Reasons to start running

Miss Mevi gives you a list of 10 reasons to start running.Hello everyone!

Monday is a great day to start with new habits. If you are looking a healthy lifestyle, running is the easiest way to start with it. Here’s a list of reasons why you should start running.

1. Running improves your health
One of the biggest benefits of running is that it’s good for your health. Running is an excellent way to strengthen the heart and ensure the efficient flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body, which helps decrease your risk of a heart attack. Exercise, combined with maintaining a healthy weight, is one of the best ways to naturally reduce your blood pressure if it’s above normal. If you have high cholesterol, running can also help keep it in check. Running also improves your immune system, so your body functions are more effective and efficient at fighting off germs. Running and other weight-bearing exercises increase bone density, which can fend off osteoporosis.

2. You can lose weight
Many people start running to lose some extra pounds. As one of the most vigorous exercises out there, running is an extremely efficient way to burn calories and lose weight. If you’re already at a healthy weight, running can help you maintain it. Just make sure you don’t think running gives you a license to eat anything you want. The basic rule of weight loss — that you must burn (through life functions and exercise) more calories than you take in — still applies to runners.

3. You can run for a cause
Running can also be used as a way to contribute to society as a whole. Many races benefit charities, and some charities offer race training in exchange for fund-raising. Running for something that’s bigger than you is a great way to stay motivated to keep training and can make your races even more meaningful and fulfilling.

4. You can meet new people through running
Some runners enjoy the quiet and solitude of running on their own, but others see running time as social opportunities. Finding a running buddy or running with a group is a great way to develop a sense of community. You can set goals and accomplish them together. In addition, having a regular running buddy or running group is a great way to stay motivated to run. Some runners also share advice and motivation with other runners in online forums, such as this site’s forum . You can meet other people who share your obsession with running, celebrate your triumphs and help you overcome your obstacles.

5. You can experience something new and different
Running is a great way to expand your horizons and break away from the daily grind. The sport gives people the opportunity to explore areas of their own community or new locations, experience new physical sensations and run places they may not normally see.

6. You can train for a specific goal
Some people hate to exercise just for the sake of exercising, but with running, though, you can train for races, from 5Ks to marathons and beyond. Training for a race gives you a specific goal to work toward, which can definitely help improve your motivation to run.

7. Running improves your energy levels
When you’re feeling sluggish or tired, running is a great way to boost your energy. Runners who run in the morning report that they have improved energy levels during the day. Combining running with a healthful diet will help improve your energy levels even more.

8. Running will help you feel good about yourself
Regular runners report an increase in their confidence and self-esteem, and the self-esteem benefits of running are increased if you set a specific goal, such as running a 5K or even a marathon, and accomplish it.

9. Running is versatile and inexpensive
Running requires very little equipment, and it can be done almost anywhere. All you need is a good pair of running shoes, and you can head out your door to go for a run. From city sidewalks to wooded trails, there are plenty of places for runners to explore — at no cost. If you travel a lot, it’s easy to pack your running shoes and run while you’re on the road.

10. Running can help with stress relief
Running — as with many forms of exercise — is a great cure for stress, emotional strain and even mild depression. Research has shown that healthy adults who exercise regularly are generally happier than those who don’t.

Have you decided already to start running? I really hope so!

Enjoy your week!

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Benefits of cold water showers

Miss Mevi te recomienda tomar duchas heladas!

Good morning everyone!

Today is the Earth Day! And since our instructor wanted to celebrate it, they turned off the boiler!

At first we all were a little upset, but then we realized that we went out happier, we felt much more energized. And there’s a reason for that, here’s a list of benefits of taking cold showers.

  1. Improved blood circulation – showering with cold water is in going to improve your blood circulation between organs and skin considerably. With cold temperatures, blood flows to your organs for protection to keep them the warmest. Warm water sends the blood rushing to the skin so alternating between cold and hot (as I will detail later) can be a great way of improving your blood circulation. If you are just beginning, it might be best to stick to a cold shower only.
  2. Improved mood – it is hard to quantify mood and indeed it is altered by many things. As my Unbalanced Brain series indicates, there are scientific reasons for many mood disorders. Cold showers can stimulate noradrenaline secretion in the brain, which is associated with improving mood disorders like depression.
  3. Increased immune strength – unlike what your mother told you, spending time in the cold can actually increase your immune strength. Those who take cold showers typically exhibit higher white blood cell counts as well as higher concentrations of plasma, T helper cells, and lymphocytes.
  4. Increased testosterone levels – I’m always looking for healthy and natural ways of increasing my testosterone levels. It’s a boon in the gym, it makes me feel more motivated in general, and manipulating it naturally is the safest long term method I can think of. When I heard that cold showers can vastly increase testosterone production, I was even more thrilled. Not only is testosterone elevated during the shower, but throughout the day as well.
  5. Metabolic advantages – from a body composition perspective, cold showers are also incredibly useful. The cold water induces an increased metabolic rate. The cold temperatures force your body to re-regulate the body temperature continually, which utilizes many calories. Mark mentions that an evolutionarily retained adaptation to cold water exposure is a layer of protective fat. Therefore, get your cold shower short and sweet and then get out. Longer exposure to cold therapy is not necessarily better.
  6. Better breathing – you may hyperventilate as soon as you get in a cold shower, which is a pretty natural response. However, the panic will only make the experience worse so it is in your best interest to breathe calmly and deeply. Few people breathe deeply so you may need cold showers to help you do so.
  7. Cold showers burn fat – when fat is activated due to extreme cold, it burns calories to keep you warm, which could provide a helpful assist in your weight loss plan.

Which one do you want to take advantage of? Now you know it, let’s start taking cold showers!

Until the next time!

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Benefits of practicing yoga

Miss Mevi recommends practicing yoga Hello everyone! Have I told you that I really love yoga? I just finished doing today’s routine, you get to meet new people when you practice on a new gym. Many people still don’t think of yoga as an exercise, but is a very complete workout that help us a lot. Let me tell you some of the benefits of practicing yoga, you will be amazed for some of them, take a very good look at numbers 3 and 4 ;O)

1) Emotional Health Boost
All exercise has been shown to help people with depression feel better, and yoga is no exception. In fact, a study from Duke University Medical Center suggested that yoga could benefit those living with depression, schizophrenia, other psychiatric conditions, and sleep problems.

2) Back Pain Treatment
Multiple studies have found yoga to be a more effective treatment for chronic back pain than usual care. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people living with chronic lower back pain reported better back function, though similar levels of pain, after a few months of practicing yoga.

In another study of 80 individuals with chronic lower back pain, the group that participated in just one week of yoga showed less disability and greater flexibility than patients who completed other physical exercises. Even if you don’t have chronic pain, yoga’s stretching exercises can improve your spinal flexibility.

3) Fertility Aid
In recent years, couples have increasingly turned to yoga as a means of decreasing stress and increasing their chances of conceiving a child. And though there are few studies that indicate that yoga benefits include enhancing fertility, it has been shown to reduce stress and could indeed play a role.

4) Hangover Relief
After a night of drinking, yoga may be the last thing on your mind, but Shaw says it’s exactly what you should do.

5) Heart Disease Helper
In a study of 19 patients with heart failure, adding eight weeks of yoga to the treatment of nine of the patients increased their capacity for exercise, improved their heart health, and enhanced their overall quality of life. “Yoga plays a huge role in reducing your risk of heart disease,” Shaw says. “The cardiovascular benefits of yoga also help reduce arterial plaque.”

6) Asthma Ease
In a study of 57 adults with mild to moderate asthma, adding an eight-week yoga session to their conventional care dramatically improved asthma symptoms. “Breathing practice, known as pranayama, is an essential part of yoga, and such exercises have been shown to help ease the symptoms of asthma,” McGrath says.

7) Arthritis Fighter
When it comes to the benefits of different types of yoga, a study indicated that iyengar yoga, known for its use of props like belts, blocks, and other positioning aids, might help people with rheumatoid arthritis. This pilot study of eight people with rheumatoid arthritis showed that a six-week yoga program improved pain, pain disability, mental health, depression, vitality, and self-efficacy. Other types of yoga might help arthritis symptoms, too. “Arthritis loves gentle movement and heat, so styles like bikram or gentle yoga can be very beneficial for arthritis,” McGrath says.

8) Insomnia Buster
According to a review article that looked at several complementary and alternative medicine strategies for treating insomnia, yoga was one of the most effective approaches for getting a good night’s sleep.
“When experiencing insomnia, practice relaxing asanas or postures, such as forward fold (uttanasana) or lying on your back with your feet up the wall,” says Tamal Dodge, director of the Tamal Yoga School. “This will help with circulation as well as calming your body and, most importantly, your mind.”

9) Multiple Sclerosis Help
The loss of muscle function, coordination, and other issues that come with multiple sclerosis can be frustrating, but some research indicates that yoga might help with MS by improving both physical function and mood. A study of people with multiple sclerosis found that six months of weekly yoga classes improved fatigue to the same degree as six months of weekly traditional exercise classes.

10) Memory Boost
The benefits of yoga may even extend to your brain. “I like to refer to yoga as ‘taking out the trash’ physically and mentally,” Shaw says. “By reducing mental stress and physical tension, we are able to recall easier and have more organized thoughts. Improved cognitive function happens when we are able to clear our minds and refresh. From a place of peace and calm, we are able to use our mental facilities more efficiently.”

11) PTSD Benefit
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found yoga could be a beneficial adjunctive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This pilot study evaluated the effects of 12-session Kripalu-based yoga versus no yoga intervention in 38 women with symptoms of PTSD. The women randomized to the yoga group experienced greater reduction in PTSD symptoms than women in the control group. The results of this study hold promise for people with PTSD who have found little success with traditional psychotherapy.

For 5,000 years, hardcore yoga practitioners have been touting yoga’s mental and physical powers. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert to reap the benefits — adding just a few poses to your daily routine can help your health in all kinds of unexpected ways.

If you are still wondering if yoga works for you or not, try practicing for one day, some of these benefits can be felt immediately.

Until the next time!

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Original source: everydayhealth.com

Best food for runners.

Miss Mevi best food for runnersHello everyone!

As a runner you probably see food as a source of fuel, vitamins and minerals that energizes your body. Therefore, you’d probably be interested in finding super foods to boost your performance and overall health. Although no food is powerful enough to shave minutes off your 5K time or repair your muscles in half the time, some foods, are nutrient-dense and thus a good inclusion in a runner’s diet.

Blueberries
Blueberries have among the highest concentration of antioxidants per ounce of any other fruit or vegetable. Antioxidants reduce free radicals, which your body is constantly producing through its metabolic processes. Intense exercise such as running increases metabolic rate, which temporarily increases free radical production as well. Excessive free radical production without sufficient antioxidants to counteract them may be linked to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries are also a good source of manganese, a mineral involved in converting carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy. Add blueberries to cereal, yogurt or smoothies, or eat them by themselves.

Quinoa
This whole grain, similar to couscous in appearance, is rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, riboflavin and antioxidants. Quinoa is one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids. This combination of carbohydrates and protein makes quinoa an optimal post-run recovery food, as the carbohydrates replenish muscle glycogen and the protein provides amino acids for muscle repair. Since quinoa has a relatively neutral, slightly nutty flavor, you can use it in place of rice in many dishes.

Cold-Water Fish
Cold-water fish such as wild salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines are another good source of complete protein to aid post-run muscle recovery. Additionally, the essential omega-3 fatty acids in these fish may lower levels of prostaglandin, naturally occurring hormone-like substances that increase whole-body inflammation. This may be useful if you have sore or inflamed joints and muscles caused by running. However, some varieties of fish, such as farmed salmon and king mackerel, are high in methyl-mercury, which can be harmful when consumed in excess. Therefore, opt for low-mercury fish as much as possible and avoid high-mercury fish altogether if you are pregnant or nursing.

Avocados
Did you doubt it? As a runner, you may shy away from fats in favor of carbohydrates. However, avocados are worth adding to your diet since they provide healthy monounsaturated fats, along with runner-friendly nutrients such as potassium and vitamin E. Monounsaturated fats are necessary for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins and they help provide lasting feelings of fullness, which may help you control your weight. Potassium is an essential electrolyte and plays an important role in your running since it aids in regulating heart and muscle contraction. Furthermore, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and sequesters the free radicals produced by running. Add sliced avocados to your sandwiches, salads or omelets to add flavor and healthy fat.

Make sure you add some of these ingredients in every meal.

Until the next one!

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Original source: sfgate.com

Benefits of Yoga for kids

Miss Mevi shows you why Yoga is great for kids.Hello everybody!

How are you all today? I’m having a great day because I just finished doing yoga today. Are you aware of the benefits of Yoga for kids? It’s so good that lots of schools are encouraging the practice of yoga among kids. Why is that?

Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in American schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning.

The following are some of the benefits of yoga to support the education of the whole child, thus maximizing the learning process:

  • Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions
  • Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being – the perfect state for teaching and learning
  • Brings students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning
  • Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom
  • Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed
  • Provides opportunities for beneficial motor breaks throughout the day
  • Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters)
  • Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memory
  • Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and reactivity
  • Supports social and emotional learning
  • Improves listening skills
  • Wakes up sluggish minds and creativity as needed
  • Enhances organizational and communication skills
  • Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods
  • Enhances motor skills and balance
  • Improves mind/body awareness and connection
  • Improves confidence and self-esteem
  • Encourages respect for oneself and others
  • Creates a calm, harmonious classroom

The following are just some of the recognized benefits of yoga for children (and adults):

Body:

  • Assists neuromuscular-development
  • Promotes development of the vestibular system
  • Encourages midline crossing motions; motor development on both sides of the body
  • Increases balance, body awareness and coordination
  • Develops strong and flexible body, core strength, essential for good posture and correct physical alignment

Mind:

  • Calms and clears the mind, bringing us into the present moment
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention span
  • Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
  • Improves ability to be less reactive; more mindful of thoughts, words and actions and promotes thinking and memory

Spirit:

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Supports character development and emotional intelligence
  • Enhances team skills and social interaction
  • Develops discipline and self-control
  • Inspires respect for self and others

Overall:

  • Improves mind/body connection
  • Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Promotes an overall sense of well-being

I hope this helps you decide having your kids practicing yoga.

Until the next time!

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Original source: yoga4classrooms.com