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Anti-Stress Workouts

With free time in short supply, worries to shoulder and active family and social lives, far too many of us find ourselves caught in a non-stop whirl. The all-too-common result is stress burnout, a topic of major concern for leading psychological researchers and hundreds of thousands of victims each year.

Chances are you’ve felt the symptoms – knots in your neck, butterflies in the stomach, irritability. Stress can get a lot worse, though, and if it’s bottled up it can be a potent and disruptive force to the healthy body and mind.

So what do you do when you find yourself grinding your teeth? The cure might be a good workout. Recent research has once again affirmed common sense: getting the heart pumping and letting the sweat start to flow can tone your attitude as much as it forms your physique.

As a whole, people who exercise regularly and take athletic time out to blow off steam can manage stress better.

Besides, as a weapon against stress, exercise is healthier than having a drink and cheaper than visiting a psychiatrist. And it works.

WHY WORK OUT?

What we commonly know as “bad stress” – tension – is actually an instinctual, physiological reaction that enabled our prehistoric forefathers to survive the dangers of the wild.

When you perceive a danger or threat, your body assumes the well-known “fight or flight” mode that prepares you to defend yourself against attack. The hypothalamus region of the brain sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete cortisol, “the stress hormone”, into your bloodstream. In the chain reaction that follows, signals begin rushing to all parts of your body. Adrenaline pours into your bloodstream, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure increases and your breathing gets heavy. You’re ready for action. Usually, though, the opportunity for physical release isn’t there; you merely sit and seethe. Though the stressful event may be over, the lack of reaction means that those chemicals remain in your bloodstream. Over a prolonged period, they can become overwhelming – even leading to high blood pressure, hypertension or a nervous breakdown.

Dr. Hans Selye, a pioneer in the study of stress and author of ‘Stress Without Distress’, explains that we have a three-step reaction to stress. First, we experience a stage of initial alarm. Followed by a stage of adaptation or resistance, and finally, we are exhausted. If we don’t move all the way through these stages, stress gets bottled up inside – a cumulative and insidious process.

Of course, exercise isn’t going to be any help at all if it only adds more stress to a tension-ridden life. So don’t create a situation where it means a rush-hour train journey to the gym, signing up for a class you won’t able to make, or spending more money than you can reasonably afford. But take heart, almost any regular muscle-moving activity, no matter how offbeat or humble, is stress-reducing. In fact, Selye goes so far as to call exercise “good stress.”

HOW TO WORK OUT?

Joining the local football team, playing tennis at the club, and going out dancing are all great ways to blow off steam. The reason is that they incorporate aerobic exercise.

When you hear the word aerobic, don’t think only of tummy-tightening calisthenics in leotards. Any exercise is classified as aerobic if it increases your breathing rate without leaving you out of breath, and makes your heart and lungs work to supply more oxygenated blood to the muscles in action.

The best aerobic sports are swimming, bicycling, jogging, tennis and racquet-ball. Team sports that involve running, throwing and agility are good too (however, you can be somewhat more prone to injury). All of them will prove physically beneficial if you do them consistently, and they can offer just the tension-busting release you need to unwind, breathe deep and put things in perspective.

Pick an activity you enjoy and not one that’s going to make you even more stressed. Depending upon your level of fitness when beginning an aerobic exercise, walking may be the right exercise to meet your stress reduction needs. Consult your doctor when designing any anti-stress exercise regimen.

Those who work out regularly have expressed amazement at how the addition of an exercise programme into their daily routines can make a difference in their attitudes, their health and even their sex lives.

The human body wasn’t designed to sit at a desk; we were built to be movers and shakers in the physical, not the corporate sense. When you give your body the outlet it’s begging for, symptoms from listlessness to reduced sex drive to tension headaches often mysteriously disappear.

And you’ll learn to deal with stress better over time. Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder of the Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas observes: “Aerobically fit people actually have lower heart rates during stressful situations than people who aren’t fit.”

HOW TO START?

Follow these general stress reduction guidelines:

Work out hard enough but not too hard. When you perform aerobic exercises, your goal should be to get the heart pumping to 70 per cent of its maximum capacity. Once you’ve hit this point, you should maintain it for about 20 minutes. A good rule of thumb for determining how hard you should do an aerobic exercise is that you should be able to hold a conversation at the same time.

Also, pick a place to do it that makes you comfortable. Try to schedule your workout at a convenient time, and stick to it. Nothing will make you more tense than feeling obligated instead of inspired to get your body moving.

And don’t expect too much at once. Remember, as with all activities, you only get out as much as you put in.

CHEMICAL REACTION

As you get into the groove of stress-reducing exercise, you’re likely to discover yet another benefit – it can actually get you high.

When you work out, your body secretes endorphins, those morphine-like substances that are often responsible for the euphoric feeling called “runner’s high.” These same endorphins that make you feel good during a workout can be a powerful weapon in your war against stress.

When tension sets in, endorphins are released into your bloodstream along with the cortisol hormone, and the combination can go a long way toward offsetting bad feelings. You only reap this benefit once you’re in good physical condition.

Though research is ongoing, some scientists claim that endorphins have a stabilizing effect upon the hormones (like cortisol) released during stress, tempering the negative effects on the body. According to Dr. Daniel Landers, professor of Physical Education at Arizona State University, “If you block the effects of endorphins, the heart rate goes up to twice the normal level.”

The bottom line is that not only does exercise help offset the stress you’ve already endured, it goes a long way in preparing you to deal with those increasing tensions yet to come.

All this shouldn’t make you think aerobic exercise is the end-all and be-all of body and mind conditioning techniques. It still has its limitations. If you don’t work out on a regular basis, the best exercise will do little or nothing to improve your reaction to stress, and it may even make stress worse by increasing your heartbeat intermittently between periods of inactivity.

There are chemical disadvantages to working out sporadically as well. If it is unaccustomed to the exercise, your body will not increase its endorphin levels until after the workout is over, in which case they might act to dull pain of strained, out-of-shape muscles, but will be released much too late to counter the stress hormone in your system.

Once you’ve built up your heart and turned yourself into a super-efficient stress-busting machine, it’s time for the next step: learning how to relax.

For ultimate stress relief, consider those activities that take you into the great outdoors. Whether you work out in the open air every day or supplement an indoor-gym programme with occasional jaunts across mother earth, you’ll find that a little communing with nature can go a long way in melting away stress.

Most importantly – enjoy it. As the Simon & Garfunkle song says, “Slow down, you move too fast, you’ve got to make the morning last… “

Make it last with some sports activity that makes you happy. And the next time you feel like blowing your top, you might just find you can cope a little bit better.

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How Quickly Can You Get Fit After Years of Inactivity?

Have you been inactive for years? Are you wondering how long it will take you to get fit?

The short answer is “It depends!” How fast you get into shape is directly related to your present physical condition, and how fast your body reacts to physical conditioning. For example, someone 10 pounds overweight, with no physical limitations, will get into shape a lot faster than someone 50 pounds overweight with Type II diabetes and bad knees.

Not only will it take the second person longer to get in shape, but he or she will probably need to use a different strategy. The second person may never get to the fitness level of the first one. But remember that it is not a competition. It is individual and doing anything is better than doing nothing.

Getting fit after years of inactivity is like taking a car out for a drive after it has been sitting for ten years. If you are a car aficionado, you know you wouldn’t get in, and see how fast you could max out the r.p.ms in every gear. You would baby it along and gradually get it up to speed. The body after years of “non-use” is similar.

You want to start slow and gradually work your way up the fitness ladder. The American Heart Association recommends that a good place to start is to exercise three to four times per week, 30 to 60 minutes each time, with a target heart rate of 50% to 60% of your maximum heart rate. To calculate your maximum heart rate take 220 – your age (for men) or 226 – your age (for women).

For example, the maximum heart rate for a 50 year-old man would be 170. Sixty percent of that figure would be 102 beats per minute. Increase your level of activity over a 6-week period eventually getting your target heart rate up to 70 to 80% (80% would be 136).

A good place to start is with a mix of cardio and strength training. Walking, running, playing tennis, biking and swimming are all good cardio activities that will get your heart rate up to your target range. Of course before starting your exercise routine, (and after getting the okay from your doctor), be sure to warm-up with stretching.

If you have bad knees, then substitute an elliptical trainer for walking or running. And don’t even think of playing tennis. With either cardio or strength training, adjust time/intensity and weight/repetitions to keep your heart rate in the appropriate range. With strength training, start out light on weight and repetitions and work up.

The other half of getting fit is eating right. While you are at the doctor getting checked out to see if you are fit enough to start an exercise program, ask about a nutrition plan. It will be different for you if you have to lose a lot of weight than if you are already at the proper weight for your height and age.

Getting fit is about setting a goal and then gradually working up to reach that goal. Focusing only on reaching your goal as quickly as possible is just asking for a debilitating injury which could set you back months.

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Six Ways Stairs Can Boost Your Health

Did you know that regularly using stairs could save your life? Studies show that climbing just eight flights of stairs a day can improve your health and lower your risk of early death by as much as a third. So popular has this form of exercise become that you can even get free smartphone apps to count the number of steps you climb and record how many calories have been burned off.

Here are six ways that climbing stairs on a regular basis can benefit you:

1. Builds bone and muscle strength

Stair climbing is basically a more strenuous form of walking. Because you have to pull against gravity, it demands greater effort, so you get more of a workout. The exercise is great for your body, increasing your bone density, strength and muscle tone – so the likelihood of developing osteoporosis is considerably reduced.

2. Helps your heart

By raising your heart rate, stair climbing helps prevent blocked arteries and high blood pressure. This boost to your cardiovascular system lowers the risk of succumbing to serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and vascular dementia.

3. Aids weight loss

This surprisingly vigorous form of exercise actually burns more calories per minute than jogging. And the good news is that the heavier you are, the more calories you will expend. Even when you go upstairs at a normal pace, you’ll use at least double the amount of energy than if you were walking briskly on level ground – so you may soon find your waistline shrinking if you use the stairs regularly.

4. Relieves stress

Going up stairs will also improve your mental state, as the physical exertion releases pain-killing endorphins – the feel-good hormones that release tension and give your spirits a lift. The regular exercise will raise your energy levels, making you generally feel better about the world.

5. Fits in with busy lifestyles

Unlike going to the gym, climbing stairs is convenient, flexible and time-efficient. You can begin with just one or two flights if you like, and increase gradually. Even if you’re a busy commuter, you can use staircases in public places such as train stations, office buildings and multi-storey car parks. Of course, unless you live in a bungalow or ground-floor flat you will also be able to practise in the comfort of your own home.

You don’t have to be a fresh-air fiend to enjoy climbing stairs. No special skills, sporting ability or training is required – and you won’t have to share a sweaty changing room with strangers.

Because stair climbing is relatively easy to build into your life, you should be able to incorporate it into your routine without too many problems. Regular exercise can make a real difference to people’s long-term health, so finding an activity that you are able to sustain over the years will be invaluable for your fitness levels.

6. Costs nothing

One of the best things about stair climbing is that it’s free. No sports club fees or gym subscription, no equipment or special clothing to buy… it’s just you, and as many steps as you feel able to tackle.

A few tips…

So, which types of stairs are best for climbing? Any long flight of stairs provides the opportunity for a good workout, although some are better than others. Wooden stairs are more comfortable than metal or concrete ones as their treads provide more shock absorption, and carpeted staircases are better still. Curved stairs are just as good as straight ones for providing exercise. Even loft stairs and space saver staircases have their uses, as long as you hold on to the handrail and don’t try to go too fast. If you have to use an escalator, walk all the way up it. As the steps are deeper than those in an average staircase, it will still do you good.

Aim for between three and five stair-climbing sessions a week to get the most from your new regime. If you’re not used to exercise you should start slowly, perhaps just climbing for five or 10 minutes at first. You can work up to 30 minutes or even an hour eventually, if you feel confident.

Can anyone exercise this way?

People with knee or hip problems are not advised to climb stairs unnecessarily as the stepping action can aggravate their condition. This is particularly true when going down, as the joints come under extra strain. Anyone concerned about their health should have a word with their doctor before going ahead.

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Anti-Stress Workouts

With free time in short supply, worries to shoulder and active family and social lives, far too many of us find ourselves caught in a non-stop whirl. The all-too-common result is stress burnout, a topic of major concern for leading psychological researchers and hundreds of thousands of victims each year.

Chances are you’ve felt the symptoms – knots in your neck, butterflies in the stomach, irritability. Stress can get a lot worse, though, and if it’s bottled up it can be a potent and disruptive force to the healthy body and mind.

So what do you do when you find yourself grinding your teeth? The cure might be a good workout. Recent research has once again affirmed common sense: getting the heart pumping and letting the sweat start to flow can tone your attitude as much as it forms your physique.

As a whole, people who exercise regularly and take athletic time out to blow off steam can manage stress better.

Besides, as a weapon against stress, exercise is healthier than having a drink and cheaper than visiting a psychiatrist. And it works.

WHY WORK OUT?

What we commonly know as “bad stress” – tension – is actually an instinctual, physiological reaction that enabled our prehistoric forefathers to survive the dangers of the wild.

When you perceive a danger or threat, your body assumes the well-known “fight or flight” mode that prepares you to defend yourself against attack. The hypothalamus region of the brain sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete cortisol, “the stress hormone”, into your bloodstream. In the chain reaction that follows, signals begin rushing to all parts of your body. Adrenaline pours into your bloodstream, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure increases and your breathing gets heavy. You’re ready for action. Usually, though, the opportunity for physical release isn’t there; you merely sit and seethe. Though the stressful event may be over, the lack of reaction means that those chemicals remain in your bloodstream. Over a prolonged period, they can become overwhelming – even leading to high blood pressure, hypertension or a nervous breakdown.

Dr. Hans Selye, a pioneer in the study of stress and author of ‘Stress Without Distress’, explains that we have a three-step reaction to stress. First, we experience a stage of initial alarm. Followed by a stage of adaptation or resistance, and finally, we are exhausted. If we don’t move all the way through these stages, stress gets bottled up inside – a cumulative and insidious process.

Of course, exercise isn’t going to be any help at all if it only adds more stress to a tension-ridden life. So don’t create a situation where it means a rush-hour train journey to the gym, signing up for a class you won’t able to make, or spending more money than you can reasonably afford. But take heart, almost any regular muscle-moving activity, no matter how offbeat or humble, is stress-reducing. In fact, Selye goes so far as to call exercise “good stress.”

HOW TO WORK OUT?

Joining the local football team, playing tennis at the club, and going out dancing are all great ways to blow off steam. The reason is that they incorporate aerobic exercise.

When you hear the word aerobic, don’t think only of tummy-tightening calisthenics in leotards. Any exercise is classified as aerobic if it increases your breathing rate without leaving you out of breath, and makes your heart and lungs work to supply more oxygenated blood to the muscles in action.

The best aerobic sports are swimming, bicycling, jogging, tennis and racquet-ball. Team sports that involve running, throwing and agility are good too (however, you can be somewhat more prone to injury). All of them will prove physically beneficial if you do them consistently, and they can offer just the tension-busting release you need to unwind, breathe deep and put things in perspective.

Pick an activity you enjoy and not one that’s going to make you even more stressed. Depending upon your level of fitness when beginning an aerobic exercise, walking may be the right exercise to meet your stress reduction needs. Consult your doctor when designing any anti-stress exercise regimen.

Those who work out regularly have expressed amazement at how the addition of an exercise programme into their daily routines can make a difference in their attitudes, their health and even their sex lives.

The human body wasn’t designed to sit at a desk; we were built to be movers and shakers in the physical, not the corporate sense. When you give your body the outlet it’s begging for, symptoms from listlessness to reduced sex drive to tension headaches often mysteriously disappear.

And you’ll learn to deal with stress better over time. Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder of the Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas observes: “Aerobically fit people actually have lower heart rates during stressful situations than people who aren’t fit.”

HOW TO START?

Follow these general stress reduction guidelines:

Work out hard enough but not too hard. When you perform aerobic exercises, your goal should be to get the heart pumping to 70 per cent of its maximum capacity. Once you’ve hit this point, you should maintain it for about 20 minutes. A good rule of thumb for determining how hard you should do an aerobic exercise is that you should be able to hold a conversation at the same time.

Also, pick a place to do it that makes you comfortable. Try to schedule your workout at a convenient time, and stick to it. Nothing will make you more tense than feeling obligated instead of inspired to get your body moving.

And don’t expect too much at once. Remember, as with all activities, you only get out as much as you put in.

CHEMICAL REACTION

As you get into the groove of stress-reducing exercise, you’re likely to discover yet another benefit – it can actually get you high.

When you work out, your body secretes endorphins, those morphine-like substances that are often responsible for the euphoric feeling called “runner’s high.” These same endorphins that make you feel good during a workout can be a powerful weapon in your war against stress.

When tension sets in, endorphins are released into your bloodstream along with the cortisol hormone, and the combination can go a long way toward offsetting bad feelings. You only reap this benefit once you’re in good physical condition.

Though research is ongoing, some scientists claim that endorphins have a stabilizing effect upon the hormones (like cortisol) released during stress, tempering the negative effects on the body. According to Dr. Daniel Landers, professor of Physical Education at Arizona State University, “If you block the effects of endorphins, the heart rate goes up to twice the normal level.”

The bottom line is that not only does exercise help offset the stress you’ve already endured, it goes a long way in preparing you to deal with those increasing tensions yet to come.

All this shouldn’t make you think aerobic exercise is the end-all and be-all of body and mind conditioning techniques. It still has its limitations. If you don’t work out on a regular basis, the best exercise will do little or nothing to improve your reaction to stress, and it may even make stress worse by increasing your heartbeat intermittently between periods of inactivity.

There are chemical disadvantages to working out sporadically as well. If it is unaccustomed to the exercise, your body will not increase its endorphin levels until after the workout is over, in which case they might act to dull pain of strained, out-of-shape muscles, but will be released much too late to counter the stress hormone in your system.

Once you’ve built up your heart and turned yourself into a super-efficient stress-busting machine, it’s time for the next step: learning how to relax.

For ultimate stress relief, consider those activities that take you into the great outdoors. Whether you work out in the open air every day or supplement an indoor-gym programme with occasional jaunts across mother earth, you’ll find that a little communing with nature can go a long way in melting away stress.

Most importantly – enjoy it. As the Simon & Garfunkle song says, “Slow down, you move too fast, you’ve got to make the morning last… “

Make it last with some sports activity that makes you happy. And the next time you feel like blowing your top, you might just find you can cope a little bit better.

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Group Fitness Classes for Weight Loss

Exercise should be about having fun moving your body in the way it was designed to move. It seems that exercise has become a negative word is today’s society. Too many times have I been lecturing to a group of students or adults and when I mention exercise they cringe. This should be exciting if I recall in grade school we couldn’t wait to go outside for recess it was our favorite part of the day. Now we work, work, work, go home and do more work, then sit down on the couch. We have taken the activity out of our day. Even in schools they are cutting back on physical education at a time when the country is at its worst in terms of disease and sickness related to sedentary lifestyles.

Group Exercise

Group exercise is a fantastic way to get together and have some grown up recess time. Make sure you do your research in your local newspaper, visit the parks and recreation website, or pop in at your local YMCA to get an idea of the classes and times they offer them. Make sure that you chose a class that meet two to three times a week. If you a beginner to fitness make sure the class is not too advanced you can work your way up. The last thing you want to do is take a class that is very difficult and get discouraged. Show up a few minutes before class or hang back a few minutes after class and introduce yourself to the instructor, many times the instructors are also fitness trainers that can give you some great advice one on one.

Be Consistent

The key is to not quit, one way to help when you feel like you are falling off the wagon is to have friends to hold you accountable for your goals. Make friends in the class and make a pact to stay in touch with each other to make sure no one gets left behind. Sometimes things come up; family, work, and sickness happen but don’t use these things as repeated excuses. If you do happen to miss a class, make it your business to do a makeup day using another class or going out and doing some exercise on your own. If you are consistent with your exercise and workout program you will get the results.

Con: Monotony

Some group fitness classes like cycling and step aerobics can get a little monotonous doing the same exercises and motions day in and day out won’t challenge your body after a long time. You need variety in your workout program, mix it up a little bit. If the instructor in your class isn’t changing the routine enough try another class or move onto something with more difficulty. At some point you may experience a plateau with your weight loss it may be that your workout program has gone stale. Get help from one of the personal trainers or switch up your classes to get your body recruiting different muscle groups by using different exercise modalities.

There are many options out there to choose from when we are looking for group exercise programs for weight loss. Make it your goal to try something out of your norm pick up a dance exercise class or a fitness boot camp to add some real fun to your overall wellness program. Don’t forget that you have to be conscious of your nutrition if you are serious about weight loss with group exercise programs.

Visit us at http://www.screenfitness.com to read more about how you can lose weight with proper exercise prescription and quality nutrition choices. After all being healthy should be fun; you should be happy making good lifestyle choices.

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The Importance Of An Active Lifestyle

Over the past 15 years or so, we have been told that a healthy lifestyle is important. Scientists recommend we should be accumulating on average 60 minutes of exercises a day in order to maintain healthy levels. What exactly does that number mean? Over the course of a regular day, we should be doing some sort of physical activity that adds up to approximately 60 minutes. Whether it is in the gym on the treadmill or just in the garden for the afternoon, adding physical activity is vital.

First we need to know what actually constitutes exercise. The term Healthy activity can be broken down in to three categories; Cardiovascular, Resistance, and Flexibility.

Cardiovascular training

It is recommended to do cardio 2 or 3 times a week. Depending on your fitness level., cardio can consist of a nice walk with your dog, or a vigorous run on the treadmill. Ideally you are trying to increase your cardio capacity. which has many health benefits.

Resistance Training

Part of living an active lifestyle is by doing some sort of resistance training at least 2 times a week. That doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and lift weights, you can easily do it at home by doing movements as simple as pushup and sit-ups, or by using something like resistance bands. Resistance training is just as important as cardiovascular activity and adds to your overall physical health.

Flexibility (stretching)

After you exercise, it is recommended you stretch for roughly 10 minutes, holding each stretch for 15-30 seconds. Stretching is crucial to maintain flexibility and reduce the chance of injury from exercise.

Benefits of Exercise

So now we know that working out is important, but what are the actually benefits of living an active lifestyle? Below are just 5 of the countless benefits of being active.

Reduces the Risk of Dying Prematurely – Those living a healthy active lifestyle live longer compared those who are more sedentary.

Lowers the risk of developing diabetes – Exercise keeps body fat in control and helps regulate sugar levels

Increase muscular strength – Having an increase in strength helps make daily activities less difficult.

Helps reduce the risk of heart disease – Regular exercise strengthens the heart, respiratory system, and lungs which aids to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Decreases Body Fat – Exercise along with a balanced diet will reduce body fat significantly.

As you can see there are many excellent benefits of living an active lifestyle. By adding a small amount of cardio, resistance training and some stretching to your daily routine, the overall benefits are almost endless. Essentially being healthy is about adding balance to your life. You don’t have to be a Lance Armstrong, or a Venus Williams to be considered active, you just have to add some extra activities to you routine.

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Top 3 Reasons Protein Is NOT Overrated

On a few separate occasions, I’ve heard people from various health occupations declare that protein is “overrated.” It seemed to me those folks were thinking of “body” protein – for muscle building and the like – rather than brain protein. This brief article covers the top 3 reasons to take a different view of protein.

1. Protein provides amino acids.

Amino acids are the precursors of several key brain chemicals – dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Those neurochemicals affect the brain in a number of ways.

Dopamine and norepinephrine boost alertness and brain reward. Norepinephrine and serotonin improve mood and help fight depression and other “off” moods. All of them are brain feel-goods.

2. The female brain turns over serotonin at a faster rate than the male brain.

As a result, women need protein throughout the day. That provides the amino acid tryptophan in sufficient quantities to help the brain make enough serotonin and prevent various mood issues.

In addition, protein foods provide B vitamins. Vitamin B-6 helps to make serotonin synthesis (or re-synthesis) possible.

3. Protein is the macronutrient that offers the highest satiety.

Satiety is the feeling that we’ve had enough food and don’t need to go back for more. One underlying reason for this is that protein triggers production of cholecystokinin (CCK). It’s the most powerful satiety hormone the human body produces.

Yes, there are quite a few other reasons to eat protein, but let’s stick with these 3 for this article.

The above reasons are compelling ones to keep eating true protein foods – fish, chicken, grass-fed beef, free-range organic eggs, shellfish, and more – throughout the day. If you’re against eating animal products, by all means substitute high-quality protein powders.

Vegetable proteins are having their moment right now. But for some people, the amount of protein available in kale, for example, won’t provide enough protein to make big changes in the brain. Vegetable protein powders, though, offer more.

Whatever form of protein you decide to use is up to you, of course. Just don’t skimp on protein if you’re seriously interested in alertness, better moods, and greater satiety.

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Tips to Increase Your Memory

Having a strong memory mainly depends on the vitality, versatility, and the overall health of the brain.

Keeping the mind and body sharp can be a complicated task to deal with, especially if you are someone who struggles with what things should be remembered on a daily basis. Incorporating a few actions to your routine can help harness the activity of the brain.

Whether if it’s related to the competition in academic life, or is it to help you build up a better edge at work, the following activities have got you covered:

1. Physical Exercise:

Physical exercise is the most productive habit that you can ever adopt as it plays a number of roles when it comes to human health. Not only your mind, but your body, metabolism, blood circulation, and other similar activities run smoothly when you maintain this on a daily basis. By the time an individual reaches adulthood, his mind forms a neutral pathway and requires him to perform physical exertion so that he can maintain balance between his brain and body activities.

2. Healthy Lifestyle:

A healthy lifestyle is not only possible without the use of water. Without a doubt, water has to be one of the most vital components required to fulfill the needs of the human body. A dehydrated body can also be the culprit behind the diminishing memory. Apart from that, when we speak of lifestyle, we should know that we should eliminate the signs of stress that might be bringing us down. Sleep is another essential element that is required for about 8 hours a day, in an attempt to enhance the action of the nervous system.

3. Brain Workout:

Never forget to challenge the abilities of your brain by involving it in some kind of activity daily. Whether it’s writing or reading, the mind has to be open towards new subjects each day in order to increase the memory. You can look for the best pens to browse through the collections and to uncover the pen of your dreams. Simply note down your daily schedule so that you keep an easy access to it and you can track it down easily. Nothing is better than getting yourself involved in a rewarding yet challenging skill that can not only help you out with your memory but can also benefit you in the longer run.

If you don’t have a profound pen to begin with, then search for the best pen brand online and you will surely not be disappointed by the number of compact and sleek designs present. Considering the fact that the mind has to be awake and active at all times, you need to highlight on the aforementioned points to get yourself on track!

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The Jack Bauer Guide To Losing Weight And Getting In Better Shape

Quick note before reading this article: You may not know the TV character Jack Bauer, and that's okay! In this article you'll still learn a valuable tip that you can follow to help you get results with losing weight and getting in shape!

The beloved character, Jack Bauer, from the beloved hit TV show some years back, "24", has certainly resonated with people beyond just entertainment value. People have connected to this character in so many ways in relationships to their own lives. That being said, if you want to start losing weight and getting in better shape, there is one aspect of Jack Bauer that if you adopt into your mind when dieting and exercising, I can secure you, you will get massive results! To learn more, continue reading …

You see, without his shoulder bag, his weapons, and the much loved Chloe, Jack would not have gotten very far with a mission … or would he? If Jack did not have any of those things, would he make it out of some of the most impossible situations? If you are a fan of the show, then your answer is more than likely … HECK YES!

Through the seasons of 24, you'll see Jack getting out of insane situations that anyone else would have certainly not had any luck in. And the reason why he got out of crazy situations and ended up completing missions successfully is because of one constant philosophy he followed … and this philosophy is what I recommend you follow if you want to lose weight and get in shape …

That philosophy is to do whatever it takes to accomplish the tasks at hand. And when I say "whatever", I mean WHATEVER it takes to complete the tasks at hand!

This is certainly not difficult with dieting and exercising as compared to Jack surviving a Chinese prison camp, or avoiding certain death from a Mexican drug cartel, or threatening an ex-President, and more!

Many people approach diet and exercise with a mindset that if their set plan can not be followed for some reason, then they have to either give up or get another plan. If you want success, you can NOT think that way! You have to think along the lines that if your plan is not working, then you need to quickly improvise, adapt, and overcome … and FIND A WAY to accomplish the tasks at hand.

What are the tasks at hand?

Well, that depends. It depends on whatever your plan is and what your goals are. Tasks will be different amongst everyone.

For you, your goals may be to lose 20 pounds, burn off 15% body fat, and put on some lean muscle tissue. The tasks would be something like going on a metabolism boosting diet, doing high intensity interval cardio, low intensity cardio first thing in the morning, and of course, muscle building workouts. For someone else, their goals may be different … and therefore, their tasks will be different.

Now, if situations pop up that makes it difficult for you to accomplish your daily tasks for improving your body, then you must have the mindset that you are going to do SOMETHING … ANYTHING … WHATEVING, to achieve success for the day ! Do not feel as if you can not achieve a full workout or eat a full healthy meal, etc., that you have just failed. You find a way to STILL make healthy decisions … regardless.

Taking this approach will do 2 things. One, you'll have a major boost to your willpower. And secondly, you'll quickly reach your goals!

Bottom line, whatever it is you are trying to achieve with your body, understand that if you find it difficult to stick to your pan, that does not mean you should quit or find a different plan all together. It means that you need to analyze, adjust, and do whatever it takes to achieve your personal daily goals. In the end, Jack Bauer had a poetic exit from his career as a CTU agent, and it was not because he followed all the rules, it was because he did WHATEVER it took to get the job done!

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My Husband Keeps Threatening to Divorce Me – Tips and Advice That May Help

Last evening, I got an email from a wife who was very frustrated because, as she said: “my husband is constantly threatening me with divorce.  If we so much as argue or if I do something that he doesn’t like, he either flat out says or insinuates that he’s going to either pack his bag and leave or file for divorce.  I feel like I have to walk on egg shells all the time and that, no matter how hard I try, I can’t do anything right.  I’m not sure if he’s serious about the divorce or if this is just trying to exert his power over me. I love my husband. I don’t want a divorce, but I can’t live this for much longer either.”

I can certainly understand her frustration. What she was describing was a very destructive cycle.  It was going to be difficult for them to work out their problems under the constant pressure and threat of the marriage being pulled out from under them.  This is not even remotely a level playing field and in order for her to get back to a place that was conducive to give and take, she was going to have to change up the dynamics that were occurring.  I’ll explain this more in the following article.

Taking The Threat Of Divorce Off Of The Table: The first thing that was necessary in this situation was for her to remove these threats.  You can not work on or improve your marriage when you know that one person is always thinking of placing one foot out of the door.  So, I instructed her to directly address this issue head on the next time that he started with this behavior.  I felt that she should be very direct with a statement something like:  “I know very well that every time we struggle, you are going to bring up divorce.  You don’t have to continue to verbalize this, as it’s something that I’ve heard countless times before.  And, it doesn’t change one thing.  Whether it’s tomorrow, next week, or next month, our history shows us that we’re going to keep revisiting this again and again.  I don’t know about you but I’m tired or repeating something that just doesn’t work.  If you honestly feel that  we can’t improve things together, then I would be very sorry to hear that but I can’t continue to hear the same threats over and over.  You’re probably tired of saying the same things over and over so how about we come up with a plan so we don’t keep repeating this same tired and destructive cycle that doesn’t get us anywhere?”

If you have trouble calling him on his divorce threats verbally, then you can always put this in written form through a letter.  The key is to just say it so that he knows that you’re no longer going to continue on with this silly dance.  You have to break this cycle once and for all.  I sometimes have women who express concerns with this.  They’ll often comment with something like: “I know what you are saying makes sense, but I’m afraid that if I call him on this, he really will go forward with the divorce.”  I understand this concern but I think that it’s unlikely because you have to consider how many times he’s made this exact same threat but didn’t go through with it.  When someone tells me that their husband keeps bringing up divorce, that says to me that there have been numerous repeats of this same scenario with nothing really changing.  Admittedly, there is a chance that he will actually go through with one of these threats at some point or another.  But, understand that he is likely making them because he too is frustrated with the fact that the two of you are repeating the same negative cycles with nothing really changing.  If you can bring about some real, lasting, and satisfying change, he may well stop with the threats, as he would have no need to make them in order to be heard.

Making Things Better So He No Longer Needs To Resort To The Negative Behavior:  Now, I realize that I alluded to your working through your problems earlier in this article, but now I’m going to tell you that I’d like for you to delay that until the two of you are interacting positively again.  This may seem like a contradiction, but it really isn’t. The reason for waiting is because none of your hard work is going to “stick” or last if the two of you aren’t feeling connected and aren’t experiencing affection and empathy.  If you’re still resenting one another or are only seeing the negative side of one another, you’ll only be going through the motions.  You’re heart won’t be in it, and you’ll be making concessions that you really don’t mean.

If you think back to when you were first together, you’ll realize that you were able to work out your issues and problems much more quickly because you were deeply in sync with one another and you placed the other person’s happiness very high on your list of priorities.  So it’s important that you take some time to reconnect with out the divorce threats on the  table so that when you do come to the table to address and work out your problems, you’ll be much more receptive, since you’ll be deeply connected to this person, feeling happier and more fulfilled, and fully behind ensuring that things work out.

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