Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

I Could Dance All Night

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on April 22, 2010 ][ In Fitness Tips ]

Exercise is always easier when you are doing something fun that you love.  For years, I have wanted to take dancing lessons.  Not the ballet and tap lessons I had as a child but ballroom or latin dancing.  A friend of mine recently met a young man who teaches latin dances and arranged for 7 couples to take a class on Tuesday evenings.  We have had 3 classes so far and we are having a ball learning the merangue.  Each evening when we leave, my hair is soaked, my makeup wiped off on my sweaty shirt and I am feeling so good.

Yes, people!  Exercise makes you feel SO GOOD.  And it is so good for you.  You all know that exercise helps maintain your weight and keeps your heart running well but do you know how much exercise does for your brain?  Of course I’m going to tell you and if this doesn’t make you get off the couch and get moving, nothing will.

Exercise improves your circulation, getting more oxygen and glucose to your brain.  It improves our ability to learn, concentrate, reason, plan, organize and mentally juggle multiple tasks.  Regular exercise may delay the onset of and progression of diseases like Alzheimers.  Older adults who exercise experience less forgetfulness and have better mental function.  People who exercise have better moods and handle stress better.

So, do you want to be happier?  Feel less stressed and concentrate better at work?  Avoid the embarrassment of wandering out of the house naked when you are 70?  Be healthier in every way?  Exercise!  Find something you like and do it.  I do many different things so I don’t get bored.  I lift weights, walk, swim, shovel horse poo daily, do yoga, and now, dance.  It beats the alternative – nursing home, impaired health, forgetting who you are.

Even more important – get your kids moving.  Today’s kids don’t get nearly enough exercise but spend plenty of time sitting at a computer or TV.  If you want your kids to be better behaved, smarter and do better in school, this is a simple step to take.  Kids with ADD and ADHD can improve enough with exercise that they can do without medication.  I always feel better any time I can avoid taking medication or giving it to my kids.

I hope I have given you some food for thought.  Do some google research on your own if you aren’t convinced.  I know I want to feel good.

Have a happy weekend and get moving.

Upadated on April 22, 2010

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