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Is There An Optimal Time of Day For Exercise?

by: Stefan Simonovic

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This is, without a doubt, one of those eternal questions that are still baffling the minds of most people. Literally both BBW singles and extremely fit individuals still can't quite figure out when the right time for exercise is. For many years, most scientist and experts were convinced that early in the morning is the best time for a workout, but after numerous studies all around the world, it was clear that evening exercise also benefits the body. So, is there an optimal time of the day for a workout session? Stick around and find out when during the day you should hit the gym.

The Difference Between Morning And Evening Workouts

A lot of people have tight schedules during the day, so the best time for them to work out is definitely in the morning. Early exercise pumps them up and leaves them energized during the entire day. Their body produces enough endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine to get them through the day. However, some men and women simply can't get out of bed so early in the morning. Fortunately for them, evening exercises also have a number of benefits. For example, your strength and flexibility levels are highest in the late afternoon and during the evening. Also, your endurance is better in the later stages of the day which allows you to perform better and longer.

Your Circadian Rhythm Determines Whether You Should Work Out In The Morning Or During The Night

What is circadian rhythm and why is it so important? Well, even though its name sounds rather complicated and intimidating, circadian rhythm is basically your own body clock. It's influenced by the 24-hour pattern of our planet's rotation. This rhythm actually affects your body temperature, hormone levels, blood pressure and heart rate. As you already know, these functions are incredibly important for your overall workout performance. These "body clocks" are completely individual and they basically determine whether you're a morning person or a night owl when it comes to training. If you want to achieve great results, you should definitely listen to your circadian rhythm.

The Benefits Of Morning Workouts

Most people these days work from 9 to 5, and they have a hard time waking up for work. However, morning workouts can provide you with a certain consistency and discipline that will help you with your other daily responsibilities. Morning exercise creates healthy habits and it prepares you for the rest of the day. Early in the morning is sometimes the best time for your training simply because you might not have time for it later in the day. Also, exercising at 7 am won't disrupt your sleep in the evening.

The Benefits Of Evening Workouts

Even though a lot of folks believe that evening exercises are not particularly good for your well-being, these late workout sessions can actually be rather beneficial. If you choose to work out later in the day, you'll be more prepared, focused, and fully fueled. Also, your body temperature and endurance levels are much higher then, so you'll be able to use that to work harder. Scientists claim that evening workouts are great for relieving stress.

Conclusion

As you can see, there is no optimal time of the day for the perfect exercise. It's highly individual and you have to listen to your body clock in order to determine your own personal workout schedule.


About the author:
Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.
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How to Make Peace with your Appetite

by: Stefan Simonovic

Having a self-control with food is certainly something that seems unachievable for many people out there. And while the reasons for not being able to control our appetite may have a stress-caused background, the problem can be as simple as eating too fast because we believe we don’t have enough time to enjoy our meals. This often leads to overeating since we cannot properly estimate when we’re full exactly. And how could we know it, with all that opposed signals our confused body is sending us?

Either way, it doesn’t matter if you just want to curb your cravings so that you can stick to your diet and look amazing for your dating profile and easily meet people online or you just want to be able to control your appetite because you’re on the strict nutrition plan - just read the following paragraphs for some tips that can help you finally make peace with it while setting up some realistic diet expectations.

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Eating should be a ritual

There are more and more people who are eating while watching television, holding smartphones in their hands browsing Instagram, or reading magazines or books. These are all considered major distractions that don’t allow us to concentrate on food so we continue to eat even after we’re actually full.

This usually happens because we’re stressed-out and feel like we don’t have enough time to complete all our daily activities. Moreover, we treat the fulfillment of our basic physiological needs as the necessary evil, the must-do things that keep us apart from our jobs and housework; We spend 5 minutes under the shower, and then we spend next 3 minutes for eating our breakfast, just to mention a few. And it shouldn’t be like that because chewing food properly all the while savoring the taste and being completely relaxed allows us to focus solely on satiety signals that our brains receive from the body.

This way, we are treating our digestive system the way we should and more importantly - we are able to know exactly when to stop eating. And if you start applying this to your everyday life you’ll see that you actually need less than you’ve thought.

Think about what you want from food

Are you eating to live or you’re living to eat? Do you really believe that being on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life is a viable option for you? These are just a few of the questions you can ask yourself. Honesty, on the other hand, is one of the key elements for evaluating your relationship with food. If you’re a proven hedonist who simply enjoys the taste of food then you should definitely allow yourself some ingredients or dishes that are otherwise considered forbidden.

This is a nifty psychological trick that can help you eat less because you will know that you haven’t deprived yourself of certain foods. On the other hand, if you continue to bounce from strict diet to eating five doughnuts whenever you got a chance or whenever come up with an excuse to do so, the chances are you will feel unhappy. Moreover, you can easily end up in the never-ending circle of frustration that will do harm to your body as well.

Think about how you feel about your life in general

Believe it or not, an increased appetite and stress-eating can be caused by all sorts of dissatisfactions with life. This is why it’s absolutely advisable to take some time to contemplate about it. The most crucial thing is, to be honest with yourself and admit if you’re not really happy with your current job, relationship, marriage etc. There are also some things you might be missing without even being aware of it, such as having a hobby, a certain physical activity, a time for meditation and so on.

The moment you start introducing any of these to your life, you will notice the decrease in appetite. People are often eating so that they can fill in some sort of a void in their lives. And while this can have some short-term satisfaction effects, it’s certainly better to enrich your daily routine with some new pleasant activities that you find fulfilling since these can make it meaningful and happy. Consequently, you won’t have to reach out for food every time you’re feeling blue for no apparent reason.


About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.
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RUNRIO Honors Winners of 2017 Trilogy Race Series

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Manila, Philippines - February 7, 2018 - RUNRIO Events, Inc., the country’s premier organizer of running events, recently held the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Manila in Pasay City.

The main highlight of the event is the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards. This is intended to recognize last year’s runners who completed the 2017 RUNRIO Trilogy Series where they completed the three-leg race series namely, 21k, 32k, and 42k that happened last June 25, August 31 and October 1, respectively. The awards will not only recognize the participants but will also honor the fastest and the oldest finishers. All awardees will receive a limited edition medal hanger.

“The RUNRIO Trilogy Awards is our way of showing our appreciation to all those who participated and gave everything they’ve got fueled by their #HeartToFinish strong,” said Andrew Neri, RUNRIO Events, Inc. Managing Partner.

Moreover, the evening will also be an opportunity for RUNRIO to present YesPinoy Foundation with a PhP500,000.00 donation. Founded in 2009, the foundation in partnership with Taclob, produces emergency bags made by survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. The aim is to provide hooded cloak backpacks with emergency kits and learner’s materials to young people in vulnerable public schools particularly those in areas affected by Typhoons.


Aside from the Trilogy Awards, RUNRIO also announced the scheduled of races for 2018 as the RUNRIO Trilogy Race Series expands its presence in Cebu. This year, the first leg of the race series will be held on March 4 in Cebu and on March 18 in Manila. The second leg will be in Cebu this time on May 6 and again in Manila on June 3. The last leg will be on August 19 and again on September 23 in Cebu and Manila, respectively.

Running enthusiasts can also look forward to more exciting running activities in store for everyone. First is the 5k Family Run. For this race, teams must consist of two adults and two kids. Each kid must be 15 years or below to qualify. The 5k Barkada Run, on the other hand, is open to four adults each of whom must be 16 years of age or older. There is also the 10k Buddy Run which, is also for participants 16 years old and above.

As an added incentive for runners, participants who register in groups are entitled to a substantial discount on the registration fees.

“This year promises to be exciting for us and for all those who want to join our runs,” said Coach Rio Dela Cruz, RUNRIO President and CEO. “Running enthusiasts can look forward to the 2018 RUNRIO Trilogy not only as an avenue to push their limits but also to spend quality time with friends and family.”


The RUNRIO Trilogy was made possible by its other partners, namely, Gatorade, Maynilad, Garmin, SM Mall of Asia, Nyxsys, Inside Manila, Fitbar, KitKat, Efes, Nizoral, Salonpas, and Milcu Deodorant Powder.

For more information on the registration fees and the online registration schedule, visit www.runrio.com.

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4 Major Threats To Weight Loss And How To Beat Them

by: Stefan Simonovic

Losing weight is one of those things that can make a perfectly happy person miserable. From mood swings because you’re hungry, to hating yourself for wearing a size 8 even though that dress looks stunning on you, to feeling weak, lacking in energy, and being sick of BBW dating, attempting to lose weight, especially when it’s not going so well, sucks. That’s why we’d like to discuss some of the things that may be sabotaging you in the hopes of turning weight loss into a fruitful endeavor.

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#1: Desk Job

Sitting behind a computer all day is a major threat to weight loss and maintaining healthy posture. It leads to spinal problems, extra pounds that don’t seem to come off no matter what you do, slower digestion, and headaches, just to name a few. If you’re trying to lose weight but are stuck at your desk all day, make sure to get up every 20 minutes and move around a little bit. Being in the same sedentary position for longer is very bad for your health, and no matter how hard we are bombarded with information about it all the time, it doesn’t seem to sink in until you’re faced with a health problem. Take 10 to 15 minutes from your lunch break to do office stretches, and try to spend the rest of it taking walks around the block any chance you get.

#2: Your Routine

When you find yourself facing a health or weight concern, you don't need to look for the cause further than your routine. If you get up in the morning up to an hour before you need to leave the house, take the car to work or school, sit on the bus if you don’t drive, sit at work for at least 7 hours a day, come back home, turn on Netflix, and lie down on the couch for a relaxing evening with your favorite TV show and some comfort food, your routine needs to change ASAP. Not only is it sabotaging any diet you may be on, but it’s seriously jeopardizing your health. Introduce morning and evening stretching at least 4 times a day, and if you could do it every day, you wouldn't believe the results you'd notice in only a couple of weeks.

#3: Medical Condition

Lots of girls out there are struggling to lose the weight that just keeps on piling up for no apparent reason without talking to a doctor first. There may be a medical reason why your weight loss efforts are in vain, such as a hormonal imbalance or problems with your thyroid gland. Grab your health card, and go see your doctor, especially if you haven’t had any blood work done in a while. Talk to an endocrinologist if you have a family history of thyroid problems, and consult a nutritionist while you’re at it to make sure you’re feeding your body the right nutrients.

#4: Exercising To Lose Weight

If your only goal when exercising is to lose weight, chances are you won’t succeed in the long run. Exercise is supposed to be fun. You can even turn it into a social gathering by going on a trekking trip with your girlfriends or a cycling tour through the downtown core. Take long walks in the evening with your partner and bond by talking about what’s been going on with you lately. In all these examples, exercise is secondary, it comes as a result of another activity, making it far more enjoyable and likely to 'survive' in your routine than merely forcing yourself to go to the gym just because you're trying to shed pounds.


About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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Fat-Burning Habits: the Simplest Approach to Getting Lean

by: Stefan Simonovic

Getting lean is probably one of the most common New Year resolutions but also something that we’re all secretly wishing for, regardless of the time of the year. There are, however, some of the obstacles that seem unavoidable because we’re usually obsessed with details, calorie counts, and meal plans so we miss the bigger picture.

And while in reality only a minority of people truly enjoy planning and documenting their dieting and exercising efforts along the way, the rest of us is bound to find simpler ways to build these healthy habits. Anyways, if you’re really hoping to achieve your plan of getting lean, no matter if it’s so that you can impress your Western match or simply feel better about yourself, we suggest you take a look at some of the tips below that can help you build effective fat-burning habits easier than you expected.

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Eat until you’re satisfied but not full

Everything-in-moderation rule is absolutely applicable here. Therefore, it’s recommendable to eat until you’re approximately 80% satiated and not completely full. On the other hand, the metabolic processes can be reduced to a simple math that goes like this: if you eat more, you’re gonna need to spend more time in the gym to get rid of those extra calories. So, if you manage to keep your cravings under control you’re going to spend less time sweating on the treadmill.

Include a certain amount of protein in every meal

The role of the protein intake in getting lean is crucial, for more than just one reason. First, there is this thermic metabolic process in the organism that occurs every time we eat proteins because our body actually spends calories to burn them, which doesn’t happen when we eat carbs. The amount of protein that we should eat throughout the day is equal to the number of the pound we weigh, only expressed in grams, i.e. if you weigh 180 pounds, you should eat 180 grams of proteins per day.

Include a fruit or vegetable in every meal

There are numerous studies that emphasize the importance of a daily fruit and vegetable intake and we guess that everyone is familiar with it. Still, people are often forgetting to incorporate this simple rule in their nutrition schedule and thus are losing a lot of benefits that go with it. First, veggies and fruits are rich in fibers and good carbs that are slowly digested in the body and you can basically eat as much of them as you want since there is little or no danger of overeating.

Get between 80% to 90% of your calories from unprocessed foods

Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, low-fat milk, yogurt and other dairy products, eggs, as well as appropriate vegan and vegetarian substitutes that don’t come in packages and wrappers (except for liquid products, of course!) have to find their place in your everyday nutrition. Being lazy about cooking shouldn’t stop you from developing this important fat-burning habit as there are literally thousands of quick and easy recipes that even a child can prepare without breaking a sweat.

Get between 10% to 20% of your calories from your favorite foods

Because there’s no need to feel deprived and frustrated about not being able to consume your fave foods from time to time! Don’t make the habit out of it though and be careful about the size of your portions because people are more likely to eat more of carb-rich and junk food. The fun fact about getting rid of a sugar addiction is that you won’t even need it after a while, and you will probably limit yourself only to consuming it on some special occasions. Finally, don’t keep the processed food in your pantry/refrigerator because it can be pretty tempting.

Eat Mindfully

Turn off the TV. Don’t look at your Instagram feed while eating. Don’t read a magazine or a book. Just enjoy your meal and make a pleasant ritual out of it. We’re all living fast lives that make us forget about little things we enjoyed in the past. Take deep breaths, chew slowly and savor every little bite you take. Establishing this habit is more important for your fat-burning agenda than you think.

Always Eat at the same time of Day

Because this way the body will know when to expect to get food and won’t make reserves in case it lacks energy. Keep in mind that not feeling full but energized should be your ultimate goal, which will consequently lead you to fat-burning. This understands having 3 main meals per day at least, approximately at the same time, but you can also include 2 healthy snacks, especially if you’re working out on a regular basis.

Start your day with a glass of water and drink at least 2 liters of water on a daily basis

Chronic dehydration is one of the main causes of energy drops during the day, but frequent water intakes can also improve our fat-burning efforts. And drinking a glass of water in the morning is the great way to start building this important habit. It can also be a great reminder to avoid sugary drinks and alcohol because these are rich in empty calories that don’t have any purpose except for building fats.

Include fast 30-minute walks in your daily routine

This might seem insignificant at first but we believe it’s a great first step towards establishing a fat-burning routine. Sure, jogging, treadmill, and other similar activities might be more beneficial when it comes to fat reduction but we believe that small steps are always the best for building healthy habits for the future. On the other hand, a jogging can feel repulsive at first, especially if we are prone to a sedentary lifestyle, yet a quick 30-minutes walk is something that everyone can include in their day.

Don’t run away from weightlifting training

It is completely wrong to assume that weightlifting training is no good in case we just want to lose fat. Moreover, it is proved to have even better effects than a classic-all cardio training. You should start with 3 training per week and slowly increase the number as the time goes by.


About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.


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Easy Smoothie Recipes for Your Diet

by: Jeric Danao


So you’ve finally decided to lead a healthier lifestyle and hit that gym in Manila, haven’t you?

Just when you’re getting a bit daunted by all the exercises you need to do, however, you realize that there’s another thing you need to accomplish — that is, indulging in a more nourishing diet. But stuffing yourself with healthy food doesn’t have to be time-consuming and difficult. One smart way of doing this is through smoothies. Not only are they fuss-free to make, they’re also extremely delicious and healthy!

Here are some easy smoothie recipes that you can incorporate into your diet.

1. Banana Ginger Smoothie

This concoction helps soothe stomach problems (such as indigestion and heartburn). It’s also perfect for nausea.

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 6 oz of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • ½ tsp of freshly grated ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender until they’re smoothly blended.

2. World’s Best Smoothie

This tasty drink is an excellent choice for breakfast—and it will also keep you fully satiated until lunch!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • 6 frozen strawberries
3. Pineapple Passion

Who needs ice cream when you can enjoy this frozen delight? Plus, it’s completely guilt-free and healthy!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks
For this smoothie, make sure to blend the yogurt and ice cubes first before tossing in the pineapple chunks.

4. Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

This drink is suffused with fiber, which will not only satisfy you but also aid in warding off diseases. Additionally, kiwis are also rich in vitamin C, which your body sorely needs.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of cold apple juice
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 1 kiwi fruit (sliced)
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of honey
5. Watermelon Wonder

It’s a sweltering afternoon, and you want something to refresh you and fill you with nourishing ingredients — if that’s the case, then this drink will indeed do wonders!

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of chopped watermelon
  • ¼ cup of fat-free milk
  • 2 cups of ice
Just remember to remove the watermelon seeds before you blend everything.

6. Energy Boosting Smoothie

This drink is perfect for giving you a dose of energy when you’re still feeling groggy in the morning.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 8 oz of Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of ice
  • A pinch of cinnamon
You can also sprinkle another dash of cinnamon on top of the smoothie for a richer flavor.

Key Takeaway

Leading a healthier lifestyle doesn’t just end with enrolling in some gyms. You also need to begin reaching out for healthier food choices.

A lot of people, however, find this step a bit intimidating. But this doesn’t have the case. Eating more nourishing foods shouldn’t be equated with being a hassle — and one way of making this a lot easier for you is through smoothies.

Smoothies aren’t just easy to make, they’re also satisfying, healthy, and tasty!


About the author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, be it with the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks. See: Reggae Shark



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Home Yoga Practice Tips For 2018

by: Stefan Simonovic

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The reasons to do yoga at home are numerous, from dreading the cold weather outside or crazy Monday traffic to penny pinching for a new car and cutting unnecessary costs, such as a gym or yoga studio membership. All sorts of women do yoga at home or at work, including stay-at-home moms, busy executives, mature singles, freelancers who basically live inside their homes, and anyone who has enough space and will for it. Whatever your personal motivation, we hope to improve your yoga experience by offering our tips for practicing at home this 2018 and any subsequent year for as long as you find satisfaction in it.

#1: Find The Right YouTube Videos

Not all home yoga YouTube videos are created equal so you need to do your research to figure out which ones are worth your time and effort. Try them out to see if you like the selection of exercises, and the pace at which they're being done so you don't have trouble following along. Also, you'll need to assess the difficulty level to prevent boredom or injury. It would help if you could relate to the virtual instructor in some capacity, and find the things she or he says motivational enough because working out at home often turns out to be short-lived as most of us find it hard to stay committed unless we have a trainer right by our side.

#2: Watch What You Eat Or Drink

Just like you wouldn’t eat 1.5 to 2 hours before going to the gym or to a yoga class, you should mind what and when you eat if you want to do yoga at home. It’s so easy to get distracted by the pace of daily life and all the things that need to be accomplished in a single day that we run the risk of treating working out from home like any other chore, which is a mistake. Doing yoga at home has the same effects on your body as a live instructor-led yoga class would, so you need to prepare for it properly. Don’t eat any foods that fall heavily on your stomach, and make sure you’re hydrated. Don’t rush through your practice, meaning set aside enough time to fully relax and treat your body to at least 30 minutes of yoga.

#3: Pick The Right Spot At Home

When they first walk in, most people assess a yoga studio by what it feels and looks like, and by how well the energy flows through it. It would be best if you could find a place in your home where you feel the most comfortable, such as your favorite nook, to do yoga. Your nook needs to have peace and quiet, and be spacious enough so you can do all your postures. Turn the lights out, leave a small lamp on, and light a candle or an incense stick to recreate a complete studio experience.

#4: Get The Right Accessories

A good, non-slip yoga mat is the first thing you’ll need for a satisfying practice. Getting a few blocks is also a good idea, but you can also use a stack of books instead as long as they don’t discourage you from your practice. A bolster is also a nice thing to have, but these are by no means necessary to do yoga at home or anywhere else. They serve to make your practice more enjoyable, but the most important aspect of doing yoga at home is to keep the motivation up and persist in your practice, and if investing in accessories will make you commit, so be it. At the same time, being creative and frugal works just fine too, and you can even use a piece of carpet instead of a mat provided it's not slippery.


About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.


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Is Going Vegan Healthy?

by: Stefan Simonovic

Although most old-school medical professionals would not advise an average patient to go vegan, there is no denying that not consuming animal-based products has plenty of benefits both for the health of the individual and for the environment. However, most people forget that going vegan doesn’t mean swapping animal-based products for junk food, endless amounts of bread, pasta, and packaged foods because that would totally defeat the purpose.

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Meat and dairy products are full of vitamins, minerals, and protein, whereas processed foods are only full of empty calories and have no nutritional value. Ditching meat for junk food only results in weight gain, sleep disruption and grumpy mood. In other words, switching to a vegan diet is healthy provided it is done properly, and if your goal is weight loss and kicking BBW dating to the curb, opting for a vegan diet might just be what you need.

The Benefits of a Vegan Diet

Provided that a person's vegan diet is not chips- or donut-based, on average it is higher in vitamin C and fiber, and lower in saturated fat compared to a diet containing meat and dairy, which is certainly healthy. Also, vegans have a lower BMI than non-vegans, which means they are thinner, have lower cholesterol levels, and a decreased risk of heart disease simply because they consume less saturated fat. If practiced properly, a vegan diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, all of which are super healthy.

The Drawbacks of a Vegan Diet

Eliminating certain food groups from your diet comes with drawbacks that need to be dealt with so that your diet doesn't turn out to be unhealthy. Not consuming meat and dairy products means lower levels of vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. These deficiencies need to be supplemented either by focusing on vegan sources full of these nutrients or by taking dietary supplements. For instance, taking unsweetened soy or almond milk rich in calcium is a good alternative to cow milk, while humus is a great source of zinc, iron and calcium, all missing from a vegan diet.

Look At The Ingredients

Going vegan still means checking out the ingredients of every product you purchase simply because not everything that is vegan is necessarily healthy, like the above chips or donuts. It's important to read what's on the ingredients list and understand that a high amount of sugar or salt can be unhealthy even if packed up in vegan foods. A great example of a vegan staple is coconut oil which definitely comes with its own set of health benefits, but it's high in saturated fat. When consumed in small amounts, the effects of saturated fat are usually insignificant, but large quantities can definitely be detrimental regardless of whether they're consumed through meat, coconut oil or any other vegan food.

Anyone who decides to start following a vegan diet should approach it like any other dietary regimen, with as much balance of different foods as possible. This means plenty of fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds while at the same time keeping the nutrients not consumed in mind and finding appropriate supplements.


About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.


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Top 4 Simple Hacks To Living A Healthy Lifestyle

by: Stefan Simonovic

It's safe to say that we live in a rather busy world. People nowadays don't even have time to communicate and date in person. Instead, most of them meet people online and if the first few cyber dates go well, they decide to meet face to face. This lack of time also means that men and women are simply too busy to lead a healthy lifestyle. Needless to say, this type of behavior can be extremely bad for a person's overall health.

Therefore, if you also have trouble finding some spare time during your day for healthy habits, feel free to stick around and check out these 4 simple tips that will help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Try Eating More Home-Cooked Food

Food plays a significant role in everyone's life. This is something you have to remember. Sadly, our way of life does not allow us to spend too much time in the kitchen preparing healthy home-cooked meals. Instead of that, we go out and eat fast food simply because it's more convenient. Yes, it might be less time-consuming, but it's incredibly bad for our health and well-being. So, if you have the similar diet, you need to know that this food is very bad for your cholesterol and blood sugar.

This basically means there's a big chance that you might suffer from some pretty dangerous cardiovascular diseases or diabetes if you don't change your eating habits. In order to prevent such a horrible scenario and improve your diet, you have to start eating more balanced food. Start with home-cooked meals like domestic vegetable soups and other foods that require a spoon. Instead of sweets, try eating some fresh fruit for dessert, it will hydrate and regenerate your entire body. Oh, and remember not to eat after 8:00 pm.

Exercise Regularly

Besides eating better food, a regular workout is one of the most important healthy habits you need to try out. Some say it's best to exercise in the morning, right before you go to work, but if you can't manage that, you can work out after you come back from the office. If you can find a way to be physically active every day, your body will release hormones known as endorphins that will make you feel positive, happy, and less stressed. This is, of course, just one of the many reasons why you need to exercise on a daily basis.

Engaging in a physical activity will help you reduce the risk of heart attacks and other potentially fatal cardiovascular diseases. Frequent workouts will also provide you with a firm and handsome body, so you'll be able to dominate your local dating scene in style.

Drink More Water

Unfortunately, most people today are not aware of the importance water has. The human body needs at least 2 liters (0.5 gallons) of water every day. Remember, this is a minimal intake. However, if you're an active person and it's hot outside, you need to drink at least 3 liters of water every day in order to stay hydrated. At first, this may sound like a lot, but actually, it's not! Especially, if you don't drink it all at once. The key is to carry a water bottle with you at all times. This way, you'll be able to sip it from time to time without even noticing it.

Don't be lazy to carry a bottle to your office or when you're going for a run. Remember, it's extremely important to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout sessions.

Spend More Time Outdoors

In this age of mobile apps, live streaming, and social media, spending time in nature sounds rather boring, right? Well, that is a huge mistake that can have rather negative effects on your overall health. As you probably already know, your body needs a certain amount of vitamin D and you can get it by exposing yourself to sunlight every day. Of course, you shouldn't spend all day sunbathing, but a few hours every day is good for you. Also, scientists all over the world claim that spending time outside can positively affect your concentration, mental energy, and your short-term memory. All in all, a couple of hours in nature every day will drastically improve the quality of your life.


About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.


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Awareness Is Great, Action Is Better: How To Start Working Out

by: Stefan Simonovic

It doesn't matter what you do, the beginning is always the hardest part. The case is no different when it comes to exercising. Millions of people out there have a strong motive, but they simply can't make that all-important first step. So, it doesn't matter if you want to get in shape in order to meet people online or simply improve your own well-being and overall health, you need to know how to start working out. Here are some useful tips and tricks you absolutely have to see.

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Consult Your Doctor And Get The Right Equipment

This is the first thing you have to do before you even start your workout sessions. Why is this so important? Well, you need to know your limitations in order to avoid injuries and other unfortunate situations. Once you do that, you'll be able to work out without worrying about your overall health. Also, make sure to acquire the right equipment. This part is also significant simply because you have to feel comfortable and safe during your sessions. These two first steps are crucial, so whatever you do, don't skip them!

Start Small

Looking up to professional athletes and being inspired by their achievements is great, but you need to remain down-to-earth every step of the way. First of all, you're not an athlete, at least not yet, so make sure to start small. Set small goals and achieve them one by one. This will give you a great sense of accomplishment which will boost your confidence. Once you complete several small objectives, you'll be ready to move forward and improve as you go. Feel free to use this strategy in other aspects of life as well - work, local dating, school. It's a foolproof plan!

Start With The Exercises You Like

A lot of beginners tend to start with the most popular or most complicated exercises. However, that can be a big mistake, especially if they fail to do them properly. So, it's really important to start with the exercises you like because that way you'll be looking forward to every single one of your workout sessions. This enthusiasm can sometimes be crucial!

Listen To Your Body

This is probably one of the most important things every beginner has to know about exercising. Even though you probably want some quick results, you must never ignore the signs your body gives you during your workouts. If you feel any kind of pain or shortness of breath, you need to slow down or stop completely. Make sure to pace yourself and always listen to your own body. You won't do yourself any good if you end up injured.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Visit The Gym

Most people are afraid to join the gym because they don't feel comfortable enough to work out in front of other men and women. If you feel this way too, you need to get out of your comfort zone and sign up for a full membership at your local gym. Once you pay for the sessions, you'll feel obligated to go and you'll forget all about the discomfort and shyness.


About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.


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