Swimming : A Pleasant Way to Keep Fit

Swimming is an enjoyable sport for all ages . You can start your little toddler of six months and above to learn the technique of keeping afloat, overcome the fear of water and eventually be a very good swimmer as he grows.  Even if you are an adult it is never too late to learn how to swim. Many classes are available for all ages worldwide.

 

 Swimming as a Fun Sport

Swimming, being an aerobic activity helps burn calories, tighten muscles, keeps the heart healthy and pumping. It is a really fun sport which can be enjoyed by the whole family together.When you on summer vacation what could be more relaxing than being at the beach or poolside. Swimming is fun and yet has so many advantages on your health, burns calories depending on how long you swim, keeps the kids active and prevents obesity, its a sport that you can enjoy for a lifetime. No age restriction !!!!

 

Swimming Strokes and their Benefits

 

Breaststroke: The Breaststroke is the one that is taught to beginners. Once you have mastered this technique , the breaststroke helps burn calories and therefore keeps your weight in control to enjoy a good quality of life by keeping healthy.

 

Backstroke: The backstroke is the only swimming stroke that you swim on your back. This swimming stroke is very not a very fast but it is excellent for your back.

 

Butterfly Stroke: The Butterfly Stroke is a very powerful and tiring stroke to swim and its also known to be the most difficult one to learn. But once you have mastered this  swimming stroke , it can be really fun. This is a very challenging swimming technique and it has an advantage on the back and lower limb muscles.

 

Freestyle Stroke: The Freestyle Stroke is the fastest swimming stroke. Once mastered its very graceful and has many benefits. This swimming stroke will strengthen and tone your muscles. Freestyle Stroke swimming is a total workout for your muscles.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion swimming has many health benefits and a wonderful yet fun way to keep your weight in control, strengthen your muscles, improve your sleep, good for your heart and lungs, reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels and is sure to improve your mood. Swimming is not a costly sport and once you learn the technique you will be able to swim all your life.

I suggest, if you not a swimmer, register for swimming lessons for your entire family and enjoy the benefits of one of the most enjoyable and lovable sport to keep you slim, healthy and well toned.

 

Advantage of Nuts and Their Nutritional Values

Generally Nuts are nutritious snacks for example Peanuts, Almonds , Cashew Nuts , Walnuts , Pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, Macadamia , Pistachios , Hazelnuts etc.

 

Nutritional Benefits of Nuts.

 

Peanuts

Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats and they are a good source of Vitamin E Protein and Manganese. Peanuts are very good for health in general and can be found in different forms e.g. Peanut Butter., Salted Roasted Nuts etc.

 

Almonds

Almonds are a good source of Vitamin E and Calcium and protein. The Vitamin E will improve your skin and the Calcium will improve your bones. Almonds should be eaten with the skin preferably to keep all the nutrients intact.

 

Cashew Nuts

Cashews are rich in Magnesium and Protein. They help in improving memory loss which is caused by aging.They also reduce the risk of Heart disease.

 

Walnuts

Walnuts contain an antioxidant which can combat cancer. Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 which is essential for the body and lowers the risk of heart disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis can benefit with the intake of Omega 3 which helps lessen the stiffness and joint pains. Walnuts also help lower cholesterol.

 

Pecan Nuts

Pecans are rich in antioxidants which help prevent blocked arteries in the heart by keeping the arteries free from any plaque building up and cause angina or heart attack. Pecans are also rich in Vitamin B3 which helps the body’s energy levels to overcome fatigue .

 

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are high in unsaturated fats and contain a good source of Vitamin E and that helps the immune system by stabilizing the thyroid hormone. Brazil nuts have a high content of magnesium which helps to balance any deficiency. The high content of Vitamin C assists in wound healing as well as cellular growth.

 

Macadamias

Macadamias are rich in magnesium, calcium and potassium. Although these nuts are very high in fat they still do have an advantage to our system because they contain unsaturated fats.

 

Pistachios 

Pistachios are rich in Vitamin B6 which keeps the hormones well balanced . They also contain good levels of Fibre and Potassium. Pistachios  help lower cholesterol in the blood.

 

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are high in fibre, potassium and vitamin E. These nuts are known to prevent heart problems as well as prevent the risk of  Parkinson’s Disease.

 

The Nuts can be salted or unsalted , slightly roasted or unroasted according to your preference. Salted nuts contain a low to moderate sodium content. Not a major problem!!

I suggest you get your supply of some of the wholesome nuts of your preference, pack them in pretty storage jars in your living area or family room being accessible to all the members of the family to snack on, what could be more appealing  than a healthy mixture of scrumptious nuts. Delicious and yet so nutritional !!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Drinking Water

Do you know that the Human Body is made up 67% of water and only 33% of mass. Therefore  its very essential to keep our bodies hydrated all the time and this can only be achieved by the intake of water. Water has the most benefits and plays a very important role in keeping fit and healthy. An average of at least 8 glasses of water a day should be consumed.

 

Water helps the body in many ways :

  • Keeps the Kidneys hydrated and flushes out Toxins.
  • Helps to control your weight if you drink 2 glasses of water before meals.
  • Helps to treat Headaches and Migraines, headaches are caused by dehydration.
  • Help to Improve your mood , dehydration can affect your mood.
  • Helps reduce fatigue , which is caused by dehydration .
  • Helps the digestive system to perform better and prevents constipation.
  • Keeps your skin glowing , dehydration will dry out your skin.
  • Helps in concentration and mental alertness.

 

These are a few examples of the benefit of drinking adequate amounts of water to keep your body healthy and enjoy a good quality of life.

 

How to Cope With an Amputation and Keep Fit

When you are at the prime of your life , having a great business , a loving family and suddenly you are faced with an unexpected disability. Thus if you have to deal with a limb Amputation at this stage in your life it is quite traumatizing. When  an amputation occurs you would face the following :

  • Depression
  • Feelings of Dependency
  • Helplessness
  • Loss of Control of your body
  • Reduced social life
  • Physical illness, pain and many other health problems
  • Lose the will to carry on living
  • Loss of Mobility
  • Moods and Aggressive behavior

All the above problems are commonly faced after an amputation. When you are discharged from the hospital , the first approach is to deal with the feelings of your loss, meaning a part of your body is gone, its normal to feel a sense of grief and dealing with your emotions e.g. anger, sadness, helplessness, loss of control , immobility ( which can be sorted with prosthesis) etc. Fortunately the time passes and the feeling of loss becomes less intense and you would then realize that its now up to you cope and change your thinking and your mental state is the only way to overcome this loss. Surely you can cope.

So now that you are well focused , start to get physiotherapy every day to educate you in coping with any situation as an amputee. Once you realize you are getting more and more independent by learning  to cope with your daily chores in the same way you did before the amputation. Remember you have talents or career, a business empire that needs your expertise etc and you are compassionate, loving, understanding, a responsible parent so focus on the more important issues to get back into your routine.

Do not isolate yourself as this will be very depressing and you can end up with intense self pity and will need professional help to cope .

Your emotions will play an important part in your recovery and you will have days when you feel like your world has crumbled , especially when you are in pain during the recovery period. You have to hang in there and hopefully the family support will play an important part at this stage.

Your mental state is very important , so you have to tell yourself that you are going to live a normal life , travel as much as you did in the past and nothing will change your lifestyle. The more flexible and open minded you are , the quicker your body will heal and the better your life will become.

Once you recover , go to the gym , get a personal trainer if possible and do exercises which will also help you to keep fit and to make you realize you are as strong and as normal as any other person. Alternatively, get yourself into a daily routine to exercise at home on a treadmill or any other equipment that you can cope with. Be very regular with your exercise routine.

Now that you have overcome the worst , you are ready to start the procedure for a prosthetic leg. This is a process which can take a few months but it will give you back your independence and normality to move around.

In conclusion , there is a life as normal as possible after amputation so work towards that and you will be a true winner!!!!

 

 

How to Maintain Your Health and Live a Good Quality of Life

Regular physical activities is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It maintains good health and good quality of life.

 

Benefits of Physical Activity:

  • Controls your weight
  • Reduce you risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk of that 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to daily activities
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Walking for 30 minutes a days is an example of moderate activity. So, if you are afraid of boosting your physical activity because you afraid of getting injured , then the safest moderate intensity aerobic activity is brisk walking . “Walk yourself to a healthy Life” is the phrase and this will surely prevent obesity.

Your exercise can be done all at one time or  throughout the day.  Best activities to start would  be walking or swimming at a slow pace. You can start out by walking 30 minutes for 3 days a week and build to 45 minutes of more intense walking, at least 5 days a week. With this plan, you can burn 100 to 200 calories more per day. All adults should set a long-term goal to accumulate at least 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. This regimen can be adapted to other forms of physical activity, but walking is particularly attractive because of its safety and accessibility. Also, try to increase “everyday” activity such as by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. With time, you may be able to engage in more strenuous activities. Competitive sports, such as tennis and squash, can provide an enjoyable form of exercise for many, but care must be taken to avoid injury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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