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How To Stay Fit And Active Outside The Gym

Many folks do not like to go to the gym and other folks like to mix their fitness routine up with going to the gym and engaging in exercise outside the gym.  Here is a great article entitled “How To Stay Fit and Active Outside the Gym” by Eric Bogy, content manager at Fit&Me.

Keeping your fitness levels up and staying active will require a little more than simply working out in the gym. Even if you go to the gym every day, that’s only about 7 hours per week that you are exercising. What are you doing for the other 161 hours?

Then when you take into account working late, running the kids around town, and other things that alter your schedule, counting on the gym to get all of your exercise may not be efficient. Good thing there’s a lot of practical options that can keep you fit and active outside the gym. Here is a list of activities that show you how to stay fit and active outside the gym. 

Join A Team

Don’t think that playing sports is just for youth and younger adults. Most sports for adults have age divisions and some of them go all the way up to 60 and over. Softball, soccer, basketball, Olympic weightlifting, martial arts, and dodge ball are all great choices to keep you active.

Joining a sports team also lets you kill two birds with one stone. Not only are you adding some more physical activity to your day, but it doubles as a social event. Camaraderie is always high in sports, so don’t be surprised if you become good friends with your teammates and coaches.

Training Apps

Once again, technology can help us stay fit just about anywhere. Try downloading one of the hundreds of fitness apps that are available. People who use fitness apps are more likely to stay active compared to those who don’t.  

They can assist with things like finding training partners, designing workouts, getting you ready for races, losing weight, and much more. Some of the top fitness apps for 2017 can be found here.

Walking/Hiking

You may not consider walking to be a way to get fit but think again. Going for a brisk walk is one of the best ways to stay in shape and keep your body weight down. It may be even more efficient than running when you take into account how easy it is on your joints.

Walking is easily accessible and only requires 22-35 minutes per day to lose weight. Walking in hilly areas is a good way to add some extra challenges to your ventures.

If you really want to take your walking to another level, try going on a nice long hike this weekend. Hiking on a trail may not be as accessible as walking, but it’s a more vigorous activity. It will require you to constantly adjust your pace and output to compensate for the changing terrain.    

Hiking down a trail will give you some great scenery and fresh air. This also has some added fitness benefits, including stress relief.

Cardio Equipment

Getting a quality piece of cardio equipment for your home is a great way to keep your activity levels up. Especially if your main reason for going to the gym is to use their equipment anyway. Cardio equipment that is ideal for home use includes ellipticals, Max Trainers, and rowing machines.

Using any of these pieces of equipment combined with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will give you a great workout in a short amount of time. Performing a HIIT workout burn calories, boost your metabolism, improve endurance, and promote heart health.

Follow this example below for an effective in-home HIIT workout using a Max Trainer:

  • 25 seconds of work
  • 80 seconds of rest
  • Repeat 7 more times

 

While this is a super simple and effective workout, Max Trainers are not quite as common as other pieces of cardio equipment. On the other hand, there’s a good chance that you already own an elliptical machine.

It makes no difference what type of cardio machine you have, HIIT can be performed on just about anything. An example of a great HIIT workout on an elliptical would be:

  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 10 seconds moderate effort
  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 10 seconds moderate effort
  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 10 seconds moderate effort
  • 20 seconds max effort
  • 60 seconds rest and repeat 1-2 more times

 

Yard Work

Getting outside and pulling weeds, trimming trees, and mowing the lawn are all good ways to add some activity to your week. In particular, mowing the yard is an effective way to burn calories. Only 30 minutes of lawn mowing can be enough to improve fitness levels.

These benefits are for push-mowing only. Sorry, but riding a lawn tractor doesn’t have the same positive health effects.

Just because you’re not going to the gym today, doesn’t mean that you can’t stay fit and be as active as ever. The options that were mentioned are only a fraction of the activities available. There are effective ways to exercises all over the place and you don’t even have to look hard!

 

 

Primal Radiance

Primal Radiance is about getting back to the way we were born to live, with amazing health, energy and vitality. In order to live with awesome health, we have to re-learn how to live in harmony with ourselves and with Mother Nature. As a whole, we have lost our way and we are greatly suffering with an overall unhealthy society. The rate of illness and disease is staggering, but it does not have to be this way. 

Primal Radiance is a revolution to bring health and healing to the world, through healthy food, seasonal eating, circadian rhythm, primal movement and exercise, barefoot walking known as Earthing, deep conversations, deep connections with others, meditation, deep breathing, more play, less stress, more energy, less material goods, more soulful and spiritual experiences, more emotional living and expression, more laughter and an overall shift in thinking and living to make the Earth and ourselves to become more joyful and healthy. 

Primal Radiance inspires and motivates people from all walks of life to live with awesome and amazing health, well into their golden years. Primal Nutrition and living with Primal Radiance is the best prevention and cure for illness and disease. 

Take small steps on a daily basis on your journey to living with amazing health: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

 

Conversation

 Has the ability to spark a true soulful conversation been forgotten by the majority of people who are too caught up with materialism and their own inner world? As a whole, the art of conversation is lost, but for the brave and concerned few, we must revive the art of soulful conversation to the forefront to save our society.

Deep down, everyone longs to express their emotions and their dreams; and everyone, deep down, is a beautiful spiritual being. But how can we revive our ability to engage in soulful conversation? You must instill in yourself a wholehearted interest for your fellow human beings and have the courage to go beyond the norm and ask big questions. Granted, you cannot have a soulful conversation with everyone, but you can begin with good intentions and a willingness to share ideas and see what happens.

With most people you come in contact with, you will have to begin with the usual pleasantries of how are you, what do you do, where do you live, etc. Then you can bring forth the questions of what are you passionate and curious about. Ask the deeper questions like, how do you feel about the state of this country or the world? Are you doing what you want to do? What do you dream about? What are your spiritual beliefs?

Some people may not know what do say because they never hear these questions. So be ready for some possible awkward moments and remember that the biggest gift you can give someone is listening.

The easiest way to test your boldness is to talk to the people you come in contact with every day, such as the local store clerk, cashier or waitperson. Ask an interesting or funny question. Try these and see what happens: Have you had any interesting dreams lately? Do you really like your job or would you rather be doing something else? What’s your favorite color and why? What’s one thing that you want to do that you have not done yet? You may learn something new or make a friend. At the very least, you may just brighten up their day.

Our society has become too mundane and superficial. It’s time to strike out and get people out of their boxes. Life is about mystery, connections and lighting sparks of fire to awaken society and to engage people in compassionate communication and deeper relationships

I leave you with a passage from Goethe’s “The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily.”

“Where do you come from?” asked the King.

“From the subterranean passages where gold is found,” said the snake.

“What is more precious than gold? Asked the king.

“The light,” answered the snake.

“What is more precious than light?” asked the king.

“Conversation,” said the snake.

Follow the conversation! 

Health and Healing

Spice Master G is in the house of health and healing!
Spreading the news of organics, grass fed beef and good ole grass fed butter.
Foods we are meant to eat, that our ancestors ate; and they did not have these chronic diseases of our modern world.
Cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes are running amok, along with fatigue, digestive problems and insomnia.
It’s time to get rid of the GMOs, the low fat processed crap, the refined sugar and artificial toxic sweeteners. Are you ready for some health and healing?


Take back your health with lots of healthy fat, protein, and veggies, good sleep, filtered water, sunshine, outdoor activities, circadian rhythm, Earthing and community with family and friends.
2016 is the year for awesome and amazing health, and 2016 is the year for out of the box thinking, doing and being! Health and Healing is the mantra for 2016!

Community-Supported Agriculture

Community-Supported Agriculture is gaining momentum and it’s very important in helping your local economy and your local farmers. Nothing tastes better than local and fresh food. Community-Supported Agriculture is available for fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat and raw milk and raw milk products such as cheese, yogurt and butter. This article is from http://www.fix.com/and the author is http://www.fix.com/blog/authors/andrea-moore/

I grew up in the city, and like most urbanites the closest I got to a farm was the produce section of the supermarket. Barring an elementary school field trip or two, we don’t often have the pleasure of shaking hands with our food producers, and doing just that would require a costly tropical trip if we’re buying bananas and papayas. Given widespread food recalls from contamination and questionable factory farming practices, it’s in our best interest to know exactly where our food comes from and how it’s produced. The easiest and most delicious way to do this is to go local. Luckily for us city folk, we have the bounty of farmers’ markets and now CSAs (community supported/shared agriculture) to bring the farm directly to our kitchen table.

Loco for Local

The local food movement is a throwback to the days when foreign food wasn’t flying across the globe, losing nutrients and wasting fuel. Farmers’ markets and CSAs cut out the middlemen – transportation and storage – and bring us back nutrient-rich, farm-fresh food that changes with the seasons. Now we rely on what can be successfully and consistently grown, harvested, and preserved on the land around us based on our climate instead of snubbing the seasons and supplanting locally grown food with our favorites from abroad. But while most of us have perused the stalls of a farmers’ market hand-picking our favorite treats, fewer know about the amazing opportunity that is the local CSA.

PSA for CSA’s

Community-supported agriculture is exactly what it sounds like. You, along with other members of your community, support a particular farm or farms by purchasing food shares before the start of the growing season, then enjoy the spoils as the growing season unfolds. If this idea is new to you, it’s likely because CSAs are a relatively new model in North America, growing from only two farms in the U.S. in 1986 to more than 6,500 in 2012. (Check LocalHarvest for a CSA near you!) This recent growth is telling – CSAs work. The mutually beneficial business model takes many forms depending on the needs and capabilities of both the farmers and shareholders, but ultimately everyone wins.

Risk and Reward

The most common business models are farmer or farmer-cooperative CSAs, where the farmer shoulders the bulk of the management responsibilities and the shareholder is treated more as an investor. There’s risk in any investment, and CSAs are no different. When you purchase a share, you’re providing capital for the farmer to purchase the seeds, supplies, and labor required to fill your box with food for a prescribed period of time – and you also agree to take the good with the bad right alongside them. So when the weather is particularly favorable and crops are bountiful, you’re rewarded with extra food. However, if crops are damaged by hail, insects, or disease, you may have weeks or months with lighter loads. Is it worth it? Well, think what would happen to the farmers if they weren’t supported by their community when the going got tough: no more food. Period. So your investment isn’t just a short-term exchange for food, but a long-term one that aims to keep farmers in the black gold for years to come.

The Good, the Radicchio, and the Ugly

If you’re ready to take the plunge, the first thing you’ll notice is that CSAs come in all seasons and sizes and completely depend on your location and the capacity of the farm. I’ve seen shares of dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables, and eggs (even flowers) both big and small, full-year and month-long. But despite their differences, there are a few commonalities.

1. Good quality. This is really the freshest and the best that farmers have to offer, delivered directly to your doorstep (or more commonly a pre-arranged pick-up location). If you ever do get a bag of dud spuds, you can often arrange for a replacement in the next share. These are good people who want you to love their food.

2. Variety. Most CSAs kindly provide a list of your share’s contents via newsletter before you pick it up. This is an immense help to meal planning and also a great way to introduce yourself to new products with debatable pronunciation. Celeriac, anyone?

3. Ugly buglies. You will undoubtedly open your mystery box and see a few five-legged parsnips and the occasional worm peeking up from your lettuce. This is normal. Farmers produce food to be eaten and enjoyed, not to be plasticized on the front page of a glam mag. Insects are an important part of the ecosystem and often, ugly just tastes better.

Solving the Mystery Box

No doubt your first few mystery boxes of food will be intimidating, but they can also be inspiring. Here are a few tips to make the most of your share as you adjust to your new-found bounty.

1. Plan ahead. Getting your share is like instant grocery shopping, but unless you’ve joined a super CSA, there will still be items on your shopping list. Find out from your farmers what foods you can expect when and plan your meals accordingly. Coordinating your share pick-up with a grocery trip is another great way to save time.

2. Get to work. You may be getting a few weeks’ worth of food in your share, and if your vegetables need washing, peeling, and chopping, aim to do it right away. If it looks like too much food altogether, use your freezer to preserve your food to enjoy another day.

3. Look it up. If the kohlrabi has been giving you the evil eye from the back of the fridge for a month now, you’re probably lacking a good recipe. Look online for tips, tricks, and instructional videos to deal with the most puzzling produce. Your fellow shareholders are another great resource.

Finding the Right Fit

Joining a CSA is an amazing way to connect with your community and inject some intrigue into your cooking routine, but it does require a change in lifestyle. If you’re on the fence about joining, talk to the farmers at the market and see what they offer. Any investor worth their salt would want to understand what they are financing! Another option is to start small by selecting a smaller share or sharing a larger one with your neighbor. If you find yourself getting jealous of the bigger boxes or arguing over who gets the asparagus, you’re probably ready to upgrade.

Ultimately, though, our goal should be to eat healthy, local, farm-fresh food and to support those that provide it. CSAs and farmers markets are both fantastic choices for filling your plate, but there are also butchers, bakers, coffee shops, and restaurants that share the same ideals. Check Sustainable Table’s Eat Well Guide to discover your community’s purveyors of local, sustainable, organic food options, and choose the ones that suit you best, the ones that you and your family can enjoy and sustain for years to come.

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Responsibility and Honesty

As I reflect on the state of consciousness of this nation, I feel a possible monumental shift in awareness happening. I say possible because if this shift is to happen, you must be ready to take full responsibility for your actions and be completely honest with yourself and with your fellow human beings.

I must confess that I have not always been completely honest with myself and with others, nor did I really know what being responsible was all about.

My, how times have changed and I am forever grateful for my shift in consciousness. Every since I decided to take responsibility for my actions and to be honest, a couple of things have happened. I became more alive, an awakening to beauty and harmony. Though at times I felt fear, the truth has always set me free.

I discovered that I will always be on the journey of higher awareness and consciousness. Although at times, I wish I had not been lead to this new way of living, I simple cannot go back to my old ways. It’s impossible because once my spirit experienced truth, responsibility, and awareness; my spirit would not let me shrink back to the unconscious way of living without knowing.

I still make mistakes and that is okay and I apologize when I know I have wrongly offended someone, but I will not apologize for my seeking of truth and for my awareness of what is going on in the world. I will continue to research and seek the truth in nutrition, social justice, politics, religion and spirituality, foreign policy and economics.

The last discover I made was that I still feel pain and sadness for all the dishonesty and irresponsibility that occurs every day. It will be awhile before I lose my pain and sadness, awhile before everyone truly awakens to the truth, awhile before a new conscious revolution happens, but I patiently wait with you and all those who feel like I do, walk as I do, and everyday, finds that spark of hope, love, laughter, or gratitude that keeps us living with responsibility and honesty.

 

Less is More

Have you ever experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed while shopping at a store?

You’re looking for a certain product and you find yourself staring at a wall of this particular product, and there are way too many choices. You start feeling kind of uncomfortable with all these choices and you either finally make a choice or you walk out of the store empty handed.

Why, you may be asking, am I writing about this? I am writing about this because I feel that this over commercialization of our society, along with all the advancements in technology, is causing mental disturbances in children and adults. The soul body is having a very hard time grasping and assimilating all the stimulants that society is spewing out every day. Our society is like an uncontrolled growth

As Dr. Paul Scharff states, “When I walk into Target, Safeway or Office Max or any other of the main box stores and look at everything on all the shelves, I see cancer. Enormous overproduction of physical things impacting on human senses.”

It’s time to reflect on local goods and small independent stores and to work on living with less. If you have to venture into the big box stores, do so with a game plan and get in and get out.

If you have children, make sure they are getting exercise, playing outdoors, being stimulated mentally and eating healthy. And be aware of any behavior changes with your children in regards to the choices they make.

We live in challenging times; so take the time to take a deep breath, hug a friend, play in the great outdoors and work on developing a sense of local community; and remember, less is more, most of the time.