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# Health & Fitness

SUE – BALANCING HEALTH AND FITNESS

Creating a healthy balance in life should be one of your most important goals in life. That is the sum of those parts in the sense that when embarking on a new path towards all-encompassing health and fitness, from a previously disadvantaged life of obesity, leading innately sedentary lives and being highly strung and chaotically disorganised in the workplace, it is essential to plan your daily and weekly life forward from the day you decide to start like a well-informed research and development technician.

Of course this does not mean that you are going to be going all scientific. You are not about to become a lab rat, but you are going to be going through some periods of great trial and error, never trials and tribulations as pessimists would have it. Pessimists in general are not healthy people. They already have chaos in their lives and sometimes even choose to dwell in it. Perhaps like some of you (and Steve and me), they do come from traumatised backgrounds of playing catch-up with others who were always in far better shape than we were at the time.

I’d like to make my own small contribution in regard to clearing up the ongoing confusion related to the actual meaning of the phrase ‘health and fitness’. Health and fitness, it must be remembered, are two separate things. Fitness is to do with your physical condition mainly and the exercises that will be followed to help improve your fitness levels. Health, on the other hand, is more in the line of the wellness concept, something which I have been tasked with chatting about in a later post.

Health deals with everything, basically. It deals with your fitness training and physical conditioning targets. And it also deals with the things you must eat to stay in shape and keep your body healthy. More importantly, perhaps, health deals with your inner being. It deals with your mental and spiritual conditioning and to get to the stage where you can declare that you are physically and mentally healthy (and strong) requires a little strategising on your part and ideally with the help of professionals, particularly if you are emerging from a state of morbid obesity and/or illness as a result of unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Balancing health and fitness requirements, particularly if you are doing this for the first time, requires a fine balancing act all on its own. The serious act is not a matter of walking the tightrope. It is a more encouraging process of motivating yourself to set new goals and targets and reassuring yourself that, once those realistic goals have been set, they can be met. You do not need a do or die approach and just remember that the old myth of ‘no pain, no gain’ no longer applies to successful fitness regimes, because strictly speaking, they just don’t work.

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# Health & Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle

STEVE – NATURAL HEALTH REMEDIES

It seemed to be a fairly challenging prospect when first thought out, but after we all had a chat about it, our editor, Sue and myself, there really was nothing to it. It was my turn to do the blog posting and so I had to get to work. Sure, no problem, I thought. I felt a bit dim-witted in the sense that while the subject may still be fairly contentious because it is not well-known in general, I had more than enough interest and passion to team up with the knowledgeable expertise to make this post as informative as possible. With that said it’s a great topic to look at when looking at our steps towards achieving optimal health and fitness through our dietary needs.

All I can say, and argue, is that the number of natural health remedies, untried and untested, by conventional living and sedentary folks out there, are numerous. On their side of the argument in some circles has been the saying that using natural healing methods are all old wives’ tales in any case. So, what do they do when they get ill? They turn to their medical doctor for help and dutifully comply with his chemically induced prescription of drugs which may or may not work for them and also carry with it harmful side-effects.

There is a fairly good chance that natural remedies will work. We have found them to be especially effective when coupled with an organic lifestyle. All it takes is for you to try them when that occasion arises. It would be impossible for me to list all of them in this short blog post. So, what I’ve elected to do for now is just take a random list of natural remedies, list them alphabetically with a brief explanation on what they do.

APPLES

Good for heartburn – While avoiding fatty meat, fried food and sweetened sodas, take the old dictum that an ‘apple a day keeps the doctor away’ to heart. Apples contain healthy acids as well as fibre. These ingredients help to fight back any juices that carry in it too much (unhealthy) acid as a result of all the other foods that are best avoided. Apples absorb stomach acids and help to restore the body’s natural pH levels.

CRANBERRIES

Good for UTI (urinary tract infections) – Cranberries fight back the bacteria that cause UTI. It prevents bacteria from attaching to the bladder walls. It is recommended that as much as two glasses of cranberry juice will help prevent future urinary tract infections.

CUCUMBERS

Good for tired eyes – You must have seen it many times in mostly women’s fashion and beauty magazines. Photographs of women with cucumbers over their eyes. Apart from refreshing tired eyes, it is suggested that cucumbers are a far more effective remedy than plain old ice packs. Cucumber slices only need to be placed lightly over the eyes for ten minutes to be effective. Cucumber is made up of almost one hundred percent water content. Apart from cooling the eyes nicely, it’s cold temperature (straight from the refrigerator) causes blood vessels around the eyes to constrict and helps to reduce inflammations, if any.

GINGER

Good for menstrual cramps – How about a nice cup of warm ginger tea instead then, love. I can imagine myself saying this to Sue. Listen to this. Ongoing medical research is showing that ginger is as effective as prescribed or over the counter pain killers designed to relieve women of their menstrual pain. The ancient Chinese medical practitioners have been using ginger for more than just the women’s monthly periods. Ginger improves the flow of blood and reduces inflammation in the body’s muscles, particularly those lining the uterus where cramps originate.

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