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walking for health

Why Walking Is So Beneficial To Your Health

Whenever you listen to fitness experts talking about exercising you will likely hear them discuss all kinds of activities such as jogging, aerobics, swimming, weightlifting and yoga, to name but a few. Whilst each of these have varying benefits, they also require certain physical attributes and a commitment from participants in terms of time.

Add all that up, and those who are less disposed to exercise, will more than likely see these as the ideal excuses not to exercise because a) They are physically unable to participate, b) They do not how to participate, or c) They do not have the time to participate.

However, there is one form of exercise that almost everyone can participate in, regardless of their fitness, how much time they have available, and it does not require any equipment either. Further, it requires no special skills as we have all been doing it since we were about 12 to 18 months old. We are talking of course about walking, something which we do every day, and most of us take it for granted.

With no possible excuses not to do some walking, there is no reason even the most sedentary amongst us cannot use it to get some exercise. No doubt even then some will be asking “How can walking possibly count as exercise and be beneficial for your health when you are moving so slowly”, and to be fair it is a reasonable question, so let us answer that question for them, and you if you are also wondering.

Walking Can Aid Weight Loss: Every physical activity burns calories, and that includes walking. By walking you burn calories, and the beauty is that you can control how many calories you burn by altering your pace, the distance, the terrain (flat or sloping) and the length of time that you walk. As you know burning calories is one of the most effective ways of controlling and losing weight.

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Healthy Eating Habits

7 Healthy Eating Habits You Should Try

If you do any amount of research into staying fit and healthy, you will undoubtedly find copious text relating to the fact that what we eat plays a huge role in our well-being. Everything from diets to help lose weight, to lists of healthy and not so healthy food can be found. No doubt for some, the reason they have not yet altered their eating habits to healthier ones is that the sheer number of available diets make their head spin trying to decide which one to pursue.

You will be pleased to know that in this article we are not going to outline or recommend any specific diet that we believe you should follow. For a start, every person reading this will have different dietary needs, so any single diet is not going to be suitable for all of them. Instead, what we are going to do is highlight a range of healthy eating habits, many of which can be incorporated into any specific diet you may be following, or at least compliment it in some way.

As with any advice relating to health and nutrition, before implementing it and changing your dietary habits it is advisable to check with your doctor to ensure that they are suitable for you, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition.

#1: Start With A Plan: Any diet or goal relating to your health has a better chance of success if you have a plan to achieve it so plan your meals and your food shopping carefully and sensibly well in advance, including meals out.

#2: Drink More Water: Did you know that 60% of your body is water? To remain healthy, drinking plenty of water is essential. Replace sugary drinks and some of your caffeine drinks with water, and if necessary flavour your water with natural, unsweetened fruit juices.

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7 Outstanding Sites You Should Try To Visit Around Ubud

One of the major benefits of choosing to have a holiday in Bali is that you have an almost endless list of places you can visit whilst there. In fact, there are so many of them, that many people insist on returning to Bali on multiple holidays so that they can experience as much of what Bali has to offer as possible.

The diversity of places to visit in Bali is incredible, and your head could be forgiven for spinning as you try to plan out your itinerary. One way to make your planning easier is to focus your attention on the area of Bali that you are staying in, and for the purposes of this article, we are going to look at places that are located in and around Ubud.

Ubud is located towards the southeast of Bali and is a popular location for those tourists who want to experience some of the culture and traditions of Bali such as crafts and cooking. It is also a fantastic base for anyone who wishes to see some of the beauty and splendour of this idyllic island. With this in mind, here are 7 wonderful locations in and around Ubud, that you must try to visit during your time in Bali

Kanto Lampo Waterfall: Bali is famous for its many waterfalls, and one located near Ubud which is a magnet for those who want stunning photographs of this type of natural feature, is Kanto Lampo Waterfall. The sight of the crystal clear water cascading down the rocks is one to behold, and it is also a great location to cool off should you wish to stand within the falls or jump in the natural pool at the bottom.

Campuhan Ridge Walk: For a bit of light exercise, and a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours, you should make your way to Campuhan, where you will find its famous ridge walk. It measures only 1 ¼ miles so it should be suitable for holidaymakers of all ages. The best time to visit is in the late evening when you can take in one of the many stunning sunsets Bali offers.

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sustainability

How to have a Zero Waste Christmas

We all love a good Christmas don’t we? Crackers, loads of tinsel, beautifully wrapped presents, and heaps of delicious food and drink. But with all this good cheer have you ever thought about the impact Christmas has on our planet? It is estimated that Australians are going to spend over $22.1 billion dollars this year just on Christmas – wrapping, christmas crackers, throwaway gifts …the list goes on. Christmas happens but once a year but the plastic that comes with it can last up to 1000 years in landfill! Here are a few simple ways you can reduce your environmental footprint this Christmas:

Stop buying cling film and invest in BPA free reusable containers or use beeswax wraps which will keep those leftovers fresh for Boxing Day. Try Ever Eco Bento Stainless Steel Boxes or Apriwraps – beautifully printed organic cottons coated with a unique compound of natural food ingredients to create traditional waxed cotton kitchen wraps. Apiwraps seal onto themselves, on to glass, metal & crockery. They can be used to cover a bowl of left overs in the fridge, wrap a sandwich for work, seal up half a watermelon or to wrap delicate herbs to store.

Yep Christmas is messy but forget the ‘handee’ paper towel in plastic wrapping and use Sumo Ecoleaf Jumbo Kitchen Towel instead. Made from 100% recycled fibre produced from a mix of consumer and trade waste using chlorine-free processing. The towel comes in 100% compostable wrap making the packaging sustainable, renewable, non-polluting and non-toxic. This super-absorbent, great value jumbo roll lasts as long as three regular kitchen rolls. Ecoleaf work in partnership with Treesponsibility to minimize the environmental impact of their products.

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