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What does your Reset Button look like?

I don’t know about you , but I certainly need to hit the reset button on a weekly basis!  What is your way of releasing stress and giving your body the Reset it needs?!  One of my fav’s is to get out into the outdoors…out into nature.  Look at the beauty that surrounds us, and take deep breaths.  Hiking is at the top of my list!  Great exercise too.  It was a beautiful day yesterday, so spur of the moment, we packed a lunch and set out on this hike.  We are very blessed to have these wonderful spots to explore right in our backyard!

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Where did Your Feet Take You Today?!

As I set out for a walk today by myself (usually I have a walking partner), I put in my ear buds and tuned into “Pontoon Radio” …. for a 2 to 3 mile walk!  Well…with songs like Sweet Home Alabama, On the Pontoon, Boot Scootin’ Boogie….etc… I  just kept on truckin’!  Next thing I knew was on at least a 5 mile or more!!  Did you know that even walking for 10-20 minutes a day, can improve your health!!

1. Walking improves circulation. It also wards off heart disease, brings up the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart. Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Tennessee found that post-menopausal women who walked just one to two miles a day lowered blood pressure by nearly 11 points in 24 weeks. Women who walked 30 minutes a day reduced their risk of stroke by 20 percent – by 40 percent when they stepped up the pace, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

2. Walking shores up your bones. It can stop the loss of bone mass for those with osteoporosis, according to Michael A. Schwartz, MD, of Plancher Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in New York. In fact, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, study of post-menopausal women found that 30 minutes of walking each day reduced their risk of hip fractures by 40 percent.

3. Walking leads to a longer life. Research out of the University of Michigan Medical School and the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System says those who exercise regularly in their fifties and sixties are 35 percent less likely to die over the next eight years than their non-walking counterparts. That number shoots up to 45 percent less likely for those who have underlying health conditions.

4. Walking lightens mood. A California State University, Long Beach, study showed that the more steps people took during the day, the better their moods were. Why? Walking releases natural pain­killing endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise.

5. Walking can lead to weight loss. A brisk 30-minute walk burns 200 calories. Over time, calories burned can lead to pounds dropped.

6. Walking strengthens muscles. It tones your leg and abdominal muscles – and even arm muscles if you pump them as you walk. This increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints and muscles – which are meant to handle weight – helping to lessen arthritis pain

7. Walking improves sleep. A study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that women, ages 50 to 75, who took one-hour morning walks, were more likely to relieve insomnia than women who didn’t walk.

8. Walking supports your joints. The majority of joint cartilage has no direct blood supply. It gets its nutrition from synovial or joint fluid that circulates as we move. Impact that comes from movement or compression, such as walking, “squishes” the cartilage, bringing oxygen and nutrients into the area. If you don’t walk, joints are deprived of life-giving fluid, which can speed deterioration.

9. Walking improves your breath. When walking, your breathing rate increases, causing oxygen to travel faster through bloodstream, helping to eliminate waste products and improve your energy level and the ability to heal.

10. Walking slows mental decline. A study of 6,000 women, ages 65 and older, performed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that age-related memory decline was lower in those who walked more. The women walking 2.5 miles per day had a 17-percent decline in memory, as opposed to a 25-percent decline in women who walked less than a half-mile per week.

11. Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk. A study from the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those who walked less.

12. Walking helps you do more, longer. Aerobic walking and resistance exercise programs may reduce the incidence of disability in the activities of daily living of people who are older than 65 and have symptomatic OA, shows a study published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management.

Read more at www.arthritis.org

Sooooo….what are you waiting for.  It costs you nothing!  Take some deep breaths, look at the beauty around you!  GET OFF THE COUCH! Get a partner…or, plug into some awesome music!  Food 4 Thought!

Let your feet take you to feeling better!  Your body is your best friend, do something for it daily!!

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You’re in Charge of YOU!

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Why Should You Get Your Walk On??

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No Excuses!!! Food4Thought…

Thank you Dr. Plant…School of Natural Health and Wellness for this motivation and info!!!

I travel a lot…What do I do to exercise while on the road?

There is never an excuse not to be active. In fact, I often find that while traveling I may get my best exercise in.

Push-ups: 3 sets of 75 pushups.
Leg raises: 5 sets of 30 sec leg raises.
Sit ups: 5 sets of 50 sit ups.
Standing Squats: 3 sets of 30 squats.
Burpees: 3 sets of 30 burpees.

This is a nightly ritual for me…rain or shine.

Living an active lifestyle is not about finding excuses to NOT exerciseimages, but finding excuses TO exercise.

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Nourish Your Mind

Thank you Dr. Plant School of Natural Health and Wellness for this info!!!!

Nourish Your Mind: By Dr. Plant.

While in graduate school I became fascinated with the idea of supplementing the mind both for cognitive performance and preservation.

Though there are few long term studies done of specific herbs and supplements with respect to long term cognitive performance, there is overwhelming evidence on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise in contributing to a person’s mental capability and health.

For example, the picture shows an individuals brain activity walking vs. sedentary. As you can see, exercise not only engages our muscles, but also our mind. Exercise builds strong muscles and a strong mind.

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Additionally, people who eat a diet rich in essential fatty acids, little to no red meat, and a plethora of antioxidants appear to have better long term cognitive health. Look for fruits and vegetables enriched in essential fatty acids and antioxidants such as Moringa Oleifera and Avocados.

Furthermore, studies have shown individuals who supplement with essential oils perform better in memory. A study was done that showed diffusing peppermint essential oils helps individuals perform on tests vs. those not exposed to peppermint essential oil.

So the solution is: Exercise, Eat Right and Supplement Naturally.

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What Do You Do When The Boys Are Watching Baseball!?!?!?

What do you do when the boys are watching baseball?  Well, you go for a hike of course!!!  Beautiful evening yesterday.  Cooled off a bit, great sunset, long-time friends, yummy dinner…..what more could you ask for!  Great way to end the weekend!

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We were very surprised to still see water at the falls!

Enjoy the beauty around you!

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Let’s Whoop That Booty Into Shape!!!

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12 TOP EXERCISES TO EFFECTIVELY SHAPE YOUR BOOTY

Most girls and some guys like to sculpt the perfect butt to make them look better in those tight new skinny jeans. If you are someone who wants to really target your glutes, you’ll definitely need some of these great butt exercises that are listed below in not one, but TWO amazing workouts to use during your week;y routine.  Click here to read more!  Thank you goes to Science of Eating!!

Work that body!!!

Food 4 Thought!!

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Get Off the Couch!

I don’t know about you…but I love to walk and hike!!  It’s so nice to have a walking buddy!  Yesterday my friend and I did this loop!

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If you live in the area and need motivation to get off the couch…join me!  Walking is so important… You can start with a walk around the block!  Sometimes walking by yourself can help clear your mind and relieve stress!

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SOOO….GET OUT AND WALK!!!!

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To Fall or Not To Fall

If you know that you have waterfalls right out your backdoor….

Wouldn’t you get off the couch to explore!!

I grabbed my husband, Chris Walling..

And..told him nature is calling! ;))

So off we went to Newbury Park..

Where we could check out all the burnt bark..

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The grass is so green, the trail we did follow..

The surroundings so awesome, so easy to swallow..

We made it to the Falls, a trickle we did see..

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I’m so glad I talked him into going with me!

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