Metabolism, often referred to as the body's engine, plays a crucial role in converting food into energy. A faster metabolism can aid in weight management, energy levels, and overall well-being. There is this saying that you gain weight as you age because your metabolism slows but that isn't absolutely true. While genetics and age influence metabolic rate, there are several effective strategies to enhance and maintain a healthy metabolism, promoting a more efficient calorie-burning process.
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You may wonder what functional training is. Functional training revolves around exercises that engage multiple muscle groups and joints simultaneously, replicating movements used in daily life. Unlike traditional weightlifting or isolated exercises, functional workouts focus on movements that enhance one's ability to perform daily activities both efficiently and safely. Squats, lunges, push-ups, and kettlebell swings are examples of functional exercises that engage various muscle groups and promote functional strength.
There are multiple reasons for incorporating functional training into your workout schedule. First, functional training enhances overall strength that people use in their daily activities such as lifting, carrying groceries, or bending over and makes these activities more manageable. Next, it enhances both stability and balance. By engaging core muscles to encourage stability, functional exercises aid in reducing the risk of injury and improving balance, crucial for maintaining stability in daily movements especially as one ages. The emphasis on multi-planar movements in functional training enhances flexibility and mobility, allowing individuals to move more freely and comfortably.
Since functional workouts maximize efficiency by targeting multiple muscle groups in a single exercise, it means that this is a more efficient and time saving workout so it is an ideal choice for those with limited time for exercise. In addition, functional exercises can be adapted to suit various fitness levels, making them accessible for beginners and challenging for seasoned athletes.
You may wonder when one should start incorporating functional training into your workout rotation. You can start now so you stay in good shape as you age rather than waiting till you are 75 or 80. The beauty of functional training lies in its adaptability to different fitness levels and goals. However, certain considerations can guide the decision of when to start integrating it into your routine.
First, if you are a beginner, it is best to start with basic functional movements to establish a solid foundation. Simple exercises like bodyweight squats, lunges, and planks can introduce individuals to functional training. For seasoned fitness enthusiasts, they can benefit from integrating functional movements to diversify their routines, prevent plateaus, and challenge their bodies in new ways. In addition, functional training can complement other workout routines, adding a dynamic element that enhances overall fitness goals.
Functional training offers a great overall approach to fitness, emphasizing movements that improve functional strength, stability, flexibility, and balance. Whether you're a novice looking to start a fitness journey, or seeking to diversify your workout routine, functional training can be adapted to suit various fitness levels and needs. By incorporating functional exercises into your routine, you can experience the transformative benefits that contribute to overall well-being and an improved quality of life.
Monday, December 4, 2023
First of all, make sure you have all your necessary travel including passports, identification, boarding passes, visas, or travel permits, easily accessible. Place them in an easy to get to pocket so you don't have to look through every thing. In addition, carry your wallet with any credit cards, local and foreign currency, and any travel insurance details. Hint, if you carry your wallet in your pants, put them in one of the front pockets as it is harder for someone to lift it. Finally, keep your phone handy along with the charger. Make sure the phone has any travel apps updated and your devices have lots of entertainment on them..
Next, think about packing a few pieces of clothing just in case. Pack pieces that can be layered such as a shirt, a pair or two of underwear, light jacket, some sort of comfortable bottoms such as leggings, socks, a pair of flip flops or sandals, and a scarf, hat, and gloves it its cold where you are headed. Throw in something you can sleep in. Rather than packing a jacket, wear it or a sweater on board since the main cabin of an airplane is often cool.
Place travel sized toiletries in a zip lock bag so they are easy to take out at TSA. You can find travel sized items for facial care, hair, mouthwash, and body lotion or wash - so invest in a few. Throw in a small toothpaste and your toothbrush since one often needs to freshen up after a long flight. In addition, have a bit of hand lotion and lip balm in your things to help combat the dryness of the cabin. Don't forget to pack your meds or personal care items such as vitamins in your carry-on. It is possible to buy small containers to carry them in. Finally, throw in a bit of hand sanitizer and wipes in case you need to clean up things.
The last things to think about packing include snacks such as nuts, granola bars, or dried fruit incase you need a quick snack between flights or on the flight. Bring an empty water bottle to fill once you are on the other side of TSA so you don't have to buy bottles at the airport. You should also include any portable electronic devices so you can use the entertainment system provided by the airline, do some work, or just entertain yourself. Be sure to pack chargers, extra power banks, headphones and chargers so you stay connected all flight. Finally, throw in a travel pillow so you can stay comfortable, catch a short nap either on the plane or in the waiting area.
Carefully pack all the items in your carry-on bag. Roll up clothing to help it fit better, slide shoes into side pockets, place travel papers, boarding passes, and meds in easily accessible spots. Place any foods in a zip lock baggy to make it easier to pull out at TSA along with your toiletries. Tie the travel pillow to the side of your carry-on so you don't lose it.
Finally, always, always, always check with the airline for size of the carry-on, and other regulations so you don't have a problem. This includes the size of digital devices. I found out my large iPad Pro was too large to use on one airline and had to switch it out for a smaller one. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear. Have a great day.
Friday, December 1, 2023
It's that time of year again when it seems like we battle to keep our lips in nice shape. Your lips are a delicate yet prominent feature of your face, deserving attention and care just like the rest of your skin. Proper lip care not only enhances their natural beauty but also contributes to overall comfort and health. From harsh weather conditions to everyday habits, several factors can affect the condition of your lips.
Just like the rest of your body, your lips require hydration. Drink an adequate amount of water daily to keep your body and lips moisturized from within. Dehydration can lead to dry, chapped lips, so staying well-hydrated is crucial for lip health. Although it seems as if it provides temporary relief, licking your lips can worsen dryness. Saliva evaporates quickly, leaving your lips drier than before. Instead, reach for your lip balm to moisturize when your lips feel dry. Furthermore, make sure to use a humidifier to help keep your lips hydrated.
As indicated, you should invest in a good-quality lip balm containing moisturizing ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, or coconut oil. Apply lip balm regularly, especially in dry or cold weather, to prevent dryness and protect your lips from environmental elements. It seems there is a rumor going around that says you can become addicted to using lip balm and you shouldn't useit for that reason but numerous dermatologists disagree.
Another thing you can do is to regularly exfoliate your lips since it helps remove dead skin cells while promoting smoother lips. Use a gentle lip scrub or make your own by mixing sugar with honey or coconut oil. Lightly exfoliate your lips once or twice a week to maintain softness. Don't laugh, it honestly works, just like It works on the rest of your body.
When you apply sunscreen, don't forget to apply it to your lips since UV rays can damage the delicate skin on your lips. Use a lip balm or lipstick with SPF protection to shield your lips from harmful sun exposure. Reapply sunscreen-infused lip products throughout the day, especially when outdoors. You might have to look for balm or lipstick with added SPF but when you find it, it is worth it.
It doesn't matter how tired you are at night but leaving lipstick or lip gloss on overnight can dry out your lips and cause irritation. Make it a habit to remove all lip makeup before bedtime using a gentle makeup remover or micellar water.
Taking care of your lips is an essential aspect of your skincare routine. By following these simple yet effective tips, you can maintain soft, smooth, and healthy lips regardless of the season. Regular hydration, protection from the sun, gentle exfoliation, and a balanced diet are key elements in ensuring your lips remain luscious and well-nourished. Incorporate these practices into your daily routine to keep your lips looking and feeling their best. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear. Have a great weekend.