Health & Wellness

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Fusion Jerky believes health is a state of mind and body. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle that can empower you to be the best and do the best. Your health is one of the most important, if not THE most important, aspect of your life that should never be neglected.

Benefits of changing your lifestyle habits:

  • Emotionally, mentally, and physically stronger
  • Improved mobility and feeling good about your look
  • Finding yourself full of life and energy
  • Decreasing your risk for disease
  • Feeling great about the choices you made
  • Having a positive outlook on life
  • Able to spend time with loved ones and do fun activities

These are just a few examples on a long list of potential benefits. I’m sure you can think of many more! Physical fitness is vital for longevity and eating healthy is a step in that direction. “Health” and “Healthy” can mean something very different from person to person, but we know everyone feels their health is optimal is living the life they wish to live. Whether that’s staying fit and strong enough to keep up with the grandchildren or eating right to make sure your body has the right nutrients it needs to get you through the day.

No one wants to hear from their doctor that they are not looking too good on the charts. It’s a scary thought – premature health decline and death – needless to say that you listen to your doctor. In any case, a nutritious diet is essential for your body to last you through the ages. With a well balanced meal – vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats – and a consistent exercise routine, you’re well on your way to a healthier lifestyle!

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MIND

Your mind is one of your most powerful tools and its health is important to maintain in order to carry out day-to-day activities. Fusion Jerky believes your mind goes through 11 different types of emotions when you choose a healthier lifestyle:

  1. Excitement – to get a routine started
  2. Loss – of not eating or drinking what you want, when you want it
  3. Procrastinate – when you find the time to get to it
  4. Irritation – for not starting earlier
  5. Confusion – on what to eat when and how much
  6. Embarrassment – when you realize you haven’t been to the gym in over 2 years
  7. Accomplishment – for that time when you finish your workout routine
  8. Shock – yourself with how well you got through your workout
  9. Cockiness – when you know you did better than the guy/girl next to you at the gym
  10. Obsession – when you leave the gym feeling amazing after releasing all those endorphins and can’t get enough

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Some tips to help decompress the mind and lower those stress levels:

At work:

  • Take a break from looking at your screen by stepping outside your office for only 5 minutes and soaking up some sun rays or take deep breaths to release some of that tension built up from that pesky coworker. These will ease your mind and help you to move forward with your day.
  • Prepare some snacks to take to work the night before. Some good snacks would be sliced cucumbers, celery and peanut butter, or mixed fruit bowl.
  • On your lunch break, take five minutes for stretches. Your body will thank you later.

At home:

  • Take a bath for 30 minutes in hot water and Epsom salts. These salts have high contents of magnesium which is known to help relax the muscles and loosen stiff joints. Doesn’t that sounds amazing!
  • Grab a book and get caught up in the story. Let your imagination run wild.
  • Have a warm cup of tea or hot water with lemon and honey and snuggle up next to your loved ones
  • Body feeling tight? Stretches are very important and if you cannot get to them throughout your day at work, then definitely at the end of the day when you get home. You will feel ten times better.

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BODY

Living healthy is going to mean something different for each and every person, however, there is always some type of exercise and proper diet incorporated in their day-to-day activities. Staying active is crucial for longevity! Even moderate activities can make a huge difference. The more you move, the healthier you’ll be.

Movements help improve join stability, range of motion/movement, maintain flexibility, enhance your self-esteem, maintain bone mass, prevent fractures (when done the right way), improve memory in the elderly, reduce tension and stress, and reduce heart diseases or other diseases.

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Workout routines:

The most effective is physical exercise where you are sweating at the end of it. Workout routines are never the same from person to person or even male to female. Females love to stay fit, slim, toned, and lean to show off those tremendous curves, while males love to lean up, sometimes bulk-up, and stay strong to show off those muscles.

It is recommended to workout the lower body in the beginning of the week since the lower body is generally the most taxing area on the body to workout. This allows your body to be at it’s best and get through the strenuous lower body workout. Resting in between days is also crucial for proper recovery of the muscles. You don’t want to overexert your body.

  • Day 1: Legs/Abs
  • Day 2: Chest
  • Day 3: Back/Abs*
  • Day 4: Rest
  • Day 5: Shoulder/Abs*
  • Day 6: Arms
  • Day 7: Rest

Each of these days should have a set (routine) for each part of your body. Create a 5 – 10 minute set and repeat it 2 – 3 times (reps). It is important to keep in mind how long you have been training at the gym in order to create the perfect workout set just for you. If you are just starting at the gym after a year or more, start with a smaller set and maybe 5 – 6 reps with lower weights since your body isn’t used to movements. As you continue to go to the gym and tweak your workout sets, you will start to see a difference. You will start to feel happy, confident, and ask yourself why you didn’t do this earlier!

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Eating Habits/Diets:

Eating habits and diets can be quite similar for males and females with a slight difference in portion sizes. People tend to overeat when they finish working out to compensate for what they feel they lost during the workout. You really just need protein to help build repair the muscles and a well-balanced meal to replenish the nutrients.

  • Know your food groups and check out the pyramid for serving sizes (vegan pyramid)
  • Eat healthy fats in moderation (as little unhealthy fats as possible)
  • Select foods that are low in both sugar and highly refined carbohydrates
  • Eat more whole foods instead of processed foods
  • Incorporate organic foods and drinks – dairy products, vegetables, and fruits

When you decide on a diet, decide on one that is well balanced. Some diets cut out certain food groups completely that are, in fact, necessary for good health. An example of one major good group that is most cut out is carbs. Carbs are essential for any diet, just make sure they are in moderation. Cutting carbs out completely is actually harmful to your health. You need some amount of carbs in your diet.

Reasons to keep carbs, even a little:

  1. Help  your brain work better and function properly. Your brain needs glucose which you get from carbs
  2. Reduces bloating and promotes weight loss because good carbs contain a good amount of fiber that helps eliminate waste in your body
  3. They do help you feel better because they contain tryptophan which helps produce the happy-feel-good hormone serotonin
  4. When you’re about to take a test and you’re feeling a little tired, someone tells you to eat a piece of bread…carbs give you energy
  5. You still get vitamins that are good for you that help your body make red blood cells
  6. They help lower your risk for heart disease and lower cholesterol levels
  7. They taste good and you should never cut them out completely!

Creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself doesn’t mean you have to take drastic measures. When you shock your body is when you’re doing injustice to your body and that leads to failure. Take it day by day and start off slow. Get into a habit or routine that works for you and your schedule. Take care of your body and it will take care of you!

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