Golf for Beginners: Don’t Forget to Do This

Golf for Beginners: Don’t Forget to Do This

People choose to play sports for many reasons. For golf, you’ll most likely be into it if you’re not interested in contact sports. Unlike basketball, in which you have to rip the ball from another player, or soccer, in which you have to side-tackle someone at some point to get to the goal. You have to react and move very quickly to take control of the ball and increase your chances of winning.

But golf is none of those things. So much of the game depends on one person: you.

It’s about taking control of your mind and your muscle.

Patience tags along with that control. Truth be told, the elegance of golf is dictated by patience. With the ball being so tiny and the playing field a whole lot bigger than that in any other sport out there, you have to have a great amount of the virtue.

If you’re just starting out in golf, how you react and how you learn from difficult situations matter above everything else. Once you’re on the greens, a lot of external factors come into play: the weather conditions, grass surface, and natural obstacles in the field itself, (e.g., trees, bunkers, and puddles).

If you’re at that phase where you’re ready to commit to a lifetime of golf, there are a couple of things you should know.

Basic Golf Etiquette

There’s no denying the fact that golf can be intimidating at the beginning. If you’ve been invited to play at a private club or if it’s your first time to do so, you need to know about the basics.

Portrait Of Four Friends Enjoying A Game Golf

It’s always better to be early than to be late. In any kind of social setting, being early always leaves the right impression and shows respect. And make no mistake—golf clubs are social platforms in their own right.

If you arrive at the club before your host does, you can check in with the receptionist or available attendant and let them know that you’re a guest. Once you say the name of the club member you’re waiting for and playing with, the attendant will let you know where to go and make you feel right at home.

Usually, your host will tell you everything you need to know about the club.

But while waiting, you can get started by letting one of the club attendants guide you to the locker room. You need not worry because most private clubs always have a place where guests can change into their playing gear. That means you won’t have to change your shoes in the parking lot.

Spikeless golf shoes are your sure bet, but tennis shoes and other types of running footwear should be fine too. Long pants and collared shirts should definitely be your go-to clothing.

Female golf player

If you look at the mirror and see that you’re dressed the same way you did when you first met your in-laws, then you’re good to go. Also, it’s best to pack a casual blazer just in case your host invites you to dinner after playing.

When it comes to tips and fees, your host will graciously work that out for you and will most probably let you know a day before you’re playing schedule. Nevertheless, it’s always good practice to offer to pay for guest fees and caddies and maybe a reasonable tip for your attendants. Since it’s your first time, it’s always better to leave a good impression and get to know some of the people you’ll probably be seeing on your next visit.

Get a Grip and Swing

The fastest way to learn how to swing is to take lessons from a professional. If you’d rather get a feel of what the sport is like first, you’ll probably take the most common route of all: cash in a favor from a friend. It’s a bonus if your friend happens to be a professional.

You need to start with a solid grip. For right-handed players, the lead hand will be the left hand while the trailing hand will be the right hand. If you are left-handed, you will be using the right hand as your lead and your left for trailing.

Golfer performs a golf shot from the fairway. Sunny summer day.

To pull off one of the most common grips in golf, the Vardon grip, you need to hold the club with your left hand and grasp the club as if you were shaking someone else’s hand. Wrap your right hand around the club.

Place your right little finger tightly in the space between your left index finger and your middle finger. Move the club back and forth, and make sure it doesn’t slip down when you’re swinging.

When you’re swinging for the first time, it’s best to focus less on the technical aspect of the swing for now. Try to copy as accurately as you can what your friend or anyone else who’s with you at that particular time on the greens do. You need to be patient on your first few tries because it’s not exactly going to be a pleasant experience. You can expect it to be a challenging one all the way through.

Make sure you have a good stance and alignment. You can do this by doing a quick measurement. Place your club on the ground, pointing at the target. Get a second club, place it parallel to the first.

Align your feet along the line, and square your hips parallel to the target line. Bend forward from the hips, knees ready with your feet apart. Straighten your back, and reach for the ball.

Start with a short game, like a chip or putter shot, anything close to the green. Your hands should be on the grip with your thumbs pointing straight down the club. Get your feet positioned parallel to the target line. Always remember that parallel is your default stance in golf.

When holding on to the shaft, your arms and club should visually form the letter Y at rest. When you make the backswing, it should look like the letter L. Same goes for the forward swing.

Try swinging back and forth a couple of times, finding the Y and L positions that you’re comfortable with. Practice by doing a couple of swings without the ball until your hands, arms, and shoulders have adjusted to the weight of the club and your swing feels smooth or at least not too awkward.

With a straight arm and the shaft positioned in a 90-degree angle, start your backswing by initially putting your weight on your right leg with your stomach facing front. When you get to the forward swing, transfer your weight on your left leg for the finish.

golf shot from sand bunker golfer hitting ball from hazard

Practice swinging back and forth and moving your weight left to right a few more times before doing it with the ball. Weight shifting is important to get you the power you need for your swing, especially when you start playing long courses.

Practice playing with each club that you have so you’ll start building muscle memory for them in terms of weight, how they feel on your arms, shoulders, and legs when you take a swing. Start with clubs that are easier to hit, like the 9-iron driver. Skip the 5-iron for later when you’ve got a good feel of the easier ones.

Make sure you finish with a balanced swing. It will get easier and feel more natural the more you practice swings. For good measure, you can put on an elastic sports tape before getting on the course to reduce feeling any kind of soreness when you get home.

Playing the Game

When you’ve locked down your grip, stance, and swing, then you’re just about ready to take your first hit. If you’ve already done that, then you’re ready to learn about scoring and playing the game.

Start on a short par, a three-course hole for your first few games. It’s not as restricting as the other pars are, and you get to enjoy the view of the course and the company you’re playing with since the longest hole is roughly 150 yards away. Sort out with your fellow players who gets to hit the ball first. But if it’s your first time, best to offer that chance to the other players.

Male golfer putting a golf ball in to hole

When scoring, keep in mind that you have to count one stroke for every time you hit the ball. Each player will have his or her own tee box to play from (red, blue, or white). If your ball lands on a bunker or in a hazard spot, you can drop another ball near it and receive a one-stroke penalty.

Remember that there may be a couple of players behind you. Try to play at a good pace. Choose the right club, walk toward the ball, and maintain a proper stance.

With your eyes on the target, take the time to focus only on the ball and visualize your shot. Take one or two practice swings first without making contact with the back. When you’re confident enough, steady your position, breathe in, take a swing, and let it rip.

A Few More Things to Remember

The lessons you learn from the moment you started playing the sport are the same lessons you’ll be facing as you become a better player. The great thing about golf is that it doesn’t change. It remains constant from the first day until the last day you play it.

At some point, you’ll have to say goodbye to the other sports you used to play once you’ve reached your thirties. The physical aspect and training required in other sports are simply not as sustainable as you grow older. You just can’t play basketball or soccer forever.

But not golf.

Golf is timeless in that sense.

There’s some comfort in knowing that it never has to end.

out on the golf course


 

7 Benefits of Working Out in the Morning to Lose Weight

7 Benefits of Working Out in the Morning to Lose Weight

When it comes to living a happy and healthy life, it’s increasingly easy to spend a lot of time making the wrong choices.

For example, most of us prefer to do exercises in the evening, treating it as the last ‘job’ of the day. While that might sound like inspired advice, it’s actually anything but. If you want to make the most of every day to actually start seeing results, then you need to start working out on a more regular basis.

How you choose to do your morning workout will be down to personal choice, but the benefits of carrying it out are easy to see. Here are some awesome benefits of working out in the morning—including how it makes the rest of your day a touch more productive.

7 Key Benefits of Working Out in the Morning

1. Your metabolism will receive a natural boost

For one, a morning workout gets the body going. This means that by the time you have your breakfast and start heading into work, your body is already starting to burn off some of those calories. An active body is one that needs a powerful metabolism, and you will find that metabolism can be quickly enhanced by simply doing morning workouts.

At first, it might seem like a hard thing to do. But before long, you will get used to the benefits it brings. You’ll notice you are getting rid of more calories because your body is burning more calories earlier on in the day.

This means that breakfast, lunch, and dinner will all benefit from faster metabolism, reducing overall weight gain.

2. Your days will be more productive and active

You will find the challenges of the day becoming a lot less apparent. Because you are more physically active now, you will also feel the mental benefits as you become more alert. If an unexpected problem arises out of nowhere, you'll be in the right frame of mind to tackle and defeat it.

The benefits of doing that will be something you'll quickly start to feel and come to appreciate even more. If you are serious about starting your day on a more productive note, then you should find ways to get active as soon as you possibly can.

3. You should find it easier to burn off more fat

If your main concern is to get rid of fat, then you should find time to exercise before having something to eat in the morning. If you do this, then your body will use the fat from what you ate the night before as fuel.

This has many benefits, including the fact that it helps boost the fat burning capacity of your body. Exercising on an empty stomach can be tough at first, but if you keep at it then you should start seeing changes eventually. It will take some work and it will probably need a lot of power mid-way through the exercise regime when your stomach begins to rumble, but if you want to lose weight and burn more fat, then this is a good way to achieve those results.

4. You’ll develop a sense of self-discipline

Exercising in the morning disciplines you mentally. You will be much more likely to get through the other tasks that you would normally say no to. Before long, you will find that this added discipline into your system will have you persevering with tasks that might have had you throw your hands up in the past.

Working out in the morning may be tough at first, but then you'll realize it’s actually not so bad. You'll see that your trepidation about morning workouts is unfounded, and you'll simply begin enjoying it a little bit more.

For this reason, you should make sure that you develop a sense of self-discipline. This will help you start seeing more positive results and be more open-minded to doing things you wouldn’t normally do.

5. You will be much more likely to build muscle

You’ll also find that you are much more likely to get through the challenge of building muscles if you workout in the morning.

Why? Due to higher testosterone levels, you will start seeing an efficient development of the muscles of your body than when you have been busy during the day.

Working out at night when your body is already tired and stressed is not going to produce your desired results, trust me. Instead, you will find muscle building to be a more strenuous task, and you will lose motivation to keep going.

If you are serious about making a lasting improvement to muscle development, then you would do very well indeed to start carrying out your workouts in the morning when your body is in the right mood.

Gym Equipment has created a list of 55 exercises you can try the next time you hit the gym in the morning.

55 exercises gym workout infographic

6. You’ll be more likely to sleep better at night

Naturally, using up all of that energy early on in the day means that you can hit the pillow early.

If you are someone who finds it hard to try and get into the frame of mind to work out at night, this gives you an excuse to simply not go – why do something when you cannot give 100%?

It’s an easy lie to tell yourself, though, and you're probably going to put off working out. Again. Do your workout at night, and you’ll not only struggle to give it your all, but you’ll still be revved up when it's time for bed.

7. Working out early can help reduce stress

Once you start seeing and enjoying the benefits of working out in the morning, getting it out of the way first thing during the day is sure to set you up to be more productive.

If you are dealing with a big day ahead and worried that you might struggle to cope up with the demands and the pressure, there's a solution for that. Because your body's cortisol level has decreased, you can easily get through more stressful scenarios and handle any situation with ease.

So, if you're currently finding it hard to live life on your own terms, you’ll get a hell lot out of getting involved with a regular exercise regime in the morning.


Author Bio: James Adams

James Adams is a community manager at Proteinbee.co.uk. He is passionate about website operations and learning the latest web trends. When he is not working, James enjoys working out at the gym and cycling.


 

Eat Your Way to Wellness: How to Change to a Healthy Diet

Eat Your Way to Wellness: How to Change to a Healthy Diet

Healthy eating doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stay thin by depriving yourself of your favorite dishes. Instead, it’s about improving your health by avoiding meals that could adversely affect your energy and mood.

Sometimes when a doctor gives you diet advice, you are left overwhelmed by the type of foods you have to avoid to keep yourself healthy. However, these experts want you to keep away from certain nutrients because they damage your body and make you unfit.

Unfortunately, due to the fast-paced life in many developed countries, nowadays most people rely on cheap-fast food chains to get the nourishment they need. Apart from this, the ‘tasty’ products are also aggressively advertised as good to eat, without stressing the fact that eating a fast food diet comes with numerous health risks.

With powerful fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and KFC, most political plans for a crackdown on the junk food business have failed. Also, even though several research studies show that junk food increases childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart-related diseases, these fast-food conglomerates are quickly spreading their roots to other developing nations in the world.

By selling well-marketed products to naive customers, these companies create real health issues among local or global communities and promote their brand even to small children. Sadly, junk food can become very addictive for kids, and regular consumption will lead the children to have complications like obesity, chronic illness, and low self-esteem.

According to scientists, children who eat a lot of junk food don’t perform well in their studies and other co-curricular activities. Causing irreversible damage to the lives of our younger generations the fast food epidemic needs urgent attention.

Since 1970, the number of fast food restaurants in business doubled, which equates to about 300,000 establishments in the United States. Coincidentally, 33.8 percent of the U.S. population is affected by obesity and 19 percent of children and adolescents are also affected. — ObesityAction.org

Children set the foundation for lifelong habits in their youth and making junk food accessible within their schools is indeed a hazardous business. Besides, people should consider the costs of eating processed foods as the lack of consumption of fruits and veggies is very damaging for physical and mental health in the long run.

Don't set yourself up for defeat and refuse to build for yourself a low quality of life that will affect not only you but your family too.

What are the Fundamentals of a Healthy Diet?

Physicians worldwide relate healthy eating habits with the necessity of a balanced diet. What we eat should contain the right of fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, and vitamins to sustain our body's energy and nutrient needs.

Fundamentals of a Healthy Diet

  • Fiber: You should eat foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, and beans which are rich in dietary fiber. Research studies have shown that these foods actually lower the risk of getting a stroke, heart diseases, and diabetes. Furthermore, it makes your skin naturally look flawless, and helps with weight loss.
  • Proteins: Foods rich in proteins support the process of reconstructing the damage done to the body and its cells. Proteins also help support cognitive functions while also improving and stabilizing mood swings. However, researchers have proved that too much protein is dangerous for your health. Multiple studies have already shown that continuous consumption of red meat can cause cancer and kidney related diseases in the long run. Luckily for us,  we can acquire other high-quality proteins from plant products such as beans, groundnuts, and cashew nuts. And yes, this means that you don’t have to necessarily source your proteins from animal products which may be harmful.
  • Fat: While not all fats are good for you, it's essential that you supplement your diet with good fats that protect your brain, heart, and other body parts. Certain fats such as omega-3s are crucial for physical and emotional health.
  • Carbohydrates: Carbs are the primary energy source for your body, and your diet should ideally be composed of unrefined carbs such as whole grains. Cut back the consumption of refined carbs like bread, sugars, starches, and pastries. Refined carbs can result in rapid spikes in blood sugar level leading to fluctuations in mood and energy. Besides, excess carbohydrates get converted into fats making it, therefore, essential that you only take the right amounts.
  • Calcium: Not getting enough calcium can cause osteoporosis, depression, and lack of sleep, and therefore calcium consumption is vital in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Switching to a healthy diet can be challenging for some who wants to get it right from the beginning. To make it easier for you, you can think of specific food-related diseases every time you want to eat something unhealthy.

If you set your goals right, you can definitely achieve a healthy lifestyle within a short period of time.

The Cost of Eating Healthy

Healthy eating requires that you keep your diet simple,  so you don’t have to ruin it by adding unnecessary additives to your food. Instead of counting the calories of each item when shopping, look for fresh produce. If you follow the steps below, preparing healthier food and adopting a new lifestyle should be as easy as possible:

The Cost of Eating Healthy

Always prepare your own meals

Cooking at home can help you be in charge of what you need to eat, and it can also help you monitor the progress that you’ve made by eating healthier. As a result, you will avoid the consumption of chemical additives, unhealthy fats, and added sugars that are present in a lot of junk foods.

Replace unhealthy foods with healthier alternatives

For example, you can replace solid fats by using fats derived from corn. Research studies have shown that due to the phenols found in pure olive oil, it is safer to use this oil than corn oil because it doesn't clot your blood.

Each time you finish eating, focus on how you feel

By doing this, you will foster new healthy eating habits. Also, even when you are not eating, remind yourself now and then how good it feels to make the right food choices.

Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of water

Because water helps our bodies to drive out toxins and waste products that have accumulated into the system, staying hydrated are very crucial to our bodies. Experts suggest that one should drink at least 2 liters of water per day to avoid dizziness, headaches, and nausea caused by dehydration.

Most important, we should avoid eating cheap fast foods which have detrimental effects on our health and lead us to getting ‘fat’ and out of shape.

Developing a healthy eating habit is not an easy task, but if you put in the effort, you will have a lot to smile about at the end of the journey.

Besides, your body will be forever grateful for changing your lifestyle.


 

How to Make Fun and Fitness Go Together

How to Make Fun and Fitness Go Together

If you lack the motivation to work out or engage in sports and fitness activities, lifting heavy weights like Ronnie Coleman or running miles like Mo Farah won’t come naturally to you. On a daily basis, many people struggle or find the motivation to exercise, and that's the reason why some go to the gym, and others give up.

If you too are ready to make your fitness goals feel more than a routine, below you’ll find fun and entertaining tips, which will get you closer to your fitness goals.

Have you ever thought what the reason behind unaccomplished fitness goals is? So what makes us set huge fitness goals, and ultimately fail to achieve them?

When it comes to exercising, repetitiveness is the number one factor that makes people stop in their tracks.

Be it doing the same things at the gym or jogging around the same streets or merely having the same playlist, they can turn into a total buzzkill for someone who tries their best to get in shape. When confronted with such situations, listening to your body and mind are crucial to making your fitness routines successful.

If you are interested in knowing more about how to make healthier choices for you and your loved ones, we have some really valuable suggestions for you!

Compete With Yourself

Checking Heart Rate

Competing with yourself is a great way to stay motivated, and tracking your progress at the gym and pushing yourself harder makes it more fun. Keep your goals small and realistic, and then start putting them off your list as you gradually do them.

One great way to track your progress is by getting a fitness tracker. Also, important benchmarks of your body stats like heart rate, calories, and burned fat can be written down, so you can, for instance, further set an average calorie burn count for a week and try to achieve it. If you succeed to reach your goals, you can push yourself a little harder and set a higher number for the second week.

Setting training goals is an excellent way to keep yourself motivated and connected with your workout routine. When you eventually see your performance can and will improve over time, this will further motivate you to exercise.

Have a Workout Partner

Having a workout partner adds fun, variety and some healthy competition to your workouts. Imagine the results, if you can hit the treadmill together and see who runs more. You could compete over a smoothie or a protein bar or any another prize of your choice.

Besides, your partner can also hold you accountable for those extra reps you never managed to do. Mixing it up with light exercises like passing the medicine ball to each other can keep the motivation and bring more fun to your shared workouts.

Try Changing the Music

Listening to music

Great music can really spice up any workout session. Music will make you feel motivated, and it will also add fun to your training. Studies have shown that your mind and body work better together when you listen to some good pumping music. Depending on the music you play, your body will follow the beats, and this will improve your overall performance. The only real trick is not to forget changing your playlist from time to time. If you don't, instead of getting motivated and excited, you'll only get bored and frustrated.

To add more fun to your workouts, you can create your own, unique playlists. There are many mobile Apps which offer excellent workout music. Be it instrumental music from Steve Jablonsky or Ivan Torrent or old-school hip-hop songs, the music you decide to play will make a difference.

Join Some Fitness Classes

Because working out with different people and doing a variety of exercises doesn't let you get bored, joining a fitness class or session will make your workouts more enjoying. You can join fitness classes like weightlifting, Zumba, aerobics, yoga, HIIT, cardio, and boxing where people workout in groups.

Although many people don't go to the gym because of their busy schedule, joining boutique fitness classes or a modern gym can prove the best decision for improving their physical condition. If you, for example, work late at night then you can join morning classes or afternoon classes. If you instead are a regular 9-5 person, then working out in the evening can be the best decision for you.

No matter the time you pick as the one that suits your schedule best, the most important thing is to stick to it in the long run.

Try New Things

Try New Things

Studies have shown that your body gets accustomed to any workout routine if you keep doing the same exercises. It is advised to keep changing your fitness routine. To combat this effect, it is advised to keep changing your fitness routine not only to be more effective but also to add more fun when achieving your fitness goals.

If you’re looking for an intense workout then boxing is a great option. Boxing is a great workout for your upper body, abs and calorie burning, with a 45-minutes light session burning up to 350 calories.

In addition to boxing, a quick splash in the pool can also get your body into great shape. During summer time, swimming is also one of the best cardio exercises one can do because it engages the core, shoulders, glutes, and hamstrings.

Yoga, another great total-body workout, is an excellent practice to relax your body and mind. In addition to being a workout for everyone, yoga not only increases strength, and flexibility, but it also helps a person take charge of his life and become healthier.

If you, by any chance, are addicted to adventure, then cross-country cycling, rock climbing, hitchhiking, and kayaking could be excellent choices for you! These activities improve your stamina, strength, and flexibility of muscles. If you don't have a partner, you can join a group of cyclists, climbers or hikers and on weekends, and participate in activities that interest you.

Play Some Games

Playing  games from your childhood is always more fun than working out in a gym. Playing games puts fun into your life. If you want to feel really excited when working out, many fitness classes offer activities like hula hooping, rope skipping, trampoline, aerobics, and dance workouts.

If any of these workouts are too intense for you, you can play softball with your kids or Frisbee with your dog. Another great workout at home, which can also relax you, is Badminton. Although this game is fun to play,  Badminton also helps you burn those excess calories and shed all that excess weight you carry around your waist.

Get Some New Gear

If you choose to wear new clothes when working out, this will spice up your fitness routine. Besides, buying some tech stuff to track your progress will boost your motivation. Any time you achieve small goals, treat yourself to some new stuff each time. Just get yourself new shoes, sweatshirt, some wristbands and see the difference.

Get Rid of Aches & Pains

Injuries

If your body is already in pain, don't subject your body to unnecessary stress. Avoid getting into any form of physical activity if you suffer from knee pain, joint pain, or any other kind of pain. With the wrong type of workout, you may further aggravate your condition and lose your motivation to exercise.

To avoid this from happening, consult a doctor before taking up any fitness routine. Also, nurture your body with the best foods you can get, because without proper nutrition, you will get tired quickly.

A healthy diet will help you achieve a more slender figure, and it will also spare you from feeling those nasty stomach aches and muscles cramps which can appear during your workouts.

So if you’re really struggling with your fitness regime, then it ’s time to try something new. The key to success is to stay motivated and keep trying new things every now and then. If you don't commit to a dynamic routine, your results will be minimal, and your body won't change its shape very quickly.

Set small goals and track your progress, and most important, remember always to enjoy small achievements and reward yourself.


Author Bio:  Krutika Bhoot

Krutika likes to describe herself as an avid reader who loves to write on a range of topics such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, and fitness. She works as a research analyst at marketresearch.biz. If you want to know more about her work, you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

7 Essential Oils for Weight Loss: How to Curb Cravings with Aromatherapy

7 Essential Oils for Weight Loss: How to Curb Cravings with Aromatherapy

Many Americans struggle with their weight, and shedding pounds can be difficult for even the most determined dieters. Even when we succeed at losing weight, most of us encounter difficulties when trying to keep the weight off. But why is it so difficult to lose the weight and keep it off for good? It’s because losing those unwanted pounds is about more than just healthy eating and regular exercise.

To truly achieve lasting weight loss, we must win the battle we fight with our brain when it tells us to eat, eat more and eat high-calorie foods.

While dieting, a piece of cake or a slice of greasy pizza always tempts us, and when this feeling comes is hard to resist.

We blame ourselves when we succumb to our cravings and feel like failures. While no magic pill can cure every craving or make us automatically lose weight, there are some excellent essential oils that can support a healthy weight and help reduce cravings.

Aromatherapy triggers areas in the brain that can have a powerful effect on our ability to feel energized, sleepy, peaceful — or full and satisfied.

Just like when you smell something cooking on the grill, and it makes your mouth water, essential oils can have a significant impact on our bodies and minds. Fortunately, not all smells make us hungry. Some have the power to appease our hunger, thereby and fortifying our will-power during the weight loss process.

If you are on a weight loss journey and ready for some help, check out these essential oils that can curb cravings and promote a healthier body weight.

Essential Oils that Help Curb Your Cravings

Peppermint

There’s nothing quite as uplifting as the scent of refreshing peppermint, and it has been used for centuries to promote a healthy digestive system. But this stomach-soothing herb also has the power to curb hunger. A 2008 study showed that participants who inhaled peppermint essential oil once every two hours experienced less hunger and fewer food cravings than those who did not inhale peppermint. Throughout the day, the caloric intake was also lower, and overall the participants lost more weight.

peppermint essential oils

Grapefruit

You may have heard of the grapefruit diet from the 1930s that was made popular by Hollywood starlets. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to those extremes to reap the waist-slimming benefits of grapefruit. Extracted from the grapefruit's rind this essential oil contains a compound called AMPK that helps the body to use up sugar and stored fat.

If you suffer from emotional overeating, the scent of grapefruit essential oil has the power to uplift and brighten your mood, which can reduce many food cravings.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has an overpowering powerful, crisp scent that is both refreshing and relaxing. It can help reduce stress and boost energy while reviving the mind. When we are under stress, we tend to overeat and often gain weight. The next time you are feeling under pressure, try inhaling some eucalyptus essential oil to feel both invigorated and relaxed. You might find you don’t need that afternoon brownie after all.

Ginger

Ginger has long been used to help promote a healthy digestive system and can assist in better absorption of essential nutrients.  Besides, studies have also shown that a compound found in ginger called gingerols can decrease inflammation in the intestines. Consuming ginger also helps a dieter to get more of the vitamins and minerals they need to support cellular function.

So, if you are struggling with unwanted belly fat, ginger will also increase your energy and help you in your weight loss journey. A study from 2004 showed that ginger has the power to suppress cortisol, a stress hormone that can cause the body to hold onto stored fat around the abdomen.

ginger essential oils

Lemon

Like grapefruit, lemon essential oil comes from the rind, which contains many weight-loss-promoting benefits. One study found that combining lemon oil and grapefruit oil helped to break down body fat. Its bright, uplifting aroma can put you in a good mood while promoting healthy intestines and improving digestion.

Bergamot

We often use food to help us feel better when we are stressed or sad. Bergamot essential oil helps to ease negative feelings and lifts your mood. Bergamot smells sweet and is a well-known mood booster that contains polyphenols, like those found in green tea, which can help promote a more active and healthy metabolism. So, next time you feel like reaching for that box of cookies when you are having a bad day, just inhale some bergamot.

Fennel

Fennel has an earthy, sweet scent that can help prevent cravings for sugary foods. It's also great at promoting healthy digestion, and the melatonin found in fennel helps regulate sleep cycles. Melatonin can also have a positive effect on weight loss efforts by allowing the body to create fat,  which gets easier burned than stored, according to a 2011 study.

fennel essential oils

How to Use Essential Oils for Weight loss

Before a meal or when you feel a food craving coming on, the easiest way to use essential oils is to inhale a few deep breaths of the oil from the bottle or a cotton ball. You can also use them in a diffuser any time of the day to stay relaxed and at peace or around meal times to get your mind off unhealthy foods. A nice hot bath with a few drops of oil is an excellent alternative to a sugary dessert and can help you stick to your daily eating plan.

Final Thoughts

Quality essential oils are considered safe to use, though some people may experience an allergic reaction. Always dilute essential oils before use and do a skin patch test on your arm to make sure your body won’t react negatively.

It’s important to make sure that the essential oils you plan on buying are labeled “therapeutic grade” and come from a reputable source. In the end, the purpose of using these oil is to have chemical free products which will help you improve your overall health.

At the end of the day, the best way to keep our weight under control is to develop a lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.

There is no right diet plan for everyone or one specific product that will help everyone lose weight. Experiment with essential oils that you find pleasing and pay attention to what works for your unique body.

10 Essential Yet Easy Habits to Practice with Family

10 Essential Yet Easy Habits to Practice with Family

By developing good, proper habits, you and your family can minimize the risk of common health conditions, and live to a ripe, old age.

Regardless of what generation you belong to, there are some life hacks which can give you and your family enough energy to enjoy life to the fullest.

However, because lifestyle design has nowadays become such a booming industry, it can be difficult to nail down what habits are worth forming, and which ones are the most beneficial, especially when the entire family is getting involved.

Today, we’re going to share the essential top ten habits which are going to help you and your family live their best life. So, let’s jump straight into it!

#1 – Talk About Your Body Positively

Talk About Your Body Positively

The way you speak your inner dialogue, and how you relate to your body is the way your children are going to grow up and see themselves. Because of this, it is vital that we speak in a  kind and caring manner with ourselves so that our future children will inherit the same healthy habits.

Even if there are parts of your body you don't like, don’t forget to always focus on the things you love about your body. For instance, you can be thankful for the strength you have to lift your children and play with them.

#2 – Don’t Eat Too Many Packaged Foods

We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve grabbed a bag of chips or cereal box and just started eating straight out of it. In the long run, this habit might become a problem because it's close to impossible to portion your food when you're too hungry. Also, because of eating impulsively, you'll end up feeling guilty. What you could do instead of this to prevent you from overeating, is portion everything out. If you don't want your kids to pick up these habits from you, it's best to teach them early on how to eat and portion their food.

#3 – Eat Enough Fruit & Veg

The recommended daily dosage is five pieces of fruit and veg every single day, and it’s surprising how many families don’t manage to eat this amount. If you want to rip the benefits of healthy eating, you can start by simply having a piece of fruit with breakfast and then another one at lunch. After dinner, you can also eat another fruit. Regarding vegetables, you can add two types with your dinner, so you'll easily hit your five of day goal!  Extra fruits and veggies, which you can add, will also be incredibly beneficial to your well-being.

Eat Enough Fruit & Veg

#4 – Have a Meal as a Family Daily

It doesn't really matter which meal it is, as long as you eat it with your family. It's important for families to spend time together, and mealtime can become an incredible occasion to connect and communicate. To improve family relationships, simply chose one meal a day where you can all sit together and catch up on everything that’s been going on.

#5 – Let Kids Help you Out

When you're making dinner, it can be a good idea to get your children involved. If you let your kids help out, you can have more quality time together. Besides, if they help prepare the food, the chances to eat more vegetables are far more likely.

#6 – No Distractions in Family Times

After following the advice above, it is crucial to eat in a mindful manner when you're eating dinner as a family. Once sitting at a table, avoid using smartphones, tablets, computers or TVs. Let these distractions be something reserved after dinner when you can cuddle up on the sofa.

“Practice being mindful at the task at hand, rather than dividing your and your children’s attention up over different activities” shares Nina Smith, a health blogger for State of Writing and Eliteassignmenthelp.

No Distractions in Family Times

#7 – Put Your Marital Relationship First

As a parent in a relationship, it’s important you put your relationship with your partner first, even before the one you have with your children. Even if you have one date night a month or glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed, it's essential to spend some time together.

After all, the happier you and your partner are, the more joyful your entire family unit becomes. Focus on your relationship first, so you can further nurture and build your relationship with your kids.

#8 – Get Outside Together

It’s quite hard to stay angry, in a mood or upset when you’re walking around outside with your family. Also, it's good to make walking a weekly habit. Whether you chose to walk in your local park or your neighborhood, you need to make sure you and your family get enough fresh air.

Leave devices and electronics at home and really engage in actual conversation with your family members and enjoy the time you’re having together.

Get Outside Together

#9 – Play Games

“As we get older, we tend to forget how the world looks like through a child's eye, and we stop appreciating the simple things in life, like the ability to be playful. We have a lot to learn from kids, but we need to be willing to be with them first! My advice to you is to play games with them and connect on a deeper level,” explains Sarah Hardy, a lifestyle writer, and blogger at Academized and Bigassignments.

#10 – Be Open About Life

There many things which a lot of parents are afraid to share or don’t want to talk about to their kids. For instance, you can be the one to teach them about safety plans in case a natural disaster occurs (if you live in a prone area), fireworks, disease, drugs, sex, alcohol, and many other things.

However, if your children don’t learn about them from you, they’re going to find out some other way which might not be the best way. In the end, it would be beneficial for both you and your kids to be open about everything.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can optimize your family's level of well being. By introducing these simple and healthy habits that everyone can follow, I can assure you your life will get a lot easier. The more often you follow through with these habits, the easier they’ll get, so why not start today?

Pin It on Pinterest