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How to Maintain Good Health In-Between Jobs

You get a lot of physical activity when you're working. If your social life is good, you get to play sports, dance, and swim with your co-workers. You might not even notice you're physically active when you have a job.

When you're unemployed, however, you get a lot less activity and have much less motivation. You don't have the drive to do what is needed to be healthy. Most people put on weight and lose the vigor they once had. They tire easily and lack interest.

However, this should not be the case. Being in-between jobs can be the best thing that ever happened to your health because you get the freedom to do what you want, where you want, how you want it. Exercise releases a natural feel-good hormone and helps you release your anger and frustrations, making you feel more confident during the interviews.

Since you might be a bit tight on the budget, here are a few affordable ideas to secure good health.

Eat healthy

One of the biggest problems of staying home for a long period of time is your accessibility to food all day long. For the unemployed, it is very easy to snag a bag of potato chips and shove them into his mouth while facing the television. But by all means, don’t.

When you’re at home, it’s still best to schedule your meals like when you’re working. Avoid snacking all day, especially when your refrigerator doesn't contain healthy food. One tip is to include fruits and vegetables when you go grocery shopping. Another great idea is to cook or prepare your own food rather than ordering takeout.

Drink plenty of water

Drink as much water as you can. Water doesn't only help the body function properly, it also keeps your immune system alert and ready to block any possible infection.

Make sure you have access to clean and safe drinking water. Whole house water filtration systems can provide worry-free drinking water for the whole family.

Maintain a sleeping schedule

Even if you don’t have work to attend to, always maintain a consistent sleeping schedule with enough number of hours. Irregular sleeping patterns will only make you feel tired the entire day, weaken your immune defenses, and eventually make you sick.

Think feet

If you don’t have weights or gym equipment at home, you can turn to the cheapest form of exercise: hiking, jogging, or running. These exercises only need to put one foot in front of the other. Since you have plenty of time to spare, why not make it a daily habit?

Consider going out early in the morning or late in the afternoon. This way, you won’t get too exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Use running apps to track your progress.

Try the gym

On the other hand, getting a gym membership or a local fitness class may cost you a few bucks, but it can also be an opportunity to network, aside from getting the proper workout you need.

Try working out when the bosses are in the gym: this may be at dawn. Be approachable and friendly and you might just get an interview from the guy sweating next to you on the elliptical. You should make friends with the fitness staff as well, they could tip you off if they have a client looking to hire.

I hope these tips have helped! Remember, feeling good and looking good will give you a clear mind and help you during your job search.


About the author

Melissa Page is a professional writer and a health buff. She believes that having drinking water systemsat home can result in greater fitness, health and peace of mind. When she’s not writing about health, she’s at the gym or preparing a healthy meal at home. Follow her musings on Twitter @Melissapage90

 

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Get Leaner and Stronger With Pilates Band Workout

There are many types of fad workouts today and more coming out year after year. Many promise big results with little effort. The truth is, the only way you will get the body you want to work at it. You can’t get a lean, muscled body without working out, that’s just the way the body works, unless you were blessed with unusually good genes, but still, genes can only take you so far. If you want a fit, lean body, then you have to find a workout that works for your body. If you are looking for a workout that can get you lean and strong, then you should consider the Pilates band workout.

What is the Pilates band workout?

The Pilates band workout incorporates Pilates exercises with resistance exercises using a long elastic band. Some people also use the Pilates ball. This type of exercise can help engage different muscles you normally wouldn't be able to work out with normal types of exercises. It makes your workout more challenging and actually increase its effectiveness.

The problem with many types of workouts is that the body parts you use a lot – like abs, arms, buttocks, and legs – get “bored”. That is because you tend to use the same muscle fibers over and over again. However, with the Pilates band workout, you can wake up these muscles and challenge them.

Starting the Pilates Band Workout

It really doesn't take much to start out this workout. First, you need your resistance band You can choose the band depending on your level of comfort. The lighter bands have less resistance, so it is better for beginners. The great thing about these bands is that as you use them more, you can increase your workout intensity by picking up newer and tighter bands.

Exercises

There are many types of exercises you can do with the resistance bands. The most basic one is the external rotations. Start by kneeling or standing in a neutral spine position. Keep your legs parallel and about hip width apart. Hold the band on either side of you with the palms up and elbows at the side. As you exhale, rotate the shoulders externally and stretch the band out horizontally. Inhale and return to the starting position.

Another great exercise is the triceps press. Sit down and stretch out your legs in front of you with the feet flexed. Wrap the band over the soles of your feet and hold either end of the band in your hands. Then, keeping your spine straight and hinged at the hip, reach your hands back, lifting the elbows and keeping your arms straight. You can also do a bicep curl in the same starting position, but rolling your lower back down to the floor or mat and bringing up your arms to a 90-degree angle and your elbows at the sides. Inhale when you extend the arms to a parallel position to the mat and exhale when you curl them back.

These are just two simple exercises you can do with the Pilates band. You can find many more that will help you get a fitter and healthier body.


About Author Andew wales is a fitness blogger providing information on topics such as how exercising, mat workout, and barre training to help with different muscle aspirations to keep you updated about the latest in the health and fitness market trends. He is family member of Pilates Sports Center, CA. His favorite qoute is "Energy & persistence conquer all things". His two kids, ages 2.5, and 7. 

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Top 7 Health and Fitness Strategies to Help You Get in the Best Shape of Your Life

Health and fitness are a key component in today's busy lifestyle. Good fitness helps you to reduce stress and have the energy you need to get everything done you need to do. The problem is that it's also easy to get stale in your workouts, or if you've never worked out before, you may not know where to start. These strategies will help you start and maintain a fitness program so you not only get the results you want, you will also get the body you want.

Winter Weather Exercise Safety

Winter weather does not have to signal the end of your outdoor exercise. You can continue to exercise outdoors, run through your favorite park and enjoy the fresh air if you take a few precautions to stay safe in cold weather. Get a checkup at your doctor's office and then get out in the crisp cold air for a great workout!

5 Secrets to Ultimate Sit-Ups

fitness benefits of situps

When you start to put together your own home fitness program, you will inevitably be confronted with the issue of Sit-Ups. Nobody really likes doing Sit-Ups and they seem like such and old-fashioned exercise. Surely there is some new high tech device that will let us skip this old school method of strengthening abdominal muscles.

Resistance Band Training

Whether you're on the road, are too busy to get to the gym, or just looking for a good resistance exercise program that won't break the bank; resistance bands may be the answer.

Maximize Workouts with Mirrors

If you are a "serious" exerciser, you're probably already aware of the reasons why you should avoid baggy clothes when you work out: not only do they get in the way when you're trying to manipulate weights or stretch out, but they also completely conceal your body.

In the same way, if you're working out without mirrors, you are approaching your exercise regimen just as blindly. The bottom line is that you have to see what you are working with in order to make sure you are working out properly.

Here are some more reasons why mirrors are essential when exercising and some tips on how to choose the right one for you.

The Magic of Mirrors

When it comes to gym mirrors, there are definitely certain types that are better suited to specific exercises than others.

Fairly Straight Forward & Functional

If your gym consists of a piece or two of cardio equipment (treadmill, elliptical, stair-climber or bicycle, etc.) and a few free weights in the corner, you may be perfectly fine with a single mirror mounted on one wall. This mirror does not need to be mounted close to the floor and as long as it provides a way for you to check your form during your weight-lifting, you should be good.

*Tip: Using a mirror during cardio can give you the motivation to keep going just one more mile. Since we can see ourselves, we realize, "it's not as bad as I thought...I can keep going!"

Head to Toe

For pilates, yoga and other mat-based workouts, make sure you have a long mirror mounted close to the floor that extends at least as long as you do during your extensions and if you can have one large enough to encompass your whole body when standing upright as well, even better. After all, in addition to checking your posture, Scapular Stability and your "V angle" during the Teaser, you can also confirm proper form during Warrior and Pose of the Dancer or Triangle.

Full Body Coverage

For comprehensive disciplines like martial arts and dance, multiple mirrors are best – mount one in front and one on the side to cover all angles, literally!

Sizes and Shapes

Although the most commonly used thickness in the mirror market is ¼" thick, if you order custom mirrors (rather than grabbing something off the shelf at a home décor store, for example), they are just that: customizable to suit your specific needs.

You can adjust the thickness and shape and since mirrors installed in gyms are attached directly on the wall, by ordering a custom mirror, you can include cutouts for electrical outlets, vents, speakers and even TV mounts.

Finally, most gym mirrors do not have decorative beveled edges, but rather a flat polished edge. Nor do they have decorative frames all the way around – the point is to have as little getting in between you and your mirror image as possible so the most you should have is as thin a seam as you can manage if you are mounting multiple mirrors next to each other or a thin band on top and bottom of the mirrors for support.

What type of gym mirror do you want for you workout needs?

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