7 Reasons water should be your drink of choice

We know water is good for us, but with soda, juice, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and other drinks so readily available, it’s hard to make the decision to choose water. Here are 7 reasons water should be your drink of choice.

* Keeps skin looking great. If your skin looks tired and unhealthy, so do you. Staying properly hydrated removes all the toxins that build up in you skin, and helps prevent it from drying out. If you have the opposite problem; puffy bloated skin, lack of water is likely your problem too. When skin doesn’t get water, it retains what it already had, leaving your skin cells full, puffy, and not too attractive. If you want to look beautiful, you should keep yourself hydrated
* It’s cheaper. Sure, if you buy bottled water, it’s about as expensive as soda, juice, and coffee. However, studies have shown that tap water is usually as clean and safe as bottled water, and costs a whole lot less. If you have a problem with the taste of your tap water, buy a filter pitcher or one that attaches to the faucet. It still costs a lot less.
* A healthy heart. When you’re properly hydrated, your blood is thinner and easier to pump. This means your heart has to do less work and ultimately lasts longer. Studies have shown that people who drink plenty of water have fewer heart problems.
* Toxic build-up. Sure, it sound’s like something from a bathroom cleaner commercial, but you have toxins in your cells too. Some come from the environment and others you produce yourself. Either way, they’re in your body and you need to get rid of them. Just like you use water to flush your toilet; your body uses water to flush out toxins. Getting rid of this waste helps you function more effectively and feel better.
* No sugar added. While fruit juices may contain many nutrients, they also contain a whole lot of sugar. This is especially true for many bottled juices from the grocery store. This sudden burst of sugar triggers your insulin response and makes you tired and sluggish. It also helps to convert that sugar to fats faster. Sugary sodas will produce the same reaction and they usually contain no nutrients at all
* Caffeine is a diuretic. So why water? Why not drink diet soda or coffee all day? These drinks contain caffeine, which actually causes you to lose water throughout the day. You retain some of the water content of the beverages, but not as much as when you drink pure water. You can try decaffeinated beverages, but the best way to use the water you drink is to get it pure and clean, with no chemicals added.
* Energy Boost. Think you can’t get through the day without your morning caffeine boost? Well water can give you energy as well. Your body is made up mostly of water. It loses it throughout the day, so you have to replace it for your body to work efficiently; particularly the heart and digestive tract. As mentioned earlier, water helps your body work better by getting rid of excess waste. The more efficiently your whole body is works, the better you’ll feel and the more energy you’ll have. Maybe enough energy to skip that cup of coffee.
So go ahead, skip the vending machine, go to the faucet, and get yourself a nice, refreshing glass of water.

Starting your child on an exercise program

Starting your child on an exercise program

Exercise programs for kids are hugely important. America holds the not so illustrious title of the fattest nation in the world and this moment, our kids are poised to inherit that title. That is something that all parents would not find as a particularly comforting thought.

For those of you not yet convinced that an exercise program for your kids isn’t a priority: The American Obesity Association states the single largest factor in childhood obesity is lack of physical activity and excessive sedentary behavior—that is to say, watching too much TV and playing too many video games.

Why Start My Kid on an Exercise Program?

Outside of the social pariah status of the obese in our society, there are significant, easily avoidable health risks involved with obesity. The AOA lists common health conditions associated with children who are obese because of lack of regular exercise. These conditions include asthma, Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, orthopedic problems, and most frightening, sleep apnea—a condition in which breathing ceases during sleeping. Obviously not permanently, but the effects are loss of focus and a significant increase in the loss of logical thought.

An exercise program for your children is so important because of the large amount of health problems associated with those are inactive—namely obesity. Since 1974, the number of children classified as obese under the age of 11 has increased more than four times; from roughly 4 per cent to over 16 per cent in 2000 with the single largest cause of obesity is lack of exercise.

To help your child avoid these health risks, not to mention the psychological risks of being outcast because of weight, you need to set them up on a regular exercise program. Children’s exercise programs are not hard to do—just get them outside or keep them inside, but focus on them getting active.

It’s important to realize than a children’s exercise program does not necessarily mean pumping iron—rather it has more to do with cardiovascular activities that burn lots of energy. Examples of great cardiovascular activities are running, swimming, rowing, canoeing, rock climbing—the list goes on. It also doesn’t need to be simply running—it can be a game of tag, catch, playing soccer outdoors; anything that gets your kids heart beating and gets them sweating a bit.

Research has also shown that obese children tend to be more depressed than other children who are fit. In addition, physical activities, especially cardiovascular activities can actually make you feel great. The so called “runner’s high” is caused when someone who is engaged a high amount of cardiovascular activity gets a massive dump of dopamine into the brain—a chemical that instills a euphoric state in the person doing the activity, a natural high.

It would seem logical that getting your child on an exercise program should be a paramount as a parent to ensure the health and happiness of your child. But along with the exercise goes a good diet, healthy relationships, staying active, and of course, laughing a lot. All of these things contribute to your child’s life, and an exercise program for your child is, in reality, just a piece of the puzzle.

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What causes poor eating habits

What causes poor eating habits?

– every child has different nutritional needs based on their height, weight, activity level, allergies, etc….

– a poor example will foster poor eating habits

– the food choices availablem if junk food is available more than healthy choices then junk food is going to be eaten more often

– a child’s emotions may push them into overeating, this is a pattern you want to be aware of and watch out for early as it can be very problematic if it continues throughout life

– medical conditions and medication may affect a child’s appetite inhibiting their ability to learn when they’re truly hungry and not hungry, full and not full, etc.

– likewise frequent illnesses can lead to bad habits and repetive choices

– frequent stops at fast food restaurants and drive thrus

– too few meals during the day, in our hurried lifestyles meal skipping becomes more and more normal

– lack of food education when they haven’t learned early what foods are good for them and what foods are not good for them and more importantly the cause and effect that can happen from it

– inactivity and poor eating habits seem to go hand in hand particularly in children

– struggles and arguments between parent and child over what to eat and not eat can lead to poor choice making

– anxiety and stress plays a large role in decisions about food even for children

Childhood obesity- What’s the fuss?

Some may feel like the recent publicity about childhood obesity is just hype. But childhood obesity can lead to bigger problems for kids when they grow up. Studies show that overweight children have a 70 to 80 percent chance of being overweight as adults.

And there are other risk factors, too. Studies show that overweight children have a great chance of developing diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

You can help your child from becoming obese or you can help him or her lose weight if they are struggling. Here are some things you can do.

• Don’t let your kids eat when they are bored. Teach them not to eat while they are reading, watching television, or playing video games.
• Don’t use food as a reward. Use more proactive things such as a new book, shopping time, manicures or pampering.
• Involve the whole family in eating and exercise. Do not single them out.
• Make slow changes so they do not feel attacked and hide food.
• Praise frequently for healthy choices and exercise. Stay away from all negative comments and connotations
• Set goals as a family. Don’t make them scale related.
• Have more active days. Plan active days.
• Have them pack lunches with you so they will have items they will eat, steer clear of school lunches.

Remember that there are no weight loss medications approved for children. Childhood obesity is not just a North American problem anymore. Read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4930264.stm.

Balancing Electronics Time with Physical Activity

Balancing Electronics Time with Physical Activity

Today’s children are experienced users of a lot of electronic devices. Items such as computers,
cell phones, televisions and gaming consoles are a part of most children’s lives. With so many
options children tend to spend more time in front of one of these devices than they do anything else.
This is causing the amount of time they spend doing any physical activity to diminish.We need to Balance
Electronics time with physical activity.

According to a survey made by the Kaiser Family Foundation, today’s young generation ages 8-18 is
spending an average of 7.5 hours of time in front of some type of electronic device. The effects and
recommended time spent with electronic media is debatable. If you feel that your child’s electronic
media consumption is unhealthy, try to balance it out using these tips.

Guide, not deprive- Almost every kid now has his own computer or cell phone both of which can be important
learning and communication tools. It’s important to teach your child to surf the internet wisely. You may
want to install an internet content filtering program to ensure safe web whereabouts for your child. For cell
phone usage enroll in a family plan so you can give your child allowance minutes, instead of giving him an adult
rate plan.

Availability- Don’t put the computer or television inside your child’s room. This way, you can supervise
their usage and hover behind them from time to time. This will also limit the time your child spends using
them after their bedtime. Keep entertainment alternatives out within easy reach, like game boards, puzzles
or bikes. Seeing these items may turn your child’s interest away from the electronics.

Convert to quality time- Invest in a family game like Wii sports- that way your child will have physical
play and quality time with you while having his video game dose. Use the internet to communicate with your child.
Send him texts, emails and instant messages from time to time.

In order to live a well-rounded healthy lifestyle physical activity should be incorporated into your child’s daily
activities. Use of entertainment media is helpful if only done in moderation. Responsible parenting is important
to keep children from abusing their use. Be a good role model and exercise consistency in setting limits.

Kids Inflatables Provide Your Kids With A Fun Activity

There is nothing quite like being a kid.  It is a time in your life where there is little responsibility and plenty of fun to be had.  But with technology continuously advancing, more and more kids are relying on video games and computer games to have fun as oppose to getting out and being active.  Luckily, there are kids inflatables that can get your kids out of the house and become more active.

Let’s be honest; there are not too many kids that are going to go to a track and run or jump rope for fun.  While these are activities that can be extremely beneficial, they are just not that enjoyable to most kids.  But obesity is becoming a big problem with society today and the younger generations.

It is up to you as the parent to help your kids find enjoyable activities that will allow them to get some exercise in.  Sports can be a great way to get your kids active while keeping them entertained at the same time.  But one kind of activity that every kid loves is jumping in kids inflatables.

There are several different kinds of inflatables on the market that can be purchased for a decent price.  It all depends on the style you are getting and the size of the inflatable.  One kind of inflatable is a Draco inflatable bouncer.  This inflatable bouncer comes with a slide for kids to go down and a ten foot wide and ten foot long area to bounce in.  This is the perfect bouncer for your kids to get in and release energy while getting exercise at the same time.

Another inflatable that many kids are familiar with is a giant castle to bounce in.  While you can find many different sizes for these castles, around seven feet long and eleven feet wide is fairly normal.  This too has a slide for kids to go down and have fun with.

The great thing about kids inflatables is that they can be set up virtually anywhere in the backyard.  While they do take up quite a bit of room, it can easily be deflated and folded up.  Then when you want to blow it up, all you have to do is unfold it and hook it up to the air blower.

When it comes to providing your kids with fun activities, kids inflatables are the way to go.  They can release a lot of energy, have a good time and still get in the needed exercise that many kids are lacking today.  It is a convenient way to provide all of the above for your kids.  Kids Inflatables Provide Your Kids With A Fun Activity!

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Denise Nero is a fitness expert and an advocate for preventing childhood obesity. She is the owner of www.fitnessandkids.com and  where you can find more detailed fitness information and purchase exercise equipment.

Easy Kids Meals

With dance practice, choir, cub scouts, and tae kwon do, who has time to prepare an appetizing meal for the kids after school? You do!  With Easy Kids Meals, you can have time if you serve an easy to cook kids’ meal.

Of course it’s a no-brainer to throw a hotdog in the microwave or set a tortilla in a pan on top of the stove, add some cheese and 90 seconds later have  a simple quesadilla, but what’s the excitement in that?  Instead experiment with Casseroles or one-pot meals which in most cases go over well with the kids; and are simple to whip together.

Try this quick kids meal:

1 – lb. ground beef
1 – 16 oz jar spaghetti sauce
1 – cup water
1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 – cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Crumble beef in a three-qrt glass baking dish and microwave for 4-5 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink. Mix & rotate part way through cooking time. Drain Beef.  Stir in sauce, water and macaroni.  Microwave another 12 minutes, stirring part way through.  Sprinkle cheese on top and allow to stand covered approximately 5 minutes before serving. Serves a couple hungry kids.

There are many meals you can cook with hamburger. Any recipe that asks for hamburger will work just fine replaced with ground turkey, chicken or venison instead.  The simple recipe below uses ground meat.  It takes nearly an hour to bake but merely a blink to prepare.

Combine together:

2 pounds ground meat
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
Crinkle Cut French Fries

Brown ground beef and drain the grease. Add both soups to strained ground beef and spoon into a 9×13 greased baking dish. Top off with cut French fries and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until French fries are light brown.

Taco salads are very quick and easy to prepare.  Begin with lettuce.  Add tomato, onion and cheese (if your kids will approve of it.)  Fry up some meat and toss in an envelope of taco seasoning – or just incorporate some taco sauce to the meat.  Next add crushed tortilla chips or Fritos.  Finish off with salsa or Ranch salad dressing.  Remember the sour cream and guacamole too!  Kids love this meal!

For a fast, on the go, healthy, cold meal try:

A head of lettuce (not bagged lettuce)
Ham or Roast Beef slices
Cheese slices
Condiments

Step 1: Peel off a medium lettuce leaf.
Step 2: Assemble meat, cheese, and condiments.
Step 3: Roll up and stick a toothpick in the middle.
Step 4: Gobble Up.
Step 5: Wipe your face, there is a trace of mayo. on your cheek.

How about an interesting twist to the normal macaroni and cheese kids recipe?

1 (16 ounce) box macaroni (elbow, seashell, bowtie – doesn’t matter, just not spaghetti)
1 c. cottage cheese
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon

1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions.
2. Stir in cottage cheese, sugar, and cinnamon with drained macaroni.
3. Taste and add sugar or cinnamon, if required.
4. Serve right away. Delicious!

Incorporate a bit of creativity to incorporate a twist on a tried and true recipe and even with the chaotic after school activities you will find time to cook a nourishing meal for your kids evening meal.

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Cardio exercise-Is it ok for kids?

As adults we wonder which cardio exercise is better for us. We want to burn off as much fat as possible! Scientists discovered that during intensive exercises, your body burns glycogen, which is a form of stored carbohydrates that are stored in your liver and muscles for energy. During low intensity exercises, your body will burn a lot of fat. These exercises can include running or swimming. But have you tried to get your kid to go running or swimming for the sake of exercise? You were probably met with groans and objections.

Kids need cardio, just like adults. The question is how to get them to indulge in cardio exercise, whether it is high or low intensity. Here are a few simple suggestions:

• Trick them—but don’t lie to them. Encourage them to join you on a fun outdoor walk. Don’t talk about the benefits of walking. Host a swimming party at the local pool and have the children compete to see who can swim the most laps in the least amount of time. These exercises are great for kids.
• Make it fun for them. An Urban Rebounder can be used by anyone. This is great for the rainy days when your kids are full of energy they just have to expend. Made like a small trampoline, this piece of equipment is endorsed by NASA and can be enjoyed while watching television!
• Let them be like mom and dad. If you have gym equipment in your home, allow your children to create their own gym. Using adult equipment may injure little bones and joints. Find home gym equipment for them at www.fitnessandkids.com.
• Get up a sports team. Not all kids are in organized sports. Get up a neighborhood baseball league or tennis team. Team sports will provide great cardio exercise!

Cardio exercise will juice up your metabolism even after you have completed your workout. What this means, is that your body will continue to burn body fat hours after you have stopped. And the more cardio you do, the more energy you and your kids will have.


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Kids Inflatable Water Slides=Great Fun For Kids

Kids Inflatable Water Slides

In the smoldering heat of summer, most prefer to stay outdoors and have fun. However, children always crave for excitement and fun. Since you cannot afford to bring them to water parks everyday, why not purchase kids inflatable water slides and turn your backyard into your very own water park?

Kids get bored easily during summer months, especially if they have been doing the same things and playing the same games everyday. With kids inflatable water slides, you will be able to give them the best summer of their entire lives.

Choosing the right water slide           Kids-Waterslide

There are many types and brands of inflatable water slides available in the market. With that, it can be a little difficult to select which one to get. Before buying out kids inflatable water slides, carefully think first about the right size to get. Think about the age of the children who will be spending most of their times waddling in your inflatable pool. From there, you will be able to narrow down your selection.

Consider also the size of your backyard. Do not get a huge one that will not fit in your house so as not to waste money.

Where to get the best deals?

While there are many stores out there that sell kids inflatable water slides, you might want to take advantage of different promotions and discounts. Most stores sell inflatable slides at lowered price once summer months are fast approaching. Be aware of the latest sales in the mall.

Before buying the inflatable water slides make sure that there are no holes, tears, or rips that can affect the quality of your slide. You can check this with the sales assistant in the mall.

Keeping your water slide safe

Once you have installed the inflatable water slide in your home, here are some friendly reminders to ensure the safety of the kids as they play:

1. Inflate your water slide in the smoothest surface of your backyard. Make sure that there are no sharp things such as rocks or sticks to the location of your inflatable slide to prevent damage.
2. Prior to using it, make sure that it is fully inflated.
3. Fill the pool area with water before letting the kids slide down.
4. Ensure that there is an adult nearby whenever children will play in the inflatable water slide. Do not allow them to play if no one will watch out for them, especially if there are little children swimming as well.
5. If there are toddlers using the pool area of the inflatable, make sure that they are of good distance from the edge of the slide. This is to keep them safe, in case someone uses the slide.
6. Do not allow multiple kids to slide down all at the same time to prevent accidents. As much as possible, provide a good distance between the first slider from the second.
7. Make use of inflatable lifesavers in the pool. It is better to be safe than sorry in the end.

Making the most out of your inflatable water slides

Kids inflatable water slides are not just for summer months. They can be used whenever you have celebrations in your house to keep the children entertained. Inflatable water slides are a good investment to buy.

Check out this cool Home Water slide that your children will play on all summer long. They won’t even realize how much they are sweating!