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How To Ensure A Balanced Diet Despite A Hectic Schedule

balanced dietWith all of the fast food choices available today even those without a crazy schedule have a hard time making healthy choices. Throw in the added complication of a busy schedule and the choices seem to be twice as hard.

Fortunately consumers are recognizing that even though they may be pressed for time, there are still ways to incorporate healthy eating into our daily lives. Because of the push from consumers, fast food restaurants are adding more healthy choices to their menus such as salads, juices and milk, and fresh fruits. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to a diet can be one of the easiest things a person can do because most fruits and vegetables do not need to be cooked and are in fact more healthy when eaten raw. Chop up some carrots and celery which can be thrown in a bag for a snack on the run, or grab an apple or a banana for a quick bite on the go.

Many grocery stores are now offering pre-cooked meats such as rotisserie chicken which can be shredded and thrown on top of a salad, eaten as a lettuce wrap or added to frozen vegetables with a little sauce for a quick stir-fry. The same can be done with canned tuna, or you can add a can of kidney beans or chickpeas for protein and as a substitute for the meat.

Nuts are also a great choice for a snack on the go. Sunflower seeds are full of antioxidants, as are walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, pomegranate seeds, the list goes on and on. Seeds are also a good source of vitamins and fiber, which is sorely lacking in today’s diet. Some nuts contain high levels of melatonin, which has been shown to lower stress levels and help us to sleep at night.

Another area where we tend to overindulge is with the caffeinated beverages we drink. The average office worker will consume anywhere from one to 10 cups of coffee every day. Or they may start with the coffee in the morning and switch to soda in the afternoon. Either way it is too much caffeine and in the case of soda, way too much sugar to be consuming on a daily basis. One way to help make a change for the better is to substitute the coffee for tea. Some types of tea will still give the caffeine boost you crave and tea is full of antioxidants as well.  Teas come in several different flavors and strengths and some are known to help digestion as well as helping to calm us down when stressed.

The bottom line is that it is much easier today to incorporate a healthy diet into our daily lives, no matter how hectic our schedules are. Once you make the change and start eating a healthy, balanced diet you will notice that your stress levels will decrease and you will feel healthier in general, ready to take on whatever the day may bring.

Are Too Many 20 Somethings Living Beyond Their Means?

freedom lifestyleCredit used to be a nasty word to Americans. Living on credit meant that you were not capable of providing for yourself or your family. Many would rather live in abject poverty than accept food or shelter by means of credit.

It is a completely different world that we live in today. Using credit as a means to obtain what you covet whether it’s a car, a house, the clothes we wear or the food we eat, has become a way of life. Unfortunately there is no training or classes available in our current school system to teach young people about credit and how it works, so we are now finding ourselves a society that is in debt. The terrible thing is that it is happening to younger generations than in the past. Those who are in their 20’s have as much debt on their plates as someone in their 50’s, but with much less to show for it.

Teaching children while they’re still young about credit and its risks is one of the most important things a parent or teacher can do for a child. Most teenagers are applying for credit cards before they even know what a credit score is. Young people are graduating from college with mountains of debt before they even begin their lives as adults and most of them do not even know how to check their credit scores themselves.

The old saying “if you don’t have the cash for it, you can’t afford it”, can only be applied for small items in today’s world. Not too many people are going to be able to pull thousands out of a savings account for a car, or tens or even hundreds of thousands for a house. Even a small apartment in New York can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Learning how to budget your money will help an individual to see how they may save for the things that they want while still affording the things we all need, such as food and shelter. Budgeting may not be all that glamorous, but understanding how a budget works and starting while a person is young is the key to living a financially stress free life. Starting a retirement account while you are young may also seem a bit premature, but the younger you are when you start the younger you can be when you chose to retire, instead of retiring as late as possible because you can’t afford it. Using a retirement calculator will help an individual to understand how much is needed to save each month to be able to retire and will also help in determining if the money you have saved will last in your retirement years.

Learning the basics about your own finances is the key to staying as debt free as possible, living your life comfortably and being able to retire when you would like to. Turn a blind eye to your finances and you will be wondering, as retirement age approaches, how you are going to be able to afford to live.

Can Walking Be As Good Of A Workout As Jogging?

walking as good as joggingAs many studies have shown, both walking and running have their benefits. Whether you walk or run, your health will be better because both are shown to lower blood pressure, help to maintain weight, cause the cardiovascular system work better, control diabetes, the list of benefits goes on and on. But is one better than the other?

Walking is usually easier than running due to several factors. Walking is something most of us do every day. Walking doesn’t require special shoes or outfits or gym memberships, just a sidewalk or even an empty field. It can be a challenge to gauge how far you have walked without a pedometer, because determining how many steps are in a mile depends entirely on the person doing the walking. Walking can be done at a leisurely pace or you may prefer a “fast walk”. Weights can be added to the wrists and ankles to make the walk more of a workout. The use of weights while walking increases the amount of calories you burn.

Jogging on the other hand will usually require a special type of footwear to avoid injury. For women it also means a special type of sports bra for extra support. Jogging will cause a person to burn more calories than walking, but the chance of injury is higher as well. Shin splints, runner’s knee, problems with the Achilles tendon, or a plain old ankle sprain are some of the more common injuries a runner can face. An individual will receive more of a workout than they otherwise might get with walking, but being unable to walk or run due to injury is something to be considered.

If you would like to get more of a workout from your walk you can add some weights to the equation. Walking with ankle weights can be as beneficial a workout as jogging can, although you again run the risk of injury because of the weights. The best thing to do is to alternate walking and walking fast or short periods of jogging. Alternating between a regular walk and a fast walk or jog will cause your metabolism to speed up; thereby increasing the amount of calories you can burn. The main thing to remember is to get up and do it! Our bodies are meant to be in motion, not sitting still for long periods of time. Go jogging, walk the dog, take a stroll to the corner store, anything to get up and moving.

Becoming A Physiotherapist: Is It The Right Path For You?

becoming a PhysiotherapistIf you like to work with and help people then becoming a Physiotherapist may be the right career path for you.

A Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist is someone who, through diagnosis and treatment helps to rehabilitate those who are in physical pain through manual manipulation, massage, hydrotherapy and exercise. Patients may come to a physical therapist due to disease, an injury on the job, an auto accident, or to rehabilitate from surgery.

A physical therapist will make a diagnosis based on an initial examination and initiate a plan of treatment to help the patient regain their mobility. The job of a physical therapist is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States.

A Physical Therapist has many career options available to them, from working full-time with a sports team diagnosing and treating sports related injuries to working part-time at a doctor’s office or hospital. Physical Therapists are also used in nursing homes, gyms, and extended care and pediatric centers. As their career progresses a physical therapist may choose to become an expert in a particular field of study such as working with Geriatric or older adults, women’s health, or Pediatric care or care of children. It is a great career choice if you want to become self-employed as many physical therapists work on their own or in collaboration with other physical therapists.

 The education requirements for this type of work largely depend on how far you want your career to go. For an entry level position which is called a physical therapy technician the requirement is usually a certificate of completion from a technical college. Some physical therapists have started out as massage technicians (which only require a 100 hour education commitment), which is a good way to start if you are not sure that being a physical therapist is a good fit for you. To take your career to the next level you may wish to consider a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree or even a Master of Physical Therapy degree. Most states in the U.S. require licensing and certification so it is best to do a little research before you commit yourself to a particular program. A physical therapist must be aware of the ethics of their profession and learn the skills to perform diagnosis and treatment of a patient. They will also need to learn how to communicate with a patient as well as fellow professionals and possibly family members of the patient.

A Physiotherapist also has the ability to make a very nice income. Most physical therapists that have been in the job for a few years are making incomes in the six figure range.  Even the salaries in the lower range are still at approximately $50,000 annually, which is not bad for an entry level type job. Obtaining the higher levels of education in regards to physical therapy will help to increase the salary range (as with any profession), so the limits of income are really up to the individual and how hard they wish to work.