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7 Simple Ways To Be Healthy And Avoid Getting Sick

7 Simple Ways To Be Healthy And Avoid Getting Sick

The flu is out & there’s more and more susceptibility to the cold. In order to help you rise about the weather, here are 7 simple ways to be healthy & avoid getting sick this winter season:

Eat Less Grains

Grains have a whole host of issues associated with them. As many at 15% of the US is gluten intolerant and gluten itself is linked to 55 diseases. Even if you do manage to find something like quinoa – that doesn’t have gluten, many gluten-free grains, still tend to have anti-nutrients that not only make digestion difficult, leave you feeling bloated & cause you to feel sick. If you can’t eliminate grains from you diet – you’d do well to start eating less of them.

Eat Less Junk

Eat less junk food. Start with deciding to do something like cutting out sugar from your life and you’ll notice some huge changes. Some studies even argue that beyond simply being “bad” – sugar is actually toxic for you. Not cool. For more in-depth thoughts on this, consider watching a few minutes of the following talk.

Sugar The Bitter Truth

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If you want to take baby steps, consider adopting a paleo diet, or simply a whole food based diet. While you’re at it, check out these foods that can give your brain & your body a boost.

Cook Your Own Food

Get in your kitchen & start cooking your own food! Don’t fear if you don’t know how to cook – Google is your friend! Find some great recipes from across the internet & start experimenting!

By simply cooking your own food – you’re going to be eliminating sodium, preservatives and other stuff usually found in store-bought meals.

If you want to take things to the next level – consider growing your own food (even during the winter).

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Eat A Good Breakfast

Don’t down cereal to start the day. A breakfast filled with carbohydrates will spike your blood sugar & insulin levels and put an immediate hold on any fat-burning your body was engaged with overnight.

Eating a leaner breakfast will make it easier to burn fat, maintain your goal weight (not to mention bacon & eggs is pretty dang delicious after all). Lower bodyweight & insulin levels mean lower risks of diabetes & other weight related diseases. To get started, here are some good breakfast recipe ideas.

Go Outside

Go outside.

Being outdoors has a slew of benefits including increased happiness, higher vitamin D levels, and better concentration. Even if it’s cold outside – adjusting yourself to the cold can have some long term benefits. So much so that some people even have their children take naps outside. The ones that do tend to be less sick & stronger over the following years. While you’re outside, talk a walk, go hiking, or have an adventure.

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Move More

Heck, some studies even show moving as little as 7 minutes of interval training a day can help.

There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,”

So get out there & get moving – even if it’s only for 7 minutes. If you need to write to keep yourself accountable, start a blog and write about it.

Laugh

You grandmother used to say “laughter is the best medicine” and she wasn’t joking. According to this study, laughing also helps lower blood pressure, increase mood & decrease your stress levels. Laughing can even help give you a workout. Plus, it’s just fun.

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Stand Up

Sitting could be killing you – so stand up! Besides helping combat obesity & diseases, standing more can increase your productivity (and even your life span!).

What other tips & tricks do you for readers who want to know how to be healthy over the winter season?

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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