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6 Awesome Outdoor Workouts You Can Do

No gym? No problem.

You can get rid of your expensive gym membership and still get a better body workout — outdoors.

Outdoor fitness doesn’t mean you have to quit resistance training all together or stop doing the workout program or routines you have been doing in the gym. All you need is a tweak or improvisation in your workout program.

Outside workouts are mainly functional workouts that can be done in the park, beach or in your own backyard. This is a perfect way to get through plateaus or the monotony of gym exercises and environment. Working out outdoors gives a new perspective and ambiance without compromising effective exercise.

This is a perfect chance to interact with nature while burning calories and strengthening muscle.

You will be surprised; outdoor workouts will challenge you — whatever fitness level you’re on right now. This is mainly because your body will encounter movements you don’t usually encounter in the.

For starters, check out these cool outdoor workout ideas and choose what works best for you. Read more

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Painful Ovulation – Natural Remedies and Prevention

Every month, when you ovulate, you may feel a twinge in your lower abdomen on either left or right side which to some, radiates up to the anus. This is a sign that you’re ovulating.

Ovulation period is helpful for those who’s trying to get pregnant, and also helps you to plan when not to engage in intercourse if you don’t want to have a baby for the next nine months.

You’re fortunate if you don’t feel any ovulation pain like some women do. Sometimes, this keeps some women from doing the most menial tasks because of such pain and discomfort.

This occurrence of having pain during ovulation is called mittelschmerz, a German word which means, “middle pain.”

Your doctor would recommend over-the-counter meds like Advil or Motrin to help you with your mid-cycle cramping. But if you don’t want to take unnecessary meds in your body, here are some natural ways to cope with painful ovulation, and some prevention tips to alleviate the symptoms. Read more

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4 Natural Treatments for Sciatic Pain

Ever woken up with a throbbing pain that might have started from either side of your lower spine, which traveled through your pelvis and buttocks and all the way to the lower limbs?

And this kind of pain that keeps nagging you and wouldn’t subside easily; the more pressure you put on, the more this nerve gets irritated and may cause feeling of numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations going to the entire legs.

This is likely Sciatic Pain or ‘Sciatica’.

This pain can worsen by prolonged sitting, coughing, sneezing, lifting or bending. It is usually repetitive, often felt in one leg (sometimes both extremities) and often described as intolerable similar to having a terrible toothache.

The Sciatic Nerve

Quick science lesson: The sciatic nerve is one of the biggest in the body. Starting from either side of your lower spine; passing through the pelvis, buttocks, divides at each knee and ending down to the lower limb of the foot.

Its location makes it responsible for the feeling, strength and movement of legs.

 

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Running, an Outlet for Stress

Exercise does not only keep you in shape, it also reduces stress and running is one of the most basic of exercises and easiest to do.

Running is a mainly considered as a cardiovascular exercise and a major fat burner — helps get rid of 100 calories per mile. With very few exceptions, anyone can just take up running and get fit with the program.

If you are too heavy to run, you can scale down to a light jog (or walk). You can gradually improve to a walk-jog, or walk-run, or walk-jog-run until you reach the point of constant running pattern. You can adjust your pace based on fitness level, or the distance based on your muscle endurance.

Running exercise promotes your ability to fight off fatigue which interferes with your day to day normal function and to eventually discourage sedentary type of lifestyle.

So, when your day gets complicated, don’t be lazy to put on your running outfit and hit the road.  Read more

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How to have quality sleep, rest, and recovery

Sleep is everyone’s basic need. Putting your body at rest in between sheets for at least six to eight hours is heaven. It soothes and refuels your body after a day’s work — and play.

But a lot of people cannot get the sleep quality they deserve. Many find it extremely difficult to fall or stay asleep — such as insomnia or sleep apnea which would later result to narcolepsy. Read more

4 Tips in Improving Exercise Motivation and Consistency

There are going to be days that you are just not up for anything — chores you don’t want to do, paperworks you do not want to touch, and yes, exercises you do not want to perform. Even the most active individuals have these kinds of days.

Of course, these fluctuations are part of your life. But you would not want to miss a workout day, right?

So apart from taking risky pre-workout supplements, what can you do to shake off that lethargic feeling? What can you do, naturally, to make you feel energized and inspired to exercise? Read more

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How to keep your mind and memory sharp

Do you keep on forgetting things or cannot remember names of familiar faces? If this is happening to you, maybe you’re having serious memory lapses. Memory lapses can happen at any age.

Memory loss can be caused by brain injury, neurological or organic problems, and maybe because of the fact that you’re getting old.

As you age, you expect your bones, muscles and entire body system to slowly get weak. You might lessen your physical activity because of some muscular strains or joint pains that will affect your daily movements. Along with your body, it is not surprising that your brain is also starting to experience “senior moments”.

The thought of your mind deteriorating is scary. So as early as possible, it is important to preserve your mental abilities and reduce the risk of getting severe forgetfulness — dementia.

Here are routines and exercises you can do to keep your memory sharp. Read more

What is Wellness Travel? Do you need it?

Holistic well-being has become so important nowadays.

Things such as gym memberships, yoga sessions, and spa treatments are just some ways of improving overall wellness — improving the physical as well as the mental state of your being.

But sometimes you would need more than the run-of-the-mill, commercialized methods of therapy. You might need a break — away from the exhausting grind of your daily life.

According to Global Wellness Study, wellness-inspired travel has shown a steady climb in the fitness industry these past years and will continue to gain more popularity. Read more

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Health and Fitness Trends to Look for in 2017

Over the years, health and fitness gurus crack their heads with new methods, and ways of making an impact within the fitness circle.

Some of the ‘new’ stuff are merely ‘remakes’ or ‘repackaged’ goods. They are not necessarily bad. In fact, they are beneficial for the most part — particularly for beginners. Many trends would fail and lose steam but many would last and even become ‘regular’ of health, wellness, and fitness if they are found to be effective by the masses.

So as you say good bye to the old, unhealthy you last year and start embracing the upcoming year like a breath of fresh air, let’s look at the health and fitness trends expected this year 2017. Read more

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Best Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution Advice

Not surprisingly, losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. In 2014, almost 2 billion adults worldwide are overweight and about a third of that number is obese. That is a whopping 600+ million obese people!

Obesity kills. Being overweight is a major risk factor for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

Obesity is preventable and in theory, easy to remedy. However, in practice, it is extremely difficult because it requires lifestyle change.

Are you one of the weight loss resolutioners? Here are some useful tips for your weight loss mission this New Year. Read more

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7 New Year’s Resolution Tips

Before the year changes, it is customary to sit down and make a list on how to improve yourself for the coming New Year. These so-called ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are promises to yourself — the changes you need to do, or the good things you need to continue doing for you to achieve the better version of yourself.

Here are some pieces of advice on the most typical New Year’s resolutions. Read more

How You Should Spend Your Vacations

Everyone loves having long vacations. Whether you’re a student or a working person, vacation days are the best time to sit back, relax, and enjoy things we find interesting. Read more

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Natural Relief for Pregnancy Discomforts

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The essence of being a woman is to bring life into this world. Indeed, being pregnant is the pinnacle of your womanhood. Read more

When you hate cardio but want to lose weight…

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