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4 Reasons Why Investing In A FitBit Will Change Your Life For The Better

admin | February 6, 2020

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For a while, I had been pondering over whether to invest in a FitBit. I say invest because those things are not cheap.

Starting from $49 and upwards, FitBit felt like a bit of a fad (to me). Of course, I’ve tried various pedometers over the years, so this felt like a glorified version.

FitBits are “activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable technology devices that measure data such as the number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, steps climbed, and other personal metrics involved in fitness.”

Last year, I struggled with swollen ankles, insomnia, constant fatigue and shortness of breath. I wanted to take matters into my own hands and give my health the attention that it needed.

So we reach 2020, the year of self care and nursing myself back to better health, and I finally got my hands on a FitBit inspire HR. I have to say – this is the best decision I ever made.



Here is why FitBit has become my favorite new accessory and why you need one too.

  1. Keeps you motivated – Being able to see my steps has given me more self awareness and pushes me to keep on moving. Every hour, Fitbit encourages me to take 250 steps. It alerts me to get my steps in 10 minutes before the hour, if it detects that those steps have not been completed.
  2. Allows you to log in your food intake and track your water consumption – Entering your food intake daily allows you to see the calories you eat against the estimated calories burned. Inputting your water consumption allows you to track your intake and set up digital reminders which allows you to meet your goal.
  3. It monitors your sleep – Wearing your tracker to bed, helps you to track your sleep patterns i.e. length of sleep and how often you get up during night. Knowing this information helps to develop better sleeping habits.
  4. The Challenges – Nothing keeps you more motivated than bit of healthy competition with friends. The challenges allow you to compete against friends, inspire each other, compare steps and provide encouragement by cheering each other on. I love that it gives that extra push to meet daily targets and hold yourself accountable.

 

Who knew that having a FitBit on my wrist could push me to make better decisions and improve your overall mood. It’s become a part of me and I never leave the house without it.

 

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5 useful ways to help deal with anxiety

admin | February 25, 2014

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Everybody has moments in life when they are inundated with stressful situations. Dealing with some of the pressures that life throws at us can sometimes be overwhelming for many of us. Luckily there are method that can help ease the stress. We have put together a list of 5 useful ways to help cope with anxiety:

  1. Relax. Most would assume that sitting back and watching a movie or playing solitaire on the computer are relaxing but these are temporary solutions. What the body needs is a relaxation technique — like meditation, deep breathing, tai chi, or yoga — something that has a physical effect on the mind. Deep breathing exercises helps to relax the major nerve that runs from the diaphragm to the brain, sending a message to the entire body to let go and loosen up.
  2. Sleeping, Eating Right, and Exercise. For a peaceful mind and body, make sure you get the right amount of sleep (minimum of 8 hours). Eat well: Choose fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains for long-term energy. Exercise sends oxygen to every cell in the body so your brain and body can operate at their best.
  3. Connect with others. Spending time with friends or family is a great way to take your mind off of your troubles. Plan a family trip – doing things with those we feel close to strengthens bonds while allowing us to feel supported and safe. Talking to loved ones also reminds us that everyone has these feelings sometimes. You are not alone.
  4. Connect with nature. As well as offering health benefits of exercise, taking the dog for a walk or talking a short stroll around the neighborhood can help anyone feel peaceful and grounded. Invite a friend or family enjoy feeling connected to people while your at it.
  5. Think positive. Keeping optimistic and thinking positive thoughts can help get our minds off the worry track.

Note: Although this tips can help to relive the stresses that come with anxiety, If you feel that your anxiety or worry feels extreme, it could be a symptom of anxiety disorder, please contact a health provider.

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Free Yoga Class for Children Ages 4-9

admin | August 2, 2013

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What is Selective Mutism?

admin | August 1, 2013

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Selective Mutism is a rare childhood condition characterized by a consistent failure to speak in situations where talking is expected. The child has the ability to converse normally, and does so, for example, in the home, but consistently fails to speak in specific situations such as at school or with strangers. It is estimated that one in every 1,000 school-age children are affected.

Experts believe that this problem is associated with anxiety and fear in social situations such as in school or in the company of adults. It is therefore often considered a type of social phobia. This is not a communication disorder because the affected children can converse normally in some situations. It is not a developmental disorder because their ability to talk, when they choose to do so, is appropriate for their age level. This problem has been linked to anxiety, and one of the major ways in which both children and adults attempt to cope with anxiety is by avoiding whatever provokes the anxiety.

Affected children are typically shy, and are especially so in the presence of strangers and unfamiliar surroundings or situations. However, the behaviors of children with this condition go beyond shyness.

What are the Causes and Symptoms?

Mutism is believed to arise from anxiety experienced in social situations where the child may be called upon to speak. Refusing to speak, or speaking in a whisper, spares the child from the possible humiliation or embarrassment of “saying the wrong thing.” When asked a direct question by teachers, for example, the affected child may act as if they are unable to answer. Some children may communicate via gestures, nodding, or very brief utterances. Additional features may include excessive shyness, oppositional behavior, and impaired learning at school.

Treatment

There are two recommended treatments for mutism: behavior modification therapy and antidepressant medication. Treatment is most effective when individualized to each patient. It has been suggested that speech pathologists may also be able to help these children.

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10 Benefits for Drinking Warm Lemon Water

admin | June 27, 2013

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Many of you have heard the rave lately of drinking warm lemon water for healthy and nutritious benefits. Throughout my travels locally and globally I have seen men and women frequent this refreshing and revitalizing beverage. Believe me, when you start out with a warm glass of lemon water in the morning, a moment of gratitude, morning yoga or meditation you will truly be welcoming the day. The fresh and tartness of the lemon and the warmth in your body is a nice wakeup call vs. a latte or breakfast shake. Be good to you!

10 Benefits for Drinking Warm Lemon Water

1. Weight Loss – Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning helps your body with dehydration and helps to fight hunger cravings. If you maintain a more alkaline diet, it has been shown that you lose weight faster. It has been proven that warm water supports the body in a more natural way vs. cold.

2. Balances your pH – If you drink lemon water every day, you will reduce your body’s overall acidity because believe it or not, lemon is one of the most alkaline foods known to man. Even though lemon is obviously acidic, it does not create acidity in your body once it is metabolized.

3. Anti-Aging Support – Vitamin C in the lemon helps to decrease wrinkles and blemishes.

4. Clears up Your Acne – Lemon water helps to purge toxins from your blood which in turn, helps to keep your skin clear. You can actually apply lemon directly to any scars or discoloration on your skin to reduce appearance. Just put lemon on your spot at night and wash off in the morning with cool water.

5. A Natural Flush – The juice from the lemon water helps to flush out the toxic material in your digestion which will help with constipation and digestion. It also encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.

6. Diuretic – Get rid of that bloat. Perfect for that time of the month when your body holds on to that extra water weight.  Lemons help to increase the rate of urination which keeps your urinary tract healthy

7. Helps with Bad Breath – This will help freshen your breath and who doesn’t want that?

8. Reduces Stress Naturally – When you have a lot of things on your mind, vitamin C is the first to be depleted and the lemon water will help to fill your body back with the vitamin C nutrient your body needs.

9. Boosts your immune system – Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

10. Promote healing: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage10. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

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10 Health Benefits of Chocolate

admin | May 25, 2013

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Here are some enlightenng facts that could help ease any regret while indulging in our favorite guilty pleasure.

1.Studies show that Cacao, the main source of chocolate, has been proven to have antibacterial agents that actually help fight tooth decay.

2.Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine which initiates the release of feel-good hormones from the brain.

3.The smell of chocolate can help to relax and reduce stress by increasing theta brain waves.

4.Chocolate contains oleic acid, a monsaturated fat which raises good cholesterol. The stearic acid (a neutral fat) in chocolate will not increase bad cholesterol.

5.Chocolate can be good for the weight-conscious. One hot chocolate cup taken before meals help to reduce appetite.

6.Chocolate contains flavonoids, which are instrumental in improving blood vessel function.

7.Eating chocolate can increase the level of heart-protecting antioxidants found in blood.

8.People who eat more chocolate have lower BMI.

9.The carbohydrates found in chocolate, are said to be great for maintaining a good sense of well-being as it helps increase serotonin levels found in the brain.

10.Chocolate was used traditionally in Mexico to treat insect bites and bronchitis.

Enjoy! Happy Easter

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