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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How to persuade others to live a healthy lifestyle.

Miss Mevi tells you how to encourage a healthy lifestyleHello and happy weekend!

I’m pretty sure you have been tempted to persuade and convince others to live a healthy lifestyle like yours. I understand, you feel so good living like that, that you want everyone else to feel the same!

But instead of persuade others you might cause the opposite effect. People say that you can inspire much better with your example instead of telling them what to do. So these are some recommendations when you want someone to adopt a healthy lifestyle:

1. Stay Away From Severity
Use praise and positive reinforcement instead of strictness or extreme restrictions. When you see a person you want to help engaging in healthy habits, draw attention to these behaviors in a positive and encouraging way. Expect that change may not come about immediately, but over time you can help a person have a better relationship with food. Remember there’s only so much you can do and you cannot force a person to live healthy.

2. Allow For Indulgences
People occasionally slip up while trying to live healthy, which does not mean all attempts at being health-oriented are derailed. When trying to persuade someone to eat more nutritiously, encourage moderation. Discourage using fattening junk foods as a reward, however, as this can prompt habits of emotional eating.

3. Point out the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
These include losing weight and having more energy. Harvard School of Public Health notes eating a healthy, balanced daily diet and avoiding processed meats and other unhealthy foods also reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

4. Lead by example.
The best reason you can give someone for adopting a healthy lifestyle is doing it yourself and letting her see how it has helped you. Another dimension of this leading by example is talking about what you’ve learned about yourself in the process and the benefits that may not be visible on the surface.

Finally, don’t expect others to make drastic changes in their lives. They must really commit with the idea of living healthier before making a real change in their current habits.

Hope this can help you!

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