I Shall Be Fit!

 

It’s the New Year’s resolution heard around the world: This time things will be different! I’ll go to the gym twice a week! I’ll say no to the office doughnuts!

If you’re among the many individuals aiming for new and improved fitness in 2014, here are a few tips to making your resolution a reality.

1: Start Small

Don’t wear yourself out before you even begin. Take baby steps and ease yourself into a more rigorous fitness routine. Did you know that walking offers the same health benefits as jogging as long as you do it consistently?

water, hydrate

lotsa water

2: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It’s actually a myth that you should drink eight glasses of water a day, but hydration is still critical for the active individual. Most people don’t even realize they’re dehydrated when they are; they write it off as exhaustion, lethargy, lack of motivation, et cetera.

3: Say No To Drugs

With the exception of multivitamins or anything prescribed by your doctor, you should avoid over-the-counter diet pills and “fitness aids.” They’ll just wreck havoc on your body’s natural balance.

4: Distract Yourself

Listen to music when you’re working out; catch up on your favorite show while you’re on cycling machine. You might surprised at how much you can accomplish when you’re not thinking about how tired you are every three seconds!

5: Get The Right Equipment

You won’t be able to run anywhere without a comfortable and durable pair of sneakers. You won’t be able to track your improvement without something like a pedometer or heart monitor. Visit this site to learn more.

6: Reward Yourself

Keep yourself motivated by establishing clear goals and rewarding yourself every time you exceed them. They can be little things, like extra dessert for an extra mile, or you could go all out, splurging on a vacation or cruise if you reach your goal weight. The sky’s the limit!

7: Change Your Habits

Everyone has heard of the old “take the stairs instead of the elevator” trick, but what about parking further away from the store during a grocery run? How about replacing one cup of coffee a week with a healthy smoothie? Little changes can turn into lifelong routines.

8: Share Your Fitness Goals

Tell your family and friends about your plans for a newer, better you. Making yourself accountable for failure is a great way of staying on track. You’ll also enjoy a built-in audience when you eventually reach all your goals!

 

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

 

If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” William Ewart Gladstone, a British Liberal politician who served as Prime Minister four separate times in a career that lasted 60 years, spoke these words almost 200 years ago.

To this day, though, his words hold true. There’s just something about tea, making it the perfect, all-around, go-to drink of many. While others prefer a cup of steaming Joe, others would kill for a cup or a glass of tea, whichever way it is prepared.

There are many tea variants available, but one that has quickly become a favorite is green tea, which originated from China. According to Wikipedia, green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It has many variants that differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing, and harvesting time.

Sencha Green Tea with some ginger.

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Aside from its taste, green tea offers many benefits, which is probably why it’s a favorite among many. For one, the Chinese people have used it as a medicine for thousands of years. It is known to lower blood pressure, and in many cases, have been proven to prevent cancer, too. The way green tea is processed has a lot to do with its health benefits – it is able to retain the maximum amount of antioxidants and polyphenols, as it doesn’t go through a stringent fermentation process, if at all. Moreover, an amino acid that is found in tealeaves, Theanine, is known for its relaxing and tranquilizing effects. This is why you feel calmer after drinking tea and why green tea is a good cure for depression.

Here are some more of the amazing benefits of green tea:

Drinking green tea increases the metabolism of a person, thus, aiding in weight loss. It contains polyphenol, which works at intensifying the levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which food ingested by your body is converted into calories.
Green tea prevents diabetes as it helps regulate a person’s glucose level, thereby slowing the increase of blood sugar after a full meal. Hence, rapid rise of insulin is prevented.

A green tea a day keeps heart disease at bay. According to scientists, regular intake of green tea is good for the lining of blood vessels. It helps keep the blood vessels stay relaxed and helps it withstand changes in blood pressure better. In addition, green tea can protect blood from clotting, which is the number one cause of heart attacks.

Generally, green tea is widely thought to kill cancer cells without causing damage to the healthy tissue around these cells. Nevertheless, green tea has quite a reputation for reducing the risk of esophageal cancer, which is the sixth most common cancer in men.

Green tea is known to improve the good to bad cholesterol ratio in the blood and ultimately reduces bad cholesterol for a healthier you.
Studies conducted showed that green tea has the ability to protect brain cells from dying and can even restore those that are already damaged. This means green tea can delay (or perhaps eliminate) the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Green tea contains the chemical antioxidant called ‘catechin’, which can destroy bacteria and virus that cause tooth decay, throat infections, and other dental conditions.

Apparently, green tea can slow down the aging process because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

Hence, if you want to get rid of wrinkles, combat the signs of aging, and just be generally healthy, make sure to drink green tea regularly.

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Matcha Latte may have half the effect but it’s still healthy, get yours with low-fat milk!