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Resveralife Live Well: Resolution Reboot

Be honest. Have all of your wonderful New Year’s resolutions already flown out the window? If you have fallen off the wagon, please don’t give up. A few bad days – or weeks – should not deter you from working toward your goals this year. Everyone slips up from time to time, and that is perfectly normal. Before you throw in the towel on your big plans for the year, try a few of the following tips to help get you back on the right track.

Where do you keep your goals? If the answer is “in my head”, then we have a problem. Studies show that people who write down their goals are far more likely to actually accomplish them. Many people write their goals down once per year, and that’s good. What’s better is writing your goals once per week. This will keep your target right at the front of your mind. Most people can’t remember what they ate for breakfast last week, so why would they remember a goal they thought up 6 months ago? Even better, keep your goals on your smartphone and set an alarm to look at them every day. Keep the ideas fresh in your mind so you are constantly reminded of what you’re working towards.

One problem many people face is setting too many resolutions. Someone with fifty items on their goals list is probably not going to accomplish any of them. Ambition is great, but specificity is key. You should have 8-10 measurable goals at any given time. “I want to lose weight” is an idea, not a resolution. “I will lose 20 lbs. by my birthday in September” is a goal. If you can’t think of at least eight things that you want for yourself this year, think bigger! If you want to have a great year, you actually have to do things! When choosing your goals for the year, keep in mind that you need to have balance in your life. Making all ten of your goals career-related is admirable, but would achieving those things really be worth it if it meant sacrificing an improved social life, relationships, spirituality, or fitness? Your list should have variety, but be manageable enough that you know you can actually complete it.

Now that you’ve chosen your goals and have a clear idea of what you want out of the next year, it’s time to take action. This is the part where so many people fall down. What you want to do is start deconstructing the goals. Create a separate brainstorming list for each goal and write down every single thing you will need to do to make this resolution happen. Keep breaking down the goal into smaller and smaller pieces until you can’t think of anything else to put on the list. When you’re done, you have your plan. You are going to do a few of these things every day to get you closer to achieving your goal. Don’t do this process for all of the goals at once, or else you may get overwhelmed. Choose two of the biggest, scariest goals first and tackle them. Once you’ve started building momentum, you can start working on the others as well. Imagine the amazing feeling of accomplishment you’ll have when you’ve crossed the final goal off of your list!

Vision, clarity, and action are the ingredients of goal on its way to being fulfilled. If you follow these steps, you’ll never dread setting a New Year’s resolution ever again.

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The Resveralife Life Well Guide: Boost Your Workout 

Haven’t you gone for a workout with the intention of putting in a lot of effort, only to feel exhausted within the first 15 minutes? Anyone who has ever gone to a workout class has been there and it can be really depressing. The simplest way to enjoy your exercise and ensure that it doesn’t feel like a chore is to improve your endurance levels. This Resveralife Live Well Guide helps you to learn how to build up your endurance levels with the help of 5 simple exercises that can be combined to create a circuit-training routine to boost your strength, speed and stamina. To follow this routine, you need to perform one set of all 5 exercises without any breaks, rest for about 30 seconds and repeat the process two more times. You might feel tired and jaded when you start off with this routine, but as time progresses, you should be able to fly through the circuit. And once this circuit becomes easy, your workout classes will be simpler and more enjoyable.

Exercise # 1 – Knee Tuck

This exercise always starts from the top-of-a-plank position. Your hands should be wider than shoulder width and you need to keep your arms straight. The next step is to perform a single pushup by placing your toes on a glider. You can use a paper plate or a washcloth for the glider. The next step is to pull your knees towards the chest and hold the posture when the knees are about 3 inches in front of the hips. Before doing this, don’t forget to ensure that you place your weight in the balls of your feet. Hold the posture for a second and allow your legs slide back to the top-of-a-plank position. Repeat the entire set for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 2 – Frog Jump

This exercise always starts in a squat position or a sumo position. Bring your palms next to each other in front of the chest, turn your toes outwards at a 45 degree angle, put your feet wider than hip-width and ensure that your quads are parallel to the floor. Jump up and land back in the sumo-squat position. Repeat the jump, only to land back a few inches. Continue jumping backwards and forwards for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 3 – Crouching Push Ups

This exercise always starts in a push-up position. Place your hands wider than shoulder width, lower the chest towards the floor, bend the knees and press back to bring the knees right under your hips. Lift the hips to straighten the legs and round the spine so as to articulate each vertebra. Once this is done, move back into your starting position. Repeat the entire process for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 4 – Squat Jumps

This exercise always starts in a squat position. Place your knees in line with your ankles and allow your butt to sink back. The posture should be as if you are just about to sit down in a chair. Clasp the hands in front of your chest and jump. Land with your right leg in front in a lunge position. Repeat the jump and land in a squat position. Repeat the jump and land with your left leg in front in a lunge position. Keep repeating the entire set for about 30 seconds.

Exercise # 5 – The Bridge Exercise

This exercise always starts by lying on your back with the knees bent and the feet placed on gliders. You can use paper plates or washcloths for the glider. Place your weight in your heels, straighten your arms by your sides with the palms facing downwards and lift your hips so that your body resembles a bridge. While the hips are lifted, push the gliders until your legs almost become straight and then pull back your heels to come back to the starting position. Repeat this entire set 20 times.

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Live Well: Get In Shape Without Leaving Home

If you want to get fitter and are totally against joining a health club because of the distance, the time taken or the cost factor, you don’t need to fret. No one ever said that it is not possible to get fit without going to a gym. After all, people were fit long before these things were invented. You wouldn’t believe it, but you can easily stay fit without having to leave the house.  All you need to understand is that consistency and the fact that you actually do something on a regular basis is the key to staying fit. There are a number of inexpensive things like dumbbells, fit balls, exercise bands and push-up bars that you can use to stay fit at home. But, you should be able to do so even if you don’t have any of these props or machines. Resveralife  discovered that all you need to stay fit is to understand the five basic elements of fitness – warm up, cardiovascular workout, resistance exercises, flexibility moves and cool downs.

All you need for a warm up is a treadmill or an easy walk. For the cardiovascular routine, you can do brisk walking or step aerobics or use a jump rope. The resistance portion is as simple as abdominal crunches, weight bars, squats, small dumbbells, push ups, tubing or bands. You need to increase your body flexibility with things like yoga poses and floor stretches. And the cool down always needs to be similar to the warm up. It is possible to do the strength work and the aerobic work in the same workout, but you need to ensure that you warm up your body and cool it down every time you exercise.

If you’re pressed for time on particular days, all you have to do is to increase the intensity of your fitness routine. For example, instead of the usual 40 minute exercise routine, you can opt for a harder 25 minute routine. You can also step up the pace of your strength workouts by doing compound exercises, exercises that work on multiple muscle groups at the same time.

Getting started with at-home exercises  

If you’re a beginner, try to aim for about 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least 3 times a week. Add 20 – 30 minutes of strength work at least 3 times every week into this equation. This should be more than enough to start off with. Irrespective of your exercise routine or the type of exercise you do, make sure that you start off slowly and increase the intensity and the time gradually. And, always listen to your body. Try to focus on the muscles that need more attention and determine if you feel it there. Working out at home has its obvious advantages, but there are a few obstacles as well. One of the main obstacles of working out at home is those frequent distractions that can derail your routines. Therefore, it always helps to exercise early in the morning because these routines are more likely to stick.

Tips for people who exercise at home

  • Try to make things interesting so that you don’t end up getting bored of your routine. Use pictures or videos as a guide for your form and technique.
  • Find a partner to exercise with. You are more likely to continue with your workout routines if you have someone to exercise with.
  • Have a fixed time for your workouts and put it on your daily schedule.
  • Set specific goals that are not too difficult, and not too easy either. They should be things that are within reach, but cannot be achieved immediately.
  • Finally, make exercise an integral part of your life. You need to look at exercise as a lifestyle change, a change that needs to become a constant in your everyday life.
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Live Well: How to Get in Shape in 2015

Getting that pre-holiday body back is something that is on most people’s agendas in the first month of the new year. This is the month that most people tend to make resolutions and promises to themselves and their loved ones that they will once again get in shape, get healthy, eat right and develop healthier habits. Getting in shape is sometimes easy for some, and more difficult for others. Here are a few fool proof ways to kick start yourself into gear in 2015 and lose that unwanted weight and those unwanted inches, guaranteed.

drinking waterDrink More Water

Drinking more water rather than opting for soda or sugary sports drinks can really make a huge difference in your overall health, and will certainly make an impact on weight loss. Reaching for water over other beverages gives your body the chance to rehydrate, eliminate waste and toxins which could be causing bloating and excess weight retention, and also kickstart your metabolism into gear.

Incorporate Cardio Workouts Three Times Per Week

Not many people who are just beginning to work out will look forward to a full blown cardio workout, but it’s exceptionally important to get yourself into ultimate shape. It helps to speed oxygen through the blood, which improves circulation, skin cell rejuvenation, mental health, and even metabolism. Cardio also allows you to lose more weight than any other form of exercise. Doing 30-40 minutes of high impact cardio three times per week will allow you to lose weight quickly – the healthy way. Don’t be surprised if you see inches lost from your waist, as well!

Shopping basket with assortment of unhealthy food on white backgroundDo Away with Refined Sugars and Salts

Refined carbohydrates will undoubtedly turn into sugar, which will also add weight gain and cause you to become tired and lazy. Doing away with all refined sugars, carbs, and excess salt will allow your body the opportunity to get out of a bloated zone, and back into a somewhat normal place, where it can begin actually burning the calories you eat rather than storing them. Do your best to stay away from pasta, bread, pies, cakes, cookies, and all things laden with sugar. On the same note, do your best to stay away from salty chips, snacks, and adding additional salt to your food. We consume plenty of salt with the foods we eat on a daily basis. Adding additional salt will only cause weight gain, bloat and potential health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Stop Eating Fast Food

Fast food has been known to pack more weight on an individual than any other food in existence. These types of foods are the furthest thing from healthy, and it would be better to go hungry than to indulge yourself in a fatty, salt laden, greasy cheeseburger from your local McDonalds. These foods contain high salt content, high fat content, and are the lowest grade meat products available. Note, we said meat products and not meats due to all of the additives they put in their foods. We won’t go into what else has been found in fast food items, but we will say this: do yourself a favor, and steer clear of the monster that is fast food.

A large variety of whole foods focused on produceEat More Raw & Whole Foods

Eating more healthful foods such as raw vegetables, fruits, and more lean meats will provide your body with the healthy nutrition it needs to function properly and naturally, as was intended for us from the beginning. No man or woman was ever created to tolerate processed foods. By incorporating more of these healthy options into your daily diet, you are increasing your fiber intake, meeting your dietary guidelines for each individual day, and are warding off heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol to the best of your natural ability through diet. That’s powerful! Aside from that, you are also giving yourself a natural energy boost throughout the day with natural, healthy foods.

Get Rid of Junk Food

We have a challenge for you. Go through your pantry, and freezer, and refrigerator, and throw every single thing away that contains processed meat, cheese, excess salt, and sugar. See what you have left. It just might be time to go shopping! By eliminating these foods from your house, you avoid temptation. And when the temptation arises, and you want something sweet, opt for something healthy – like a fruit smoothie, which has all the sweetness you could want, or if you want something salty, have a slice of low fat cheese or vegetables with some low fat or fat free ranch, which has a salty kick to it. There are always ways to meet your palate’s needs – the healthy way.

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Resveralife on How to Extend Healthy Years of Your Life

One thing is very clear. Exercising your way to old age is probably the best thing that you can do to ensure that you grow old properly. Exercising throughout your young age means that you grow old with the least amount of deterioration of your physiological functions and the lowest number of infirmities. Exercise helps you to improve your health as well as the number of years where you enjoy good health.

However, separating the impact of the different factors that lead to physical decline in the human body is extremely difficult. Researchers tried to answer all sorts of questions like “does the body deteriorate because people are increasingly sedentary as the body ages” and “does the passage of time take a toll on the mind and the body of an individual”, but failed to do so.

Resveralife  recently reviewed an amazing study that was published in The Journal of Physiology. This study tried to isolate the impact of a sedentary lifestyle by basing their judgments on 125 cyclists from the age group of 55 – 79. These cyclists might not belong to the elite bracket, but the men had to be able to ride a total of 100kms in under 6.5 hours and women had to be able to ride a total of 60kms in under 5.5 hours in order to qualify for the study. The research didn’t produce a single reliable marker of aging, and ended up highlighting the complexity of aging instead.

According to Stephen D. R. Harridge, a researcher associated with this study and a professor at the King’s College London, the study determined that the relationship between the measuring factor and aging isn’t clear. He said that even though the researchers studied a diverse range of indices, it was not possible to identify a single physiological marker that can be reliably used to predict the age of a person. He also mentioned that the study determined that the relationship between most functions and chronological age is complex. Therefore, even when the aging process is free from its limiting factors, it is bound to be very individualistic.

The study also made it clear that physical activity is extremely good for the body as one grows old. Researchers actually discovered that the overall results obtained by physically fit older people were quite similar to those obtained by younger people. This made them very different from others in the same age bracket who led a sedentary lifestyle. Furthermore, the study tried to determine the sense of well-being for its participants and found out that most of the cyclists were high-functioning and healthy individuals. This actually speaks volumes on the amount of importance exercise  holds in extending the healthy years of one’s life.

Resveralife  reviewed another study conducted by the Director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Benjamin Levine. This study mentioned that four to five cardiovascular workouts every week seemed to be the ideal defense against failing cardiac strength. Levine mentioned that even if one starts off with exercises in his or her late middle age, the effects on the blood vessels and the heart should be substantial.

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Resveralife Live Well: Red Wine & Your Health

Red wine has been proven time and time again to have many wonderful health benefits. From possible cancer prevention, to keeping you free of illness, and more, there are so many different reasons women and men alike can enjoy a glass of red wine and reap the amazing health benefits of this fantastic indulgence.  Resveralife is here to clue you in on how this amazing drink can benefit your health and body – in more ways than one.

 

Prevents Certain Forms of Cancer

Red wine has been shown to prevent certain forms of cancer in studies. Cancers such as breast cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer have been said to be warded off by the consumption of red wine on a regular basis. This is possibly due to the fact that red wine contains high levels of phytochemicals, which act as anti-oxidants, and provide the body a boost in the immune system, therefore destroying cancerous cells before they have the chance to begin.

 

Healthy Skin

Red wine has been found to contain high levels of Resveratrol, which you all know we here at Resveralife are obsessed with. Resveratrol is capable of turning back the clock, so to speak, on aging, wrinkles, and fine lines. Infused in many skin care products – such as those by Vine Vera – it has the capability to diminish lines and wrinkles, leaving behind smooth, beautiful, youthful skin. Drinking red wine will also provide you with the benefits of resveratrol.

 

Prevents Illness

Also due to the phytochemical components found within red wine, illness such as the common cold or flu is able to be prevented or even shortened due to the antioxidant properties these phytochemicals contain and produce. Many people in various countries swear by this method for alleviating cold symptoms, as well as preventing the flu, by drinking 1-2 glasses of red wine per day.

 

Natural Sleep Aid

Contained in the skin of grapes used for wine making is a component known as melatonin. This particular ingredient is actually produced naturally by the human body, and acts as a hormone to induce feeling tired or needing sleep. Some people produce lower levels of melatonin than others, and therefore could benefit from drinking a glass of red wine an hour or two before bed. This can curb the need to take melatonin supplements and is an enjoyable way to relax and spend your evening.

 

Healthy Heart

Drinking a glass of red wine has been shown in various studies to improve the heart and circulatory system. Red wine relaxes the circulatory system, allowing blood flow to move and pass through arteries and veins more easily. It’s also capable of slowing a rapid heart rate, providing a more consistent heart beat and rhythm. This only works if 1-2 glasses of wine are consumed. If any wine after that is consumed, the effects have not been proven to be the same, and could actually work against the heart and circulatory system.

 

Red wine has long been consumed all over the world since many centuries ago. It seems as though the human race had it right from the start. Consuming red wine in moderation will allow you extended health benefits that you just can’t get anywhere else. Moderation is key. So, feel free to enjoy a delicious glass or two of your favorite red wine with dinner, or after dinner for relaxation. It’s more than okay to indulge yourself just a bit every day. Not overdoing is definitely key.

Vine Vera Resveralife wishes you all great health, longevity, and many glasses of red wine for years to come.

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Resveralife Live Well Guide: Safe Exercise Tips for the Winter Months

The benefits of exercising during the winter months go well beyond being beneficial for your skin. Exercising during the winters can also prove to be extremely satisfying and it can go a long way in helping you improve your mood, particularly when you exercise in the mornings. However, exercising in the cold winter months can also be quite risky. This Resveralife Live Well Guide from Vine Vera examines some of the best tips to follow while exercising during the winter months.

Warm up your body before going outdoors

It is very important to start off with your warm-ups while you’re still indoors. Allow the body a chance to be able to ease into the workout routine. To do so, all you need to do is warm up for a few minutes while you’re still indoors. Once you’re outside, take a 30 second break in every few minutes for the first 10 minutes to allow your body to be able to adjust to the chilly conditions.

Cool down over a period of time

Cooling down the right way is as important as a proper warm up. You need to start cooling down over three to four minutes before the end of your routine by slowly easing up on the pressure. Once you get back indoors, remove a few layers of your clothing and make sure that you’re active for another 5 – 10 minutes to allow your body to cool down properly. If you end up experiencing some muscle soreness, apply a pain relieving gel on the problem area.

Dress properly

Don’t forget to layer up properly before venturing outdoors. You might want to wear layers that can be removed once you complete your warm ups in order to avoid any sort of discomfort. The ideal way to do so is to start off with a thin layer of synthetic materials like polypropylene to ensure that the sweat stays away from your body. The next layer should always be an insulator layer like wool or fleece and the topmost layer should be waterproof with a breathable shell. It is also important to cover up your hands, ears, neck, head and feet, depending on the conditions outside. These body parts are the ones that are most affected by the cold. Don’t forget to add reflective panels on your clothing if it’s still dark outside.

Take proper care of your feet

Making sure that you keep your feet warm and dry is very important for ensuring that you don’t end up with blisters. Wear sports socks which help you to draw away perspiration from your skin and use shoes that have a decent tread.   

Don’t ignore the importance of weather reports

Don’t forget to check the weather report before heading out. Things like pelting rain and biting winds won’t do you any favors. It is essential to be flexible with your workout timings during the winter months. And if things look really bad, take a rain check on your exercise.

Chalk out your route

Have a pre-fixed route in mind and don’t forget to keep to well lit areas when it’s dark or damp. Try to perform loops around your neighborhood and repeat them. You can also head over to the local park, provided that it is well lit.  Make sure that someone is aware of your route, in case something goes south.

Don’t ease up on your hydration

Just because you’re sweating less during the winters doesn’t mean that you need less water. Don’t ease up on your water intake and stick to a minimum of 10 – 12 glasses of water each day. Try drinking water before, during and after your workouts. Force yourself to a glass of water if you don’t feel thirsty.

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Resveralife Live Well: 5 Amazing Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

5 Amazing Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s important to get time for oneself these days. The problems are many when it comes to taking care of ourselves – there is too little time for us if we are one of those who work. Whether it is the office that we go to or the business that we handle, there are so many things that we need to take care of.

We have all heard that amazing speech which tells us the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle but never really stopped to practice them in our own lives. Good health can improve the quality of your life regardless of your age, sex or physical abilities. Know more about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and try it today.

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Controls Weight

Healthy lifestyles where you eat the right kind of foods and exercise regularly helps you to stay in shape, shed of those extra calories and maintain your ideal weight for years to come. There are simple ways in which one can exercise without having to take out time for the same. Simply walk to your destination instead of driving to it or take the stairs instead of the elevator regularly. Eating a low-fat diet too can also help manage weight. It is recommended to make your breakfast the heaviest meal of the day and dinner the lightest. 5 portions of fruits and vegetables must be eaten throughout the day to get your share of vitamins and minerals.

Fight off diseases easily

A healthy lifestyle makes your body strong enough to fight off all kinds of health conditions by increasing the ‘good’ cholesterol which is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and decreasing the ‘bad’ cholesterol which are the unhealthy triglycerides. Your body has a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases along with many other health problems such as depression, diabetes, cancer of all kinds and even arthritis.

Boosts Energy

On eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats, our energy levels drop tremendously and we start feeling fatigued and tired. A balanced diet, on the other hand, provides your body with enough energy and increases energy levels tremendously. A balanced diet would include lean meats, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and vegetables and fruits of all sorts. Your muscle strength and endurance also gets a great boost with physical exercise and more and more oxygen starts getting delivered to body tissues.

healthy eatingImproves Mood

A healthy lifestyle includes physical activity which in turn stimulates the brain cells and leaves you feeling happy and relaxed than before. You start feeling good about your appearance which gives a great boost to your self-esteem and confidence. It also results in less stress and ability to analyze things better. Making social connections too is a part of a healthy lifestyle which improves your mood as you stay happy when in the company of people. Join a club, go out for movies or indulge in communal activities to feel good about yourself and those around you.

 

Increases your life span

A healthy lifestyle increases the chances of you having a longer life. Studies reveal that simple exercises such as 30 minutes of walking can reduce chances of premature death and avoid sudden heart strokes.

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Resveralife Live Well: Over 40 Fitness

With aging comes the need to take better care of ourselves. Though you may have lived a carefree young life, ate pretty much whatever and however you wanted, not exercised nearly enough, and maybe you didn’t even drink enough water. When the time comes for your forties to roll around, it’s definitely the time to re-consider your life style and incorporate more fitness into your daily routine.

With age, comes increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other undesirable conditions which can, for the most part, be avoided. Through proper diet and exercise, one can truly change and turn their health around – providing you with more self-confidence, better health, and a life lived to the fullest. Believe it or not, exercise can become quite addicting if you find a routine you really like, and food low in calories and carbs can also be quite tasty if properly prepared. Only you can take charge of your fitness and health. Nobody else is going to do it for you – and there is no better time than now with the New Year coming right around the corner.

Resveralife would like to provide you with a few different tips as to how you can increase your fitness, develop a routine, and be a better you in your 40’s.

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Develop a Fitness Routine And Eat Well

Be sure to walk, jog, and really get your heart pumping. The heart is a muscle, and therefore needs to be worked to be at its optimal health and in the best shape possible. When your blood pumps faster through your veins, you have better oxygen flow, skin cells are regenerated at a healthy rate, diseases are curbed due to lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle, and you can even sleep better at night. You begin to develop a self-confidence you may not have had before, and realize you are beginning to set goals and limits for yourself. Something like, ‘Today, I will walk around the block three times,’ and actually meeting that goal is a great accomplishment. Track your fitness in an online fitness diary which can be shared with friends and family, and will also make you feel as though you are being held accountable. You can receive an immense amount of support this way as well.

Try out a new fitness class and if you don’t like it, try another. There is certainly something for everyone! Be sure to change up your diet and consume more raw, fresh vegetables and fruits, and more whole grains. Cut out the ‘baddies’ such as sugars, fats, oils, and salt as much as possible. You will see it will complement your fitness routine and also make a world of difference in how your skin  looks and feels, as well as in your overall health.

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Work Out at Least Twice a Week

If you can squeeze in three to four times per week for a workout – fantastic! If you are pressed for time due to family or work constraints, try to opt for a two day a week workout, for at least one hour per day. This will allow you to stay on schedule, develop a routine, and keep yourself fit. Be sure you drink plenty of water, and stay as hydrated as possible. Avoid foods and drinks which can dehydrate you, such as salted food, sugary food, caffeine, and chocolate. Although it may be hard, cutting back on these foods is better than nothing – and if that’s all you can do – you’ve done yourself a favor!

 

Hitting 40 has its ups and downs, but you don’t need to let your fitness be one of the downs. It should be an exciting new chapter in your life where you strive to get into the best shape you’ve ever been in – and it can be with a little work and effort. As always, discuss your exercise routine with your doctor to gain their approval if you suffer from any medical conditions, and be sure you aren’t over doing it.

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Resveralife Live Well Guide: Better Health with Gratitude

We normally celebrate the festival of offering thanks once a year, but how about celebrating this practice throughout the year? Researchers say that showing gratitude on a daily basis can help you enjoy optimal health. Is this really possible? Can one stay healthy without a strict diet, exercise routine or medication? Are positive emotions enough to guarantee good health? There are a number of questions that might be running through your minds, but the connection between gratitude and good health is nothing new. According to Robert Emmons, the Professor of Psychology at the University of California, there are thousands of years of literature which talk about the benefits that showing gratitude has to offer. Apart from psychological and religious literature, modern day science has also proved the wonders that gratitude has to offer to your health.

The benefits of gratitude

Those who practice gratitude on a daily basis have a definite edge when it comes to their health. People who are grateful by nature manage to take better care of themselves and also manage to engage in protective health behaviors more regularly. This section of the Resveralife Live Well Guide from Vine Vera examines some of the main benefits of gratitude.

1. Stress Buster. Gratitude helps you to relieve stress and it is no secret that stress plays a huge role in making you look and feel sick. Stress is also believed to be the reason behind most of your doctor visits. As it turns out, gratitude can help you to manage stress better because feelings of thankfulness have an immense value in helping people to deal with everyday problems.

2. Gratitude boosts the immune system. People who are grateful by nature are usually known to be more optimistic and this helps to boost the immune system. There is a particular study which shows that being optimistic helped in maintaining a higher number of blood cells that helped to protect the immune system.

Who is likely to be grateful?

There are some people who manage to feel grateful even in the most challenging circumstances. And then there are those who sink into despair the moment the smallest problems disrupt their routines. Gratitude is mostly about a person’s perspective and the framework through which he/ she looks at the world. People who tend to be more grateful are more mindful of the benefits gratitude has to offer.

How to get started?

If you’re looking to follow the principles of Thanksgiving on a daily basis, Vine Vera helps you to get started by offering you with five tips on how to be grateful on a day-to-day basis.

Tip No. 1 – Maintain a weekly journal

Maintaining a weekly journal is one of the most effective ways of being more grateful. All you need to do is set out some time each week to record some of the things that happened during the week for which you feel grateful.

Tip No. 2 – Make the most of visual reminders

Two of the main obstacles to gratitude are lack of awareness and forgetfulness. The best way to counter these problems is to place visual reminders in your bedroom or at your work desk. Another option would be to set a reminder or an alarm on your smartphone or computer which reminds you to take some time out and count your blessings.

Tip No. 3 – Have a partner

Having a gratitude partner helps a lot. Most people lack discipline to do things on their own. This is where having a partner helps. If you stick around people who are grateful by nature, you are more than likely to inculcate their values and follow them on your own.

Tip No. 4 – Make a public commitment to be grateful

Social support groups have grown in relevance over the years. You can find all kinds of social support groups in your city or on the internet. Become a part of one of these support groups that supports being grateful and try to set weekly goals for yourself. If you make this goal public within the group and share your status update after each week, chances are that you will be more likely to follow through on your promises.

Tip No. 5 – Change the way you converse with yourself

People converse with themselves all the time. Having negative conversations with one’s inner self can lead to a lower mood. All you need to do is try to change your outlook and think about positive things. Change the tone in which you say things to yourself and this should actually work wonders in making you more grateful.