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Here’s To Your Health - Proven Benefits Of Exercise
If you are awake 16 to 18 hours a day, you should do your best to devote a small amount of time to exercise. Regular physical activity offers endless benefits and here are just a few:

Relieves depression. Research has shown that individuals who exercise for 15-30 minutes every other day experience a more positive mood.

Relieves stress and anxiety. Exercise can produce a period of substantial emotional and physical relaxation. A 30-minute workout will usually relieve tension.

Slows the aging process. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, depression, osteoporosis and diabetes?health problems encountered as we get older?have been shown to decrease with light to moderate exercise on a regular basis.

Reduces the risk of heart disease. Your heart is a muscle and exercise prevents it from weakening. Regular exercise also helps remove the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) from your blood and increases levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL).

Improves memory and mental sharpness. The stimulus derived from exercise promotes an overall feeling of well-being and tranquility. Those who exercise generally reap the rewards of increased mental alertness.

Improves the quality of sleep. Exercise sends a signal to your brain and body that not only is more sleep needed, but a deeper sleep as well. If you’ve been experiencing difficulty sleeping, try walking for 30-45 minutes each evening after dinner.


Improve Your Health For Free
You could spend a small fortune on exercise equipment, fitness programs and DVDs, and health products to try and improve your health. In reality, you don’t have to spend much money to enjoy optimum health. Simple, sometimes free, activities can make a world of difference.

Exercise. Inexpensive or free outdoor exercise options include walking, hiking, rollerblading, jogging and biking. If you have children, take them out to play basketball or soccer or run around a park. Mowing your lawn, working in the garden and doing housework are other no-cost ways to get moving and burn some calories.

Sleep. Lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain, depression and general illness. Go to bed earlier or sleep in later and reap the free rewards of a full eight hours of sleep.

Drink tap water. Our bodies are about 70 percent water and cannot function properly without enough water. Save money by drinking tap water and cutting back on soda, alcohol, coffee or other drinks.

Meditate. Take 10-20 minutes out of your day to relax, clear your mind and breathe deeply.

Stop bad health habits. Damaging and costly bad habits such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and over eating can have a negative affect on your wallet and health.

Choose the best food for your money. Instead of buying foods that are high in calories, fat and sugar, spend your money on healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nutritious snacks.

Listen to music. Music, which is free on the radio, has been shown to lower blood pressure, calm frazzled nerves and improve your attitude.


Garlic Is Good For You
Garlic is a pungent, spicy herb that is popular in a wide variety of dishes around the world. Believed to have originated in central Asia, garlic has been used throughout history for not only culinary purposes, but also for medicinal reasons. Garlic was cultivated in China as early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and used by the Egyptians while creating the great pyramid of Giza in 2600 B.C.

The health benefits of garlic have been touted for thousands of years. In ancient times, garlic was used as a remedy for intestinal disorders, infections, skin diseases, wounds and many other ailments. It has been the subject of scientific research for the past five decades and interest remains strong today. More than 3,000 publications from all over the world have confirmed the recognized health benefits of garlic.

Many studies show that fresh garlic has a positive impact on a wide range of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, colorectal and gastric cancer, prostate cancer, and unhealthful cholesterol levels. Garlic delivers a powerful preventative boost as well, through its proven antioxidant, antibiotic and antibacterial properties.
Garlic's health-boosting power comes from a sulfur compound known as allicin. Allicin is released when garlic is chewed or crushed, and it's the source of that distinctive and mouth-watering garlic aroma. Garlic has also been recommended as a treatment for asthma, as a blood sugar regulator, a cough suppressant, a method to expel intestinal parasites, and to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.


Put Some Sizzle In Summer Fitness
For many people, summer is the perfect time to be outside and active. Extra hours of daylight give you even more time each day to get out and get moving! Here are five tips for making the most of your summer and staying fit in the process.

Diversify. Take advantage of the outdoors by swimming, biking, hiking, walking, jogging, and playing golf and tennis. A variety of activities will help strengthen and condition all muscle groups. Different activities also reduce the boredom of doing the same thing over and over.

Maintain a balanced diet. Summer is a great time to feast on fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, making it easy to ensure that you get your four to five servings of these important foods every day.

Be social. One of the great things about exercise is that it doesn't need to be done alone. Consider exercising with family and friends to make it more enjoyable. Find someone with a similar fitness level and try a variety of activities.

Stretch. The more active you are during the summer, the more important it is to implement a stretching regimen. Your muscles may not be ready for the activity you're engaging in, so warm up and stretch to help increase flexibility, reduce the risk of injury and improve blood flow.

Go to the gym. It’s nice to have an air-conditioned facility on those extremely hot days. Plus, supplementing outdoor exercise with regular visits to your gym will ensure that you keep up your gym routine after summer during the cold and rainy months.


Fruits & Veggies: The Healthy Choice
When it comes to good nutrition, fruits and vegetables are among the healthiest foods we eat. They can be great sources of calcium, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, phytochemicals, and vitamins A and C. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers. Plus, most are naturally low in calories. While many fruits and vegetables are available year-round, most are at their peak during specific seasons.

SUMMER
Beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cantaloupe, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon and zucchini.

FALL
Acorn squash, apples, Belgian endive, butternut squash, cauliflower, figs, garlic, ginger, grapes, mushrooms, parsnips, pears, pomegranate, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard.

WINTER
Chestnuts, cranberries, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, oranges, radicchio, radishes, rutabaga, tangerines, turnips.

SPRING
Apricots, artichokes, asparagus, avocado, carrots, chives, collards, fennel, mango, new potatoes, pineapple, rhubarb, spinach, spring baby lettuce, strawberries, sugar snap and snow peas, Vidalia onions, watercress.

Eating more fruits and vegetables can improve your health, so make a change today!