- 2 oranges (seedless, peeled)
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 to 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 3/4 cup liqud (I use 1/4 c. carrot juice and 1/2 c. water)
- 2 tbsp ground flax and any other of your favourite "add ins"
Our immune systems need all the help they can get this winter season. Keep sniffles away with this refreshing mix of oranges, mangoes, and ginger.
Blend and enjoy! **This is how I cut an orange for a smoothie (click here).
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Your best workout requires your whole body, including your head.
Competitive athletes have long known the benefits of including mental training in their regimens. According to recent research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, this investment of positive mental energy works for non-athletes too.
A study conducted the University of Freiburg, Germany, correlated mindset and workout effectiveness. Participants who believed that exercise would positively influence their health experienced a more enjoyable workout and reduced anxiety. The opposite was also true – a negative mood resulted in a less enjoyable workout.
The researchers said their next step will be to investigate if positive brain energy also results in increased exercise intensity. It seems a logical extension that if you are enjoying your workout, you will be willing to exert more effort and, as a result, burn more calories. Once again, we realize that our minds and bodies are intimately connected.
If you’re cranky about exercise, don’t throw in the towel just yet. Grumbling through one or two workouts should prime your endorphins and cheer you up. Then, you can begin reaping the neurophysiological benefits from investing your newfound positivity into your workouts thereon.
Think of your brain as just one more muscle you get to flex. Shape up your attitude, and your physique will follow.
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. "Believe it or not: Exercise does more good if you believe it will." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 August 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160811090039.htm>.
Everything we do has meaning. Our actions speak about our values and beliefs, sending messages to the people in our lives and to ourselves.
Today you’ve made time in your busy day to have a workout. You put your world on hold and spent an hour for yourself. What’s the meaning in that? It’s three-fold.
1. You matter. There’s only one of you, and you need to be happy and healthy for a lifetime. Your workout today has given you an endorphin rush, boosted immunity, an effort at disease prevention and/or management, and so much more. Plus, physical health is intimately linked with emotional health. At times when we feel a lack of control over our emotions, we still have the choice to exercise.
2. Others matter. The people in your life deserve the best version of you. Relationships require wholehearted participation by all parties, and sometimes this is no easy feat. Daily fitness, giving time and energy to your own wellbeing, puts you in the right mindset and physical condition to give to others. You exercise because you care about your relationships.
3. Life matters. We have a natural instinct to survive, to be on this planet for as long as possible. We are organic beings with a limited life expectancy, with an abundance of fortune and misfortune that shape our decades. Every day is an opportunity for adventure, moving forward on a journey toward our true potential. A good life requires strong muscles and heart, which only comes from exercise.
Exercise has little to do with calories burned or steps on a treadmill. It is more about an inner desire to live well for ourselves, for those that we care about, and for each day we have the privilege to be alive.
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We are Anita Parker & Jamie-Dee Marshall - busy moms, fitness trainers, and founders of Fitness Matters.