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Health Benefits Of Including Your Dog In Fitness Workouts

Studies have continually shown that working out with a partner increases your motivation and the likelihood that you will actually stick to your training program. But finding a reliable, training partner who’ll motivate you consistently and never cancel is a challenge.  We know of a partner who will never come to you with “I’m tired”, “I’m busy”, “I’m not feeling well”… and that’s your very best friend – the family dog!

 

Here are the “Health Benefits Of Including Your Dog In Fitness Workouts” from HFR team and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic

 

  • You’re healthier for owning a dog:  Studies are now proving that dog owners are more likely to exercise regularly and to be fitter and healthier than their pooch-free peers. New research from Michigan State University reports that people with canine companions are 34% more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than are folks with either other pets or none at all.
  • Dogs can do more for you than a treadmill: A big part of motivation is that when you interact with your dog, endorphins rise and stress levels fall. This emotional connection definitely gives an extra boost to your workout.
  • You’re more active because of your dog: Research shows that dog owners often log in twice as many workouts—they don’t see taking the dog out as a sweat session, so they still spin and lift.  A University of Missouri study found that overweight participants who walked dogs for 20 minutes five days a week for a year lost an average of 14 pounds.  If you include some light jogging, frisbee throwing, and tug of war, you can rev your metabolism up even more!
  • Your pooch will push you: You will never find anyone more excited to workout than your dog- so much so that studies reported that people who walked with their dogs increased their speed by 28 percent over 12 weeks, while those who strolled with a human friend got only 4 percent faster.  Your dog will never complain or be discouraged!
  • Dogs will keep you on a routine: Dogs are creatures of habit- which means that even if you try and forget to go on a regular morning run, you’re dog won’t, he will let you know in his way that it’s time to get off the couch.
  • Try new activities: Dogs love adventure, many will love to hike, bike, swim, or even watch you while you do bootcamp!
  • Borrow a dog: Even if you can’t own a dog because of where you live, or don’t want the responsibility, you can still get the health and emotional benefits by volunteering at a shelter and walking/playing with the dogs and fostering them on the weekends.
  • Listen to your dog: Some breeds are more active than others so it’s important to watch for sign of exhaustion in your dog and listen to his needs.  Try not to run on very hot black pavement and make sure he stays hydrated and happy!

 

Samir Becic – Top Fitness Expert In the World Ever-Lived by RANKER.com

Health Fitness Revolution founder Samir Becic was recently chosen as a Top Fitness Expert in the World Ever-Lived by RANKER.com

His Response: “Thank you for this award. I am truly honored and very blessed to receive it.”

“List of famous personal trainers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top personal trainers in the world? This includes the most prominent personal trainers, living and dead, both in America and World. This list of fitness trainers is in alphabetical order and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic personal trainers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they’re all renowned fitness experts.

From reputable, prominent, and well-known personal trainers – these are some of the best professionals in the personal trainer field. If you want to answer the questions, “Who are the most famous personal trainers ever?” and “What are the names of famous personal trainers?” then you’re in the right place!”- RANKER.com

The List:

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Health Fitness Revolution Ambassador: Sanja Music Milanovic

The Health Fitness Revolution team and I started the Balkan Project in 2013 with the agenda of promoting healthy lifestyle in those countries. With this being said, we will go in to every segment of society, take into consideration every relevant factor, and use every possibility to improve the health of that region. One of these relative factors is also the healthy ambassadors and the individuals that can motivate millions of followers to live a healthy lifestyle. The person we are appointing as this month’s Health Fitness Revolution honorary ambassador for the Balkan region is the first lady of Croatia, Sanja Music Milanovic.

Currently, some media outlets, political factors, and certain organizations are trying to discourage her health suggestions to the Croatian/Balkan people by sarcastically using her tips as political fuel to discredit her noble intentions. Health Fitness Revolution and I stand behind her suggestion that whole grain bread, although slightly more expensive, can be sliced thinner and still have more nutritional value for the body.

Considering that we did some research on the Balkan region, and that the average resident is consuming more calories than 90% of the rest of the world population, I am not worried about this region not having enough calorie consumption. Health Fitness Revolution team and I chose Sanja Music Milanovic as a great example of a person who is contributing to Balkan healthy lifestyle and fitness- which is more important than politics, especially in a region that is known for having too much of that.

As one of the supervisors for the promotion of health with the Croatian Public Health Department she is a great ambassador on how to live and promote a healthy lifestyle in a region that needs it. She has said “We need to destroy the myth that healthy food is expensive food. Healthy food is actually more affordable because the body requires less quantities of it.” She has also said that healthy consumption doesn’t mean shopping at the most expensive stores and buying the most expensive products, but rather buying things that are healthy, available, and for affordable prices.

Are Fitness Trackers Making Diet Programs Extinct?

In the past decade fitness trackers have made a monumental impact in the world of health and fitness. In fact, they have been so impactful that fitness trackers and apps — whether they are strapped to your chest, worn as a watch or placed inside your shoe — have now surpassed diet and nutrition companies like Weight Watchers in number of customers and popularity.

Revenue for Weight Watchers fell 10 percent to $327.8 million in the December quarter, declining for the eighth straight period as FitBit, Jawbone and other activity trackers lure dieters away.

Shares in the company, a pioneer in the weight-loss industry, slumped as much as 16 percent in extended trading after the results, on top of a 78 percent decline in the past three years.

This goes to show that Americans are paying more attention to how many calories they’re burning from exercise or everyday activities, causing a significant spike in fitness gadget popularity, with 51.2 million adults in America alone adults using applications to track their health, according to Nielsen.

With the population more digital than ever, free apps are now the go-to source for getting fit and losing weight rather than diet plans that operate on a monthly fee. Weight Watchers’ membership declined 15 percent in the past quarter, to 2.51 million active subscribers.

Information gathered from the Sydney Morning Herald 

Want Cristiano Ronaldo’s Body? Take His 15 Health and Fitness Tips

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most attractive, talented and recognized names in the sport of soccer. And of course, he’s also one of the fittest athletes in the world. But to maintain his level of fitness and athleticism, Ronaldo stays extremely committed to a healthy lifestyle. After unveiling his new line of underwear this month, he offered his own 15 fitness tips for the average guy wanting to get in shape like him. These are tips Ronaldo himself follows religiously, no excuses. Try following his advice for a few months, and see how much of a positive impact it makes on your own health and fitness- and how close you get to Cristiano Ronaldos body.

1. Learn to train your mind as well as your body. Mental strength is just as important as physical strength and will help you achieve your goals.

2. Be disciplined. Keeping yourself motivated and sticking to your routine is key. For me, there is no room for easing off so I have to be strict.

3. Set yourself goals. It will help to keep you focused and work towards something.

4. Working with a training partner is a good way to add a bit of competitiveness and help push yourself. If you train with someone who is a similar level to you then you will help push each other.

5. Proper sleep is really important for getting the most out of training. I go to bed early and get up early, especially before matches. Sleep helps muscles recover which is really important.

6. Warming up properly prevents injury. In training we do a few laps of the pitch, stretching and cardio warm up exercises. Make sure you do something similar in your training, even if it is jogging to the gym or a warm up on the treadmill or bicycle.

7. Mix it up. I recommend a combination of cardio (running and rowing) and weight training to ensure that workouts target all areas of the body and increase both strength and stamina. It also helps to keep it interesting.

8. High intensity is important to get your blood pumping and to increase stamina. We do a lot of sprinting drills in training and they can be incorporated into your workout whether you are in the gym or outdoors. Try and add it to every workout you do.

9. Cardio sessions are also key for building up endurance and stamina, and to stay trim. Try to do periods of around 30 minutes, increasing the number of sessions as you get stronger.

10. Fit in exercise wherever you can. You can do an abs workout in your bedroom when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed. If you get into a routine then it makes it easier as it will become a habit.

11. A good workout must be combined with a good diet. I eat a high protein diet, with lots of wholegrain carbs, fruit and vegetables and avoid sugary foods. I love fish, especially the Portuguese dish bacalhau à braz, and at restaurants I’ll order a steak with salad.

12. Make sure you stay hydrated. Drinking water is so important. I also avoid alcohol.

13. Eat regularly. If you train regularly it’s important to keep energy levels high to fuel your body for better performance. I sometimes eat up to six smaller meals a day to make sure I have enough energy to perform each session at top level.

14. I always make sure I have good music to listen to. It helps you zone out, get motivated and do your best. I like to listen to hip hop and reggaeton.

15. Relax. Training and physical sessions are most important, but living a relaxed lifestyle helps you to be the best you can be, physically and mentally. I spend my free time with family and friends, which keeps me relaxed and in a positive mind-set.

 

Top 10 Free Health and Fitness Apps

Smartphones have become the norm in our thriving digital age. Known for being handy, all-in-one devices, smartphones aren’t so smart without the convenience of certain programs – or apps. In our case, the apps we’re looking at fall into the health and fitness category. These apps are helpful tools for trying to get in shape and stay healthy, and have served as substitutes for trainers, nutritionists and dietitians while also tracking goals and achievements. But with so many to choose from, where do you being?

We’ve compiled a list of 10 essential health and fitness apps, all of which are free!

  • Spring* – An iPhone exclusive, Spring is a music app designed specifically for workouts. Everyone agrees that working out is much more fun with some upbeat tunes, and Spring provides music that plays in-sync with the movement of the your body to idealize the workout experience. Get ready for your morning runs or spin classes to fly by!
  • MapMyFitness – MapMyFitness provides users with guidelines for a healthy, fit lifestyle by giving them the tools to track their food intake and exercise. Tracking is a good way to become more conscious of your health habits and it makes it much easier to lose weight or refrain from gaining weight. MapMyFitness also has a feature where you can share your activity with friends, so when you lose those 5 lbs or achieved a new PR, you get to show it off!
  • Noom – If you find tracking all of the elements of your diet tiring and difficult, Noom may be the app for you! It has an extremely wide database that includes all sorts of popular food items, so you can make sure your tracking is accurate and that you’re eating the right number of calories to reach your goals. Noom also gives you tips on how to change your habits to be as healthy as possible.
  • HealthyOut – Eating out can be very difficult if you’re trying to stay in shape. Thankfully, HealthyOut quickly provides nearby suggestions for restaurants with options including your diet specifications. You can enter a calorie limit or a diet restriction like “vegan”, and this app will find options near you. Going out with friend can finally be guilt-free!
  • Lumosity – If you like playing games, you’ll like Lumosity. Lumosity exercises your mind, including games that train your reflexes, your memory and more. These exercises seem just like fun and games, but studies have shown an increase in brain function after steady use. After working on them for several weeks, your mind will be sharper than ever!
  • HealthTap – Doctors are at your fingertips with this app! If you have a minor health concern but don’t have time to visit your doctor, you can text medical professionals and receive free advice tailored to your concerns. HealthTap also includes healthy lifestyle forums which help enables users to learn and grow together.
  • Runkeeper – If outdoor exercise is your thing, Runkeeper will be your best friend! This app tracks your distance, pace, calories and route. A handy voice alert chimes in every 5 minutes notifying you of your time, pace and distance, ensuring you of where you are in your goals.  You can also compare your workout to previous days to even track your progression.  Runkeeper also features a playlist keep your favorite workout tunes close by.
  • MyFitnessPal – Calorie counting made extremely easy! This app helps you keep a food journal, complete with nutritional facts and calories.  MyFitnessPal has an extensive database of fast food and restaurant dishes so you’re never guessing caloric intake.  You can also log your workouts and the app will deduct the calories you burned from your daily amount.
  • Nike Training Club – This fitness app offers over 100 workouts specifically crafted by Nike master trainers and athletes (such Allyson Felix and Sydney Leroux) for all fitness levels. Whether your goal is to tone up, lean out or get stronger your perfect workout awaits.  There’s even a video of each workout to show you the proper form and technique.  And if you’re crunched for time, don’t worry! Many of the focus workouts are as short as 15 minutes.
  • ShopWell – If you struggle with nutrition labels, this is a great tool.  Start by creating a profile with your age, gender, health goals, allergies, and food you would like to avoid in your diet (sugar, fat, sodium).  As you shop you simply scan each item’s barcode and you are given either a red, yellow, or green light and a score (the higher, the better).  This identifies the food that you should steer clear of, or those that are really good for you.  No more grocery store confusion!

*With the exception of Spring, all the apps featured are available for iPhone and Android devices.

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Top 10 Health Tips to Promote Family Fitness

Family members – can’t live with them, can’t live without them. From the start of your life your parents nurture you and instill in you values important to them, and at the end of the day, it’s your family who cares for you the most. So it’s essential you have the best relationship possible.

But in this day and age, obesity in America is quickly rising so more and more kids are growing up unhealthy. It’s time to make a change in our diet, in our daily activity and in our home lives. Parents have the most power when it comes to teaching their kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Through family fitness you will build a connection that will last as you adopt the health lifestyle for years to come. Kids are the most impressionable when young and instilling the importance of health and fitness could lead them to following a healthy lifestyle for decades to come. If a son watches his father partake in daily runs, it’s likely he will imitate that behavior to emulate his father. On the other hand, the kids will not only adopt a healthy lifestyle, but also treasure fond memories of family experiences, whether it’s going on daily runs, camping and hiking over vacations, or hosting lessons on how to cook healthy, the influence you have on your kids can be immeasurable.

Here’s some advice Health Fitness Revolution came up with to inspire family fitness:

Work Out

  • Keep track of your goals – Odds are everyone in your family is at different levels in terms of fitness and nutrition. Perhaps one is a track star who devotes most of her time to athletic sports, while another has never played a sport in his life. Maybe one is diabetic while the other consumes water and granola bars like no one’s business. Not everyone will be on the same page. The best thing you can do is have everyone set individual goals for themselves, given their current position. Having your family at your back will hold you accountable for reaching your goals and maintaining whatever workout or diet regimen you maintain.
  • Hit the gym – Finding a gym that suits your needs and getting a membership is the first step. Some gyms offer deals for family memberships to motivate you to get your whole family active, so be sure to capitalize on that. Take each other to the gym – you don’t have to do the same workouts, but knowing someone is there with you can prove reassuring.
  • Cycling – Riding a bike is fun for all ages. Going on rides at the park, around the neighborhood, to run errands – all of this can be a fun activity the whole family can take part in. If you have older kids, you can take them on rigorous, enduring rides through the woods or back roads for enhanced physical activity and a unifying adrenaline rush.
  • Running – There’s nothing like a good run to clear your mind. Just like with biking, you can go running through the neighborhood or at the park as a family. One of the best things about family fitness is that you can wake up in the morning and go run together. There’s no need for plans in advance since you’re in the same household. There are also plenty of fun runs and family 5ks to participate in.
  • Swimming – Swimming is a fun interactive way to workout your body. You can do it recreationally or competitively. You can swim during the summer, on vacations, or even at neighborhood pools. Many families enjoy swimming as it’s a good way to promote not only athleticism, but also teaches the swimming ability – a fundamental life skill – while everyone’s having fun splashing around!

Nutrition

  • Breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, serving as the basis for the rest of the day as it is the first fuel in your body. You want to make sure you have a good balance of carbs, protein and fats to keep you energized throughout the day.
  • Lunch – As you approach midday, you feel your body craving for some tasty sustenance. You don’t necessarily need to completely fill yourself up at this time, but be sure to eat just enough to keep you on your feet. If you’re packing your kids lunch you want to make sure you’re giving them the right amount of protein, carbs, and fruits and vegetables.
  • Dinner – The last meal of the day is typically eaten with your family. This gives you a chance to have the whole family eat healthy. You don’t want to eat right before you go to bed because bad food can affect your sleep and can possibly lead to gas buildup in your digestive system. If you want to wake up refreshed the next morning, having a light dinner will be enough to keep you satisfied without weighing you down.
  • Snacks – Snacking throughout the day can be just as important as meals because having snacks can keep your metabolism at peak levels and decrease portion size in your main meals. Just as is with meals, it’s imperative you snack on foods that are nutritious, like fruits, vegetables, or even nuts. Grated, it may be tough to ease vegetables as a snack into your kids’ diet, so try adding organic peanut butter or ranch dressing as a dip for flavors. Click here for various snack recipes and tips!
  • Dessert – The temptation to consume dessert is an ever-present one, nagging at your sweet tooth and your taste buds as if to say there’s no harm in it. Unfortunately, there can be plenty of harm in coming dessert. Try eating some healthy desserts if you’re in the mood for baking or eat berries and other healthy but sweet foods to satiate that craving.

Top 10 Benefits of Fitness Trackers

It’s no doubt that inactivity can lead to a number of health and personal issues, including weight gain, onset of chronic and acute illness and even low productivity in school, work and daily life. Conversely, constant activity can prevent and may even reverse many of these issues. Moving around – by walking, running, even fidgeting in your seat, can help boost a person’s overall health. But not only do you have to be constantly active, making gains in your activity as well.

Fitness trackers are one popular way to keep track of your progress. Depending on the tracker, wearers can track steps, calories, distance travelled, caloric intake, and even heart rate and sleep. Some even offer GPS tracking to map your distance and pace. While fitness trackers may seem like a needless investment for those who already have an athletic incentive, fitness trackers can be the “ghost you” you’ve been looking to compete with all along!

Here are the Top 10 from Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:

Personal accountability – Unless the corresponding app you use with your fitness tracker encourages social media usage, the only person you’re truly competing against is yourself! Fitness trackers track your goals and your progress, psychologically encouraging you to walk more steps than you did yesterday; to run faster than you did yesterday; to sustain that peak heart rate for just a little longer for that intense interval training. Research shows that wearing a fitness trackers – even if it’s just a basic pedometer! – can increase a user’s activity levels by 30 percent!

Individually-tailored goals – Maybe you’re a season 5k runner but looking to get into the 10k and eventually half-marathon scene? Perhaps you haven’t gone for so much as a walk around the neighborhood since graduating from college. Either way, most fitness trackers have workouts, tips, and realistic goals you can set for yourself. It makes sense before running half-marathon that you can, at the very least, run a 5k and 10k. If you want to run a 5k but have been couch ridden, couch-to-5k programs to exist and in as little as 8 weeks, you can be running 3.1 miles, no problem!

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All about you! – Let’s face it; there’s a lot of anxiety around hitting the gym. Whether or not you work out regularly or haven’t worked out in a while, going to the gym can be nerve-wracking for many people. “Am I doing this right? Are they watching me? Will I be laughed at?” are all questions many of us have faced one time or another. Fitness trackers, on the other hand, are a “crutch” – not in the bad, but in the sense that you can rely on them and tune into them to ensure you’re working out for you. Whether you decide to workout at home, at the park, or at the gym, the fitness tracker and where you are in your goals can serve as an excellent thing to focus on when nerves hit you.

Financial motivation – Many models of fitness trackers are retail-priced at over $100. For many, that can be steep for a little band that wraps around your wrist and displays information most athletes don’t need to know to motivate them to workout. But this is part of that psychological encouragement. If you’re dropping the cash for it, you might as well use it your advantage.

ThinkstockPhotos-468504736Up-to-date weight loss tool – As you’re busy trying to beat and maintain your personal records, you may not even notice the gains (or well, losses) you’re making in your weight goal. Or you may. Regardless, seeing your activity levels, noticing whether you’re in the correct heart rate zone and comparing with your weight on the scale after a few weeks can determine whether or not you’re on the right track to your desired weight.

Group dynamic – While personal motivation is ultimately a key component of physical activity, many people also enjoy the benefits of posting their activities on social media – and many fitness trackers’ apps promote linking up with other fitness trackers in your area, creating workout groups, and hosting challenges.

Incentives promote activity in the workplace – Fitness is no longer an individual hobby or habit. Workplaces are getting involved in encouraging employees adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle with many incentives. Richardson Software, for example, promised to reimburse employees the cost of their fitness tracker if they walked one million steps – and employees were taking advantage of any free time they had to walk. Oscar Insurance Company started a program where they would pay their employees $1 for each day they surpassed a goal in steps. If your company’s not on board with these incentives yet, try to pitch the idea! Having healthier employees cuts down costs for companies too!

 Variety of trackers – Since there are a variety of fitness trackers out, an inquisitive consumer can easily determine which features they want most on their tracker. GPS may not be necessary if you know the distance of the trail you normally hike; same for the heart rate feature if you have a watch and can monitor your heart rate yourself. At this point, they’re essentially customizable!

ThinkstockPhotos-510858069Everything you need in one – Once you’ve determined what features you need for your fitness tracker, you’re all set and ready to go. There’s no need to open an app or worry about whether or not you have enough battery to have multiple apps open; most trackers will automatically sync tracking activity via Bluetooth to your smart phone. If not that, some trackers have the option of being manually plugged into a computer via USB to upload information. A nightly charge or while plugged into a laptop can be enough to keep many trackers going throughout the day – and for a few, even the year!   

Sleep too! – Back in the day, tracking the quality of your sleep meant sleeping in a lab with wires hooked up to you to determine whether you were in REM or NREM sleep; now fitness trackers can easily determine the quality of your sleep based on your movement during sleep. Sleep is an instrumental determinate in the quality of your health and lifestyle and ensuring you get at least 3 full cycles of sleep in a night is pivotal to maintaining the energy you need throughout your day while giving your brain ample time to store and process everything that’s happened in the day prior!

Oil Down, Fitness Up

Times are tough in Houston. The oil downturn affects all of us, even those not directly employed in the oil industry. We need to band together as a city to persevere through this economic slump. Doing so will make us stronger as a city. Believe in yourself and believe in Houston.

Instead of coping with stress by eating unhealthy foods and binge drinking, do something that will ACTUALLY improve your health and make you feel better. Taking care of your body and mind will form the positive mental outlook you need to keep yourself motivated and strong. The habits you build now will not only improve your current situation, but will last an entire lifetime.

Your career is a major part of your life but it is not the only one. Don’t focus on what is negative but seek to improve what you can: health, diet, spirituality, and meaningful social connections. Balance is crucial in all things. Work towards achieving these ten tips and you will see an improvement in your life. And don’t forget: the price of oil ALWAYS bounces back.

  1. Get 8 hours of sleep at night
  2. Eat non-processed, nutrient rich foods
  3. Drink more water
  4. Exercise daily
  5. Replace white breads and grains with whole wheat
  6. Curb your sweet tooth by eating fruit
  7. Control your portion sizes
  8. Reduce alcohol consumption
  9. Spice up meals
  10. Add muscle

Top 10 Health and Fitness Tips From Hinduism

Hinduism is generally acknowledged to be one of the world’s oldest and largest religions. Hinduism currently has over 1 billion adherents worldwide, which makes up about 15% of the world’s population.  About 80-90% of all Hinduism followers are in India. Here are the Top 10 Health and Fitness Tips from Hinduism:

  • Strive to Achieve Balance in Health, Body, and Spirit — Dharma – Followers of Hinduism believe that the body is made up of natural elements, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.  It is believed that proper balance of these elements indicates good health, whereas imbalance indicates the opposite.  Followers of Hinduism strive to achieve balance throughout their lives using self-control, meditation, yoga, and a clean diet.
    Dharma stands for the ultimate moral balance of all things in life and belongs to the universe and the individual as well.  The individual is responsible to balancing their own dharma through all areas of life such as religious, social, and familial areas.
  • Benefits of a Structured Dietary Code – Followers of Hinduism believe that showing care for what you eat can save your body and mind.  Food is believed to be the source of the body’s chemistry, which means Hindus believe that what you eat can affect your mood and thoughts. Orthodox Hindus are pure vegetarians and many choose to avoid the eating of animal meat altogether, due to the belief that all of God’s creatures are worthy of respect and compassion.  While many observe a strict vegetarian diet consisting of no animal byproducts, others may adhere to the religion’s dietary codes in varying degrees of strictness.  Most refrain from consuming beef because the cow is considered sacred and pork, duck, camel, snails, and crab are generally avoided. Overall, lacto-vegetarian diet where dairy is consumed with non-animal foods is favored among the Hindu population.

This dietary code consists of three categories:

  1. Tamasic food:  stale, leftover, overripe, spoiled, or otherwise impure food.  It is believed to produce negative emotions, such as anger, greed and jealousy.
  2. Rajasic food:  believed to produce strong emotional qualities in the mind such as passions or restlessness.  These are commonly spicy or pungent foods like meat, eggs, fish, spices, onions, garlic, and hot peppers.
  3. Sattvic food:  believed to be the most desireable food that is non-irritating to the stomach and purifying for the mind.  Sattvic food is believed to promote calmness.  These foods include fruits, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables.

 

  • Practice Yoga – In Hinduism, yoga is primarily spiritual.  The physical aspect comes second, and is meant to be exercise in purification, allowing man to work toward achieving a higher spiritual and mental state.  Yoga goes hand in hand with meditation in many disciplines, and is meant to connect the body and mind in preparation for meditation.
  • The Use of Tulsi – Tulsi, or “Holy Basil” is widely used and revered in Hinduism due to its many medicinal and religious purposes.  This plant has antimicrobial properties and is known to promote longevity.  Tulsi is a very important plant in Ayurveda and can be found in nearly every Hindu household.  The plant’s extracts can be used for many common ailments like the common cold, stomach disorders, headaches, inflammation, malaria, and heart disease.  Tulsi can even purify or de-pollute the air and acts as a repellant against mosquitoes, flies, and other insects.
  • Self-Control – In Hinduism, it is believed that the mind and body can be trained to resist and overcome cravings or harmful behaviors such as addiction.  The Hindu sacred writings called the Bhagavad Gita, states “It is true that the mind is restless and difficult to control. But it can be conquered…through regular practice and detachment. Those who lack self-control will find it difficult to progress in meditation; but those who are self-controlled, striving earnestly through the right means, will attain the goal”.
  • Intermittent Fasting – Fasting habits depend on a person’s caste, or social ranking, and is usually done during holy days, moon days, and during festivals.  It is important to note that intermittent fasting is rarely done continuously for more than one day. According to a study done on mice at The University of Southern California by Valter Longo, published in (Cell Metabolism), the benefits of intermittent fasting included improved immune system, reduction of cancer incidence, and promotion of stem cell regeneration, particularly in the brain.
  • Improved Oral Health – According to a study done on the impact of cultural factors in health, (tribal and primitive Hindu) populations’ diet patterns consisting of fibrous and coarse vegetation were shown to possibly reduce tooth decay and facilitate adequate stimulation of jaw muscles because they forgo refined carbohydrates and red meat.  The habit of alcoholism is prohibited among high caste Hindus, which also promotes oral health.
  • Cleanliness – The Hindu way of living gives tremendous importance to cleanliness and hygiene. Many Hindus practice a daily bath ritual and you cannot visit the temple without bathing beforehand.  Similarly, one may not enter a puja room (prayer room) until they are in clean clothes after bathing.
  • Meditation – Hindus believe that through meditation, we have the ability to evolve into higher beings through mental focus.  Meditation can help overcome mental blocks, negative thinking, fears, and anxiety if practiced regularly.
  • Karmic Belief – Karma is a facet of the Hindu belief system.  Karma literally means “deed” or “act”, and often refers to the accumulations of your actions and determines each soul’s unique destiny.  Karma stands for the belief that an individual experiences the effects of his or her behavior and actions, and that every act or thought has consequences.  Negative thoughts and actions can result in  commensurate suffering, wherein good thoughts and actions can liberate a person.

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