Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tips To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolution For Fitness Thoughout The Whole Year

Year after year, scientists have fun in putting together statistics about the New Year's resolutions and the length of time people are able to maintain them. One of these statistics shows that only 46% of people who made resolutions for the year to come were still holding to them after six months, whereas 75% managed to maintain them through the first week of January. Only 8% of the Americans questioned said that they were successful in achieving their resolution each year.

Fitness. Source: commons.wikimedia.org

When it comes to fitness, New Year's resolutions are very hard to maintain, because they need an increased level of attention and the willingness to find the time to exercise as often as you wanted when you first made your resolution. There are some tips, though, that may help you keep your New Year's resolutions for fitness throughout the whole year and even for many years to come.

1. Be Realistic
When you make a resolution, you need to think reasonably whether or not you can commit to it for a long period of time. If you are on a busy work schedule which requires frequent traveling, you won't be able to stick to a resolution that calls for you to exercise one hour every day. It's better to set a goal that's easier to attain and to maintain and stick to it for long, rather than push yourself into working out hard for the first two weeks on January, only to give it up completely afterwards.

2. Share It With Your Friends
Your fitness resolution will be easier to keep if you share it with somebody you care about. They will hold you accountable for your fitness plans, so if you fail, you'll most probably feel ashamed. This makes it harder to quit, so it's worth talking about your fitness plans for the new year with your friends.

3. Track Your Progress and Reward Yourself
Humans are set to measure and compare all things in life. If you simply work out but don't measure your progress, soon you'll lose your motivation to continue, so your New Year's resolution will be in danger of becoming extinct. If you track your progress, you'll be able to evaluate how your shape improves over time, therefore you'll have a good motivation to keep on doing the things that bring you back your good looks and your self-esteem. Whenever you reach an important milestone, reward yourself, celebrate, because this boosts your motivation and your good spirit.

4. Stick to It
Everybody can form a new habit if they stick to an activity for enough time. This time is different from person to person and from activity to activity. Fitness is a relatively tough one, so you may need to consciously force yourself to stick to it for the first 20-40 days in order to turn it into a habit. Once you manage to pass that stage, sticking with it will be easy. you'll even feel bad if you skip one day every now and then.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Great Tips For Remaining Healthy During Your Senior Years

It goes without saying that along with age will usually come wisdom. However, what they don't tell you is that wrinkles, sore muscles, aching bones and declining health is not very far behind. When you are heading into your senior years, it is important that you do all that you can to take care of yourself. With a few simple tips, you can live your golden years fit, healthy and very happy. After all, life can be a whole lot more fun if you are able to remain young at heart and comfortable in your own body no matter how it is aging.

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Kick The Habits

It is no secret that humans will often fall into certain behavior patterns. Even if you think that it is something that is good for you or that it won't harm you, there may come a time in your life when change is best. If you have a habit such as drinking or smoking, cutting down or even quitting will do nothing but benefit you as you head into your senior years. Along with that, take into consideration a lot of the junk foods or fried items that you enjoy eating. While you may not want to part with them completely, limiting your intake can do a lot for you and your overall health.

Remember To Laugh

Even though you are aging, you still need to remember that laughter is always the best medicine. There have actually been numerous studies that show how much laughing can make a person healthier. Healthy living for seniors will mean letting go and having a good laugh each day. This simple occurrence can lead to a reduction in stress, lower blood pressure, help protect against infection and even work to improve memory. All of that with a simple laugh, seems easy enough!

Get Those Zzzzz's

One thing that a lot of seniors may find difficult is getting the right amount of sleep at night. As you age, your mind and body will often put themselves on a different schedule. While your body is tired, your mind may be wide awake. Try some different things that will help you to wind down at the end of the day so that you can get a full night of sleep. Your body needs sleep to remain healthy and you will feel refreshed each morning so that you can seize the day. If you have problems sleeping, simply talk with your physician about some helpful tricks that you can try.

As a senior, you want to be able to live your life and enjoy the time that you have. This should mean visiting with family, seeing friends and taking on some of the adventures in life that you have always wanted to experience. If you are healthy and happy, you are going to be able to go on and experience everything that you have been dreaming about. After all, these are the years that you need to make count.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Packing Tips For Your Next Family Holiday Vacation

For many people, the holiday season is not complete without a trip to visit their friends or relatives. However, with so much else going on during the holidays, packing for your vacation can get put off until the last minute. Instead of frantically running around trying to get everything packed, save some time by using the following packing tips.

If you are planning on flying to your destination, you need to be prepared for delays and lengthy lines. With millions of other people taking to the skies, airports can be very crowded. Make sure that you allow plenty of time at the airport.

Family Vacation
Lost luggage is always a hazard of flying, so you need to be prepared. If your bags go astray, will you be able to cope? Bring any essential items, such as medications, in your carry-on bag. It is also a good idea to pack a change of clothes and a spare pair of underwear in this bag. This way, if the airline does lose your bags, you will not be completely without the necessities.

Many people plan to bring their Christmas gifts with them on the plane, but this is not always the best plan. Large gifts take up valuable room in your bags that could be used for something else. With airlines charging more for each bag that you check, it can be cheaper to just ship the gifts ahead of time.

If you do pack gifts in your bags, do not wrap them beforehand. The security personnel at the airport may have to unwrap them anyway to make sure that they do not pose a threat. Save yourself time by wrapping them after you reach your destination.

For holiday travel by car, be sure not to over pack. When you have your own vehicle, there is always a temptation to bring too much stuff. After all, one more bag won't hurt! This way of thinking can lead to you bringing far more than you really need.

If you are going to more than one destination on your road trip, pack separate bags for each place. This way, you can just take out what you need for that stop without having to unpack the entire car. Getting back on the road will also go more quickly, since there won't be as many bags to load back into the trunk.

When bringing gifts with you in the car, be sure to bring them in with you instead of leaving them in your vehicle overnight. A suitcase or bag full of wrapped presents poses a nearly irresistible temptation for thieves. The last thing you want when you are far from home is for someone to break into your car and steal all of your Christmas presents.

For many families, the holidays are not complete without a family road trip. Make your next holiday vacation go more smoothly by planning ahead and using these tips to guide your packing. This way, you can avoid many of the most common holiday headaches.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Best Clothing For Jogging In Cold Weather

Even when the winter months start to roll around, there is nothing to stop avid runners from heading outdoors to get in a good couple of miles. Of course, there is always the opportunity to stay warm by training indoors on tracks or with the use of treadmills. However, whether the temperatures start to drop or there is snow on the ground, there is nothing quite like getting outside to enjoy the fresh air while you run. For a lot of running enthusiasts, it is just a matter of picking out the proper attire for jogging outside in winter.
Winter Jogging


It goes without saying that you simply cannot run outdoors in winter weather if you do not have appropriate trail running shoes. The best thing to do is look for the proper running shoe that will have water resistant uppers along with an aggressive treat. Some of the most popular trail running shoe companies are known for providing joggers with the ultimate protection for their feet from moisture, wind and more. Not only that but you are going to find that this type of tread will be all that you need to get through any conditions underfoot including slush, mud and snow.

Just as when you head outdoors for other winter activities, it is important that you dress in layers. Think of using hats, gaiters and other handkerchief style products to give you the added layers to cover some areas that may otherwise be exposed. Focus on areas such as your head, cheeks, neck and chin to keep your body temperature as warm as possible.

Running during the winter will mean that you have to take extra precautions to ensure that all of your extremities are properly covered. Some joggers will make sure to wear thin gloves or even mittens that have finger compartments that have a flip top feature. This is the perfect way to help you balance the heat and give you swift dexterity whenever necessary.

Because the skin is so vulnerable in cold weather, you have to make sure that you do all that you can to protect any areas that will not be able to get covered. One trick is making sure that you apply a very thin layer of petroleum jelly to create an invisible layer that lends to warmth as well as protection. Try to focus on your lips, nose, cheeks and even the tops of your ears if they are not fully covered.

The human body has the ability to produce adequate heat so that it can keep itself warm. The clothing that you choose in layers will be there to retain the heat as long as possible. Think of having a base layer of long underwear covered by a mid layer all the way out to an outer shell. This will help to conceal the warm air and allow for ventilation by unzipping a coat or pulling off a garment should the need arise. In the end, you can enjoy a great run even when the weather is chilly.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Top Christmas Movies Releasing In 2013

During everyday holiday season, film companies released movies during Christmas that try to capitalize on the Holiday's. People take vacations and have no work. Therefore, they are able to go and watch movies that they may enjoy. This year, 2013, is no exception. Here are some of the best 2013 Christmas movie releases.
 
1. Tyler Perry's "A Madea Christmas" is one of the most anticipated Christmas movies of the year. Tyler Perry is bringing back the character, Madea, an older women who still has the mentality of a younger woman. In this movie, Madea goes with a friend to the country to visit the friend's daughter. But, as with most Tyler Perry movies, things get much more complicated when secrets are revealed, and relationships are tested. Hopefully, the holiday cheer can turn the drama into peace!

2. White Reindeer is another Christmas movie coming out during this holiday season. This film centers around Suzanne, a woman dealing with demons during the holiday season. Set in a small town in Virginia, this comedy drama has a number of twists and turns that will have you guessing until the last minute of the film.

3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is another movie set to release during the Christmas season. It will be released on Friday, December 20th. It is expected to bring back the ever so popular character Ron Burgundy played by Will Ferrel and his co-star Christina Applegate.

4. The Wolf of Wall Street is also another big blockbuster that is expected to be released on Christmas day. This movie is expected to be huge as it stars Leonardo DiCaprio. The film also features the popular, Jonah Hill. It will be directed by Martin Scorsese. This movie is about Jordan Belfort, who spent 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a huge 1990's securities fraud investigation that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street.
5. Justin Bieber's Believe is expected to make a ton of money. All of Justin Bieber's fans are expected to come out in droves to see his documentary. This movie is expected to capture the young talent unfiltered and 100% honest. It is going to answer a lot of questions that people may have for Bieber about his passion for music, relationships, and other things.

As you can see, there are some huge megahits that are about to come out and capitalize on the holiday season. Some of the movies have incredible casts. While others are capitalizing on the Christmas theme. You will notice that a lot of the movies that are coming out during the Holidays like to release the movie on Christmas week. This allows everyone that has off from work to go participate and see movies. It also allows a lot of the people that receive money and/or gift certificates from the Holidays to utilize them to go to the movies.

The bottom line is if you are into movies, this is going to be a great season to watch some highly anticipated Christmas release films.

About The Author

Laura Greening is a mom and a part time wedding planner. She loves to write about wedding planning and preparation. She is currently working as a consultant Wallao, a flower girl dress store, based in Los Angeles, CA.
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fun, Memorable Family Christmas Activities

For many families, the holiday season is much more than simply exchanging gifts. Christmas is a time for families to gather together, spend time in the spirit of the season and make lots of cherished memories along the way. Children are filled with excitement and as an adult your heart grows with love for everyone in your family that means so much to you. To help boost your spirits even more during the holiday season, you can take the time to participate in a few festive Christmas activities.

Family on Christmas
Certainly, one activity that is a tradition in most families is looking for a Christmas tree and then decorating it. If you have a tree farm in your local area, you can make a day of it by going to the lot together to pick out your tree. Depending on where you live, you may be able to cut down your own tree. If not, there are a variety of trees that are pre-cut that you can choose from and bring home. Once you get the tree home, you can decorate as a family while sipping on hot chocolate and listening to some of your favorite Christmas music.

With the cheerful winter season, there is always the family activity of winter sports that you can all enjoy around the holiday season. The perfect activity to take part in during the Christmas season would be an outing for ice skating. Take the time to look up an ice rink in your local area and make a day of it by taking the family out to enjoy spending time together on the ice. Even children who are not familiar with ice skating will enjoy trying on the skates and having older siblings or parents take them around on the ice. For a lot of families, this is a great way to get in the holiday spirit, make memories and get exercise at the same time.

Perhaps you enjoy making and of course eating a variety of holiday treats each year. Think of sitting down as a family to come up with a list of all of the treats that you would like to make together to enjoy at home or to give away for gift packages to family and friends. Bake cookies together, try your hand at an old family fudge recipe or gather the ingredients to make mulled apple cider in the crock pot. With fresh made goodies on hand, you can even put together a care package to give to your local retirement home or shelter to share in the holiday spirit.

The more you brainstorm with your family, the more holiday family activities you are going to come up with. Each year, you can be sure that you all do a variety of things that will bring you together and help to create lots of incredible memories. After all, this is truly the time of the year with family activities are the perfect way to pass the time and enjoy one another.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Homemade Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas For 2013

If you are in charge of doing the cooking for Thanksgiving this year, then you definitely have a busy week coming. However, there is no reason to skimp when it comes to making the very best tasting meal for your family. Even if you are on a fairly tight budget, you can follow these recipes and bring a feast to the table.

Thanksgiving Dinner. Source: Commons.wikimedia.org

 One of the most popular and basic side dishes at any Thanksgiving table is the bowl of mashed potatoes. Buy a large potato for each guest at your table, and then peel and cube them. For every five guests, plan on two tablespoons each of butter and sugar, as well as 1/2 cup milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. To cook it, add the potatoes to a large saucepan, covering all the potatoes with water. Bring the whole thing to a boil, drop the heat, and cover and simmer until you feel the potatoes and they are tender. Drain the pot, and move the potatoes to a mixing bowl for mashing. Either a potato masher or a hand mixer works for this. Add the other ingredients and beat until they are smooth.

But what about the stuffing? People make mashed potatoes all year round, waiting until Turkey Day to attack that pan or bowl of stuffing. Again, these measurements are generally good for five or six servings. Dry out some bread, enough for 8 to 10 cups. You'll also need at least a half-pound of pork sausage, some onion powder, three eggs, 1 1/2 cups of broth, a 1/2-cup of margarine, 3 teaspoons of ground sage, and a small bag of seasoned croutons. Tear and cube the bread, set it out in your mixing bowl to dry out overnight. Fry the sausage in the onion powder, or add fresh onion if you like. Drain the pan and pour the remaining contents into the bowl with the bread. Pour the broth into a measuring cup, and add the bouillon and the margarine before heating in the microwave just to melt the bouillon and margarine. Add all of the spices together to the mixture, and mash it by hand together until it is thoroughly blended. Place the whole thing in a casserole dish that you have greased well. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for at least 30 minutes.

There are some considerations to be made for this recipe. First, if you want a fluffier stuffing, beat your eggs before you add them. If you keep the pan covered, or cook the stuffing inside the turkey. If you want a drier stuffing, don't add all of the broth. If you want a stuffing that is a bit more moist, add some more butter. To check and see if the stuffing is done, stick a meat thermometer inside it. It should register at least 165 degrees. If not, the turkey has not cooked thoroughly. An uncooked turkey is definitely not the experience you want for your guests -- and undercooked stuffing is not acceptable either.

About the author:

Laura Greening is a mom and a part time wedding planner. She loves to write about wedding planning and preparation. She is currently working as a consultant Wallao, a flower girl dress store, based in Los Angeles, CA.