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# Health & Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle

HEALTH AND FITNESS PARTNERSHIPS PROMOTE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING

Hello, this is Sue and Steve speaking from the bottom of our healthy hearts. We’re very keen to get you to experience the same pleasures of being fit and healthy that we’ve been enjoying for the last couple of years.

Today, as a couple and because we’ve seen what it’s like to always be healthy and happy, we’ve become advocates for not just basic health and fitness but male and female health and fitness as well.

We mean to say that it would really be smashing if you could get your loved one to join you on a new drive towards looking and feeling great with flat stomachs, strong stomach muscles and equally attractive strong biceps and calf muscles as well. It would be stunning if you could encourage the one you love to join you in the kitchen to start preparing healthy and wholesome meals that are not just good for your cardiovascular health but are equally scrumptious as comforting meals which can only be enjoyed as loving couples know.

And while you’re seated at the dinner table, you’ve lighted those candles too. You’ve also lighted a little incense which does not overpower your senses to the degree that it interferes with your ability to enjoy every morsel of your greens and meat. Your green vegetables are now only organic. Your meat has a lot less fat in it than before. This is because the (red) meat you’re now eating together is grain-fed, fresh from the farm.

The benefits of exercising together as a couple cannot be explained any better other than to say that it is absolutely fabulous and we hope that we’ve spurred you on with this little play with words. Being wholesomely healthy and fit has allowed us to creatively explore new avenues in life which have led us onto the garden path towards the epitome of wellness. When we got together as a couple, we made a commitment that we would stay together for as long as realistically possible in order to cement our love for one another.

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# Health & Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle

SUE – NATURAL HEALTH APPROACHES

My previous contribution mentioned good old fashioned housekeeping can be used in a big way to get you in to shape and help create an overall healthy persona for yourself. Relax, ladies, I am not about to start instructing you on housekeeping. Oh, and that includes you too, guys. Gone are the days when the women do all the chores inside while you sit about relaxing in front of the TV with your remote and potato crisps.

It is all about mutual respect for one another. Share the workload, guys. Go fifty-fifty with the woman that you love. Remember what my husband said to you earlier. You guys naturally have more muscle on your bodies than the ladies. From time to time, there is going to be a need to do some heavy lifting, but without breaking your backs please. My husband may have already mentioned that to you, lifting excess heavy weights, unnecessarily really does more damage than good.

Here I am just going to give you a brief philosophical overview on what the natural health approaches to life entail. You may find whether I mention this later or not, that in terms of natural health approaches, there is always going to be an emphasis on including daily or regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet. Mental health is possibly something to leave for a later post in which Steve will be having a similar chat with you, this time on wellness.

Natural health achieves balanced life outcomes. Apart from regular exercise, good eating, sleeping and living habits, natural health is influenced subconsciously on personal beliefs and/or faith. I find that the healthiest and fittest men and women around have all come from a trying background of never giving up on their transformation from being dangerously obese to being physical fit. In terms of treatments and remedies, especially when these are needed to treat illnesses and injuries, natural health relies, quite simply, on nature, and far less, if at all, on clinically prescribed treatments.

Until recently, the perception has always been that natural health as it was understood in western societies mainly has always leaned on ancient eastern practices. That perception is partially correct, but not entirely. I maintain, and Steve agrees with me on this, and as I just mentioned a moment ago, natural health implementation becomes a successful practice when it is informed by personal resolution and self-confidence.

It is also a matter of conscience, as in always listening to your body and responding positively to what it is trying to tell you – is it feeling lethargic perhaps, or is it really feeling wow – and common sense. There is no need to rely on a bible of health, as it were, and just a little light reading on the basics sets one on the correct path in utilising natural health practices successfully in one’s daily life. Apart from demystifying ancient eastern practice there is absolutely no truth to the lie that natural health practices and its inherent treatments and remedies relies heavily on mystic, heathen practices.

There is some mind to body strategies involved but as I mentioned earlier, let Steve focus on the mental aspect in his post. Stress management techniques are definitely an important part of the natural health processes. Ultimately, natural health practices strive to create a complete balance for the human body, heart and soul although this is never entirely achieved. I am not a big fan of science fiction nor am I a fan of relying completely on science to solve our mental and physical health problems. Our hearts, minds (and souls) and bodies are more than capable of solving our problems just as our ancient ancestors had been doing for centuries and thousands of years. Yes, it is true that prehistoric men and women did not live to a ripe old age as we are capable of doing today, but you must understand and appreciate the hostile environments they were living in at the time.

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# Health & Fitness

STEVE – FITNESS TIPS

Okay, guys, this post is going to be mainly for the men. But the women in your lives are welcome to listen in too. Actually, my wife’s having a hard time with the approach I initially thought I’d take with this post, focusing on fitness tips for the guys. I was purely thinking from a man’s point of view also with an emphasis on building up on the muscles, bulking up, as it were. My focus is fairly simple, really. In proportion to body weight/mass, men naturally carry more muscle, or are supposed to anyway, than women.

I am not about to give you guys a training program to start working out with. What I will be doing is give you a motivational introduction on how the process all begins and how it should be followed through. As far as training, weight training as is the case here, is concerned, I highly recommend that you first go for a thorough check up at your local general practitioner and after he has cleared you for intensive exercise, register with a reputable gym and enrol the services of a personal trainer who will prepare a program that is customised in accordance with the doctor’s recommendations, if any, your unique physical characteristics and your body weight and current muscle mass.

GET YOURSELF A DIARY.

Right from the moment that you pay your doctor a visit, start keeping a diary of your exercise program and experience. You will be able to monitor closely how you performed on a particular day and how you felt after the workout. Perhaps you were feeling really jaded on a particular day. This could mean anything, from not eating a full breakfast to not getting enough sleep the previous night. On that note, let us briefly look at your dietary requirements and sleeping habits.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

In order to keep up your strength for your muscle building exercise program you are going to need to emphasise protein in your diet. Also, because you are going to be bulking up on muscle, the amount of food – balanced, three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and supper – must be equivalent to your body weight. So, if you’re a lightweight chap, you’re not going to be consuming as much protein and food as a heavyweight boxer, are you.

You also need to balance out the type of food you’re going to be consuming. Protein will be sourced mainly from meat, but take in equivalents from fish, high in essential fatty acids, and organic poultry. Try, if you can, to eliminate red meat from your diet altogether. To my mind, it contains too much fat and, even as an organic product, it still contains too many toxins. You can obtain protein from other sources such as unsalted nuts, legumes (beans) and even raw oats which is also high in fibre.

SLEEPING HABITS

The old dictum still applies. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep a night, if you can. Also try to go to bed early. The body is not programmed to be up so late in any event. Also, considering that you might have a busy work schedule, you might be factoring in weight training or non-weight exercises (such as jogging) for the early morning. And don’t leave training and eating to too late in the day. Your body needs to be sufficiently relaxed before you hit the sack.

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# Health & Fitness

SUE – HEALTH IN GENERAL

Hello everybody, its Sue here. Guys, I almost apologized, but then I remembered that we are all scattered across the earth in different time zones. So, however long I thought I delayed our next published post to you it was actually inconsequential in the sense that you are all reading our posts at different times of your day that suit you best. It is always hoped that you are doing your reading when you are at your most relaxed after a long and hard day at work.

That brings me to the point I’d like to make about health in general. It’s philosophical, really. It is, of course, always my (or our) point of view that is being put forward in this personal space, but you will find that the more extensive your internet and book reading is, the more likely you are to find similar views being expressed. Who knows, perhaps some of you have similar views. And whether or not they are similar, differ, or wholly disagree with what we have said, you are more than welcome to share it with us here.

My thought began with a universal question. Why are poor people so unhealthy? I’m going to look beyond the obvious here. Yes, we are all in agreement and should know this well by now; poor people generally don’t have enough to eat during the day. If the poorest of the poor have any luck during their hard days, then they are only sharing one meal a day. But, do you know what, poor people, the one’s that do at least have jobs to go to every morning, can be healthy.

They can look after themselves without much input from those perceived to have knowledge of the matter. One of the things lacking in poor people’s lives is the matter of literacy. Many poor folks do have TV sets in their homes, and here it gets interesting because some of you, or is it many of you, should be able to relate to this, and after a hard day at work, they spend the rest of the night watching TV. Because of their low illiteracy levels, they bypass meaningful programmes, documentaries, talk shows and self-help guides, in favour of action movies, maniacal wrestling shows and sports.

Most of the working poor have had a basic education and can read and write. After all, many of them have to do some of this during their working day. I keep on hoping that someday, instead of glossing over trashy tabloids, they would take an interest in more serious matters such as health and fitness. And in any case, folks don’t even need access to the library and books to empower themselves with the basic knowledge required to get into shape and provide their children with healthy meals every day.

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# Habits, Health & Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle

OUR HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE HABITS

As a healthy and happy couple we are privileged. We’re in an advantageous situation where everything you’re about to read about us is original and hopefully to the point. We’re hoping that our stories will place you in that privileged position too. Guys, note this on your pads for future reference. We’re no preachers. But because we believe in the health and fitness regime – we believe in it because we know that it works, we speak from experience too – we’ve become gentle nudgers.

We want you guys to get on the health and fitness bandwagon because we want you to be happy and healthy like we are today. Let’s not waste any more of your reading time and get straight down to the point. We know that you have got jobs to get back to. We know that many of you have family responsibilities. We also know that your tummies may be grumbling for a nice, greasy pizza or hot and spicy chili dog.

We understand. That’s okay for now. Enjoy it while it lasts. Three months from now you’ll be wondering why did you touch those horrid things in the first place. We’re motivating you today by telling you a little bit about our health and lifestyle habits as they stand. Our privileged position allows us to personalize our blog posts without having to rely too much on what health experts, dieticians and psychologists have to say about getting your life into gear.

From time to time, however, we will be referencing important points for you to use. Anyway, when we started out on our new health and fitness regime, we were the laughing stock of our neighborhood. Heaving and weaving every other evening after work, we were two roly polies, two fatty boom-booms racing each other around every sidewalk corner that was in front of us. Let them laugh, we breathed out aloud.

Today, we have the last laugh. While they’re slumbering comatose-like in front of their TV screens, we’re enjoying our own healthy and most enjoyable home entertainment in the bedroom. Sometimes, we’re doing it in the shower or the kitchen. Other times, in the living room. Why? Because we could. And because it’s healthy and good for you. Just make sure that you’re in a healthy and long-lasting committed relationship with each other.

It’s not our place to advise you further on this. It took us about six months – guys, remember this, if you’re as overweight as we were, it can take as long as this, so just be patient about your business of getting into shape – to start showing visible signs of being healthy . It took us those months to start feeling great too. And it wasn’t just the grunting and groaning and sweaty exercise that got us to this point.

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