Health, Fitness, General Tips

When not to work out - Your body makes cortisol when you work out. Therefore, do your workouts so that you are done at least three hours before bed time to sleep quicker.

What not to eat right before a workout - Soda, energy drinks, smoothies, yogurt, protein bars, high-fat foods, high-fiber vegetables, and fast foods.

How much to Work Out - Department of Health and Human Services recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. For even greater health benefits and to assist with weight loss or maintaining weight loss, at least 300 minutes a week is recommended. Examples of moderate aerobic exercises include brisk walking, biking, swimming, and mowing the lawn. Examples of vigorous aerobic exercises include running, heavy yard work, and aerobic dancing. Also, do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Aim to do a single set of each exercise using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions. Strength training can include use of weight machines, your body weight, heavy bags, resistance tubing or resistance paddles in water, or activities such as rock climbing.

How to sleep better - Stick to a sleep schedule; Don't sleep hungry or full stomach; Bedroom designed to encourage sleep; Minimize daytime naps; Regular outdoor workouts; Reduce worries.

Best way to strengthen muscles - Give your self one or two days of rest for each muscle group you are training. For example, rest one day between intense spin workouts. Similarly, you can train different muscle groups on successive days. For example, work on your arm muscles one day and your leg muscles the next day.

Why is losing weight hard - Eating wrong kind of foods, eating too much, smoking, too much stress, not enough work outs, wrong kind of work outs, drinking beer or energy drinks, genetics, not enough sleep, sitting too much.

Don't use low-dose aspirin - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against low-dose aspirin to prevent heart problems for anyone 60 and older.

Searching for a low cost air fare - Some air travel sites raise fares for the same flight each time you search for it. To avoid this, use browser incognito mode (Press Ctrl + Shift + n) in Windows Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Linux, or (Press ⌘ + Shift + n) in Mac.

Tired eyes - Watch TV with a softly lit room; Wear computer glasses; Keep screen 20 to 26" away from your face; Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away; Finally, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops relieve dry, tired eyes.

Coffee Tidbits - Hot brewed coffee has more antioxidants than one that is cold brewed. On the other hand, cold brewed coffee gives you a stronger jolt and has lower acid


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