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No matter what perspective I look at it from, dieting patterns have taken a nosedive in recent years. We have almost completely forgotten the importance of a balanced diet. The meals we consume nowadays are loaded with energy, fats, and sugars. Vitamin-giving foods such as fruits and vegetables have been pushed so far into the rear that it’s a wonder when greens appear on our plates. Due to this unhealthy eating habit, many non-communicable diseases such as cardiac diseases, diabetes, and strokes have become rampant. Diet Plans Professionals have come up with various dieting techniques that aim to mitigate the diverse effects that unhealthy eating has brought upon people. Some of the diet plans that have been proposed include; Intermittent fasting The paleo diet Plant-based diet Low-carb diet The DASH diet Although the diets work wonders, we can all agree that they are not for everyone. When choosing the right…

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Folks, I must admit that working out is typically a personal task. Yes, I say it is personal because each of us has their own approach to exercising. While some of us view exercise as an opportunity to be alone (think yoga), other people exercise to socialize. Whether we choose to exercise as individuals or in a group, each of these approaches comes with its own perks. Thus, we cannot say that individual exercise is better than group exercise or vice versa. To help you better appreciate the unresolved debate of individual vs. group exercise, let us look at each’s advantages. Due to limited space, I will restrict myself to just two benefits for each, which I think are the most important.   Benefits of Individual Workouts Freedom: By our very nature, most of us don’t like being controlled by others. We want to swim in freedom all the time,…

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WHO recommends that all adults have at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. For the past three years, I’ve been doing my best to live up to that. I began my fitness journey to relish all the incredible benefits of exercise. I desired to be consistent more than anything else, but it turned out to be trickier than I thought. Even though I have greatly improved and can comfortably follow my workout schedule, I can’t lie that it has been easy.   Today, I’d love to share four of the challenges I’ve faced in my fitness journey. Hopefully, this can prepare fitness enthusiasts like me and help them overcome some of these problems quickly.   Inadequate Time This remains one of the top problems that I experienced during the first few weeks of my fitness journey, and I bet many people have had it. Finding time to exercise was…

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Outdoor Photography

Have you noticed that the quality of photos taken indoors is never the same as those produced outside? Outdoor and indoor photography are two different shooting styles, and they come with their own principles, challenges, and benefits. For this matter, many photographers prefer to specialize in one type to play to their strengths. We are passionate about shooting landscapes to bring out its natural beauty with particular angles and shutter speeds. We are also comfortable creating spectacular footage from the indoor world. In our projects, we have discovered the pros and cons of both styles of shooting. Indoor Photography A studio set up allows us to have complete reign over the environment. One of the aspects we can control fully is the lighting aspect. Suppose your venue is a meeting hall. We can shoot more natural photographs than in a studio set-up. Still, a hall offers a controlled environment that…

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Connect With Nature

Our modern lives have become an amalgam of worrying about the future as well as constantly juggling the problems of the present moments. In all this commotion, we often forget to connect with our roots – Mother Nature. The unprecedented growth of technology in the recent past has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it allows us to live our lives better and traverse vast distances at a rapid rate. And a boon because technology has furthered us from spending time outside and spending it merely relaxing or bonding. When it comes to looking for wonderful places to visit as part of a travel plan, the possibilities are limitless. It can comprise of anything from climbing up mountains to camping on lakesides. I list some of the places below, which are common tourist hotspots, to connect with nature and enrich the soul. 1) Arashiyama Bamboo Grove,…

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Travelling is Good for Your Mental Health

Mental health is something that many of us experience. As a result, we look to find ways to combat it, to fight it. Medical treatments prescribed by a doctor can help, but equally there are other ways to improve how you see the world. The world, of course, being your own when there is a wider one to explore. Travelling is said to broaden the mind and relax the soul, especially when staying in a beautiful villa such as those you can find from Exceptional Villas. Travelling can also be said to help with depression. We shall explore some different ways that go some way to proving this theory. Travelling, before we even go anywhere, improves the mood in providing us with something to look forward to. A new place that we know is not going to relate to the life that we are living at this moment, that has…

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Clean Water Daily

Our bodies comprise about 60% water. What’s even more interesting is that 90% of our blood is water. This only shows how important the latter is for our well-being. A few years ago, I only drank water when I felt like I had to; in most cases, when I was thirsty. Things have changed for me today. I know all the benefits that come with drinking half a gallon of clean water every day, and I want to enjoy them. They include the following. Increased Energy Levels I discovered that when I drink more water during the day, I am more energetic. This means that I can complete my daily tasks faster and keep the needs of my clients satisfied. Besides, I’m more motivated to deliver quality work. With enhanced energy levels, my mood is also better, allowing me to interact better with my customers and colleagues. Healthier Skin I…

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Staying Fit

I have been working as a programmer for the last decade or so. My job is giving me great satisfaction at professional level, but on the other hand, sitting for long hours in front of a computer may have its drawbacks. A couple of years ago, I realized that I was starting to have an annoying back pain, especially at night. Also, I was slowly starting to gain weight. Slowly, but relentlessly. Then, about a year ago, at the end of a long code writing session, I experienced double vision. It only lasted about three hours, but it was enough to wake me up and take conscience that I could no longer live this kind of sedentary life. My lifestyle was taking its toll, and my body was starting to send me signals that something was wrong. After seeking professional help for my eyes and back, I started to adjust…

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Intermittent Fasting

Fitness, weight control, and general appearance have become almost like an obsession for many people worldwide. We all aim to look our best either for health or personal reasons. Further, fitness is one approach that allows me to look and feel confident. While we all want to look good, the fitness journey is characterized by myths, concerns, and recommendations that can be quite intimidating and confusing for those looking to embark on this journey. Notably, intermittent fasting has been a recent trend in the fitness world. Over the years, I have witnessed many people take up intermittent fasting to lose weight and control portions consumed. As a technique that has been adopted by many fitness enthusiasts and taken over the industry, we are interested in understanding what it entails. How does it work? How does it help us achieve our fitness goals? Here is everything we need to know about…

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How to Lose Weight

As intense as a diet can be, it will never work if the individual does not systematically change a lifestyle. This means that the individual who wishes to lose weight will have only one solution, to become more active. And this is where the most exciting part starts because for many people, getting active means doing sports like a madman. It is a big mistake that ends up slowing down the weakest. So, how can you do sports and lose weight without stress? Fitness in Everyday Life For many people, fitness is synonymous with taking out a membership in a gym and going to the gym several times a week. This is a valid option but not mandatory. Our ancestors did well with no sports equipment, so why would it be impossible to do the same today? There are many ways to get fit without going to a gym. To…

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