Weekly Tips for April 18, 2011

Posted on 17. Apr, 2011 by in Uncategorized

No matter where you live, a weekend of no plans and hanging with the family (at the park, beach, river or hiking) is so rejuvenating not only for Mamma, but the whole family, too.  No rushing, no divide and conquer, just “go with the flow”.  While you are perusing your multi-colored and post it note covered calendar to find that open weekend, here are the tips.

NICE: Do things that are important to others.

Stop thinking in terms of doing things that are important to you and start doing things because you know they are important to someone else. It is easy to get locked into our own little sphere, to focus solely on our own needs and responsibilities. For many of us it requires a conscious effort to extend ourselves, to find time to help, express concern, or perform a service. Yet these are the things we can do to help lift someone else and, curiously enough, secure our own happiness and sense of worth.

GREEN: Check out how each state ranks for eco-friendly to most polluter.

Would you like to know which U.S. state has the most organic farms or the lowest air pollution or the most breastfeeding moms? Maybe you’d like to know which states are the worst polluters?  Indiana has the most unrecycled trash per capita. While, Idaho has the smallest per capita carbon footprint. Where does your state rank? 

HEALTHY: 6 Reasons to Start Running.

Let me preface this article with, if you have a medical condition, injury or other personal issue about running, then there are plenty other ways to exercise to burn the calories and still enjoy being healthy.  However, as a avid non-runner,  I do it anyway.  It is easy to take off on a run, you don’t need special gear and it is your alone time, even some ‘think time’.

But if you are interested in running, here are six reasons to start.

1.   It’s so easy. True, some high-tech gear will make your run more fun, but really, all you need is a good pair of shoes, and a supportive sports bra. It couldn’t be simpler.

2.  Yet so hard. Running also gives your ticker a world-class workout. When your legs hit their stride they squeeze blood toward your heart, which in turn forces it to pump the blood right back. The faster you run, the harder your heart works and the stronger it gets. 

3. Your knees will thank you. Running bolsters your cartilage by increasing oxygen flow and flushing out toxins, and by strengthening the ligaments around your joints. Hitting the trail also gives your bones a boost, helping to prevent osteoporosis.

4. You’ll stress less.  Many women swear they work out all of their problems on the road, and there’s research on exercise to back them up.

5. It can prevent disease.  Most experts agree that regular exercise reduces the risk of many kinds of cancer, including some of the scariest: colon, breast, endometrial, and lung. 

6. You’ll probably live longer. Based on researchers conclusions, regular exercise could reduce both disability and risk of death by increasing cardio fitness and bone mass, lowering inflammation, improving response to vaccination, and improving thinking, learning, and memory functions.

FOOD: Meatless Monday – California Zucchini Bake.

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