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How walking in nature enhances your brain and the body

How walking in nature enhances your brain and the body

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Walking in nature enhances your long-term health and well-being. It provides a wide a range of mental and physical health benefits. But doing it in natural settings can provide a boost to the health of your brain.

As more people move into urban settings, the factors that contribute to health problems must be addressed early on. This infographic, created by Physiomed, highlights how walking in nature is a simple strategy that can go a long way in supporting your daily performance mental well-being.

Nature vs City Walking

There are differences between the health effects that nature walkers experience when compared to city walkers.

Walking in nature has been shown to decrease the amount of blood that flows to the areas of the brain linked to mental illness while city walkers typically experience an increase in this marker. 
The frequency of negative thoughts and rumination are lower in people who take regular walks in nature. Also, their memory and other cognitive functions can improve.

With as little as 20 minutes of walking in nature, you can reduce the amount of cortisol in the body. This stress hormone affects the immune and digestive system if it isn’t regulated properly.
Nature walkers can experience a reduction in blood pressure and their heart rates. This can also minimize the amount of stress that the body is under at any given time.

Disease Prevention Through Nature Walking

Walking in nature helps to prevent common diseases. Anti-cancer proteins increase along with disease-fighting cells.

The immune system becomes stronger, and you are less likely to suffer from illness. This is partly the result of phytoncides that are released by trees and plants. When these substances are inhaled, the immune system is enhanced.

Research also shows that walking in nature can be effective in treating symptoms related to mild depression, working as a natural antidepressant.
Individuals who live in close proximity to natural settings are less likely to experience depression and anxiety.


Use this infographic to learn more about how walking in nature can improve the health of the brain and the body. You can achieve total health through this simple strategy while preventing the onset of common diseases.

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About the Author

Rebecca Hill works as a blogger and outreach coordinator.

She’s a graduate of York University, Ontario, and loves all thing tech, science, sports and DIY

Top 10 Weight Loss Tips for Summer

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It is the most wonderful time of the year…wait, wait. What? Sorry for that one. We are talking about the ten tips to look awesome this summer. Summer is here ladies and gentleman and that belly will not look good on the beach. That wonderful time of the year is gone and we will see how you can look good over the summer.

Stop Eating Fast Food

You need to stop eating fast food. Say goodbye to the Burger King and McDonald’s, completely eliminate fast food from your diet. You need to cook or get a wife to cook for you. This, also called junk food, will load you up with calories which are not going to get you that summer body that you want. Not to mention, fatty foods like fast food can cause some heart problems. If you get it out of your diet, you will start to look, and feel better.

Cook

We all love restaurants and eating out with our friends or family. The thing is that you can’t really know how the food is prepared. Instead, cook for yourself. By doing this, you can eliminate unnecessary amounts of butter, and oil, and you can save yourself some money in the process. Cook, grill, and bake for yourself, and you will know exactly what you are eating. It will take some getting used to in the beginning, and of course, food preparation takes time, but it will be worth it.

Leave your computer

This is the time of technology and it may be hard for you to admit it but it is what it is. We are addicted and it is not helping your weight loss. Recent studies have shown that eating while doing something else will make you unsatisfied. If you are a gamer the thought of getting out, let alone working out, may be hard for you. They even forgot to eat, so leave the computer and go outside.

Drink more water

Japanese have figured out the secret to weight loss, and I am going to reveal it to you. They have managed to live longer because of this common manner. When the get up in the morning, they like to drink four glass of water on an empty stomach. Doing this fills up their stomach with water, instead of food, which allows them to feel satisfied till lunchtime. If this is too much for you at the beginning, start with a one or two glasses and slowly raise the boundary. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water after a workout.

glass of water

Sleep like a baby

It’s very important that you get enough sleep, especially after days where you had a hard workout. The most muscle repair happens when you sleep, which means the more you sleep, the more you body can repair itself from a strenuous workout. In fact, the studies are showing us that people who sleep less, tend to gain more weight than people who sleep an adequate amount. Sleep is something that many of us overlook, make sure to break that habit if you want to be the healthiest version of yourself.

Start working out

Start your training today. If this is your first time making the decision to start working out, then this is all very new to you. If you’re not yet comfortable with going to the gym, then find a good home workout for yourself. Working out at home gives you the privacy that you wouldn’t have at a gym.

Be determined, push yourself farther than you think you can go. Start running, lift some weights, or simply go on a walk with some friends! Any activity is better than nothing. Getting started is the hardest part, but once you finish, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.

Write down your goals

Write down your weight loss goals and do everything you can to meet them. Make a list of long term, and short term goals. Don’t get too extreme though, losing more than one pound a week is unhealthy, and is a sign that you’re not eating enough. Aim for anywhere from 2 – 4 lbs per month. Post your list where you can see it every day. Many of us set goals, and then forget about them because we get busy, or we just plain forget. Keeping them where you constantly see them will keep them fresh on your mind.

Drink Less Alcohol

Men, this is for you especially. I know you love to drink some beers on the weekends with you buddies, and maybe knock back a few during the week too. But you need to cut back on the beers if you’re serious about losing weight. Alcohol is full of calories. I’m not saying to cut it out of your diet completely, but limit it to 2-3 every week, instead of 5-10.

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Spicy helps

Chilly peppers are hot and good for the metabolism in a way that it can speed it. Capsaicin is inside the pepper and that is why it is so hot. It may be dangerous to eat spicy food during the summer, but it may be the solution and it will help you with the tip number four. Also, spices are said to help with repressing hunger.

Enjoy Yourself

This is always a good tip and here it is at number ten. Doing something you enjoy, is always easier to do than something you don’t enjoy. So go out for a run, play football, basketball, basically every sport that you love. Change that laziness into motivation! Fitness is supposed to be fun, not stressful. It is always good to exercise, not just during the summer. Stay motivated, workout with your friends or family, and you will feel and look a hundred times better. Happy trails.

Importance of Exercise & Proper Nutrition

Importance of Being Healthyhealthy living

Due to the increase in the amount of people who are developing health related issues due to their weight, people are finally starting to watch what they eat, and monitor what kid of lifestyle they lead. People are cutting out the junk, and making healthier choices in terms of what they eat. This is good news. Doctors and physicians everywhere are also recommending that people exercise at least 5 times a week, to help control their weight. But, staying fit demands a level of discipline that most people simply don’t have.

Eating healthy

Let’s just be honest; this just sounds boring. Who in their right mind would forgo a Hawaiian pizza for a vegetable salad? However, it may seem dull, but this could save you a lot of pain and money in the future. The young generation should eat and exercise properly today so that they can prevent loads of lifestyle diseases in the future.

A lot of websites claim to have the “secret” as to how you can stay healthy. I’m here to tell you that it’s really not that complicated! Disclaimer, consult your primary physician before making any changes to your diet/workout routine.

Here are my best tips for staying healthy:

1. Make sure you have a balanced diet

2. Make sure you stay hydrated by taking plenty of fluids, preferably water. There are a lot of benefits to this, from preventing headaches to making your skin smooth

3. Avoid processed foods and junk foods that may contain cholesterol

4. Consume enough fruits.

5. Watch the amount of sugar you take.

For more specific instructions, like wanting to know what type of omega supplements you need to take, you need to ask your physician.

Exercise Regularly

Everyone should really try to make exercising a habit, as it’s scientifically proven to have MANY health benefits, with nearly no negative effects.

People usually complain that it takes up too much of their much needed time to hit the gym or go jogging. However, surprisingly this isn’t the cases. If you’re dedicated enough, all it would take is a few minutes of your time to get your blood pumping. One can take up cardio, which would take anywhere between 10-30 minutes. You could also hit the gym or jog around your neighborhood a few times. All these work wonders. It is advisable that you exercise at least five times a week. If you’re looking for a great workout routine that you can do at home, check out any of my Beachbody workout reviews on this website.

Importance of exercising regularly

1. It keeps you fit and helps you manage your weight

2. It helps your control your body’s cholesterol levels

3. It strengthens your muscles, bones, and joints

4. It helps you relax and even have better sleep

5. It lowers the chances of you developing various lifestyle diseases such as diabetes( type 2), some types of cancers and heart diseases.

Studies have also shown that exercising helps when it comes to dealing with depression. It also helps you keep your mind off things that may be bothering you, thus ensuring that your mind stays healthy.

How often should you exercise?

It is recommended that you exercise about five days a week, for around 30 minutes. You should make sure that you do moderately intense activities every day, and a few days a week, do extreme activities such as lifting weights, sprinting and the like. Alternating these two will give you great results.

However, exercising should go hand in hand with proper nutrition. If you want to burn fat or gain muscle, eating right gets you 80% of the way.

If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to look around my blog, or leave a comment. I’ll respond to any comments as soon as I see them.