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…

No Pain, No Gain

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on May 19, 2011 ][ In Fitness Tips ]

Remember this old saying – No Pain, No Gain?  I think that statement is true.  If you don’t push yourself when you are exercising, you won’t make any progress.  Now I don’t mean you should ignore real pain and risk injuring yourself.  Time spent recuperating from an injury sets you back on your weight loss goals or your fitness level.  When you feel real pain while exercising, you should immediately stop and evaluate the extent of your injury.  If it really hurts to move or put weight on an area, you need to seek medical help.  Otherwise try rest, soak in a hot tub or use an ice pack and take Tylenol or ibuprofen for a couple of days.

However, if your walks resemble strolls through the mall, then you aren’t working hard enough.  You need to work hard enough to break a sweat, raise your heart rate and become a little breathless at least, depending on what you are doing.  If your workout has become too easy, it’s time for a change.  Try something new or get a new routine from a trainer.  I have seen people who “work out” not make any progress because they never really break a sweat.

Working your body hard has other benefits than just better fitness.  A good workout leaves you feeling relaxed and happy, at least until you get home to the kids.  I swear, five minutes with my kids can undo a whole hour of intense yoga!  Anyway, people who exercise regularly have more energy and sleep better.  Exercise helps fight chronic disease like high cholesterol and can even lead to a better sex life.  What else can I say to motivate you?  Oh, exercise can even be fun!  A hike with the family on a beautiful spring day or tennis with friends can fill an otherwise dull afternoon.

So step up your game!  Get moving and discover the benefits of exercise for yourself, especially if you’ve already done the sit on your butt routine.  Just remember to check with a physician before starting an exercise program if you are seriously out of shape or have a medical condition.  Also, start slow and increase your workouts gradually.  If you go out and injure yourself or become so sore you can’t move the first day, you are doing more harm than good.

Upadated on May 19, 2011

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