School-Aged Kids and Physical Activity

As I remember it I was a lot more physically active when I was a kid than the youngsters of today are. These days most children do not get enough physical activity. With childhood obesity on the rise, it is important that parents get their kids to be more physically active.

Does your child run, play, and move for at least 60 minutes a day? For school-aged kids, physical activities are (and should be) fun, but they’re also important. Kids this age need that daily hour of moderate to vigorous activity to stay fit and healthy. The time should be divided among aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities.

Short bursts of 10 or 15 minutes count toward this daily tally, so make sure your child has lots of opportunities for physical activities before, during, and after school.

Physical Activities at School

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Academics are important, but so is finding time for fitness. When kids have the chance to run and play before school and at recess, they focus more and fidget less during class. Brain breaks also help. Physical education (PE) provides another opportunity to move during the school day. It also exposes kids to new sports and games and introduces important health habits.

But not every child gets enough recess and PE time:

  • Just five states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Oregon) plus the District of Columbia require the 150-minute weekly PE total in elementary schools.
  • Only eight U.S. states require elementary schools to provide recess every day.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators, among other groups, recommends at least 150 minutes of PE a week for elementary schoolers—that means an average of 30 minutes a day. The association also urges schools to schedule at least one 20-minute recess period every day.

Read more: https://www.verywell.com/fitness-and-physical-activities-for-school-aged-kids-1257209

 

How To Use Nature To Regain Your Health

There are a lot of health tips on the Internet. Eat right, exercise regularly, avoid vices, avoid stress, but some do not deal with healing or maintaining a healthy lifestyle using our nature. Learn how you can do this method.

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Our connection with nature is fundamental to our health and well-being. The lives of our ancestors were intricately intertwined with nature, and many cultures looked to the earth for wisdom and healing. It may seem obvious that nature is important, but many people in this world are completely nature-deprived, and science is busy trying to explain why, exactly, we need it so much.

Now, scientists are posing questions that could only be contemplated by modern humans like noticing how you feel when you look out your window at a concrete wall compared to a beautiful meadow, ocean, or sunset. If you were to think about these two scenarios, right now, I’m pretty sure you would notice a difference in how your body reacts. So is it any wonder our bodies react differently to being surrounded by a concrete jungle versus being out in the wonders of nature?

If there is a difference in how you feel when it comes to looking at nature from your window, imagine how positive the effects are when you are actually immersing your senses in nature in real time—when you’re actually feeling the breeze caress your skin, the sun warming your body, the smell of the ocean air, or the taste of sea salt on your lips. I bet you noticed your body begin to relax by the mere descriptions of an experience in nature.

Read more:  https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-use-nature-to-regain-your-health

 

The Definitive Guide On What to Eat Before a Morning Workout

I tend not to eat anything before doing my morning exercise. However there are certain situations where you are required to eat your breakfast. This guide will help you plan your meal ahead of your morning workout.

Certain sounds are welcome during a grueling workout, like breathless panting or a high-energy “woo!” But stomach growls? Not so much.

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Even if you’re not normally a breakfast eater, eating something before you move will likely boost your performance. (First, you have to become a morning person, though.) When you roll out of bed, your body has fasted for eight or more hours, so your energy supplies are depleted. Your muscles need glycogen (the way the body stores carbs) to fuel exercise—so you want to make sure to take in some carbohydrates to refill your tank, says registered dietitian Robyn Kievit Kirkman. Ideally, you’ll eat a mix of carbs and protein an hour before you sweat. The carbs give you a kick of energy, and protein will help that energy last longer.

But what exactly should you eat pre-workout? That depends on the type of exercise you’re gearing up for. (This 20-minute workout is a surefire way to start your day right if you’re looking for morning movement inspiration.) Consider this your breakfast fuel cheat sheet.

If your workout is…low intensity
Less intense morning workouts, such as barre or yoga classes, don’t call for quite as much food as other more taxing routines. You should fuel up with 30g of carbs and 8g of protein, says Kievit Kirkman. A banana with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter should do the trick.

Read more: https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/tips/what-eat-before-morning-workout

 

15 Healthy Dessert Recipes You’ll Love (150 Calories or Less!)

Eating healthy does not mean you need to torture yourself by skipping dessert. There are many delicious low calorie desserts to try that will give you that satisfying feeling after your evening meal without gaining that pounds. Here are some great low calorie dessert ideas so that you can indulge your sweet tooth without piling on the calories.

Want to see the number on the scale drop, but simply can’t give up sweets? We feel your pain — but there’s no need to despair. While you might have to cut back on supersized cupcakes or double-scoop cones to see real results, there are still plenty of other treats you can enjoy sans guilt. The key: Paying attention to what’s in them. Luckily, there are tons of easy hacks to help you slash calories — like substituting some of the sugar for applesauce, instead.

These healthy dessert recipes all feature delicious ingredients that pack some nutritional value, too. Even when the servings are bite-sized, the flavors are rich enough to quash your cravings for more. What follows is mouthwatering proof that you can keep your weight in check without going crazy from deprivation.

1. Skinny Chocolate Brownies (139 calories)
These chocolate brownies turn to Greek yogurt and unsweetened applesauce for gooey texture without sacrificing flavor. They look and taste just as decadent as their higher-calorie counterparts, so whip some up for your next party. Your guests will never know the difference.

Read more: http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-dessert-recipes-low-calories

 

20 Delicious Detox Waters to Cleanse Your Body and Burn Fat

It is important that once in a while we have to cleanse our body because we consumed a lot of unhealthy foods. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about detoxing. Well, I have already made some refreshing water detox by adding fruits or vegetables to water.  I’m going to share  you the article below where I got my recipes for detox water.

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Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you simply want to look and feel healthier, one of the best ways to rid your body of harmful toxins is to drink water. Just 6 to 8 glasses every day will help to keep you hydrated and keep your vital organs in their best possible health.

You don’t have to drink plain water, however. In fact, there are a number of things that you can add to your water that will not only boost the taste, they will help to flush those harmful toxins out of your body.
Detox waters have become very popular and there are many different recipes that you can make.

We’ve collected 20 of the best for taste and health benefits. These waters contain ingredients like lemon which helps to flush harmful toxins from your body, mint which aids in digestion, cucumber which contains anti-inflammatory properties and ginger which is a natural pain reliever and aids in digestion.

Read more: http://www.diyncrafts.com/7075/health/20-delicious-detox-waters-cleanse-body-burn-fat

 

52 DIY Herbal Tea Recipes

Don’t let life pass you by, take a little time to relax and enjoy life with a tea. A healthy break from your busy life to sit back and relax. Making your own tea can also be a stress free activity. There are lots of available tea that you can do on your own. You can try following these simple recipes in making your herbal tea.

Making your own tea might seem a bit intimidating, but it’s easier than you think. With the 52 Herbal Tea Recipes I’m sharing below you’ll discover the ease, convenience and benefits of making your own herbal tea.

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Tea is more than a beverage, it’s an herbal remedy.

Tea is a perfectly simple way to access the health benefits of herbs. The quiet ritual of preparing and sipping a cup of tea is a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful practice.

Creating your own tea blends is easy and much less expensive than buying some of the pre-made bags at the store.

Homemade tea also makes a delightful herbal gift.

Below you’ll find a bunch of recipes you can make in your own kitchen, plus some simple solutions that make it easy.

Oh, and if you’re going to make your own tea, you might want one of these little beauties:

Read more: http://adelightfulhome.com/diy-tea-recipes/