3 Ways to Move More and Weigh Less

Today, being overweight is an epidemic millions of Americans struggle with. It’s one of the top reasons why we have all sorts of illnesses and diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer. The foods we’re consuming are toxic and we’re moving significantly less. Our sedentary lifestyles and poor diets are literally killing us. If you want to turn around your life and prevent illness, then you need to start moving more. Here are some tips to help you start losing weight.

Drive Less, Walk More

If you have the option to walk to a place, then do it. You should try walking everywhere feasible, including your mailbox and corner store. If you go to school, opt to walk across campus to classes versus driving. Or if it’s too far, you can ride your bike. This counts as exercise as well. If your car breaks down, don’t fret. Use your two legs until you can get the parts you need from Autozone.

Ride Your Bike

If you don’t own a bike, some communities have rentals you can pick up. You’d be amazed at how far you can go on a bike once you start riding. It’s not as bad as walking, and still allows you to burn a ton of calories. Your bike can be used to buy groceries from the local store or to meet up with friends at the movie theater.

 Buy a Pedometer

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 One way to ensure you’re moving enough is to track how many steps you’re taking each day. There are a variety of pedometers on the market you can use. Some have high-tech features that allow you to keep track of your progress. Use the device to find out how many steps you normally take, then add on 1,000 steps. Every other week, you can add another 500 or so steps until you reach about 10,000 steps. The more steps you take, the better, so never stop pushing!

 There are various other ways you can continue losing weight, such as by taking the stairs versus the elevator or escalator and walking around during your lunch break at work. Continue searching for ways to move more and you’ll lose weight in no time!

Attitude of Gratitude

Most of us can think of loads of different ways that our lives could be better. In fact, it’s often a conversation we are willing to have with as many people as we can, as long as they will listen. Although there’s nothing wrong with wanting more and striving to get more, there’s a lot to be said about what we already have. Learning to practice an attitude of gratitude seems to amplify what we have and make it enough, as we strive for more. However, there’s something to be said about appreciating what we already have. The benefits abound.
The Hope, Happiness, and Health Factor

<a href=”http://www.newsweek.com/5-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude-398582″>Grateful people</a> are happier people. They have more hope and enjoy the moments that make up the content of their lives. On top of these wonderful benefits, they tend to be healthier people in general. They take care of themselves and tend to have fewer aches and pains. Because they tend to be happy with what they have, those 100% long staple cotton sheets are the equivalent of 3000 thread count sheets for them. They are willing to enjoy what they have on the way to building a better life.
Grateful People are More Helpful & Empathetic

People that appreciate what they have are often more helpful towards others and less judgmental and aggressive. Instead, they tend to be the types of people that put themselves in other people’s shoes and show more empathy.
Grateful People Possess a Strong Resilience

Grateful people have a mental strength that allows them to get through and overcome difficult obstacles. Even Vietnam Vets who exercised an attitude of gratitude had fewer incidences of post-traumatic stress syndrome than those who didn’t. Gratitude has a magical way of padding our experiences by creating a buffer between us and the world. This buffer allows us to give thanks for what we have and wraps us in loving protection so that we are able to better weather the storms in life.
Appreciating what we have builds character. When we give thanks we are more helpful, happy, empathetic, healthy, and resilient. These are all beneficial qualities to have as we navigate this thing called life. Furthermore, gratitude helps us to live in the now instead of wishing for better days all the time. In essence, gratitude helps us to enjoy the journey.

Help Your Family Prepare for an Emergency

Many individuals think that they will never be in an emergency situation. They feel that emergencies only happened to others. Unfortunately, when an individual has this viewpoint, they usually find that an emergency situation becomes even worse because they did little or nothing to prepare. Thankfully, if you take steps now, any emergency situation that comes up can be more easily dealt with. This is something that is especially important if you have children in your home.

It is a good idea to talk with your family about different types of emergencies that may occur in the area where you live. For example, talk about what you will do if there is a fire in the home. Plan out an evacuation route. If you have a two story home, purchase a fire escape ladder that can easily be put out the one of the second story windows. Teach children how to get in touch with emergency response professionals. Tell them what they should do if you are not home and make sure they know how to get in contact with you.

Something else to discuss is natural disasters that take place in your area. If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, talk about where the safest place in the home is to hide if an earthquake occurs. Or talk about an evacuation route so that everyone can get safely outside. The same idea applies if your area is prone to flooding, hurricanes, or any other type of natural disaster. When you prepare and you prepare your family, everyone is going to be in a better position to respond to the emergency.

Another type of emergency that you want to discuss with your family is what to do if there is a medical emergency or a car accident. It is important for everyone to know who to contact and what to do just in case this occurs.

It is good to prepare an emergency kit that can be placed in the home and another one that can be placed in the car. The emergency kit that you create is going to include some basic items, like food, water, important documents, cash, and other necessary items. You will also want to include things that are important for your family, like diapers, formula, and other items if you have a baby in the family.

Fun Things to Do With Your Kids

Trying to keep your kids entertained during the busy summer months can be tricky. No matter how old your kids are, chances are they’re very energetic and like to keep moving. This year, there are several ways you can keep your kids occupied whether you’re at home or on-the-go.

Create a Game
Most kids love to play games. Why not come up with something you can try together? If you’re standing in line at the grocery store, you can play counting games by counting how many people on magazine covers are wearing hats. You could play a shapes game by trying to see how many triangles you can spot. You could even try to find all the letters of the alphabet. The options are endless. You don’t need a lot of supplies, time or space to play a game with your kids. All you need is a willingness to think outside the box.

Draw Together
Did you know you can try restaurant coloring pages for kids anywhere? Whether you’re at a busy restaurant, in the car or even at home, coloring pages offer a lot of fun for kids. More importantly, these pages offer a chance for your kid to get creative. You can let your child draw on your own or you can draw together. You could even draw separate pictures, then compare. Talk with your child about their picture and ask lots of questions. Why did they pick that color? What is their character wearing? Which part of the picture do they like best?

Go on a Walk
Going on walks can seem boring, but there are plenty of ways to spice things up. One of the benefits of going on walks is that you’ll have fun while getting fit. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, walking regularly can help lower your heart rate and your stress levels. Make sure you mix up your walks and try exploring new places in your local area. Sometimes just going down a different street can provide a fun, new experience. You can also try enjoying a scavenger hunt with your kids while you walk around. See how many leaves, flowers or animals you can spot on your walk.

Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun with your kids. All you need is a little creativity and a lot of patience.

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Five Fun Ways to Teach Kids to Handle Money

There is a saying that goes, “You reap what you saw”. Here some ways to teach kids how to handle their money wisely.

  1. Get them a coin bank

While young, the piggy bank is fun for kids. Encourage them to save money through coin or piggy banks. They can use it for the things they want. At a young age, they realize that it’s nice to get things through hard work of saving.

  1. Set a good example

Show some illustration of great men, who used their money wisely. Like how some people get rich through handling money carefully.

  1. Show them what is important.

When buying things, don’t let them just buy what they want. Teach them to differentiate the meaning of wants and needs.

  1. Teach them how to budget.

If you have a child and you gave allowances before going to school. Teach them to budget their allowance wisely.

  1. Don’t spoil them with money.

Shower your kids with love, not money. Teach them how to handle money for giving them what  exactly what they need.

While young, teach kids to handle money so that when they grow old, they know how to handle their own money wisely.

Celebrating A Golden Wedding Anniversary

Recently, couples who have gone through years of happily married lives commemorate their wedding anniversary with grand parties and another wedding feast. This is usually planned and prepared by their children and grand children. Being part of this kind of celebration makes one believe in happily ever-afters and that love between two people really last. It is very touching to see aged couples re-new their vows even after 30 or 50 years and with their children and family as witness to a once in a lifetime event. These events are made memorable with combined efforts of the family in preparing the venue, the food and everything else. It would seem like the oldies will be wed for the first time.

Even when the couple already has health issues and conditions such as incontinence, they can still enjoy the moment without worries with the help of those highly absorbent incontinence pads. There are products for the elderly made with much consideration for their comfort and protection. Now, anniversaries and family celebrations can be more memorable and worry-free with the help of incontinence pads.  For their golden wedding anniversary, nothing can stop them from pouring out all their emotions and love for each other while their whole family looks on, inspired and hopeful that such kind of love does exist.

Viva Trips & Treats – Food and Travel Blog

Hi there!

I’ve recently decided to let go some of my blogs. Its one of my New Year’s resolution actually! I have several blogs, some hosted in Blogger and WordPress! Its so difficult to keep up with everything! I have an office to run, kids to attend to, and still has blogs to update! Holy cow, where did I get all the energy from?

Let me introduce to you my newest baby in the blogosphere – Viva Trips & Treats (http://www.viva-trips.com). This domain used to be a travel blog – Viva Trips & Tips but will be combining now with my Food Blog – Taste Matters (http://www.taste-matters.info). Its a pity to let go of my food domain but I have to concentrate more on important issues.

More blogging updates soon! Less is more! Ciao!

Cornhole – Entertaining Game for all Ages

When you’re hosting a gathering, it’s common to worry about the house being clean, or having the right food. If you’ve got guests of all ages coming, it’s also important to worry about keeping everyone at least somewhat entertained. It’s always great to have a few games around the house that can easily be played by both children and adults. Whether you’re having a formal get-together, or your kids just happen to have some friends over, something that all ages can enjoy is the perfect fit.

One game that fits the bill is called Cornhole. It’s a deceptively simple looking game, usually involving two boards, set at a slight tilt, with one hole in each board. Bean bags are tossed at the boards and points are scored by either sinking the bean bag into one of the holes, or having a bean bag remain on the board without falling off the edge. You can play one vs. one, or in teams. Most anyone can successfully toss the bean bag at the board. Those with a little more skill (or luck) will get the bag in the hole.

In addition to this being a game for all ages, it is a great game to have along at outdoor events. With proper customizations, you can even play this game at night. When playing the game outside, consider getting some lights to go with your board. It makes it that much more fun in the dark. You can purchase the lights from a company like Custom Corn Toss , www.customcorntoss.com. They sell everything Cornhole related, including the Cornhole lights, that you can install easily on your existing game boards. FYI, they sell pre-painted boards, but for those of us who are always looking for another project to try with the kids, they also sell an unpainted set so you can paint / decorate your own. Your kids might enjoy trying out their artistic skills by coming up with their own design.

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In theory, you can play this game inside or out, so it’s not a bad thing to have around on a rainy day. Just make sure that your kids are pretty accurate ‘toss-ers’ so that they’re not knocking anything off your walls in the heat of the game!

Top 3 Healthy Resolutions for Women: Jumpstart your Journey to Good Health

Women tend to worry much about their health thus healthy New Year resolutions are always a thing as the year ends. Amongst these many resolutions, eating right and being physically active are on top of the list. Unfortunately for many, these resolutions go on a downhill dive comes mid-January. Before you start listing your healthy New Year Resolutions, think back on the many resolutions you’ve made years before and do away with the same this year. Consider cutting down your list on doable goals and find ways to jump start them slowly but surely.

Basically, women should start their healthy journey this year with a health exam for important tests and screening. It may not sound sexy at all and sometimes upsetting to wait for the results but being up to date with your health screenings can actually lengthen your life and move you to healthier living. Taking vitamins such as Myra 300E will also help you achieve that healthy glowing skin.

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Eating right or eating nutritious food comes in first on women’s list of healthy New Year resolutions. This comes with women’s resolve to lose weight, but sticking to certain foods and cutting on some food groups is a major setup for failure. Instead of depriving yourself of sweets or desert make practice moderation especially during special occasions. It is also advised to take vitamins C and zinc such as Conzace for stronger immunity.

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Exercising and being physically active is also a resolution that tends to head wayward after a few tries. When it comes to being physically active, it is best to set realistic goals and avoid judging yourself too harshly if you don’t get your desired results in a certain time frame. There are many ways to start exercising and most of them cost nothing like jogging, trekking and yoga.