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Tips on How to Start Getting Fit and Healthy

Falling off the wagon when it comes to health and fitness is very easy these days. You can see a lot of new restaurants, foods and drinks on your social networking sites and they are just too tempting to try and enjoy. Add to that the fact that gadgets – computers, iPads and smartphones have made us immobile and unwilling to sweat our fats out. We spend hours on the couch surfing the Internet, getting busy with our social media, playing online games and chatting with friends that we have forgotten to be physical with our daily activities.

gym with weights and treadmills But once you get the determination and the discipline to start getting fit and healthy, you will get used to your new routine and stick to it. Incorporating your workout to your daily activities is a must if you do not want to become obese and develop illnesses brought about by unhealthy eating habits.

Start Small

If you have not been working out for a long time, starting small is the way to go. Every goal should be started small. Big expectations from the start may be disappointing. Start by taking walks or jogging in a park near your place. A half hour each should be enough to make you sweat those cookies you downed yesterday. As your body gets used to the routine, you can add more exercises so you can lose more weight faster.

Ask a Friend

Working out is much easier when you do achieve your goals with someone else who shares the same mission as you. Ask a friend of yours to join you in working out; you will not feel the brunt of the workout if you have someone to talk to while doing it. Time flies much faster when you are working out with someone.

Do Your Research

 The Internet is awash with websites that offer free tutorials and workouts to help you get fit. Watch workout videos available online and see if you can do them and if the target areas are your target areas too. Look for something that is appropriate to your body type, fitness needs and whatnot.

Trial and Error

You can never really tell which workout is best for you if you have not tried several ones to see which one is really suitable for your needs. Choose several types of workouts and try out each of them. Take notes of the differences of each and your observations and which one makes you lose weight the fastest without endangering your whole well-being. When you have found the one most suitable workout for you, stick to it and you will see a big difference.

Enroll in a Gym

The gym is one place where you do not have to take care about anything other than doing your designated workout. A trainer will determine your routine for you and help you with your goal and goad you to not give up. One trick to keep you motivated and encouraged to go to the gym is to shop for gym clothes and bags that you will use. Tactical bags, although not designed for gym use, are still very useful because they have a lot of pockets where you can stuff your things into and still keep them organized.

Being on the road to fitness has its great benefits in the long run. It may be hard to start and keep at your routine, but with determination and discipline, anything is possible.


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Emergency: Food and Water

Emergencies happen in a blink of an eye. Well, that’s why they are called emergencies in the first place. But the point is, it is best to plan ahead, to prepare ourselves and our belongings when these things happen. Preparing our belongings or our disaster kit ahead will not just save us from getting hungry or from losing important documents, it could also mean saving what’s important and sentimental or saving our life. We might think that evacuations rarely happen and yes it is true. But if an emergency occurs and we only have a very limited time to choose what to bring, or in some extreme cases, no time to pack at all, having an emergency/survival kit all set and ready for a quick grab could mean life or death.

There are available survival kits in the market but having our own, knowing that it suits our family’s needs is better. We all have different priorities and different things that we consider important but food and water are our common denominator. We all don’t like to get hungry or to feel intense thirst so it is better to create and put together our own kit ahead of time, especially if the disaster won’t permit us to pack the things we need. Here are the two most important things to consider when these situation strikes, for us to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours:

Water. Clean drinking water might not be readily available after a disaster because of contamination or it could be cut-off entirely. The recommended allocation per person is at least one gallon per person per day. It is also important to keep in mind the different water needs of each member, the climate and the diet. It is advisable to include water purification tablets when packing for you to have safe, clean water if your supply runs out. Also, small bottles are as important as the big ones. Small bottles are much easier to carry when the situation requires you to move from one place to another.

Food. The market offers a wide range of pre-packaged food perfect for when emergency strikes. If you want to put your own together, it is a good idea to make them (the pre-packaged) as reference when packing. Also, consider the different needs of each family member, like members with allergies, elderly, lactating mothers and infants and those with special diets.

Pack foods that won’t spoil like ready-to-eat canned goods, fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty like those with chilly and salt. Also, do not forget to bring a can opener. Remember to check your food and water’s expiration date so as not to waste the supply and to make sure that when disaster comes, you have perfectly safe water and food tucked in your house.

The following foods are suggested when packing for emergencies:

  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Crackers
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

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