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Most of the things that are not working out for you in your life, can be improved by first taking care of your body and mind.

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4 Reasons to Use an Exercise Ball as your Desk Chair

Finding time to exercise in our busy lives is difficult for many of us. So every little bit of exercise we can build into our every day activities is a winner, I say! 🙂

After hearing about the benefits of using an exercise ball as your desk chair over and over again, I have now decided to give it a try myself. In some 2 weeks or so, when I’ve given this a real good try and hopefully have gotten used to it, I will let you know of my findings in the comments below this post.

I’m also very interested in hearing from any of you who have already tested and tried this yourself.

pink exercise ball

My pink Exercise Ball

In the mean time here are the 5 most important reasons I found to use an exercise ball as your chair.

1.  Burn calories while you sit at your desk

You will notice that while sitting on the exercise ball you will unconsciously softly rotate, wiggle, bounce and move around all throughout the day. I guess this is why sitting on an exercise ball is also called “active sitting”. Not only will this burn a few extra calories every day, you will also feel more energized throughout.

2. Increase of blood circulation

One of the biggest problems of sedentary jobs is the lack of movement and thus the lack of blood circulation. When sitting on an exercise ball you’ll change your position often, but also your body will assume different positions when for example reaching for your stapler in your desk drawer, and you’ll have to get up to reach your filing cabinet, instead of “rolling over to it on your chair”. Though these movements seem small and far between, every little bit helps.

3. Decrease back pain and improve spinal health

Sitting on an essentially ‘unstable’ exercise ball, your body will almost automatically try to find the right balance and align itself into the perfect posture.

4. No more crunches

Maybe it is better to not give up on the crunches all together, but using an exercise ball as your office chair will definitely help strengthen your ab muscles almost effortlessly.

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20 Exercises for desk rats

Being a desk rat myself, I know what it is like to sit down and work at a desk all day.
Though we know we need to get more exercise it is hard to find the time and energy to do so.

I found this great article on Mashable gathering videos of over 20 easy exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine and do while sitting at your office desk.

This is the first video.

Find the rest of the exercises on Mashable.

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Why you crave chocolate and other carbs!

Do you love chocolate?

Well, you are not alone.

In the developed world, chocolate probably by far is the most wanted, most dreamed about, most longed for type of sweet, particularly among women. But also other food products, such as; cakes, cookies, bread and pasta, which primarily consist of carbohydrates, score high on the list.

girl with chocolate in mouth

Why is this? What makes carbohydrates so addictive? Why do you keep wanting more?

An article (link below) on healthhabits.ca explains the answer to these questions so well, that I thought I’d post it here.

Once you have read the post, scroll down to the comments below the article on that same page. The author (DR) explains in the comments (November 14th) how to break this addiction.

If you can control your carb intake, you are on the right path to controlling your concentration and increasing your attention span, controlling and even losing weight, reducing your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, and feeling more fit overall.

It requires some willpower to kick this one, but it can be done!

Make sure you read this article

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The 51 fastest fat burners

I really like this CNN article (link below).

There are some well-known tips in there, but also some new ones, which you may have not thought of before.

The article motivated me to get my priorities straight and start paying more attention to what I’m doing. Maybe it can give you some new found motivation as well to get moving again.

Here is a taster of what is on show:

Crank it up early.
Working out harder during the first half of your workout and taking it easier during the second burns up to 23 percent more fat than doing the opposite, according to a study from The College of New Jersey.

Get more protein.
Eating a protein-packed breakfast and lunch helps you burn more post-meal fat than if you eat lower-protein meals, according to Australian research.

Work the day shift.
Keeping nontraditional hours lowers levels of hormones that trigger satiety, increases blood glucose and insulin levels, and raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol (which can drive you to eat more), scientists say.

Read the full article

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Photo by and article found on edition.cnn.com
Original source health.com

Stress fighting foods

I found this great article today about how eating the right foods can help reduce your stress levels.

This is a short list of the foods mentioned:

Wholegrain breakfast cereals, bread, pasta and porridge (complex carbohydrates help stabilise your blood sugars)

Oranges (they apparently reduce the stress hormone)

Photo by Petr Kratochvil

Spinach and Salmon (contain magnesium which helps regulate cortisol levels)

Oily fish (such as: Salmon and Tuna) – recommended 2 x 85g per week (Omega 3 fatty acids)

Black tea (I personally swear by Green and White tea – but primarily for the anti-oxidants they contain)

Almonds – 1 handful a day is recommended

Almonds

Photo by Peter Griffin

Pistachios – 1 handful a day is recommended (lowers blood pressure)

Avocados and Guacamole (also reduce blood pressure)

Raw Vegetables (the ‘munching’ on crunchy raw vegetables can reduce stress and headaches)

If you are indeed leading a very hectic and stressful life, then any little bit of help with staying mentally sain is welcome, I’m sure. 🙂

So I thought I’d pass on this info. Maybe it will give you some ideas of ingredients to incorporate in your daily menu.

♥B