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5 Tips For Living Healthy & Worry Free

Living healthy and free of worry seems impossible at times in 2016 (and beyond). Personal lives are complicated and sometimes crazy, but it's possible to find peace and wellness even now when you follow these 5 tips.

1) Eat clean.

As much as possible, focus on a diet that is full of whole foods, not ones that are prepared or packaged. The more you do this, the less chemicals and preservatives you get in your system. It also means the food hasn't been partially destroyed during processing. A good tip is to shop the outer walls of your grocery store and avoid the aisles, except maybe for herbs and seasonings.

2) Exercise at least 3 times per week.

A burning desire to lose weight can push you to a lot of cardio, but your motivation might wane, followed by your workouts. Cardio is good, but strength or resistance training is also good. A combination of the two is best for maximum results, and alternating them both keeps your schedule varied but also allows your different muscle groups to rest.

3) Maintain physical flexibility.

This can be tai chi, yoga or something similar. What's even better is having a favorite studio nearby so you can get some social needs in while you're at it. Hanging out with happy, healthy people rubs off in a positive way. Just like spending time with unhealthy individuals can make your own health consciousness slide. Even a self-restorative practice in the home is necessary to combat both the wear and tear of constant exercise, but also of life in general.

4) Get out of town every other month.

At least every eight weeks, get out of the city or place you live for two or three days. It's best to take these trips with someone you love (or love to travel with), but go alone if you must. A change of physical scenery makes the stresses prevalent in your day to day life smaller and distant as they fade temporarily into your rear view mirror. Catch your breath, have some fun, and literally expand your horizons, and you'll hopefully come home with a fresh body and mind.

5) Have three or four healers in your life.

Don't assume one person can do it all. Have a primary care physician to go to first, so that you don't miss out on what conventional medicine has to offer (if you believe in western medicine). Also have a psychiatrist or counselor you can talk to for the mind and heart. A good massage or acupuncturist is also a good idea. An optional fourth, depending on your personal beliefs, is an alternative medicine therapist to fill in the gaps and cover the things conventional medicine has forgotten or doesn't yet know.

When you make habits of these 5 health tips, you can live a life that is of healthy mind, body, and spirit. Your radiance will inspire others to act - or at least ask what your secret is.


How Exercising Can Help Your Daily Life And A Few Examples Of Great Programs

You probably understand the importance of exercising regularly. However, certain types of workouts are much more beneficial for you than others… especially after you consider how much time you need to spend doing certain workouts.

Why CrossFit Is One Of The Hottest Exercise Terms Right Now

Though CrossFit gets mixed reviews, when done correctly, it really is a truly beneficial method for exercising, staying in shape, and improving your overall fitness. The largest complaints with CrossFit is that many people don’t use proper form. With proper training and good coaches, it’s difficult to not learn and maintain correct form during workouts. Whether you are working on your own or with a coach or coaches, make sure you use the correct form for the exercises you are performing BEFORE adding weight.

If a coach ever stresses speed or total weight over form, find a new coach. That is calling for injuries and is NOT the correct way to exercise.

Where Can I Learn More About CrossFit?

Be sure to check out the official CrossFit site for tons of information, workouts, and to find affiliates near you.

How Do You Find A Good CrossFit Gym (Box) To Join?

Finding a great CrossFit affiliate to join can be difficult. Some of the boxes that have been around for longer tend to favor the more advanced athletes. At the same time, some gyms provide classes and tailor their workouts to athletes of all fitness levels and skill types. Do a bit of research for the best fit for you. A great example of a CrossFit gym that tailors to all fitness levels is CrossFit 333. Some of their reviews online suggest they are one of the best CrossFit St. Charles boxes to join.

Common Exercises Found In CF Workouts

Unlike conventional exercising at a gym using machines and treadmills, CF workouts incorporate more functional and bodyweight movements. Things like pull ups, air squats, pushups, running, rowing, olympic weightlifting, jump rope, and tons of other exercises are all factored into various workouts. Plus, you can do a short workout (less than an hour of total time including warmup and cool-down), and still get an incredible, full-body workout done. If you like exercising and competing (with your and with others), you will probably like CrossFit. Check out some of the gyms near you, many of them offer a free trial class or a trial week to see if you like the atmosphere.