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WALK THE DOG (A HAPPY WAY TO GET FIT)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When it comes to getting active, you may be better off investing in a dog than a gym membership. Researchers in Great Britain recently surveyed 5000 people and found that those with dogs exercised up to six hours more a week than those who worked out at a gym or on their own.

According to the study, the average dog owner walks his pet for less than 30 minutes twice daily and then longer three times a week. Those short spurts add up to more than eight hours of physical activity a week.

Researchers say the difference can be attributed in part to varying levels of enjoyment. While 86% of dog owners said they enjoy the time with their pets, only 16% of respondents rated going to the gym favorably.

Perhaps that’s also why dog owners are more likely to make physical activity a priority. Nearly two-thirds said they walk their pets even when they’re pressed for time. Compare that with 46% of gym-goers who admitted to often making excuses not to work out. Sound familiar? Try the dog owner’s secret of breaking up your workout into small bursts of activity. The miles and minutes will add up.

  
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55WALKER 1/26/2010 10:58AM

    Come to think of it, when I see people out walking their dogs they do tend to be healthier looking people. Watching people at the dog park is sort of like watching people at a gym physically but they look much less grim! I don't go to a gym, but there may be a dog in my future after my old cat is gone.

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PJSTIME 1/26/2010 10:56AM

    This is true. I walk Sadie 2 times a day. PJ

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PJSTIME 1/26/2010 10:56AM

    This is true. I walk Sadie 2 times a day. PJ

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SEXXISADIE 1/26/2010 9:33AM

    Oh wow! Do you have a doggy? I always wanted a welsh corgi, maybe nows the time to get him! And little ferrets can ride on its back haha. Great info!

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LLLAWSON 1/26/2010 9:30AM

    Six hours more! Wow. I don't have a dog, but sounds like a good reason to get one. My sister has one and they NEVER walk it, and it shows on all of them. Poor puppy. emoticon

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DAISES2 1/26/2010 9:21AM

    animals are great for lots of reasons,including mental heath.
another good blog

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STARRPARENT 1/26/2010 8:57AM

    Thanks for this info. I don't have an animal, but if I had a dog I'd certainly go walking with it!

Have a good day out walking!

Bridget

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MYFEETHURT 1/26/2010 8:41AM

  Great info, Judy. I've written blogs about walking our old dog, Molly. She really is my personal trainer! Her little eyes say...LET'S GO, LET'S GO, LET'S GO...every single morning and evening. mary

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VEUVEGIRL 1/26/2010 7:51AM

    Very interesting!

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Beauty on your plate

Monday, January 25, 2010

Not all beauty products come in jars from the cosmetics counter. Some come in packages from the supermarket.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, canola oil and soybeans are good fats that help you look good too by helping to promote supple skin, healthy, shiny hair and strong nails.
Dark green veggies like spinach, swiss chard and broccoli deliver a beauty bonus. They are rich in vitamin A, which helps support healthy skin, tissues and cells.
For more skin-loving nutrients, don’t forget antioxidant vitamins C&E, the free-radical fighters found in berries, papaya, seeds and nuts.

  
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LLLAWSON 1/25/2010 8:32AM

    Well said - both of you. Sometimes we don't realize all the ways food affects our bodies. We usually only hear how bad choices affect us. Focusing on how good foods benefit us helps to want to make good choice.

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SHANNONSTILLS 1/25/2010 7:50AM

  Excellent. Beauty truly comes from the inside out.

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DO YOU HAVE TO SUFFER TO BE BEAUTIFUL?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

We’ve all heard that question. And these days, more and more women seem to be taking it to heart. They’re spending lots of money, undergoing invasive procedures or, at the very least, beating themselves up for failing to meet some idealized standard.

But is it really necessary? Through the ages, the world has been full of naturally beautiful women-women from every time and place who turned heads, melted hearts and glowed from the inside out. What did they know that we so often forget?

It’s simple: the best beauty regimen is also the one that promotes overall good health. No matter what your age or body type, the most effective “treatments” are prevention and good healthy habits. Let’s revisit the basics:

The Simply Beautiful Seven
1. Water. It helps hair, skin and nails look their best. Drink up!
2. Sleep. Get your eight hours to prevent puffy eyes and a washed-out complexion.
3. Moisturizer. A must against winter wind, cold and dryness. Apply right after showering to lock in moisture.
4. Sunscreen. Every day, 12 months a year to protect against UV rays. (for convenience, use a makeup with SPF).
5. Exercise. Physical activity is energizing, tones your body and lets you radiate confidence. Don’t forget to hydrate.
6. Moderation. Select a nutritionally balanced diet, limiting the high-calorie high-fat foods.
7. Don’t Smoke! If you need another reason…it ages you, big-time.

Food for Thought

Set Your Own Standards. Natural beauty is about looking great on your terms. Don’t measure yourself against models and celebrities. Your best beauty role model might be your fabulous 80-year-old grandmother.

Walk Tall. The attitude you project to the world colors the way people see you. When you truly feel beautiful, happy and self-assured, you’re automatically attractive to others.

Are You OK? If you’re feeling down, or chronically stressed, it shows on the outside, too. For many reasons, do what you need to do to support your emotional health.

Looking good starts on the inside, with the choices you make every day. Take good care of yourself, and your natural beauty will shine.

  
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LLLAWSON 1/25/2010 10:29AM

    Missed this one. I love your blogs. You always have good advice that you need to be reminded of. The more you read it the more it sinks in. Thanks. emoticon

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DAISES2 1/24/2010 9:42AM

    you shuold have told me this years ago emoticon emoticon

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CARMEL466 1/24/2010 8:15AM

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DDOORN 1/24/2010 7:41AM

    If we're suffering we're working against our natural, innate beauty...!

Being true to ourselves will bring our God-given beauty to the fore! :-)

Don

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LAUROCHKA 1/24/2010 7:14AM

    Good advice emoticon

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GET YOUR 9 CUPS

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Your skin loves water. Adequate hydration is vitally important for the health and appearance of the skin.

Our bodies continually lose moisture through routine activities such as breathing and perspiring. When you’re very active and exercise a lot, you lose even more. We all need to replenish this lost moisture by drinking plenty of fluids every day. If we don’t, the skin can begin to appear dry, damaged and wrinkled. Many people find that adding Crystal Light or True Lemon or Lime make water easier to consume.

In general, women need about nine cups of fluids a day from beverages, including water. If drinking that much sounds difficult, try these tips:

1. Designate a special water glass – something elegant or stylish, that you enjoy holding.

2. Get a refillable water bottle to take on the go.

3. Take a glass with you to bed at night, in case you wake up thirsty.

4. If you filter your water, keep a pitcher in the fridge, ready to drink.

5. Keep a glass of water on your desk at work, sip and refill it throughout the day.


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DAISES2 1/23/2010 1:06PM

    i nlove water.it really is the only thing to quench thirst

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PJSTIME 1/23/2010 8:06AM

    I get my water everyday as it is very important in obtaining my goal. Thank you. PJ

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DDOORN 1/23/2010 7:33AM

    Love my water any way I can get it...ice cold to steaming hot from being left in a sun-baked car...lol!

Don

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TRACYEH53 1/23/2010 7:16AM

    My daughter doesn't like water, she is just starting to put on a few pounds, and is having problems we think may be kidney stones, she needs water! I sent her your tips for drinking more water. Thanks! emoticon

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SYBILBAKER 1/23/2010 7:04AM

    True words... I drink almost if not a gallon of water a day. I add lemon or lime juice just to give it a little kick and to keep me from being bored with it.

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LLLAWSON 1/23/2010 6:46AM

    SO true. Other than a couple of cups of coffee a day, water is my drink of choice. I have gotten so used to it that everything else taste weird. And the best part is it free.
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THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT

Friday, January 22, 2010

Celebs reveal the words of wisdom that made a difference

“Not taking any time for granted. It’s the one thing that always stays with me. When I go to bed, I wonder, “Did I take this day for granted?” –Charlize Theron

“It’s not about how good you are; it’s how good you are to work with.” –Jennifer Hudson

“Moisturize!” –Amy Adams

“Dare to be different, which I took to heart very early on.” –Vanessa Williams
Share some of your best advice with me, okay? You never know how much good it will do.

  
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SEXXISADIE 1/26/2010 9:37AM

    If you haven't read, or listened to "Everybody's free to wear sunscreen" you should. It's originally an article, but made into a "free speach" type song by Baz Lurhman (he did the music for Moulin Rouge!). Full of inspiration:

"Don't waste your time on jealousy, sometimes your ahead, sometimes your behind...the race is long, and in the end its only with yourself"

"DO NOT read beauty magazines, they will just make you feel ugly"

"Enjoy you're body, don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own"

and of course....

"You are not as fat as you imagine"

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MYFEETHURT 1/22/2010 9:45AM

  Be the change you want to see in others. Ghandi

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55WALKER 1/22/2010 8:08AM

    Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampter

It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
Michael Pollan

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THINNAT1 1/22/2010 7:52AM

    Trust in the Lord with all of your heart!

Say...you're a reader? Have you read, The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilson (be sure to check the author)? I love this book. It's one of those "make you cry, make you laugh" kind of books. emoticon(As close to a ferret as I could find...ha ha).



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