How martial arts changed my life

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Karate MottoA lot of people think that doing some form of martial arts will ensure you can protect yourself should you be attacked. This is true, however you can benefit from other aspects of martial arts too.

It can get you in shape

You’ve probably seen a lot of well-known martial artists in movies and on TV shows. The most popular martial artists are in pretty good shape, and that’s because they tend to train a lot. While learning a martial art may be good for self-defense, it’s also great at helping you to get in shape.

Incredibly, I lost 21 pounds simply by practicing, I didn’t change my diet, I just started to practice three to four times a week. I lost the weight because I was moving about more, I was using up energy that I wouldn’t have used up otherwise.

It can encourage discipline

When you first take up martial arts, you may be surprised to learn how much discipline is involved. If you want to learn a lot of different moves, and be flexible enough to do them in the first place, you’ll need to discipline yourself. What’s more is you’ll also learn even more disciplines as you delve further into the history of and the story behind your chosen martial arts.

If you want to be really good at a specific martial arts, you’ll have to practice quite a bit. Even the best martial artists in the world have to practice a lot (It’s how they get so good). Discipline can really help you to turn your life around, it certainly helped me to see that I am the one who’s in control of my life, rather than my parents who always put me down.

It can be a lot of fun

Although it can be a lot of hard work, taking up a form of martial arts can be a lot of fun. It can be great taking out your frustrations on a sparring partner or some training pads. It can also be fun meeting new people, and discovering you have similar interests.
I enjoy visiting my favorite martial art store as I can get a whole range of equipment that helps me to practice further and therefore better myself.

You don’t have to be the next Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee to enjoy martial arts, but if you can dedicate a few hours a week to it, it could change your life too.



Get a job that keeps you fit

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Job ApplicationIf you’re out of work and you want to get fit, or you simply want to improve your fitness levels then you should consider getting a job that keeps you fit.

A lot of people automatically assume that you would have to get a job as a personal trainer, but this is not always the case. Some people don’t work in the fitness world, yet their job helps them to get fit, lose weight and stay in shape.

Getting fit is vital

Getting fit is vital as it means you can lose those unwanted pounds, and lower your risk of weight-related conditions. When you’re fit, you also have a lot more energy, and you tend to feel better about yourself. What’s more is you also sleep better and you have a better outlook on life.

So how can you realistically get fit, without going to the gym, or becoming a personal trainer? You get a job as a:

  • Dog walker: Toronto dog walkers can walk miles each day, and this job is a sure-fire way to help you get fit. The level of fitness you achieve will automatically depend on how many customers you have, and how far you need to walk their dogs, but even just walking half a mile each day can add to your fitness levels
  • Postal workers: They can also walk miles each day, in addition to carrying heavy bags of mail.
  • Security staff (Those that walk around the premises) can keep fit by patrolling large areas
  • Store replenishment staff: lift heavy boxes, show customers where products are, and can generally walk many miles each day
  • Childminder: Anyone who looks after children for a living will need to be active as playing sport-related games with them can use up a lot of energy. What’s more is you may need to be on your feet a lot as depending on what the children need, you may need to take them places
  • Tour guide: If you take people on walking tours around cities, you will definitely get fit. You can potentially walk at least 2 miles every time you have a customer. This means that during the summer months, you may walk 10 miles a day, at least 2-3 times a week.

As you can see there are many jobs that can help you to get fit. The above list only reflects a small number of the jobs that will get you in shape. If you’re intent on getting an active job, why not see what’s available in your local area, so you can get out there, earn cash and get fit?

Lose weight for your wedding day


OverweightMany women, and men decide that they’re going to lose weight for their wedding day. Losing weight specifically for your bog day can be pretty successful as you have a good goal to achieve.

When it comes to losing weight, you need to make sure that you do it in a sensible manner. If you want to fit into a great dress, you need to lose a sufficient amount of weight, without risking your health.

Decide what size dress you’ll wear

Visit and see what kind of dresses they have on offer. Decide what size you’re going to get down to (Be realistic about this), and start working to lose weight for your big day. If you’re realistic about your weight loss, you’re more likely to achieve your goal. Try to find a dress that’s one or two sizes smaller than your current fit, and work towards fitting in it.

Think about what you eat

One of the best ways to lose weight is to think about what you eat. You will probably need to make some changes to your diet, but don’t panic, it could be a lot easier than you think. Try to eat foods that contain less fat and sugar, as well as fewer calories. Ideally you should try to eat more fruit and vegetables, as they are filling, and can therefore help you to lose weight.

Consider taking up exercise

The fact of the matter is that you don’t have to exercise in order to lose weight. However, if you do want to lose a decent amount of weight, you should consider exercising. You don’t have to do a lot of exercise, just try to increase your heart-rate for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week.

If you want to go the whole hog and lose a lot of weight for your wedding day, then exercise is key. Start of sensibly and slowly, and gently increase how much exercise you do each week.

How you dress can make a difference

Not a lot of people know that the way you dress can make a huge different to how you look. If you wear horizontal stripes, you will look fatter. If you take the emphasis off your tummy and place it elsewhere (Such as with a necklace, a waistcoat, or a large belt) you can look a lot slimmer.

If you plan to lose weight for your big day, start as soon as you can, so you have a better chance of looking and feeling great as you walk down the aisle.

Should you count calories



Should you count calories?

Myself and the much-beloved have started to count our calorific intake in order to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s not that what we used to eat was really bad, it’s just that we could have eaten a little better.

A lot of people go on diets, but I prefer to think of what we’re doing as being a ‘Lifestyle change’ or a ‘Healthy eating plan’. To me the word ‘Diet’ screams of hunger and cravings that eventually get the better of you. This is why we’ve decided to count our calories, rather than reduce our intake. If you reduce the amount of food you eat, you’re going to be hungry, and that never did anyone any good.

A variety of diets

As I was saying earlier, a lot of people go on diets, some use the ketogenic diet to help them lose weight, others use diet pills and some will only eat specific colored foods. The trouble with these diets is that they leave you wanting more, and chances are the participant is going to get fed up with eating a limited diet. When you restrict your intake too much, it’s likely that you’ll be starving your body of some nutrients, which means you have the potential to fall ill. If you restrict your calorific intake, but eat plenty of food while remaining below a certain calorific figure each day, you’re likely to lose weight and keep it off.

Why we count calories

When we eat a meal that we love, chances are it has a lot of calories in it. The calories will be stored as fat if the energy we consume is not burned off. Lowering our intake of calories ensures that there’s less energy to burn off, which means we’re less likely to put on weight. If we really watch what we eat and we start to count the calories, chances are we’ll lose weight as we’ll be burning more than we eat.

Look after yourself

A lot of people make the mistake of looking after others instead of themselves. This is particularly true for parents who want to give their children everything they need. They are so busy making sure their little one has the latest pack and play with bassinet, the best food and the best clothes that they often neglect to look after themselves.

Now is the time to look after yourself a little bit more. Lose weight by slightly lowering your intake of calories and eating a healthy balanced diet. If you have an existing medical condition or you’re worried about weight loss, just speak to your doctor about it.

Start counting calories, treat yourself once in a while and you’ll be sure to lose weight and feel so much better.


How to Choose a Martial Art to Specialize In



How to Choose a Martial Art to Specialize In

Martial arts are a system of body exercises that one can do and ensure that they are fit for combat. Martial arts is a very common type of activity and the fact that they prepare you for self defense means that they have become quite common these days. There are many types of martial arts that one can choose and specialize in. when you are choosing martial arts exercises and activities to take part in, there are a host of factors that one should always consider so that they can choose what is most suitable for them. It is also important that one chooses the martial arts exercises that they are sure will help them in their lifetime defense and combat strategies. Here are some of the factors that one should consider:

 What is your ultimate objective?

One does not just think of taking part in martial arts without an objective. It is important to know what exactly you want in the kind of martial arts exercises that you choose. If your objective is your health and fitness, then you can choose a myriad of martial arts exercises. Here, you will not have to consider so much of the defense part of the martial arts but the kind of body exercises that the martial arts offer. For the people who want to do the martial arts exercises as part of their cultural traditions, then they will choose what is available in their own country. Then there are some martial arts exercises that can be taken as part of sports. Here, you probably want to take part in the sport so that you can win trophies. If this is the case, then you will have to choose the martial arts with a lot of care and consideration.

Consider your physical ability or limitations

All the martial arts exercises involve a lot of body exercises and movements of the limbs. As such, for one to take part in these exercises, they will have to be physically fit and be able to make the physical maneuvers that are necessary. If one is not acrobatic, then they will for instance find Tai Chi a difficult martial art to take part in. They may however fit well in other martial arts such as Karate or even Tae Kwon Do. The grappling styles of other martial arts such as Judo and Aikido means that one ahs to be fit to manage them. As such, it is always important to consider your age, your physical abilities as well as your ability to make the necessary movements. There are other martial arts that do not have to do with your height or your physique. If you only need to learn the combative styles for self defense, then you may qualify to take part in other forms of martial arts.

The instructor’s qualifications

The success of the martial arts that you will choose will also depend on the qualifications of the teachers who will take you through the exercises. You will need to know how the instructor learn the martial arts and from who. How long has the instructor been studying these martial arts? Where were they trained? Do they have any kind of certification for them to train you and the others? This is a very important consideration since it helps in quality control and better qualification for you.

Your budget

It is also advisable for you to set a budget so that you can afford the uniform and the other equipment that is needed for you to take part in the martial arts. Some arts require a lot of investment in the equipment. Others only need minimal investment. Get to know the kind of supplies that you need to take part in the particular martial art that you will choose. If for instance you need foam sparring supplies, how much will it cost you?

Is Smoking Pipes Healthier Than Smoking Cigarettes


file0001346553859Is Smoking Pipes Healthier Than Smoking Cigarettes?

As we all know, cigarette smoking is harmful to the health of the people who smoke. It is also harmful to the people who inhale the secondary smoke from the smokers. Have you ever asked yourself why smoking cigarettes are harmful to the health of human beings? Well, this has to do with the harmful chemicals that are obtained in the cigarette smoke. Rather, there are some harmful chemicals that are contained in the tobacco that is used to make cigarettes. Cigarettes contain poisons such as ammonia, acetone, arsenic as well as formaldehyde. It also contains lead, tar and many other chemicals; all of which make smoking to be a harmful practice to the body.


General health risks of smoking

Well, there are many health risks that are associated with smoking. When one is aware of these risks, they will consider either stopping smoking or making some decisions that will help them to avoid most of the risks that are involved with smoking. There are a number of cancers that are caused by smoking. Smoking also has other problems that will weaken the bodies of the smokers and as such, one needs to be aware of the risks so that they can either avoid smoking or start using a smoking pipe as a better alternative to the traditional cigarettes. Well smoking tobacco is addictive and as such, one may consider doing so from a smoking pipe, if they can stop smoking cigarettes altogether. Well, there are claims that smoking your tobacco from a pipe has minimal risks when compared to smoking cigarettes. Let us consider these less risks.


Does smoking tobacco from a pipe have health benefits?

There are arguments that smoking tobacco from a pipe has health benefits! Well, whether there are health benefits or it has fewer risks, one would better off start using a pipe as opposed to smoking cigarettes. Some of the research done shows that the pipe smokers who do not inhale will live longer than the non smokers. It is much healthier for the people who smoke to switch to the pipe and so it once a day. This way, they will reduce the risks at come with smoking and at the same time be able to enjoy their tobacco. When compared to cigars and chewing tobacco, the pipe still has significantly less risks and this means that the people who do this should consider smoking a pipe instead. This is due to the fact that the tobacco is constantly in contact with the mouth and this presents much more risks. When compared to smoking pipes, we all know that the tobacco will never come into contact with the sensitive parts of the body like the mouth.


It is true that smoking has many risks. Whether from a pipe or from a cigarette, one needs to be aware of the risks involved. It is also important that people are aware of the possibilities that they have of reducing the risks. When you are well informed, then you will be able to make informed decisions.


Why smoke a pipe?

Now, there are a few positive side effects to smoking. In as much as there are many bad side effects, that are reasons why people will still continue smoking regardless of the risks involved. For the people who smoke pipes, they do this for the kind of relaxation that the pipe gives them. This should actually count as a health benefits in that these people will be less stressed when they smoke their pipes. There are other positive side effects that people claim to have gotten from smoking, especially pipes. It is said that some people get some kind of pain relief from their pipes. If this is the case, then a pipe should be considered as a much less riskier from of smoking than the traditional smoking.