Benefits of Walking

One of the things we encourage our clients to practice during Metabolic Balance is physical activity. No matter your activity level, moving your body can have amazing physical and mental benefits!

A great way to get your body moving is simply by taking a walk. Whether it is early in the morning while watching the sunrise or while listening to a relaxing podcast in the evening after a long day, moving your body can be energizing or restorative. Not only will you be able to explore nature but you will get amazing benefits while doing so.

Studies have associated walking with helping maintain long-term weight loss, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cancer, and increase work performance. No matter how long or short your walk, take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy the outdoors and do something for yourself!

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What about Hydration?

Here’s a question for all athletes and active weekend work-out-warriors: Do you drink sports drinks? 

If all the advertisement are to believed, we’d expect incredible results from sports drinks – they are supposed to improve endurance, fitness and regeneration. They are in fact a multi-billion dollar business! We believe sports drinks are completely unnecessary! They actually contain high sugar and / or sweeteners and thus, are not good for an optimal metabolic health. We recommend: water, which is the best choice for necessary hydration – just stay away from sugary sports drinks! A healthy diet with the right amount of water supplies the body with what is needed to stay hydrated and healthy. 

Of course … there is always a place for enhanced nutrition especially for professional athletes and those in endurance events. But then, choose a high quality product and tailored to the athleticism. For everyday activity and exercise, water is simply the best hydration!

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How does Your Gardening Go? Health Benefits of Gardening

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Thinking about starting a garden this spring?  Here are six reasons why gardening is a good idea:

  1. Workout—You don’t have to go to a gym to get a workout, all you need to do is spend three hours working in your garden to equal one hour in the gym. Here is a complete gardening workout you can try.
  2. Reduce Stress—Gardening is a great way to get back to nature and focus on mindfulness while reducing the level of cortisol in the body. Here are nine ways to reduce stress by gardening.ga
  3. Boosts Immune System—Direct exposure to dirt can boost your immune system.  Go out with the kids and play in the dirt—it’s good for you. Here is an article talking about how exposure to bacteria makes you stronger.ga
  4. Healthy Diet—If you grow your own herbs and vegetables, you will always have something tasty to add to your metabolic balance meals.
  5. Antidepressant – Research has shown that certain bacteria in the soil can act like an antidepressant.  Here is an article talking about this cool research.
  6. Dementia Risk Reduction – Keeping your brain active by gardening.