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Exercise – Essential for health and long life!

We all have too many excuses for not exercising! Some of these excuses may sound familiar: “I’m too busy to exercise,” “I’m too tired,” “I can’t seem to get started,” “I don’t have access to the gym,” and “it takes away time spent with the family.” The list is never ending!

Here are some suggestions to help you stick to your exercise regime:

  • Make time for physical exercise by setting aside three 30-minute periods each week.
  • Invite friends and family members to exercise with you.
  • Select activities that you will enjoy.
  • Join an exercise group or a class that interests you.
  • Remember to warm up and cool down to prevent injury.
  • Take the stairs whenever you can, avoid lifts and escalator

Children and meals

Children have always been picky eaters, and they are no different today. The eating habits of childrenchange constantly and so does the selection of their favorite foods. They will enjoy eating certain foods one day, but then the next refuse it. Parents sometimes have to accept this as a part of growing up, especially among very young children, but mums and dads shouldn’t pander to their child’s whims. Instead, they should avoid substituting the prepared meal whenever their children refuse it. This way,children realize that they cannot eat whatever they choose. Similarly, parents should avoid giving their children sweets or other high-calories foods like biscuits and sodas in between meals. Not only are they unhealthy, contributing to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay, but they also help to fill a child up, meaning they are less likely to eat their food at meal time. If a child really is hungry between meals, try offering fruit instead. In addition, providing wholemeal bread and brown rice at mealtimes will help children – and indeed adults – feel full for longer, minimizing snacking.

Here are some tips:

  • Prepare healthy food for your children and offer them three meals a day. In addition, provide one or two healthy snacks and try to make this a routine.
  • Do not force your children to eat their meals. If they skip a meal then wait for the next one and offer them the food at the assigned time.
  • Consult your doctor if this keeps repeating.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a major role in maintaining human health and is found in fruits and fresh vegetables. It helps to stimulate the immune system and also helps in the prevention of colds, coughs, sore throats, and contributes to the healing of wounds and the maintenance of healthy skin.

One of the most important benefits of vitamin C is the effect it has on blood vessels since it helps in dilation (expansion). This lowers the blood pressure and promotes a healthy heart. Vitamin C is considered to be an antioxidant; it also protects the eyes and reduces the risk of cataracts.

Some of its remarkable benefits are the prevention of asthma attacks and the protection of the lungs and airways. It also helps to reduce the effects of diabetes and some cancers even though it is not a cure for these diseases. Vitamin C helps as well to decrease the amount of low density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood.

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