here.

The END – Not!!!!!

I end off these stretches by doing 5 push-ups! I know they seem a small amount but I am just starting…so I think doing 5 of them, with good and proper form is good enough! You don’t want to take on TOO much TOO soon and burn out and become despondent about exercise.

So…here’s to getting the start started full of energy and zest!

What is GOOD Health?

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jennifer-lopez-body-300x225I have often wondered and thought about the question of good health. What does it mean to be healthy? Do I have to eat vegetables all day long? Exercise 7 days a week…and more importantly, do we have to have a J.Lo body or abs like Brad Pitt to be considered healthy? I say BULLSHIT!!!!!

So here’s the skinny!!

I need to just say this first. I, personally think that Jennifer Lopez looks amazing, Brad Pitt is in great shape and well done to them. However, I think what we need to understand is a) They have to look that way for their jobs and b) they also struggle, just like we do with staying or eating healthy. It’s a vicious circle because just as much as we want to see healthy and good looking people on TV and in magazines, we blame the media for our distorted image of beauty and health! So…GET OVER IT!  eye-candy-brad-pitt-16

Get SELF-HEALTHY

Don’t look to a magazine or public figure to determine your worth or health! Be aware that they can be someone you look up to or get inspiration from but also realise that they have worked just as hard to get there and SO DO YOU! Be conscious of the fact that you can start living a healthy life if YOU put your mind to it! Get yourself motivated, get yourself in the right frame of mind, get SELF-HEALTHY!

The Health Ultimatum

  1. Get your mind right
  2. Start believing in yourself
  3. Write down the things that will help you live healthier
  4. Ask others for help
  5. Most importantly get OFF YOUR ASS and DO IT!

What Good Health Is To Me

I think that good health is not necessarily being skinny or buff like the guys on Jersey Shore. terry-richardson-jersey-shore-01 It’s all about balance. Eating the correct foods, have an eating plan that caters to your body’s needs and wants. EAT  pizza if you want to, just not the entire thing, have one or two slices.  pepperoni-pizza-sl-1599569-lEverything in moderation. You don’t have to exercise 7 days a week. You will tire your body and brain! Having a tired and over-worked brain is not conducive to good health either. Do things that you enjoy besides thinking about whether you look thin or not. Go ice skating, walk along the beach, take a dance class!  Being healthy doesn’t have to include having a 6-pack! Having a good balance and managing to make sure you eat correctly, get in some exercise, rest well and make sure your mind is working and active – you are well on your way to GOOD HEALTH!

What do think good health is or should be? Let me know….

Time To Kick The Butt In The Butt!!!

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I have been a smoker for quite some time now, almost 12 years to be exact. I am finding that as I get older I am starting to smoke more and this is becoming bothersome. Well, I guess I should be worried in general…because smoking is harmful and addictive

In the quest to live a healthier life, I have decided to stop smoking! Not this instant but I am attempting it after my last pack is finished. I know you are probably rolling your eyes thinking “Just throw the damn pack away now”. And maybe I should but to be quite honest, I actually enjoy smoking and it’s going to be very hard to let go.

I think in order for me to be successful in my attempt to kick the habit I have to acknowledge the things I love about smoking:

  1. It’s fun to smoke while I’m driving, window down, one hand on the wheel and the other holding a cigarette.
  2. After a great Sunday lunch, just sitting down and having a smoke is simply relaxing.
  3. A cigarette with a glass of wine or whiskey is divine.
  4. And the ultimate indulgence is waking up, making a good cup of coffee and having that first smoke of the day.

What I will also miss is the social aspect of smoking. Let’s face it; smoking can at times be a social thing and dare I say it….COOL!.

If there are people in your work place who smoke, I’m sure they will be more than willing to have you join the “gang”. This is where you will hear all the office gossip, get cooking advice, hear all sorts of funny stories and anecdotes. More often than not you will end up becoming friends.

I have to let all of these things go and make a mental commitment to STOP!

To others this may sound weird but I am sure you have other things or vices that you indulge in? I’m not even going to go into detail about the side-effects of smoking because we know what they are.

Suprise Surprise

I was visiting a friend the other day and he informed me that he quit smoking, which was really surprising because he is a heavy smoker…well…was.  One of my close friends has also decided to quit and my first thought was “What’s going on with the world?” But then I realised that world would probably be a small bit better if there were less smokers around.

Help!!!!

So now I am at the precipice of giving it all up and I’m wondering “How?”

Someone mentioned hypnosis! I am wondering if I am that far gone and need to go this route?

Cold turkey? Or just concentrate on smoking a little less every day? Maybe start by getting away from that morning fag with coffee?

Have any of you out there quit smoking or attempted it? Please share your story and perhaps your methods with those of us who are about to undertake this journey. Its bit like giving up sugar isn’t it – you want to stop because you know it’s good for you but you also don’t want to stop because it’s so GOOD!