Easy Exercises To Begin With- Task 2 Prep 2 Feb 2013

This is Day 2 of the 30 Day Health Challenge. How is it going for you? Did you manage to get in your 8 glasses yesterday? I sure did, but it was a bit of a struggle. I really had not realised that I was not drinking that much water until i saw how much 8 glasses really was.

Now I faintly remember reading somewhere that a habit is formed in 21 days so I am hoping that at the end of this challenge it would be second nature for me to drink water.

Here are some simple enough exercises to start with.

These are the exercises I will be starting with

 1) Windmills

2) Jumping jacks

3) Jogging- we got a bicycle trailer and I’ll be using this to take the children out on my jog. Sometimes I might let my son jog with me but I think that it will make my jog turn into a run. 🙂

and the low impact exercises

4) Walking

5) Cycling

6) Swimming- I really can’t swim that well so this will kill me!! 

7) Biking- Loving our new bike trailer.

Here are 9 basic Exercises you can do (taken Fitness and Health by Jerome Carter) 

(1) Stretch—while sitting, lying, or standing.

(2) Straighten your spine—while standing with your back against the wall.

(3) Expand your chest.

(4) Suck in your stomach—while sitting or bending over.

(5) Flex your arms—by pushing, pulling, and reaching.

(6) Bend your legs—by squatting, climbing, and walking.

(7) Limber your toes and feet.

(8) Firm your muscles—by bouncing, pinching, and kneading them.

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1 Glass Down. 7 More to Go!!

I woke up extra early this morning since someone called a wrong number and woke me up!! Anyway I followed the advice on when to drink water and drank 1 glass of warm water as soon as I got up, at least 30 minutes before breakfast. So 1 glass down!

By lunch I hope to have at least drank 3 glasses of water or maybe 4 if I am good and depending on how strenuous playing with my son is lol!

Anyway, I know it is early, but how is it going for you?

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Let the Challenge Begin!!!

Today’s the day!! We’ve started the 30 Day Health Challenge!!! I’m so EXCITED!!

This challenge begins today with:

TASK 1- Drink 8 Glasses of Water

If you haven’t read about water just check out the list below:

1)Risks of drinking too much water

2) Benefits of drinking more water

3) Reasons why we should drink more water

4) How to get in more water-tips 

 Don’t forget to download the 30 Day Health Challenge Log if you haven’t printed it already.

Best of luck.

And remember WE CAN DO THIS!!!

 

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Tips on exercising- Task 2 Prep

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Never Exercise Before?

Seriously, some of us have not done a structured exercise routine since we were little. Thinking about Exercising Every Day for at least 30 minutes is daunting for some of us, to say the least. Well I have an advantage in this area- I have 2 children and my son recently started telling me “Mommy let’s exercise” and he started doing these dance like moves. lol. I suppose it is some sort of exercise. So I have my partner. 

Well here are some tips on how to exercise from Fitness and Health by Jerome Carter.

1) Workout with a partner. You are 80 percent more likely to be successful if you don’t try to do it alone! Recruit someone to work with you!

2) After dinner, head out for a walk with your spouse for a few minutes. If you can’t leave the kids, take them with you. This is a great way to get in some quality time away from the television.

3) If you can’t leave the television, use a stationary bike. During your favorite show, ride the bike. You get the exercise you need without missing your television program and time will fly by.

4) Work out to music. Music is a great motivator. You can try to work out to the beat of the music. Obviously it has to be fairly fast, classical music doesn’t work as well. Time your repetitions to the length of a song.

5) Do sports and other physical activities that you enjoy. Swimming, playing a game with the kids and even joining a sports team or a martial arts class is a great way to get in exercise without it feeling like exercise.

Hope you use some of these tips for this task which begins 2 February 2013.

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Exercise? Why Should I?- Task 2 Prep

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Exercise takes a lot of work and in our busy schedules sometimes we ask ourselves, “Do I really have to exercise today? After all, I have been going non-stop and I am too tired to exercise.”

But exercise is not one of those things that we should skip because we are too tired to do. Instead there are other things that we can and probably should cut out or our routines. But we will look at this later.

Below is some information that I primarily got from a book called 8 Laws Harvest Time.

So why should we exercise?

 (1) Exercise will improve the tone of your muscles and blood vessels, changing them from weak and flabby tissue to strong and firm tissue, often reducing blood pressure in the process.

(2) It will increase the efficiency of your heart in several ways. Gradually it will grow stronger and pump more blood with each stroke, thus reducing the number of strokes needed to supply your body with life-giving blood.

(3) It will improve your digestion by quickening the circulation and helping to lift the blood back to the heart from the digestive organs and thus normalizing your bowel action.

(4) It will increase the efficiency of your lungs, conditioning them to process more air with less effort.

(5) It will increase your maximum oxygen consumption by increasing the amount available and the efficiency of its delivery to body cells.

(6) It will improve the overall condition of your body, especially your most vital parts: the lungs, heart, blood vessels, and endocrine system. This will impart added protection against sickness.

(7) It can change your whole outlook on life, enabling you to relax, work more efficiently, and handle stress better. When not overdone, it imparts a cheerful quality to the mind.

(8) It will enable you to sleep better at night and think better during the day. Exercise strengthens the will. You will be able to get more work done with less fatigue.

(9) It will slow down your aging process— by slowing down the natural physical deterioration that old age normally brings. It will give you a new zest for life at a time when you most need it. And there is evidence that it can reduce the likelihood of cancer.”

So exercise is not just something that people do to look good or pass time- IT IS A NECESSITY FOR HEALTH AND SEEKING TO HAVE A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE.

References: Fitness and Health by Jerome Carter (I’ll update this with the complete reference)

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Is There Such A Thing as Drinking Too Much Water?

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P.S. the water is not yellow but white. The lighting has it looking a bit yellow to me. Hubby wast the photographer 😉

For most people drinking 8 glasses of water is great. However there are some people who might experience problems due to underlying medical conditions. 

So what happens when people who are at risk get too much water.?

Excessive water intake causes electrolytes in the blood, including sodium to become overly diluted. Overhydration occurs in individuals whose kidneys do not function normally, primarily in kidney, heart, or liver disease. People with these conditions may have to limit their water and dietary salt intake. Similar to dehydration, the brain is the most sensitive organ to overhydration. The brain cells can adapt to increased fluid volume when overhydration increases slowly, however, when it occurs rapidly, mental confusion, seizures, and coma can result.

Check out the references below for ALL the information posted about water.

http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/nutrition/water-in-diet/overview.html

http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/water.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/healthy_living/nutrition/healthy_water.shtml

http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutrition/water.htm

http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/10-myths-and-facts-about-water.aspx

http://www.enotes.com/water-nutrition-reference/water-nutrition

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