Eternal Lifestyles Live Healthy, Live Long, Live Young 2014-12-10T07:23:29Z http://eternallifestyles.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Tiffiny Carlson http://beautyability.com <![CDATA[How Vitamin D May Help You Live Longer]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=708 2013-05-10T08:57:06Z 2013-05-10T11:00:00Z We should all know by now that a little Vitamin D from the sun is good, but did you know it can help you live longer? There have been a number of studies in recent years that are proving we can extend our lives in a number of ways by making sure our bodies aren’t […]

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We should all know by now that a little Vitamin D from the sun is good, but did you know it can help you live longer?

There have been a number of studies in recent years that are proving we can extend our lives in a number of ways by making sure our bodies aren’t low on Vitamin D.

An incredibly important vitamin/receptor that’s involved in the workings of 3,000 genes, vitamin D’s reaches are vast.  Here’s how Vitamin D can be the key in helping you live longer.

Prevention of diabetes: One of the more impressive feats of vitamin D is that it can fend off type-1 diabetes.  A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that “young adults who maintain sufficient levels of Vitamin D can reduce their risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by 50 to 60 percent.” [1]

There are also encouraging reports that Vitamin D may help prevent type-2 diabetes [2], a disease that typically shortens a persons life by 10 years.

Prevention of cardiovascular diseases: Cardiovascular diseases, one of the number people as they age in the US, have also been linked to people with low Vitamin D levels, as well as hypertension and cardiomyopathy, another serious heart condition. [3]

Cancer patients live longer: A study at Steinar Tretli at The Cancer Registry of Norway followed 658 patients with different types of cancer (breast, lung, colon and lymphoma).

They tested their vitamin D levels over a several month period, and found that those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 2.5 times as likely to die from cancer. Those with the highest levels on the other hand lived around 22.6 months longer.

Prevent infectious diseases: Vitamin D has also shown to reduce the number of nasty infectious diseases that can lead to death [4], especially if one is advanced in years or in ill health from the onset.  Vitamin D has also shown promise in reducing the amount The flu, the common cold and even tuberculosis are all more common in people with lower levels of vitamin D.

Prevent fractures as you age: Another big benefit of vitamin D is its ability to aid the strengthening bones.

Vitamin D helps our bodies better absorb calcium [5] – without it, our bodies don’t properly absorb calcium from our diet which can lead to a calcium deficiency.

It’s now commonly prescribed by doctors to women as they age, along with a standard calcium supplement, as a double-whammy against osteoporosis (and osteopenia).  With stronger bones and less fractures, especially in our golden years, lives can be greatly extended.

Remember, a vitamin D supplement is necessary if you want to keep your levels high (unless you’re lucky to live in a region where you get full sunshine often).

Without a supplement you’ll need to eat a lot of vitamin D-fortified foods, like milk, plus spend lots of time in the sun just to keep from being Vitamin D deficient.  But then you’ll also need to be worry about the detrimental effects that eating too much dairy and getting to much sun can have on your body.

Editors Note: A good way to combat the harmful effects of the sun is with a Vitamin D enriched body lotion [6]

[1]  http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/2/14/vitamins-diabetes-study-health/

[2]  http://forecast.diabetes.org/magazine/your-ada/the-role-vitamin-d-type-2-diabetes

[3]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19601865

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19237723?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

[5] http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/bone_health/nutrition/#d

[6] M Langberg, C Rotem, E Fenig, R Koren, A Ravid, Vitamin D protects keratinocytes from deleterious effects of ionizing radiation, Br J Dermatol 160 151-161 (2009)

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Adam Watson <![CDATA[10 Tips for a Healthy Breakfast Meal]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=519 2013-05-09T09:17:13Z 2013-05-09T11:00:06Z It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Eating in the morning is energizing, providing your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to start the day. Without beginning your day with a balanced meal, you could end up eating high-calorie snacks to hold you over […]

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It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Eating in the morning is energizing, providing your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to start
the day.

Without beginning your day with a balanced meal, you could end up eating high-calorie snacks to hold you over until lunch or overeating at lunchtime due to the immense hunger.

That might be why studies show that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than their counterparts.

Not only does eating breakfast stave off obesity, it also improves concentration, enhance problem-solving skills, and increases hand-eye coordination. Without it, your body would be straining itself physically and mentally.

To start eating a healthier breakfast, here are 10 tips for a healthy breakfast meal to keep in mind.

1.) Make sure you get your protein.

It’s important that you include protein for breakfast.

This can be found in a variety of options such as low-fat or non-fat diary, egg whites or egg substitutes, and soy products. Protein is digested at a slower rate than carbohydrates. If enough isn’t consumed, you risk becoming hungry much earlier on.

2.) Next, get enough fiber.

It’s recommended for your fiber intake to be at least 5 grams for breakfast.

Fiber is found in fruit, vegetables, and whole grain products (100% whole wheat bread, bagels, etc.). Fiber also keeps you feeling fuller for longer, going hand-in-hand with protein.

3.) Avoid the expensive coffee concoctions.

What I mean by this is avoid the drinks that are listed on the menus of your well known coffee stores. If you take a look at what’s include in the mix, there’s a lot of saturated fat and calories.

Instead of going all out on coffee, stick to a basic cup of coffee. Add a bit of low-fat milk and/or a small amount of sugar if plain coffee isn’t your thing.

4.) Choose the whole fruit over the fruit juices.

Fruit juices contain additional ingredients other than the base fruit, causing blood sugar and insulin levels to rise. This also increases your appetite.

Instead of drinking juice, eat the fruit itself. As stated on tip number 2, fruit contains fiber, helping you decrease your appetite.

5.) Have a little bit of fat in your meal.

Choosing low-fat and non-fat options saves calories, but starting your day without any fat can be a burden. You’ll feel hungry without it, so adding just a bit of fat will help.

For example, substitute a cup of non-fat greek yogurt for 2% greek yogurt. Adding nuts are another healthy choice to give you what you need.

6.) Choose to eat at home.

Whether it’s at a sit-in or fast food restaurant, it’s better to prepare your food at home.

When you are dining elsewhere, you are not completely aware of what is going into your food. Breakfast choices at restaurants tend to be high in sodium, calories, and saturated fats. They also lack a lot of fiber.

7.) Eat leaner breakfast meats.

Processed foods such as bacon and sausage are traditional items to include at breakfast. However, these are linked with the higher risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer.

Substitute these choices with leaner meats like turkey bacon and turkey sausage.

8.) Make a smoothie for a quick meal.

Smoothies are a smart choice if you’re rushing out the door. Get a blender and throw in some fruit, yogurt, and other various ingredients to make your healthy meal portable.

With a little research online, you can find a lot of recipes for breakfast smoothies that are both delicious and nutritional.

9.) Try lunch for breakfast.

Some of us aren’t into the common breakfast foods such as bacon and eggs. If you find yourself disinterested in breakfast items, eat what you would for lunch instead.

Lean meat sandwiched between two slices of 100% whole wheat bread is a good substitute. Add a bit of light mayo and vegetable toppings if desired.

10.) Eat within 30 minutes after waking up.

The Commander Navy Installations Command states this will eating within this time frame will help stimulate your metabolism, giving you a head start to your morning.

The longer you wait to eat, the slower your metabolism rate will get. This is due to your body going into starvation mode after being without food for so long from sleeping.

I hope you found at least some of these tips helpful.   If you have any you’d like to share, please comment below!

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Amanda Rave <![CDATA[Keeping Your Energy Up Even During the Mid Day Slump]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=208 2013-05-09T09:33:53Z 2013-05-08T11:51:44Z It’s common to hit a mid day slump at about two o’clock in the afternoon and feel ready to take a nap. We lose all our energy and just want to curl up and sleep or lounge somewhere and do mindless activities. But the world doesn’t stop at mid-day and there is still plenty of […]

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It’s common to hit a mid day slump at about two o’clock in the afternoon and feel ready to take a nap. We lose all our energy and just want to curl up and sleep or lounge somewhere and do mindless activities.

But the world doesn’t stop at mid-day and there is still plenty of stuff that needs to get done!

Being lazy doesn’t make you feel any better either; it just keeps us from getting important things accomplished which will only serve to stress us out later on. There really isn’t much that is satisfying about being lazy, especially not if you do it day after day.

But don’t rush for the coffee or those (terrible) energy shots just quite yet. There are better ways to keep you going and feeling alert and awake through the last few hours of your work day.

  1. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Our bodies need it to rest and restore themselves. But don’t overdo it either. Oversleeping can leave you feeling just as tired as under-sleeping.
  2. Stay hydrated. You should be drinking plenty of water during the day; there is a reason why you always hear about the “eight cups” rule. Your body needs water to keep itself going so make sure it gets it.
  3. Keep yourself active during the day. Even if you work a desk job, you should get up and do some stretches if you can. And if you can swing it, try taking a short walk around the office to get your legs moving. Sitting stagnant all day is only going to keep you feeling drowsy.
  4. Drink some green or oolong tea. Both of these teas have tons of health benefits and can help keep you feeling alert during the day. Throw a little lemon into a cup of green tea and feel your body waking up.
  5. Eat some citrus fruit. There is a reason that a lot of people drink orange juice in the morning. Fruits like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit can really make you feel more energized and ready to go, so try to snack on them during the day. Or add lemon juice to some water for a more subtle kick in the butt.
  6. Cut down on your sugar intake. While ingesting sugar can give us a temporary high there is always the inevitable crash. Eating a lot of sugar can weaken our immune systems and leave us feeling drained. Stay away from the candy bars and leftover office birthday cake. It’s not worth it.
  7. On the same note, try to stay away from fatty/greasy foods such as fast food as well. They’re heavy and often leave you feeling like there is a lump in your stomach that slows you down and sucks out your motivation. Replacing these foods with healthier alternatives (fresh salad, yogurt, fruits, raw nuts, etc) can really improve your overall mood and energy levels.

There is no need to fall victim to the mid day slump. We are all perfectly capable of powering through our work day and accomplishing our goals, we just have to make sure we are making the right decisions.

Don’t complain about having no energy – instead have a cup of green tea, take a walk to get your blood flowing, and take a salad over a burger. It will work wonders for you.

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Andy Peloquin <![CDATA[6 Exercises You Can Do While Watching TV]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=251 2014-09-20T18:56:26Z -0001-11-30T00:00:00Z It’s amazing how much time the average American spends watching TV, and most of that time is spent sitting down and doing nothing. Why not take the time to do some great exercises that will help you to lose weight the easy way? You can take a sedentary activity and make it a great opportunity […]

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It’s amazing how much time the average American spends watching TV, and most of that time is spent sitting down and doing nothing.

Why not take the time to do some great exercises that will help you to lose weight the easy way? You can take a sedentary activity and make it a great opportunity to get in shape!

Here are some easy exercises you can do while watching TV.

Push Ups

You may not have the stamina to do hundreds of push ups in a row, but why not do a set each time a commercial break rolls around?

Even if you can just do 10 to 20 per commercial break, that adds up to at least 50 pushups within an hour of TV watching. You can give your arms and chest a great workout, and all while that annoying dish soap commercial is playing.

Lifehack: Did you know that fidgeting can actually cause you to burn more calories? [1] You can burn up to 350 more calories per day, so get that foot tapping and those hands working!

Core Exercises

If there’s a TV show that’s particularly slow, take advantage of it to do a good core workout.

To work out your back, try holding these 3 positions:

The Superman 

Plank Hold

Side Bridge

To give your abs and sides a good workout. Try and hold each pose for as long as possible, and repeat each exercise often as you watch TV.

Yoga Poses

You may not be able to see the TV if you’re in the Downward Dog position, but imagine how great your workout will be if you can hold the various Warrior poses throughout the duration of your TV watching session. You’ll build excellent endurance, and you can get fit and trim while relaxing your body.

Lifehack:  If you want to boost your fitness, try stretching as you watch TV. Stretching reduces the risk of injury, and improves circulation. Just sit with your legs in a wide split, and hold it as long as you can.

Circuit Training Routine

Bored of doing the same thing over and over?  Try setting up a simple circuit training workout as you watch TV?

Have a few weights around the room, and do three exercises at each commercial break – one for your chest and triceps, one for your biceps and back, and one for your legs.

Leg Workout

Chair Pose

Hold the Chair Pose for 30 seconds at a time,

Side Leg Raises

Do side leg raises to strengthen your legs.

Squats

Set a goal to do 50 squats each time a commercial break rolls around.

Bounce Baby, Bounce

Want to get a great core workout while watching TV? Get a Yoga ball, and sit on it for the hours you spend in front of the television.

Not only will you force your core muscles to work, but you can burn a few extra calories at the same time! A 2008 study by researchers at the University of Buffalo showed that just sitting on a yoga ball burns around an extra 6% of calories vs sitting on an office chair.

Of course, bouncing will burn even more!

Tip: Make it a game! Just like you have drinking games, make an exercise game out of your favorite TV shows or movies.

[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/1999/feb/23/healthandwellbeing.health

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Tiffiny Carlson http://beautyability.com <![CDATA[Top Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Prevent Bags Under Eyes]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=728 2013-05-07T03:05:16Z 2013-05-06T11:05:00Z Do you wake up every morning and just want to scream when you see bags under your eyes…again? Chances are, you’re probably not doing everything you can to make under bags under the eyes a distant memory. Even if age and genetics are putting you at a disadvantage, there are changes you can make to […]

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Do you wake up every morning and just want to scream when you see bags under your eyes…again?

Chances are, you’re probably not doing everything you can to make under bags under the eyes a distant memory.

Even if age and genetics are putting you at a disadvantage, there are changes you can make to your lifestyle that will put up an impressive fight.

From eating better to how you sleep, here are the top lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent bags under your eyes.

Get more sleep: It can be really hard now days to get enough sleep with the Internet and so many other devices vying to get our attention, but even if our environment is changing, our bodies are not.

We all know when you don’t have enough sleep, your skin looks extra pale. This is because the blood circulation in your face isn’t at 100% because of your lack of sleep.

Our bodies still need a solid 8 hours a night to recover and recuperate, and as you guessed, prevents bags from forming under the eyes.

Cut your salt intake: Salt is never good in high amounts and if you love eating salty foods, but are having consistent problems with bags under the eyes, chances are your salt intake is to blame.

Eating it too much salt can make your body retain more water. It can also depress the blood circulation in your body, causing puffiness around the eyes.

Exercise regularly: Exercising is another great way to get your blood flowing, which can prevent puffy eyes from returning every morning after you wake.

A simple cardio session each day for 15 – 30 minutes can produce huge results.

Sleep with your head raised: It may not be the most comfortable position for many people, but sleeping on your back with your head raised is a great way to prevent puffy eyes.

With your head elevated, you’re preventing blood from pooling around the eyes.

Quit smoking: Smoking is another cause of bags under the eyes. The nicotine in cigarettes can limit the body’s ability to circulate blood, which can have a direct effect on the circulation around your eyes.

Increase Vitamin K: Another big thing you can do to prevent bags from forming is to increase the amount of Vitamin K you’re getting.

Leafy greens such as kale and Swiss chard contain high amounts of these vitamins and can do a great job at preventing bags. Eating a small salad everyday full of greens is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough of this vitamin.

Also, look for under eye creams that contain Vitamin K so that the vitamin will absorb directly into the problem are.

Avoid allergens whenever you can. You may not have allergies per say, but allergens can also be the cause of puffy eyes.

It may not be fun making lifestyle changes for something like puffy eyes, but if you’re serious about getting rid of them for good, these are the best ways to make that a reality and prevent bags under eyes naturally.

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Amanda Rave <![CDATA[Having a Little Patience Will Improve Your Life]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=222 2013-05-07T05:27:28Z 2013-05-03T11:36:50Z How many times have you heard that patience is a virtue? Probably a ton. Now how many times have you actually thought about the phrase and tried to be more patient with the things around you? Maybe you do this all the time, but if you don’t, here’s why you might want to start. As […]

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How many times have you heard that patience is a virtue? Probably a ton. Now how many times have you actually thought about the phrase and tried to be more patient with the things around you?

Maybe you do this all the time, but if you don’t, here’s why you might want to start.

As a society, we are incredibly impatient. We want things done quickly. We don’t want to wait too long for our food, we want our cashiers to check us out fast, we want the cars in front of us to get a move on and we want commercial breaks to hurry up and be over. We want things now and we are quick to become irritable if something takes even a minute longer than expected. Why?

Think about it. How important is it that your food arrives immediately? Are terrible things going to happen if it doesn’t? Is your world somehow a worse place if it takes an extra five minutes?

Chances are the answers to these questions is a no.  So honestly, what’s wrong with a little extra wait?

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. – John Quincy Adams

Why can’t we just learn to relax and take things as they are?

Who cares if the person in front of us on the road is a little slow? Perhaps they are nervous about driving and are trying to be extra cautious so as not to crash and hurt someone. We don’t know their circumstances so why get judgmental and upset at someone whose circumstances we don’t even know?

With impatience comes negativity. You aren’t happy when you are growing impatient with someone. You become stressed and aggravated, prone to making a jab at them and complaining to whomever will listen.

Then later you might tell someone else, reliving the whole annoying experience and prolonging the time you allow that negativity to live in your mind. Why do that? What is the point?

Practicing patience can do so much for your mood and your overall mental well-being. When we don’t allow little things to weigh on us so much we feel much more content with the world.

Nothing is ever going to be perfect. Things will go slower than you would like, people will get in the way, and on and on.

The world is not out to get you when checking out at the grocery store takes an extra ten minutes because the lines are too long.  All it means is that a lot of people are grocery shopping that day –and you’re one of them, so why complain?  You’re holding up the person behind you, too.

He that can have patience can have what he will. -Benjamin Franklin

Take some to actively practice patience. When you feel yourself getting annoyed by something small take a few deep breaths and try to relax.  Ask yourself how important it is in the grand scheme of your life. Are you in danger?  Is you’re life going to be permanently affected?  Probably not.

Putting little annoyances up against big, real problems can really help you get some perspective.  And when you allow yourself to relax and just let it go, you will be so much happier.

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Tiffiny Carlson http://beautyability.com <![CDATA[Age-old Methods that Stop Wrinkles in Their Tracks]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=705 2013-05-07T05:27:18Z 2013-05-02T11:15:00Z Nobody likes to age, and the ancients weren’t so different than us in that way. Sure, they didn’t have the luxury of living as long as we do, but for the years they were alive, they were just as obsessed with prevention of aging as we are. Many of their anti-aging treatments were not lost […]

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Nobody likes to age, and the ancients weren’t so different than us in that way. Sure, they didn’t have the luxury of living as long as we do, but for the years they were alive, they were just as obsessed with prevention of aging as we are.

Many of their anti-aging treatments were not lost with the passage of time. From recovered recipes to treatments handed down from mother to daughter, here are some of the most effective anti-aging beauty treatments from ancient times.

Ancient Egyptian face serum: Many of you may already know how obsessed the Egyptian culture was about staying young.

Some of the recipes for their anti-aging serums have been recovered (discovered in the 1500’s and preserved till this day). One such anti-aging treatment that’s supposedly quite effective contains a slew of interesting, if not common, ingredients – gum of Frankincense, wax, Moringa oil, cyperus grass and fermented plant juices.

A modern-day equivalent to this recipe is the following:

  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil,
  • 2 drops of essential oil of Frankincense and
  • 1 drop of rose attar (a popular Egyptian oil that has skin strengthening properties)

This Egyptian face serum is to be lightly massaged at night onto a cleansed face.

Tip: If you’re new to essential oils, they can be procured at any local health food store.

Secret weapon of Japanese Geisha: In Japan, where Geisha are lauded for their beauty, staying young and beautiful for as long as possible is essential.

White camellia oil is an oil geisha have been using for centuries on their skin and hair. This rapidly-absorbing oil can eliminate wrinkles, hasten hair growth, strengthen nails, improve skin texture and it can even get rid of every woman’s arch enemy – stretch mark.

Where to find: Camellia Oil – 100% Pure, 8 oz

Olive and Coconut oil: Both of these naturally-derived oils have been used and loved by cultures all over the world for generations, and they’re applied to the body in similar ways.

These oils can be massaged into the face to prevent wrinkles, and all over the body as a surprisingly effective sun screen.

Bonus: Warmed up and applied to the hair, olive oil and coconut oil are also excellent hair conditioners, especially for curing brittle dry ends (just be careful not to use too much).

Warm milk: Whether you soak in a tub of it like Cleopatra (mixed with aromatic flowers and her favorite oils) or use a small amount on your face, cultures for thousands of years have used milk to prevent aging.

Thanks to its high fat content and vitamins like vitamin A and E (which are very moisturizing), milk remains one of the best natural anti-aging products you can get in the grocery store, or anywhere else.

Mayans and avocados: While you may not know a lot about the Mayans beyond their calendar, archaeologists have discovered one thing about then — they were fans of the avocado for beauty and anti-aging prevention.

Avocado oil itself is a great for the face. It won’t clog pores and it can hide pre-mature signs of aging.

Bonus: Applied to the hair, avocado is a wonderful conditioner.

Sometimes looking to the past can give us some great answers to modern questions, and this is definitely the case with ancient anti-aging treatments. From the Egyptians and Japanese to the Mediterranean cultures and Mayans, taking a look at naturally-derived ingredients can do wonders for your skin.

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Andy Peloquin <![CDATA[How to Start Running When You’re Overweight]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=259 2014-09-20T18:56:29Z -0001-11-30T00:00:00Z Running is one of the hardest things to do if you are overweight. I speak from experience… As a man standing 6′ 6″ tall and weighing 280 pounds, my body is built for power – not for speed. I actually weighed upwards of 300 pounds when I started running, and I’ve dropped about 25 pounds […]

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Running is one of the hardest things to do if you are overweight. I speak from experience…

As a man standing 6′ 6″ tall and weighing 280 pounds, my body is built for power – not for speed. I actually weighed upwards of 300 pounds when I started running, and I’ve dropped about 25 pounds and worked my way up to running a 5k race a couple weekends ago. (5k = 3.1 miles)

How did I do that?

Step 1: Start Walking – Before I could run, I had to be able to walk. I would walk for about 15 minutes at a time, take a short break, and walk a bit more. Within a week, I was able to walk for almost an hour without feeling too tired.

Step 2: Add Some Jogging – Once I was able to walk without feeling too exhausted, I would jog for short stretches of up to 50 meters at a time. I would go slow, but I would force myself to jog at least 1/3 of the distance that I would walk. Before long, I was able to jog a bit more.

Step 3: Jog More – I had to force myself to jog half the time, and then I was soon able to jog most of the distance. Within a month or two, I was able to run for about 2 miles without having to walk more than 300 yards to take a break.

Step 4: Take Out the Breaks – My initial goal was to run 2 miles, as that was the distance between my house and my evening martial arts lesson. It took about a month of regular running, but I was finally able to do it without taking any breaks. Boy did I feel good!

Step 5: Slowly Add Distance – I still had to add a bit more to my running, as I wanted to work my way up to the 5k race. My trick was to add 500 meters (1/3 mile) to the distance that I would run, increasing the distance every 2 weeks. It took me two months of regular jogging, but I finally managed to get my distance up to 5k with no pauses.

Now, after all that hard work, I ran a 5k race in just 33 minutes – not a bad pace for a hefty guy!

Lifehack: Use an elliptical machine and recumbent bicycle to start the weight loss without injuring your knees. It will help you to get good cardio and push your leg muscles, but it won’t put strain on your knees.

Dealing with Skeletomuscular Pains

One of the hardest things for me to deal with as a runner was the knee and back pains that came with pounding the pavement (I prefer to run on the streets). The key to dealing with the pains in my lower back was to strengthen my core muscles, so I added a core workout into my routine twice a week to ensure that my back got stronger.

As for the knee problems, you’ll find that losing weight will be the best solution, as it will help to take the pressure off your knees. Also, running with the correct posture will help to ensure that your knees and ankles can handle your weight without buckling or complaining.

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Tiffiny Carlson http://beautyability.com <![CDATA[5 Delicious Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth While on a Diet]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=704 2013-04-30T06:40:21Z 2013-04-30T11:58:00Z If you were born with a sweet tooth, you know how hard it is to ignore when it’s in “feed me” mode.  Problem is, if you let it, it can absolutely kill a diet. However, there are tons of great low calorie dessert ideas that are now available, from products you can buy to ideas […]

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If you were born with a sweet tooth, you know how hard it is to ignore when it’s in “feed me” mode.  Problem is, if you let it, it can absolutely kill a diet.

However, there are tons of great low calorie dessert ideas that are now available, from products you can buy to ideas people are sharing online.

If you’re trying to lose weight and are worried about satiating your raging sweet tooth, here are some ideas that will please both you and your sweet tooth.

1. Whipped yogurt: Yogurt in general has been known as a great dessert alternative (frozen yogurt is a delicious replacement for ice cream,) but did you know yogurt can also be whipped? You can either do it yourself or you can buy it pre-whipped at the store.

By whipping yogurt, you get the light airy effect of whipped cream, the dairy aspect of the whipped cream, yet you leave out all the fat and extra calories.

Try adding fruit or even a small amount of cocoa powder to your yogurt before whipping it. And to properly whip it, dump the yogurt in a small bowl and use a hand mixer.

2. Homemade sorbet: Icy delicious fruity sorbets are another great low-cal desert idea.

There are dozens of homemade, low calorie sorbet recipes online that will last a long time in your freezer.  And the fun part about making them at home is that you can make it exactly how you like it so that it appeals to your personal sweet tooth.

A popular homemade sorbet to make at home is orange sorbet with roasted almonds; both healthy and absolutely delicious.

3. Baked fruit: Whatever your favorite fruit is, try baking it to see what happens.

A popular fruit to bake that it still delicious without a high calorie crust are apples.  Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg on them and the juices that emit from the apples as you bake them will be simply divine.

(This treatment would also work really well on peaches and pears.)

4. Sugar free pudding:
An easy to make  product you can buy at any grocery store that does a great job of satisfying your sweet tooth is sugar-free pudding.

Chocolate, vanilla, banana or butterscotch, there are many different flavors available and they’re also surprisingly tasty despite having no sugar.

You can also make pudding parfaits using low calorie snacks like rice cakes.

5. Natural Granola bars: Full of whole grains and natural ingredients, granola bars offer great way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

You can also add dried fruit to them if you attempt to make them at home (surprisingly easy to do as well). The natural sugars in granola bars can help keep your blood sugar stable and can curb your cravings for sweets between meals.

There are loads of other dessert alternatives if you just look hard enough. You can even eat miniature versions of your favorite desserts if you have the ability to not go back for seconds (and thirds).

Just start thinking about the notion of natural sugars, and you’ll be surprised at all to dessert ideas that are out there.

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Andy Peloquin <![CDATA[Easy Ways to Make Your Skin Beautiful]]> http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=237 2014-09-20T18:56:31Z -0001-11-30T00:00:00Z Ahh, there’s something alluring about a beautiful woman with glowing skin. As a man, I love to see those lovely ladies looking good, and I have no doubt the ladies like a man that takes care of his skin as well! Did you know that it’s actually pretty easy to keep your skin healthy and […]

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Ahh, there’s something alluring about a beautiful woman with glowing skin. As a man, I love to see those lovely ladies looking good, and I have no doubt the ladies like a man that takes care of his skin as well!

Did you know that it’s actually pretty easy to keep your skin healthy and beautiful? Here are some things you can do:

Eat Up – The best way to keep your skin looking good is to eat the right foods.

Tomatoes and cantaloupes will help to fight off the free radicals that will wear out your skin.

Citrus fruits like limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits will produce collagen to keep your skin firm and fresh.

Green tea will prevent inflammation and sun-induced aging.

Dark greens will keep your skin producing healthy skin cells and

Fish like salmon and tuna will give your body a ready supply of Omega-3 fatty acids to protect your skin!

Drink Up – Drinking enough water is the key to having healthy skin, as water will promote the elimination of wastes.

If you don’t get enough water, your skin holds in the sweat – holding in the toxins as well. Drink enough water and let your sweat cleanse your skin!

Add some skin health-boosting herbs or a green tea bag to your water, and it will do wonders for your skin!

 

Did You Know: Taking aspirin has been known to cure dandruff, but a new study may prove that it’s beneficial for your skin as well! Taking aspirin is believed to protect the skin from melanoma. [1]

 

Care For Your Face – Using commercial face masks can be a good way to keep your face looking beautiful, but why not make one at home?

Mash up a banana with an avocado and some honey, or use yogurt and cucumber if your face is very oily. Add some jojoba oil into your face mask, and you’ll find your face has never looked better!

Go with a natural exfoliating scrub of brown sugar, and use a damp hand covered in the sugar granules to scrub away your dead skin cells.

Sleep for Health – If you don’t get enough sleep at night, you can bet that your eyes will look puffy and those dark circles will form around your eyes.

Sleeping enough will not only keep your face looking good, but it will give your body the chance to repair the damage the sun and pollution has done to your skin. Make sure to sleep at least 7 hours a night, and you’ll be amazed at how great your skin looks!

Apply Right – For those who like to use commercial creams, lotions, and skin care products, use them wisely.

Apply creams to your face when it’s damp – not wet – as damp skin soaks up nutrients like a sponge. Use non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) creams and makeup, and make sure to use warm water to wash your face instead of cold or hot water.

[1] http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/03/avoid-skin-cancer-by-munching-on-aspirin/

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