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What Are The Tips For Staying Fit While On Vacation

What Are The Tips For Staying Fit While On Vacation

It is difficult to stick on a diet while on vacation. Because staying fit is becoming less of a priority when we are supposed to enjoy our summer breaks once in a while with our busy lives. But there is no reason to totally ruin the months of hard-earned efforts in a week’s vacation. 

By eating smart, everyone can eat some of your favorite foods while staying fit. Just keep your caloric intake to a maintenance level.

Use the 80/20 calorie rule:

Spend 80% of your calories per day on healthy foods like you would eat back home and 20% on the things you like, but never eat or don’t have available at home. For instance, if you like cheesecake, order a slice and eat half of it. 

Your staple should still be fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats which are readily available in most resort areas. Watch the drinks. The calories in sugary ones like Pina Coladas and others with the little umbrellas can really add up.

Instead opt for a light beer, red wine or something straight on the rocks like tequila. 

While you are most likely eating the number of calories, you need to lose weight while at home, bump up the number of calories to maintenance; that is normally a 500 calorie per day increase.

If you keep your exercise level about the same, you won’t gain weight and you can start up where you left off after vacation. Staying fit isn’t really hard at all.

Tips for staying fit while on a vacation:

Do morning workouts:

Exercising before breakfast is one of the best ways to get your metabolism revved up, and can last for most of the day. 

Most resorts have an exercise room that guests can use. If you like being outside, sign-up for Zumba on the beach, yoga or water aerobics. Nobody says working out has to be boring. Or just swim laps in their pool. It is all fun!

Engage in fun calorie-burning family activities: 

Family activities are a great way to burn calories and still have quality family time. If at an ocean-side resort, check out some snorkel gear and see what is under the surface of the sea. Snorkeling is a great calorie burner. Pack a Frisbee in your luggage. It doesn’t take up much room and weighs next to nothing, yet it can provide hours of good exercise. 

Another great calorie burner is walking along the beach:

The soft sand makes you work harder than walking on a smooth surface, plus it works different muscles in your feet and legs making them stronger. 

By exercising about the same while on vacation and eating at the maintenance level, you can have a good time and not blow your diet while on vacation. Eat smart, exercise safely and have fun.

 

How about you? What are the things you enjoy doing during a vacation with your family or friends while staying fit at the same time?

Share your thoughts with us by putting your comments below.

 

Is Summer The Ideal Time To Set Fitness Goals?

Is Summer The Ideal Time To Set Fitness Goals?

Fitness Goals for the Summer

If you’re one of the 98 percent of people who fell off the New Year’s resolutions wagon months ago, we have good news for you!! Experts say summer is the ideal time to set fitness goals. It’s the combination of warmer weather, longer days, and more options for staying active. This is a potent recipe for sticking to your resolutions.

What to do during Summer?

Take It Outside

Summer opens up a wide range of outdoor workout possibilities—from running, hiking, kayaking to waterskiing. Together with the obvious benefits, a recent study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that exercising can boost your immune system, relieve stress and elevate your energy levels.

Plus, being outdoors raises your level of vitamin D—which improves your heart health, promotes healthy bone growth and can boost your mood. Mixing up your workout will keep you motivated and less likely to become bored or quit.

Keep Your Options Open

There will be times when exercising outside may not be an option—when it’s too hot or too dark. That’s not an excuse for missing a workout. Find places to exercise inside. For example, power walk in an indoor mall, jump rope, stair step or even dancing. These are some great alternatives if you do not have at-home exercise equipment,

The fewer barriers there are, the more likely you are to stick with your fitness goals. Even if you hop on your treadmill to walk while watching your favorite TV show, you are burning more calories than if you were sitting on the couch—or doing nothing at all.

Get Fit As A Family

As the saying goes, the family that plays together stays together, and summer is the perfect time to explore new activities. Geocaching treasure hunts, guided night hikes, and underwater hockey are all exciting alternatives to letting the kids spend hours glued to their electronic devices.

Another way to keep your family moving is with Fitness Video Games for kids that adults can also participate.

The best fitness video games for kids are ones that are fun to play and get the heart pumping at the same time! Some good suggestions are ones that offer fun and challenging balance games. Everyone will be so focused on getting the highest score. They won’t realize they’ve been exercising. Use your favorite streaming player to broadcast onto the TV screen or tablet so you can take it outside.

The more your kids enjoy the activity, whether it be playing sports or playing exercise video games, the easier it will be to make exercise a regular part of their daily routine. Furthermore, the less exercise feels like work and the more it feels like play may be all the motivation your kids need to get up and get moving!

How having small moments with your children make a big difference

How having small moments with your children make a big difference

Small Moments With Your Children Make a Big Difference

Studies confirm that fathers play a central role in their children’s lives

There are about 74 million children in America today. If you’re a parent, here’s something you should know:

Involved fathers—whether they live with their kids or not—can help their children lead happier, healthier and more successful lives. Children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school, 80 percent less likely to end up in jail and 50 percent less likely to experience depression. The small moments kids enjoy spending with their fathers can make a big difference in their lives. If you’re like most fathers, you’re already doing what you can to be a great dad. Here’s a look at five easy ways to keep it up.

What You Can Do

  1. Spend time with your children.
  2. Be a positive role model.
  3. Send a text to stay connected when far away.
  4. Read to your children.
  5. Remember #DadJokesRule!

Over decades there has been a massive growth in fatherhood involvement. Fathers now spend nearly triple the amount of time with their children than fathers did in the 1960s.

What Dads are Already Doing

Recent research suggests fathers are already very involved:

  • 90% consider the role of dad is to be rewarding every day.
  • 78% talked to their child’s teacher about progress in school.
  • 61% have attended a PTA or other school meetings.
  • Over half have helped with a class trip, special project or activity.
  • Over a third of fathers have helped with coaching their children’s sports teams.

 

Even though fathers are largely more involved than in previous generations, dads today still want to be more engaged. Half say they don’t spend enough time with their kids and want to do a better job at parenting.

To help more fathers understand the importance of their role in their children’s lives, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and the Ad Council have partnered on a national Responsible Fatherhood Campaign.

“All dads should be supported and celebrated for their efforts on Father’s Day and year-round because we know how the story ends for the kids whose fathers show up for them consistently—these children and families thrive,” says Kenneth Braswell the Director of National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and Fathers Incorporated.

The campaign drives to Fatherhood.gov a free resource that offers information, tools and more. Dads can visit the website for ideas to get involved and stay involved in their children’s lives. Other resources include activity suggestions, homework help, online games and a long list of dad jokes! No matter how busy you may be, make time for your children. It only takes a moment to make a moment.

Learn More. For helpful tips, tools, information, jokes, and resources, visit www.fatherhood.gov.

 

How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

Making memories on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. We usually show our appreciation by giving gifts to our fathers. Then you’ll notice that your dad’s closet is overflowing with ties. He is ahead of two wallets and has enough shaving lotion and men’s colognes to last him the rest of his life.

So, what to do for Father’s Day? What would you do when your father seems to have everything? That special day can be made a memorable one with a little creative thought. What makes your dad his happiest?

Here are some tips you can do on Father’s Day:

  • Take him to his favorite restaurant and slip a gift card for that special place or another purpose, into his Father’s Day card.
  • Be a slave for a day. Mow the lawn. Wash his car. Cook him a lavish meal and wait on him hand and foot.
  • Most men have a hobby or multiple hobbies. If he likes to garden, get your hands dirty and help him weed the produce patch. If he likes photography, plan a special scenic day trip with you driving, so he can be photographically creative.
  • Does he enjoy finer tastes in life? Some specialty liquor stores have sample-size bottles of single malt scotches or glass-size bottles of wines. Accompany these gifts with food items that act as pallet cleansers for the tastings.
  • Brew him a pot of his favorite coffee, make him breakfast, and prepare a basket full of sample coffees for him to try later. Baskets are always a good choice. You can put one together from various items, like books for reading, CDs, DVDs, or foods he likes but doesn’t usually buy for himself.

Remember, whatever the gift, it’s the thought that counts.

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” 

– Pindar

Happy Father’s Day!!

8 New and Unexpected Uses for Injectables

8 New and Unexpected Uses for Injectables

Injectable fillers are most commonly used for the face. But generally applies in other body parts as unknown to many.

Samantha Stone from Aedit

 

InjectablesBecause they are non-invasive, dermal fillers have become popular to restore lost volume, smooth out fine lines, or diminish wrinkles. It works by plumping up the injection site to fill out the targeted wrinkle, fold, or line. And the result of it? Leaving patients with a refreshed vibrant look.

Different types of filler’s use are depending on the patient’s goal. Because not every filler is right for every wrinkle or skin type.

Most common types of FDA approved fillers are:

  • Hyaluronic acid (e.g. Juvéderm®, Belotero®, or Restylane®)
  • Collagen
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (e.g. Radiesse®), and
  • PPLA (e.g. Sculptra®)

While some fillers are approved for a specific area, you’ll find some doctors use them for other sites as well.

8 new and unexpected uses for injectables that may surprise you:

1. To combat cellulite and dimples

While there are natural techniques to reduce cellulite and dimples, there are just as many procedure types too. Typically, when people think about cellulite or dimple procedures, they think of lasers or radiofrequency (RF), surgeries or Lipomassage therapy. Unknown to most, injectables are also a way to minimize divots. It is because they can fill out undesired dimples, even lift up some of the skin to diminish the cellulite.

Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not explicitly approved for the butt area. Combat dimples and cellulite is sometimes the use of it. It’s a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PPLA) that is gradually absorbed into the skin to rebuild lost collagen. Patients may usually require treatment administered by a trained specialist monthly for three months. And results lasting up to two years.

2. To plump up earlobes

With statement earrings being on trend and Kris Jenner confessing her insecurity about her ear lobes, this year, ears have been a hot topic in the beauty treatment industry.

Ears may not be the first feature you think of when you think of the signs of aging, but they can also become wrinkly and sagging.

Common among older women who have worn heavier earrings and may even suffer from stretched out earlobes. Luckily, there is a quick fix to rejuvenate earlobes such as filler treatments!

Restylane or other hyaluronic acid fillers can quickly plump up the lobe to mask any wrinkles, sagging, or stretching. Executing by a dermatologist, it takes roughly five minutes and the procedure is practically painless. Costing about $500 and lasts around six months, which comes out to about $1,000/year for young-looking earlobes.

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are already lifting sagging skin around the face and neck. So the addition of restoring volume in the earlobes makes for a complete transformation.

3. To restore volume in temples

With aging and fat loss, there is commonly facial volume loss, especially in the temples region. They’re located on each side of the face above the top of the cheekbones and below the brow ridge. Loss of volume creates an undesired, tired looking shadow.

There are several different types of injectables to choose from: Hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen-replacing fillers. Your dermatologist should be able to determine the best type or combination of fillers to suit your needs. The injections will plump up the hollowed region and also lift the outer corner of the eyes. Also, contouring the face for a refreshing look. Filler injected into the temples typically lasts six months to a year, depending on the type of filler used.

4. To smooth wrinkles on knees and/or elbows

Another sign of aging can be sagging and wrinkling of the skin around the knees and elbows. While not the most common procedure, it can certainly be done. Smoothing the knees and elbows is quite similar to the one for cellulite or dimples. Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not specially approved for the knee or elbow area. It is sometimes used to soften the lines around them. Since knees and elbows are less commonly treated areas, it might be appropriate that patients carefully select a practitioner. A professional who has extensive experience in injectables specifically for the knees and/or elbows.

5. To augment the chin and/or nose

Surprisingly, a rhinoplasty (nose job) is not the only way to restructure the nose. Small amounts of dermal filler can lift the tip of the nose and reduce the appearance of dorsal humps. While you can make significant changes to the nose with injectables, it does have its limitations. For instance, you are not able to reconstruct the nose (e.g. make the nose smaller or narrower). Additionally, non-surgical and non-permanent option to augment the chin can be provided by dermal filler. By adding fullness to give the chin more definition.

6. To smooth out scars

Another transformative way to use injectables is to smooth out acne and surgical scars. By lifting up the skin, so it is flush and no longer creates shadows. Because there are so many different types of scars and many varieties of dermal filler that can be used.

By speaking with a dermatologist, you can determine which filler will best lift depression and increase volume from scars. For instance, Bellafill® is a popular choice that specifically corrects acne scars. Bellafill® is FDA approved and is a mix of both collagen and acrylic, which gives long lasting results. Bellafill® lasts around 12 months when treating acne scars and up to five years. When correcting nasolabial folds, making it considered a semi-permanent filler.

7. To rejuvenate the hands

While most cosmetic procedures are focused on the face, one of the most age-telling features is actually the hands. They are constantly at work and unknowingly exposed to sun damage, especially during activities like driving. As a result, the hands can begin to look saggy, bony, and even show vein and/or joint protrusion.

Radiesse® is a versatile facial injection that has become increasingly popular for hand rejuvenation. It restores volume and smooths out the back of the hands. It is currently the first and only filler that is FDA approved to correct volume loss in the hands. Its results are immediate and expected to last one to two years.

8. To slim the face

Unknown to most, BOTOX® injections can do more than just smooth lines and wrinkles. it can actually slim the face too! If liposuction is to reduce fat, BOTOX® is a much less invasive way to achieve similar results in the face. When it is injected into the masseter muscle (the muscle used for chewing), it relaxes the muscle. It can round out a square jawline or slim down “chubby” cheeks. Results typically take around two weeks to be noticeable and can last around three to four months. And with extended results upon completing a few treatments.

 

Remember to do your due diligence

It is an exciting time in the cosmetics procedure industry as new treatments and uses are being approved daily. But it is still so important to do your due diligence. Make sure you ask all of the right questions beforehand and seek out a top injector or dermatologist. Particularly when targeting a less common feature or requiring off-label usage.

Inquire about the name and type of filler. Afterward, confirm a doctor’s perspective if has experience using that type on the desired feature. Once you are confident in your choice of doctor, you are ready to get started!

 

So, did any of these 8 uses for injectables surprises you?

 

CBD and Endocannabinoids Help With Pain, Anxiety, Sleep, and Autism?

CBD and Endocannabinoids Help With Pain, Anxiety, Sleep, and Autism?

When many hear the name cannabidiol (CBD), they think of getting a “high”, “stoned” or otherwise becoming intoxicated and immediately dismiss the therapeutic effects it may offer. Let’s debunk this myth right from the start. It is not cannabidiol that causes these intoxicated states, but rather its close cousin tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. CBD and THC behave differently and act on different receptors in the body, therefore you do not experience an altered state of mind when taking CBD. Its therapeutic qualities, combined with its safety and ease of use make

What is CBD and Where Does It Come From?

CBD is derived from the cannabis plant. The strain of cannabis plant designated for CBD oil production has been specially bred to contain less than 0.3% THC. Plants that fall below this level of THC are referred to as hemp plants. Once the plants have reached the ideal level of maturity,  they are harvested. In some states, each crop must be tested to make sure they don’t exceed 0.3% THC before harvest. The harvest is hung in a ventilated barn for three to four weeks to air-dry. Once cured, the flowers (part of the plant where CBD is located) are sent to a processing facility, where they undergo the extraction process.

Once the oil has been extracted and tested, it is ready for use as the main ingredient in a variety of natural remedy products. Look for quality CBD that is processed using cold extraction when purchasing. It should be free from chemicals and have certifications demonstrating that it comes from a nonGMO batch that is free from heavy metals and pesticides.

What Are Endocannabinoids and What Do I Need to Know About It?

Endocannabinoids are specific molecules that seek out and bind to cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. Currently, there are over 180 known cannabinoids that have been identified and research is ongoing to discover more. They are part of a class of natural compounds that work together synergistically to enhance what is known as the ‘Entourage effect.’

It is important to note that full-spectrum products contain THC, but broad-spectrum products do not contain THC. Many believe that full-spectrum products work better than CBD alone. This due to the fact that too much CBD will oversaturate the receptors. However, broad-spectrum CBD products do not cause negative side effects when they are consumed in high doses.

Research shows that THC has negative effects on dogs when consumed in high dosages. For this reason, it is recommended to only use broad-spectrum products for pets, avoiding full spectrum altogether. Similarly, the long-term effect of THC on the developing brain has not been determined, thus unless directed by an experienced medical practitioner, it is best to use pure CBD isolate or broad spectrum when given to children.

How Does CBD Work?

Endocannabinoid systems exist naturally throughout the human body. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids and therefore has two receptors for cannabinoids to attach to. They are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Although CB1 receptors are found throughout the body, they are mainly located in the brain. CB1 receptors affect the movement and coordination of the body. They also have an effect on physiological states such as emotions, memories, and mood.

On the other hand, CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system and have an effect on immune function, specifically inflammation and pain in the body.

CBD does not directly attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors but instead balance the homeostasis of the body’s endocannabinoid system. They promote and replenish the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids and encourage them to attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The result is a myriad of natural health benefits to the user.

Benefits of Using Endocannabinoids

Now that you understand where CBD is derived from and how it works in the body, let’s talk about the benefits of using it to address a variety of ailments. 

Temporary Reduction From Pain

CBD oil promotes the body’s endocannabinoids to interact with the CB2 receptors, which have an effect on the inflammation in the body. This means users may temporarily experience a reduction in inflammation which directly translates into a reduction from chronic pain in the body.

Ease the Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression is an inward daily struggle for many that can’t be seen on the outside. Treatment with the use of medications can cause unwanted, nasty side effects. The ability of CBD to ease anxiety and depression in individuals is related to its ability to interact with the receptors that control serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that has an effect on an individual’s mood and emotional state.

Improved Sleep

Insomnia or the inability to sleep is a common problem among Americans. Some data show that the use of endocannabinoid can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can be due to cannabinoids homeostasis to relax the mind and body by easing anxiety and relieving pain, which is two of the most common reasons people are unable to get a good night’s rest.

Treatment of Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that can range from very mild to very severe. Those who are diagnosed with autism suffer from some level of impaired communications and social skills. According to the CDC, 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. Boys are much more likely than girls to be diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Studies show that CBD is a potential alternative for individuals that fall onto the autism spectrum.

Relieve Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cure. Research shows that endocannabinoids may be beneficial to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the inflammation on the brain and cell damage in the brain, which in turn temporarily minimize the progression.

Ease Symptoms Related to Cancer

Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common and unpleasant side-effects of chemotherapy used in cancer patients. CBD has been shown to be effective in providing relief from these two symptoms as well as increasing the overall comfort level of those who suffer from the side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Studies show that it has been used effectively to alleviate pain during cancer treatment.

Ongoing Research

The health benefits of CBD seem to spread wide and far with new benefits being discovered on a regular basis. Over 2,000 published medical studies have been conducted on potential beneficial effects of CBD on neurologic conditions, ADHD, antipsychotic properties, skin carePTSD, and veterinary applications.

How To Use CBD

CBD is most commonly taken orally by users with a couple of different options for ingestion. Individuals who are looking for the fastest absorption method that delivers the strongest effect, then placing the recommended amount directly on or under the tongue is the best method. The CBD oil is absorbed by the mouth and digestive tract delivering health benefits to the user quickly. If you prefer a more subtle approach. CBD can be incorporated into baked goods or beverages such as smoothies.

CBD oil can also be incorporated into lotions and soaps, which are then applied to the body and absorbed through the skin. The method you choose depends on your overall goal and personal preferences when it comes to CBD.

Choose Only the Highest Quality Products to Put In Your Body

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