Eating with a purpose

True healthy eating involves eating with a purpose. What are you eating and why? The foods that you select should be carefully selected and should possess the nutrients needed to over come some health issues and promote overall good health.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Antioxidants and Cancer

Antioxidants are substances that inhibit the oxidation process and act as protective agents. They protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals (by-products of the body's normal chemical processes). Free radicals attack healthy cells, which changes their DNA, allowing tumors to grow. Research is underway to investigate the role of antioxidants in decreasing the risk of developing cancer.

Antioxidants include:

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), vitamin C may protect against cancer of the oral cavity, stomach, and esophagus and may also reduce the risk of developing cancers of the rectum, pancreas, and cervix. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C may provide protection against breast and lung cancer.
According to the American Dietetic Association and USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the following foods are good sources of vitamin C:
    The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C has recently been increased to 75 milligrams per day for women and 90 milligrams per day for men. If you smoke cigarettes, it is recommended to increase your intake of vitamin C to 100 milligrams per day.

    Beta carotene

    Beta carotene, also known as provitamin A, may help decrease the risk of developing cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, this nutrient may prevent certain cancers by enhancing the white blood cells in your immune system. White blood cells work to block cell-damaging free radicals.
    Good sources of beta carotene are dark green leafy and yellow-orange fruits and vegetables. In the body, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A. Eating foods rich in beta carotene is recommended to possibly decrease the risk of developing stomach, lung, prostate, breast, and head and neck cancer. However, more research is needed before a definite recommendation on beta carotene consumption can be made. Overdosing on beta carotene is not recommended. Large doses can cause the skin to turn a yellow-orange color, a condition called carotenosis. High intakes of beta carotene in supplement form may actually cause lung cancer in people at risk, such as smokers.
    While there is a recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A, there is not one for beta carotene. Examples of some foods high in beta carotene include the following:

      Vitamin E

      Vitamin E is essential for our bodies to work properly. Vitamin E helps to build normal and red blood cells, as well as working as an antioxidant. Research is finding evidence that vitamin E may protect against prostate and colorectal cancer. The recommended dietary allowance for vitamin E is 15 milligrams per day. The adult upper limit for vitamin E is 1,000 milligrams per day. Good sources of vitamin E (and the amount each serving contains) include the following:
        Since some sources of vitamin E are high in fat. A synthetic form of a vitamin E is available as a supplement. Vitamin E supplementation is probably not needed for most individuals because vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and is stored in our bodies. Very high doses of vitamin E can also interfere with the way other fat-soluble vitamins work. Also, large doses of vitamin E from supplements are not recommended for people taking blood thinners and some other medications, as the vitamin can interfere with the action of the medication. To make sure you are meeting your needs, eat a varied diet that includes whole-wheat breads and cereals


        Monday, January 1, 2018

        15 Incredible Benefits of Guava Leaf Tea

        Now we all know that guava (amrood in Hindi) has been hailed as one of the super fruits as it provides several health benefits, but did you know that guava leaves are great for your well-being too? The young leaves of the guava tree can be brewed to make a magical tea, that has in fact been part of traditional medicine for centuries in Mexico and parts of South America.

        "These leaves are a powerhouse of antioxidants like Vitamin C, and flavonoids such as quercetin", says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. To make guava leaf tea, all you need to do is soak guava leaves in a cup of hot water and drink up!

        Here are 15 benefits of guava leaves, and reasons you need to start drinking guava leaf tea immediately -

        1. Diarrhea

        According to a study published in the Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo, guava-leaf extracts inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, a common cause of diarrhea. People suffering from diarrhea who drink guava leaf tea may experience less abdominal pain, fewer and less watery stools, and a quicker recovery, according to Add the leaves and root of guava to a cup of boiling water, strain the water and consume it on an empty stomach for quick relief.

        2. Lowers Cholesterol

        According to an article published in Nutrition and Metabolism, study participants who drank guava leaf tea had lower cholesterol levels after eight weeks.

        3. Manages Diabetes

        Japan has approved guava leaf tea as one of the foods for specified health uses to help with the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The compounds in the tea help regulate blood sugar levels after meals, by inhibiting the absorption of two types of sugars - sucrose and maltose. According to an article published in Nutrition and Metabolism, guava leaf tea inhibits several different enzymes that convert carbohydrate in the digestive tract into glucose, potentially slowing its uptake into your blood.

        4. Promotes Weight Loss

        Guava leaves help prevent complex carbs from turning into sugars, promoting rapid weight loss. Drink guava leaf tea or juice regularly to reap the benefits.

        5. Fights Cancer

        Dr. Anju Sood says, "Guava leaves can lower the risk of cancer" - especially breast, prostate, and oral cancers - due to high quantities of the antioxidant lycopene. Various studies have revealed that lycopene plays a significant role in lowering the risk of cancer.

         6. Heals Cold and Cough

        Guava leaves contain high levels of Vitamin C and iron, and a decoction of guava leaves is very helpful in relieving cough and cold as it helps get rid of mucus. It also disinfects the respiratory tract, throat and lungs.

        7. Reduces Acne

        Due to their high percentage of Vitamin C, guava leaves can help get rid of acne when crushed and applied to trouble spots.

        8. Improves Skin Texture

        Guavas have high astringent properties, and guava leaves rank even higher. Apply a decoction of the leaves on your skin to help tone and tighten facial muscles.

        9. Prevents Hair Loss

        Suffering from hair loss? Guava leaves can be boiled and massaged onto the scalp. Note: Make sure the water is cool before applying it to the scalp.

         10. Beats Toothache

        "Guava leaves are anti inflammatory in nature and help in maintaining good oral health", says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. Guava leaf tea works as a fantastic home remedy for toothache, swollen gums and oral ulcers due to the powerful antibacterial agents. You can also grind the leaves into a paste and apply it to your gums and teeth to cure these problems.

        11. Improves Quality of Sleep

        "Drinking guava leaf tea regularly helps improve quality of sleep", says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath. It calms your nerves and quietens your mind, making it easier to slip into slumber.

         12. Boosts Immunity

        According to Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, "guava leaf tea helps boost the immune system", thereby reducing the risk of various illnesses.

        13. Soothes Gastrointestinal Issues

        Guava leaves are useful in treating gastrointestinal issues because they reduce the production of extra mucus that can irritate the digestive system, and prevent further microbial growth in the intestines due to anti-bacterial properties.

        14. Promotes Heart Health

        "Guava leaf tea may also benefit your heart and circulatory system", says Anshul Jaibharat.

        15. Good for Your Brain

        "Guava leaves contain vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which help in improving blood circulation to the brain, stimulating cognitive function and relaxing the nerves", remarks Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja.


        Thursday, January 5, 2017

        Can Overtraining Lead to Mineral Depletion

        Dana Green Remedios, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, former personal trainer, former Health Club Manager

        • Strenous Exercise itself can deplete certain nutrients, or rather, use them up quickly.
        These include the antioxidant vitamins - Vitamins A, C and E (plus glutathione, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, polyphenols...)

        Oh yes, about the process...basically, for the last 2 decades, we have believed something like this

        "It has been postulated that the generation of oxygen free radicals is  increased during exercise as a result of increases in mitochondrial  oxygen consumption and electron transport flux, inducing lipid  peroxidation. The literature suggests that dietary antioxidants are able  to detoxify the peroxides produced during exercise, which could  otherwise result in lipid peroxidation, and that they are capable of  scavenging peroxyl radicals and therefore may prevent muscle damage." Sports Med. 1996 Mar;21(3):213-38.

        This has resulted in an idea that too much exercise is 'aging' at the cellular level, in that there is a lot of oxidative stress placed on cells. Antioxidants are thought to reduce oxidative stress. However, that doesn't mean that you should necessarily run out and supplement with astaxanthin or another powerful antioxidant...Because in the last few years it has been discovered that antioxidant supplementation may actually reduce the insulin lowering effects of exercise. So if you are exercising to stay out of the pre-diabetes zone, think twice.

        • Perspiration will cause the body to lose minerals, so these are more of a concern if you are a heavy sweater or enjoy Bikram's yoga, or run outside in Arizona.
        These include potassium, magnesium, chloride, sodium, bicarbonate and others.

        Your body fluids are like seawater - full of these salts, or ions, that we call electrolytes. They get the electro portion of their name because they regulate electrical impulses in our nerves and muscles. Your kidneys regulate them, but if you lose a lot of them through urine and sweat and just replenish with water, they will eventually be depleted.

        • The increased rate of metabolism that can accompany regular vigorous exercise would also eventually cause one to generally go through micronutrients more quickly than if one were sedentary.
        These include zinc, calcium, leucine, sodium, potassium and more.

        They are being expelled in urine and feces and used up in the muscle breakdown/repair/regeneration cycle.

         * * * * *

        If you are undertaking regular moderate exercise and eating a fairly nutritious diet without a lot of processed junk, you should be fine...

        However, there is a common misconception that "if you exercise, it doesn't matter what you eat" when really, the opposite is true; if you exercise, it matters even more what you eat! So it is good that you are looking into the matter.

        To help the antioxidant situation in a healthy way - eat a few more dark Green and Colourful Vegetables daily, and vary your fruits every day, looking for Red cherries and Orange apricots etc, and avoid transfats (which are sources of free radicals and peroxides) such as bakery pastries and deep fried chips.
        *Eat lots of (blue)berries, salmon, red beans, and other nutrient dense foods.

        To help with the ones lost to sweat, little flavoured electrolyte packages are easy to add to water for after runs in the sun...coconut water is good too, bananas are easy, and try using Real Salt or himalayan salt or Redmond salt every day instead of plain table salt. You'll get all the trace minerals that way.

        Overall, eat a balanced, varied, unprocessed, colourful diet. Eat healthy fats daily, such as avocado and nuts, and eat a variety of nutritious grains like millet and quinoa, aim to get plenty of zinc and calcium (get adventurous with bouillabasse and cooked greens) and you will be alright.

        If you feel you need to supplement with antioxidants, omega 3s, magnesium, zinc or other things, get some more help from a professional. You might find that a good quality chemical-free protein drink powder or greens powder mixed into water every day you do hard exercise helps you a lot.


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        The Weekend Warrior, Over training
        It has been found that exercisers that feel weak and tired are highly likely to be suffering from mineral deficiency. Magnesium is lost via sweat and can bring on fatigue, muscle cramps, impaired glucose and oxygen transport into muscle cells, especially the heart. Sweating from exercise or saunas, steam rooms, when done regularly require the regular replacement of magnesium. In severe cases, with extreme athletes, body builders and long distance runners, depletion of heart tissue magnesium can cause Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD), myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, and heart arrhythmias.

        The mechanism of sudden death after a stressful event can be traced to magnesium depletion that causes oxygen depletion in the heart muscle, and increased arrhythmia from increased catecholamine output.  Magnesium loss was the first electrolyte derangement seen even before potassium loss. Intravenous magnesium therapy has increased survival rates.

        Without optimum “cellular magnesium” levels (our ATP/cellular energy synthesis) optimum muscle contraction and oxygen utilization suffers, sometimes with fatal consequences. Therefore, over-training, overexertion, excessive sweating, either done in one event or done repetitively, especially without sufficient electrolyte replacement will burn magnesium at a faster rate and send us into intracellular deficiency of magnesium.

        A runner need not drop dead on the course of sudden cardiac death to be magnesium deficient. Sudden cardiac death strikes the youth and prime even post event when intracellular heart magnesium is not replenished. Over training, and not becoming aware of the state of one’s intracellular magnesium could be fatal as you might not have other magnesium deficient symptoms such as cramping of muscles to warn you of a problem!

        In a treadmill study of 44 healthy male athletes and 20 untrained men, the athletes’ their average maximum oxygen consumption was higher, their work capacity increased 50% and they had lower lactate after exercise than the untrained men. This is to be expected. What was not expected was to find a correlation between oxygen consumption and serum magnesium. When magnesium was depleted, oxygen consumption declined along with endurance and performance. Therefore, magnesium’s role in facilitating oxygen delivery to muscles is significant.

        Another interesting study was performed on marathon runners measuring their free fatty acid levels during a 26 mile race and their serum magnesium levels. They compared their values against an untrained runner who was given magnesium supplementation of 375mg/day for a week before the run. The marathon runners showed increasing levels of free fatty acids as they approached 26 miles (indicating increasing levels of stress perceived by the body and stress hormones released as a result) and corresponding decreasing levels of serum magnesium levels, but not with the untrained runner! Because he was talking magnesium, his body was able to burn the magnesium to ward of an increase in stress hormones. He had lower stress hormone excretion, less lactic acid build up and more magnesium to spare. The end result, he ended the race healthier metabolically than the marathon runners who did not take magnesium supplementation! (Pratt K, Moody ML, Cinlee RK, Rueddel H, Frnz KB; Changes in serum free fatty acids and magnesium during a marathon. Magnesium 4:207-208, 1985.

        Another study found that the stress of marathon running had caused these runners to have increased platelet aggregation factor TXB2 levels as serum magnesium levels were depleted. TXB2 causes vasoconstriction as well as sticky blood. Clearly, magnesium replacement during runs are as or even more important than plain water to prevent dehydration during and after a race!

        Additional silent damage, the consequence of magnesium deficiency, induced by strenuous exercise, leads to calcium overload, resulting in cell membrane lipid anti-per oxidative activity. In lay terms, this means magnesium deficiency increases one’s free radical activity, leading to increased stress on one’s heart muscle, leading to aggravation of all heart conditions. Free radical accumulation from extreme exercise and magnesium deficiency was buffered by taking vitamin E and magnesium. The fact that extreme athletes and those regularly engaging in strenuous exercise do not have a longer lifespan may be attributed to magnesium depletion leading to increased oxidative stress and metabolic induced inflammation which could be avoided by paying attention to one’s magnesium!

        Therefore, even before we begin to push our bodies for strenuous exercise, if our tissue magnesium stores are low, we will notice more fatigue, decreased exercise capacity despite regular exercise. We will feel dragy, winded and have a hard time picking our energy up from exercise. If we continue to push our bodies, we will then suffer muscle stiffness, spasms or strains and sprains from the stiffness that results from low intracellular magnesium. Biochemically, we will increase our stress hormones even more when we are magnesium deficient, and suffer more free radical synthesis, increased cholesterol! and oxygen depletion to our heart muscle. However, our heart tissue can become deficient in magnesium before other tissues of the body. Thus we might not have any body symptoms to warn us of a more serious heart muscle deficiency. The consequences to the heart can be fatal. Beware the stressed executive that dies on his/her treadmill as this can be the silent vicious cycle of mineral depletion.

        We all underestimate stress because we live in it daily and take it as part of our daily lives. But stress takes it’s toll on us. Stress, both physical and mental aggravation, frustration, irritability, causes you to burn magnesium at a faster rate. Stress makes your body more acidic. Magnesium is used to buffer that acid. Therefore, stress causes you to burn magnesium faster to neutralize the acid.

        Our adrenals and nerves secrete stress hormones called catecholamines and corticosteroids, when under emotional or physical stress. Do you know when your body is releasing these stress hormones? No! Like using up the gasoline in one’s car, it’s a slow and steady drain. These stress hormones cause the loss of cellular magnesium leading directly to problems with cellular energy production, and skeletal and heart muscle performance that lead to blood clotting and heart arrhythmias.

        There was a study comparing Type A and Type B individuals that found that Type A personalities excreted more stress hormones in response to noise and mental stress and depleted their magnesium faster than Type Bs! This explains the increased risk among Type A’s for mitral valve prolapse, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Becoming aware of our stressors, managing how we react to stress and increasing one’s magnesium will help to buffer us from daily stress.

        The bad thing about stress is that as it depletes you silently of your magnesium, low intracellular magnesium causes the excretion of MORE stress hormones. Therefore, magnesium is protective in preventing excessive release of these stress hormones! In addition, adrenal stress that causes the adrenals to release the hormone epinephrine (our fight or flight hormone) burns intra cellular magnesium at such a fast rate that one quickly becomes depleted.

        What causes our adrenals to release more epinephrine? Physical stress, as in strenuous exercise, strenuous training, runners, especially marathon runners and those suffering from prolonged emotional, familial, and work stress. Please see our other articles about cortisol function.

        The stress hormones also signal the body to release free fatty acids as an energy source. However, there is a price to pay for this extra needed energy boost during times of stress. These free fatty acids bind and inactivate magnesium in your blood stream and heart, slowing down the transport of glucose and oxygen into muscles and prevent magnesium from being used by the Kreb’s cycle to make ATP as energy, using a more inefficient free fatty acid source for energy. Fatigue, cellular oxygen deprivation especially of heart tissue, increased free radicals, loss of glucose transport, and our cholesterol ratios are thrown out of balance. We hit a wall energetically.

        Imagine the typical stressed executive, by nature of his/her lifestyle is already burning magnesium at a faster rate because of their adrenal output of stress hormones. He wakes up and has a high acid breakfast of coffee, eggs and a muffin that consumed intracellular magnesium to neutralize the breakfast. He dashes to work out already feeling short on time. Then this driven executive goes to the gym and does a rigorous 30 minute treadmill run, sweating out magnesium and continuing to push his adrenals to excrete epinephrine for energy to keep up with his strenuous activity. If the night before, he had to entertain clients and had several alcoholic drinks (causing him to urinate extra magnesium) and he ate a large steak for dinner (high acid meal), then his lifestyle continues to deplete him of magnesium. If there was a work deadline pending the next few days, or this executive had a fight with his wife the night before or with his kids that morning before hitting the gym, his body is in peak demand for magnesium. Depending on the duration of his life stressors and duration of his acid diet, combined with his life stressors, it becomes no surprise when this executive drops dead on his treadmill from sudden cardiac arrest, in large part from severe depletion of myocardial intracellular magnesium.

        If this stressed executive does not drop dead that morning, then continued stress hormones coupled with consumed intracellular magnesium cause calcium overload in the tissues. This will lead to heart arrhythmias and calcium deposits in blood vessels, accelerating atherosclerosis, the development of kidney stones and bone spurs, accelerating osteoporosis for men and women. It will push his cholesterol out of optimal range despite his efforts to eat a heart healthy diet!

        Now that we know that our food and lifestyle predisposes us to magnesium wasting, what do we have to fear aside from sudden cardiac death with chronic depletion of magnesium?
        Part 3 will discuss why magnesium is so essential to our health. It will also go into what medical conditions pre-dispose you to magnesium deficiency and discuss specific conditions and their mechanism of depleting us of magnesium, in turn making the condition worse!

        Please note:
        Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.


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        Hypomagnesemia (Low Magnesium)

        What Is Hypomagnesemia?
        Hypomagnesemia is an electrolyte imbalance and is indicated by a low level of magnesium in the blood.  The normal adult value for magnesium is 1.5-2.5 mEq/L.   

        Magnesium is one of many electrolytes in your body and normal levels of magnesium are important for the maintenance of heart and nervous system function.

        What Causes Hypomagnesemia?

        Your body regulates magnesium levels by shifting magnesium into and out of cells.  A shift of potassium into the cells causes hypomagnesemia.

        Magnesium can be excreted by your kidneys. Any damage to your kidneys, when they are not working properly, may cause a decrease in magnesium levels.
        There are other causes of hypomagnesemia.  These include:

        • You may be taking in too little magnesium in your diet.
        • If you have stomach or bowel problems, you may not be able to absorb the magnesium you take in.
        • Magnesium may not be absorbed properly due to alcohol use, diarrhea, or laxative use.
        • Increased excretion of magnesium from your body
        • Renal (kidney) damage - Losses of magnesium from the kidneys are a common cause of magnesium deficit.
        • Certain drugs, including Cisplatin, Amphotericin B, or certain antibiotics may affect your kidneys.
        • Endocrine disorders - such as Aldosteronism, or dysfunction with the thyroid and parathyroid glands or diabetes.
        • Pregnancy
        What Are Some Symptoms of Hypomagnesemia To Look For?
        You may not have any symptoms, unless your blood test results show that your magnesium levels are significantly decreased.
        Muscle weakness, confusion, and decreased reflexes with severely low blood magnesium levels.  You may also notice "jerky" movements, high blood pressure, and irregular heart rhythms with severely low blood magnesium levels.
        Things You Can Do If Your Blood Test Results Indicate Hypomagnesemia:

        • Follow your healthcare provider's instructions for increasing your blood magnesium level. If your blood levels are severely lowered, he or she may prescribe medications to lower the levels to a safe range.
        • Take all of your medications as directed.
        • Drink 2 to 3 liters of fluid every 24 hours, unless you were told to restrict your fluid intake. 
        • Follow all of your healthcare provider's recommendations for follow up blood work and laboratory tests if blood test results indicate hypomagnesemia.
        Drugs That May Be Prescribed By Your Doctor for Hypomagnesemia:

        • Magnesium supplements - This medication is given usually intravenously, to increase your blood magnesium level, if you have severely low blood magnesium levels. You may also take magnesium oxide in a pill form.
        • Calcium and potassium supplements - If you have severely low blood magnesium levels, you may also have low calcium and potassium electrolyte levels. Your healthcare provider may order supplements in an IV or a pill form. Magnesium, potassium and calcium levels will not return to normal, unless all of these electrolytes are corrected.
        When To Call Your Doctor or Health Care Provider About Hypomagnesemia:

        • Feeling your heart beat rapidly (palpitations).
        • Nausea that interferes with your ability to eat, and is unrelieved by any prescribed medications.
        • Vomiting (vomiting more than 4-5 times in a 24 hour period).
        • Diarrhea (greater than 5 stools per day).
        • Muscle weakness, or twitching.
        • Shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort; swelling of your lips or throat should be evaluated immediately. 
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        Sunday, February 7, 2016

        5 Reasons You Quit Working Out and 5 Reasons to Start Back

        By Jessica Kane

        It may seem like every year, you are making the same old commitment, and every year, you are struggling to keep it. With the advent of the New Year, you might have submitted yourself to a New Year's resolution to establish a workout routine. But perhaps you are already reporting that you have not been able to keep your resolution. Perhaps you already quit the gym. There are a number of factors to this that you should consider. People make commitments for a lot of reasons and they quit those commitments for a lot of reasons. There are underlying psychological motivations that keep people from going to the gym, and often, they are simple.

        5 Reasons You Quit Working Out

        1 - You felt self conscious.

        Sometimes when an individual goes to the gym for the first time, they will be overwhelmed by all of the machines. They do not know which one they are supposed to use or even how to use it. It can be rather embarrassing to sit on a machine and to use it improperly. You might also be a little self-conscious because all of the people there are fit and in shape, and you might not be. Of course, the very reason that you are at the gym is to develop a more fit physique. Also, the internet is a great resource. When you go home, you could just do a little research about the equipment.

        2 - You had false expectations.

        People sometimes go to the gym hoping that they would have a certain type of workout equipment. When they do not have it, they are discouraged and use that as an excuse to quit. Worse still will be when people say that if only they had access to an indoor pool or some sort of tech. Well, having that tech may be helpful, but you will still have to exert yourself and it will still be exhausting. You will still have to come up with excuses even if you had that tech.

        3 - You kept telling yourself that it was okay to skip just one day.

        A lot of procrastinators are familiar with this sort of behavior. It can set a dangerous precedent. After all, you could say that every day. You could eat one high calorie cheeseburger every day, and say "It's just one..." But before you know it, you are suddenly obese. Similarly, skipping one day over and over again eventually leads your gym life dying a slow death.

        4 - The employees were rude.

        While it is certainly an unpleasant experience when somebody is rude, if you use that as an excuse to stop going to the gym, then it is just an excuse. How long do you spend with the gym employees? They usually just scan your card and you walk passed them. They are probably not too big of a nuisance and if they are, you could always just tell their boss. Either way, allowing a rude employee to dictate your physical health is probably not the wisest approach and is probably just an excuse.

        5 - You are not internally motivated.

        You need to ask yourself what is drawing you to the gym. What are you getting out of it? Is your motivation drawn internally? Are you going to the gym so that you can feel better and that you can live a longer and more healthy life? If you are motivated for some other reason, like peer pressure or something external, you will not be properly motivated.

        5 Reasons For You To Start Back

        1 - You desire self-control.

        You tell yourself that you are not going to have one of the donuts that your coworker brought in. But then you do anyway, and you regret it afterwards. Why did you do that? The temptation was just so powerful that you could not resist it. People who have willpower are focused on what they truly want rather than what their immediate desires are.

        2 - It alleviates anger.

        Perhaps the reason that you stopped going to the gym was that it was a frustrating experience. You could not bring yourself to work out every day and it was burdensome to spend so much time there. But going to the gym will actually reduce stress. During periods of exertion, endorphins are released in your brain and you will feel happier. That is not a coincidence. It is a direct result of exercise. That is why many people who have a workout pattern are content with their life.

        3 - You can make it a social engagement.

        There are not many opportunities in life when you get to spend time with your friends. Going to the gym can be an excellent social engagement. That will also prevent any slacking. If a group is going to the gym, it will be rather difficult to make up some lame excuse about why you cannot go. You could have a pact that you will encourage each other.

        4 - Confidence.

        Confidence is important in your professional life and in your social life. If you are single, you might not have the confidence to meet people. If you are unemployed, you need to exhibit confidence in your interviews. Confidence can be fostered when you take pride in your appearance. If you go to the gym on a regular basis, you will begin to look better and develop more confidence. Confidence fuels success.

        5 - Sleep better.

        Many people do not do much that is exerting throughout the day. Even if you work on your feet all day, you are probably not running and lifting. So, when you lay down, you might not feel as tired as you should. Exercise will provide natural exhaustion without resorting to pharmaceuticals. It is the most natural way to become tired enough to get to sleep.

        Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who is trying to be healthier this year. She currently writes for AEDs Today, where aeds are for sale including models like Lifepak 1000 and Lifepak 15.